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“I asked for French naturalisation in the middle of 2007 and it was accepted last year,” said Bodrogi, whose wife is French. The son of a doctor who travelled from Budapest to Besançon for work when Laszlo was a teenager in the early ’90s, the Katusha rider moved to the east of France when he was a junior.
He developed as a young rider with the elite CC Etupes squad and remained in Besançon – besides a brief stint in northern Italy during his first year as a pro with the Mapei Espoirs team in 2000.
Since then he he has been Hungarian national champion 10 times but this year he’ll take part in the French championships in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, on June 25 and 28. He’ll face stronger competition. “It won’t be easy because I’m coming back after a long break due to an injury,” he explained. He broke a tibia and a foot during a crash at the Tour of Germany last year and began training again at the end of February before resuming racing at the Four Days of Dunkirk.
“I’ve chosen to ride for France because the support would be better”, he added. It means the silver medallist of the 2007 world championship time trial, who also won the Chrono des Nations that year, is far from having given up his ambitions to get the rainbow jersey at the age of 33.
The gesture he made as he crossed the line for his third Flèche Wallonne title said it all: pointing to his head before pumping his fist exuberantly, Davide Rebellin demonstrated that he won not just with his legs, but by riding the smartest finale of the race.
“I knew I had to continue to finish off the great work by my team,” said the 37-year-old Rebellin. “I thought I would have good feelings and I did, I won. It might just be be the best of my three wins.”
The Mur de Huy‘s punishing 1300 metres favors those who can be patient and time their efforts to maximum effect. Silence-Lotto’s Cadel Evans knows that now, after he led the field in pursuit of Frenchman David Le Lay (Agritubel) for the better part of a kilometre only to hit the wall at 200m to go. Le Lay will take note as his attack at the base of the climb was brilliantly strong, but ill-timed.
Rebellin, perfectly positioned in third behind Evans and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) bided his time as Le Lay was caught. He let Evans set a furious pace, then made his charge just as the Australian blew and easily sprinted to the victory ahead of Schleck. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) and Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) slipped past Evans to claim third and fourth.
“I did not want to be too explosive right away, that is why at the bottom of the climb you saw Nicki Sørensen pulling,” explained Schleck. “Cadel went too early and we were able to get on his wheel, at that point there was a lull in speed and I would have preferred it remained at a high speed.”
Cunego found himself a bit too far back on the steepest part of the climb, but was pleased to have battled back to make the podium. “When we were at 500 metres it got really tough. Those who did not have the legs faded and those who had the legs fought. Through that tough S-turn at 300 metres, I lost a little bit of ground on Schleck and Rebellin. Amstel was a bit unlucky, but I am happy for today.”
For his part, Evans was happy with his fifth place. “I didn’t feel well at all today so I am quite surprised at the result,” said Evans. He attacked at the côte de Bousalle with 22km to go, trying to set up his teammate Philippe Gilbert.
“Since I didn’t feel well, I told the team that they shouldn’t be riding for me and we would go for Gilbert today.” Evans was then asked if the attack came too early and he should have saved his energy for the final climb up the Mur. “Funny, usually people tell me I don’t attack…”
1 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 4.42.15 (41.56 km/h) 2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0.02 3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 4 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0.07 5 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 6 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad 7 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0.11 8 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 9 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team Columbia - Highroad 10 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0.15
The Tour of Qatar continued Thursday despite the sudden death of Belgian Frederiek Nolf the night before at the official race hotel. The riders rode a shortened, neutralised stage of 30 kilometres from Al Kharaib to Doha. They took 55 minutes in memory of the 21-year-old of Team Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator, who died of a suspected heart attack in his sleep.
“The riders were not in shape to compete today, above all the Belgians. I think that to stop the race all together would have been bad. When [Fabio] Casartelli died they did not stop the stage [Tour de France stage 15, July 18, 1995 – ed.], they kept going,” said cycling legend and race official Eddy Merckx.
