First Edition News for October 19, 2003
Edited by Chris Henry & Jeff Jones
Bartoli doubles in Lombardy
Photo: © Sirotti
Defending Giro di Lombardia champion Michele Bartoli did the double Saturday,
taking his second victory in two years in the race of the falling leaves.
The race was the final World Cup event of the season, and is among the
last major events of the European road calendar. Bartoli outsprinted breakaway
companion Angelo Lopesboselli (Cofidis) to offer a final victory to his
Fassa Bortolo team before moving on to Team CSC in 2004.
"I'm happy to be able to win this one for my sponsor (Fassa Bortolo),"
Bartoli said after the victory. The talented Tuscan also showed his satisfaction
at seeing former teammate Paolo Bettini, with whom he had a falling out
several years ago, confirm his overall series victory in the World Cup
for a second consecutive year.
"For me to leave an Italian team is not that great," Bartoli said about
his departure from Fassa Bortolo. "I was really happy at Fassa because
it was like a with a big family for me, but with Bjarne Riis I'm sure
things will go great at CSC."
Bartoli was the first repeat winner at the Giro di Lombardia since Eddy
Merckx did the double in 1971-72.
results & report
Bettini takes second World Cup
Mr. World Cup
Photo: © AFP
Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Davitamon) had already secured final victory
in the season-long World Cup before he took the start in the Giro di Lombardia,
but Saturday his win became official. Bettini was a dominant force in
one-day racing, claiming three of the ten rounds of the World Cup: Milan-San
Remo, HEW Cyclassics, and Clasica San Sebastian.
Rabobank's Michael Boogerd, 10th at the Giro di Lombardia, reclaimed
second overall in the World Cup behind Bettini, pushing Tour of Flanders
and Paris-Roubaix winner Peter Van Petegem (Lotto-Domo) into third. The
team classification saw Saeco take top honours ahead of Quick.Step and
Final World Cup Standings
1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon 365 pts
2 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 220
3 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo 219
4 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 187
5 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 186
6 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Team Saeco 140
7 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Saeco 139
8 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team Telekom 124
9 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 124
10 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre 123
11 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon 106
12 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon 92
13 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron 88
14 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo 79
15 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal presented by Berry Floor 74
16 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Team Saeco 71
17 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) iBanesto.com 68
18 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank 62
19 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Team Saeco 54
20 Andrea Noè (Ita) Alessio 46
1 Saeco 79 pts
2 Quick.Step-Davitamon 72
3 Alessio 47
4 Rabobank 47
5 Fassa Bortolo 45
6 Telekom 30
7 Lotto-Domo 26
8 Cofidis 23
9 Gerolsteiner 21
10 Lampre 19
11 Domina Vacanze 16
12 ibanesto.com 14
13 Phonak 12
14 CSC 12
15 Ag2r-Prevoyance 9
16 Vini Caldirola 8
17 ONCE-Eroski 8
18 US Postal-Berry Floor 6
19 Crédit Agricole 4
Wegelius prevented from Lombardy start
British rider Charles Wegelius (De Nardi-Colpack) was prevented from
taking part in Saturday's Giro di Lombardia after a pre-race health check
revealed an excessive haematocrit value. Per UCI procedures, he will also
be suspended for two weeks, considered a precaution for the rider as the
blood test does not automatically indicate the use of illegal substances.
Wegelius, 25, kept his comments to a minimum following the news.
"I don't want to say anything because it will only make things worse,"
he told Reuters. "Ask [former coach at Mapei] Aldo Sassi. He knows I've
never done EPO."
De Nardi Colpack issued a statement explaining that Wegelius's haematocrit
value fluctuates naturally, the result of the removal of his spleen following
a 1998 motorcycle accident. Wegelius will travel Monday to UCI headquarters
in Switzerland to undergo a series of tests.
Bettini and Astarloa OK
Bettini and Astarloa
Photo: © Sirotti
Paolo Bettini and world champion Igor Astarloa look to have settled their
differences stemming form Astarloa's comments that Bettini offered him
money during the World's road race last Sunday. The two offered a gesture
of reconcilation prior to the start of Saturday's Giro di Lombardia, reportedly
putting an end to the week-long squabble.
Trampusch to Acqua e Sapone
Austrian rider Gerhard Trampusch will leave his current Gerolsteiner
team to join the new Acqua e Sapone squad next season. The strong climber,
who began his career as a stagiaire with Gerolsteiner in 1999 before spending
two years with Telekom and one with Mapei. He returned to Gerolsteiner
for 2003 but is expected to sign a one year contract with the Italian
Acqua e Sapone team on Monday.
Planckaert confirms with Palmans
Belgian Jo Planckaert will seal the deal to transfer from Cofidis to
the Palmans team of Hilaire Van Der Schueren. The team will add MrBookmaker
as a principal sponsor for 2004, and will likely be dubbed MrBookmaker-Palmans-Collstrop.
Planckaert has a verbal agreement with the team and plans to sign the
contract Monday or Tuesday.
