Wednesday’s British news round-up

Britain’s Matt Green spent this year with the Cinelli Down Under team with the recently deceased Frank Vandenbroucke and recalled his final memories of the Belgian.

“Frank, even though he was not [racing], came to our last race,” Green explained.

“He was in the team car with Nico Mattan, our DS, and in the radio for ous. There were 10 of us for the final sprint as we got away on the last lap.

“I was with my teammate, Tommy Nankervis, I gave Tommy a lead out from two kilometres to 500 metres to go. Frank was on the radio shouting and shouting and wanting me to give it all. We won. I will never forget it,” Green added.

“I saw Frank for the last time on Thursday. He took Tommy to the airport. He was his normal happy self, and I got him to sign one of my team jerseys for a keepsake. I would like to call Frank my friend, I am incredibly upset about the whole situation. I feel for his whole family and his friends, and especially Nico. I have never seen two friends closer than that before”.

The Orbea-For Goodness Shakes team, formed from what was the BMC team this year, aims to compete at the highest level in the UK in 2010 and beyond.

The team management has been busy over the last few months putting together a rider roster designed to be competitive in all of the UK’s biggest races.

“We’ve been working hard since July, negotiating with sponsors, planning and signing riders that will enable the team to gain results in the Premier Calendar, Tour Series (invitation permitting) and National Circuit Series in 2010”, explained team manager, James Whatling.

“The UK road racing scene is set for its most exciting season for years and Orbea-For Goodness Shakes aims to be right up there at the head of the peloton”.

Assistant team manager Stephen Charles is ready for challenges that lie ahead and is equally enthusiastic about next season.

“No one has to tell us how competitive it will be in the UK peloton in 2010. Teams like Endura and Sigma Sport have really bolstered their squads, bringing them on par with the established teams like Rapha Condor, and they will all be super motivated to fight hard for the Premier Calendar and Tour Series.

“It’s such a boost for us to have…such committed and enthusiastic sponsors and every member of the team and management share that commitment. We’ll all be putting in the hard miles over the winter to lay the foundations for a successful first season”.

Further details regarding roster will be released in due course.

Ian Field is quickly finding his feet in the world of continental cyclo-cross with a well-deserved 17th place at the first round of the GVA Trofee in Namur in Belgium on Saturday.

“I had taken it easy all week partly because it was meant to be an easy week in my training cycle and partly because my legs hadn’t been feeling that great since the trip to Italy,” explained Field.

“Called up next to Sven Nys isn’t my normal place on the grid, however, due to his poor result in Italy he was back with me on the fourth row of five.

“This in fact helped me a lot, I simply followed the master at work, he carved through spaces I didn’t think were possible to get through and riders almost moved out of his way. The presence he has in a race is unreal”.

Field made it up as high as 14th in the race but faded to finish a still admirable 17th.

“I rode a sensible race riding for the first 30 minutes, well within myself. At one point I was up to 14th, riding with Radomir Simunek, I couldn’t stay with him and began to lose a couple of places over the next 30 minutes. However, I had reserved enough in the tank for the final few laps and held on to score 17th position, thrilled with my result against almost a World Cup standard field”.

1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP – Powerplus
2. Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
3. Zdenek Štybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team
4. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Projob
5. Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank
6. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team
7. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Revor-Jartazi Continental Team
8. Gerben de Knegt (Ned) Rabobank
9. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP – Powerplus
10. Radomír Šimunek (Cze) BKCP – Power Plus
17. Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles/Trant/Next/GSI

Silence-Lotto’s stagiaire Adam Blythe will ride the Giro del Piemonte semi-Classic in Italy tomorrow (Thursday).

Dan Fleeman will ride for his Cervélo team and is eager to impress as his contract has yet to be confirmed for 2010.

Irish riders Dan Martin and Nicholas Roche will represent Garmin and Ag2R respectively.

Double Olympic champion, James Cracknell, will attempt to set a world record for cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats this month.

Cracknell, aided by a team of three elite riders will take part in the HotChillee End-To-End Challenge starting on Saturday October 17.

It will be an attempt to establish the first world record for a relay team riding from one end of the UK to the other.