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Tondo looking forward to helping Sastre in the Giro

Xavier Tondo is planning to ride his first Giro d’Italia in 2010, to help support Cervelo TestTeam captain Carlos Sastre. The 31-year-old Spaniard is joining the Swiss-based team after having ridden for various Professional and Continental-ranked Spanish teams, most recently for Andalucia-Cajasur. The 31-year-old told Marca.com, “I am more than satisfied with the planning the team has prepared for me. And I’m really looking forward to the Giro. I know I will go to Italy with one goal: to work …

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Liquigas-Domio escapes the snow for pre-season training

Fresh from its visit to the snow in Passo San Pellegrino, Italy, Team Liquigas-Domio began training in slightly sunnier climes in Valencia, Spain, this week. The team centred its operation around the Benicassim beach area, although low temperatures on Spain’s eastern coast meant that the likes of Roman Kreuziger, Ivan Basso and Daniele Bennati were still forced to wear full winter kit ( pictured below ). While the Italian squad’s snow frolicking was designed to be a team-building exercise, it’s …

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Double collarbone fracture for Liquigas’ Bodnar

Maciej Bodnar of Liquigas will have to postpone his season start after a training accident left him with a double fracture of his collarbone. The Polish rider was in Valencia Benicasin, Spain. “I fell near a roundabout and my arm went down on the pavement,” he told tuttobici.com . He has to travelled to Italy for surgery. “Unfortunately this incident ruins my plans and the team’s plans,” Bodnar said. “But I intend to return to the peloton soon.” Bodnar, 24, turned …

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Vuelta 2010: Route announced

The 2010 Vuelta a Espa

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Evans will race 2010 Giro d’Italia

World road Champion Cadel Evans has confirmed that the Giro d’Italia will be included on his race schedule for next season. Evans, 32, will compete in the three-week race for the first time since his first and only participation in 2002. He told Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport that while he will also target the Tour de France, he will return to Italy with overall victory on his mind. “I’m finally making a return to the Giro,” he said. “I’ve had a focus on the Tour [de France] in recent …

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Team Sky announce two additional sponsors

Team Sky has announced two new co-sponsors, both of which are firms associated with name sponsor Sky. News Corporation and Sky Italia have signed on to support the new British ProTour team. News Corporation is a globally vertically integrated media company founded by Rupert Murdoch, with properties in film, television, cable, magazines and other media. It has “significant holdings” in British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), the team’s name sponsor, and wholly owns Sky Italia. Robert Tansey, …

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Contador prepared to handle stress of 2010 Tour

Spain’s Alberto Contador is ready to handle the stress of winning a third Tour de France. Team Astana’s star, in a press conference today in Pisa, Italy, said that he learned from the problems with Lance Armstrong at this year’s Tour. “I learned how to handle the stress and those situations, because at the Tour you always give a lot and have to manage your energy well. I think this will serve me, it helps me to mature and to remain cool,” said Contador. Contador is taking part in a weeklong …

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Gasparotto ready to prove place in Astana

Enrico Gasparotto is ready to prove his place at Astana after joining from Lampre. Speaking to Cyclingnews from the Astana team camp in Pisa, Italy, the former Lampre rider said that he has the responsibility to lead the team in Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo. “It is similar to being with team Barloworld, I was captain in a small team and they asked for results. Here is the same, but they are asking for results in different, and more important races like Amstel, Fl

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Martinelli: Contador and Astana better without Armstrong

Alberto Contador is in a better position to win the Tour de France without Lance Armstrong in team Astana, according to team director Giuseppe Martinelli. “I see Contador is secure and, above all, Astana is his team now,” said Martinelli. “Before it was Johan Bruyneel’s and Lance Armstrong’s team, with Contador alongside.” Italy’s Martinelli joined the team after Bruyneel and Armstrong left to form team RadioShack. As directeur sportif, Martinelli has led riders to four Giro …

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Dolomiti Superbike 16th edition happening next July

The Dolomiti Superbike, which bills itself as the hardest mountain bike race in the Dolomites, is scheduled for its next edition on July 11, 2010. The race will return to Niederdorf in South Tyrol in Italy for the 16th time. In 2010, the race will run in a counter-clockwise direction. Racers will head up to Platzwiese via one of two routes. The short route will cover 56.9km with 1,800m of climbing while the longer one will run 115.9km with 3,500m of climbing. Italian Massimo De Bertolis (Full Dynamix …

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