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Third Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Date published:
September 21, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Gesink facing six months on the sideline

    Robert Gesink (Rabobank) is having a difficult Tour de France
    Article published:
    September 21, 2011, 9:02 BST
    Cycling News

    Dutchman's frustrating year continues after training crash

    Robert Gesink (Rabobank) will need at least six months of recovery following his training incident on Sunday which resulted in the Dutchman fracturing his right femur.

    "The recovery will take some time," said Gesink on the Rabosport website. "I must first learn to walk again. Then we'll see further. "

    Gesink underwent surgery on Sunday afternoon at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort where a titanium pin was used to stabilise the fractured bone. The 25-year-old was released on Tuesday and has been told to take 10 days of absolute rest.

    He was training ahead of the world championships when his front wheel slipped out from underneath him on some cobblestones while motor pacing. Gesink’s misfortune allowed his Rabobank teammate Steven Kruijswijk to get a start in Copenhagen for Holland.

    "I've fallen fall off my bike twice this year," Gesink said. "Once at the Tour, and the other time I break my leg."

    "This is obviously bad, but I just need to recover and fight back to normal. There is no other option. This is not a broken collarbone, where you can ride it again soon. The legs are pretty fairly important for a cyclist. "

    The crash is another blow for the 26-year old after a difficult 12 months. His father died in October 2010 as the result of a cycling accident. Gesink started the 2011 season well, winning two stages in the Tour of Oman en route to overall victory. A crash at the Tour de France left him with back and hip injuries and he finished the race 33rd overall. He recently he finished second in the GP de Quebec, and was looking forward to repeating his two-time win in the Giro dell'Emilia.


  • Lefevere confirms that Leipheimer will ride for Omega Pharma-Quickstep

    A happy Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) claimed a come-from-behind victory at the Tour de Suisse.
    Article published:
    September 21, 2011, 13:56 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Updated: American agrees to two-year deal

    Patrick Lefevere has confirmed that Levi Leipheimer has agreed to join Omega Pharma-Quickstep for 2012, with an official press release confirming that the 37-year-old American will be part of the team for both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

    Leipheimer's main victory of the season came in June at the Tour de Suisse, where a storming final day time trial earned him the overall win over Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD). The 37-year-old also won the Tour of Utah, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and finished second at the Tour of California. Because of the intended merger between the Leopard Trek and RadioShack teams, Leipeimer was one of several riders looking for a new team for 2012.

    “It’s complete. I have 30 riders for next year. It’s a done deal with Levi as well. The contract isn’t back yet but we’ve agreed and he’s in the process of sending it back. He’s in California so is mailing it back,” Lefevere told Cyclingnews.

    “When I talked to him he said he only turned pro late so he’s quite fresh. If you look at his results he was second in California, respecting the team order. He won Utah, Colorado and Switzerland and he had a fantastic year. He was very unlucky in this year’s Tour de France. He crashed four times and from then it was all over for him."

    Leipheimer will add experience to Lefevere’s stage racing stock and despite his age, will likely line up at the Tour de France as the team’s overall threat. His signing may also swing the Belgian team an invite to the Tour of California.

    “Levi's arrival will contribute to making our team one of the most competitive for the stage races," Lefevere said in the press release.

    “Levi is a complete athlete who can hold his own on any type of terrain. Together...

  • 2015 road world championships goes to Richmond, Virginia

    Svein Tuft won the 2007 US Cycling Open, Richmond's last big race.
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    September 21, 2011, 14:34 BST
    Cycling News

    Oman withdraws bid

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced today that Richmond, Virginia has been selected as the site of the 2015 road world championships.

    "Bringing the road world championships back to the United States truly punctuates the outstanding state of cycling in America," said Steve Johnson, president and CEO of USA Cycling. "From the success of American riders and U.S.-based professional teams in Europe to our ever-growing domestic membership to world-class stage races like the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the 2015 UCI Road World Championships is yet another milestone towards the continued growth and success of the sport. We appreciate the UCI's trust in Richmond and we look forward to continuing to work closely with Mayor Jones, Tim Miller and Medalist Sports in making these road Worlds one of the best."

