Monday morning and the Cyclo-cross National Championships were held at the weekend, add to that the road Champs from the other side of the world; Australia and New Zealand, also with the latest team news: Contador, the Rotterdam “6 Days” and for sure all the other stuff you’re used too…
Albert wins in Belgian X Champs
Niels Albert (BKCP) won the Belgian National Cyclo-cross in a powerful manner on his own. Sven Nys was on a bad day and retired, Bart Wellens and Kevin Pauwels chased Albert all day, but the two Fidea riders couldn’t get near the flying Albert.
Belgian Cyclo-cross Championships Result:
1. Niels Albert (BKCP – Powerplus) in 59:47:00,
2. Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) at 0:23,
3. Kevin Wauwels (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) at 0:27,
4. Bart Aernouts (Rabo-Giant Offroad Team) at 0:42,
5. Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) at 1:05.
Boom wins the Dutch X Champs
Un-surprisingly Lars Boom took his fifth Dutch National Cyclo-cross Championships; he beat Rabobank MTB team-mate Gerben de Knegt and Eddy van Ijzendoorn (AA Drink) on a fast course.
1. Lars Boom (Rabobank) in 1:05:14,
2. Gerben De Knegt (Rabobank-Giant Off Road) at 0:12,
3. Eddy van Ijzendoorn (AA Drink Cycling Team) at 0:41,
4. Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink Cycling Team) at 0:44,
5. Thijs Al (AA Drink Cycling Team) at 0:52.
Stybar Czech National Champ…again!
Zdenek Stybar (Fidea) has won his fourth Czech national championships in a row. He rode away from the field to finish 53 seconds in front of Martin Zlamalik and 1 minute 19 seconds ahead of Jaroslav Kulhavy in third place.
French National X Champs
Francis Mourey (FdJ) took the title from John Gadret (Ag2r) and Arnold Jeannesson (FdJ).
GB National X Champs
Elite Men’s Result:
1. Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) in 1:01:50,
2. Jody Crawforth (Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next/Scott/GSI) at 0:18,
3. Liam Killeen (Giant) at 0:21.
Elite Woman’s Result:
1. Helen Wyman (Kona) in 40:09,
2. Nikki Harris (APB Cycling Team) at 0:54,
3. Gabriella Day (The ChainStay-RENNER) at 1:10.
Bobridge wins Australian Nat RR Champs
The 21 year old Jack Bobridge (Garmin-Cervelo) won with a solo victory 37 seconds ahead of a chase group of six including Matt Goss (HTC) and Simon Gerrans (Sky) who took silver and bronze medals. The win keeps the National jersey in the Garmin team as Travis Mayer was champion in 2010.
Australian national championships Result:
1. Jack Bobridge (Norwood CC) in 4:12:42,
2. Matt Goss (West Tamar CC) at 0:37,
3. Simon Gerrans (Mansfield Mt Buller CC),
4. Bernard Sulzberger (West Tamar CC),
5. Lachlan Norris (MTBA),
6. Cameron Meyer (Midland CC),
7. Travis Meyer (Midland CC),
8. Matt Wilson (Chelsea & Peninsula CC) at 1:22,
9. Nathan Earle (Hobart Wheelers),
10. Timothy Roe (Norwood CC) at 1:37.
New Zealand National RR Champs
HTC’s Hayden Roulston won the New Zealand road race championships in Christchurch. An early break gained a five minute lead by the half way point, Roulston crossed over to them and then made his move to finish 29 seconds ahead of the others in the group.
New Zealand RR Champs Result:
1. Hayden Roulston (Mid South Canterbury) in 4:43:29,
2. Greg Henderson (Otago)at 0:29,
3. Jeremy Yates (Hawkes Bay).
Spanish Federation want input from UCI and WADA on Contador
A report in the Spanish newspaper El Pais has stated that the Spanish Cycling Federation want a joint decision with the UCI and WADA on the Albero Contador case, so that subsequent court cases could be avoided if everyone is in agreement. There is one problem and that is that UCI President; Pat McQuaid has denied receiving anything from the Spanish Federation. “We have had no contact with them over this case.” Said McQuaid.
Leopard-Trek Team launch
The much awaited team launch of what has been referred to as the Luxembourg Project was unveiled on Thursday evening. A big event, live on Luxembourg TV station; RTL in front of a big crowd the riders were brought out in groups for a few words. The jersey looks a bit like the Sky and Garmin-Cervelo jerseys, except that there isn’t much writing on it! If you want to see the presentation in here on https://sport.rtl.lu/cyclissem/leopard_vod/
Leopard-Trek Team line-up:
Skil-Shimano team for 2011
The Dutch team has changed its jersey due to the new sponsors; Docdata, Argos Oil and Rotterdam New Energy. The new jersey has green stripes replacing the old red ones, but is basically the same. The team will be hoping to start the Tour de France as a wildcard team.
