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