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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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December 19, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Goss hunting wins with Australian Team at Jayco Herald Sun Tour

    Points leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) isn't pleased with Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) in their sprint to the finish on stage 12.
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    December 19, 2012, 6:32 GMT
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    Domestic sprinters prepare to go against former Milan-San Remo winner

    Orica-GreenEdge's Matt Goss is the fourth rider to be named in the Australian National Team for the upcoming Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Goss will join previously announced team members Simon Gerrans, Simon Clarke and defending champion Nathan Haas when the race kicks off with an individual time trial in Williamstown on 3 January.

    The field for the 60th edition of the Sun Tour has been undoubtedly boosted by the likes of the former Milan-San Remo winner Goss, who also shares the accolade with his Orica-GreenEdge teammate Gerrans. Goss made history in 2011 when he outsprinted a select group including Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) and Philippe Gilbert (BMC) to become the first Australian to win the 298km Classic.

    While Goss will aim toward goals later in the year including a likely return to the Giro d'Italia, he has signaled his ambitions to hunt for stage wins at the Sun Tour. If the right situation shows itself, the overall classification is not out of the question.

    "The Tour has quite a few challenging climbs, so for me it's about waiting to see how the race unfolds to know if I will be in the mix towards the end of some of the more hillier stages and therefore in with a shot at the overall title," said Goss.

    Goss' most recent Sun Tour participation was in 2008 when he won the Herald Sun Classic - the preface criterium - before going on to win the opening stage and took out the...

  • Barry cites the heavy mental toll of doping

    Michael Barry (Team Sky)
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    December 19, 2012, 10:50 GMT
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    2006 crash made him realize “I don't want to be a doper any more”

    Michael Barry has said that he only received “minimal” gains from doping at the US Postal team, and that he “didn't expect the mental toll” that it took on him. It took a serious crash in which he broke three vertebrae before he decided to stop cheating.

    In an interview with Barry also talks about the moment USADA contacted him. “We know you were involved with U.S. Postal, and we want you to tell your story and testify,” they told him. “I knew it was time” to confess, he said, in response to a call he had been expecting “on some level” for a long time.

    Barry retired from pro cycling this year, announcing his retirement before his affidavit in the USADA case against Lance Armstrong was released. In that document, he confessed to having doped whilst at US Postal Service from 2002 to 2006. He was also given a six-month suspension. Barry made a career as a solid domestique but also cultivated a persona as a staunch anti-doping advocate. Within days of USADA's reasoned decision Barry used an opinion piece within the press to express how cycling could improve its image.

    However, in reality he started doping in 2003, “in an apartment in Girona, Spain, with a teammate,” he told  He didn't want to, but felt compelled to do so. “European racing was so fast and I wasn’t performing like I had been back home. I thought I could compete clean, but the pressure to perform was too much. I gave in.

    “The drugs made me feel sluggish at first, but eventually I got used to them. I assumed they helped me physically, but I didn’t expect the mental toll. If you’re not sleeping and...

  • Boonen and Cavendish set for Tour of Qatar

    A calm and collected Tom Boonen (Belgium) on the start line.
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    December 19, 2012, 11:56 GMT
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    Pair won four of five individual stages in 2012

    Tom Boonen and Mark Cavendish will make their first joint appearance at the Tour of Qatar, February 3-8.  Both riders, who will race in the colours of Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 2013, won two stages of the race last year, with Boonen taking the overall title.

    Boonen has won the title in Qatar four times, and has won the points jersey six times, taking 19 individual stages along the way. Cavendish can look back to four stage wins in the desert race.

    The Belgian will start his season at the Tour of San Luis in Argentina in January, and will follow up Qatar with the Tour of Oman. He can expect to meet not only Belgian rival Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team), but also Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), Cadel Evans (BMC), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).

    Further details of Cavendish' race calendar were not released. He joins the Belgian team after riding one year for Team Sky.


  • Fairly returns to Garmin for 2013

    Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners) wins the Tour of Battenkill.
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    December 19, 2012, 12:42 GMT
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    American rider returns after two years

    They say you should never go back but that’s exactly what Caleb Fairly has done, re-signing for Garmin Sharp, two years after leaving them for HTC-Highroad.

    The 25-year-old has signed a deal with the American team after his 2012 outfit Spidertech announced that they would not have a team in 2013. Fairly rode for Garmin’s development team in 2009 and 2010 and made a brief stint as a stagieire for the WorldTour team towards the end of the 2010 season. He was seen as a promising young rider, winning a number of races in 2010 which included a win over Floyd Landis at the Tour of the Battenkill.

    However he signed a contract with HTC for 2011 but the team folded at the end of that season. Despite finding at home at Spidertech the Texan found results hard to come by but is looking forward to his opportunity at Garmin.

    “I’m very excited to be joining Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda. I feel like I’m ‘re-joining’ them, as I grew up in their development team. I was excited when Jonathan offered me the opportunity to come back,” he said on the team’s website.

