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Cycling News Roundup - 26 June 2008
 
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Date: 6/26/2008
Cycling News Roundup - 26 June 2008
 

Cycling News Roundup 26 June 2008
Kazakhstan ITT - Astana Sweep, Team News: Ag2r Rene Mandri, Quick Step Signings, Liquigas' Kreuzifger - Maillot Blanc, Tour of Britain - Barloworld, RAAM 2008, London Architect Tours, Interbike & Las Vegas

Astana Sweeps Kazakhstan ITT Podium
Andrey Mizurov Time Trial Champion

Astana Cycling Team took the complete podium of the national championships time trial (June 26th). The gold medal was won by Andrey Mizurov in his hometown of Karaganda. Team Astana's neo-pros, Andrey Zeits (21) and Roman Kireyev (21) completed the podium. Zeits was only 4 seconds behind Mizurov and Kireyev, the 2006 U23-champion, 30 seconds down. Last year’s winner Alexandr Dyachenko finished fifth.

Time trial specialist Andrey Mizurov captured his seventh medal and second gold (2002) in the event. The former Asian time trial champion finished 8th in last year's world championships. In addition, he has two national road championships on his palmares and was overall winner of the UCI Asia Tour in 2005.

“This victory is extra special since it was held in my birth place Karaganda. It's a tremendous honor to wear the national jersey of my country, Kazakhstan, which has given so much to the sport of cycling and our nation. Zeits and Kireyev are testaments to this; the future of cycling in Kazakhstan is very bright," commented the new champion.

Besides today's strong performance, Mizurov was instrumental in Alberto Contador's 2008 Giro d'Italia victory.

The Kazakh Road Championship will be held on Sunday, June 29th, in Karaganda. Alexandr Shefer will direct a strongly motivated Astana Cycling Team. Team Manager Johan Bruyneel and Team Director Alain Gallopin are expected to be in attendance to support their eight riders.

Result National Championship in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Time Trial 40 km
1. Andrey Mizurov (AST) 50.54
2. Andrey Zeits (AST) 0.04
3. Roman Kireyev (AST) 0.30
4. Assan Bazayev (AST)
5. Alexandr Dyachenko (ULAN)|
6. Valeriy Dmitriyev (ULAN)

Tinkoff Credit Systems for the National Championships
The Tinkoff Credit Systems athletes are prepared to take part in the National Championships beginning 27 June and ending on 29 June. Riders from five nations will participate in their respective championships in both the time trial and road race events. Tinkoff's Mikhail Ignatiev and Vasil Kiryienka will race against the clock in the time trial championships of Russia and Belarus respectively.

In total, 12 of the 19 Tinkoff Credit Systems riders are expected to race this coming weekend; joining Ignatiev for the Russian National Championship road race are Ivan Rovny, Alexander Khatuntsev, Alexander Serov, Nikolai Trusov, and Nikita Eskov. Additionally, Yuahen Sobal plans to participate in the Belarusian road race, with Alexander Gottfried racing in his native Germany and Ricardo Serrano in Spain. Daniele Contrini and Luca Mazzanti will take part in the Italian National Championship road race in Bergamo.

Team Liquigas
Roman Kreuziger - Targets Maillot Blanc

Roman Kreuziger became the first Czech rider to win the Tour of Switzerland, the prestigious stage race which acts as the traditional taste of things to come in the Tour de France.

The team manager of the boys in blue and green, Roberto Amadio, is quietly confident: "This win has proved the ability of a very young rider with a great future ahead of him. Our goal for the Tour is still the same as it was at the beginning of the season: to win the white jersey for the best-placed young rider. This will be Roman’s first Grande Boucle, and gives him a chance to gain experience in what some refer to as the University of cycling. We just want him to race and try to do his best. We have absolutely no intention of putting too much pressure on him: whatever he does will be good enough for us."
Thanks to his victory in the Tour of Switzerland, Kreuziger climbed to third place in the UCI ProTour general classification, 10 points behind the leader, Damiano Cunego.

Team Ag2r la Mondiale
Rene Mandri on the Mend

Following his fall at the time of Giro d' Italia, Rene Mandri suffered from multiple fractures and a pneumothorax. After several days of hospitalization, the rider of the team Ag2r la Mondiale has started his convalescence in France before returning home to Estonia.

In France, he passed several medical examinations and the news is good, only the radius is still painful and could require the support of a splint.

