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Cycling News Roundup - 12 October 2009
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 10/12/2009
Cycling News Roundup - 12 October 2009
 

Cycling News Roundup - 12 October 2009
Team News and Signings for 2010, Milram Signs Belgian Classics Duo, Ouch's Bobby Lea USA Scratch Champ,  il Giro dell’Ovest Ticino,  Fly VAustralia's Cantwell Close to Yellow Jersey, Napolitano Re-Ups,  Biocon Fire, Road Guardian Launch &  more

Ag2r la Mondiale
Tour du Piémont &  Tour de Lombardie

Coureurs:

Rinaldo Nocentini
Julien Loubet
Ludovic Turpin
Nicolas Roche
Vladimir Efimkin

Cyril Dessel
Tadej Valjavec
Christophe Riblon

Directeurs Sportifs
• Julien Jurdie
• Vincent Lavenu  (Tour de Lombardie)

Team Caisse d'Epargne
Giro del Piemonte & Giro di Lombardia
Riders: Rui Costa, Imanol Erviti, Vasil Kiryienka, Pablo Lastras, Alberto Losada, Dani Moreno, Joaquím Rodríguez, Rigoberto Uran.
Director: Neil Stephens.

Skil/Shimano
Dominique Cornu Signed

Belgian rider Dominique Cornu is set to join Skil-Shimano on 1 January 2010 after team boss Iwan Spekenbrink reached agreement with the 23-year-old on a twelve-month contract, including an option to renew for a further twelve months. Born 10 October 1985, Cornu is viewed as a highly talented cyclist with great potential.

Cornu is looking to reignite his career with the switch to Skil-Shimano. "Saying yes to Skil-Shimano was a very conscious decision,’ says Cornu. ‘I believe in the ambitions and the modern philosophy of this international team. In particular, I have high expectations of the intensive way riders are given guidance in various areas throughout the whole year. I want to use this guidance and meticulous support to improve further and take the next step. Then it’s down to me to deliver the goods."

Dominique Cornu was U23 world time trial champion in 2006, the year he also won the Belgian time trial and finished third in the European Championships in the same category. The Beveren-born cyclist has also performed well in such tough classics as Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Ronde van Vlaanderen, finishing fourth in the former in 2004 and seventh in the latter in 2007. In the elite category Cornu won a stage of the Giro del Capo in 2008. Additional achievements last year were 46th overall in the Vuelta a Espana and third in the Belgian time trial championship.

Cornu recently finished 14th in the time trial world championship in Mendrisio. This year he finished third in the Belgian time trial championship, eighth overall in the Tour of Missouri and fifth in the Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde. Cornu also claimed the bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the world championships.

Dominique Cornu will be the second Belgian at Skil-Shimano in 2010, alongside Bert De Backer. Skil-Shimano team management also signed French prospect Alexandre Geniez, who was part of the successful French national squad in the U23 World Championship in Mendrisio as reported in an earlier roundup last week.

Team Katusha
Danilo Napolitano Extends Contract

Italian sprinter has extended his contract with Team Katusha through 2011.  Team director Andrei Tchmil was satisfied with the Sicilian’s performance this season. Napolitano won four races this year: one stage each in the Ruta del Sol, Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, Settimana Coppi e Bartali and Tour of Luxembourg. He has also been the primary lead-out man for Robbie McEwen.


Napolitano celebrates his win in stage 1a of Coppi e Bartali
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

“He showed his quality and he was able to take the responsibility when it was needed,” said Tchmil. “We also knew his good character and we appreciated it.”

 “I’m happy to renewal my contract with Team Katusha,” said Napolitano. “I found a good team and thanks to it I was be able to get good results. I hope to continue to improve so I can thank them for the confidence they’ve shown.”

Team Milram
Team signs Belgian classics duo

The German ProTour racing team Milram has added two Belgian classics riders for the new season. 29-year-old Roy Sentjens and 27-year-old Wim De Vocht signed a one-year-contract over the weekend and will be wearing the cyan-blue shirt of Team Milram starting  next year.