  • 2012 Reader Poll: Paris-Roubaix voted best one-day race

    Boonen's daring attack at Paris-Roubaix was decisive
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    December 19, 2012, 14:38 GMT
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    Boonen's show of strength a reader's favourite

    It was the most emphatic of victories. Omega Pharma - QuickStep's Tom Boonen rode into the record books equalling Roger De Vlaeminck's all-time win record of four victories in the Paris-Roubaix. Hot on the heels of his victory at the Tour of Flanders, it was the second time the Belgian had taken the prestigious double, so it was no surprise that it earned Cyclingnews' readers votes as the Best One-day Race of 2012.

    Boonen rode the final 52km of the 257km race alone to win by 1:39 over a five-man chase group led across the finish line in the Roubaix velodrome by Sébastien Turgot (Europcar). Alessandro Ballan (BMC) rounded out the podium for third place in a photo-finish with the Frenchman.

    "I was not really thinking about the winning race or doing a record," Boonen said. "I was just fighting myself. I was taking it step by step, cobblestone by cobblestone, kilometer by kilometer. I think if you start thinking about the 60 or 57 km, which is when I left, it's nearly impossible. It is all in your mind. I was really thinking about my lead. With the gap at 30 seconds I was trying to take it second by second. I was trying not to push it right away to one minute, tried not to force myself. It was the best way to save my strength and put all my strength into the 50km in front of me. I think it was the best option.

    "The velodrome finish line, it's the only one where you can do two laps where all the people are," continued Boonen. "It's the only finish line where you have one kilometre where you can bond with the people that are there. It's just such a special race. Paris-Roubaix, only one race like it in the world."

    Boonen's Flanders win was a distant second, according to Cyclingnews readers. Significant changes to the route for this year caused controversy, with riders and fans reacting with consternation to...

  • USA Pro Challenge will visit eight Colorado cities

    The peloton slowly climbs above 11,000 feet at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado.
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    December 19, 2012, 16:26 GMT
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    Third edition of race to kick off in Aspen

    The USA Pro Challenge will visit eight cities in Colorado during its third edition in 2013. The road stage race will kick off in Aspen on August 19 and end in Denver on August 25. Organizers announced the host cities on Wednesday.

    The race will make its debut in Fort Collins and Loveland, and it will return to proven host venues such as Steamboat Springs, Vail and Denver.

    "Riders now know that there is no race in America like the USA Pro Challenge, and these host cities help ensure cycling's world stage returns to Colorado for seven days of grueling competition," said Shawn Hunter, CEO and Co-Chairman of the USA Pro Challenge. "Each of these communities will be on an international stage as we partner with them to ensure the USA Pro Challenge takes its place as America’s greatest race."

    "When you combine the high-altitude climbs, the enthusiasm of the crowds and the level of competition, the USA Pro Challenge is one of my favorite race weeks," said Christian Vande Velde, the overall winner of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge. "I can't wait to get back in 2013 and defend the title with my Garmin-Sharp teammates."

    The two new cities joining the 2013 race - Fort Collins and Loveland - offer breathtaking scenery and a unique cycling history.

    "With the addition of Loveland and Fort Collins, we are adding two cities that have built a community around the cycling culture," Hunter said. "We are thrilled to incorporate their enthusiasm as we continue to showcase Colorado as the center of the nation’s cycling spirit."

    Further details of the start and finish line locations, as well as the specific, detailed route, will be announced in the spring. With its consolidated footprint and multiple back-to-back stages, the 2013 race will ensure that spectators in host cities will have many opportunities to root for their...

  • Gallery: Team Sky tackle Tour of Flanders course

    Gabriel Rasch has a little help from Geraint Thomas as he tests out his new Pinarello bike on the climbs
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    December 19, 2012, 17:00 GMT
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    Boasson Hagen and teammates train in Belgium

    While Bradley Wiggins and the rest of Team Sky's Grand Tour riders gather in Mallorca, the team's Classics contingent has spent the last few days in Belgium as they prepare for an assault on the Spring Classics.

    It's fair to say that the British team have failed to apply the same dominance to the one-day scene of  Belgium as they have to stage racing, and in 2013 the team are determined to improve their Classic form.

    Geraint Thomas, who is returning to the Classics after his Olympic year, Ian Stannard, Bernhard Eisel, Luke Rowe and Edvald Boasson Hagen formed the core of team who spent the last few days riding reconnaissance over the Tour of Flanders course with Rod Ellingworth shepherding the riders from the team car. Another participant in the mini-training camp was Gabriel Rasch, who signed from FDJ in the off-season.

    To see the gallery, click here.

  • Team IAM gets wildcards to Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

    Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda ) all smiles before the start.
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    December 19, 2012, 18:01 GMT
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    New Swiss team will head to opening Belgian races

    Team IAM has received two important wildcard invitations to the Belgian Ardennes races. The new Swiss-based team announced this week that it will ride the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

    The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will be held on Saturday, February 23, is the opener of the Belgian season. The team called their participation “a great opportunity for the team to align its specialists this season.”

    The next day the team will take on Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, which “promises moments of beautiful cycling on a route that may encourage more sprinters ... Ours will be there!”

    The Professional Continental team can look to Australian Heinrich Haussler in the races. He finished second in the Omloop in 2010 and was just off the podium in fourth place this year.

    IAM will open its season on February 5 in the Tour of Qatar, to be followed by the Tour of Oman. Its European debut will be on February 6 at the Tour of the Mediterranean.