First Edition Cycling News for November 7, 2006
Edited by Laura Weislo
Olaf Ludwig: more questions than answers
Photo: © KlaDi
Olaf Ludwig is 46 years old, rode professionally for six years (bringing
in 50 victories, an Olympic gold medal, the Tour de France sprinter's
jersey and a World Cup), and worked in management for T-Mobile Team for
an additional ten years, the last year as Team Manager - but all of that
came to an end on October 31. "T-Mobile wanted to go in a different
direction as far as team management was concerned, they had other ideas,
and so the contract was canceled," he said bluntly. How did this
all come about? Cyclingnews' Susan Westemeyer spoke with Ludwig
about T-Mobile and what went wrong.
After all the problems this year, Ludwig is ready for a short break from
pro cycling. He denied rumors that he will be joining another team or
even starting his own team. "It is clear that there will be rumors.
I have a good relationship with [former team manager Walter] Godefroot.
I am not going to Astana and have no plans to start a new team in 2007."
There had been speculation that he would retain T-Mobile's ProTour license
and use it to start a new team, but contrary to public perception, Ludwig
himself never held a ProTour license. The license for 2005 and 2006 was
held by Godefroot, and expires the end of December. Ludwig noted that
he applied to the UCI in May 2006 for a license for 2007 - 2010. The UCI's
deadline was August 20, and by that date, T-Mobile had changed management
over to Bob Stapleton who received the license, leaving Ludwig without
a main sponsor.
Even if he wanted to plan a new team, he saw the difficulties. "Things
in sport aren't easy, if you were looking for sponsors in August. Right
now I'm very disappointed, I need to think about things and take a short
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Andriotti to Acqua & Sapone
Dario Andriotto formerly of the Liquigas ProTour team, will be joining
his teammate Stefano Garzelli on the professional continental team Acqua
The 34-year old Andriotto did not have his contract with Liquigas renewed,
and so finds himself on a team with Garzelli for the third time. The two
were part of the Vini Caldirola team in 2004 before moving to Liquigas.
Susanne Ljungskog will remain with Buitenpoort - Flexpoint Team
Despite various speculations in different media lately, Susanne Ljungskog
will remain with Buitenpoort - Flexpoint in 2007. A number of teams have
been interested in signing Ljungskog this fall, but after careful consideration
she have decided to stay. "I have had two fantastic years with this team
and I’m really looking forward to the next season with some new faces
in the team," says Ljungskog.
Swiss not impressed by Ullrich's defense
by Susan Westemeyer
Jan Ullrich may claim that documents produced in Operation Puerto have
been falsified, and he may have turned in his Swiss cycling license in
protest - but Swiss Cycling isn't impressed. Director Lorenz Schläfli
noted that an "immediate withdrawal" is not only not necessary, but not
possible, since a license runs through the end of the year, according
to the Neue Züricher Zeitung.
If Ullrich has dropped out of the Swiss federation in the hopes of avoiding
a hearing, he miscalculated, said Bernhard Welten, of the federation's
antidoping committee. Under the UCI's rules, the responsibility belongs
to the land from which the rider held a licenses at the time of the alleged
violation . "That is, and remains, Switzerland," according to Welten.
He hopes to forward the dossier to the disciplinary committee before the
end of the year.
In addition, Welten says he knows nothing of falsified documents or
documents that he is not allowed to use. No one has told him "officially"
that he cannot use the information, he told the newspaper. He added that
it is practically impossible to forbid him from using knowledge he already
has. Welten further indicated that the material would not serve to acquit
Ullrich, and it is likely that the Swiss disciplinary committee will be
asked to hand down a lifelong ban for Ullrich as a repeat offender.
T-Mobile women staying in shape but off the bike
by Susan Westemeyer
Photo ©: Hedwig Kröner
It's important that the women from the T-Mobile team stay in shape in
the off-season - as long as they don't ride their bikes. Other forms of
endurance training are needed now, according to team coach Petra Rossner,
such as jogging, inline skating, cross country skiing or swimming. "The
athletes also make a gradual start to strength training in the gym. Winter
is a good time to work on the build the foundations for the season ahead
and work on the vital conditioning needed. Then during the season the
focus is on keeping the strength stable."
