Cycling Australia has named their two teams for the UCI Track World Cup in Beijing, China, on January 22nd-24th. Team Jayco and the Australian National Team are the two teams, and Travis Meyer is making a return to the track after winning the elite men’s road race at the Australian Open Road Championship. Michael Hepburn, winner of the U23 men’s road race at the national titles, will be joining Meyer. The Australian National Team’s roster includes Alex Bird, Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn, Leigh Howard, Peter Lewis, Travis Meyer, Shane Perkins, Glenn O’Shea, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Megan Dunn, Sarah Kent, Anna Meares, Emily Rosemond, and Josephine Tomic, and Team Jayco will bring Daniel Ellis, Jason Niblett, Scott Sunderland, and Kaarle McCulloch….
Brothers Allan and Scott Davis are making the move to Astana for 2010. Allan previously rode for Quick Step in 2009, but was let go so he could join Astana. Allan was once believed to be part of the infamous Operación Puerto doping scandal, but was eventually acquitted after the Australian Cycling Federation’s investigation. He went on to win this year’s Tour Down Under finished fourth in the Vattenfall Cyclassics and the Milan-San Remo. His brother, Scott, will be joining him in the move, coming from Australia’s Fly V.
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Australia’s Timothy Roe had a successful season this year riding with Savings and Loans, which has opened up several opportunities for 2010. The 20-year-old from Glenelg, South Australia, has accepted an offer from Trek-Livestrong for the 23 and under squad. “Signing with Livestrong wasn’t as easy as it seemed as I had other good offers that needed a lot of thought. But in the end I felt that the professional support from Lance and his team, especially with Axel Merckx as the director sportif, was too good a opportunity to miss,” says Roe. Roe is set to meet with his 2010 teammates at the Trek-Livestrong training camp next month in the US. “I am looking forward to meeting all the guys and Axel, maybe even Lance,” he says. “I am really looking forward to doing a proper race program next year and racing the…
Australian cyclist Stuart O’Grady has been admitted to a Spanish hospital after collapsing at a MotoGP circuit in Valencia, Spain. 36-year-old Saxo Bank rider O’Grady had just finished taking a hot-lap around the race circuit and was being introduced to MotoGP riders by Australian MotoGP racer Casey Stoner. Cycling South Australia executive manager Max Stevens says “Casey Stoner started to interview Stuart and introducing him to these people,” said Stevens. “Stuart couldn’t answer the questions and then he collapsed. They called the medical team and luckily he had the doctors on standby for the race. We’ll know more in the next couple of days. Ann-Marie, his wife, is at home in Monaco and we’re getting all this information through third parties. O’Grady has dealt with health issues throughout his 14-year career, including surgery in 2002 to remove a blockage in his iliac artery which caused…
Guido Kunze, a cyclist from Muhlhausen in the German state of Thuringia, has set a world record in October after riding his bike across southern Australia. Kunze covered 4,200 kilometers in 7 days, 19 hours, and 5 minutes. He finished almost 16 hours faster than the previous record holder, Australia’s Richard Vollenbreght. Guido’s record has been officially recognized as a Guinness World Record, promoting Polio Plus, a charity initiative of the Rotary Club International. 43-year-old Kunze rode a Ghost carbon road bike with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groupset for his world record ride.