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Cycling News Highlights from August 10 – 16, 2011.
10 August, 2011
McCarty looks for strong performance in Tour of Utah
Pat McCarty is hoping to have a strong ride at this week's UCI 2.1 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on August 9-14 in Salt Lake City. He was off to a good start at the uphill prologue in which he placed 11th behind a short list of world-class talents.
11 August, 2011
Evans welcomed home in Melbourne
Cadel Evans has arrived back home in Australia, following his Tour de France victory last month. The BMC rider touched down in Melbourne this morning ahead of a celebratory parade in his honour through the southern capital on Friday.
Evans, and his wife Chiara Passerini was greeted by a throng of media and several VIPs including federal Sports Minister Mark Arbib, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and Qantas executive Ken Ryan.
12 August, 2011
Peiper joins Garmin-Cervelo for 2012
Allan Peiper will join Garmin-Cervelo for 2012. The Australian, who has been an instrumental part of HTC-Highroad's success over the last few years, is a former professional rider and joins on a two-year deal. Next season he will base himself in Girona, Spain, where Garmin has their European headquarters.
13 August, 2011
Gretsch earns most aggressive jersey after Utah time trial
Patrick Gretsch (HTC-Highroad) pulled on the most aggressive rider’s jersey after a respectable third place during the stage three time trial at the Tour of Utah on Friday. The German time trial specialist held the fastest time of the day until virtually the end, when his time of 17:43 was surpassed by teammate and stage winner Tejay van Garderen and runner up Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack).
14 August, 2011
Moncoutié to continue in 2012?
Fresh from taking overall victory at the Tour de l’Ain on Saturday, David Moncoutie (Cofidis) has hinted that he is likely to continue his career for another season, having previously suggested that 2011 would be his last year in the professional ranks.
15 August, 2011
Cheula wins aggressive rider award at Utah finale
Giampaolo Cheula (GEOX-TMC) won the Most Aggressive Rider jersey after initiating a decisive solo breakaway during the 'queen' stage five finale at the Tour of Utah on Sunday. His team's two-week stint in the US has come to an end and rider will return overseas for the final block of European racing.
16 August, 2011
France and Great Britain in better position for Worlds
Every national federation was expecting the UCI World rankings published by August 15. That was indeed the deadline to know how many riders can compose a national team in the Roadworld Championships, from 19 to 25 September in Copenhagen.The official teams selections will now be available August 17, but according to Cyclingnews' calculations, three major countries will have more riders in the World Champs than last year: Great Britain, France and Luxembourg.