Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Where's Cavendish Going??

--While we still don't know where Cav or Hushovd, or even Gilbert is going, a few notables announced their moves this week. It turns out the rumors about O'Grady going to the new Aussie team GreenEdge were true. O'Grady, who says he's dreamed of riding for an Australian since he turned PRO in 1995, has signed a two year deal with the ProTour hopefuls. Let's just hope the team doesn't suffer the same fate as last year's next big Australian team. Although with HTC out of the mix and Omega Pharma merging with Vacansoleil, there will be room for additional teams.

Among the carnage of HTC closing its doors Tony Martin and Marco Pinotti are still without teams. I think it'd be cool to see Tony Martin head to Leopard. He could be their GC guy for the smaller stage races and the Vuelta and Giro. He'd also help out with the TTT and sprint efforts by Gerdemann.

In next year's news, Visconti is headed to Movistar for 2012. At first I thought the article was a typo but looks like he's got one more year with Farnese Vini and after will go to Movistar. Seems a bit far out to be signing a guy.

--IƱigo Cuesta has retired at the age of 42. The oldest man in the peloton was hoping his team would get a wild card bid to the Vuelta. When that didn't materialize he lost his motivation to finish out the season.

--On August 14th there will be a "test event" for the London Olympic road course. Cav and Farrar, among others, will be there.

--Taylor Phinney won yesterday's prologue at the Eneco Tour. Then, today he leading the sprint with 50m to go after surviving the crash. Looks like he's in better shape than I thought.

I didn't know about the Eneco Tour until I went to Belgium a couple summers back and got to see a few stages.

--Cycling Tips has a cool article up about the history of Cyclingnews. It's worth a read.

--Lastly, Pez has a great piece up on Dealer Camp. It looks like a ton of fun.

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