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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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October 03, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Tom Boonen voted top Flandrian

    Belgian champion Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) was a pre-race favorite at the Grand Prix de Wallonie.
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    October 03, 2012, 0:20 BST
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    Cycling News

    Wiggins awarded international prize, De Vocht top woman

    Thanks to his double victories in Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Tom Boonen was voted by his peers as winner of the 'Flandrien 2012' as the best rider of the year in Belgium

    Boonen beat out new world champion Philippe Gilbert to win the honour for the first time since 2005, and his third trip to the podium to receive the coveted trophy.

    "It's fun and what makes it even better is the fact that I won ahead of the newly crowned world champion Philippe Gilbert. This gives even more value to this trophy," Boonen said according to nieuwsblad.be.

    "It is clear to me that this is the trophy for consistency. I have won more big races than Gilbert, who won the biggest race."

    Boonen's season was arguably one of the best of his career: after taking a stage in the Tour de San Luis in January, he went on to demonstrate his form at the Tour of Qatar, winning two stages and the overall, before heading back to Belgium to dominate the Classics.

    His second place to Garmin's Sep Vanmarcke in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was the result of a mis-timed sprint, but it was an indication that 'Tommeke' was getting back to his best.

    After winning a stage of Paris-Nice, Boonen scored victories in the E3 Prijs and Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, all in the span of two weeks.

    His record of 2012 is surpassed only by his world championship winning 2005, and is a huge rebound from a dismal 2011 season, in which his crashes outnumbered his victories.

    "This trophy is a reward for the hard work that I've done after a few difficult years to get back to the top This return was as beautiful as my best wins," Boonen said.

    Bradley Wiggins was voted international rider of the year, while Liesbet De Vocht...

  • New era on the horizon for Cycling Australia’s Jayco-AIS program

    Jayco-AIS rode a good race, but have yet managed to get their man McCarthy in yellow.
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    October 03, 2012, 2:03 BST
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    Jane Aubrey

    Increased domestic infrastructure leads to change

    Cycling Australia's development program in Europe is set to undergo a change from 2013 with the current Continental-registered team, Jayco-AIS, to be dropped in favour of an Australian National Team set-up.

    The UCI Continental team has been in existence since 2006 first as Southaustralia.com-AIS until evolving into Jayco-AIS. While currently a "work in progress", the changes are expected to be in place by the end of October or early November with the team possibly being re-named as Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy.

    "I can't see it not heading this way because it's not a huge change," Cycling Australia's national performance director Kevin Tabotta told Cyclingnews.

    It's a structure that's played an important role in the development of some of Australia's best exports to the UCI World Tour including Matt Goss, Simon Clarke, Luke Durbridge, Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), Matthew Lloyd (Lampre-ISD),and Michael Matthews (Rabobank). Heading into 2013, the team has provided a stepping stone for Rohan Dennis to move to Garmin-Sharp and Jay McCarthy to land a contract with Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank.

    The shift, apart from bringing Australia into line with most other nations, will also save Cycling Australia from outlaying a fee for a UCI Continental licence, which is eventually returned under normal circumstances.

    "We probably did 60 per cent of our races under a national team umbrella anyway this season so it was more a case of looking at why we were doing that and asking if there is a necessity to be a continental team anymore," Tabotta explained.

    He argues that the move will give the team greater flexibility in terms of riders within the program and outside. For example, current Australian-based Continental outfits such as Team Budget Forklifts,

  • Renovated "Pont Gibus" returns to Paris-Roubaix in 2013

    The Wallers secteur crosses the new railway.
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    October 03, 2012, 3:40 BST
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    Cycling News

    Duclos-Lassalle launches works to famous cobbled sector

    After a five-year absence, the cobbled sector linking Wallers to Hélesmes will return to Paris-Roubaix in 2013.

    The 1600-metre, four-star stretch officially christened "Pont Gibus" in homage to the nickname given to Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle during his career had its renovations officially launched on Monday. The work will be carried out by the Friends of Paris Roubaix, the Raismes School of Horticulture, the department of Nord-Pas de Calais and the ASO with around € 1 million being spent on the sector and its surrounds. Six-hundred-metres of the sector will be completely refurbished.

