Showing posts with label UCI Road World Championship 2009. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UCI Road World Championship 2009. Show all posts

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ballerini: Congratulations to Cadel Evans

September 27, Men's Elite Road Race: Mendrisio 262.2km

Australian Cadel Evans attacked and took off in the last climb and crossed the Mendrisio finish line alone, ahead of Russia's Aleksandr Kolobnev and Spain's Joaquín Rodríguez. As he crossed the finish line after almost seven hours he blew a kiss to the fans, to his friends and to his people; Cadel lives in Stabio which is a hop, a skip and a jump from Mendrisio. He gave a more intense kiss to the wedding band that hung from his neck and had tears on the podium wearing the champion's jersey.

Evans, 32 years old, is the first Australian cyclist to win the World Championships in 82 years of history of the sport and 76 championships. He attacked in the flats before the Novazzano climb with just five kilometres to go in the race. No other cyclist of the eight that were in the lead group—one of them Cunego—could match the Australian's intensity. Evans, who developed as a cyclist in Italy, first at Saeco and then at Giorgio Squinzi's Mapei under Roberto Damiani and Aldo Sassi, crossed the finish line 27 seconds ahead of Russia's Aleksander Kolobnev, who had won the silver medal in 2007 in Stuttgart behind Bettini, and of Spain's Joaquín Rodríguez. Sánchez came in fourth 30 seconds behind the winner and Damiano Cunego trailed by 53 seconds in eighth place.

"This race was in my home turf," said a very moved and teary-eyed Evans. "This jersey is a great motivator for the 2010 World Championship that will take place in Geelong, Australia, my home town. The win was a response to the criticism that I've been under in recent years because I wasn't winning. However, I have seven medals at home, all of them from mountain bike World Championships, even if none of them is a gold medal. Today is a response to all my results." Especially, in the Tour de France, where he finished second behind Alberto Contador in 2007 and Carlos Sastre in 2008; a week ago, he was defeated in the Vuelta by Alejandro Valverde after a tire puncture in the Sierra Nevada stage, where he lost 1 minute and 15 seconds.

Ballerini's Italy missed their chance to go for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in a race that unfolded at a normal pace and without any upsets except for the last two laps. They were especially missing those men who should have tried to stretch out the group in the last lap, like Ivan Basso and Pippo Pozzato. Cunego was left alone to face the attacks of a strong Cancellara, both at the Acquafresca climb and in the descent, although the Verona native did not have the legs to respond to his opponents towards the end of the race, even if he was praiseworthy because of his determination. "You can't always win," he commented.

Fabian Cancellara, who was hoping to become the first rider to win both the TT and Road championships, attacked on the penultimate lap on the descent of the Acquafresca. He was was a key protagonist over the crucial final two laps, though he eventually missed out, crossing the line a disconsolate fifth and bursting into tears immediately after the finish line, slumped next to billboards.

Top 10 finishers:
1 Cadel Evans (Australia) 6:56:26
2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Russian Federation) 0:00:27
3 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spain)
4 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spain) 0:00:30
5 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
6 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) 0:00:51
7 Matti Breschel (Denmark)
8 Damiano Cunego (Italy)
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain)
10 Simon Gerrans (Australia) 0:01:47

Photos by Roberto Bettini: the peloton, Evans' attack on the last climb, blowing a kiss to his fans, on the podium; Kolobnev, Evans and Rodriguez

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mendrisio: Gold for Tatiana Guderzo in Women's Road Race

September 26, Women's Elite Road Race: Mendrisio 124.2km

Italy's Tatiana Guderzo is the new Women's Road Race world champion, and Noemi Cantele added a bronze medal to her TT silver medal. In a race that confirmed the difficulty of the course, a short 13.8-kilometre circuit that was repeated nine times and had two climbs, the Azzurrra team proved to be the strongest and was able to dominate the race.

Bronzini and Baccaille worked very well during the first part of the race, then Tamanini and Luperini increased the tempo during the second part. With three laps remaining Cantele attacked on a climb and completed a lap on her own which forced key rivals the U.S. and Netherlands' Vos to chase. On the the last climb of dell'Acquafresca, Guderzo attacked and escaped along with Vos, Armstrong and Cantele. On the descent Guderzo attacked again, gained fifty yards and was able hold her lead up the Novazzano climb and endured to the finish for a solo victory. Cantele, Vos, and Armstrong fought a sprint finish for the remaining podium spots with Vos taking silver and Cantele bronze.

