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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Date published:
May 08, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Goss hoping to come out on top on Giro's fifth stage

    Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) has won two Giro stages thus far in his career
    Article published:
    May 08, 2013, 2:20 BST
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    Cycling News

    Weening loses 10 seconds due to a mechanical

    With Orica GreenEdge eyeing Stage 5's finale for sprinter Matt Goss, team resources were at a premium towards the end of Tuesday's stage won by Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) with Pieter Weening suffering an untimely mechanical.

    Weening entered the fourth stage 45 seconds off the general classification lead of Luca Paolini (Katusha) but a puncture 20km from the finish resulted in the Dutchman 10 seconds off the front group when the peloton rode in to Serra San Bruno.

    "The boys did a good job to bring me back to the bunch after the flat tire, but I was on the limit from that moment until the finish," explained Weening who got a wheel from Leigh Howard, while Jens Mouris and Christian Meier stopped to wait before riding with the former Giro stage winner to the finish.

    "We have a few riders getting ready for tomorrow's stage," explained sports director Neil Stephens. "We didn't want to make them work too hard today, although they ended up having to work awfully hard just to get to the finish in the end. The length of the stage combined with the climbs and the wet weather during the last hour made it a hard day for everybody."

    Weening will start Stage 5 in 16th overall, 55 seconds behind Paolini.

    Wednesday's 203km fifth stage features two climbs towards the end, the first to Montescaglioso at 398 metres, followed by a shorter climb 16km later into Matera – custom-made for a stronger sprinter like Goss. The 26-year-old was fifth on the opening stage behind rival Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) and took positives from a lead-out the...

  • Cyclingnews is expanding in Australia

    New Cyclingnews.com homepage
    Article published:
    May 08, 2013, 2:52 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Work on the world's leading cycling web site

    Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling web site, is looking for candidates across a number of roles based in our office in Sydney, Australia.

    Future Publishing Australia is a leading online and magazine publisher in its specialist sectors of Technology, Cycling and Gaming and is part of the Future Group with offices in the UK and US.
    As the business embarks on a new phase of growth for its online cycling businesses we need people with a passion for these sectors to join our editorial and media sales teams.

    EDITORIAL

    To be considered for this role you must have the following:
    • Relevant editorial experience in online or print media
    • A good knowledge of cycling and ideally a good network of industry contacts
    • Ability to source and write concise, timely and accurate news and feature stories.
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ideally - HTML skills and familiarity working with Content Management Systems.
    • Experience of working pro-actively in a team
    • An ability to work flexibly, ‘roll up your sleeves’ and assist with other duties in multi-faceted media business

    MEDIA SALES

    To be considered for this role you must have the following:
    • Experience in media sales
    • A passion for, and a strong commercial knowledge of cycling
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills
    • Experience of working pro-actively in a team
    • An ability to work flexibly, ‘roll up your sleeves’ and assist with other duties in multi-faceted media business

    Please send your CV with a covering letter via e-mail to Neville.Daniels@futurenet.com with Cyclingnews Editorial or Cyclingnews Media Sales in the subject line.
     

  • Crawford hitting climbing straps in time for Tour of Toowoomba

    The race leader, Jai Crawford (Genesys Wealth Advisers)
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    May 08, 2013, 4:14 BST
    By:
    Jane Aubrey

    Encouraged by Huon - Genesys plans to go Pro Continental

    Jai Crawford (Huon Salmon - Genesys Wealth Advisers) is coming into form at the right time with the Tasmanian-based squad due to head back to Asia later this month for the Tour of Japan, where the 29-year-old has previously finished runner-up.

    First, there's this week's FKG Tour of Toowoomba to contest, the third round of the Subaru National Road Series (NRS) with Huon - Genesys claiming GC victories on the opening two events of the year via Joe Cooper at the Woodside Tour de Perth and Jack Haig at the Battle of the Border where Crawford was second overall. It was a result that was set up by finishing second to Haig on the opening stage on the punishing Mount Warning climb with the lead two riders not letting go of their position for the remainder of the race. The noted climber is steadily rediscovering his race legs, with much of his focus on his young son who was born in November last year.

