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NewsWire: Terpstra out of Tour; Nys eyes U.S. cyclocross

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Apr. 18, 2012

In our daily NewsWire, we bring you a collection of the intriguing stories from newspapers, journals and elsewhere around the world of competitive cycling. Pour your coffee, mute your phone and read on.

Niki Terpstra to miss Tour de France — De Telegraaf

Following discussions with this Omega Pharma-Quickstep manager Patrick Lefevre, Niki Terpstra has decided to skip the Tour de France this year and focus on other goals.

“Racing the Tour de France does not really fit in my program,” he said. “I will ride the Tour of Spain, because it is the ideal preparation for the world championships. So I have to choose between two great races, because both are not possible in a year like this.”

“I have noticed that an attacking rider has little chance of a stage victory (at the Tour),” he added. “Everyone on the team was fully agreed that the Olympics and world championships are better for me to peak.”

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Sven Nys has his eyes US ‘cross racing — Gazet Van Antwerpen

After a disappointing world championship in Koksijde, Belgium, in January, cyclocross legend Sven Nys knows he has probably contested his last title fight. Nonetheless, he has his eyes on the Louisville world cyclocross championships in 2013, and will likely race elsewhere in the United States next season.

“Starting racing in America is a good way to flatter the ego,” said Nys’ coach Rudy De Bie. “That extra attention will do him good. I’ve not asked him about the cyclocross season point blank, because it is still a long way away, but I have no doubt: Sven Nys will race in the United States.”

Nys is now focusing on gaining a slot on the Belgian cross-country mountain bike Olympic squad.

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Gilbert seven seconds slower on Cauberg — Het Nieuwsblad

Philippe Gilbert rode the Amstel Gold Race’s final climb of the Cauberg seven seconds slower than last year, according to Het Nieuwsblad. The paper timed Gilbert from the red kite to the finish, which took 1:33. Last year, Gilbert rode the same section in 1:26.

Gilbert began his attack this year in almost the same place as 2011, but faded at the end. Instead of leaving the rest of the field in his wake, he was passed by five men.

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