    The 2015 UCI Road World Championships are scheduled to take place September 19-27 and will feature elite men and women, under 23 men, and junior men and women. Events will include the road race, individual time trial and a new team time trial competition that will feature the world's top professional teams. The only previous time the UCI Road World Championships were held in the United States was in 1986, when they took place in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    "It's rewarding to be able to not only bring the road Worlds back to the U.S. but to bring them to Richmond," said Mike Plant, a member of the UCI Management Committee who was instrumental in bringing the Worlds back to the United States. "Richmond stepped up and proved they could support world class cycling when we brought the Tour de Trump and Tour DuPont to the city in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s."

  • Italian newspaper reveals details of Ferrari investigation

    Dr Michele Ferrari leaves a tribunal in Bologna, Italy in 2004.
    Article published:
    September 21, 2011, 16:27 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Armstrong, Menchov and Scarponi implicated

    Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera has published details of the international investigation into the activities of Dr. Michele Ferrari and his many clients, including Lance Armstrong, Denis Menchov and Michele Scarponi.

    Ferrari remains banned for life by the Italian Cycling Federation based on rider testimony and other evidence that he provided doping products to athletes, but was cleared of criminal charges in 2006. Any rider shown to have worked with Ferrari face a sporting ban.

    However, the prestigious Milan-based broadsheet quotes from detailed police documents, lifting the lid on the investigation being carried out in Italy, Switzerland and the USA, and suggesting that 30 people are suspected of being part of a criminal association.

    Italian rider agent Raimondo Scimone is also named in the article and described as the organiser of the network between sponsors, teams, banks and riders. Armstrong is not under investigation in the case because he is based in the USA. However, Corriere della Sera reports that investigators in Los Angeles have formally requested information on the investigation.

    The seven-time Tour de France winner has been linked to Ferrari several times over the years. Last year his spokesman Mark Fabiani said that Armstrong had not had a professional relationship with Ferrari since 2004 but admitted that he occasionally sees the Ferrari family, with the last time being in 2010, before his final Tour de France.

    Armstrong never tested positive during his long career and has always...

  • Tosatto and Boaro re-sign with SaxoBank-Sungard

    Matteo Tosatto (Saxo Bank Sungard)
    Article published:
    September 21, 2011, 18:11 BST
    Cycling News

    Two Italians to stay with team one more year

    Matteo Tosatto and Manuele Boaro have renewed their contracts with SaxoBank-SunGard, both extending their stay with the team until the end of 2012.

    The 37-year-old Tosatto has been with SaxoBank-Sungard for only one season, but after riding strongly in the team’s Tour de France and Giro d'Italia line-ups, team manager Bjarne Riis said it was an easy decision to re-sign the Italian.

    "Everybody on the team likes to work with him, his work ethic is outstanding," said Riis. "He has a lot of experience and first and foremost, he has been good throughout the whole year. He rode a strong spring classic campaign and played a vital role in both our Giro and Tour lineup."

    Though Tosatto had considered hanging up his bike earlier in the season, the work ethic and management at the team has invigorated the Italian for at least one more year.

    "I have been extremely happy to be part of SaxoBank-SunGard. The atmosphere within the team is fantastic, and despite me not getting any younger, working with Bjarne Riis and his staff have fuelled me with new motivation. I'm looking forward to next season already," Matteo Tosatto adds.

    Compatriot Manuele Boaro has developed steadily in his first full year as a professional with the team, and showed plenty of promise with a second place at the Italian time trial championships in June. Riis commented that keeping a young talent like the 24-year-old in the team was always a priority, and looked forward to guiding him further in the year ahead.

    "Manuele has the right attitude and approach to life as a pro bike rider," Riis said. "He is still in the middle of a learning process, but I...

  • Millar happy with Worlds time trial performance

    David Millar (Great Britain) was passed by Martin en route to seventh place.
    Article published:
    September 21, 2011, 18:35 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Martin raced with "prologue speed", says Briton

    He may have not raced for a month and had to juggle commitments with the birth of his first child, but David Millar (Great Britain) still produced a classy ride to finish seventh in the time trial at the UCI World Championships.

    The British rider set off third from last in Copenhagen and after winning the individual time trial at the Giro this year and a silver medal in this discipline last year, he was considered a threat by the majority of his competitors.

