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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Van Garderen to support Cavendish and Martin at Tour de France

    Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) confident about his chances this week.
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    June 29, 2011, 10:51 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Versatile American to protect team leaders

    Tejay Van Garderen will ride this year’s Tour de France as a domestique deluxe for sprinter Mark Cavendish and the overall aspirations of Tony Martin and Peter Velits. The American believes the experience will help him become a stronger Tour de France contender in the future.

    The 22-year-old was told about his Tour de France selection three days ago when team director Rolf Aldag called him at his European base in Italy. Despite a strong start to his second season as a professional Van Garderen was vying with the likes of Michael Albasini, Alex Rasmussen and Bert Grabsch for a slot in HTC-Highroad’s final line-up.

    “I’ll be pulling back some breaks for Cavendish on the flat but the reason they’ve brought me in is because I’m also versatile for the flat and the mountains so if Tony or Peter is up there on GC, then I can help them out too,” Van Garderen told Cyclingnews.

    “There might be one or two stages that I can pick out for breaks and try something for myself but I’m not going for GC.”

    “My role will be similar to the one Maxime Monfort had last year with the team. Grabsch is having some problems with sickness and if he’d been fit and selected he would have been one of the key guys to help bring breaks back. Now it’s going to take pretty much two guys to do what he did last year and the year before.”

    Van Garderen participated in last year’s Vuelta, making his grand tour debut, and despite a promising first half he faded in the final week. However, he sees this year’s Tour de France as a stepping stone, having already made several statements of intent regarding a future as a grand tour contender.

    “At my age it’s more about getting the Tour experience. If I had gone to the Tour for GC at 100 per cent and had my head kicked in during the third week that could be a bit demoralising for someone my age. I...

  • Quick Step Director De Cock denies Omega Pharma merger

    The Quick Step line-up for 2011.
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    June 29, 2011, 12:59 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Says pharmaceutical group is “asking too much”

    Frans De Cock has said that Quick Step will not merge its cycling team with Omega Pharma in 2012  The former Quick Step CEO and member of the Board of Directors said that Omega Pharma CEO Marc Coucke “is asking too much.”

    Omega Pharma has co-sponsored a team with the Belgian Lotto for a number of years, but has announced they will end their relationship at the end of this season.  Both have said that they plan to continue sponsoring a cycling team.

    Earlier this week it was revealed that Omega Pharma was negotiating a possible merger for the coming season with three teams:  Quick Step, Leopard Trek and Vacansoleil-DCM.  The pharmaceutical firm hopes to announce its final partner before the Tour de France starts on Saturday.

    “As far as I know, the contacts with Omega Pharma fell through last Friday,” De Cock told Het Laatste Nieuws. “It will not be with us.  Wednesday it is on the agenda for the Board. But for me it is clear. There are principles. Coucke is just asking too much.”

  • Petacchi ready to change nationality to ride world championships

    Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - ISD) leads the points classification.
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    June 29, 2011, 13:01 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Italian to defend Tour de France green jersey

    Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) has said he is ready to ride for another country at the world championships after the Italian cycling Federation introduced a rule blocking riders who had served a ban for doping.

    Petacchi tested positive for Salbutamol in 2007 after over using his asthma medicine and was banned for a year. The new rule created by the Italian Cycling Federation bars riders from riding national championships and riding for the Italian national team if they are banned for at least a six-month ban. The rule means riders of the calibre of Ivan Basso, Danilo Di Luca, Davide Rebellin will also be affected.

    “Race against Italy at the worlds? I’m thinking about it,” Petacchi told Gazzetta dello Sport.

    “I’m sorry and disappointed. I don’t know if it’s legally possible to take a decision like that and make it retroactive. If they’ve done it, it perhaps means you can… And I get caught up in it all and thrown in the pot with all the other cases. There doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it and I’ve just got to accept it.”

