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Cycling Team Notes 3 August 2007
By Podofdonny
Date: 8/3/2007
Cycling Team Notes 3 August 2007
The weekend ahead, Team CSC, Donimate Denmark; T Mobile Ready for Clasica San Sebastian, Saunier Duval, Forthcoming races; Team Barloworld, Soler on the Bocchetta; Liquigas, ready for the weekend;

Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti


With the Tour of Denmark under CSC domination the weekend looks forward to two major Classic races. In Spain the Clasica San Sebastian takes place on Saturday, while on Sunday the Giro dell'Appennino takes place in Italy. Both races have famous climbs which are the decisive point of the race. In Spain the 8 km long climb up the (Cat1) Jazibel, after 195 km with gradients of up to 8%, is the turning point of the race. In Italy the 8.2 kilometre climb of the Bocchetta, with an average gradient of 7.7% and a maximum of 13% dominates the race. Last year Rinaldo Nocentini won the Giro dell'Appennino ahead of Mazzanti and Ratti. Meanwhile in Spain, Florencio Xavier held off the chasing pack to take the first ever Classic win for his AG2R Team.

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Clasica San Sebastian - Danilo Di Luca

Giro dell'Appennino - Mauricio Soler

Nocntini, winner of the Giro dell’Appennino here seen winning Giro d’Veneto
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CSC Dominate Tour of Denmark

CSC Website

Arvesen takes the stage Breschel still in the Leader’s jersey

Kurt-Asle Arvesen turned out to be strongest on the near classical lap in Vejle, which was the last part of third stage of Tour of Denmark. The Norwegian Team CSC rider won ahead of Lasse Bøchmann (Glud & Marstrand Horsens,) while Matti Breschel finished third and Nicki Sørensen sixth.

"Towards the end our boys were up front the whole time and we were very strong," said sports director Dan Frost following the stage, but he was also realistic about the situation at the top of the general classification:

"Nothing is decided yet – not until the time trial anyway. That's the way it always is in Tour of Denmark and it's the same this year. It's going to be decided with a very small margin, but at least we now have both Kurt, Matti and Nicki up there in the general classification so our chances are good."

Breschel leads overall with two seconds down to Arvesen, but Lasse Bøchmann, Enrico Gasparotto (Liquigas) and Lorenzo Bernucci (T-Mobile) are right behind – six, eight and ten seconds respectively. So in the end the time difference might turn out to be extremely small. Maybe the race will have to be decided in a bunch sprint on Frederiksberg Allé on Sunday.

T Mobile in the Giro
Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

T Mobile Website

Ready for Clasica San Sebastian

Fresh from his solid seventh place in the Tour de France, Kim Kirchen will lead an experienced T-Mobile Team into the 27th Clasica San Sebastian on Saturday.

The 29-year-old will be joined at this "climb-fest" by a number of mountain specialists such as 37-year-old Giuseppe Guerini from Italy as well as two Australians, Scott Davis and Adam Hansen. Gent-Wevelgem winner, German, Marcus Burghardt, will also be there and the highly experienced seven-strong squad will be completed by Briton Roger Hammond and Canadian Michael Barry.

"Because of some injured riders and parallel races at the weekend, we've had to improvise a little," explains sporting director, Allan Peiper, "but we believe that around Kirchen and Guerini, we'll have a strong team at the start in Spain."

The course is a classic layout, 225 km long, selective, with six climbs to be tackled along the way. The heat in this part of Spain in August is expected to play a major role along with the attacking style of the home teams. The twenty pro teams taking part will be joined by three wildcard teams from the Spanish second division - Relax, Fuertoventura and Karpin.

The demanding course profile has traditionally set up many tense and fascinating finishes. The 8 km long climb up the (Cat1) Jazibel, after 195 km at a gradient of up to 8% has been the defining moment of the race for the past few years. At just 30 km before the finish, any podium candidates will need to show here.

"Riders who want to be in the mix at the finish will have to hold off early in the race and make sure they're in the decisive break on the Jaizkibel," explains Peiper.

