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Jens Voigt has been named German cyclist of the year (again). Also, Geslin breaks collarbone, Wielin

Jens Voigt has been named German cyclist of the year (again). Also, Geslin breaks collarbone, Wielin
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Jens Voigt (CSC) has been voted Germany's Cyclist of Year for the second year in a row by the readers Radsport magazine. Voigt gained 36.1 percent of the vote, more than Erik Zabel (28.1 percent) and Gerald Ciolek (14.4 percent). The 35 year-old had another great season in 2006, winning a stage in the Tour de France as well as three stages and the overall in the Deutschland Tour. In the women's section, world championship silver medallist Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nrnberger) took the top honours with 42.9 percent of the vote, beating Hanka Kupfernagel (21.6 percent) and Claudia Husler (20.8 percent). Geslin breaks collarbone Anthony Geslin (Bouygues Telecom) has broken his left collarbone in an accident at home, his team has reported. The 26 year-old Frenchman will not undergo an operation and will have to take several days off. He broke the same bone in the Four Days of Dunkirk in the spring of 2006. Contract news Dutch rider Remmert Wielinga (ex-Quick.Step) will ride for Saunier Duval this year. The 28 year-old is in his seventh year as a pro, and is the 29th rider for Saunier Duval. In 2006, he won the GP Chiasso. On the retirements front, Nicola Loda (35) and Marco Milesi (36) are both hanging up their wheels. The two Italians spent their careers as domestiques, with Loda starting with GB-MG in 1994 and Milesi starting with Bresciali in that same year. The pair finished at Liquigas. Loda won seven races, while Milesi won one. Tournant returns for Revolution 16 French sprint star Arnaud Tournant has been confirmed as a starter for Revolution 16 in Manchester on January 20th. Tournant last appeared at Revolution 11 in January 2006, where he won the 1km Madison time trial with Craig MacLean. The duo decided to take on the endurance boys, and despite missing the opening hand sling, the sprint pair executed a tidy halfway changeover and won in a time of 57.88, narrowly missing out on the record held by Cavendish and Clancy. Tournant will be back in action at the Manchester velodrome where he will once again meet MacLean. "I'm looking forward to racing again at the Revolution," he said. "The atmosphere is always very good and last year we had some fun with the Madison race. Craig is going very well this year so it will be an interesting challenge to race against him in Manchester and a good test before the World Championships." MacLean is in good form, having already taken gold and bronze in the sprint at the Sydney and Moscow World Cups, as well as winning his weight in Ravenswood wine in the sprint omnium at Revolution 15. The Scottish sprinter will now skip the Los Angeles World Cup enabling him to test his form on home ground at Revolution. "I had a great start to the season," said MacLean. "I didn't go to Sydney with any expectations and was very pleased to get the gold. The main objective was to qualify in the Sprint for the World Championships which I've done so now I can get amongst the action at the final Revolution. "Tournant will be there and I believe there are some of the other big names so it will be an exciting event and good preparation ahead of the Manchester World Cup." In addition to MacLean, Tournant will be joined by French team mates Matthieu Mandard and Michael D'Almeida with more international sprint stars due to be announced next week. Tickets can be purchased from www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling +44 (0)7005 942 579 or +44 (0)161 223 2244. Team FBUK goes Global UK women's professional team, Team FBUK, will undergo a name change this year to Team Global. The change reflects a new group of sponsors, after FBUK did not renew its agreement at the end of 2006. The team enjoyed success in its first year as a professional squad. Helen Wyman won the UK cyclo-cross national championships in January, and went on to gain 5th place at the World Championships in Holland later that month. Wyman was in good form on the road later in the year too, winning the Queen of the Mountains competition in the Tour of Brittany. She was selected for the World Championships in Austria to support Nicole Cooke. Another FBUK rider, Yolandi du Toit (South Africa) was also selected for the World's, and won the African Continental Championships along with the most prestigious race in South Africa, the 94.7 Classic. To finish the season, Gabby Day and Helen Wyman have been performing well on the cyclo-cross circuit. Day is leading the UK National Series and is ranked UK number 1. Team roster (more to be added) Helen Wyman - 25 (GBr) Gabby Day - 21 (GBr) Emma Silversides - 28 (GBr) Line Ramsrud - 28 (Nor) Linn Torp - 29 (Nor) Linda Ringlever - 24 (Ned) Debby van den Burg - 26 (Ned) Masami Mashimo - 30 (Jpn) Team sponsors Billato Bikes, Bio Racer Clothing, Re Skin, Listers Timber, Pro-Lite components, Schwalbe Tyres, Winning Solutions, Bottle Sport, PowerBreathe, Be Well nutrition, Taya chains, ABUS Helmets, Tim Harris Import Export. Northern Rock Cyclone to hit UK in June The north eastern part of the UK will host a mini racing series this June entitled the "Northern Rock Cyclone". The cycling festival takes place over the weekend of June 15th-17th, with Newcastle as the focus. The racing kicks off on Friday evening with criteriums for all levels in Leazes Park, Newcastle. The organisers have promised a big prize pool for the elite category race, as well as race commentary by Eurosport's Mike Smith On Saturday morning, the event moves to Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club in Kingston Park on the outskirts of Newcastle. This will serve as the start and finish of three different recreational rides of 31, 62 and 100 miles. The Northern Rock Cyclone will finish on Sunday with the Beaumont Trophy Premier Calendar Road Race, which starts and ends in Stamfordham. The best British riders will race over 105 miles, including three ascents of the "Ryals" just outside Ryal village. The prize money for the race has been earmarked at over £6000. More details www.northernrockcyclone.co.uk. Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.
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