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Third Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Date published:
September 01, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Garmin-Slipstream gets juiced up

    Article published:
    September 01, 2009, 18:08 BST
    Cycling News

    Team adds pomegranate juice maker POM Wonderful as sponsor

    The Garmin-Slipstream team announced Monday that it has added juice maker POM Wonderful to its list of sponsors.

    POM Wonderful is the largest U.S. grower of the Wonderful variety of pomegranates and maker of 100% pomegranate juice. As part of the sponsorship, the sponsor will provide the team's riders with the antioxidant-rich POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx, the antioxidant super-extract.

    In addition, POM Wonderful and Team Garmin-Slipstream will partner to pursue ground-breaking sports physiology research on the health benefits of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice as it pertains to recovery, combating oxidative stress and inflammation in an intense athletic context.

    “We are excited to be partnering with one of cycling’s premier teams, especially one that is so preeminent in achieving its extraordinary accomplishments through nutritious and natural products,” said Matt Tupper, President of POM Wonderful. “We understand how important recovery is to these elite athletes and we look forward to exploring the benefits of POM Wonderful in partnership with Team Garmin-Slipstream.”

  • Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic draws record numbers

    The elite men's podium from the 2008 edition of the Grafton to Inverell Classic
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    September 01, 2009, 18:50 BST
    Cycling News

    49th edition set for mid-September

    The Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic is attracting record numbers for its 49th edition. A total of 272 riders have entered the gruelling road race scheduled for Saturday, September 12, in Australia. Some of the elite men's teams already committed for the 228km event include Fly V Australia, Dixon Homes, Praties, Team Budget Forklifts, HYPE, Mace-McDonagh Blake and Shortis Cycle & Tri.

    Cameron Jennings, Peter Herzig and Peter Ladd (all Team Budget Fork lifts) and Tour de Geelong winner Darren Rolfetheir and Bernard Sulzberger, Ben King, Jonathon Cantwell (Fly V) are among those registered. The race also sometimes draws talented off-road racers. World 24-hour solo mountain bike champion Jason English will try his luck on the road this year after cross country star Chris Jongewaard finished second last year.

    Whilst the focus may be on the pointy end of the race in the elite division, organisers were thrilled to receive 142 entries in the master categories. The Under 23s will also have strong representation with riders from as far away as New Zealand, Launceston, Hobart, Fremantle and Rockhampton.

    As for women's competition, the numbers are also up in the second running of the Celtic Country Classic de Femme with 36 women from across the country competing in this year's 95km event.

    Some of Australia's top talent will be on hand for the junior category's race from Glen Innes to Inverell. Ethan Kimmence and Sam Spokes are among those on the start list.

    The long-running event was first raced on Saturday, September 16, 1961. David Pell and Davina Summers won the most recent editions of the men's and women's races in 2008.

    For more information on the race, visit

  • Horner out of Vuelta with fractured wrist

    Chris Horner (Astana) in pain after stage four, he fractured his wrist in a crash with 2.5 kilometres to race.
    Article published:
    September 01, 2009, 18:58 BST
    Cycling News

    Astana rider worst off from massive pile-up in Liège

    American Chris Horner has once again been plagued by the bad luck which has haunted him all season.  The Astana rider was one of dozens of riders involved in a crash in the final kilometres of the Vuelta a Espana's stage four on Tuesday, and his team confirmed that he has an "undisplaced fracture of the wrist".

    Horner will not continue the race as the risk of the break becoming worse over the next two weeks is too great, his team said.

    It is the third serious injury of the 37-year-old rider's 2009 season. In February, he injured his knee in the Tour of California. In April, he broke his collarbone and ribs in a crash at the Vuelta a Pais Vasco after his teammate Daniel Navarro broke his chain and fell in his path.

    He recovered in time to contest the Giro d'Italia, where he was highly placed in the overall when he fell victim to another crash on stage 11. He was diagnosed later with a fractured tibia.

    Horner again recovered from his injury, but not in time to be selected for Astana's Tour de France squad. He sat out much of July, returning to competition at the Tour of Elk Grove before heading back to Europe where he nearly won the Tour de l'Ain.

    "I'm done for the year, for sure. My season is over, but I'm not stopping cycling!" Horner declared in an interview posted on his team's web site.