The Estonian rider has started riding on an exercise bike; and should return training on the road in Estonia where he will profit from warmer temperatures. Mandri's return to competition is not expected before the end of August.  Rene Mandri: “I will return to riding gradually, but I am optimistic for my rehabilitation. In any case, I am motivated “

Team Quick Step
Maarten Wynants  & Thomas Kvist Sign

Maarten Wynants will be racing with team QUICK STEP for the next two seasons (2009-2010). There’s also news on the neo-professional front. The Danish Thomas Kvist will join the team starting August 1st , until the end of 2010.

The young Belgian talent, who’s been with team Quick Step since 2006 showed this year his worth as one of the most eclectic riders of the group, able to compete in both the cobbled classics like Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix, as well as Liege Bastogne Liege and Amstel Gold Race classics.

“I’m very happy with the opportunity and faith the team has given me,” explained the 26 year old Belgian athlete - “My goal is to further grow and mature, to be worthy of the faith the team has bestowed on me.”

Thomas Kvist
There’s also news on the neo-professional front. The Danish Thomas Kvist will join the team starting August 1st , until the end of 2010.

The 20 year old rider, who at the moment is competing with the Beveren 2000 team, stood out by winning a stage and the final standings of the Gran Prix de Nations in Canada, one of the most important international races for Under 23. Kvist was shining as well on the roads of the Giro delle Regioni in April, before he had to withdraw due to a fractured clavicle.

“He’s a rider we’ve been following for a while and who already integrated with the team last winter, participating in the two team retreats,” explains the team manager Lefevere - “Now he’ll have the time to grow and mature gradually as part of the team.”

Steven De Jongh Renews through 2009
he Quick Step team announces that Steven De Jongh has prolonged his contract with the team. The 34 years old Dutch rider will stay with the team for another year (2009).

"We are very satisfied with this agreement - explained the team manager Patrick Lefevere - Steven is an important part of our train for the sprints and he also showed that he is able to win the races when he has the responsibility of the team." 

"I had several proposal for others team - explains De Jongh - but I chose Quick Step because my heart is with the team, with Tom and the rest of the guys. Everybody in this team works very hard to reach the objectives."

ValueAct Capital Women claim top 10's and podium in Austin crit weekend!
Austin, TX - This past weekend, the VAC ladies headed to Austin, TX for the AT&T Austin Criterium on Saturday, and the Austin State Hospital Criterium on Sunday. The hot Texas sun made for some baking temperatures on the courses on both days; and the ValueAct Capital women did not disappoint the crowds, racing aggressively on both days.

Saturday's evening race drew huge crowds in downtown Austin. On the start line were all of the top teams and top sprinters, including TIBCO's Brooke Miller, Cheerwine's Laura Van Gilder and Kelly Benjamin, Colavita's Tina Pic and local hometown favorite Jen McRae, riding for Advil-Chapstick. "Our goal was to make the race hard, and try to get a break off the front," commented VAC's Chrissy Ruiter. Throughout the race, the VAC foursome of Hannah Banks, Martina Patella, Chrissy Ruiter and Taitt Sato attacked and covered attacks, and ultimately it was Ruiter who got clear, along with representation from Aaron's and Cheerwine, among others. Unfortunately, they were caught on the last lap, and both Ruiter and Patella managed to eek out a top 10 finish, claiming 7th and 8th place respectively. Cheerwine's Kelly Benjamin took the win with Tina Pic and Jen McRae taking 2nd and 3rd. The AT&T criterium was part of the USA Crit Series, where VAC's Taitt Sato holds 4th place after four races.

Austin State Hospital Criterium
On Sunday afternoon, the women in blue were on the attack again at the Austin State Hospital Criterium. All of the top guns from Saturday's criterium were at the start line. The course featured a tight hairpin turn, with an uphill stretch to the finish. Once again, the ValueAct Capital women were on the attack. After Sato snagged a prime, it was Chrissy Ruiter who countered and created a breakaway with Cheerwine's Laura Van Gilder, Advil-Chapstick's Jen McRae and 3 others. The group of six stayed away until the finish, with McRae taking the win over Van Gilder and VAC's Ruiter taking 3rd. "The team rode a great race today," commented Ruiter. "Martina and Taitt covered everything that moved and made sure the break stayed clear." Patella won the field sprint.
Next up for the VAC women is the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, on Sunday, June 29.

