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Robbie McEwen to be GreenEdge sprint coach — Het Nieuwsblad
The Tour of Calfirornia will be Robbie McEwen’s last race, the Australian confirmed after the first stage of the Tour of Turkey. Afterwards he will turn his focus to coaching GreenEdge’s sprint train. He has a contract with the team through 2013, though no longer as a rider.
“After the Tour of California I’ll be done,” he said. “I’ll be (at GreenEdge) right after my career, with the job of technical advisor. Loosely translated, I’m the coach of the sprint team. I’ll look for new talent, plan tactics and teach.”
Niki Terpstra selected for London Olympics — De Telegraaf
Following his best classics season ever, Dutchman Niki Terpstra is the first rider to be selected by coach Leo van Viliet for the Olympic road race in London, taking one of the Netherland’s five starting spots. Riding the time trial is a possibility for Terpstra as well.
“I think the pure sprinters wil have difficulty in getting to London,” van Viliet said. “The rise in the course, Box Hill, is heavy and does hurt the legs. It is a classic course for specialists and therefore very suitable for Niki. I asked him now to give him security so he can focus on this important race.”
“This certainly gives me confidence,” Terpstra said upon hearing of the invitation. “I will not start as a favorite in London, but hope to surprise positively. I am an aggressive rider and will certainly take a chance on a good outcome.”
Tom Boonen to ride Tour of California — Gazet van Antwerpen
With his foot problems subsiding, Tom Boonen is resuming heavy training and plans to take the start at the Amgen Tour of California on May 13.
California will be Boonen’s first race back after a bit of rest and recovery, following by another ramp-up in training load.
“My foot is getting better,” he said on the Omega Pharma-Quick Step website. “After Paris-Roubaix, I rested three days, then started training again with some mountain biking, one hour per day. The last few days I’m back on my normal racing bike and now I can really start training.”
Saxo Bank will ride for Haedo at Giro d’Italia — L’Équipe
Saxo Bank will ride for Argentinian Juan Jose Haedo in the sprints at the upcoming Giro d’Italia. Haedo recently showed top form with a win in the GP Denain.
With Alberto Contador gone, the team is focusing on stage wins rather than the overall. Haedo will be joined by his brother, Sebastian, and will have the rest of the squad dedicated to his leadout on flat stages.