2009 Ronde van Vlaanderen Aleksandr Kuschynski and Wim De Vochts on the Patersberg  Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

„We are very pleased to have signed these two riders“, says Milram manager Gerry van Gerwen. “Both will help us with the future development of our team. Together with Gerald Ciolek, Servais Knaven and Niki Terpstra they will ensure that our performance at the classics will be different to this season. Both Sentjens and De Vocht know the spring races very well and are of course highly motivated for the classics in their home country.”

Roy Sentjens won in 2001 the U23 category of the Ronde van Vlanderen and signed as a professional with Rabobank for the following season. In 2003, he celebrated his biggest triumph to date with a victory at the Belgian semi classic Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. After five years as a professional cyclist with the Dutch ProTour-Team, the Belgian returned home to the ProTour-Team Silence-Lotto in 2007.

Wim De Vocht won the Tour of Flanders in the U23 category for the QuickStep youth team in 2003. Between 2005 and 2008, De Vocht rode for the Belgian ProTour-Team Lotto, during his last year he wore the shirt of Team Vacansoleil. Amongst his greatest successes is a second place at the Grand Prix Rik Van Steenbergen and a ninth place at the Belgian classic Omloop Het Volk.

Lea adds to his track national championships
OUCH Presented by Maxxis riders medal in four events overall.

Bobby Lea of the OUCH Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis finished off his season with a successful return to the track for the national championships last weekend. Lea won the stars and stripes jersey of national champion in the scratch race. It was his first national championship in the scratch race, and his ninth elite national championship, though the 2008 Olympian is still a week shy of his 26th birthday. Despite all his previous successes, winning another title was still meaningful.

Bobby Lea
“That is actually something I though about this year as I was heading into nationals. Certainly my perspective has changed now that I’ve experienced the highest level of competition track cycling has to offer. But, it still feels good to be a national champion again. It’s nice to know that after a year away from the track, I’m still one of the best American track riders.”

After devoting much of his cycling career to the boards, following his trip to Beijing in 2008, Lea opted to focus on the road side of the discipline for 2009, something he hadn’t devoted as much effort to in the past.

“The road season absolutely helped my track racing,” Lea noted. “It helped me build a fitness base that just isn’t possible to do on the track. Certainly my top end has suffered a little this year, but that’s easy to bring back. But the foundation that a year of repeatedly being sent to the front in road races and criteriums has proved invaluable on the track.”

Lea also put that fitness to use to take bronze medals in the Madison, as well as the team pursuit, which he rode with OUCH Presented by Maxxis teammate Roman Kilun on a four-man composite team.

Kilun also showed some power on the track by qualifying for the finals of the 4000m individual pursuit. Unfortunately, he had the tall task of battling one of the great young talents in American cycling, Taylor Phinney (Trek-Livestrong), with Phinney taking gold while Kilun earned the silver.

Lea was set to contend for the title in the points race - the event he contested in the Olympics last year - with the help of Kilun, as well as OUCH Medical Center director Brent Kay. But a flat on lap two took him out of contention.

“Roman and Brent sacrificed any chance they had for a decent finish to help me win the points race,’ he said. “Up until I flatted, they were riding hard, covering moves, and taking care of me really well.”

Lea will be taking a break as the off-season approaches, before returning to the road for the 2010 season. He also plans on heading back to the track for nationals in 2010.

ly V-Australia
Cantwell 1 Second off from Herald Sun Tour Lead

The first stage of the tour included 150km of undulating terrain starting and finishing in Ballarat. The weather was to play a vital role in shaping the outcome of stage 1. The strong winds were responsible for causing carnage in the first 30 kilometers of the stage. There were no less than 3 major crashes involving half the field in this phase of the race. In form Fly V Australia rider, Bernie Sulzberger fresh from winning the Tour of Tasmania was unfortunately one such casualty and was forced to abandon not even 30 kilometers into today’s stage when he became tangled with a Tour TV camera motor bike and fell heavily. This is a significant loss to the Team and will place added pressure on the remaining 6 riders.

