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Cycling News Roundup - 29 September 2010
By Staff
Date: 9/29/2010
Cycling News Roundup - 29 September 2010

Cycling News Roundup - 29 September
Iván Gutiérrez in  Melbourne, Transfers and more...

Iván Gutiérrez
Spanish champion Iván Gutiérrez arrived in Australia on Friday with the Spanish national team to take part in the Time Trial World Championship on September 30 in Melbourne.

“José Luis de Santos called me to invite me to take part in the time trial”, explained the rider from Cantabria.  “It was a surprise because there are only two days left before flying to Australia but I was still hoping this could happen because many riders are tired at this period of the season. This year I watched almost all the stages of the Tour of Spain on TV and I saw how tired the riders looked like. That is the reason why I still believed I had a chance to go. I kept on training very well also because I intended to take part in the last classics of the season.”

2910 Tour de France:Spanish Road Champion Iván Gutiérrez  
Photo courtesy Iván Gutiérrez

“I will try to do things the way I use to; it means the best possible one. Last year I prepared the race very well and the result was an awful one. This year because of the circumstances I will be much quieter and I think this can be a good thing. Anyway I am really happy to go because otherwise it would have been the first time since 2004 I was not there with the pro team and I was in fact not happy about that.”

As for the time trial course, Iván believes that “considering what I saw it is a rather difficult one because it is never flat. It is just going up and down all the time. Considering my current shape I think the course is a good one for me. But another factor will be very important because this World Championship is a very special one for European riders. We shall have to adapt to the continent, to the weather but also and most of all to the jet lag after a very long flight.”

Iván will be a reserve in the road race but he told that “I will be prepared to race on Sunday too because at the end of the season it is always possible that a rider is sick so why not

Alejandro Valverde
Awarded Prize Bicihuerta for Solidarity in Sports

September 25, the Sports and Culture Association Torreaguera MTB and Road will award the Bicihuerta Prizes for Solidarity in Sports 2010, on the occasion of the Gala Awards “Torreaguera doors of the Miravete”.

Alejandro Valverde makes part of the people the association will award for “his selfless collaboration with many social causes, not only in Murcia but also at national level,  for example: his support to a children suffering from bone diseases, collaboration with the Bicihuerta event against juvenile cancer and with the bike ride organized in Jerez to help people suffering from leukemia, and so on.”

Omega Pharma-Lotto
Team & Canyon Bikes look to the future with continued partnership

The Belgian pro team Omega Pharma-Lotto and the German cycle manufacturer Canyon have prematurely extended their cooperation beyond the coming year. The signing of a new contract has paved the way for a long-term partnership and cements the successful cooperation of the last few years.

The cooperation of the two sides has always been on an equal footing. Canyon builds racing bikes that always set benchmarks and the pro team Omega Pharma-Lotto has some of the world's best riders currently under contract. Canyon benefits from the input given by the experienced pro team and was able to optimise the brand new Aeroad CF using suggestions from riders and advisors on the team. The Belgian star Philippe Gilbert spent five days in the red jersey at the Vuelta a España on this bike and is one of the top favourites for the forthcoming World Championship road race in October.

The partnership, which began in 2009, has been one of many highlights. A particularly special moment was the victory at the World Championship on a Canyon road bike in 2009. However, the winning of the green jersey at the Giro d'Italia 2010, the 5th place in this year’s Tour de France and of course the performance in the Vuelta a España just a few weeks ago were also true highlights of a great cooperation. For 2011, the Omega Pharma-Lotto team has strengthened its ranks by recruiting, among others, the German sprint star André Greipel and is therefore now even better equipped for events which end with a bunch sprint.

Jean-Christophe Péraud leaves Omega Pharma-Lotto
By a mutual agreement, Omega Pharma-Lotto and Jean-Christophe Péraud have decided to put an end to their collaboration. Jean-Christophe had been given by Omega Pharma-Lotto a chance to become a professional road racer, after having shown his capabilities as a mountain biker as well as having been the 2009 French ITT champion.

A heavy crash at Dauphiné Libéré had kept him to confirm during Tour de France the promises show at the beginning of the season, but he has demonstrated during the Vuelta that he can keep his place during multistage races. He has received a proposal to continue his career with a French team, and the Omega Pharma-Lotto management did not intend to refrain him.

We didn't have to wait long to find out which French team signed Peraud. It was  Vincent Lavenu's Ag2r Squad that continues building a muti-talented crew for 2011

Ag2r La Mondiale
Jean-Christophe Peraud Signs for 2 Years

The French rider turned pro in 2010 after a title of amateur champion of France in 2008 and the the pro time trial national championship the following year.

Full runner, he took 8th place this season Paris-Nice and finished 4th in the Tour of the Basque Country, despite a fall in the race against the clock. We also note that Jean-Christophe Peraud is also a mountain bike specialist and he wins in 2008 including the silver medal in the discipline at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Vital Statistics
Born: 22.05.1977 in Toulouse (age 33)
 Professionnel debut 2010 with Omega Pharma-Lotto
Height: 1m72 weight : 63 kg

Jean-Christophe Peraud commented, "I'm obviously very pleased to have signed with the team AG2R La Mondiale. My goals are simple: first appearance at the Tour de France and try to win my first race of the highest level, be it a one-day race or a stage race. "

Team Manager, Vincent Lavenu,
"The team AG2R La Mondiale rider is reinforced with a high level. Jean-Christophe Peraud is a welcome addition especially for the difficult stage races like the Tour de France, Dauphine and Paris-Nice, which are our chosen targets. The team needed an extra reinforcement and Jean-Christophe is a reinforcement of choice that will help us continue to grow in the mountains and be more present in international rankings. "

Ag2r La Mondiale
Elmiger Wins Grand Prix de la Somme Ready for Worlds

Martin Elmiger took his the fourth win of the season for the champion from Switzerland, won a stage and the overall ranking of 4 Days of Dunkirk.

Elmiger made the  smart move by attacking in the last fifteen kilometers with Michael Stevenson afterthe wind had caused several breaks in the platoon. Martin Elmiger then benefited from the work of his teammates in the back including Anthony Ravard who was present in the counter-attack and took 3rd place in the race.

Martin Elmiger on the win...
"The final was physical; wind and a false flat the last few kilometers were difficult but I felt good. I had a lot of strength and was able to attack in the final. Behind Anthony (Ravard) has played its role as teammate, without it I certainly would not have won today. This victory is also personal satisfaction. I wanted to win one before the World Championships because to win a race like the worlds one should also know how to win races of lesser importance. I am very fit and motivated for these championships. It comes with a great team and I love racing in Australia! "

Anthony Ravard, 3rd...
"This victory is the result of teamwork and that should give us confidence especially for ProTour races. We managed to stay together and we see that power comes from the team, especially when it's windy. Martin (Elmiger) had worked for me when I won the Classic de l'Indre and today I'm as happy as if it was me who won! "

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