Giro winner, Danilo di Luca (Liquigas) will take part, as will the Schleck brothers Frank and Andy from CSC. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse) will also be there along with classics specialist, Samuel Sanchez, from the local Euskaltel-Team. The German road champion Fabien Wegmann will co-captain the Gerolsteiner Team along with Davide Rebellin. Damiano Cunego and World Champion Paolo Bettini will count as two of the firm favourites. Since Bettini's win in 2003, a Spaniard has always won this "young classic." (cc)

The T-Mobile Team: Adam Hansen (26/Australia), Giuseppe Guerini (37/Italy), Kim Kirchen (29/Luxembourg), Michael Barry (31/Canada), Marcus Burghardt (24), Scott Davis (28/Australia), Roger Hammond (33/Great Britain)

Koldo Gil will be racing in the Volta a Portugal , seen here winning stage 5 of the tour de Suisse 2006
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Saunier Duval Website Forthcoming races

SAUNIER DUVAL-PRODIR are facing a race-packed calendar in the next few days. Tomorrow, a squad coached by Joxean "Matxin" Fernández and Sabino Angoitia are taking part in the Clásica Ciclista San Sebastián - San Sebastián (UCI ProTour). The roster for this race includes Riccardo Riccò, Manuele Mori, José Ángel Gómez Marchante, Juanjo Cobo, David de la Fuente, Iker Camaño, David Cañada, and Rubén Lobato.

The next day, the same eight riders and two of the team´s stagiaires, Héctor González and Rafa Serrano, will participate in the Subida a Urkiola (cat. 1.1).

Meanwhile, another yellow squad will be present in the 69th edition of the prestigious Portuguese tour, Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta. These 12-stage race will unfold from 4 to 15 August. The red birds travelling to Portugal are Koldo Gil, Jesús del Nero, Alberto Fernández de la Puebla, Alberto Benítez, Javier Mejías, Arkaitz Durán, Raúl Alarcón, and Luciano Pagliarini. Their coach will be Matteo Algeri.

Last years San Sebastian podium, Garzelli’s 2007 Aquae & Sapone team are not in the race and Kashechkin’s Astana Team have withdrawn from racing over August.
Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

Team Liquigas website

Clasica San Sebastian and Giro dell’ Appennino: Liquigas Team appointments

In the first weekend of August, three appointments wait for the Liquigas Team. In addition to the Tour of Denmark, where a part of the Team will run until next Sunday, green-blue riders will take part on Saturday 4 August in the Clasica San Sebastian and, the day after, in the Giro dell’Appennino.

The captain, Danilo Di Luca, will lead the Liquigas in Spain. Together with him, lead by the team manager Mario Scirea, there will be Michael Albasini, Manuel Beltran, Leonardo Bertagnolli, Kjell Carlström, Murilo Fischer, Aliaxsandr Kuchynski and Alessandro Spezialetti.

68th Giro dell'Appennino will start and arrive in Pontedecimo, after the climb of Passo della Bocchetta. Among the protagonists there will be re-entering Franco Pellizotti. Will complete the Liquigas Team Eros Capecchi, Dario Cataldo, Francesco Failli, Matej Mugerli, Andrea Noè, Roberto Petito and Charles Wegelius. Team manager: Mario Chiesa.

Soler – win or lose will have an emotive day on Sunday
Photo © Bart Hazen

Team Barloworld website

After Tour de France glory, Soler to attack the Bocchetta climb in the Giro dell'Appennino

Following the sudden death of team mate Ryan Cox, Team Barloworld will be in mourning in the next official race for the team.

While a squad is currently riding the Tour of Portugal, another strong line-up will ride the Giro dell'Appennino , near Genoa in Italy on Sunday August 5.

Tour de France stage winner and best climber Mauricio Soler will lead the team as they try and win the Italian race and dedicate it to their team mate. Soler is especially suited to the tough Appennino course and the decisive Bocchetta climb and so will lead the Barloworld team in the race.

Directeur sportif Alberto Volpi will be in charge of the team headed by Soler, with Gianpaolo Cheula, Alexander Efimkin, Paolo Longo Borghini and Kanstantsin Siutsou also in the Team Barloworld line-up.

On Sunday (at the Giro dell'Appennino) and during the Volta ao Portugal, Team Barloworld will ride with a black armband, in mourning for the death of Ryan Cox.

Three riders who will be in the action this weekend, Soler, Di Luca and Kirchen
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