Team Sky and Orica GreenEdge set to clash at Revolution
Team Sky and Orica GreenEdge will both send riders to January’s round of the Revolution series in Manchester.
Peter Kennaugh and Luke Rowe will line up for the British team, while Jens Mouris and Adam Blythe will represent the Australian WorldTour team at the third round in the series on January 3.
The event marks Blythe’s first competitive outing for Orica GreenEdge having signed a one-year deal with the team this summer.
“We'll be trying really hard to get one over on Orica at Round 3, it's great to have a win especially in our barn! That doesn't take away from the fact this is a gentlemen's sport and there's a huge amount of respect there between the teams,” said Rowe.
“Adam and I are great friends and have been for as long as I've ridden bikes. He's an immensely talented ride, aggressive but also tactically very smart. It's nice to ride against a good mate but he's also a tough competitor. I couldn't be happier for him getting the move to Orica-GreenEDGE, he deserves to be in the Pro Tour and now he's back here where he belongs.”
Lizzie Armitstead, Jo Rowsell, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald are set to race in the elite women’s endurance events. Jess Varnish and Vicky Williamson compete in an UCI Sprint and Keirin.
Porte to start season at Australian Nationals
Richie Porte (Team Sky) will begin his 2015 season at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships in January. The Tasmanian was third in the race last year and will once again use the event as a springboard into the Tour Down Under.
Porte is also pencilled in to lead Team Sky at the Giro d’Italia in May.
“I’d love to compete in the Giro (Tour of Italy) as the new Australian champion. I love the Buninyong course and I don’t think that [Orica] GreenEdge has got quite the numbers they’ve had in other years,” he said in a press release.
“It would be very nice to have a podium like we had this year and anybody that wins on that circuit is a worthy winner.
“So it’s a big goal to go there and try and take that jersey,” he added.
Having won the road race title for the past three years, come January Orica-GreenEDGE will be without two of their key riders.
Defending champion Simon Gerrans will miss the Australian nationals after breaking a collarbone in a mountain biking crash earlier in December. Orica GreenEdge’s Michael Matthews is also set to miss the race and will debut later in the season.
Androni Giacattoli threatens Hoogerland with lawsuit
Androni Giacattoli on Wednesday threatened to file a lawsuit against Johnny Hoogerland, who rode for the Italian Pro Continental team in 2014. The dispute stems from a tweet Hoogerland sent out Wednesday morning asking the UCI and its president, Brian Cookson, where a rider can go “when your team does not pay your salary.”
Hoogerland lodged a complaint with the team this week when he was paid € 1,910.23 in December instead of the approximately €4,300.00 he had received the previous months, according to the team. In a statement sent to the press on Wednesday, the team claimed Hoogerland was told the difference was paid to the Italian State for income tax.
“We believed the problem was solved,” the team wrote in Wednesday's statement. “But the above ‘tweet’ has created a situation which is seriously defamatory for our Team. We will immediately send UCI the full documentation proving all the payments made to Hoogerland including the full payment and all the contributions paid to the Italian State. Our Solicitor Avv. Giuseppe Napoleone will take Hoogerland to Penal Court with charge of calumny and defamation and to Civil Court for punitive damages.”
Hoogerland rode for Vacansoleil for five seasons before moving to Androni this year. The 31-year-old Dutch rider has signed with Team Roompot for next season.
Sunweb sponsorship of Giant-Alpecin will not impact cyclo-cross team
Sunweb-Napoleon Games team manager Jurgen Mettepenningen clarified today that the sponsorship by Sunweb of the WorldTour road team Giant-Alpecin will have no impact on his professional cyclo-cross team.
"The policy makers of the tour operator have already indicated that they definitely want to draw up an extension to their commitment to the cyclo-cross team," Mettepenningen said.
"They are two different worlds, and I understand the strategy of the company. After cyclo-cross they now want to gain notoriety through sponsorship in road cycling."
Sunweb rider Kevin Pauwels is the World Cup leader and number one rider in the UCI rankings.