As we head into the 2011 season, there are a host of young, hugely talented riders who will be expected not only to ride the biggest races in the world, but also garner results in those races. This may come in the form of individual results or in supporting team leaders, but either way these young riders will be asked a lot despite their inexperience.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
The cobbled-classics races in Europe are, year in and year out, some of the most exciting races of each season. Battling tough roads, weather and competition, some of the strongest one day specialists in the world do battle for top honors at races like the Omloop Het Niewsblad, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix to name a few. These races hold a special place in the hearts of cycling fans everywhere. Below follows a brief review of riders to watch in 2011.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Andre Greipel talked a big game heading into the 2011 season. Free from the enormous shadow of Mark Cavendish, Greipel headed to the Santos Tour Down Under last week hoping to become the first rider ever to win the overall three times. By the time the event was complete, not only had Greipel failed to win the overall, he didn't even manage one stage win.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Alberto Contador today was sanctioned by his national federation to a one year ban for his positive Clenbuterol test from last year's Tour de France. The Spanish stage racing star will most certainly appeal the ban, leading to months of speculation about how his case will finally stand. For the time being though, Contador is stripped of his 2010 Tour title and will likely miss this year's race.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Over the past two years the HTC team has seen many talented riders leave for new opportunities. 2010 saw the team particularly hard hit, as several key domestiques left the squad to ride for rival teams. Adam Hansen, Marcel Sieberg, Maxim Monfort and Gert Dockx are all gone for 2011, leaving Mark Cavendish with a new and untested lead out train.