Hereâ€™s todayâ€™s Monday Musette
1. If you donâ€™t already read The Inner Ring, you need to start.Â Matt published a fine run-down of the Team Lux situationâ€”itâ€™s definitely worth your time.
2. And speaking of dubious new teams, check-out todayâ€™s Whatâ€™s New from Competitive Cyclist.Â Thereâ€™s also the added bonus of a video from the 1996 finale to Milan-San Remo.
3. So it appears as if Mark Cavendish has his eyes set on next yearâ€™s World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.Â According to the Manxman, the course looks harder than advertised.Â Any doubts that Thor Hushovd will be looking for a repeat victory in front of a friendly Scandinavian crowd?
4. Cavendishâ€™s former teammate, Michael Rogers, has officially announced his move to Team Sky.Â If they donâ€™t completely undo all the progress he made at HTC (like they did with Edvald Boasson Hagen) look for Rogers to deliver a weeklong stage race victory or two in 2011. Letâ€™s hope Skyâ€™s delusions of grand tour GC glory donâ€™t cloud the Aussieâ€™s judgment. Does the move mean weâ€™ll see the boys in black and blue at the Tour of California to defend the Australianâ€™s title?
5. Speaking of judgment, hereâ€™s a textbook case of a rider coming to his senses.
6. And is this one a bit delusional?Â I think not. He certainly will be leading a stronger team than his Swiss former colleagueâ€”assuming Cancellara finally pulls the trigger and heads to Team Lux.Â If all goes as planned, look for Breschel to have a breakout 2011.Â A cobbled classic and a world title are certainly within his reach.
7. With Ivan Basso targeting next yearâ€™s Tour, look for the 2011 Giro to provide the most exciting 3 weeks of racing weâ€™re likely to see next season.Â As if the course werenâ€™t exciting enough, Vincenzo Nibali and Roman Kreuziger are making the grand tour their first major objective of the year.Â Expect fireworksâ€”and worldwide server crashes as poor souls like myself drain bandwidth trolling for live streams.
8. In effort to improve its ridersâ€™ bottle throwing skills, Quick Step has signed Tom Steels as a trainer and part-time DS; while Team Sky has signed Servais Knaven and Nicolas Portal to similar roles, the latter signing proof that sometimes its less costly to give a rider a job than a roster spot.
9. Like it or not, Floyd Landis has started a bit of a comeback to racing, competing in New Zealand at the Powernet Tour of Southland.Â Say what you want about Floyd, but you canâ€™t deny that his return to form could certainly make things interestingâ€”and uncomfortableâ€”for more than a few individualsâ€”on and off the bikeâ€”in 2011.
10. Last but not least, thanks to everyone who has expressed interest in our as-yet-to-be-released 2011 team kit.Â Weâ€™re finalizing the new design and should be releasing ordering information in time for the holidays.Â Feel free to send an email to email@example.com if interested in getting on board!
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