Latest News for October 20, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones
No Astarloa in 12th Japan Cup
By Miwako Sasaki, Japan Cycle Sports
Photo: © Miwako Sasaki
The 12th edition of the Japan Cup will be held this Sunday in Japan.
The race, classified as UCI 1.3, will be the second international race
in Japan this year following the Tour de Hokkaido (September 10-15) after
the cancellation of the Tour of Japan in May due to SARS.
Six trade teams - all first division - will come to Japan, including
2002 winner Sergio Barbero (Lampre), third in Milano-Sanremo Luca Paolini,
and World TT silver medalist Michael Rogers (both Quick.Step-Davitamon).
The new "Arc-en-ciel" Igor Astarloa (Saeco), second last year, was also
supposed to come, but seems to have changed his mind after winning the
World's in Hamilton. Team Bianchi will join the race, and it will perhaps
be the last race for the team if it fails to find a new sponsor and can't
continue next season.
Lampre: Sergio Barbero, Simone Bertoletti, Juan Manuel Garate, Francisco
Javier Vila, Daniele Righi
Saeco: Leonardo Bertagnolli, Damiano Cunego, Juan Fuentes, Gerrit Glomser,
Quick.Step-Davitamon: Davide Bramati, David Canada, Luca Paolini, Michael
Rogers, Patrik Sinkewitz
Team Bianchi: Stefan Adamsson, Felix Garcia Casas, Francisco Jose Lara,
David Plaza, Steffen Radochla
Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone: Daniel Atienza, Bingen Fernandez, Angelo
Lopeboselli, Marek Rutkiewicz, Guido Trentin
Jean Delatour: Jerome Bernard, Gilles Bouvard, Frederic Finot, Ludovic
Martin, Bruno Thibout
Team Nippon Hodo
Team Bridgestone Anchor
Team Orbea Exondo
Asian ind. Racing Team
Miyata Subaru Racing Team
Sumita Ravanello - Pearl Izumi
CCD kinan - Bike system
Tour De Langkawi 2004 route unveiled
2004 route launch
Photo: © LTDL
The race route for next year's Tour de Langkawi (February 6-15) was unveiled
in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, and promises 10 days of exciting racing over
a well balanced route. The 2004 race will pass through eight states in
the Peninsula of Malaysia, and last year's absentees - Penang, Melaka
and Johor - are back on the route.
Despite the event's name, the island of Langkawi in the northern state
of Kedah has been excluded from next year's race. Instead, the 9th TdL
will start off in the town of Bayan Baru in Penang and finish in the country's
capital city of Kuala Lumpur after 1251 km. Apart from Penang, the race
will include the states of Perak, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri
Sembilan, Melaka and Johor. Four venues will be featured for the first
time, namely Raub in the state of Pahang, Pontian in Johor, Bayan Baru
in Penang and Hulu Kelang in Kuala Lumpur.
"The 2004 race has all the elements of suspense and thrills," said First
Cartel Executive Director Abdullah Kamal Shafi'i. "It provides opportunities
for all kind of riders with a mixture of flat and rolling route, a gentle
climb, furious descent and a steep climb to Genting Highlands. In short,
we can look forward to watching an interesting race where the yellow jersey
is expected to change hands every day."
The race starts off with a flat and rolling 112km journey from Bayan
Baru in Penang to Taiping in Perak. The long climb to the mountain holiday
destination in Cameron Highlands, followed by a rapid climb to Fraser's
Hill Gap (both Category 1 climbs) will provide the early tests. As in
the previous years, the brutal Hors Categorie Genting climb (Stage 9)
will once again be the decisive stage for riders gunning for the overall
Two days of hard climbing (Stage 2 and Stage 3) are expected to take
their toll on riders. But the individual time trial, scheduled at the
halfway point in the historical city of Melaka, will provide opportunities
for riders who were lagging behind to claw their way back into contention.
It's expected to be an open affair, with the sprinters, climbers and
time trialists fighting it out for stage and overall honours during the
10 day race, which will be broadcast live on Malaysia's national channel
and also on ESPN Star. To further promote the race, organiser First Cartel
plans to expand the televised live coverage to include Eurosport and JSkysports
Japan, and is in currently in discussion with the two networks.
The team participation has yet to be finalised, but the organisers are
looking at around 20 teams of seven riders each. "It's still too early
to confirm anything but we're quite confident that there will be big names
and top teams for the tour," said Kamal.
Le Tour de Langkawi has developed steadily since 1996 into one of the
richest stage races in the world today. The Tour, which offers total prizemoney
of RM1.6 million (US$400,000) is gaining in popularity as one of the biggest
races outside Europe, and attracts a healthy field each year.
Ullrich made honorary member of Olymp Club Rostock
Jan Ullrich has become the first honorary member of "Olymp Club Rostock",
an organisation devoted to gaining the rights to host the sailing competition
of the 2012 Olympics. Ullrich, who is originally from Rostock (at the
northern tip of Germany), said that he is ready to support his home town
as the first representative of Rostock's Olympic sailing bid.