    Di Luca is considering making a legal challenge against the ruling but Petacchi has other plans, with Gazzetta suggesting he may opt to ride for Kazakhstan at this year’s world championships in Copenhagen.

    “I seriously thinking about it, I’m not going to hide the fact. I don’t know if it’s possible but people are looking into it for me,” he said.

    Tour de France

    Petacchi won two stages and the green points jersey at last year’s Tour de France. He is riding again this year but played down his chances in the sprints, especially early in the race.

  • Movistar confirm Tour de France team

    David Arroyo (Movistar)
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    June 29, 2011, 14:12 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    All 198 riders now named for the Grand Depart

    The Spanish Movistar team is the final squad to name its nine riders for this year’s Tour de France, meaning all the 198 riders for this year’s race have been confirmed.

    2010 winner Alberto Contador is listed as number one in the provisional start list. The final start list will be confirmed on Friday. Teams have until then to make any last minute replacements needed due to injury or illness.

    Some teams, including Leopard Trek, Liquigas-Cannondale and Omega Pharma-Lotto arrived in the Vendée region on Tuesday to study the route of Sunday’s team time trial stage. Most other teams will arrive today. The Grand Depart kicks off with the official team presentation on Thursday afternoon at the Puy du Fou theme park near Les Herbiers.

    Arroyo leads Movistar team

    The Movistar Tour de France team was presented in the telephone company’s flagship store in Madrid on Wednesday morning before the riders flew from Spain to the Vendée region of France for the start of the Tour de France.

    Movistar will be lead by David Arroyo and include Andrey Amador, Rui Costa, Imanol Erviti, Iván Gutiérrez, Beñat Intxausti, Vasil Kiryienka, Fran Ventoso and new Spanish national champion José Joaquín Rojas.

    "We have a squad that hopes to win on every terrain, with the same goal of every squad: taking at least a stage victory,” team manager Eusebio Unzué said.

    “Ventoso has already shown he might do well against the top sprinters in big races. Rojas is also a fast finisher and showed his form in the Spanish championships on Sunday. We also have all rounders like Amador,...

  • Cervélo unveils new S5 aero road bike

    Cervelo has launched a new S5 aero road bike whose P4-inspired shape is said to save nearly 40 seconds over a 40km course at 40km/h relative to the already slippery S3.
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    June 29, 2011, 14:33 BST
    James Huang

    Claimed to save 37sec over 40km compared to S3

    Cervélo released information today on a new S5 flagship aero road machine set to debut at the start of the Tour de France that the company claims will save riders nearly 37 seconds over a 40km course (at 40km/h) relative to its already slippery S3. Naturally, that 92 grams of drag reduction (or over nine watts of power output) comes with some radical tube shaping and there's more than a little bit of influence taken from the time trial/triathlon-specific P4 model.

    That design language is most evident in the rear end, which includes a kinked seat tube with a deep-section profile, close-fitting rear wheel cutout, and nearly upright aero-section telescoping carbon seatpost. The S5 will use a conventional rear brake instead of the P4's integrated calipers, though, but the chain stays are similarly huge nonetheless. According to Cervélo, the aero seat stays are set a little more broadly up top to help direct air around the caliper.

    Aero downtube with an allowance for a bottle cage.

    Aero downtube with an allowance for a bottle cage.

    Again like on the P4, the new S5 boasts a dropped aero-section down tube that supposedly makes for smoother airflow off of the front wheel and flush-fit fork crown. Cervélo has notably flattened the trailing edge of the down tube down by the water bottle mount, though, saying the less abrupt transition is better able to maintain good aerodynamic performance when a bottle is actually mounted. Moreover, Cervélo has provided two bottle mounts: one in a standard location and another one set extra-low, with the latter position supposedly generating 15g less drag.

  • Riis’ son selected for the Tour of Denmark

    Smile if you want to go faster: Bjarne Riis made the trip to Australia
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    June 29, 2011, 16:43 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    18 year-old Thomas Nybo to follow in his father footsteps

    Bjarne Riis’ 18-year-old son has been selected to ride the Tour of Denmark for the Team Post Denmark development team.