Tour of Britain
Barloworld to bring Olympic Contenders to Tour

The Tour of Britain today announced that Barloworld are the latest to sign up to participate in the 2008 race. The British registered team are the latest major international squad to be announced following on from the recent announcement that High Road would participate in the 8-day September event.

The Barloworld line up for the race is a mouth watering combination of youth and experience who will have the ability to compete for both stage wins and general classification.

Leading the provisional squad is Robbie Hunter, a fast finisher who is sure to want to perform well after leaving the race prematurely in 2007 due to a crash. With a Tour de France stage win on his CV, Hunter is sure to be a big draw for British cycling fans British fans will be excited to see the participation of 2 Olympic Challengers in the form of Welshman Geraint Thomas and Stephen Cummings, both of whom could play a part in the British quartet for the Team Pursuit in Beijing later this summer.

Both riders have recently completed the 3 week Giro d'Italia, proving their stage race credentials along the way. Also in the team is Australian Baden Cooke who has transferred to Barloworld this year, his presence in the race will make him a marked man given his ability to win on all types of terrain.

Coming hot on the heels of the Beijing Olympic games, the British riders will have to quickly switch back from national loyalties to those of their employers as Thomas and Cummings return to their day jobs of ensuring riders like Cooke and Hunter are delivered to the finish line in the best possible position to win, bringing them into direct competition with GB Team Mates Wiggins and Cavendish who will fulfill similar roles for Team High Road on the race.

 Further announcements will be made about the line-up for the 2008 Tour of Britain in future weeks, but to date, the teams confirmed to participate in the race are:

Pinarello RT (Great Britain)
Plowman Craven (Great Britain)
Rapha Condor (Great Britain)
South Australia.com-AIS (Australia)
Topsport Vlaanderen (Belgium)
Team High Road (USA)
AN Post - Sean Kelly Team (Ireland)
Palmeiras Resort (Portugal)
Team MTN (South Africa)
Barloword (Great Britain)

Team High Road/Columbia Confirm Tour of Britain Slot
Pro-Tour team confirms British Stars in provisional line up The organisers of The Tour of Britain have confirmed the participation of Pro-Tour squad Team High Road in the 8-day national tour to take place this September.

In their former guise as Team T-Mobile, the team were one of the stars of closely fought 2007 race which saw them take home 2 stage wins courtesy of Mark Cavendish, as well as enjoying spells in all four leaders' jerseys with Cavendish eventually taking victory in both the Hot Spot Sprints and Green Jersey competitions.

Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Roger Hammond are all named in the provisional line up for the race which will start in the heart of London on September 7th, and with the participation of Team GB already confirmed, British fans will have plenty of reasons to come out and cheer, particularly with the race falling just after this summer's Olympic games in Beijing.

Technical Director Mick Bennett said:
"Team High Road is the first of a number of exciting announcements in the 2008 team line up. Having a team that includes Cavendish, Wiggins and Hammond on the roads of the UK just after the Olympics is a mouth watering prospect to say the least. Mark and Roger in particular have contributed a great deal to the success of the race in recent years and it's great to have them back again"

RAAM 2008 - Another Great Success!
The 27th Race Across America (RAAM) 2008 finished in Annapolis, Maryland June 20, 2008. This year's race was another winning installment in this one-of-a-kind, epic ultra-endurance bicycle race.

250 racers from 17 countries supported by close to 1,000 support crew and staff competed in the three different races and divisions of RAAM 2008. In addition to the 24-hour challenge and the coast-to-coast RAAM race, the inaugural 1,000 mile "Race Across the West" race ending in Taos, New Mexico was a great success and RAAM anticipates a much larger field for this race in RAAM 2009.

A number of records and firsts were shattered this year, including:
· RAAM solo racer John Schlitter become the first person to finish the solo race on a recumbent cycle
· Jure Robic won his 4thsolo RAAM race, a new men's record
· New time record for a team, the 8-person Byggkjøp/BMC Cycling Team, finishing the RAAM race in 5 days, 9 hours, 56 minutes

While pedaling the 3,014 miles, other competitors had different aspirations, some to finish the race, others to beat personal goals. The women's solo division had no official finishers. Of the solo men competitors,17 of the 25 racers finished the race, and 38 of the 40 teams finished. Many racers also raised funds and awareness for 35 different charities.

