A new venue served as a fitting place to crown new XTERRA world champions.
The 16th XTERRA World Championship turned into a sweet celebration for Michael Weiss, Lesley Paterson and Kapalua, Maui.
Weiss and Paterson earned their first XTERRA world titles on a new course that was described as both beautiful and brutal. After 15 previous years at Makena, the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon moved to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua this year.
South African Dan Hugo finished a close second, a mere 33 seconds behind Weiss.
In 2007 Daryl Impey made sure that people took note of the MTN Cycling team when he won no less than 15 races.
The good news is that Impey will be back in “yellow” this year riding for MTN Qhubeka. Both local and international riders should take note that Impey is a rider on a mission. He is going to ride to win because he has something to prove.
Cervelo’s Cameron Meyer of Australia beat countryman Matthew Goss (Team HTC-HighRoad) by two seconds to win the Down Under Tour overall. Team Sky’s Ben Swift won the final stage while Lance Armstrong finished his last race outside the U.S. in 65th place out of 129 riders, refusing to speak to reporters afterward.
It was an Australian clean sweep at the 2011 Cancer Council Classic with HTC-Highroad teammates Matt Goss and Mark Renshaw taking 1st and 2nd respectively. Robbie McEwen (RadioShack) took 3rd.
The 51km race was shaped by a breakaway from Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Luke Durbridge (Uni-SA) and Martin Mortensen (Leopard Trek). But they were swept up with five laps to go.
Lance Armstrong has dismissed reports that he had been preparing a takeover of Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), which owns the Tour de France.
Lance will end his international cycling career at the Tour Down Under this week after 20 years that saw him beat cancer before winning a record seven yellow jerseys in succession.
Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, will not compete in a New Zealand triathlon next month because of a sore left knee. Armstrong had planned to compete in a sprint triathlon, but in a phone interview he said the knee condition had forced him to stop his training runs.
South Africa’s Robbie Hunter and veteran Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen have signed to race for seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack team in 2011, it was revealed on Thursday.
Both men were part of the Pegasus Sports project which failed to get a ProTour licence for the new season and they opted to change teams.
Cadel Evans will not ride in his home ProTour event, the Tour Down Under, which takes place next month in South Australia. He is reportedly going to focus all his energies on winning an elusive Tour de France title. Team BMC’s 2011 lineup will be headed by 2008 world champion Alessandro Ballan of Italy and includes riders from six countries.