Skil-Shimano team for 2011
Skil-Shimano Cycling Team 2011:
Tom Veelers (Holland),
Koen de Kort (Holland),
Albert Timmer (Holland),
Roy Curvers (Holland),
Robin Chaigneau (Holland),
Kenny van Hummel (Holland),
Ronan van Zandbeek (Holland).
Thierry Hupond (France),
Alexandre Geniez (France),
Yann Huguet (France),
Thomas Damuseau (France),
Thomas Bonnin (France),
Matthieu Sprick (France),
Johannes Frцhlinger (Germany),
Roger Kluge (Germany),
Marcel Kittel (Germany),
Martin Reimer (Germany),
Simon Geschke (Germany),
Feng Han (China),
Cheng Ji (China),
Bert De Backer (Belgium),
Mitchell Docker (Australia),
Yukihiro Doi (Japan).
Keisse in Rotterdam
Iljo Keisse was down to ride the Rotterdam “6 Days”, then he wasn’t and then he was! In the end he took the start line with team mate Kenny De Ketele. The UCI on the other hand have said that they will ignore the Keisse/De Ketele team and not list them on the start or finish sheet. The organiser’s web-site does list them and had their positions. Iljo Keisse told PEZ man Ed Hood on Thursday that: “We went to the judge in Amsterdam and took the written judgment from the Belgian judge with us. The judge in Amsterdam looked at it and said that in his opinion it was possible for me to race in Rotterdam. This only happened at 4 pm so there was no time today for a written judgment, but we hope to have that tomorrow.” If Keisse had not been allowed to start then the organizers would have had to pay him 50,000Ђ a day in recompense. Whether or not the prize money will be paid out to Keisse is not known at the moment.
Rotterdam “6 Days” Action
Day 1: Danny Stam & Leon Van Bon took the lead at the end of day one, on the same lap as seven other teams, but with a points lead. Schep/Bos were 2nd, Keisse/De Ketele 3rd, Lampater/Stoetinga 4th and Havik/Stopler in 5th, but its early days.
Day 2: Iljo Keisse/De Ketele took the lead with 109 points due to them winning a derny race and the last Madison. Lampater/Stoetinga were 2nd and Schep/Bos were 3rd, all still on the same lap.
Day 3: Danny Stam & Leon van Bon took the lead back again by winning the first Madison, putting them ahead with 170 points, Bartko/Ligthart second with 123 and Keisse/De Ketele on 114.
Pegasus gets a Win
Jonathan Cantwell gave the Pegasus Sport team a well needed victory in the Australian National Criterium Championships in a sprint finish from Giacoppo and Shaw, last Thursday.
Australian Crit Champs
1. Jonathan Cantwell (QLD)
2. Anthony Giacoppo (WA)
3. Stuart Shaw (ACT)
4. Rico Rogers (VIC)
5. Bernard Sulzberger (TAS)
6. Zakkari Dempster (VIC)
7. Sam Rutherford (NSW)
8. Cameron Meyer (WA)
9. Fabio Calabria (VIC)
10. Tommy Nankervis (VIC).
Knees to Sky
The German National Champion Christian Knees has been successful in finding a new team at the last minute after the failure of the Pegasus team to receive a UCI ProConti license. A rider of his experience shouldn’t have had a problem finding a team, the 29 year old turned Pro for Team Wiesenhof in 2004 before moving to Milram, where he won the national champs last year.
Bissell take Thomson
South African Jay Thomson has signed for the Bissell Pro Cycling team; he is another ex-Pegasus rider to have found a team at the last minute. He is not a newcomer to the U.S. scene as he raced there last year to good effect with wins and top placings.
The Vuelta a Cuba and the Ronde van het Groene Hart will not run this year, both due to the current financial situation. The Cuban tour normally runs from February 8th to 20th and has been cancelled due to Cuba hosting the Pan American games in 2011 and the Cuban team needing the money to go to the 2012 London Olympics. The Dutch Ronde van het Groene Hart race could not find a sponsor in time, it should have been held on March the 20th. The organisers are hopeful that they can find the cash for next year.
Shorter Vuelta a Murcia
The 2011 Vuelta a Murcia will only be three days long as opposed to its usual five days. The most important time trial is said to stay on the itinerary and the plan is to have more mountains on the other stages to make the race very competitive over the remaining days. The shortage of funds has been sighted as the reason for the shortening the race, but as usual it should have a good field on the start line.