    "The form's coming up," Crawford confirmed to Cyclingnews. "I haven't had much form all year - everything's different when you've got a baby so the focus hasn't really been on getting into super form. I think just by virtue of having a bit of racing lately in Perth and then last week it just brings the form up. At Toowoomba I should be just a little bit better than Battle of the Border - hopefully anyway."

    Crawford forms part of a three-pronged climbing attack for Toowoomba, along with Haig and Nathan Earle but he is also certain that Kiwi Cooper should not be ruled out.

    "We've got a fourth option in Joe Cooper as well, he's a pretty good time trialist and on his day he can...

  • De Gendt warms up for Tour de France in California

    Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM)
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    May 08, 2013, 5:38 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Vacansoleil-DCM name all-round team

    Vacansoleil-DCM has announced its roster for the team's first appearance at the Tour of California next week, with a well-rounded mix of riders set to start in Escondido.

    The team has so far earned just one win for the season via Thomas De Gendt at the Volta Catalunya in March, and question marks have been raised as to the future of the Dutch team with the sponsorship contract with camping holiday operator, Vacansoleil ending later this year. The squad in California will no doubt be hoping their luck starts to turn.

    "It is a new race for us and it fits the program perfectly," said sport director Hilaire Van Der Schueren. "I understand that the 2013 race is hard, has great roads and eight days if a perfect length to get some racing in the legs. We come to the start with some riders coming from a rest period and who worked towards this race. I am confident we will get nice results in some stages."

    Some members of the squad will be using the 2.HC race as preparation for the Tour de France, specifically De Gendt who missed the grand boucle in 2012 due to his wedding following an impressive performance at the Giro d'Italia.

    "Our team of sport directors and trainers looked at how we can create a team that is ready for the Tour physically and mentally," explained Van Der Schueren. "This is about individual physical preparation but also about creating a group which cares for each other. Nearly all riders we are thinking about for the Tour de France are fresh after a rest and/or training period. Part of the pre-selection for the Tour goes to California after which some go to Belgium and others do altitude training. This will be followed by training on the cooperation in the group with a team time trial...

  • Richie Porte extends contract with Team Sky

    Richie Porte (Sky) showed he's more than a Sky understudy by winning Paris-Nice
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    May 08, 2013, 10:26 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Paris-Nice winner stays on

    Richie Porte has re-signed with Team Sky, ending any speculation that the Tasmanian could have changed teams at the end of the season. Cyclingnews understands Porte has signed a two-year contract.

    “I'm really happy at Team Sky and this was always the best scenario for me. I've had a great two years with the team and I feel at home here,” Porte said in a statement released by the team.

    Cyclingnews understands that GreenEDGE, BMC and Omega Pharma QuickStep had shown varying degrees of interest in the 28-year-old.

    “There was interest from other teams but Team Sky are the best in the world, with the best staff and riders. Guys like Tim Kerrison have helped me become a better rider and I know I can improve further working with the performance team we have here.”

    “With this new contract comes an added responsibility, and while I'm more than happy to help guys like Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins in the future, I'd love to lead the squad in a Grand Tour next season.”

    Porte has enjoyed a strong start to the 2013 season winning two stages and the overall in a dominant performance at Paris-Nice in March. He also finished second in Pais Vasco and the Criterium Interational.

    “Richie has been a key part this team’s stage race success since he arrived here and this new contract is a statement of intent for both him and the team,” said Team Sky’s manager Dave Brailsford.

    “Every time he has taken on a leadership role he has excelled. We saw at Paris-Nice exactly what Richie is capable of and there is no doubt that there is a lot more to come from him."

    “If he maintains his current trajectory there is no reason why he can’t go in to a Grand Tour and challenge for victory."

  • Team Sky plays down talk of a Colombian conspiracy within team

    Sky's Bradley Wiggins and Rigoberto Uran made the elite selection on the finishing descent.
    Article published:
    May 08, 2013, 11:24 BST
    By:
    Stephen Farrand

    Reports Uran will leave team

    Team Sky has denied reports of a possible Colombian conspiracy inside the team after Bradley Wiggins was left isolated in the finale of stage four of the Giro d'Italia and lost 17 precious seconds to his overall rivals.

    Today's Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper speculates that both Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao rode their own race perhaps because both are considering leaving Team Sky at the end of the season.

