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 A cyclist has been named sportsman of the year in Morocco. Abdelaati Saadoune received the honour in the North African country, ahead of football player Marouane Chamakh and track athlete Amin Laalou. Saadoune, 34, is the current leader of the UCI's Africa Tour. This year he won the overall title in the Tour du Faso, and was fifth in both the road race and time trial at the African Championships, as well as second in the Moroccan national time trial. He won two stages in the Tour of Rwanda, in which ...

Saadoune named Morocco’s Sportsman of the Year

A cyclist has been named sportsman of the year in Morocco. Abdelaati Saadoune received the honour in the North African country, ahead of football player Marouane Chamakh and track athlete Amin Laalou. Saadoune, 34, is the current leader of the UCI’s Africa Tour. This year he won the overall title in the Tour du Faso, […]

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 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 ...

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 […]

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 Marcus Burghardt is preparing to start a new stage in his career, as he gets ready to ride for BMC Racing Team in 2010. The German had spent all five of his pro years with T-Mobile and then Columbia-HTC. “I can tell how the time flies by, or shall I say, sprints by,” the 26-year-old said on his website, marcus-burghardt.com . “They were good years, in which I learned a lot. There were highs and lows, as every athlete experiences.” His first career highlight was “unquestionably” ...

Burghardt ready to move on at BMC

Marcus Burghardt is preparing to start a new stage in his career, as he gets ready to ride for BMC Racing Team in 2010. The German had spent all five of his pro years with T-Mobile and then Columbia-HTC. “I can tell how the time flies by, or shall I say, sprints by,” the 26-year-old […]

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 After leaving Lampre at the end of 2009, Mauro Santambrogio is off to a US-based team to help the current and former World Champions at BMC Racing Team. “I cannot wait to get back into the game,” he said. “The idea of riding for a U.S. team is really exciting and also somewhat intriguing.” He picked to ride for BMC for the coming year for one simple reason: “I had confidence in these people. In my opinion it is the team of the future.” Santambrogio, 25, has ridden ...

Santambrogio eager to ride for BMC

After leaving Lampre at the end of 2009, Mauro Santambrogio is off to a US-based team to help the current and former World Champions at BMC Racing Team. “I cannot wait to get back into the game,” he said. “The idea of riding for a U.S. team is really exciting and also somewhat intriguing.” He […]

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Kazakh-flavored Astana team likely for Grand Tours

The Astana team will likely have a strong Kazakh flavour for the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, where the team will aim to defend Alberto Contador’s title. The team indicated this on Saturday when Kazakh Federation Vice President Nikola

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Zolder race proves tough for Americans

After being out of contention for much of the race, American Jonathan Page (Planet Bike)

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Slámová signs with Team Vienne Futuroscope

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 The World Cup mountain bike race in Houffalize, Belgium, scheduled for May 2010 will most likely not be held, due to financial shortfalls. The news is expected to be officially announced Monday night. The Houffalize Commune is expected to cancel the race due to an 80,000 Euro shortfall, according to the Belgian website Actu24.be. The city “will not bear the burden alone,” said Mayor Mark Capri. The race would be cancelled entirely “unless we have the promise of support” from ...

Houffalize may have to cancel 2010 World Cup mountain bike race

The World Cup mountain bike race in Houffalize, Belgium, scheduled for May 2010 will most likely not be held, due to financial shortfalls. The news is expected to be officially announced Monday night. The Houffalize Commune is expected to cancel the race due to an 80,000 Euro shortfall, according to the Belgian website Actu24.be. The […]

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 In the second instalment of 2009 highlights Cyclingnews asks more industry insiders how they saw things this past year. Part 1 | Part 2 Greg Johnson ( Cyclingnews Australian Regional Editor) Best performance: If we were talking theatre, I’d say ‘Harmonious team-work: The Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador story’. Since we’re talking on the bike, and I don’t want to be too predictable, Denis Menchov’s Giro d’Italia ride was impressive. His Rabobank team ...

The peloton’s highlights of 2009 Part Two

In the second instalment of 2009 highlights Cyclingnews asks more industry insiders how they saw things this past year. Part 1 | Part 2 Greg Johnson ( Cyclingnews Australian Regional Editor) Best performance: If we were talking theatre, I’d say ‘Harmonious team-work: The Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador story’. Since we’re talking on the bike, […]

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 Andre Greipel will once again race at the Tour Down Under next month, a race he won in 2008, and in which he won one stage last year before crashing out. However the Columbia-HTC rider has modest ambitions for the 2010 edition. “I want to win one stage,” he told Cyclingnews . “The next season will be very long, so I would like to let it start quietly – but you never lose your speed.” He and his teammates will be flying to Australia on January 2. Greipel dominated the ...

Greipel to go steady at Tour Down Under

Andre Greipel will once again race at the Tour Down Under next month, a race he won in 2008, and in which he won one stage last year before crashing out. However the Columbia-HTC rider has modest ambitions for the 2010 edition. “I want to win one stage,” he told Cyclingnews . “The next season […]

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