Saturday, January 29, 2011


Communication is important in any sphere of life and as i pedal around the Pro Tour routes i wonder what would happen if i went off the side of a cliff ! Plenty of folk out there probably wish i would , however how often have we seen spectators helping an unlucky racer back up to the road after either a spill or misjudgement during races.
Vaughters as well as being a former racer has as a team manager been co opted onto some of the Cycling Committees and thus brings a wealth of experience to bear .

Below is a link to his current thinking on this important subject:

As regards myself , i will have to rely on carrying a whistle and blowing it on the off chance it can arouse interest should i find myself in difficulties.

Whilst this is off subject a little , Lance has used great communication to create Livestrong and thereby raise $US325m which will be used to assist those suffering from Cancer. With him in the photo is Karen who is riding from the Tour Down Under in Adelaide to her home in Melbourne . Her mission is to raise the awareness of people to Lung Cancer's effect on ALL since more people are dying from Secondary smoking these days . Her website is well worth a visit since she and her team are currently on the road .

My comments on Lung Cancer are on , would enjoy your comments there or on has my take on Mc Quaid and his regime at UCI , latest info is that the requirement to have UCI approval of frames has been temporarily suspended . Seems there has been a rebellion by the manufacturers.

Not planning to follow Fatcyclist in seeking UCI 's approval of these blogs !

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Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 Tour Down Under Provisional Start list

18 Teams of 7 racers to start the TDU

Quality field for first race of the season

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1 Andre Greipel (Ger)
2 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel)
3 Adam Hansen (Aus)
4 Olivier Kaisen (Bel)
5 Vicente Reynes (Spa)
6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel)
7 Marcel Seiberg (Ger)

Team Radioshack

11 Lance Armstrong (USA)
12 Robbie Mcewen (Aus)
13 Manuel Cardoso (Por)
14 Ben Hermans (Bel)
15 Markel Irizar (Spa)
16 Robbie Hunter (RSA)
17 Gregory Rast (Swi)


21 Mark Cavendish (GBr)
22 Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
23 Matt Goss (Aus)
24 Bert Grabsch (Ger

25 Danny Pate (USA)
26 Mark Renshaw (Aus)
27 Hayden Roulston (NZl)


31 Tyler Farrar (USA)
32 Jack Bobridge (Aus)
33 Julian Dean (NZl)
34 Brett Lancaster (Aus)
35 Cameron Meyer (Aus)
36 Matthew Wilson (Aus)
37 Travis Meyer (Aus)


41 Graeme Brown (Aus)
42 Tom Leezer (Ned)
43 Michael Matthews (Aus)
44 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned)
45 Jos Van Emden (Ned)
46 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned)
47 Pieter Weening (Ned)

Team Sky

51 Michael Rogers (Aus)
52 Geraint Thomas (GBr)
53 Simon Gerrans (Aus)
54 Greg Henderson (NZl)
55 Chris Sutton (Aus)
56 Ben Swift (GBr)
57 Mathew Hayman (Aus)

61 Allan Davis (Aus)
62 Simon Clarke (Aus)
63 Maxim Gourov (Kaz)
64 Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
65 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz)
66 Tanel Kangert (Est)
67Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz)

Team Leopard - Trek

71 Stuart O'grady (Aus)
72 Martin Pedersen (Den)
73 Stefan Denifl (Aut)
74 Davide Vigano (Ita)
75 Martin Kristen Mortensen (Den)
76 William Clarke (Aus)
77 Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (Por)

Quick Step
81 Francesco Chicchi (Ita)
82 Marco Bandiera (Ita)
83 Gerald Ciolek (Ger)
84 Addy Engels (Ned)
85 Davide Malacarne (Ita)
86 Francesco Reda (Ita)
87 Julien Vermote (Bel)

91 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus)
92 Juan Horrach (Spa)
93 Sergei Ivanov (Rus)
94 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr)
95 Nikolay Trusov (Rus)
96 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel)
97 Eduard Vorganov (Rus)

AG2R La Mondiale
101 Julien Loubet (Fra)
102 Dimitri Champion (Fra)
103 Mathieu Perget (Fra)
104 Kristof Goddaert (Bel)
105 Steve Houanard (Fra)
106 Blel Kadri (Fra)
107 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra)

111 Alfredo Balloni (Ita)
112 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa)
113 Matteo Bono (Ita)
114 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr)
115 Manuele Mori (Ita)
116 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita)
117 Daniele Righi (Ita)

121 Davide Cimolai (Ita)
122 Kristijan Koren (Slo)
123 Alan Marangoni (Ita)
124 Fabio Sabatini (Ita)
125 Simone Ponzi (Ita)
126 Elia Viviani (Ita)
127 Cameron Wurf (Aus)

BMC Racing Team

131 Alessandro Ballan (Ita)
132 Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
133 John Murphy (USA)
134 Simon Zahner (Swi)
135 Timothy Roe (Aus)
136 Martin Kohler (Swi)
137 Amael Moinard (Fra)

Saxo Bank Sungard
141 Richie Porte (Aus)
142 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg)
143 Baden Cooke (Aus)
144 Nicki Sorensen (Den)
145 David Tanner (Aus)
146 Sebastian Haedo (Arg)
147 Brian Vandborg (Den)


