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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Date published:
December 02, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Wheel, rim giant Mavic expands into tyre market

    Mavic Ksyrium Yksion K10 clincher (rear)
    Article published:
    December 02, 2009, 2:30 GMT
    James Costley-White,

    Mavic Ksyrium Yksium K10 wheels and tyres

    Mavic has announced that it will soon expand its range of wheel-related products beyond just complete wheelsets and rims with an upcoming line of tyres – ultimately, the company intends to create purpose-designed wheel-and-tyre combinations.

    Why bother? According to Mavic US marketing director Sean Sullivan, bringing tyres (and tubes) into the fold lends the company's engineers and designers more control over how the products are used together in order to further optimize performance attributes such as weight, durability, aerodynamics and rolling resistance.

    Mavic is entering into these rough waters with a perhaps understandably conservative splash – at least for now. Come March in the US (and January in Europe and the UK), Mavic's first 'Wheel Tyre System' product will be a limited edition Ksyrium Yksion K10 aluminum clincher wheelset and matching tyres and tubes, the latter of which will be produced to Mavic specifications in Thailand.

    Launched to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original Ksyrium road wheelset, the 1,470g K10 will be Mavic's highest-end and lightest 'multiperformance' model and is aimed at road racers, enthusiast and sportive riders. Similarities to the current Ksyrium SL run more than just skin-deep: the asymmetrical and variable-depth rims use identical extrusions but add Mavic's latest ISM 3D three-dimension surface milling to remove more weight; the hubs boast identical aluminum and carbon fiber shells, FTS-L drivers, alloy axles and adjustable cartridge bearings but additional machining and a double anodized finish for a more distinctive aesthetic; and the Isopulse lacing pattern uses identical Zicral bladed alloy spokes, which again thread directly into the rim.

    Not surprisingly, the matching 23mm-wide K10 tyres sport similar –though not identical – characteristics to the Vittoria tyres that are also produced in the same factory. Thread count is a supple 290TPI, a dual...

  • Française des Jeux roster for TDU unveiled

    Timothy Gudsell (Française des Jeux)
    Article published:
    December 02, 2009, 3:22 GMT
    Cycling News

    Kiwi, Aussie feature in French line-up

    New Zealand’s Timothy Gudsell will return to Adelaide, Australia in January where he will once again lead his Française des Jeux squad at the Santos Tour Down Under. Tasmanian Wesley Sulzberger will join Gudsell in the French ProTour team’s roster, after finishing fifth overall at this year’s race.

    Race director Mike Turtur believes Française des Jeux has assembled a squad capable of taking a third consecutive teams victory. “Timothy Gudsell […] has ridden here a number of times and is a good competitor,” said Turtur. “Sulzberger had a very good race here at the 2009 Santos Tour Down Under. He rode well all week and won the Hindmarsh Most Aggressive Rider jersey on the final stage in Adelaide.

    “Sulzberger was one of the driving forces behind Cadel Evans’ victory at the World Championships,” he added. “He rode himself into the ground for his team.”

    Belarusian Road Race Champion Yauheni Hutarovich, who won two stages at the Tour Méditerranéenin this year, will also make the trip to Australia. He will be joined by Paris-Nice stage winner Jérémy Roy and Vuelta a España stage winner Anthony Roux.

    “As a good sprinter, Hutarovich will be vying for Jayco Sprint Jersey points when he hits the road in Adelaide next year,” said Turtur.

    Française des Jeux Tour Down Under roster: Timothy Gudsell, Yauheni Hutarovich, Thibaut Pinot, Anthony Roux, Jérémy Roy, Wesley Sulzberger and Arthur Vichot.

  • Breschel injures ankle at Saxo Bank training camp

    Matti Breschel (Team Saxo Bank) approaches the podium to receive the white jersey for best placed U25 rider on GC.
    Article published:
    December 02, 2009, 9:26 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Dane may have to miss team's annual survival training

    Matti Breschel's experience at the Saxo Bank training camp has not got off to a good start. An ankle injury has sidelined him for several days.

    “I stumbled over a rock, and my ankle is pretty swollen,” he told the Danish broadcaster TV 2 Sport. “Our doctor has put some ice on, and it feels okay really. I'm pretty sure it's not broken, but it's damned annoying.”

    The team has gathered on Fuertaventura in the Canary Islands for a training camp and its annual survival training exercise. The latter  will commence unannounced, and it is not known whether Breschel will be able to take part, as he has been told to stay off the ankle for an undetermined amount of time.

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  • Pereiro's contract with Astana in doubt

    2006 Tour champion Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne)
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    December 02, 2009, 10:06 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer and Peter Cossins

    Spaniard still waiting for official contract confirmation from Kazakh team

    Oscar Pereiro's future with Astana is in question, as the former Tour de France winner still has not had his signed contract confirmed by the Kazakh team. The winner of the 2006 Tour de France has turned the matter over to his lawyers.

    Pereiro, 32, signed the contract for the coming year on November 12. He sent it to Olympus Sarl, the team's management company in Luxembourg. According to the Spanish website,, Olympus Sarl have subsequently approached the rider’s representatives to request that his salary be renegotiated, a move which hasn't pleased the rider.

    The team has also not officially announced Pereiro's presence on the team nor invited him to its first training camp next week in Pisa, Italy.

    Fearing the worst, Pereiro has contacted his legal representatives and asked them to consider his options, including making the UCI aware of the issue. The sport’s governing body only confirmed Astana’s membership of the ProTour last week having held concerns about the team’s financial security.

