First Edition News for August 2, 2003
Edited by Chris Henry
Big Apple bike bash rocks Lower Manhattan Sunday
By Tim Maloney, European editor in New York
Photo: © Jonathan Devich
The second annual New York City Cycling Championship (NYCCC) is a day-long
series of cycling events among the urban canyons of lower Manhattan that
culminates in a Pro Men's 100km criterium. Last year, Lance Armstrong
(USPS-Berry Floor) kicked off the inaugural edition of the NYCCC fresh
from his fourth consecutive Tour De France win.
This year, 2003 Tour Stage Winner Tyler Hamilton (CSC) will be at the
NYCCC, but due to his cracked collarbone, Hamilton will not compete. Instead,
the Man from Marblehead will act as Official Starter along with Mayor
Despite the absence of Armstrong, the 2003 NYCCC will provide quite
a spectacle for spectators on the 50 laps of the 2 km lower Manhattan
circuit. Last year's winner, Cuban missile Ivan Dominguez (Saturn) will
be back to defend his title, backed by a solid squad that includes USPRO
champ Mark McCormack, Chris Horner, 2002 San Francisco Grand Prix winner
Charlie Dionne and Belaran blaster Viktor Rapinski.
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Ullrich ready for Hamburg
On the post-Tour circuit
Photo: © AFP
Jan Ullrich is eager to carry his Tour de France form to the World Cup
circuit, beginning with this Sunday's sixth round of the ten race series,
the HEW Cyclassics in Hamburg, Germany. "People who know me know that
I'm always fired up after the Tour," Ullrich said. Organisers in Hamburg
are eagerly anticipating crowds of up to a million fans along the Hamburg
parcours, cheering on their reborn hero Ullrich.
For his part, Ullrich insists that he will "not just be coming to take
part" in Hamburg, but will be looking for a big result. "I chose my current
[racing] program purely on a sporting basis," Ullrich explained, noting
the importance of the Hamburg race- which he won in 1997 before it became
a World Cup event- and adding that he turned down additional appearances
in post-Tour criteriums for which he often receives starting fees of up
Armstrong's Tour "a dream" for Beltran
Manuel Beltran, who joined Lance Armstrong's US Postal Service-Berry
Floor team in the midst of the demise of Team Coast, has declared himself
ready to help the five-time Tour winner tackle an unprecedented sixth
win in 2004. Beltran has said that the opportunity to ride with Armstrong
has been a dream, and he is content with his own Tour performance.
"I'm happy with the work that I did," Beltran said in a Todociclismo
report. "I helped in the mountain stages and in the general classification
I finished in the top 15 and was the fifth best Spanish rider after Zubeldia,
Mayo, Sastre, and Mancebo."
Naturally, Beltran also had plenty of words of praise for his team leader,
who equalled the Tour record of five victories this year. "He deserved
to win a fifth Tour and we're already thinking about the next edition
of the race, when Lance intends to take a sixth victory," Beltran said
confidently. "He's an impressive cyclist, who overcame a serious disease
and has become the best cyclist of the moment."
Beltran will now prepare to join compatriot Roberto Heras, who had a
less than spectacular Tour after being dogged by illness, in US Postal's
next grand tour bid at the Vuelta a España in September.
Tour EPO case to be revealed
The UCI announced Friday that the identity of the Tour de France rider
who tested positive for EPO would be announced soon. On the eve of the
Tour's final stage last Sunday, Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc acknowledged
that one rider had tested positive for EPO, the only positive doping result
in the Tour. The rider's identity has not been released by the UCI, pending
the results of his B-sample test.
The rider was tested mid-race, and according to Daniel Baal of the Tour
de France, he was not one of the race's leaders. UCI President Hein Verbruggen
announced Friday that "we expect to know by today or tomorrow all the
results from the tests done at the Tour de France. We'll have a resume
by the end of the week."
The last positive test for EPO in the Tour came from Spanish rider Txema
del Olmo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) in 2001.
Tom Steels has decided, as have most his teammates, to stay loyal to
the Landbouwkrediet-Colnago team for another season. The former Belgian
champion re-signed with team manager Gérard Bulens for the coming
DataPhonics Racing Team contests Junior Tour
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
A powerful entry for the M. Donnelly Junior Tour of Ireland is the UK
team from the DataPhonics/ United Rentals from Cambridge. The quartet
contains two 2003 British National track champions, Bruce Edgar, who lapped
the field twice to win the Junior 20 km event, and Mark Cavendish, who
is the reigning British kilometre champion. They are supported by Joe
Liversidge and Eddy Knowler.
The team was founded in 1996 as the Cambridge Cycling Academy with the
aim of developing ambitious young riders in England to move from club
level up to the verge of the Great Britain national team. The founder
was none other than Cycling Ireland's Chief Executive, Stuart Hallam.
"My involvement with the Academy team has been most enjoyable," said
Hallam. "We have managed to broaden the horizons of dozens of young men
and women and have been able to accept invitations to races around Europe,"
he added. The team has won more than 40 British national titles in the
last eight years and has been the backbone of the Great Britain junior
team since the inception.
The team has been coming to the Junior Tour of Ireland since 1998, when
the team featured the new world pursuit champion, Bradley Wiggins, who
finished second that year behind Irish rider Mark Scanlon.
The team was famously sponsored by Brite in 1998 and also dominated the
UK scene with a TT2 professional arm. Currently, it is sponsored and branded
with the name of Hallam's management consultancy company, DataPhonics
and United Rental Group, a division of Sixt A.G.
"The team manages itself nowadays with members like former Olympic medallist,
Willi Moore, and multiple world masters champion Dave Le Grys doing most
of the work," said Hallam. "I guess that I am the spiritual father figure
watching form a distance," he joked.
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