RAAM would like to thank its many sponsors, including ViaSat, Inc., KVH Industries, Inc., The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE,) Hincapie Sportswear, Hammer Nutrition, TitanFlex Bikes, PMC, Kenda Rubber Industrial Company, and MyAthlete.

The RAAM organization also thanks its partners including the cities of Oceanside, California, Taos, New Mexico, and Annapolis, Maryland for their hospitality and cooperation during the race. Along the race route public officials, local businesses, and residents alike embraced RAAM and its competitors, and we thank them for their continued support.

Dates and registration information for RAAM 2009 will be announced soon. For complete race details and more information, please visit www.raceacrossamerica.org.

London Festival of Architecture Cycle Tours
Midsummer Madness kicks of Festival Cycle Tours

The first weekend of the LFA2008 got off to a fantastic start. The inaugural cycle tour, Midsummer Madness finished at 6am on Saturday 21st June, while the first architect led tour, “Artists’ and Architects’ houses” set off just a few hours later that afternoon.


Architects tour group. Photo courtesy of Feilden Clegg Bradley

Led by Stephen Bayley, founder of the Design Museum and currently Architecture and Design correspondent for the Observer, the tour took in a colourful selection of Artists and Architects houses as it traveled across the city. The ride started at Bankside with Wren’s reputed home, then on to visit William Blake in Lambeth and Van Gogh in Stockwell. The ride continued through Battersea Park and over the river to stop for a visit to the former homes of Rossetti and Shaw to name but a few. Moving north on to Old Church street and stopping off at Walter Gropius’s house, the tour then headed North through Chelsea to finish at Holland Park and the Arab-inspired House of the painter, Lord Leighton. Stephen said, “Architects and artists are especially sensitive to their environment. Sometimes they influence it, other times it influences them.”

He continued: “Not every house we visited was architecturally distinguished; van Gogh's lodgings in Stockwell were drear. Not every house still existed; William Blake's house in Lambeth with its garden of sick roses has long since disappeared. But in every case from Wren's Thames to Mendelsohn's Chelse a to Leighton's orientalist fantasies in Holland Park, we had the chance to see how location and context constantly stimulate the creative imagination… And the bike stimulates the parts the locations cannot reach."

Stephanie Laslett, one of the organizers of the ride was also delighted with the first ride. A keen cyclist, Stephanie commented, "The first bike tour was great fun. Cycling in a group gives you added confidence on London's busier streets and it's very sociable as you have time to chat as you're cycling along."

She continued, "It was brilliant to have Stephen Bayley as a leader; he's so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his subject - everyone really enjoyed themselves."

With 13 further rides over the coming weeks there will be something for everyone. Highlights of the upcoming rides include: Fresh Water, led by Chris James of Lambeth Cyclists on Saturday 28th June, Public Space in Politics, led by Emily Thornberry MP on Sunday 6th June and the Concrete Centre’s Refreshed Places rides, led by Andrew Scoones, director of The Buildings Centre on 10th and 17th July.
Rides are selling out fast, and anyone wishing to attend is advised to purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. www.lfa2008.org 

Bike Biz News
Interbike and OutDoor Demo to Remain in Las Vegas
Host city research and industry feedback confirms Las Vegas is the best return on investment for exhibitors and attendees of North America's largest cycling trade show
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - June 26, 2008 - After two years of collecting potential host city data and retailer, manufacturer and industry partner feedback, Interbike management today announced the trade show will remain in Las Vegas, and that they are currently finalizing an agreement with the Sands Expo and Convention Center to host the industry's show for a minimum of three more years, beginning with the 2010 show.

"The decision to keep the Interbike show in Vegas comes after years of research and communication with our retailer attendees, exhibiting manufacturers and important industry partners," said Lance Camisasca, Interbike's industry consultant. "The data and communication we have collected, along with industry recommendations from organizations like the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) and Bikes Belong, confirm our decision to keep the show in Las Vegas."

Keeping Las Vegas as the host city for the Interbike trade show came into question two years ago in preparation to renew the show's contract with the Sands Convention Center, which expires with the 2009 show. Among other things, members of the industry were interested in seeing the show support a more cycling-friendly city, while maintaining the best return on investment for exhibitors and retail buyers.

