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Cantele ready for new season with Columbia-HTC

Noemi Cantele is known in the professional women’s peloton as “Little Crazy Horse” for her early attacks. The Italian time trial champion will continue her trademark early escapes in her first year with new team Columbia-HTC in 2010, a team whose attitude she says, “I really like and admire.” Cantele, 28, turned pro in 2002 and rode for Team Bigla for five years. She was the most successful woman at this year’s World Championships in Mendrisio, winning silver in the time …

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Fabian Cancellara to attempt hour record

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara is likely to be the first of cycling’s modern stars to attempt the hour record. “I have the hour record on my mind,” he told Bicisport magazine in its November issue. “I am certain that sooner or later I will make it happen.” Cancellara won his third time trial World Championship in Mendrisio, Switzerland, September 24 in such a dominating manner that he had time to raise his arms crossing the line. He set an average speed of 51.58km/h and finished …

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Valverde calls an end to 2009 season

Alejandro Valverde has called a close to his 2009 season. The winner of this year’s Vuelta a Espa

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Gerrans pleased with Evans’ Worlds win

Australia’s Simon Gerrans has expressed his satisfaction with Cadel Evans’ victory at the road race World Championship on Sunday in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Gerrans said the win would help to make up for disappointments throughout his compatriot’s season. “It’s huge, it is a massive result for him and a consolation for his disappointing Tour de France,” Gerrans told Cyclingnews . Evans had never finished the Tour de France outside of the top ten until this July. He placed 30th at 45:24 …

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No Paris-Tours for Cavendish

After already having had to pull out of the British Worlds team for Mendrisio, Mark Cavendish will not be able to participate in Paris-Tours, taking place on October 11. The Columbia-HTC sprinter is still suffering from a lung infection, the same illness that saw him pull out of the Tour of Missouri earlier this month. Moreover, the 2009 season must have been tiring for Cavendish, who sprinted to victory an amazing 23 times this year. “It’s been a long season for Cavendish to also take on Paris-Tours …

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Greipel surprised himself at Worlds

No one was more surprised to see Andre Greipel in the escape group of the day at the World Championships than the Columbia fast man himself. Better known as a sprinter than an attacker, the German was part of a ten-rider group that got away on the first lap and stayed in front until only four laps to go, but Greipel did not feel in his place. “My assignment was to be in the escape group,” he noted on his personal website, andregreipel.com. “I obediently did that for more than 215 …

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End of season for Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck, second-placed and best young rider at the Tour de France this year, has decided to end his season, effective immediately. The Luxembourger, who participated in the Worlds road race last Sunday, abandoned the event early. He also quit the Vuelta a Espa

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Australian team tactics played to perfection

Cadel Evans’ victory in Mendrisio on Sunday afternoon was the product of an equally strong performance from his national teammates, who set the Australian up in the closing laps of the 262km event. The Australian team had come close before; in 2002, Robbie McEwen’s silver medal behind Italy’s Mario Cipollini in Zolder was the best result hitherto for the green and gold. Australian selectors sent arguably the most balanced team to Mendrisio, with the likes of experienced campaigners Mat Hayman, Michael …

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Best of the worlds – a pictorial perspective

Lush green Swiss fields, glorious sunshine and a field boasting the world’s best riders – it must be this year’s World Championships, held in Mendrisio, Switzerland. There’s always plenty of emotion and excitement during the four days of competition and this year’s world title races were no exception. Cyclingnews captured all the energy in images from the likes of seasoned Italian photographers Sirotti and Bettini and artful cycling snapper Edward A Madden. Below is a taste of what Mendrisio delivered …

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NetApp aim for ProTour status within three years

Newly formed German squad Team NetApp has announced its entry into the professional peloton with bold plans to achieve ProTour status within three years. The Continental team, which will start racing in 2010, was introduced in Mendrisio, Switzerland, on Friday evening. The team is starting out small, but has big ambitions. “The coming season will see 14 selected international talented up-and-coming cyclists being given the chance to experience a new side of cycling and to make it to the very …

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