"It is dangerous and counterproductive when they don’t get any real
pause from racing and training," Rossner said on the team's website. Sometimes
she even has to hold them back. "Especially those who are down in Australia,
where they of course enjoy fabulous weather. They have to remind themselves
on a daily basis not to do too much. You have got to hold them back, but
is really a great pleasure to work with such a highly-motivated team,
we telephone almost every day to discuss preparations."
It's even all right if the riders put on a little weight over the off-season.
"It is a good thing when the riders add two or three kilos in winter.
They can later draw on this for energy", Rossner noted . "But none of
them have weight problems. Highly-tuned endurance athletes won’t be long
burning that off."
Cycling in Zimbabwe gets a boost
Cycling in Zimbabwe will be getting a much needed revival from the UCI
and the Belgian company, Eye Works, reports the Zimbabwe Herald.
Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) chief executive, Robert Mutsauki, said
that contracts with the International Cycling Union (UCI) and Eye Works
will help bring the country's top cyclists to continental and international
Cyclists in Zimbabwe have not had the best results in continental competition
in recent years, and Mutsauki hopes that by sending the athletes to more
competitions, they will gain the experience necessary to find success.
"The [cyclists'] final preparation program for the All-Africa Games consists
of participation in the Africa Continental Championships and B World Championships,"
Mutsauki said that aid from the two organizations will also help the
country produce cyclists capable of participation in future Olympic games.
"The future of cycling in Zimbabwe is promising in the run up to the All-Africa
Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 Olympic Games in London,"
Mutsauki told the Zimbabwe Herald.
Cycling in Zimbabwe wasn't always at the level at which it currently
sits. In the 1970's, the late Samson Moyo was a cycling star who became
a household name in the region, and made the sport one of the most revered
disciplines. But lack of sponsorship and loss of interest have led to
cycling's decline in Zimbabwe over the past decades.
Five Zimbabwean athletes, Conway Mohamed, Dean Hayes, Abel Muchenje,
Dave Martin and Linda Davidson have been selected to take part in the
program, funded with $15,000 US that was set aside by the ZOC, and will
use the funds to prepare for the All-Africa Games in Algiers in July,
BikeJam on US national calendar
Photo ©: Fj Hughes
BikeJam featuring the Kelly Cup, Baltimore's only professional cycling
race, will be a part of USA Cycling's national race calendar (NRC) for
2007. This will be the third successive year the event has been on the
calendar. Not to be confused with the newly announced USA
Cycling Pro Tour calendar, the NRC is in its 11th season, and will
feature 25-30 events, excluding the major UCI races that make up the Pro
Tour. The 2007 version of Bike Jam will take place on Saturday, May 26.
BikeJam is the Mid-Atlantic's largest cycling festival, and consists
of 12 road races for riders from beginner to professional. Held in historic
Patterson Park near Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor, the course is flat
and fast, with an uphill sprint and some challenging, technical cornering.
The highlight of the event is the Kelly Cup men's professional race
which features some of the country's best professional cyclists. This
year, Kyle Wamsley defeated Hilton Clarke and Alejandro Acton to take
home the title in front of over 5,000 spectators.
Bike Jam, now in its ninth year, not only features the races, but also
a recreational bike ride, interactive games for the kids, live music from
local bands, product sampling, a bike stunt show and an expo with all
the latest cycling gear.
Paris-Roubaix film to debut
Scott Coady, maker of the film "The Tour Baby!" has released another
cycling film about Paris-Roubaix called "Cobbles Baby!" The film, a documentary
based upon the 2004 'Hell
of the North', will premiere on November 16-21 at six theaters in northern
California. Coady will attend the screenings, talk and sign DVDs.
"Cobbles Baby!" chronicles Scott Coady’s adventures in getting up close
and personal with one of the hardest one-day bike races. Along the way
he has full access to George Hincapie and the U.S. Postal Service cycling
team, and finds himself drinking in a pub with commentators Phil Liggett
and Paul Sherwin when Irish cycle racing legend Sean Kelly wanders in
for a pint.
Proceeds from the events will go to the NorCal High School Mountain
Bike Racing League and the Davis Phinney Foundation.
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