First Edition News for June 12, 2004
Edited by John Stevenson and Jeff Jones
UCI announces Pro Tour licence candidates
By Jeff Jones
The UCI has announced the names of the 24 sporting groups that have applied
for licences under the new Pro Tour system next year. Despite a good deal
of widespread opposition to the new scheme, it seems that plenty of teams
want to make sure they have their foot in the door when it comes to making
the cut next year. A three member UCI commission consisting of Pierre
Zappelli, Hans Höhener and André Hurter will assess each candidate to
determine the most eligible for the 18 Pro Tour team spots.
The UCI Licences Commission will give a preliminary ruling on the status
of the candidates on July 2, with the final grant of licences to be made
in November, 2004.
On the basis of the UCI's licence/country breakdown, Italy has been awarded
the most spots with four Pro Tour licences. Spain and France are both
eligible for three; Germany and Belgium have two each; and Denmark, USA,
Netherlands and Switzerland will be awarded one licence per country.
A glance at the list below shows that Italy is the only country that
has fewer licence candidates than available spots, a reflection of the
fact that Italy is one of the countries most strongly opposed to the Pro
Tour. On the other hand, France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium are oversupplied
with licence candidates, while Germany, Denmark, Netherlands and the USA
have applied for the exact number of spots available.
It's also noteworthy that two of the Belgian licences have been applied
for by Omega Pharma (Davitamon and Bodysol) and Esperanza bvba (Quick.Step),
which indicates that Patrick Lefevere definitely wants "in" in the Pro
Tour. On the other hand, Christophe Sercu, current manager of Lotto-Domo,
has not applied for a licence.
Another interesting point is that Domina Vacanze, under the managing
company of Blue Sea Service LLC Albany, has applied for a licence in Switzerland,
along with Phonak and Saunier Duval-Prodir. But given Phonak's current
committment to cycling, it seems unlikely that the sole Swiss licence
will go to another team.
The list of candidates is only that at the moment. Each one has paid
the required €15,000 and met the May 31 deadline for submission.
But with teams of between 25 and 28 riders and minimum budget requirements
equivalent to those of the largest Division I teams now, it remains to
be seen how many of these applications turn into fully funded Pro Tour
teams with licences. At the moment, there are less than 10 teams on the
list that have confirmed they have sufficient sponsorship to take part
in the Pro Tour next year and beyond.
The full list of candidates is as follows:
Sport Services Team Srl (Alessio-Bianchi)
Pro-Cycling Professional Cycling Team AG (Lampre)
First Bike Italia srl (Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie)
France Cyclisme (AG2R Prévoyance)
Vélo Club de Paris (Crédit Agricole)
Société de Gestion de l'Echappée (FDJeux.com)
Cofidis Competition EUSRL (Cofidis)
SA Vendée Cyclisme (Brioches la Boulangère)
Abarca Sports S.L. (Illes Balears-Banesto)
Fundacion Ciclista Euskadi (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Active Bay S.L. (Liberty Seguros)
Grupo Deportivo Fuenlabrada Ciclismo (Relax Bergasol)
Esperanza bvba (Quick Step)
Bucs Bears Promotion (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
H-S-M GmbH (Gerolsteiner)
Walter Godefroot GmbH (T-Mobile)
Blue Sea Service LLC Albany (Domina Vacanze)
ARcycling AG (Phonak Hearing Systems)
GM Bikes SA (Saunier Duval-Prodir)
Riis Cycling A/S (CSC)
Professional Cycling Promotion B.V. (Rabobank)
Tailwind Sports Corporation (US Postal presented by Berry Floor)
Death in Tour of Colombia
By Haroldo Camacho
Juan Barrero (31) has died during stage 5 (Santa Rosa-Chinchina) of the
Tour of Colombia. Barrero crashed on a high-speed descent and died of
head injuries in hospital shortly afterwards. Barrero was a well known
amateur in Colombia and was riding the Tour of Colombia for the sixth
time, lying 30th in the overall classification.
Two other riders, Víctor Hugo González and Santo Álvarez were also involved
in the crash. González sustained a broken left wrist and Álvarez suffered
cuts and bruises on his left thigh.
The fall occurred some five minutes after the start, but due to the descent
the peloton was already descending at high speed. Other riders said the
turn was slick with some type of liquid on the surface. Barrero suffered
injuries to the head, cervical area, and the thorax area. Ambulance attention
was immediate and all resuscitation measures were given at the hospital.
All three riders were wearing appropriate helmets.
Barrero was a member of the Fusagasuga-Juegos Nacionales team, and of
the Ciclo Ases de Bogota bicycling club. He had also raced in the Dominican
Republic, Panamá, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Bolivia,
and Guadalupe (France).
Colombians fail blood tests
In other Vuelta a Colombia news, Orlando Acosta and Néstor Bernal have
been declared unfit to race after returning high haematocrit levels in
the race's first-ever blood tests.
Hincapie & O'Grady in audacious Dauphiné exploit
Stuart O'Grady and George Hincapie
Photo ©: AFP
Australian sprinter Stuart O'Grady's run of good form hit a new peak
at the Dauphiné yesterday when he and US Postal's George Hincapie tore
away from the peloton in an unstoppable two-up escapade.
"Big day... I'm stuffed," an exhausted Stuart O'Grady told Cyclingnews.
"Our team really deserved a win this week... after a few close calls and
a few tactical errors, but the team has just been absolutely fantastic.
