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Stuart O’Grady Out of Contention in Tour Down Under

stuart o’grady out of contention in tour down under   Stuart O’Grady Out of Contention in Tour Down Under

Stuart O’Grady is not even seeing himself as a contender in this year’s Tour Down Under, but is instead focusing on training and getting his racing legs back into competitive shape during this year’s Australian tour.

O’Grady explained that his preparation was not enough for the Tour Down Under, and that he just doesn’t have the power needed to stay on the climbs, much less get a win. His goal for now is to finish each stage as best as he can and “spend hours on the bike.”

He has recently recovered from bacterial pneumonia last December 2009 and was cleared by his doctors as physically fit enough to continue racing. However, O’Grady says that this year’s Tour Down Under will just be a stepping stone for him to be able to get back into shape for the Spring Classics.

As the winner of Australia’s biggest stage race…

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Alejandro Valverde Looks Forward to His 2010 Schedule

alejandro valverde looks forward to his 2010 schedule   Alejandro Valverde Looks Forward to His 2010 Schedule

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde is eager to begin his 2010 season with his team, Caisse d’Epargne. The first half of his schedule is finalized, and he told Spanish daily El Mundo that he will kick things off with the Tour Down Under, and will also be at the Tour de France. After Australia, the Spaniard will go to the Tour Méditerranéen, Tour du Haut-Var, Paris-Nice, Vuelta a Catalunya, and Vuelta al País Vasco. Valverde wants to start off the season strong in order to be most competitive throughout the season. “We’ll see if I can be in better form at the Classics to continue fighting for a win,” he said. Valverde wants to do well in the Tour, but he acknowledges the fact that Contador will be hard to beat. “You have to be realistic – it won’t be easy to beat Alberto Contador….

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Stuart O’Grady Will Ride Tour Down Under 2010

stuart o grady will ride tour down under 2010   Stuart OGrady Will Ride Tour Down Under 2010

Despite suffering from pneumonia earlier this week, it seems that Stuart O’Grady‘s condition has improved enough to start training again. Which means that he’ll be able to take part in the Tour Down Under in 2010. “It’s just been a case of no physical activity – just lying around the house has been frustrating. This morning I got the all clear from the doctor to actually start riding again very lightly; there’s still a bit of an infection in the body,” said O’Grady. “It’s most important now not to push my body too far into the red and past the limit, which could be detrimental to the rest of the season. I definitely won’t be in the form I’ve been in the last few years. Last year I said I hadn’t enjoyed the build up I wanted before the Tour Down Under and…

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Mark Renshaw Will Miss Tour Down Under Due to Illness

mark renshaw will miss tour down under due to illness   Mark Renshaw Will Miss Tour Down Under Due to Illness

Mark Renshaw, of Columbia-HTC, will unfortunately be missing the Tour Down Under in January, due to recovering from the Epstein-Barr virus. He was diagnosed earlier this month, and seems to be recovering just fine; he is “showing good initial progress,” according to Team Columbia-HTC doctor Helge Riepenhof. Renshaw was a huge help in Columbia-HTC’s record 85 victories this year. He was absent from training camp this month while he recovers from the virus, and will continue to recover during the first few races of the season. His team is keeping a close eye on his recovery, and his blood tests show good results. “We don’t see his 2010 season goals in any danger. He would have loved to race in Tour Down Under but we are confident that he will once again show great performances in the Grand Tours as a lead out for…

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Alejandro Valverde Will Race Tour Down Under

alejandro valverde will race tour down under   Alejandro Valverde Will Race Tour Down Under

Australia’s Tour Down Under is not going to be lacking star power at all in 2010. Lance Armstrong and Cadel Evans will be joined by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde. Valverde, this year’s Vuelta winner, will be joined by his Caisse d’Epargne teammates Luis Leon Sanchez, Jose Rojas, and team manager Neil Stephens. “There are a lot of riders in this Caisse d’Epargne team who could do well at our race in January. Rojas was impressive here in 2009, winning the Cycle Instead Young Rider Jersey and finishing third in the GC. Rojas will certainly be one to watch in 2010,” says Mike Turtur, director for the Tour Down Under. “Caisse d’Epargne is bringing an impressively strong team with them to Adelaide. With the likes of Valverde, Sánchez and Gutierrez it’s got the calibre of a Grand Tour team. There will now be three Grand Tour…

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Oscar Pereiro Returns to Tour Down Under with Astana

oscar pereiro returns to tour down under with astana   Oscar Pereiro Returns to Tour Down Under with Astana

32-year-old Oscar Pereiro will be part of Astana’s line-up in the Tour Down Under, which will begin next month. At the team’s first training camp in Pisa, Italy, the Spaniard said that he would return early in 2010 after a difficult year. “I raced at the Tour Down Under this year and the number of people watching the race really impressed me. It’s incredible, especially the opening criterium,” Pereiro says. He has yet to race after pulling out of the Tour early due to exhaustion. “The last years few years have been hard for me, I worked really hard to return after the crash at the 2008 Tour. I was too tired at this year’s Tour, in both my mind and my body. I didn’t like cycling at that point. But after three months at home I started to think, ‘Cycling is my life’ and…

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Evans, Hincapie Confirm Tour Down Under Start

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Cadel Evans, from Australia, has announced that he will be starting the Tour Down Under with his new team, BMC. US cyclist George Hincapie will be riding alongside Evans, confirms BMC. Mike Turtur, race director, is pleased with Evans’ return to the event, and says his return to the Australian race is a huge boost to the event. “It is great for the race and for Australian cycling fans that Cadel will be returning to ride at the Tour Down Under,” he says. “Evans brings a wealth of experience in the grand tours to his new team and now as world champion he’ll be primed and ready for the challenges of the 2010 cycling season,” he adds. As for Hincapie, former teammate of Lance Armstrong, this will be his second appearance at the Tour Down Under. “George Hincapie is one of the most recognised…

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