First Edition Cycling News for March 13, 2004
Edited by Chris Henry
Menchov wins for Spain
Denis Menchov (Illes Balears)
Photo ©: AFP
"My first thoughts go to the victims of the attacks [in Madrid]," Denis
Menchov (Illes Balears-Banesto) said after his stage 6 victory in Paris-Nice,
offering his victory to the victims of the railway bombings in the Spanish
capital Thursday. "I live in Spain and I was very touched, like all Spaniards,
by what happened. Our team worked hard to win today. It wasn't easy but
I felt very strong."
Menchov outsprinted three breakaway companions- Samuel Sanchez, Floyd
Landis, and Dave Bruylandts- to win the animated stage which crossed three
Cat. 1 climbs and finished in Gap. Menchov went on the attack after his
teammate Aitor Osa was reeled in after more than 100km in the lead with
Frenchman Nicolas Portal. After a failed first attempt, Menchov went clear
again, this time to join Landis, Sanchez and Bruylandts, who broke clear
on the final climb.
"On the last climb I have to put in a big effort to come back because
I don't like that kind of nervous climb," Menchov explained. "There were
a lot of accelerations in the finale, but I kept calm and saved myself
for the sprint."
Dave Bruylandts (Chocolade Jacques) tried to take his other three breakaway
companions by surprise when he attacked with over 500m to go to the finish.
It didn't succeed, as Menchov took his wheel and passed him for the stage
"I wanted to take advantage of a hesitation, but they just came back,"
Bruylandts told Belgian TV1. "I had myself set on a stage, because after
the first day the standings were a mess for us. I thought 'I must do something'
but the last few days did not suit me with the wind. Today's stage was
perfect, with that climb. I gambled and lost.
"Tomorrow I'll take it easy and the day after I'll try again. Two years
ago Frigo rode past me in that stage but that won't happen now."
Davide Rebellin lost a few more valuable seconds to Paris-Nice leader
Jörg Jaksche Friday, victim of Jaksche's anticipation of the crucial
bonus sprints. Nonetheless, the Gerolsteiner leader isn't giving up just
yet. Rebellin remains in second place overall, but now finds himself 14
seconds behind Jaksche with just two stages remaining.
"The two final climbs were tough," Rebellin commented after the stage.
"It was hard for me to do anything. Vandenbroucke was the one who made
the selection at the end. I was able to follow but Jaksche was also very
strong. I'm still hoping to win a stage or do something to in the general
Attrition at Paris-Nice
Baden Cooke opted not to start Friday's sixth stage of Paris-Nice, along
with five others. The wintry conditions and difficult racing have begun
to take their toll, and other non-starters Friday included former winner
Dario Frigo, Chris Peers, Grischa Niermann, Marcus Ljungqvist, and Stéphane
Goubert, who was injured in a crash Thursday but escaped without any fractures.
Santiago Botero failed to finish the stage Friday, along with Volodymir
Gustov, Jean-Patrick Nazon and Frédéric Bessy.
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Canadian cyclist Geneviève Jeanson (RONA) has made an effort to
clear up 'some confusion' surrounding her decision to take out a racing
license in the United States. Jeanson has found herself at the center
of a flap with the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) ever since she was
prevented from competing at the World Championships in Hamilton due to
an elevated hematocrit level. Subsequent urine and blood tests proved
negative for doping and after her hematocrit dropped below the accepted
threshold her license was reinstated by the UCI.
Jeanson was also named in an an investigation of a Québec doctor
who admitted to illegally prescribing EPO, although he later retracted
his statement that she had been one of the recipients.
Jeanson's application for a racing license in Québec was not granted
by the Fédération Québécoise des Sports Cyclistes
(FQSC) following a board decision made on February 5, and Jeanson withdrew
the application on the 19th, subsequently seeking a racing license from
"It wasn't until February 6 that I received a letter stating that the
medical information I had promised had not been received," Jeanson said
in a written statement. "I immediately called the person who had my records
and repeated my request."