    Duclos-Lassalle, who used the sector as a launch pad to victory in both 1992 and 1993, said it was "heartwarming to see the future renaissance" of Pont Gibus.

    An announcement will be made in December as to where the sector will fall in the 2013 parcours.

     

  • Lampre-ISD, Vacansoleil-DCM name Tour of Beijing line ups

    Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil)
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    October 03, 2012, 5:49 BST
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    Cycling News

    Petacchi, Marczynski set to headline

    The peloton for the second Tour of Beijing continues to take shape with Lampre-ISD, Vacansoleil-DCM announcing their teams for the final WorldTour event of the year, next week.

    Lampre head into the five-stage event with the important goal of moving up the UCI WorldTour rankings with the team in 14th place of the 18 teams.

    "During the season we didn't obtain the good results we aimed to, even if we gave valuable experience to young talent that will be the top riders in the future," said former world champion and Lampre-ISD general manager Giuseppe Saronni.

    "The Beijing race will be very important for us because our goal is to complete the season in a winning way and to gain the points in the WorldTour ranking."

    The team will be lead by Alessandro Petacchi with Davide Viganò, Davide Cimolai and Grega Bole riding in support of the Italian in the sprints. Manuele Mori and Daniele Pietropolli will be Lampre's opportunists while Morris Possoni will target the tough uphill 162.5 km third stage between Green Sea Forest Park and Yan Qing Ba Da Ling Great Wall.

    Meantime, Vacansoleil-DCM will be aiming to place two riders inside the top 10 with Tomasz Marczynski and Johnny Hoogerland included in the team. The outfit's three fast men Kenny Van Hummel, Pim Ligthart and Barry Markus will aim for the sprints.

    "We look to ride aggressive and attractive like the fans are used to seeing from Vacansoleil-DCM and help play a key role in making the sport attractive all over the world," said sport director Michel Cornelisse.

    The Dutch team will be looking to end the season the same way they began after...

  • Rodríguez back to the Tour de France in 2013?

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) woud surrender the Vuelta a Espana's leader's jersey to Alberto Contador at the finish of stage 17.
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    October 03, 2012, 8:33 BST
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    Cycling News

    Spaniard chases "spectacular" grand tour result

    UCI WorldTour leader Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) is considering making a return to the Tour de France in 2013 after a two-year absence.

    Enjoying a season that has included wins at Flèche Wallonne, Giro di Lombardia along with second on general classification at the Giro d'Italia and third overall at the Vuelta a España, ‘Purito' said he believes it might time he shifted his focus to the other grand tour .

    Noting the difficulty of the parcours for next year's Giro d'Italia at last weekend's presentation in Milan, Rodríguez is eagerly awaiting the Tour de France presentation scheduled for later this month.

    "The Giro is very complicated, the time trial is very long and I'll lose a lot of time on it," he told Russia's R-Sport. "There are six stages over 200 kilometers, including the final in Brescia. I like to race in Italy where I have many fans but I'm waiting for the route of the Tour study my participation, but of course that's if Katusha approves."

    The 33-year-old said that to be able to retire having stood on the podium of all three grand tours would be "spectacular" but wearing the yellow jersey is also on his career to do list.

     

  • Champion System guarantees Chinese presence in Tour of Beijing peloton

    Craig Lewis (Champion System)
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    October 03, 2012, 10:32 BST
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    Cycling News

    Pro Continental outfit fills gap left by national team

    Following the Chinese Cycling Association’s decision not to field a team in the forthcoming Tour of Beijing, Champion System has been invited to fill their place, guaranteeing a Chinese presence in the field at the UCI WorldTour race.

    Home riders Pengda Jioa, Biao Liu, Kun Jiang and Chinese national road race champion Gang Xu will thu all line up for Champion System in the race, which gets underway in Beijing on October 9.

    “It is a great honour to represent my country as the national champion in our biggest race,” Xu said. “This is the most exciting event of the season for me and for my team.”

