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Mallorca Challenge 2009: Stage 2. McEwen first!!!

Another day, another win for Katusha Cycling Team. This time it was the australian mega-sprinter Robbie McEwen to win the stage. On the yesterday’s finish he offered the line to his mate Gert Steegmans. Today, they have changed their places.

The race was lead by a breakaway group: José Antonio Carrasco Ramírez (Spa – Andalucia-Cajasur), Romain Sicard (Fra – Orbea) and Mikel Ilundain (Spa – Orbea) lead the pack by under two minutes with about 50k left.

The chase, driven by  Steegmans‘ and McEwen‘s Team Katusha domestiques, began for real, the two Spaniards got rapidly swallowed up by the peloton and the Fab Four on the front saw their advantage become slimmer and slimmer, until the peloton got back as one at km.

At the finish we have seen once more a perfect dominance by Katusha.

Monday’s leg at the Volta a Mallorca is a 176.5-kilometre effort both starting and finishing at Cala Millor town, with two small ascents coming in the first half and one last minor difficulty about 30 kilometres from the finish.

Stage 2

Mallorca Challenge 2009: Stage 2

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February 9, 2009 at 16:03 Leave a comment

McEwen out of the saddle

McEwen winning Cancer Council Classic

McEwen winning Cancer Council Classic

The main question for Robbie McEwen is “Will he participate in this year’s Tour de France?”. According to the medical staff, it is too early to speak about “le grand boucle”. The main goal for Robbie are now the spring classics, including Milan – San-Remo.

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 20, 2009 (AFP) – Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen
suffered a gash and bump on his right forearm on Tuesday thanks to an
overzealous spectator at the Tour Down Under who may have compromised his race.

McEwen collided with a “big camera” as he hurtled towards the first stage
finish line at nearly 70 kilometres (45 miles) per hour, but managed to stay
on the saddle and finish fourth. It’s not the first time when a rider collides an object from the spectators mass.

He was taken immediately to hospital and said he would make a decision on
Wednesday morning whether to start the second stage.

McEwen, the winner of 12 stages on the Tour de France and a three-time
winner of the race’s green jersey for the points competition, could not
believe his misfortune.

“I’ll have to make a decision in the morning. I couldn’t pull on the
handlebars, so it’s obviously a worry,” said the Belgium-based Aussie after
the stage, won by German sprinter Andre Greipel.

“I was winding up my sprint when someone reached out with a big camera and
it struck me in the arm.”

Providing he has escaped any fractures, McEwen will hope some overnight
therapy allows him to continue in the race, as he bids to bolster Katusha’s
victory count in their first season in the peloton.

January 20, 2009 at 12:42 Leave a comment

Robbie McEwen brings the first win for Katusha

first win for Katusha

Robbie McEwen: first win for Katusha

Australian Robbie McEwen, of the Katusha team, claimed the victory honours in the 51km inner city criterium which traditionally precedes the Tour Down Under here.

But all eyes were on the 37-year-old Texan who famously battled cancer in 1998 before going on to win a record seven yellow jerseys at the Tour de France between 1999-2005.

Although Armstrong’s official comeback will take place at the race’s first stage proper on Tuesday — the criterium here is not an International Cycling Union (UCI) sanctioned race — the American still courted plenty of attention.

An estimated crowd of over 130,000, according to organisers, turned out to watch proceedings, with crowd favourite McEwen stunning a strong Columbia team with a late surge at the finish line.

January 18, 2009 at 17:55 Leave a comment

Robbie McEwen interview in Moscow

AFP – Australian Robbie McEwen says he hopes a change of team can help him return to Tour de France glory next year.

McEwen, a 12-time Tour de France stage winner and three-time winner of the green jersey for the Tour’s leading sprinter, has switched from Belgium’s Silence-Lotto team to Russian-backed Katusha for 2009.

It is a move the 36-year-old Australian hopes can get him back into serious Tour contention after a 2008 season he described as “mediocre.”

“It wasn’t consistent enough and it came down to my off-season last year – it was a complete disaster,” McEwen told reporters here on Monday.

“I had some real problems with injury and I couldn’t have a solid off-season of training – I only got really going mid-season.

“This time things are going a lot better and I can have a better start to 2009 than I did this year.

“I’m confident I can reach the level I’ve been at – I’m feeling just as good if not better than other years.”

Apart from McEwen, Katusha has also recruited Russian Vladimir Karpets, Italian Filippo Pozzato and Belgian sprinter Gert Steegmans.

McEwen said he is competing in two events — madison and derny — at a track cycling meet in Melbourne on Wednesday.

December 25, 2008 at 17:20 Leave a comment

Katusha to sign McEwen and Karpets

Future Russian cycling team Katusha (Катюша), to be created from the Tinkoff formation, on Monday announced the recruitment of experienced Australian Robbie McEwen and Russian Vladimir Karpets (Владимир Карпец). McEwen and Karpets will join up with Italian Filippo Pozzato and Belgian sprinter Gert Steegmans at their new team.
Tinkoff, owned by Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov (Олег Тиньков), said 36-year-old McEwen was joining from Silence Lotto along with the 27-year-old Karpets, who arrives from Caisse d’Epargne. Karpets won the Tour of Switzerland last year. Katusha is the mainstay of a multi-million dollar new Russian Global Cycling Project foundation which enjoys the backing of muscular sponsors including energy giant Gazprom and energy and real estate company Itera. Already snapped up were Alexandre Botcharov (Аоександр Бочаров) from Credit Agricole, Spaniards Antonio Colom (Astana) and Joan Horrach (Caisse d’Epargne), as well as Belgians Kenny de Haes (Topsport) and Stijn Vandenbergh (AG2R).

September 1, 2008 at 13:42 Leave a comment

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