Damiano Cunego turned professional in 2002 and almost immediately made a huge impact despite his young age. He showed prowess as a strong one day rider capable of riding away from the best in the biggest races. Riding as a part of the powerhouse Saeco team, Cunego learned under the legendary Gilberto Simoni, as his fellow Italian taught him how to prepare for each race.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Cervelo TestTeam's Transition: After Leaving Riis Cycling, Consistent Success Elusive for Gerard Vroomen's Squad
The Cervelo TestTeam, in a surprise move, decided to strike out on their own as a team and end their long standing relationship with Bjarne Riis back in 2008. They signed a multitude of strong riders, including the then reigning Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre. Other big names that signed for Cervelo included Heinrich Haussler, Thor Hushovd and Thoe Bos.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Tyler Farrar got back on track today, taking the Vattenfall Classic race for the second year in a row. He is the only two time winner of the event in the history of the 15 year race. Farrar has had a good season thus far, taking two stage wins at this year's Giro d'Italia as well as an impressive 5th place at the Tour of Flanders. Unfortunately for the American, he crashed hard early on at the Tour de France and was unable to properly contest the sprints on the flatter stages.
Monday, August 9, 2010
You see it every season in cycling. Riders coming off a successful year decide to sign with new teams in hopes of having the chance to be leaders in more races for the following season. Money and power are always going to be big temptations for athletes looking to leave their mark on their sport, and so the desire to switch to a different team is understandable. But does it usually end up working out or do we more often see riders flame out on their new teams.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
So Bjarne Riis announced today officially that Alberto Contador will ride for him the next two years at least. The Spaniard jumps ship from Astana and joins one of the brightest minds in cycling in Bjarne Riis. Riis meanwhile, ever steady, watched the Schleck brothers leave to make their own team in 2011. All in all, the swap was a good one for the Dane, as he once again has an excellent stage race leader to refine into one of the best of all time.