First Edition News for July 30, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones
2003 Track World's: Showdown in Stuttgart
By Jeff Jones
Photo: © Mike Gladu
This year's Track Cycling World Championships will be held in Stuttgart,
Germany, between July 30 and August 3. Originally scheduled for Shenzhen,
China, the Championships had to be relocated to Stuttgart due to the unwillingness
of several countries to send teams to China because of the threat of SARS.
Stuttgart last hosted the World's in 1991, and will host the World Road
Championships in 2007.
The events kick off on Wednesday morning with the men's kilo and women's
24 km points race. In the evening, the men's 15 km scratch race is the
only event on offer. Thursday morning sees the first rounds of the men's
and women's 4000/3000m individual pursuits, with the men's final held
that evening. Also the men's keirin competition and the women's 500m time
trial will be held on Thursday.
On Friday morning, the men will line up again for the 4000m team pursuit
qualifying, with the finals to be held on Saturday evening. The men's
sprint qualifying, men's 40 km points race, and women's keirin will all
be held on Friday. Saturday sees the women's scratch race as well as the
first rounds of the women's sprint, followed by the final of the team
pursuit and men's sprint in the evening. The racing concludes on Sunday
with the final of the women's sprint, the men's 51.4 km madison and men's
Bartko replaces Lehmann in German team
Rabobank's Robert Bartko is a surprise replacement for Jens Lehmann
in the German track team for the World's. Bartko will ride the individual
and team pursuit events, despite not having ridden much on the track for
the last three years since he won two gold medals in the Sydney Olympics.
Lehmann, a six-time World Champion, was shocked by the German federation's
decision, "I feel deceived and deeply disappointed," he told DPA.
Cipollini comes back
World Champion Mario Cipollini (Domina Vacanze-Elitron) will race in
his first event since his exit from the Giro d'Italia tomorrow in the
Netherlands. Cipo will be one of the star attractions at the Acht van
Chaam criterium, and will take his faithful teammate Mario Scirea with
him. Cipo will also ride in the Nacht von Hannover this Friday, August
1, along with teammate Giovanni Lombardi.
Mercado to Quick.Step
Spanish rider Juan Miguel Mercado will ride for the Quick.Step-Davitamon
team next year. The iBanesto climber will sign a two year contract with
the Belgian squad, and will help to strengthen the team in the mountains.
Mercado turned down offers from US Postal, CSC and Cofidis to ride for
U.S. MTB rider fails to show up for drug test
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has notified the U.S. Olympic Committee
that there is sufficient evidence of doping to proceed further in the
case of Rob Sears of Golden, Colorado. Sears refused to participate in
a drug test following the NORBA National Championship Series event in
Big Bear Lake, California on May 18, 2003. Sears is disputing the case
in the USADA adjudication process. If a sanction is imposed, USADA will
make the announcement at a later date.
Irish weekend preview
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
The Gene Moriarty Cup is now in its 21st year and is firmly established
as one of the top one day cycling events in Ireland. It is scheduled for
Listowel on Sunday with a one o'clock start.
The main protagonists on the home scene will be present to do battle
for this prestigious trophy held in honour of Gene Moriarty, who was a
top class cyclist in the late 40's and early 50's. When the wheels were
hung up, he turned to the administration of the sport.
In recent years, members of the Carrick Cidona Club have been very much
to the fore, and their good form would indicate that the team members
would be knocking on the door to add to their unprecedented number of
wins since the beginning of June. Fortunately for them, Brian Kenneally
who won in '98 and '99 and was a member of the Hibernian Team Ireland
at the recent B World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland, is showing
a very good form at the moment.
The big disappointment for the promoters (Listowel CC) is that Eugene
Moriarty will not be attendance as he is with the Cycling Ireland Project
in Belgium where he is the co-ordinator.
What a fairy tale it would be if Aidan Crowley were to win in Listowel.
Not many would have raced here from U/12 up to senior level. There wouldn't
be a dry eye at the presentation if Aidan were to win. His colleague on
the Cycleways/Lee Strand Team, Philip Finnegan, created his own piece
of history last weekend by winning his first ever open race. Who said
a double is out of the question?
The favourite is probably Brian Kenneally, who only returned to competition
back in April in the Credit Union Ras Mumhan. He has the incentive now
to be the one to watch for the remainder of the season. He shows no lack
of conviction with or without team support. He always supports this event
and I have a feeling on Bank holiday Sunday, he'll do the business.
This year's race is on 7 laps of the usual circuit that has been used
in 18 of the previous years. It is a 10 mile (16 km) circuit that is hilly
for a two to three mile stretch leaving the town. It is not an easy lap
by any means and this year it is on the Classic League Series, the fourth
of the six events. Points will be awarded to the first 10 over the line.
There are prizes for the first 14 over the line, and there is a team prize
Also scheduled in conjunction with the 'Moriarty' is the Listowel GP
for senior 3's, ladies, veterans and juniors. Incidentally this will be
a curtain raiser for juniors, who will have their big promotion next week
when the M. Donnelly JT starts next Tuesday with a time trial, sponsored
by "Duffs" of Bray, Co. Wicklow. The proprietor, Ken, is a big supporter
of cycling and can be regularly seen in Malaysia where he is a regular
at the Telekom Malaysia Tour de Langkawi.
The Listowel Grand Prix will be a separate race for Senior 3, Vets,
juniors and ladies. Prizes for the first 6 here. The race will be five
laps of the circuit (50 miles).
This year, the Listowel Club and West Clare have combined their efforts
and on Monday the option is there to compete in Kilrush in the Crotty
Cup. The hero in this part of the world is Vincent Gleeson, who has certainly
put cycling on the map in this corner of the world. His selection as a
member of the Irish team for the FBD Milk Ras turned out to be the highlight
of his career to date and a win here would be the icing on the cake. Earlier
this season, when David O'Loughlin was in full flight, Vincent dented
his winning sequence by winning the Mick Cahill Trophy in Banteer. It
is anticipated according to race officials that O'Loughlin will take in
both events in the Kerry and Clare over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Also in Kerry this weekend is the Youth Tour. This will be held in Killorglin
starting on Saturday. The entry list is truly very international.
Those wishing to avoid a trip south for the Moriarty Cup will be able
to take in the Mountnugent Grand Prix on Saturday evening.
Nature Valley Grand Prix to Air on OLN
A program chronicling the Nature Valley Grand Prix is set to air on
the Outdoor Life Network at 5:00 PM Eastern time on Saturday, August 2.
The Nature Valley Grand Prix, which is part of the Great River Energy
Bicycle Festival, is a National Racing Calendar stage race that took place
on June 12-15 in Minnesota. Men's teams included Saturn, Navigators, Schroeder
Iron, 7UP, Jelly Belly and the US Postal Service. Women's teams included
Saturn, Equipe Nürnberger, DietRite, Equipe Rona, T-Mobile, Basis, TDS
and Red 5 Racing.
The men's race saw the lead change after every stage, with Saturn's
Trent Klasna emerging as the surprise winner after the brutal Stillwater
Criterium. The women's race, which included some of the most aggressive
racing of the year, was "Saturn against the World", with Katie Mactier
finishing as the winner.
The program was produced by Kent Gordis Productions, the leading producer
of bicycle racing coverage in the United States. Bob Roll and Bob Papa
provided the commentary for the Nature Valley Grand Prix program.
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