    Astana's newest recruit, Alexander Vinokourov, was also injured in the wreck on Tuesday. He sustained a wound to his left elbow and hip, but will continue the race.

  • Team Type 1 stays Continental, moves to Atlanta

    The Team Type 1 crew chill out after a hard day racing.
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    September 01, 2009, 19:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Domestic schedule swayed decision to delay move to Pro Conti

    Team Type 1 will remain a UCI Continental team (third division) for the 2010 season, the team announced this weekend.

    The squad had aspirations of stepping up to the next level, Professional Continental, but said uncertainty over the future of a newly enforced rule prohibiting ProTour and Pro Continental teams from participating in non-UCI sanctioned events influenced the decision to retain Continental status.

    The team still intends to grow to a more prominent statures with the aim of participating in the 2012 Tour de France, said CEO and Founder Phil Southerland .

    "Thanks to our great sponsors and partners, we now have a clearer picture of our long-term program," Southerland said. "We head into next season with the intention of going after Pro Continental status in 2011."

    "This is the best move for our organization," he said. "We are still fully committed to getting a rider who has Type 1 diabetes to the Tour de France by 2012. With great management and staff, we will be able to run a Pro Continental-type team without the significant financial investment that goes with competing on the next level."

    The Team Type 1 men's professional team, which was founded in 2008 following a pair of amateur victories at the Race Across America (RAAM) in 2006 and 2007, has achieved 98 victories and 215 podium finishes. Co-founder Joe Eldridge and Southerland are two of four riders on the squad who have Type 1 diabetes.

    Earlier this week, Team Type 1 announced it will bring its management services in-house for the 2010 season, separating from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin-based Team Sports, Inc. The team's new headquarters and service course will be based in Atlanta.

  • Fuglsang, Mosquera among walking wounded after Vuelta stage 4

    Jakob Fuglsang (Team Saxo Bank) won the Tour of Denmark for the second straight year.
    Article published:
    September 01, 2009, 20:40 BST
    Laura Weislo

    Rainy stage to Liège leaves peloton in bandages

    The riders of the Vuelta a Espana boarded airplanes bound for sunnier climes on Tuesday evening, and the departure from a rainy and cold day in Belgium en route to balmy Spain did not come soon enough for most of the peloton.

    The dreary fourth stage from Venlo to Liège looked every bit like the Spring Classics from which much of the parcours was devised. It was one that had riders on alert for dangerous conditions even if it were to be dry, but a soaking rain after a long dry spell turned the narrow, round-about filled roads into skating rinks leading to many crashes.

    Team Saxo Bank's young hopeful Jakob Fuglsang had one of the most frightful crashes of the day when he ran into a parked tractor-trailor. He was able to return to the peloton after the wreck and intends to continue, despite having serious injuries.

    "We were riding close to protect me from the wind and I was the last rider on the range," explained Fuglsang. "I kept shouting to the others that they should pull to the left. Suddenly, the riders at the front make a right turn, so I was pushed into a truck on the side of the road.

    "My left tibia was cut clean open by a spoke. A clean cut but it reaches to the bone which means that I later tonight will be having stitches. Paradoxically, I am sore on my right side which I landed on."

    Xacobeo-Galicia was also hit hard by the wrecks, with Gustavo Dominguez suffering a deep cut to his right leg, Gustavo Veloso injuring his foot and GC favourite Ezequiel Mosquera hurting his ankle and hip.

    Mosquera feared he had broken his ankle, but after the immediate pain had subsided, he was able to move his foot and thinks he will be able to continue. He was helped to the line by his teammates, barely pedaling as he was pushed across the finish.

    The Cervelo TestTeam had the majority of its squad go down in the massive pile-up which happened just inside the 3km to go banner.

    "We had [Simon]...

  • Team Capinordic's future in doubt

    Troels Rønning Vinther (Team Capinordic) won the mountains classification at the 2009 Tour of Denmark.
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    September 01, 2009, 21:10 BST
    Cycling News

    Loss of title sponsor may mean dissolution of Danish team at year's end

    Team Capinordic announced that its primary sponsor, the Capinordic financial group, has decided to withdraw sponsorship at the end of the 2009 season putting the future of the Denmark's winningest professional team in jeopardy. The Danish UCI Continental team had a three-year agreement from Capinordic, but the title sponsor has had to make cuts due to the current financial crisis.