"With the recruitment of Jo, we can get involved in the classics," Van
Der Schueren commented. "He can still do it. It's s up to me to bring
him up to the right level again and maybe he'll even be able to win a
Sponsor inspired by 2002 Tour
The Jean Delatour team, which next year will become RAGT Semences, can
point to the 2002 Tour as a principal reason for the new sponsor's arrival.
Noticing that a number of employees at RAGT were more intent on watching
the stage finish in Luz-Ardiden than carrying on with their jobs on July
21, board of directors president Alain Fabre opted for a company-sanctioned
viewing. "I decided to call a quick break to work to watch the finish,"
Fabre noted at the team's unveiling in Rodez, France this week.
The company's director Alain Segonds explained how the involvement with
Jean-Luc Jonrond's Jean Delatour team came to be. "We soon learned that
Jean Delatour was looking for a new sponsor," he said. "That made an impression,
but it took us ten days to get in touch with Jean Delatour."
Jonrond is looking to sign a number of riders to replace the eight who
moved on while the team was in limbo, and having maintained his Division
I status, remains hopeful for another Tour de France selection in 2004.
The team is thus far without a designated leader, but Jonrond expects
that an aggressive squad can always come up with good results.
UCI doping news
The following riders have been sanctioned for doping offences:
Gianluca Bortolami: Sanctioned by the Federazione Ciclistica Italiana,
disqualified from the 2003 Three Days of De Panne, suspended 6 months
from April 30, 2003 to October 29, 2003 and fined of 2,000 Swiss francs.
Gianluca Cavalli: Sanctioned by the Federazione Ciclistica Italiana,
disqualified from the 2003 Trofeo Caduti di Soprazocco, suspended 14 months
from April 30, 2003 to June 30, 2004 and fined 2,000 Swiss francs.
Gabriele Di Francesco (team manager): Sanctioned by the Federazione Ciclistica
Italiana, suspended 12 months from July 10, 2003 to July 10, 2004 and
fined 2,000 Swiss francs.
Rebellin meets Schumacher on the field
Italian Davide Rebellin will take to the soccer field Sunday in a match
against a team of Formula 1 drivers headed by Ferrari's Michael Schumacher.
Rebellin will be joined by fellow cyclist Gabriele Colombo, among others.
Rebellin was invited to the Montecarlo showdown by a mutual friend of
Prince Albert of Monaco.
"The condition is there," Rebellin commented, "so I hope to find a good
position on the field, maybe even attack, and dream of scoring a goal."
USA MTB Nationals to Snowmass
Snowmass Village, Colorado, has been named a host site for the National
Off Road Biking Association (NORBA) National Championship Series, August
3-5, 2004. The NORBA Nationals, North America's biggest and most prestigious
mountain bike event, is expected to bring several thousand amateur and
professional racers to Snowmass Village next summer.
The four-day race series consists of cross country, downhill, mountain
cross/slalom and short track events. An ultra endurance race unique to
the Snowmass area terrain is also planned. Racers from all 50 states,
Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and Europe, will compete in age-based category
racing within ability divisions.
The Town of Snowmass Village, located nine miles from Aspen, recently
concluded an agreement with NORBA to bring the Nationals to Snowmass Village
for the next three years, beginning with the 2004 event.
Polaris Challenge season nears
The Polaris events season is fast approaching. The Polaris mountain bike
events' major fundraising initiative is 4Wheels4Sean. This charitable
trust was set up to provide a specially adapted vehicle for Sean Fitzgerald,
a Canberra-based rider made a quadriplegic in a riding accident two years
ago. The Trust will continue to fund Australians severely disabled as
a result of a cycling accident. (See www.polarismtb.com.au/4w4s for information)
November 16: The 2003 Urban Polaris
"Bringing mountain bikes to the city" is what the Urban Polaris is all
about and after the huge success last year, it's back in Canberra on Sunday
16 November as the final event of the month long Canberra Festival of
Cycling. Some 500 riders in teams of two will take to the bike paths,
forest trails and routes around the national capital to seek out as many
of 35 checkpoints as they can in the seven hours.
December 6-7: The 2003 Paddle Polaris
Two days of paddling, navigation and camping at a location approximately
4 hours south of Sydney, which will not be disclosed until until four
weeks before the event. The Paddle Polaris uses a large waterbody on,
in, around of which are placed some 35 checkpoints. Paddlers in teams
of 2 have 7 hours on Saturday and 6 hours on Sunday to plan a route to
maximize their points.
March 6-7, 2004: The 2004 Polaris Challenge
Now in its 8th year, some 700 riders from across Australia and overseas
will converge on a location approximately three hours from Sydney and
nine hours from Melbourne to do battle over a huge range of bush and mountain
country. Riders in teams of two have seven hours on Saturday and six hours
on Sunday to plan a route to maximize their points. All teams camp at
a secret location on the Saturday night, carrying all the equipment on
their bikes for the weekend.
The winners of the 2004 Polaris Challenge will be sent to the UK, courtesy
of Emirates Airlines, to compete in the UK Polaris Challenge.
For further details on Polaris Events please contact Huw Kingston on
0418 977609 (Australia), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.polarismtb.com.au.
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