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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Talansky ready to continue learning at world championships

    Andrew Talansky at his first world championships
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    September 21, 2011, 1:06 BST
    Barry Ryan

    American back in action after Vuelta exertions

    Fresh from completing his first grand tour, Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervélo) is ready to test himself once again in the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

    "If I get out there and find that I’m recovered from the Vuelta then I do expect a decent result for myself because there’s no reason not to," Talansky told Cyclingnews at the American team hotel in Gentofte on Tuesday evening. "I’m going to go and ride as hard as I can, but what that ends up being, I’m not sure."

    After testing the circuit on Monday and Tuesday, Talansky acknowledged that the course was not ideally tailored to his characteristics and expects the rainbow jersey to come down to slugging match between the heavyweight pairing of Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin.

    "I hope one day that there’s a Worlds where there’s a few k of climbing on each lap, a 3k-4k climb, just something to break it up. That would be my ideal course," Talansky said. "This is more classic Worlds TT – big open roads, super-high average speed and for big power guys like Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara, Taylor Phinney. There’s about 4k on each lap that’s more technical but really, whoever is the strongest rider is going to win."

    A neo-professional would be forgiven for feeling somewhat apprehensive on the eve of a time trial in such lofty company, but following his assured displays over the course of the season, Talansky is looking forward to the challenge.

    "It’s really not daunting as I’ve been racing these guys all year, and not only that, in stage races, I’ve beaten some of them and been close to the others," he pointed out. "Just...

  • Lancaster to ride for GreenEdge

    Brett Lancaster (Team Garmin-Cervelo)
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    September 21, 2011, 2:05 BST
    Cycling News

    Australian tips selection fight for the classics

    GreenEdge has announced their latest recruit, Australian Brett Lancaster who will join the team from Garmin-Cervelo.

    For the 31-year-old joining, GreenEdge was a logical choice.

    "I've been riding for Australian teams since 1997, when I went to my first junior World Championships. Now I get to ride for an Australian team all year round. It was an obvious choice," Lancaster said in a statement issued by the team.

    Having turned professional in 2002 with IteamNova, this will be the third time Lancaster has ridden for a team in its first year, the most recent being the Cervelo Test Team in 2009. This experience fills him with confidence in GreenEdge's ability to perform in its opening season.

    "I was involved with Cervelo when it first started and people were sceptical of joining because of the unknown. But that turned to surprise for everyone else once we started racing and getting strong results," he said.

    "It's just about everyone bonding together and getting out there and doing it. I can't wait to get out there and do it as part of GreenEdge.

    "The group of guys we've got for the one-day races and short tours is outstanding. It's going to be tough to get a spot in our team for the big classics.

    "We can also do stuff at the grand tours, like hunting for stage wins at the Tour de France.

    "Sure we may not have a big guy to race for the overall win in the Tours of France, Italy or Spain but we're heading into our first year so let's not rush things. This group will be successful and we can build from there."

    In 2005 Lancaster won the prologue of the Giro d'Italia and wore the leader's jersey for one day but says it's the Tour de France that he really wants to be a part of again and, Paris-Roubaix, the famous race across the cobblestones.

    As his season with...

  • Edwards claims Australia's fourth worlds medal

     David Edwards (Australia) smiles despite missing out on the world title
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    September 21, 2011, 3:12 BST
    Cycling News

    Queenslander struggles to comprehend his result

    Queensland university student David Edwards claimed the bronze medal in the junior men's time trial at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Denmark to bring the Australian medal tally to four after four events.

    The 18-year-old from the small town of Atherton, in tropical north Queensland, clocked a time of 35:28.47 for the 27.8 kilometre course to finish 20 seconds off the pace of Danish winner Mads Wurtz Schmidt.

    "I can't really process what's going through my head right now, it's very full on," said Edwards. "I always hoped and dreamed of doing well and now I have a bronze medal it's definitely not hit me and probably won't for a couple of days - third in the world is huge."

    New Zealand's James Oram had been the early leader with his time of 35:11.79 and endured a two hour wait in the hot seat before the Dane came home four seconds faster to snatch the win and put him into second place. Edwards was the last of the medalists to ride and was second fastest at the first check point but was unable to match the speed of his rivals.

    The teenager, who is a first year psychology student at Griffith University, says the performances by his Australian team mates on day one when Jessica Allen won the junior women's time trial and Luke Durbridge the under 23 men's crown, was certainly a great motivation.

    "It was huge," said Edwards. "I was very nervous already and then it was two from two (yesterday) which was fantastic for Australia but a bit of pressure as well.

    "I just went out there and did my job and I'm pretty happy with it," he said.

    It is Edwards second year with the junior development program and he came to Europe last year to gain experience and this year to prepare for the world championships.

    "It's been...

  • Goulburn to Sydney: A two day Classic?

    The final podium, Steele Von Hoff (3rd, and Goulburn Classic winner), Nathan Haas (1st), and Adam Phelan (3rd).
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    September 21, 2011, 5:19 BST
    Alex Hinds

    Organisers consider implications of opening day

    In 2010, the Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic was expanded to include a prologue, allowing a racing display in Goulburn the day before the traditional 171km race to Camden on the outskirts of Sydney. Though historically a single-day race, the prologue is part of a format change by race organisers which is hoped will grow the race as a spectacle and a sporting event on the National Road Series (NRS) calendar.

    This expansion however is not without its ‘teething problems’. In last year’s race, Ben Grenda (Genesys) took out the overall win of the two day expanded event, despite not winning the prestigious second day, on which all the history of the event is based. The same occurred in this year’s race with classic winner Steele Von Hoff finishing third overall behind teammate and NRS leader Nathan Haas.

