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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, 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 …

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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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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 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 …

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Contador: 2009 was my best but most difficult season

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has described the 2009 season as both his best and his most difficult year in the sport. Speaking to Spanish daily AS , the Astana team leader said this had been his best season “not only because I won the Tour, but also because I was in contention in every race I took part in and took some very good results”. Naturally, he was asked about the nature of the difficulties and once again reflected on the difficulties he’d faced within the Astana …

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Quick Step signs Stauff

Quick Step announced Wednesday that it has signed German Andreas Stauff for two years to its ProTour

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O’Grady to ride Tour Down Under

Contrary to media reports earlier this week, Saxo Bank rider Stuart O’Grady will ride the Tour Down Under next January, the Australian told by Dr Peter Barnes this morning his condition it suitable to begin training. O’Grady has been suffering from pneumonia since arriving home in Australia, the inaugural winner of Australia’s biggest stage race forced to miss the Launceston International Criterium and very nearly being a non-starter at his home event. “It’s just been a case of no physical …

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McEwen makes his return at the Bay

After enduring what he describes as, “the worst year of my whole career”, Robbie McEwen will return to racing in January at the Jayco Bay Classic. And while the Australian hasn’t had much racing preparation, he’s keen to get on with the job and put a horror 2009 behind him.

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Giove pleads guilty to drug charges

Former downhill World Champion Missy Giove pleaded guilty in a US federal marijuana trafficking case in New York earlier this week.

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Tour de Georgia canceled for 2010

The group trying to bring back the Tour de Georgia has announced that it will cancel the race for 2010 and postpone the return “until at least 2011″. The Tour de Georgia Foundation, Inc. had secured a place on the 2010 calendar from the UCI, but announced it had not come up with the financing to make the race a reality on Wednesday. “This was not an easy decision, but one that was best in the current economic climate,” said Tom Saddlemire, board member of the Tour de Georgia …

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Eckmann takes second place in Middelkerke

Euro ‘Cross Camper Yannick Eckmann (Clif Bar Development Team) scored a second place behind Belgian Gianni Vermeersch at the Noordzeecross in Middelkerke, Belgium, on Wednesday. Eckmann’s performance bodes well just days before the Campers will take on the next Cyclo-cross World Cup in Zolder. “It was a tough, hard race with a very fun course,” said Eckmann to Cyclingnews . “I had a good start and found myself chasing the eventual winner. Then we were together, and I attacked a few …

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