    Thomas Nybo Riis has only been riding seriously for 18 months with the small Blue Water Cycling team but has secured a place in the national squad that aims to help emerging riders by giving them a ride in the biggest race on the Danish calendar.

    The five-day Tour of Denmark will be held on August 3-7 this year.

    ”I did not expect this at all, and I am very surprised. At the moment I’m only riding, because it’s fun, and we how to see, how far I can go,” Thomas Nybo told

    "I've played football and handball, and I like music but deep down I have always thought that I’d be into cycling one day."

    "I believe that if I train like everyone else, I can be better than them all. I definitely have a talent for it. Right now the bike I really just for fun, and we’ll see how far it will go in the future.”

    Bjarne Riis said he was pleased and proud to see his son following in his footsteps. He won the Tour of Denmark in 1995 and became a national hero in Denmark after winning the Tour de France.

    He fell from grace in 2007 when he confessed to doping to win the Tour de France and symbolically offered to give back his yellow jersey. He is the owner of the Saxo Bank-SunGard team.

    “I am very proud. It’s fantastic, that he’s doing well. He have only been riding for a bit more than a year, so it is kind of crazy, that he is already on this level,” Riis said.

    “Of course he asks me for advice but I have let him do this on his own, and that is cool. He got talent, and he is very serious about his sports, and he knows what it takes. How far he can go, time will...

  • Video: Brailsford talks about Team Sky's Tour de France hopes

    David Brailsford was on hand at the Tour team launch at Kew Gardens.
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    June 29, 2011, 18:43 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Team manager on Wiggins, Swift and going green

    Team Sky's Dave Brailsford believes that his team has learned from their mistakes of their debut at the Tour de France in 2010.

    In this video interview he talks about how the creation of a core team of riders for the Tour de France and the idea of getting them to ride and bond together has made a huge difference to team spirit.

    Brailsford refused to predict what final result Bradley Wiggins can achieve in this year’s Tour de France but believes he will be at his very best. Ben Swift was perhaps a surprise selection for Team Sky’s Tour de France squad but Brailsford is convinced the young sprinter rider can take on fellow Briton Mark Cavendish.

    He also talks about Team’s Sky’s new green clothing and bikes as they help promote a campaign to save the rainforest.

  • Omega Pharma-Lotto cuts ties to Vansevenant

    Wim Vansevenant recalled his career
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    June 29, 2011, 20:22 BST
    Cycling News

    Team said he had no contact to riders, Vansevenant denies charges

    Wim Vansevenant will not be driving VIP guests for team Omega Pharma-Lotto at the Tour de France, the team has announced. In light of an investigation into charges that the former rider imported illegal doping products, the team has cut its ties to him.

    In a statement on the team's website, general manager Geert Coeman said that he and the team were “surprised by the news” about Vansevenant, who rode for the team from 2003 until his retirement in 2008.

    However, Coeman denied that Vansevenant had any contact with the riders, saying he “was only sporadically a VIP escort. In the upcoming Tour de France, he would have worked one week.  As a VIP escort, he had no contacts with the riders or team.  The VIP escort does not stay in the riders' hotel.”

    He concluded, “It goes without saying that a stop has been put to all cooperation with him."

    Team manager Marc Sergeant echoed Coeman's remarks, telling Het Nieuwsblad, "He didn't have a lot of contact with our riders. He told me himself that he barely knows the guys on the team.”

    Sergeant added that he was "as good as certain" that the products are not intended for his team.

    It was announced Wednesday morning that Vansevenant was being investigated after receiving a package from Australia said to contain “ultra-modern doping products”.

    The retired rider denied the charges, saying he had ordered the TB-500 for himself, since he “felt old and tired,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. 

    Vansevenant was...