This morning at our team meeting, we decided that all the eggs were in
my basket and no matter what, I had to get in the break and try and win
O'Grady couldn't have picked a better breakaway partner than Hincapie
as the two powered away from the bunch, building a lead over the peloton
that peaked at 7'35". Not that far behind, though, was a chasing
group including Baden Cooke (FDJeux.com) and Jérôme Pineau (Brioches La
Boulangere). "Man, we were going and the guys behind would have to be
going really hard to get us," said O'Grady. "It was a hardcore day; we
could see them just behind most of the break, but I knew if we could get
over that hill the second time, there was absolutely no way we were going
to get caught."
Hincapie concurred that the two had gone like the clappers. "I wanted
to win," he said. "I haven't raced in a while and this morning
at our team meeting, I said I would try to go in the break and it worked.
We both worked at the limit today; there was no holding back if we were
going to stay away."
results & photos
Gerolsteiner announces Tour team
The German Gerolsteiner team has announced its lineup for the upcoming
Tour de France. Under the direction of Hans-Michael Holczer and Christian
Henn, the nine man squad will consist of a mixture of German, Austrian
and Swiss riders.
"We want to aim for two things above all: first with Georg Totschnig
to get one man in the top 10 of the general classification," said Hans-Michael
Holczer. "Secondly we have a world class sprinter in Danilo Hondo, who
we want to try and get into the green jersey. With Ronny Scholz and Sebastian
Lang the team will take two German Tour-neo's to the Grande Boucle, which
will give them their debut in the toughest cycling race in the world."
The full team: René Haselbacher (26, Wien, Aut), Danilo Hondo (30, Cottbus,
Ger), Sebastian Lang (24, Erfurt, Ger), Sven Montgomery (28, Kehrsatz,
Swi), Uwe Peschel (35, Kressbronn, Ger), Ronny Scholz (26, Herrenberg,
Ger), Georg Totschnig (33, Ramsau, Aut), Peter Wrolich (30, Latschach,
Aut), Markus Zberg (29, Oberhofen, Swi).
Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme riders paid
Financial authorities of the Comunidad Valenciana have released the funds
necessary to pay team members the two months salary they have been owed,
according to a report from Marca.
Team manager Vicenta Belda said he hoped the funding would also solve
the problem of the seven riders who are still unable to compete for the
team because their licences have not been finalized with the UCI, and
that he team would now be able to race normally.
First teams confirmed for Tour of Britain
Organisers of the Tour of Britain (September 1-5) have announced the
first two teams that will take part in the race, which returns to the
international calendar this year after a five-year absence.
Lotto-Domo and MrBookmaker.com-Palmans have signed up for the five-day
event which starts in Manchester and finishes in Westminster in central
London. For Briish fans, this raises the possibility of seeing riders
such as Peter Van Petegem and Robbie McEwen of Lotto-Domo in action, as
well as MrBookmaker.com-Palmans' British duo of Roger Hammond and Jeremy
Team rosters for Volta a Catalunya
Several teams have announced their rosters for the Tour of Catalonia
(Volta a Catalunya, June 14-20). They are:
Cofidis: Daniel Atienza, Inigo Cuesta, Jimmy Engoulvent, Bingen Fernandez,
Dmitriy Fofonov, Luis Perez, Cédric Vasseur.
Liberty Seguros: Rene Andrle, Dariusz Baranowski, Carlos Barredo, Giampaolo
Caruso, Allan Davis, Alvaro Gonzela De Galdeano, Jesús Hernández, Christian
Lampre: Igor Astarloa, Alessandro Ballan, Paolo Bossoni, Matteo Carrara,
Olexandr Kvachuk, Daniele Righi, Michele Scotto d'Abusco, Romans Vainsteins.
Cafés Baqué: Peio Arreitunandia, Hernán Buenahora, Félix Cárdenas, Mikel
Gaztañaga, Francisco Palacio, Aitor Pérez-Arrieta, Fernando Torres, Julen
Dietsch checks out Marathon world's course
With just a month to go till the 2004 MTB marathon world championships
in Bad Goisern, Austria (July 9 & 11), Thomas Dietsch (Bianchi Agos)
has been in Upper Austria checking out the course, along with local riders
of the DT Swiss-Merida-Austria team, 2003 Austrian MTB championship runner-up
Adi Harrer, as well as the two MTB Challenge overall champions 2003, Roland
Galler and Günther Pernkopf.
Dietsch thinks the 106km-long course is a hard one. "In comparison to
the marathon route of the past two years, the World Championship course
is a lot more demanding and challenging. Especially the long steep up-hills
are tough," said the French endurance specialist. "What I like in particular
is that this year there are fewer sealed roads."
Dietsch was also impressed by the technical single track sections. "After
we passed Bad Ischl, I thought, well this was it. But then we hit the
incredible climb up to the Bad Ischler Salzberg, the toughest ascent of
The course will get a thorough test on July 10 when it hosts the Salzkammergut
Trophy, and riders will complete two laps for a 200+km distance, a bit
more than the typical 30-40km cross-country mountain bike race.
Tour de Gastown seeks volunteers
The Tour de Gastown in Vancouver, BC Canada, July 21, is seeking volunteers
to help with event functions such as rider registration/sign-in, marshalling,
set-up and teardown and others. To volunteer please contact Tatiana Micenko
on (604) 215-0306 or email email@example.com, indicating your
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