Fly V Australia were strongly represented in the day’s crucial breakaway with no less than 4 riders up front. Tour overall contenders Ben Day and Philip Zajicek were joined by Jonathan Cantwell and Darren Rolfe. After the climbs, the cross winds and the attacks a group of 40 contested the finish. A hectic final run in saw another crash with 250 meters to go. Fly V australia’s Jonathan Cantwell survived the late race wreckage for 3rd place on the day and a mere second separating him from the Yelllow jersey. Three tough days follow in South Western Victoria. Colac to Warrnambool, followed by Warrnambool to Apollo Bay and finally Angelesea to Barwon Heads.

58th Herald Sun Tour (UCI 2.1)
October  11 - 17
Preface - Ballarat - Criterium
Stage 1 – Ballarat to Ballarat 149 km

.il Giro dell’Ovest Ticino
Prealpino Close Season with the
Victory by Carmelo Foti

Bellinzago (Novara) the students of the Sports Group Prealpino closed  the season with the victory of Carmelo Foti, in Cardano al Campo - Bellinzago. The President's team wisely managed the Giro West Ticino, organized by the Cycling Club Cardanese, controlling the race every moment. The race was decided by an escape of three at the finish  won by Carmelo Foti.  The talented young rider from Varese scored his second victory of the season, preceding his mate Luca Usan  with the third step of the podium taken by other varesino Samuele Daverio of Comerio team.

The three fought for the victory after a flight across Bosina and the final one came at a time on the finish. For the team Prealpino is the fifth victory of the season in a race made more precious by the Eighth sixth and seventh of Luca Gibilras who completed the reward of the training conducted by Walter Giordani

.il Giro dell’Ovest Ticino
Ordine di arrivo:

79 km - 1:58:22 - 40.045

1) Carmelo Foti (Gruppo Sportivo Prealpino)
2) Luca Usan (Prealpino) a 4”
3) Samuele Daverio (Comerio Vetera Car) a 7”
4) Nicolò Basciu ( Bareggese) a 1’15”
5) Andrea Marchetti (Novese Fausto Coppi)
 6) Ottavio Borsato (Prealpino)
7) Luca Gibilras (Prealpino) a 2’00”
8) Marco Filisetti (Lomello)
9) Giuliano Rancilio (Busto Garolfo)
10) Umberto Mariano (Novarese)

Zipp OVCX Tour Makes First 2009 Appearance in Indiana
A “Cyclocross-Sized Hole” in the Community’s Heart

 After opening the season with races in Ohio and Kentucky, and then returning to Ohio for this past weekend’s Cincinnati UCI3 Festival, the Zipp OVCX Tour regulars make the year’s first assault on Indiana this weekend for the BloomingCross on Sunday, October 18. The race will be held in Bloomington, famed as the site of the annual Little 500 collegiate race and setting for one of the best cycling movies of all time, “Breaking Away”.

But, according to race co-promoter Andy Messer, cycling in Bloomington is much more than just a once-a-year competition between Indiana University’s fraternity houses. “The Bloomington cycling community has a rich, long history of racing dating back even before the first Little 500 race was held in the 1950’s,” said Messer, who is co-promoting the event with Zipp OVCX’s defending Elite Men’s champion Ryan Knapp. “The community is not only racers, but also commuters and cyclo-tourists that will likely be riding in the annual Hilly Hundred the weekend following our race. Bloomington has the region's best and most storied cycling community, but has a cyclocross-shaped hole in its heart. This race will help to fill that void since cyclocross is the most spectator-friendly cycling discipline, and we want to help Bloomington showcase its love for cycling.”