The FQSC still decided against issuing a license and cited only an incomplete
file as the reason for this decision. Regardless, the change to an American
license will not affect Jeanson's position in the eyes of the national
"In terms of cycling regulations, Geneviève Jeanson was in full compliance,
but it's the CCA's practice to let the provinces issue licenses to their
members," said Pierre Hutsebault, executive director of the Canadian Cycling
The fact that Jeanson has been issued a license in the USA will not preclude
her from racing with the Canadian national team in the world championships
Shimano Racing Team heads to USA
Japan's top trade team, the Division III Shimano Racing Team, has confirmed
registration for the upcoming Pomona Valley Stage Race and Redlands Classic
Stage Race in the United States.
"The Shimano Racing Team has great international experience but competes
mostly in Asian events so we are very happy to be visiting the United
States this year to race," said team manager Akira Bando. "Our riders
are very excited to compete with the great North American riders and teams
and of course we are also happy to visit our colleagues in the wonderful
weather of Southern California."
Heading the team will be 2003 Tour of China of China winner Yoshiyuki
Abe, who also rode for Japan in the 2000 Olympic Games. He will be joined
by 2003 Tour of Malaysia winner and Giro d'Italia finisher Hidenori Nodera
as well as Shiniri Suzuki, the top-ranked rider in Japan.
Team roster for US Events:
Yukihiro Doi (U23)
UCI Doping news
The UCI has announced that the following riders having been sanctioned
for doping offenses:
Peter Schockaert: sanctioned by the Royale Ligue Vélocipédique
Belge, disqualification from Paris-Roubaix Espoirs (June 1, 2003), suspension
of 24 months from February 1, 2004 to April 30, 2005 and a fine of 750
David Perez Iniguez: sanctioned by the Federación Española
de Ciclismo and fined 3,000 Swiss francs
Charles Ira Fabian: sanctioned by the Antigua/Barbuda Amateur Cycling
Association, disqualification from the 2003 Pan American Games, and suspension
of 3 months from September 1, 2003 to November 30, 2003
Stefan Collins: sanctioned by the British Cycling Federation, disqualification
from the 2003 UCI Track Masters World Championships, suspension of 6 months
from November 20, 2003 to May 19, 2004
UCI, WADA meet
Karen Parr, manager responsible for the harmonisation and standardisation
of anti-doping testing for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), will visit
UCI president Hein Verbruggen in Aigle, Switzerland on March 16. Parr
will also meet the managers of the Health and Anti-doping Departments
at the UCI, Dr. Mario Zorzoli and Christian Varin. This visit is part
of the regular exchanges between the UCI and the WADA.
Christian Varin, manager of the UCI anti-doping department, will take
part in WADA's Anti-doping Symposium, which will bring together representatives
of various international sports federations on March 17-18. Discussions
will focus on the Anti-doping Code and international standards, as well
as the implementation of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) and the athlete
Irish domestic scene on a roll
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
Three weeks into the domestic cycling scene and unattached rider Colm
Bracken, formerly of the Usher Road Club, is making everybody sit up and
take note. Even without the backing of a club, Colm is quiet capable of
chalking up success. Last weekend he had back to back wins in the Batterstown
Grand Prix and the Bohermeen event. The previous weekend in Navan his
brother Sean put the successful train in action, winning the Cycleways
It would foolhardy to gloss over this brotherly winning pattern as the
season gathers momentum. More than likely, Colm will go in the Newbridge
Credit Union race on Sunday, which starts from the Milltown Road area
shortly after mid-day.
After missing out last season because of insurance problems, the Bill
Hyland Memorial goes ahead on Sunday from Ard na Gaoithe on the Cashel
Road, Clonmel at mid-day. With Ritchie Cahill and Timmy Barry showing
good early season form, either one is expected to challenge.
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