This being the first day that teams and riders can officialy discuss where they’re headed for 2010, here’s a recap of current and recent racing news:
- Hincapie has confirmed that he’ll be riding for the BMC Racing Team for 2010 – 11, which is a Swiss / American team. Ã‚Â He’s quoted as saying “…the idea of working with the young team and helping to build the program appealed to me. I know a lot of the American racers on the team already and have seen how talented the young Swiss riders are, so I am very excited to help mentor the riders while also focusing on my major goals at the same time.Ã¢â‚¬Â
- Hincapie will be joined by Allesandro Ballan (Lampre), Marcus Burghardt (Columbia-HTC), Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank), Steve Morabito and Michael Shar (both Astana) and Simon Zahner.
- Chris Horner, who’s captaining the Astana team in the Vuelta a EspaÃƒÂ±a this year, was in a major wreck at the end of today’s stage. Ã‚Â Dozens of riders piled up as they slipped through a rain-soaked roundabout near the finish. Ã‚Â He’s suspected of having fractured his left wrist.
- Vinokourov, Boonen, Allan Davis, Farrar, Tom Danielson, Hesjdal, Cancellara were the other big names caught up in the wreck. Ã‚Â Cancellara retains his overall lead since all riders in the wreck were awarded the same finish time.
- Robbie McEwen says remaining recovery and rehab from his May 28th wreck in the Tour of Belgium will sideline him for the rest of the season. Look for a comeback in the Tour Down Under in 2010.
- Italians took the first Gold Medal in the 2009 Mountain Bike World Championships in Canberra, Australia, by winning the team relay event. Ã‚Â Teams must have one elite man, one U23 man, one junior man and one elite woman. Ã‚Â Canada and France took Silver and Bronze, respectively, and the U.S. finished in 12th.
- The U.S.’s youngest pro rider at 16, Neko Mulally won the downhill at the final stop of the 2009 Pro Gravity Tour by just over 1.5 seconds. Ã‚Â The event was held at Whiteface in Lake Placid, NY this past weekend.