BloomingCross will be held at a baseball/softball complex at 2350 Bloomfield Road on the West side of Bloomington. It will be an active day at the complex as two ball games will be played simultaneously to the races between ever-increasing hordes of Midwest cyclocrossers. “Our parcours has a tough paved climb, several challenging off camber sections, as well as a few fast flowing open sections,” says Messer. “Top that off with two single-track sectors reminiscent of classic courses like Mol or Gavere and you have a course that is sure to demand both technical skill as well as power to prevail, so the victor will a worthy champion!” The facility also boasts indoor changing areas, which should be especially handy following the races because Bloomington, like any major university town, boasts an impressive array of pubs and restaurants.
Pre-Registration and additional information for this Sunday’s Zipp OVCX BloomingCross can be found at BikeReg.com

MAC’s Queen Weekend Highlights Weekly Calendar
The Granogue and Wissahickon cyclocross races of the MAC Powered by SRAM Cyclocross Series are two of the main focal points for the weekend’s racing calendar. MAC-SRAM’s “Queen Weekend”, with UCI-C2 races for Elite Men and Women, as well as a full compliment of amateur classes, features racing on two of the most difficult and prestigious cross courses in America.

This will be the second weekend of racing for the 2009 MAC Powered by SRAM Series. Following the first two races, Davide Frattini and Laura Van Gilder lead the point standings for the Elite Men and Women, and Luke Keough leads the U23 standings while sitting fourth overall in the Men’s Standings. There will be heavy competition for all the riders as Team Kona is sending both Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks to the event to score their first MAC Powered by SRAM points of the year.

Racing begins Saturday, October 17 on the private 400 acre Granogue Estate near Wilmington Delaware that is opened to both racers and spectators for this annual event. The following day, the MAC Powered by SRAM Series heads 25 miles north to the beautiful 33-acre Ludwig's Corner Horse Show and Country Fair Grounds in Glenmoore Pennsylvania. For more information on the two races, see BikeReg.com

Road Guardian Launch
Safe Cycling, LLC announced today the launch RoadGuardian.com the first Web site where bicyclists can report, mark and share the geo-locations of their cycling incidents and trouble spots worldwide. This is a free service.

It's all about saving lives.
Making cycling safer can encourage non-cyclists to give the sport a try. As more people appreciate and enjoy cycling, we improve safety for everyone.

In 2008 in the United States, 716 bicyclists were killed (2.1% higher than 2007) and an additional 52,000 were injured in traffic crashes (21% higher than 2007). (High fuel prices may have been a contributing factor in the rise as more people chose bicycles for transportation). Bicyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities, and bicyclists made up 2 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. The state of Florida saw the greatest loss of lives with 125 cyclists killed in 2008.

While cycling is safe, sharing space on our roads is becoming hazardous and the growing number of cyclists must find ways to protect themselves. In addition to knowing and following the rules of the road, cyclists can solve the majority of their problems by riding visibly and predictably. And a key to riding predictably is for cyclists to ride smart by knowing their routes and the conditions surrounding them. RoadGuardian.com will capture and share the information needed by cyclists to ride smart. Information such as:
Where have cyclists experienced "close calls"?
Where have cyclists been hit and injured?
Where have cyclists been killed?
Where have dogs chased cyclists?
Where are the pot holes located?
Where have cyclists been harassed by motorists?

Keeping in mind that a majority of cycling crashes goes unreported, knowing the answers to these and other related questions will help cyclists become smarter and safer on their rides. They may learn that the route they want to ride is risky and one to avoid. Equally important, the site isn't just about allowing cyclists to avoid problem areas, but about targeting those areas for action: fixing pavement defects, deploying law enforcement or animal control, finding engineering solutions. This component is under development and should be available by the end of 2009.

The site's value is dependent upon cyclists taking the time to report and share their experiences: close calls, collisions, deaths, pot holes, harassment, doorings, etc. Currently, the site has incidents reported in: United States, Australia, Canada, Belarus, Ireland, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Philippines and Singapore. The site will be translated into numerous languages in the months ahead.

