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Alberto Contador: Vuelta route “gives spectacle and what people want”

by Ben Atkins - Saturday, January 11, 2014
2008 and 2012 winner may return to his home race in 2014 but Tour de France has priority

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) was not present at the presentation of the 2014 Vuelta a España route, as he was at his team’s first training camp of the year, but the winner of the 2008 and 2012 editions of the race appreciated what he saw. The 31-... → Read More

Andy Schleck: “The advantage is that I’ll have Fränk on my side in the Tour.”

by Ben Atkins - Saturday, January 11, 2014
Fränk Schleck hungry to get racing after an 18-month suspension and lay-off

Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) looks ahead to 2014, having had two disappointing seasons in the years before. 2012 saw the Luxembourg former Tour champion sit out most of the year through injury, while 2013 saw him struggle to recapture his form ... → Read More

Valverde believes he can podium at both Tour de France and Vuelta a España

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, January 11, 2014
The 2009 Vuelta champion satisfied with route unveiled today: “There are difficulties with eight summit finishes”

Giving a thumbs up to the route unveiled today by the Vuelta a España organisers, Alejandro Valverde has said that the nature of the course suits his characteristics and that he consequently believes it is realistic for him to chase a top three finis... → Read More

Samuel Sanchez concedes it is difficult for him to secure a team at this point

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, January 11, 2014
Rider still searching for a contract; says final time trial in Vuelta a España could prove crucial, despite shortness

The new year has started, the 2014 racing season is about to get underway for many in the peloton, but Samuel Sanchez has admitted that he is still fruitless in his search for a new squad. The 2008 Olympic champion was left stranded when his Eusk... → Read More

Varied route presented for 2014 Vuelta a España

by Ben Atkins - Saturday, January 11, 2014
Course leaked by AS confirmed; race to avoid Madrid with Santiago de Compostela finish

The organiser of the Vuelta a España, Unipublic, has presented a balanced and varied route for the race’s 69th edition, to be run between August 23rd and September 14th. The course of the three-week race is set to be that, which was leaked by Spanish... → Read More

Video/report: Elvin wins second Australian women’s road race title, Ewan takes Under 23 gold

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, January 11, 2014
Highlights from today’s races

Making history when she became the first woman in two decades to take two consecutive national road race titles, Gracie Elvin outsprinted Lauren Kitchen (NSW) and last year’s Subaru National Road Series winner Katrin Garfoot (QLD) at the end of the 1... → Read More

Committed to riding Tour rather than defending Giro title, Nibali starts in Tour de San Luis

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, January 11, 2014
Rider will be joined in ‘remarkable race’ by Astana team-mates Scarponi and Kessiakoff

Having made a definitive decision not to defend his Giro d’Italia title but rather to target the Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali will nonetheless debut in the same race he rode in twelve months ago. The Italian rider and his Astana team have conf... → Read More

Fifteen teams announced for Ladies’ Tour of Qatar

by Ben Atkins - Friday, January 10, 2014
90-strong peloton for windy Emirate peninsular race

Race organiser ASO has announced the list of fifteen teams set to take the start of the sixth edition of the Ladies’ Tour of Qatar, which will kick off the women’s season in the northern hemisphere on February 4th. The four-day race, which precedes t... → Read More

Feature: Linus Gerdemann feeling good about his comeback to cycling - “I am optimistic…I think I can perform well”

by Shane Stokes - Friday, January 10, 2014
German rider speaks about his return to the sport with MTN Qhubeka, aiming for Giro and more

Getting back to the pro peloton after a season out of competition, 2007 Tour de France stage winner and yellow jersey wearer Linus Gerdemann has spoken at length about his imminent return to professional cycling. The German rider was left on the side... → Read More

Gesink believes Santos Tour Down Under will suit his characteristics

by VeloNation Press - Friday, January 10, 2014
Dutchman satisfied with work done during a winter based in Girona

Confirmed this week as leading the Belkin team in the race, Robert Gesink has said that he believes he should be one of the challengers in the Santos Tour Down Under. The Dutchman has taken big wins in the past such as the Tours of California and... → Read More

