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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Date published:
September 19, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Martin says ITT title defence will be no easy task

    World champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) gets ready to take off for the prologue
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    September 19, 2012, 8:42 BST
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    Cycling News

    Men's individual time trial start times

    As defending world champion, Tony Martin (Germany) will be last man out of the start house for the men’s individual time trial on Wednesday. Despite his two challengers for medals in 2011 being absent, Martin knows that claiming back-to-back gold medals will be far from an easy task.

    Having recovered from his effort on Sunday with Omega Pharma-QuickStep in the team time trial where they won gold, the 27-year-old said he will have a battle on his hands.

    "I'm in good shape," Martin told Biciciclismo. "It will be a nice race with some of the best specialists in the world. I'm ready to fight and try to defend the title I won last year."

    There are a number of potential challengers for Martin in 2012, including penultimate rider Alberto Contador (Spain), who the German will follow out of the start house.

    "I was surprised by the course," said Contador to l'Avenir. "I was expecting something more difficult. This is sinuous, with many changes of pace. But there is the Cauberg which is really difficult."

    Former world under 23 champions Taylor Phinney (USA) and Luke Durbridge (Australia) are definite threats, as is Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel

    Riders will leave Heerlen at two minute intervals starting from 1:30pm local time.

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  • Wiggins willing to financially support a British women's team

    Bradley Wiggins was all smiles for sign on at the Tour of Britain
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    September 19, 2012, 10:20 BST
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    Cycling News

    Women riders “the forgotten ones in the sport”

    Bradley Wiggins supports professional women's cycling and is in fact ready to put his money into it. He would be willing to make a financial investment in a “full-on” elite women's team, he has said.

    “I would like to help form a women’s team ,” he told The Telegraph. “I have no idea what it would cost but it would be something I would be willing to put in some of my own money in to start up.”

    The Tour de France winner and Olympic champion would only be interested in a full-fledged effort, though. “It would have to be all or nothing, though, I wouldn’t want to be involved in a tuppence-ha’penny team. It would have to be a full-on set up.”

    Women's cycling is notoriously underpaid as compared to the elite men, and there is much instability with sponsors. For example, the team AA Drink-Leontien.nl will stop at the end of this season.

    One of Britain's top riders, Emma Pooley, who is on that team, recently told Cyclingnews, “I’m considering or taking a year off. I have spoken to other teams but the whole climate in women’s cycling is not very encouraging. Although some women’s teams are really well run, there's such a hand to mouth existence. Every year it seems like a team folds and it’s a lot of stress.”

    Wiggins is willing to do his part to change this. “I just have an amazing respect for what our women do. They are the forgotten ones in the sport and yet they have just as big a success as we do with the men.”

  • Freire: rainbow jersey or retirement?

    Oscar Freire Gomez (Katusha)
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    September 19, 2012, 12:19 BST
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    Cycling News

    Spaniard again discusses possibility of stopping with racing

    Oscar Freire has once again said that he might retire at the end of this season, unless he wins his fourth world championship, in which case he might stay on for another year.

    Freire is one of four riders on the eight-man Spanish team who will have the freedom to ride for himself in Valkenburg.

    The Spanish sprinter has previously won the title in 1999, 2001 and 2004.

    He has only one win this year for Katusha, but sees his fourth place in Amstel Gold Race in April as a good indicator for Sunday's race, which will cover some of the same roads. “During the last Amstel Gold Race, I showed that I can get a good result, since the routes overlap in both races," he told the Russian website f-sport.ru.

    “The Spanish team arrives in good shape and is a favourite for the road race this year. Many of us are ready to win, we have a lot of options in regards to strategy and it all depends on how you develop the race for each of us and the whole team,” he said.

    Freire has in the past repeatedly announced his retirement, only to change his mind. Last year, he also hinted that he would retire if he did not win the world title.  He did not win it but nevertheless signed with Katusha for the 2012 season.

    "I always said that I can change my mind about retirement for if I win the world championships for the fourth time. Each Worlds victory was good in its own way, and each of them was special.”

    But, he added, “Our sport is one of the most complex, and sometimes it is better to know when to end a run and call time.”

  • Eight Endura riders to join NetApp-Endura in 2013

    The Endura team
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    September 19, 2012, 13:13 BST
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    Cycling News

    Seventeen riders so far for newly-merged team

    Team NetApp-Endura Racing is taking form for 2013. Eight Endura riders have signed on for the newly-merged team, joining nine NetApp riders.  More signings are expected, the team said.

    The British-based Team Endura Racing will merge into the German-based Team NetApp for the coming season. It will be the first Professional Continental team experience for many of the riders coming from the British team.

    The eight riders are: Iker Camano Ortuzar (33, Spa), Zakkari Dempster (24, Aus), Russell Downing (34, GBr), Jonathan McEvoy (23, GBr), Erick Rowsell (22, GBr), Scott Thwaites (22, GBr), Paul Voss (26, Ger) and Alexander Wetterhall (26, Swe).

    "The quality of the individual riders is a boost for us. Their success throughout the entire season on the Europe Tour speaks for itself. The fact that the core of this very successful team is remaining intact and switching over to us gives us an important advantage for next season," team manager Ralph Denk said.

    The complete line-up will be announced n the next weeks, with at least three more signings expected.

