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Greipel disappointed after lead out mistake

Category: Cycling

André GreipelYesterday, Chris Sutton (Sky) won the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, ahead of Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) and André Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto).

Greipel, who finished third, was not too happy. He had wished for more. He has wished for more since his season started, but by some reason, things have not gone has planned.

In the Tour Down Under, Greipel had great results, but never won anything. However, he did take a stage victory in the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal.

His Omega Pharma-Lotto had wished for more at the opening weekend of racing in Belgium, but Philip Gilbert couldn't follow the favourites on Saturday and admitted that he simply wasn't good enough. The best rider was Jurgen Roelandts who finished ninth.

But yesterday, Greipel was the team captain. The team worked hard to lead him out in the sprint, but Greipel (only) finished third and he wasn't happy at all. The lead out train was nothing like it used to be during his days at the HTC-Columbia team.

"There was no lead-out," Greipel told Cyclingnews.

"The team did a great job but I lost the wheel in the last corner so I had to go from 800 metres to 300 metres on my own to get to the front again. Then I nearly got it but I was just unlucky," Greipel said.

Well, the team will perhaps have better luck at next week's Paris-Nice.

Phinney suffers mild concussion

Category: Cycling

Taylor PhinneyTaylor Phinney (Team BMC) suffered a mild concussion when colliding with Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Cervélo) at a training ride in Italy.

The two riders were training together when they suddenly crossed wheels while making a turn.

"We kind of got jumbled. It was a freak accident," Phinney said. "The next thing we knew, we found ourselves flipping over our bikes and onto the ground. All I remember was smacking my head pretty hard."

He could ride home, where he had a medical examination over internet.

"We did some simple tests for balance and coordination over Skype, which he passed," Team BMC's team doctor Max Testa says. "Now we're just monitoring him closely."

He will take it easy for some days now, but will soon be back on his bike.

"If he's feeling OK on Saturday, we'll see if he can spin on the trainer without developing a headache and then we'll go from there. We will need some time to fully evaluate the extent of the crash and then we'll make a decision on how to organize his training and racing."

Will Cavendish race with Team Sky in 2012?

Category: Cycling

Mark CavendishA few days ago I heard that Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) only earns around a million Euros. Quite surprising.

It is obviously lots of money, but a cyclist who wins as much as him should make more money.

Damiano Cunego or Carlos Sastre have done great results in the past, but currently they do not make much noise. Still they earn more than the sprinter. So did Riccardo Ricco, for the short time that he raced with Vacansoleil.

No wonder why Cavendish isn't satisfied with his contract. But HTC-Highroad can barely do something.

Cavendish is represented by an agency called Face Partnership and a company called Three60.

The Face Partnership earlier represented riders, but nowadays the company is mostly working with events management. Many riders left at this time, but Cavendish didn't. And this has caused problems.

The manager of Face Partnership, Fran Millar, the sister of David Millar (Team Sky) has recently joined Team Sky to work as a "project Manager", while she remains with Face, the Inner Ring wrote.

That means the company is now closely linked to Team Sky. And Cavendish is closely linked to both teams. The British Team Sky is obviously interested in signing the sprinter, but would it be a smart choice by Cavendish? Probably not. In HTC-Highroad he has a great lead out-train, but will he be able to win without them? What is worth the most? Money or victories? Well, I believe he would bring some team mates with him, if he chance team, but no matter what Cavendish will surely have to think about his future this season.