151 Iaki Isasi (Spa)
152 Gorka Izagirre (Spa)
153 Miguel Minguez (Spa)
154 Ion Izagirre (Spa)
155 Ruben Perez (Spa)
156 Daniel Sesma (Spa)
157 Ivan Velasco (Spa)

Movistar Team
161 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa)
162 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa)
163 David Lopez (Spa)
164 Angel Madrazo (Spa)
165 Luis Pasamontes (Spa)
166 Jose Vicente Garcia (Spa)
167 Francisco Ventoso (Spa)

Vacansoleil DCM
171 Romain Feillu (Fra)
172 Rob Ruijgh (Ned)
173 Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
174 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb)
175 Alberto Ongarato (Ita)
176 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita)
177 Joost Van Leijen (Ned)

Uni SA - Australia
181 Luke Roberts (Aus)
182 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus)
183 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus)
184 Luke Durbridge (Aus)
185 Michael Hepburn (Aus)
186 Mitchell Docker (Aus)
187 TBD

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011 Vuelta Espana Route Announcement

Copied from Cycling News Announcement

Vuelta a Espana 2011 route unveiled in Benidorm
More mountain finishes and a Basque finale in 2011

By: Stephen Farrand
The 2011 Vuelta a Espana route

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The route of the 2011 Vuelta Espana has been officially unveiled in Benidorm, confirming rumours of a return of the Angliru climb and a visit to the Basque Country for the first time in 33 years.

2010 Vuelta winner Vincenzo Nibali was amongst the riders present in Benidorm, where the race will start on August 20 with a 16km team time trial. The race will end in Madrid on September 11 after a total of 3295km of racing.

Surprisingly the 66th edition of the Vuelta avoids the Catalunya region and the Pyrenees but includes six mountain finishes, two of which have never been climbed before. These are to Estacion de Montaña Manzaneda in Galicia on stage 11 and La Farrapona in the Asturias region on stage 14.

The race returns to Valdepeñas de Jaen in 2011 and to San Lorenzo del Escorial, which ends with a final kilometre at 23%. The race visits the Sierra Nevada near Granada and the infamous Angliru is also back on stage 15, as is the Peña Cabarga, where Igor Anton crashed out last year.

The only time trial is over 40km around Salamanca on stage 10, making the Vuelta a race for the climbers.

The Basque Country will host the final decisive stages before a transfer to Madrid for a 94km circuit finish. Stage 19 from Noja to Bilbao is flat but stage 20 from Bilbao to Vitoria includes four first category climbs.

Vuelta a España 2011
Date range:
August 20 - September 11, 2010 Vuelta a España, Spain, HIS (Historical Calendar) Race overview Race preview Stages. Expand the race menu Stage 1

BenidormStage 2
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La Nucía
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Playas de OrihuelaStage 3
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TotanaStage 4
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Sierra NevadaStage 5
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Sierra Nevada
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Valdepeñas de JaénStage 6
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CórdobaStage 7
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Talavera de la ReinaStage 8
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Talavera de la Reina
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San Lorenzo de El EscorialStage 9
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Sierra de Bejar. La CovatillaStage 10

SalamancaRest Day 1
LocationStage 11
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Estación de Montaña ManzanedaStage 12
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PontevedraStage 13
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PonferradaaStage 14
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La Farrapona. Lagos de SomiedoStage 15
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AnglirúRest Day 2
LocationStage 16
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Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia)
End location:
HaroStage 17
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Faustino V
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Peña CabargaStage 18
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NojaStage 19
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BilbaoStage 20
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VitoriaStage 21
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Circuito del Jarama
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MadridStages & results
Date Location Distance Live Results Photos
Stage 1 Aug 20, 2010 Benidorm 16 km
Stage 2 Aug 21, 2010 La Nucía - Playas de Orihuela 171.5 km
Stage 3 Aug 22, 2010 Petrer - Totana 164 km
Stage 4 Aug 23, 2010 Baza - Sierra Nevada 172 km
Stage 5 Aug 24, 2010 Sierra Nevada - Valdepeñas de Jaén 200 km
Stage 6 Aug 25, 2010 Úbeda - Córdoba 185.7 km
Stage 7 Aug 26, 2010 Almadén - Talavera de la Reina 185 km
Stage 8 Aug 27, 2010 Talavera de la Reina - San Lorenzo de El Escorial 183 km
Stage 9 Aug 28 Villacastín - Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla 179.5 km
Stage 10 Aug 29 Salamanca 40 km
Rest Day 1 Aug 30
Stage 11 Aug 31 Verín - Estación de Montaña Manzaneda 171 km
Stage 12 Sep 1, 2010 Ponteareas - Pontevedra 160 km
Stage 13 Sep 2, 2010 Sarria - Ponferradaa 150 km
Stage 14 Sep 3, 2010 Astorga - La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo 173.2 km
Stage 15 Sep 4, 2010 Avilés - Anglirú 144 km
Rest Day 2 Sep 5, 2010 -

Stage 16 Sep 6, 2010 Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia) - Haro 180 km
Stage 17 Sep 7, 2010 Faustino V - Peña Cabarga 212.5 km
Stage 18 Sep 8, 2010 Solares - Noja 169.7 km
Stage 19 Sep 9, 2010 Noja - Bilbao 157.9 km
Stage 20 Sep 10, 2010 Bilbao - Vitoria 187 km
Stage 21 Sep 11, 2010 Circuito del Jarama - Madrid 94 km