    Argos-Shimano's decision to withdraw from the race due to the ongoing political tension between China and Japan over the sovereignty of the East China Sea islands had cast a shadow on the race. China has asked Japanese citizens to leave the country, while Shimano, a Japanese company, had already withdrawn from its role as the race's neutral service provider.

    For Champion System – Asia’s only Pro Continental team – the Tour of Beijing will be their first outing at WorldTour level, although the squad has competed against a number of top flight teams already this season at the Tours of Qatar and Oman.

    “One of the primary reasons the team was formed was to be able to bring China's top cycling talents together to represent their country and their provinces in Asia's most prestigious event and eventually in the biggest competitions around the world,” explained manager Edward Beamon.

    The eight-man Champion System will also include American riders Chris Butler and Craig Lewis, Australian Aaron Kemps and Clinton Avery of New Zealand. The 24-year-old Butler raced in Beijing for BMC last season, and he is pleased to make a return to competing at...

  • IG Pro Cycling Index: Wiggins holds off Rodriguez

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)
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    October 03, 2012, 11:29 BST
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    Cycling News

    Spaniard closes the gap after Lombardy win

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) added another impressive achievement to his stellar year last weekend in Italy to retake second place in the IG Pro Cycling Index behind Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky).

    The Spanish rider attacked of the final climb of the Tier 1 classic the Tour of Lombardy to solo to an impressive victory. In previous years success in one day races has been a common occurrence for Rodriguez but in 2012 he has managed to couple this with impressive results in grand tours. His second place at the Giro d’Italia and third place at the Vuelta a España have confirmed his as one of the most consistent grand tour riders this year.

    Despite all this success Rodriguez has been unable to move past Wiggins in the IG Pro Cycling Index. His win at Il Lombardia made his points total 4697 which is still over 250 points behind Bradley Wiggins in top spot. In other rankings systems Rodriguez is top. The reason behind this difference is that the points structure and categorisation of races in the IG Pro Cycling Index. The IG Pro Cycling Index counts races outside the World Tour while the UCI’s ranking does not. These races are then categorized into different tiers but not based on UCI categories. For example, the Tour Down Under and Tour of Poland are in a lower category than Paris-Nice where in the CQ system they are in the same one.

    As well as Il Lombardia there where two other one day races taking place in Italy last week; Milano- Torino (Tier 3) and Gran Piemonte (Tier 3). These three races brought big changes in the rankings. The most consistent performer across the three races was Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky). The Colombian won Gran Piemonte and then went onto finish third in Lombardy for the second time in his career. These results...

  • BMC signs Larry Warbasse as rejuvenation continues

    Larry Warbasse and Tyler Karnes
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    October 03, 2012, 11:53 BST
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    Cycling News

    Young American joins Phinney and van Garderen

    BMC Racing Team has announced the signing of talented young American rider Larry Warbasse and renewed Yannick Eijssen's contract as it continues to rejuvenate its roster for the 2013 season.

    22 year-old Warbasse hails from Michigan and has been a part of the BMC Racing Team Under 23 program since 2010. He finished fifth overall at the mountainous Ronde de l’Isard stage race in France and helped fellow American Joe Dombrowski win the Baby Giro d'Italia, while riding for the US national team.

    Warbasse said that signing with BMC Racing Team fulfills a dream. "And for that dream to finally come to fruition is unbelievable," he said in a press release from the team.

    "Next year, I hope to gain as much experience as possible about racing and riding in the pro ranks. I don't think there is a team with more experienced riders to learn from and I want to soak up as much knowledge as I can."

    "The pro races are better for him than the amateur races because he's good at the longer distances, but we won't put pressure on him for results," directuer sportif Jean Lelangue said. "He'll learn the job of being a good teammate and learn a lot from our team leaders."

    Dombrowski and Ian Boswell will ride for Team Sky in 2013, further boosting the number of young American riders in the European peloton.

    BMC Racing Team has already announced the signing of Italy's Daniel Oss, 21-year-old Danish national champion Sebastian Lander and renewed several other riders' contracts as it rejuvenates its roster. George Hincapie has retired, while veteran Swiss rider Johann Tschopp will ride for the new IAM Project team.