    ““They are going to leave me out on the street. All I want is to be on the road and I just want to compete,” Pereiro told

    He was signed to be a helper for team captain and friend Alberto Contador. “I have not discussed this matter with Contador,” he said. “They signed me to help in the mountains, replacing Haimar Zubeldia,” he said. “Now I do not know what will happen.”

    When Pereiro revealed last week he had signed with Astana, he also admitted that he’d turned down an offer from Quick Step to do so.

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  • Ronde van Vlaanderen to skip Eikenmolen in 2010

    Wim De Vocht (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) on the Molenberg during the 2009 Ronde van Vlaanderen.
    Article published:
    December 02, 2009, 10:46 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Major changes possible for 2011 course

    The Ronde van Vlaanderen will not ride over the Eikenmolen climb in 2010, according to Marc De Braekeleer, mayor of Lierde, Belgium. The route for next year's race, to be held on Sunday, April 4, is scheduled to be presented in the next few weeks.

    The change is bad news for Stijn Devolder of Quick Step, who has won the race the last two years by attacking shortly before the Eikenmolen.

    De Braekeleer told the Belgian broadcaster Radio MIG that otherwise the race would follow its traditional route, from the Tenbossestraat towards Parike, and going over the Parikeberg to the Muur van Geraardsbergen.

    However, he also indicated that there could be some dramatic changes in the race in 2011. The Molenberg, usually the first climb in the finale, could be moved closer to the end, right after the Kwaremont, Patersburg, Koppenberg and Eikenberg.

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  • Armstrong leads RadioShack at Tour Down Under

    Lance Armstrong with Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
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    December 02, 2009, 11:05 GMT
    Richard Tyler

    Bruyneel names seven-man team for RadioShack's ProTour debut

    RadioShack manager Johan Bruyneel has confirmed the team's line up for January's Tour Down Under, from January 17-24, 2010. The Belgian announced on his Facebook page that Lance Armstrong will lead the US-based team's seven-man squad as he once again commences his season at the Australian ProTour event.

    Armstrong will be joined in South Australia by RadioShack teammates Daryl Impey, Jason McCartney, Yaroslav Popovych, Sébastien Rosseler, Gert Steegmans and Tomas Vaitkus.

    It will be Armstrong's second appearance at the race after he marked his return from retirement with participation in this year's edition of the race. He will use the event for his later-season objectives at the Tour of California, May 16-23, and the Tour de France, July 3-25.

    Steegmans and Rossler have both competed in at the Tour Down Under in the past, while Impey, McCartney, Popovych and Vaitkus will debut in the race.

    The Tour Down Under will be RadioShack's first appearance in a ProTour event.

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  • Basso to defend Giro del Trentino title

    Ivan Basso (Liquigas)
    Article published:
    December 02, 2009, 11:33 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Organisers also confirm BMC, present mountainous 2010 course

    Ivan Basso will return defend his victory in the Giro del Trentino in 2010. Race organisers announced this week that the Liquigas rider will again compete in the four-day race, April 20 to 23, through the mountains of north-eastern Italy.

    In addition, BMC Racing Team - home to Alessandro Ballan and World Champion Cadel Evans - has also been confirmed for the 2010 edition of the race.

    Organisers of the race made the announcements as they released details of the race's second stage, which will be the event's Queen Stage. The Tour opens with a time trial on April 20, with the peloton to face up to a mountainous stage the following day.

    The riders will begin stage two with the Garde Trentino and then heads up the Category 1 Passo del Brocon (1615 metres) and the Passo Gobera (Category Two, 998 metres). The final climb of the day leads to a mountaintop finish on the 1466-metre high San Martino di Castrozza. Category 1, the climb is 13.7 km long and ascends 753 metres for an average gradient of 5.5 per cent, with a maximum of 10 per cent.

    The third stage will start at Fiera di Primiero, Trentino and will give the peloton some respite before the race closes with a difficult fourth stage. The fourth and final stage will finish atop the Alpe di Pampeago - Val di Fiemme (1757 metres), which averages 9.8 percent gradient over its 7.65 kilometres.

    This year, Basso finished 0:22 ahead of Astana's Janez Brajkovic in the Giro del Trentino's overall classification.

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  • Team Raleigh announce 2010 roster

    The peloton at the Tour of Britain
    Article published:
    December 02, 2009, 12:59 GMT
    Richard Tyler

    New British team name nine-man line-up for return to peloton

    Team Raleigh has announced their roster for the 2010 season. The newly formed, British-based squad have applied for a Continental licence and this week confirmed the nine riders who will compete for the team in their debut season.

    With an average age of 22, the Raleigh line up is composed of seven British riders and two internationals. Briton Tom Barras, 31, will be the team's most experienced rider and will join compatriots Dale Appleby, Liam Holohan, Daniel Shand, James Stewart, Richard Handley and Michael Cumings on the roster.

    Australia's Peter Smith, 22, and German Julian Rammler, 22, have also been recruited to the squad.

    Raleigh announced in August that the riders will compete in Britain's Premier Calendar, Tour series and Elite criteriums in its first season. It will also aim at securing invitations to the 2010 editions of the Tours of Britain and Ireland.

    Team Raleigh marks a return for the Nottingham-based bicycle marquee to the professional peloton. Raleigh was highly visible in the professional peloton during the late 1970s and early 1980s, and their TI-Raleigh squad was highly successful.

    Joop Zoetemelk, Jan Raas and Gerrie Knetemann were all members of the team, and their victories included World Championships (Knetemann in 1978 and Raas in 1979) and the 1980 Tour de France (Zoetemelk).

    Team Raleigh's longer term ambition is for the squad to make a return to racing on continental Europe within the next five years.

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