Garmin Sharp and POC partner for helmets and eyewear

by VeloNation Press - Friday, January 10, 2014
Distinctive products visibly different to much of the competition, team claims performance advantages

The Garmin-Sharp team has today officially announced a partnership with the Swedish company POC. Former Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal used the company’s sunglasses in 2013 and now the rest of the team will utilise the products, including road, ... → Read More

Trek Factory Racing presents new team and kit for 2014

by Ben Atkins - Friday, January 10, 2014
More black for the WorldTour peloton; white sleeve should help with identification

Trek Factory Racing presented its 2014 team and kit at the Roubaix Velodrome, the site of its big star rider, Fabian Cancellara’s victory last April, in front of 1,200 fans, Trek retailers, and fan club members. The new American team, which takes ove... → Read More

Budget of three million Swiss Francs reported for Cycling Independent Reform Commission

by VeloNation Press - Friday, January 10, 2014
Anti-doping probe will study Armstrong affair and other doping-related matters

The UCI has allocated a budget of three million Swiss francs (€2.4 million/$3.3 million) for the Cycling Independent Reform Commission it announced on Wednesday, setting out the amount it will pay to enable the investigators to fully assess the gover... → Read More

Katusha: “Our responsibility to show our colours” in early races

by VeloNation Press - Friday, January 10, 2014
Team says being ambitious is a priority, rather than using San Luis and Down Under as training

Although January races are very early in the season and key targets such as the Ardennes Classics and the Grand Tours are still far away, the Katusha team has made clear that it doesn’t see the opening events as an opportunity to simply build form. ... → Read More

Omega Pharma-Quick Step “would like to continue the winning mood” in 2014

by Ben Atkins - Thursday, January 9, 2014
Tom Boonen and Mark Cavendish hoping for better at their main targets

Omega Pharma-Quick Step is hoping that it can carry on in 2014 where it left off last year, as it looks toward the coming season. The multinational Belgian squad was winning from January to October in 2013, and retained its Team Time Trial title at t... → Read More

Nine WorldTour ProTeams confirmed for Amgen Tour of California

by Ben Atkins - Thursday, January 9, 2014
Peter Sagan, Ted King and Peter Stetina among those confirmed for US race

There will be nine WorldTour ProTeams at the start of the Amgen Tour of California, race organiser AEG has announced, as International Cycling Union (UCI) rule changes allow for up to 65% of invited teams to be from the sport’s top division. The BMC ... → Read More

The Tour organisers confirm multi-year commitment to women’s Tour of Britain

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 9, 2014
Talks still ongoing for a title sponsor

The organisers of the first-ever women’s Tour of Britain have confirmed that they are still looking for a title sponsor for this year’s race, but that they are exploring several possibilities. Even if a major backer is not found, a Sweetspot represen... → Read More

Evans ambitious about first Australian road nationals participation in nine years

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, January 9, 2014
2011 Tour de France winner not making up numbers; will take on Porte, Gerrans, Goss and others on Sunday

Cadel Evans has made clear he is not simply riding Sunday’s Australian road race championships to build his condition, but rather believes he has the form to be in with a chance for a medal if things go to plan. The 2011 Tour de France winner has... → Read More

Gerdemann, Augustyn back to the pro peloton in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 9, 2014
MTN Qhubeka riders named for 2.1 ranked African event

Linus Gerdemann and John Lee Augustyn will next week begin their buildup back to what they hope will be successful returns to the peloton this year, with both riders confirmed today as part of MTN Qhubeka’s team for the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo race... → Read More

Video: Von Hoff, Roy, Roper and Ewan take gold medals in Australian criterium championships

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 9, 2014
Sprint finishes settle each race, attention now turns to weekend road races

Garmin-Sharp rider Steele Von Hoff blazed in ahead of the field to take the Australian elite criterium championship title in Ballarat today, finishing two seconds ahead of the Avanti riders Anthony Giacoppo and Brenton Jones. Defending champion ... → Read More

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