"We really needed a positive sign for the application of Leipzig and
Rostock," said Olymp Club Rostock's new president Hansjörg Kunze. "I am
completely happy that Jan Ullrich wants to support his home town in this
Jiménez and Rodriguez to Kelme
Two of iBanesto.com's riders Eladio Jiménez and Javier Pascual Rodriguez
will join the Kelme-Costa Blanca team next season, replacing Oscar Sevilla
and José Enrique Gutierrez who are on their way to Phonak. Both riders
have been close to Kelme in the past: Jiménez, who has always ridden for
iBanesto, almost joined in 2001, while Javier Pascual Rodriguez rode for
Kelme from 1997 through 2000.
Kelme, which celebrates its 25th year as a team in 2004, is looking
to race in all three grand tours next year, and to this end will probably
sign another four riders. At least one more iBanesto rider is in negotiations
with Vicente Belda's team: Spanish champion Rubén Plaza, who is waiting
to see what happens with the current iBanesto.com team.
Yates back to amateur ranks?
New Zealander Jeremy Yates, winner of the Junior World Championship
in 2000, could well be going back to the amateur ranks next season, which
will be his last as an U23 rider. Yates rode for the Quick.Step division
III team this year, and scored a stagiaire's contract with the division
I team at the end of the season. However he got bronchitis before his
first race, the GP Jef Scherens in Leuven, and had to forfeit.
"I was gutted to have to call in sick for my first race with Mr Lefevere's
team," Yates told Cyclingnews. "This infection ended my European season
and after two weeks I decided to return to New Zealand to prepare for
our upcoming National Championships."
Yates was also linked with Lefevere's new Bodysol-Brustor team, but
this hasn't come to pass yet. "Perhaps another year is better for my development,"
he added. "2004 will be my last as an under 23 rider, and at this stage
I will be riding for Dirk de Wolf's (ABX-Go Pass) new amateur team Deschacht-Eddy
A bad season for Traksel
21 year old Rabobank rider Bobbie Traksel would rather forget this season.
Starting in January he could not ride due to Achilles tendonitis. He then
got ready for the spring classics, but after Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in
March he injured his knee. In May fell in the Tour de Picardie and tore
his shoulder, and after that he couldn't get going any more and started
to lose morale.
The cause of his latest problem has been diagnosed as glandular fever
(mononucleosis), together with toxoplasmosis (a parasitic infection).
He is currently taking antibiotics for it and is allowed to ride, albeit
slowly. He hopes to be able to train at a reasonable level again in November.
Stam to go for Dutch derny hour record
Dutchman Danny Stam intends to attack the Dutch derny [motorpaced] hour
record in December again. Stam's usual madison partner Robert Slippens
is the current holder of the record at 59.60868 kilometres, set in 1998
in Amsterdam. Danny Stam, who failed to break it last December, has set
a date of December 28, 2003 for another crack at it. The attempt will
take place in Alkmaar with Bruno Walrave riding the motorbike.
McCann's 25 mile record ratified
By Shane Stokes, Irishcycling.com
Team Endurasport rider David McCann has been confirmed as the new 25
mile record holder by Cycling Ireland, following the ratification of the
time set by him in August of this year. McCann became the first Irish
rider to break the fifty minute barrier when he recorded a time of 49
minutes 54 seconds in the Ulster TT league event on August 7th.
The new standard has been accepted by Cycling Ireland following a re-measurement
of the course in recent weeks, thus improving on the time set by Phil
Collins (Amev-IRC) in 1995. McCann's ride was on the same Moira-Nutts
course where his brother Cormac set the record many years earlier.
Also ratified by Cycling Ireland was the Veteran's 25 record set by
Jim McConnell (East Antrim), who posted a time of 54 minutes 39 seconds
on the same night. This was six seconds faster than the old record.
Track Revolution in Manchester
A new track series has been organised to take place in Manchester Velodrome,
which will attract the top stars of British and international cycling.
Entitled "Revolution", the series aims to shake the dust off existing
track events and inject some excitement back into UK track cycling.
The series has been by contrived by Manchester velodrome manager Jarl
Walsh, and is supported by British Cycling, the World Class Performance
Plan and Face Partnership, who were also involved in this year's Good
Friday Meeting at Herne Hill. It will consist of four meetings with the
first taking place at the end of November.
"We've been working on it for four months," said Walsh. "The aim is
to provide exciting, quality racing for the spectators, whilst also providing
a breeding ground for up coming young cyclists to test their skills against
some of the world's best."
The organisers hope to grow the event into one that will attract more
people, media and sponsors back into track cycling in the UK.
Revolution events will take place on Saturday evenings on November 29,
January 24, February 28 and March 20. Tickets will cost £6 for adults,
£3 for children and OAP's and £12 for a family. For more information
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