    Cyclingnews understands that Henao could stay with the British team beyond 2013 but Uran will almost certainly leave. His seventh place in the 2012 Giro d'Italia and his haul of UCI points make the 25 year-old Colombian a prime target for teams looking to secure their place in the UCI WorldTour and for a future Grand Tour leader.

    Omega Pharma-Quick Step is in currently in pole position to sign Uran with four other teams also interested, including Astana.

    Team Sky has a plethora of leaders with Wiggins, Froome and Porte, who has agreed to stay with the team until 2015. That leaves little room for the Colombian riders.

    However Team Sky has insisted that Uran and Henao did not ride for themselves on the stage but followed team orders that had been decided before the start of the stage. Head coach Rod Ellingworth told Cyclingnews at the start of stage five that both Uran and Henao were told to contest the sprint to try and take away the 20, 12 and 8 second time bonuses from Wiggins' rivals.

    On stage three, Cadel Evans (BMC) won the sprint for second place and took a 12-secobnd time bonus, with Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) finishing third, and so picking up eight seconds.

    Wiggins lost time on stage four...

  • Cyclingnews sponsorship report to be presented to UCI Stakeholders Consultation

    UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle
    Article published:
    May 08, 2013, 12:17 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Repucom data reveals the value of sponsorship

    The recently published Cyclingnews report into the value of commercial sponsorship in professional cycling will be presented to the UCI’s Stakeholders Consultation, the sport’s governing body confirmed.

    In an email to Cyclingnews, UCI President Pat McQuaid wrote: “The report presents four key strategic factors which should be addressed to further develop the sport. The UCI will share those recommendations with its Stakeholders Consultation to assist the sport in strengthening the sponsorship platform that it presents to brands globally.”

    The Stakeholders Consultation has been managed by Deloitte and has included meeting with riders, teams, organisers, sponsors and other key members of the cycling family to gather information and advice on the future of the sport. The UCI has promised to publish the report's finding later this year.

    The Cyclingnews sponsorship report used data calculated by Repucom and focused on the sponsorship value within the sport of cycling. It stressed that the sport has reached a tipping point, highlighting that few global brands participate in the sport, even though professional cycling offers substantial and efficient media exposure returns.

    You can download the full report here. 

    “No other sport provides the same opportunity for fans to be part of the theatre of the sport which is played out against some of the most beautiful and scenic backdrops in the world,” McQuaid wrote.

    “The sponsorship opportunities that exist for brands to engage fans and to be part of that story are unparrelled in sport.”

    “I congratulate Cyclingnews and Repucom for this extremely...

  • Hesjedal breaks even at Giro d’Italia

    Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) on the attack
    Article published:
    May 08, 2013, 17:47 BST
    By:
    Barry Ryan

    Canadian looks ahead to Saltara time trial

    In the heightened world of the Giro d’Italia’s nervous opening days, every second won and lost is magnified in its significance, and even the most minor of crises turns into a melodrama, but defending champion Ryder Hesjedal seems largely unperturbed by the pervading atmosphere.

    After his Garmin-Sharp team coughed up 25 seconds to Sky in the Ischia team time trial, the Canadian’s chances of defending his crown against Bradley Wiggins were hastily estimated to have suffered an important blow.

    Yet in the space of two sinuous days in the southern Italy, as the race travelled deep into Calabria, Hesjedal quietly made up his deficit through a combination of attacking, picking up bonus seconds and positioning himself well during technical finales.

    Speaking to Cyclingnews on the start line in Cosenza on Wednesday, as the public address system pumped out cheesy Euro-pop and the speaker whipped the crowds into a frenzy, Hesjedal looked to retain a grounded view on the race’s foray into Italy’s deep south.

    “I’m happy with how it’s gone so far. There’s been some hard racing and some technical racing and to be still there is kind of all you can ask for, so it’s all good,” Hesjedal said as he inspected his handlebars.

    Hesjedal’s disappointment at the finish of the Ischia team time trial had been palpable, but at a remove of three days – and now standing level on time with Wiggins in the overall standings – the Canadian had a different perspective on that trying afternoon.

    “In a situation like that, it’s one day and 17k, so everything’s got to fire just right,” he said. “Losing David Millar wasn’t the best-case scenario, and...