Top 10 finishers:
1 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)
2 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
3 Noemi Cantele (Italy)
4 Kristin Armstrong (United States Of America)
5 Diana Ziliute (Lithuania)
6 Judith Arndt (Germany)
7 Erinne Willock (Canada)
8 Nicole Brändli (Switzerland)
9 Grace Verbeke (Belgium)
10 )Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)

Photos: Guderzo solos to win, Vos and Cantele sprint with Armstrong a close 4th

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mendrisio: Noemi Cantele, a Beautiful Silver Medal in TT

September 23, Women's Elite Individual Time Trial: Mendrisio 26.8km

Olympic Champion Kristin Armstrong (USA) won her second time trial World Championship gold medal on Wednesday in Mendrisio, Switzerland. She rode the 26.8-kilometre course in a time of 35:26.

Noemi Cantele (Italy), Italian national champion in the time trial, placed second with a time of 36:21, 55 seconds behind Armstrong, a result unexpected and extraordinary in her first World's time trial. Linda Melanie Villumsen (Denmark) rounded out the women's podium in third, 58 seconds behind Armstrong.

At the first timing point, after 6 km, Cantele was fourth at 22 seconds behind Kristin Armstrong. Then second in the next two intermediate timing points behind Armstrong. At the finish a silver medal.

This is only the second time that Italy has won a medal in this specialty, the first having been a bronze medal by Alessandra Cappellotto in Lugano in 1996.

Of her silver medal performance Cantele, who races for the Bigla squad, said, "I did not know what were my feelings in the race. I could not believe the times I heard over the last five kilometers. I was delighted. And, you think this is my first World Cup. The idea came after I won the tricolor jersey. I said to myself "why not think about doing the race in Mendrisio?".

"I left the start without a heart rate monitor, no odometer, and I decided to give up on the radio. The information they gave me was from the megaphone but with the roar of people I could not hear anything. Perhaps before today I had it all wrong."

With the gold medal, American Kristin Armstrong closes her career after also winning the Olympic title in Beijing in 2008 and another World Cup 2006 in Salzburg. "It does not matter what year and how many time you are world champion, it is always the best feeling in the world," she said.

Photos (by Bettini and Sirotti): Armstrong, Cantele, Villumsen; with their medals

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mendrisio Men's Team in Training

The Italian road race team was together the first time on a training ride in Mendrisio, Switzerland, led by Ivan Basso and Luca Paolini who often train in this area. Meanwhile, Coach Ballerini was with Marco Pinotti reviewing the TT course.

Photo: Basso and Paolini lead the training ride

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ride the Women's World Championship Course with Modesta Vzesniauskaite

Modesta Vzesniauskaite, of the BIGLA Cycling Team, in these videos rides one loop of the Mendrisio women's course. Race day they will ride it it 9 times for a total of 124.2 Km and 2,205m of climbing.

There are three videos, each slightly less than 10 minutes each. At the start of each video the section of the course profile that is being ridden is shown.

Photo: Modesta Vzesniauskaite

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New "Maglia Azzurra" for the World Championship

During the announcement of team selections for the World Championship yesterday the new "maglia azzurra" was unveiled.

Above, Presidente Renato Di Rocco of the FCI, national team coach Franco Ballerini, and FCI Honorary President Alfredo Martini display the new jersey.

Other announcements made yesterday:

Time Trial, Men: Marco Pinotti (Team Columbia)

U23 Men: Gian Luca Brambilla (Zalf Désirée Fior), Damiano Caruso (Lpr Farnese), Angelo Pagani (Bottoli Nordelettrica), Stefano Pirazzi and Daniele Ratto (Palazzago Elledent) and Diego Ulissi (Hopplà Seano). Of these five will be chosen for the race; also in reserve were named Alberto Contoli (Bottoli Nordelettrica) and Davide Cimolai (Marchiol Pasta Montegrappa).

Road, Women: Monia Baccaille (Fiamme Azzurre/SC Michela Fanini Record Rox), Berlato (Safi Pasta Zara),Giorgia Bronzini (Gruppo Sportivo Forestale/Safi Pasta Zara, Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team), Carretta (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line), Tatiana Guderzo (Fiamme Azzurre/SC Michela Fanini Record Rox), Fabiana Luperini (Selle Italia Ghezzi)and Luisa Tamanini (Selle Italia Ghezzi).