    Team owner Soren Svenningsen has given himself 14 days to find a replacement title sponsor and if that fails then the team will dissolve at the end of this season. "It would be very sad if all the work and energy the entire team has put into the project over the years must now vanish into thin air," said Svenningsen. "Our staff and riders don't deserve this, nor do all the sponsors and cooperating partners who continue to back the team. Most of these sponsors have contracts which run until 2011 - so the whole setup is ready to be picked up by a new main sponsor.

    "I know that it is an uphill struggle, as many companies are still under pressure from the current crisis, but I hope that there are still companies which can see the uniqueness of being branded by a cycling team. We have delivered results throughout all our years. Unlike so much else these days, investment in our cycling team is probably the closest you get to a guarantee of success."

    Team Capinordic's riders have won 40 races in 2009, including two world championships, two Danish championships and the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The team has been in existence since 2002 and has been instrumental in developing young talent in Denmark, such as Team Saxo Bank's Matti Breschel and Chris Anker Sørensen.

    The loss of Team Capinordic would also have an adverse affect on the number of riders Denmark is able to send to future world championships. Sixty percent of Denmark's current UCI points were contributed by Team Capinordic's riders, which helped the country have six starters at...

  • Liquigas confirms bulk of 2010 team

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    September 01, 2009, 21:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Nibali, Kreuziger stay put, Bellotti, Dall'Antonia arrive

    The Liquigas-Doimo team confirmed Tuesday that 18 of its current riders will remain with the team for the 2010 season. Among those who are staying are Vincenzo Nibali and Roman Kreuziger, two of the teams young stars, as well many of the team's best riders.

    Confirmed with the team are: Valerio Agnoli, Ivan Basso, Daniele Bennati, Maciej Bodnar, Jacopo Guarnieri, Roman Kreuziger, Aliaksandr Kuchynski, Vincenzo Nibali, Daniel Oss, Franco Pellizotti, Manuel Quinziato, Fabio Sabatini, Ivan Santaromita, Sylwester Szmyd, Brian Bach Vandborg, Alessandro Vanotti, Frederik Willems, Oliver Zaugg.

    Pole Maciej Paterski, who started with the team as a trainee at the beginning of August and finished 23rd overall at the Tour of Poland will continue.

    The team also acquired Francesco Bellotti from Barloworld, neo-pro Davide Cimolai, Tiziano Dall'Antonia (CSF Group Navigare), Slovenian Kristjan Koren and Slovakian Peter Sagan (neo-pro).

    The entire composition of the team has not been confirmed. Those yet to be re-signed are Cesare Benedetti, Kjell Carlström, Francesco Chicchi, Claudio Corioni, Gianni Da Ros, Murilo Antonio Fischer, Enrico Franzoi, Vladimir Miholjevic, Andrea Noe and Gorazd Stangelj.

  • Pereiro postpones retirement plans

    2006 Tour champion Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne)
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    September 01, 2009, 22:17 BST
    Cycling News

    2006 Tour champion's team options open for 2010 season

    Despite having doubts about his future as a professional cyclist after abandoning the Tour de France on stage eight, Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) has put off plans of retirement for at least one year. "I want to continue in 2010 and then we shall see, it all depends on how I feel later," said Pereiro, according to La Voz de Galicia.

    The 2006 Tour de France winner cited chronic fatigue as the reason for his withdrawal from the 2009 Tour de France, and he has yet to race since abandoning the July 11 stage between Andorre-la-Vieille and Saint-Girons after 90 kilometres. "It was a hard blow," said Pereiro. "I was exhausted, tired in every way, but now I have recovered both physically and psychologically. My hunger for cycling has returned. I have been training for 15 or 20 days, just seeing how I felt."

    Pereiro's team options for 2010 have yet to be decided. There has been speculation about interest from Lance Armstrong's Team RadioShack and he hasn't ruled out returning for another year with Caisse d'Epargne, his team for the past four seasons. "Caisse d'Epargne is the team with whom I have accomplished my greatest achievements. I have no negative words to say about Caisse d'Epargne, it would be nice to stay there."

    Pereiro also indicated that "the possibility of a change in scenery at another team is under consideration."

    The 32-year-old Pereiro was not selected for the ongoing Vuelta a España and watching the event has been a source of motivation. "Now that the Vuelta has started I see that the bicycle is part of my life. I want to return to form again and be back at 100 percent."

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