    Team NetApp – Endura 2013:

    Jan Barta (27, Cze), Cesare Benedetti (25, Ita), Iker Camano Ortuzar (33, Spa),  Zakkari Dempster (24, Aus), Russell Downing (34, GBr), Markus Eichler (30, Ger), Bartosz Huzarski (31, Pol), Blaz Jarc (24, Slo), Leopold Koenig (24, Cze),  Jonathan McEvoy (23, GBr), Erick Rowsell (22, GBr), Andreas Schillinger (29, Ger), Daniel Schorn (23, Aut), Michael Schwarzmann (21, Ger), Scott Twaites (22, GBr),  Paul Voss (26, Ger), Alexander Wetterhall (26, Swe)

     

  • Gent-Wevelgem to include Ypres for five years

    The Gent-Wevelgem peloton rolls along the seaside.
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    September 19, 2012, 15:49 BST
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    Cycling News

    Women's race to start in west Belgian city

    Gent-Wevelgem will go through Ypres the next five years, and the women's version of the race will start there, race organizers announced. The route change will be in honor of the centennial of World War I.

    After the traditional climbs of the Rodeberg and Kemmelberg, the race will not head directly to Wevelgem, but will go first to Ypres.  “That will be for the next five editions,” Bernard Langedock, of Hez Vliegen Wiel (“the flying wheel”), which organizes the race, told Het Nieuwsblad.

    The peloton will enter Ypres through the Lille Gate and cross the Grand Place and Menenstraat, leaving the city through the Menenpoort.

    Ypres, in far western Belgium, was the scene of intense and sustained battles during the first World War, with about a half million casualties on both sides.

  • Euskaltel's Cabedo killed in training accident

    Victor Cabedo (Orbea Continental) wins the stage
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    September 19, 2012, 16:29 BST
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    Cycling News

    23-year-old hit by vehicle

    Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Víctor Cabedo has been killed in a training accident that occurred early on Wednesday afternoon in Almedijar, just a few kilometres from his home in Onda, in south-east Spain. According to initial reports, the 23-year-old was on a descent on a rough section of road when he was in a collision with a vehicle. He fell into a roadside ravine.

    Although he didn’t hail from the Basque Country, Cabedo had, like so many other pros, come up through the ranks in that region. He rode as an amateur for Seguros Bilbao, before joining the Orbea continental team in 2011. His profile rose significantly when he won a stage of last year’s Tour of Asturias, a result that no doubt played a significant part in his promotion to Euskaltel-Euskadi at the start of this season.

    He made his grand tour debut at the Giro d'Italia this spring, finishing 129th. His most recent competitive appearance was at the Tour of Britain. Affected by a fever, he was forced to abandon that race on the second stage to Knowsley.

    Cyclingnews sends its condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • Phinney disappointed after missing world title by five seconds

    Taylor Phinney (United States)
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    September 19, 2012, 18:17 BST
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    Daniel Benson

    Silver medal shows American's progress in past year

    Taylor Phinney (United States) secured his second silver medal at this year's world championships with second place in the individual time trial but the American was left to ponder what might have been after seeing Tony Martin (Germany) beat his time by a mere five seconds.

    Phinney claimed silver as part of BMC's efforts in the Valkenburg team time trial at the start of the championships but had firmly set his sights on the rainbow jersey in Wednesday's 45.7-kilometre test.

    The American set out like a train, posting the fastest time at the first checkpoint. However by the second check at 29.7 kilometers, Martin had turned a four-second deficit into a 13-second advantage. Phinney hauled himself to within eight seconds of the defending champion by the 37.9-kilometre mark and with the Cauberg to come, the lead was wide open.

    On the line Phinney could only watch as Martin swept in with five seconds to spare.

    "This worlds was a huge opportunity for me," Phinney told Cyclingnews after his post-race press conference.

    "I knew that with guys like Cancellara, Wiggins and Froome not here but to be so close to Tony, I think he put almost a minute and a half into me at the London Olympics, so to bring that gap down to just five seconds on a course that suits him better than it suits me is a big positive that I can take out of it."

    At the London Olympics, Phinney came fourth in the road race before having to settle for the same position in the time trial. Despite the disappointment, he returned to his base in the US and prepared for the Worlds knowing that he had one final shot of wining an international medal.

    In the run up to Valkenburg, "Martin appeared beatable" said Phinney's...

  • Martin retains title and saves season at Valkenburg Worlds

    Time trial world champion for 2012 Tony Martin (Germany)
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    September 19, 2012, 18:47 BST
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    Barry Ryan

    German wins time trial gold ahead of Phinney

    As Tony Martin passed under the red kite, he had to cover the final kilometre in less than 1:20 if he was to retain his title as world time trial champion. Whether the German was aware of the specifics of the task at hand is moot - after a nip and tuck battle with Taylor Phinney (United States) over the rolling Limburg course, he understood instinctively what was required after cresting the final climb of the Cauberg.

    "Just at the top of the Cauberg, I was full, full sprinting. It was the longest 1,000 metres of my career," Martin said afterwards. "My legs were full of lactic acid, but I had to continue and when I saw the time at the finish, I saw that I was just in front."

    Twelve months ago in Copenhagen, Martin could afford to cruise across the line, as if it were simply the coronation at the end of a procession. In Valkenburg, by contrast, the monarch was desperately trying to quash the youthful insurgency of Phinney, even if he looked to maintain a stately air at all times.

    "At the beginning I was a little bit behind and then I was in front at the next check, but the gap was always in between 10 seconds," Martin said. "But I didn't panic, I just tried to follow my rhythm and stay with my plan."

    At the first time check after 14km, Martin was four seconds down on the upstart. By kilometre 29, the tide had turned and he led by seven seconds, but Phinney refused to yield, and the gap remained unchanged at the foot of the Cauberg.

    "I think Taylor did a perfect ride today and it was really hard," Martin said. "For sure, I didn't expect it would be so hard, but I did everything 110% and I was totally dead at the end. The final, especially, was one of the hardest ever in my career."

    Martin's late effort not only ensured that he saved his rainbow...