Time Trial: Women: Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team)and Tatiana Guderzo (Fiamme Azzurre/SC Michela Fanini Record Rox)

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Italian Team Named for 2009 Road World Championship

The Italian team , comprised of nine riders and two reserves, for the road World Championship on September 27th has been named this morning by coach Franco Ballerini. Having coached the team to three consecutives victories over the last three years Ballerini is attempting to accomplish something never done in the road World Championships: four consecutive victories. The team:

Damiano Cunego (Lampre NGC), team captain
Alessandro Ballan (Lampre NGC), last year's winner of the World Championship
Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha)
Stefano Garzelli (Acqua&Sapone Caffè Mokambo)
Ivan Basso (Liquigas Doimo)
Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre NGC)
Luca Paolini* (Acqua&Sapone Caffè Mokambo)
Giovanni Visconti* (Team ISD)
Michele Scarponi* (Diquigiovanni Androni)
Mauro Santambrogio* (Lampre NGC)
Matteo Tosatto* (Quick Step)
(* the two reserves will be selected later from these riders)

Ballerini commented that the 262.2 Km course is the most difficult that he has seen since he has coached the Italian team. He anticpates that the Spanish team, with Valverde, Sanchez, Rodriguez and Freire, will be the team to beat. At the same time he did not underrate the possibililitees of such riders as Gilbert and Cancellara.

Photos: Mendrisio course

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

1982 World Championship, Saronni Wins

Franco Ballerini, the Italian national team coach, may be announcing the squad for the World Championship as early as tomorrow. He is currently at the Vuelta evaluating the performances of Italians in the race. Veronese Damiano Cunego must be impressing him greatly now having won two difficult mountain stages, and has a chance of being named team captain.

Here is Giuseppe (Beppe) Saronni winning the 1982 World's, in England, at the expense of Boyer and Le Mond.

His bike was a Colnago, and a replica is being sold now by Colnago:

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Monday, August 17, 2009

2009 UCI Road World Championship

The final elite men allocations for this year’s World Championship elite road race were released today by the International Cycling Union. The number of riders each country can send is based on a points formula. Switzerland, as the host nation, will be allowed field six riders despite only qualifying for three. The elite road race will take place in Mendrisio, Switzerland, on September 27th.

Countries will be required to submit their rider selections by September 16th.

Countries (some Italian practice) qualified to send 9 riders:
Italia, Spagna, Australia, Germania, Russia, Lussemburgo, Belgio, Gran Bretagna, Norvegia e Stati Uniti

Countries qualified to send 6 riders:
Sudafrica, Colombia, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Francia, Olanda, Slovenia, Polonia, Ucraina, Danimarca

Countries qualified to send 3 riders:
Tunisia, Argentina, Brasile, Canada, Iran, Giappone, Portogallo, Estonia, Austria, Svizzera (permitted to send 6 as host country), Slovakia, Croatia, Ungheria, Svezia, Serbia, Lettonia, Nuova Zelanda, Repubblica Ceca, Irlanda, Bielorussia

Countries qualified to send 1 rider:
Lituania, Finlandia, Namibia, Cuba, Cile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay e Bulgaria.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Scouting the 2009 Road World Championship Course

June 22nd: The big guns in Italian road cycling were in Mendrisio, Switzerland, exploring the 2009 Road World Championship course. Led by DirettoreTecnico Generale Franco Ballerini were Alessandro Ballan, Ivan Basso, Damiano Cunego, Danilo Di Luca, Stefano Garzelli, Filippo Pozzato, Vincenzo Nibali and Giovanni Visconti. The road championship will be held on September 27th.

The course is 13.8 Km in length and will be ridden 19 times for a total of 262.2 Km. Each circuit has a total of 245 m of climbing for a race total of 4,655 m. There are two climbs on the course. The first of Acqua Fresca has a section of 780 meters which has a 10%+ average, sometimes reaching 12%. The second climb of Torrazza di Novazzano, well remembered from the duel between Felice Gimondi and Eddy Merckx during the 1971 World Championship, is 1,750 meters long with a 10% average.

In Danilo Di Luca's opinion, "Here there is only one man to battle: Alejandro Valverde". Franco Ballerini, after declaring the course as being very difficult, expects it to be another Italy vs. Spain duel. Ballerini also thought Samuel Sanchez and Andy Schleck would be challengers for the victory. Ivan Basso named Fabian Cancellara as an adversary to fear.

Photos: the Italians scouting the course, course profile

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