    Race committee member Paul Hillbrick explained to Cyclingnews that while the prologue had created some problems, it was something that they were working on.

    "Basically, that’s what we’ve had to address in the new format," Hillbrick said. "The issue we’ve had is that we do to a large extent need to grow the event or else it will die. By having the prologue we bring another dimension to the race which helps that side of things.

    "Of course we also need to make sure we acknowledge the history of the event as well. Who goes in the record books as the winner? That’s an issue we’ve got to contend with.

    "Conversely you’ve got to understand that we don’t have a race without sponsors and supporters, without them the race can’t be run, so it’s not easy.

    "I’m certainly happy to hear different ways to run the event and to maintain the history, I’m more than happy to go down that road, but what we do need is consensus. A few people are starting to give us...

  • Katusha and BMC announce lineups for Beijing

    Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) wins Paris-Bruxelles
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    September 21, 2011, 6:23 BST
    Cycling News

    Galimzyanov aiming for sprint wins in China to cap season

    WorldTour teams Katusha and BMC have announced their teams for the upcoming Tour of Beijing, with both teams bringing high calibre line-ups to the first year event.

    BMC will be targeting the overall and the sprints with young talents Brent Bookwalter, and Alexander Kristoff. American Bookwalter, was a key domestique for Cadel Evans at the Tour de France, and now gets a chance to chase his own ambitions in China.

    "We don’t get to see a lot of that [the surroundings] or immerse ourselves in a whole lot of that during a bike race, but I’ve never been anywhere is Asia so just to see a new part of the world and to see it through a bike race is a good opportunity," Bookwalter said.

    BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said that as a first year event, the Tour of Beijing course will remain relatively unknown until the race itself.

    "What I do know is that it will be an exciting race in an amazing country," Sayers said. "There are a lot of factors that will make it a good race."

    Katusha confident in Galimzyanov

    Team Katusha Sport Director Gennady Mikhaylov has put his faith in Galimzyanov’s finish in China, building the majority of the team around his stage winning abilities.

    "We'll go into Beijing with our best sprinter, Galimzyanov, for winning some stages at the bunch dashes," said Mikhaylov. "In order to make him do his best, we also decided to bring his usual training group for sprints, composed of [Stijn] Vandenbergh, [Vladimir] Isaychev, [Alexandr] Porsev and [Egor] Silin."

    Having just won Paris-Brussels Galimzyanov comes to China with plenty of form. Currently at the world championships in Copenhagen where he is leading the Russian national team, the...

  • Specialized confirm long-term partnership with McLaren

    The Specialized McLaren Venge
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    September 21, 2011, 7:20 BST

    Deal to include tech exchange and development program

    Specialized’s partnership with motor company McLaren was first made public back in March with the unveiling of the S-Works Venge. Far from being a one-off collaboration, we caught a glimpse of a still-in-development Tarmac SL4 that had been given the McLaren touch at this year's Tour de France.

    Now Specialized have confirmed they've entered into a long-term relationship with the Formula 1 giants, that will "focus exclusively on breakthrough products and technologies that provide true performance benefits to cyclists."

    What that specifically means is unclear, with both Specialized and McLaren playing their cards close to their chests, but it will involve equipment as well as frames.

    Mark Cavendish was lucky enough to be presented with one of the special S-Works Venge bikes before he rode this year's Milan-San Remo.

    This article originally appeared on

  • Video: Phinney an underdog for Worlds time trial

    Taylor Phinney (BMC) put in a great ride in Salamanca to take fifth.
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    September 21, 2011, 9:23 BST
    Daniel Benson

    American to challenge Cancellara and Martin

    With national time trial champion Dave Zabriskie absent, Taylor Phinney and Andrew Talansky will represent the USA in the men’s time trial at the UCI World Championships.

    Phinney, who won the world under 23 title last year in Geelong, Australia, will start amongst the race favourites in Copenhagen but told Cyclingnews that he heads into the race as an underdog this time around.

    Phinney’s season can be broken into two clear and distinctive halves. During the first few months he struggled with form and fitness and by his own admission failed to grasp the life of a professional in a serious manner. However that changed late in the spring and since then the American has gone from strength to strength.

    In this exclusive video, Phinney talks about his chances, his year and growing up as a professional athlete.

  • Martin targeting time trial gold

    Stage winner Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad)
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    September 21, 2011, 12:23 BST
    Cycling News

    German is “mentally stronger” this year

    Anything less than a gold medal in the mens time trial race at the UCI World Championships will be a disappointment for Tony Martin. The German has won silver for the last two years behind Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) but is ready to step up to the top step of the podium and become World Champion.

    “I have become mentally stronger,” he said, according to the dpa news agency. “I accept the role of the favourite.”

    Martin, 26, has had an outstanding year in time trials this season. He has won time trials at the Volta ao Algarve, Paris-Nice, Vuelta al Pais Vasco, and the Criterium du Dauphine, as well as the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. Cancellara finished only fourth in the Vuelta time trial, and eighth in the Tour.

    Martin suggested the course favours his Swiss rival: “When I saw that there were no long straight passages, I had a bit of a bad feeling. I have never ridden a course like this before,” he said.

    However he is still optimistic, as he feels mentally and emotionally up to the challenge.

    The victory at the Tour “gave me a mental boost. I am more self-confident .... that is more important that just the physical part.” And on a challenging course like in Copenhagen, “the legs aren't everything.”