Team Garmin-Cervйlo Announces Roster for Tour Down Under
Team line-up features Tyler Farrar and five Australians including Adelaide local Jack Bobridge and the Meyer brothers
Team Garmin-Cervйlo, the leading professional cycling team dedicated to ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions, today unveiled its much-anticipated roster for the Tour Down Under. The roster features Tyler Farrar, winner of multiple Grand Tour stages at the Giro and the Vuelta, brothers Cameron and Travis Meyer, World Points, Team Pursuit and Madison Champion and current Australian national road race champion, respectively and Jack Bobridge, Adelaide local and former U23 World Time Trial Champion. Team Garmin-Cervйlo will be directed by Sport Director Matt White, also of Australia.
Team Garmin-Cervйlo Tour Down Under Roster:
Jack Bobridge, AUS
Julian Dean, NZ
Tyler Farrar, USA
Brett Lancaster, AUS
Cameron Meyer, AUS
Travis Meyer, AUS
Matt Wilson, AUS
“I’m excited to kick off my 2011 season at the Tour Down Under,” said Tyler Farrar. “It’s a great race and the worlds best will be there competing – I’m proud to be a part of it. We’ll be bringing a strong team to Australia and we’ll be looking at all kinds of opportunities.”
“We are proud and excited to bring Tyler, one of the world’s best sprinters, along with a great team, to the Tour Down Under,” said Matt White, Competition Director for Team Garmin-Transitions. “As usual, we will look to animate the race and we’re confident that with Tyler and the rest of our squad, we’ll do just that.”
Australia and Argentina mark opening stages for Movistar Team
World Tour’s opener Tour Down Under in Oceania and America’s Tour de San Luis will feature the team’s first season outing as they try to offer their initial success to the fans
Australia and Argentina will be the venues for the awaited competitive dйbut of the Movistar Team in just ten days’ time. The Tour Down Under -January 18-23- in Oceania, and more precisely its preface -the Cancer Council Classic, taking place two days earlier-, will witness the historical, opening outing of the Movistar Team. At the same time, the Tour de San Luis will be receiving another group in blue, which comes on American turf with the intention to bring the first moments of joy to thousands of fans already following the development of the Movistar Team.
The Santos Tour Down Under, the most important race of the Southern hemisphere, will be holding its usual prologue on Sunday 16th, as the Cancer Council Classic includes an urban circuit in the streets of Adelaide. Two days later, the time for the opening race of the 2011 World Tour will be coming: six stages and nearly 800 kilometers across the state will bring the first winning names of the year. Josй Luis Arrieta will be showing up for his first time as Movistar team sports director as head of an expedition where Chente Garcнa Acosta, Ivбn Gutiйrrez, David Lуpez, Бngel Madrazo, Luis Pasamontes and team’s sprinters Fran Ventoso and Josй Joaquнn Rojas will be the ones on wheels, the latter two taking their chances on the predictable bunch sprints in the Australian race.
In turn, the Tour de San Luis, the most important stagerace in South America, is the course chosen by the team to take their first racing days in the continent. A beautiful challenge from January 17th to 23rd, the Argentinean tour has a route full of hectic points; under the lead by directeur sportif Josй Luis Jaimerena, Movistar Team will compete for their first ever time on South American soil with a block composed by Xavi Tondo, Mauricio Soler, Pablo Lastras, Fran Pйrez, Javier Iriarte and Chilean Carlos Oyarzun, who will take Andrey Amador’s place as the Costa Rican is still recovering from attack by thugs suffered days ago while training in his home country. The 2011 Tour de San Luis will be presenting a very mountainous profile as two out of seven stages (the Mirador del Potrero’s one in the 2nd stage and the Mirador del Sol, where Tondo took the stage victory in 2009, in the 5th day of racing) finish atop the mountains. A 20-kilometer individual time trial will be the other decisive point.
Tour Down Under (AUS):
Chente Garcнa Acosta,
Josй Joaquнn Rojas,
Tour de San Luis (ARG):
Carlos Oyarzun (CHI),
Mauricio Soler (COL),
Lampre-ISD for TDU
The Italian team is returning this year to the Tour Down Under after missing the last edition. The team is a mixture of young and experienced riders. The managers are Bogdan Bondariev and Bruno Vicino.
Lampre-ISD team for the Tour Down Under:
Aitor Perez Arrieta,
RadioShack and Liquigas to Mumbai
Two top ProTeam’s; Liquigas-Cannondale and RadioShack have signed up to ride the second Tour de Mumbai this year. Last year Saxo Bank won the UCI 1.2 event with JJ Haedo. This year the event is a UCI 1.1 and has two stages, the first is in Nashik over 158 kilometres on February the 11th. Stage 2 is in Mumbai over 117 kilometres on the 13th.
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