Avid cyclist and developer of RoadGuardian.com Joe Mizereck says, "It's all about saving lives." Mizereck hopes that cyclists, bike clubs, towns, cities, states and countries will embrace this tool and make it a part of their cycling cultures. He adds, "Making cycling safer can encourage non-cyclists to give the sport a try. As more people appreciate and enjoy cycling, we improve safety for everyone." Mizereck encourages cyclists to visit the site to see what places in their towns could require more vigilance and to begin sharing their cycling experiences.
www.RoadGuardian.com  and www.3FeetPlease.com are initiatives of Safe Cycling, LLC and both are focused on making riding a bicycle safe and fun.

Bioncon USA Headquarters/Demo Center Destroyed by Fire
Owners see this as a temporary setback and an opportunity to be better; plans to rebuild are already well underway.
Not quite two weeks after its official Labor Day weekend opening, the Bionicon USA Headquarters and Demo Center in the Kern River Valley suffered a devastating fire. The building, located on the main road in Wofford Heights, had undergone extensive renovations and improvements in preparation for Bionicon's move to the Kern Valley. This was the company's first full-time Demo Center in the U.S.A. Other Bionicon Demo Centers are in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.

Nobody was in the building at the time of the fire, which was first noticed at about 4 p.m.. Neighbors called 911 and reported smoke coming from the roof. When firefighters arrived on the scene they were confronted with flames shooting out of windows, exploding shock cartridges and burning magnesium fork lowers. Owners Paul and Wendy Ferguson arrived on scene just a few minutes later, only to watch the building burn.

Investigators believe the fire was started by a faulty air compressor, though official reports are pending.ᅠThe fire destroyed the entire inventory of bicycles, parts, frames and components as well as the workshop and the entire fleet of demo bikes.

"The local community has been behind our move to the Kern River Valley from the start," said Paul Ferguson, owner and CEO of Bionicon USA, "Their support through this tragedy has been really encouraging. They have made it clear how much it means to have a mountain bike company of Bionicon's caliber doing business here in the valley."

Bionicon has been welcomed and embraced locally, and in this tragedy that has only become more apparent. There has also been a great outpouring of support from the entire Southern California mountain biking community.

The charred building is uninhabitable and beyond repair. "We've received offers of temporary storage and office space, as well as assistance from Bionicon in Germany to get us up and running as soon as possible," noted Ferguson. "The search is on for a new office, showroom, bike shop and demo center. We have pending inquiries on a couple of locations."

The valley's outdoor lifestyle is what attracted the company to the area. There is a vast network of trails, world-class whitewater rafting, climbing, hiking and water sports. The addition of a mountain bike company and full-service bike shop to the valley is crucial to its growth as a mountain biking destination.

Bionicon has been the title sponsor of the famous Keyesville Classic mountain bike race for the past two years, and will continue as organizer and sponsor for the 22nd annual event in 2010. Among the company's plans are to take a lead role in trail stewardship and mountain bike advocacy in the Kern river Valley. In fact, Bionicon has already opened a dialog with the BLM about potential new trails in the Keyesville area.

The 3rd annual Kern River Valley Gathering, hosted by Bionicon at Keyesville, will still take place over Halloween weekend as planned. The "KRV Gathering" is an open-invitation, informal weekend of mountain biking, camping, barbecues, and camaraderie among mountain bikers from all over the southwest."

Bionicon USA expects to be back in business full-time in a new location in the Kern River Valley by December. Wasting no time, CEO Paul Ferguson replaced his laptop the day after the fire, and at the moment is available by phone or email to support customers and dealers. Parts and inventory are ordered and on their way.


"It feels like we've had a practice run at putting together a Demo Center," said Ferguson, "and this next time around is going to be even better than the original."

About Bionicon - Bionicon are the original innovators of adjustable geometry and travel mountain bikes. Designed and engineered in Germany since 1999, the company's bicycles feature a patented system that integrates the front and rear suspension, allowing for a radical change of ride characteristics at the push of a button. Bionicon full-suspension bicycles can change on-the-fly from an aggressive cross-country like climbing position to a relaxed and stable downhill position. Bionicon also manufactures commuter road bikes and a line of technical cycling clothing. Bionicon USA began importing the bicycles to the U.S.A. In 2005, and is the sole North American distributor for Bionicon.

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