    However at the first time check Millar had already conceded 38 seconds to eventual winner Tony Martin (Germany). Millar rallied and picked himself up from 11th place to claim seventh and admitted that he was pleased with his performance.

    "Those flat courses can be harder than the hillier ones because you can have no rest whatsoever. It's like being on a home trainer for an hour, just horrible," he told Cyclingnews.

    "I'm happy considering I've had a month with no racing and a new born child coming a few days ago. That's certainly been a welcome distraction but it certainly affects things and I would have preferred to have raced before though, although saying that, I obviously preferred having a baby but the preparation wasn't great."

    "The maximum I was hoping for was top five so seventh is something I'm happy with."

    Millar's head could have dropped and he did well to remain focussed when Tony Martin steamrollered passed at the half way point. It was a poignant sign of Martin's strength as well as Millar's preparation and even lead to the race announcer losing track of his surrounding and indulging the crowd in World War Two remark that may not have been to most people's liking.

    "Martin was like a scooter but...

  • Video: Martin takes time trial crown in Copenhagen

    Tony Martin (Germany) shows off his new hardware.
    Article published:
    September 21, 2011, 19:25 BST
    Barry Ryan

    German inherits the mantle from Cancellara

    The stirrings of unrest had been making themselves heard in Fabian Cancellara's time trialling fiefdom in recent months. The first major ripples came with Tony Martin's victory in the final time trial at the Tour de France, and he followed that up by winning the Vuelta a España's sole test, but the German must still have feared that Cancellara would quietly go about the business of crushing the revolution at the UCI World Championships time trial in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

    Instead, the form lines held true, and with a devastating display over the 46.4km course, Martin liberated himself from the yoke of Cancellara's dominance. He put all of 1:15 into second-placed Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) while the deposed Cancellara was banished to the third step of the podium a further five seconds back.

    Resplendent in his new rainbow attire in Copenhagen's Radhus shortly afterwards, Martin was keen to downplay the idea that the race had been billed as a duel between himself and Cancellara.

    "I've said it a lot of times: it's not all about the fight between me and Fabian," Martin said. "There were also a lot of other good guys like Bradley Wiggins, David Millar, so I think today and also last year was an open fight between more than just both of us."

    That may well have been the case, but earlier in the afternoon as the main contenders warmed up in downtown Copenhagen ahead of their starts, all eyes were on Cancellara and Martin. As befits his status as quadruple world champion, six-deep crowds...

  • New Giro di Lombardia route unveiled

    Madonna del Ghisallo as riders go by
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    September 21, 2011, 19:57 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Final Classic of the year includes several new climbs

    The organisers of the Giro di Lombardia have unveiled the new race route for this year’s race, confirming the presence of the Madonna del Ghisallo climb but including a new finale and finish in the town of Lecco.

    The 241km Classic traditionally ends the racing calendar in Europe and is the last race of the UCI WorldTour. Philippe Gilbert dominated the race last year and is expected to be back this year on Saturday October 15, along with the newly world champion, who traditionally shows his rainbow jersey at the so-called ‘Race of the falling leaves’.

    The new route begins the centre of Milan and then heads north and east to the twisting 15.7km long Valcava climb. It reaches an altitude of 1336 metres before a fast descent to Pontida. The Colma di Sormano is also new to the race but avoids the steep, narrow road that was used in the '50s. However it is 13.1km long, confirming Lombardy as one of the hardest one-day races in the sport.

    The Madonna del Ghisallo climb comes after 195km and will surely be the launch pad for major attacks as riders pass the famed cyclist’s chapel at the summit. A flat road takes the race towards Lecco but the final 3.4km climb to Villa Vergano will be the final test of the race. A six kilometer descent ends just 2.8km from the finish overlooking the lake, setting up a thrilling finale.

    "Lombardia is one of the five monument races in cycling. During its 105-year history almost all the great riders have won time and time again. That means it is one the fans and riders enjoy the most," new race director Michele Acquarone said at the presentation.

    Organisers RCS Sport confirmed that 25 teams of eight riders will take part. The teams invited are: Acqua &Sapone, AG2R La...