The Decision Process
In identifying possible locations for the show, Interbike selected key market criteria it considered mandatory for a host venue. Interbike's top venue requirements include:
* Contiguous exhibit space of at least 700,000 gross square-feet and ample meeting room space,
* An event location where retailer and manufacturer attendance can be maximized,
* A large and diverse selection of hotels, restaurants and entertainment options conveniently located to the events,
* An international airport located within close proximity to the event with many flight options, numerous carriers and low airfare rates,
* Relaxed labor union regulations and high quality services,
* An OutDoor Demo site with great weather, extensive cross country/downhill trails and a closed road loop, and
* An event market that is recognized as a cycling culture destination.

After determining the requirements for a potential host city, Interbike gathered research and data concerning hotel room availability, transportation costs, labor rates and convention centers in cities such as Anaheim, Calif., Denver, and Salt Lake City.

At the 2007 and 2008 Bicycle Leadership Conferences (BLC), Interbike presented to the industry host city suggestions and led roundtable discussions to assess the needs of exhibiting manufacturers. Manufacturer feedback included keeping exhibitor costs down, continuing to attract a strong audience of quality buyers and attending media, and strengthening the OutDoor Demo events, regardless of the show's location.

As part of its annual post-show retailer survey, Interbike asked specific questions about retailer satisfaction with the show, its locations and potential host cities. Retailer responses included:
* 96 percent of retailers surveyed were very satisfied or satisfied with their overall show experience,
* The number one and two reasons retailers attended the show were to see new products and take in a variety of product segments,
* As of the April 2008, 88 percent of retailers are planning on attending Interbike this year.

When asked which city would best suite their business needs...
* 45 percent said Las Vegas,
* 36 percent said Denver, and
* 19 percent said Anaheim.

Retailers' top reasons for choosing Las Vegas include the lodging, restaurant and entertainment options, fun destination and ease of getting to the event.

"While no one city is a completely perfect fit for the show, we are confident that Las Vegas continues to be the city of choice for the majority of our members," said Fred Clements, executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association. "After numerous communications with our members and board and reviewing the annual survey results, the proof is in the numbers. In addition to what shop owners and managers say to us and what they put in a survey, retailers' loudest vote has been with their feet by attending the show."

As a final step, armed with the numbers and data from the retailer survey, attendance history, host city research and manufacturer responses to panel discussions at the annual BLC, Interbike met with NBDA and Bikes Belong board members and presented the recommendation to keep Interbike in Las Vegas.

"Interbike did a great job of sharing their survey results and other research," said Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong. "After so many years in Las Vegas, the simple idea of a new host city is appealing, but the data shows that retailers and suppliers still prefer this city for a variety of good reasons. Thus, we support the decision to stay for the next few years."

"I will sleep well at night knowing that no stone was left unturned in our efforts to make the best decision for our industry's manufactures, suppliers and retail buyers," Camisasca said. "All of the data and research shows that by and large, retailers like Las Vegas and will continue to attend Interbike in this market. Exhibitors want strong attendance, the lowest cost of doing business and a dynamite location for the OutDoor Demo. Las Vegas delivers exceptionally well in all of these critical areas, but we will continue to evaluate potential host cities as they develop."

For more information about the 2008 International Bicycle Expo, OutDoor Demo and/or OutDoor Demo East, please visit www.interbike.com.

About Interbike
Interbike (a business unit of Nielsen Business Media, the parent company of the Outdoor Retailer (OR), Action Sports Retailer (ASR), Health+Fitness Business, and Fly Fishing Retailer trade shows) is a full-service trade show company that creates, markets and produces high-quality expos and educational conferences. Producers of the OutDoor Demo and Interbike International Bicycle Expo, Interbike is the leading bicycle industry business-to-business event management company, bringing together top manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of cycling. Now celebrating more than 25 years of successful events, Interbike (www.interbike.com) gathers more than 1,000 cycling-related brands and close to 23,000 total attendees annually.

The 2008 Interbike trade-only events begin with OutDoor Demo (September 22-23, 2008 in Boulder City), followed by the Interbike Expo, September 24-26 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, and OutDoor Demo East, October 21-22 at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

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California Bike Gear innovations of the past few months are already on-line. Dealers and consumers alike can note the new sizes for Stop Flats 2, and the brand new Classic Twister water bottles. The latest new idea is the ability to custom imprint the shop name or other information on Quik-Stik.

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