The stage started at 14:05 after the 131 riders observed one minute of silence in honour of Nolf. Teams Katusha and Doha led the riders from the start at the camel racetrack.
The peloton covered the short ride east to Doha’s capital city. Team Doha led a silent peloton over the line.
Riders reported the mood of the group silent and sombre during the stage.
The Tour of Qatar, February 1 to 6, concludes tomorrow with its final stage. The riders will face a 121-kilometre stage from Sealine Beach to Doha’s waterfront.
Tom Boonen is the current general classification leader. The two-time winner leads in what is a three-way fight with two Cervélo riders: Roger Hammond at 10 seconds and Heinrich Haussler at 12 seconds back.
Fourteen of the 18 licensed ProTour teams and six Professional Continental teams have been invited by organizers RCS Sport to this year’s centennial Giro d’Italia from May 9 to 31.
2009 Giro d’Italia teams:
Katusha (Rus), Astana (Kaz), Caisse d’Epargne (Spa), Quick Step (Bel), Rabobank (Ned), Team Columbia (USA), LPR Brakes Farnese Vini (Irl), AG2R – La Mondiale (Fra), Team Milram (Ger), Garmin-Slipstream (USA), BBox Bouygues Telecom (Fra), Acqua & Sapone – Caffè Mokambo (Ita), Lampre-N.G.C. (Ita), Liquigas (Ita), Cervélo Test Team (Swi), Saxo Bank – IT Factory (Den), Silence-Lotto (Bel), ISD (Ita), Xacobeo Galicia (Spa), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli (Ven),
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin was among
the guests earlier this week as the country’s first fully professional cycling
team, Katusha, convened in chilly Moscow.
Run by former Paris-Roubaix winner Andrey Tchmil, Katusha features some of
cycling’s elder statesmen like Australian Robbie McEwen and Filippo Pozzato of
Italy, as well as younger talents such as former Olympic points race champion
It is the first Russian-owned team to compete in European cycling’s elite,
and will do so as of January 2009 with a 27-man roster.
According to a press statement Wednesday Putin, Moldovan president Vladimir
Voronin and Giro d’Italia director Angelo Zomegnan were in attendance Tuesday
as the team made its official presentation in Moscow.
Held at the headquarters of oil and gas firm Itera, the company’s
president, Igori Makarov, said he was hoping the team’s existence would spark
a golden era for cycling across Russia.
“Finally, Russian cycling has stepped into the professional realm. We have
waited a long time for this moment, and it was necessary to overcome a lot of
barriers, problems and resistance on the way,”
He added: “Katusha is a combination of the social, economic and political
components expressed in sports and is a powerful project supported by serious
partners aimed at developing cycling in Russia, creating possibilities for
young riders and a representation of the glory of our native land.”
The Katusha Team jersey for the 2009 cycling season has been presented on the 11th of September.
The main inscription is for the russian for Katusha: КАТЮША–russian global cycling project.
Main team sponsors such as Gazprom(Газпром), Russian Technologies (РосТехнологии) and ITERA are also among the most visible words on the jersey.
The image under the team name is the Moscow symbol: the Kremlin.
Today, Belgian manufacturer Ridley announced it would be ending its four-year relationship with the Silence-Lotto squad and will supply the bicycles for the Russian superteam Katusha next season. They will be riding Ridley‘s Dean and Noah models, with the groupset supplier yet to be confirmed.
Katusha, which is evolving from the Tinkoff set-up, has had a huge injection of funding reported to be in the region of 30 million euros. They have already signed Robbie McEwen and Filippo Pozzato, and are set to clinch Vladimir Karpets. British Cycling Academy rider Ben Swift is also rumoured to be on the Katusha shopping list.
And the rumour is that Cadel Evans and his Silence-Lotto team-mates will be on Museeuw bikes for 2009, although that is yet to be confirmed.
That is only one of the changes in the professional peloton for 2009 as the jostling to supply the biggest teams in the world with bikes continues.