First Edition Cycling News for May 14, 2004
Edited by Chris Henry
McEwen plays it cool
Photo ©: Olympia
With his first stage win in this year's Giro d'Italia, Australian sprinter
Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) put a damper on Alessandro Petacchi's plans
on a third sprint victory in the opening week. McEwen survived a difficult
finishing circuit to place himself on the wheel of Petacchi's teammates,
jumping clear and winning ahead of a fast-moving Olaf Pollack while Petacchi
found himself hopelessly boxed in behind.
"The finale was tough, with the climb on the finishing circuit," McEwen
said after the stage. "I followed Velo, who normally leads out Petacchi.
I had no idea Petacchi was boxed in.
"He's very strong, but nobody's unbeatable," McEwen said of his rival.
"Everyone talked about a Petacchi-Cipollini duel. Now that want to make
it a duel between Petacchi and me. That doesn't change anything for me...
There are ten or twelve sprinters who can win a stage."
McEwen, who is intent on a good performance at this year's Tour de France,
won't necessarily finish the Giro, and makes it clear that the points
jersey (which he took over after his stage win) is not a priority. "I'd
like to make it to Milan," he said, "but I've already raced a lot this
year and I need to think about the Tour de France."
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Dr Ferrari's view
Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) remains in stable but guarded condition
at a hospital in Spain following a heavy fall in Wednesday's opening stage
of the Vuelta a Asturias. Contador fractured his jaw and sustained other
injuries in the crash, but more importantly developed a blood clot in
his head which has concerned doctors and kept him under observation since
the accident. On Thursday doctors were able to rule out any neurological
damage, though the full extent of the problem is not yet known.
Legeay back at AC 2000
Crédit Agricole director Roger Legeay, who resigned his position
as president of AC 2000, the association of French professional teams,
was voted back into the position Thursday at the group's general assembly.
Legeay had expressed his discontent over the apparent approach toward
the fight against doping, announcing his departure from AC 2000 on April
7. His colleagues' confidence has evidently helped lure Legeay back to
the president's chair.
De Waele extends
Bert De Waele has extended his contract with the Belgian Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
team. De Waele, 28, has enjoyed good form this season and claimed victory
at the Grand Prix de Cholet.
Phonak for Languedoc-Roussillon
Phonak Hearing Systems has announced its roster for the Tour du Languedoc
Roussillon (May 19-23). Riders honing their form for a possible ride in
the Tour de France will include Gonzalo Bayarri, Oscar Camenzind, Cyril
Dessel, Martin Elmiger, Nicolas Jalabert, Gregory Rast, Johann Tschopp,
and Alex Zülle.
Slovenians to FBD Milk Ras
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
The strength of the international opposition in the FBD Milk Ras has
soared skywards with the news that Slovenia will be represented for the
first time ever when the grueling 8 day international cycle race moves
off from the GPO next Sunday. In a surprise announcement, Srecko Glivar,
directeur sportif of Division III Team Perutnina PTUJ, has confirmed his
team of Slovenian riders will take part in the race. The team is led by
experienced 36 year old Valter Bonca and includes Igor Kranjec, Mitja
Mahoric, Massimo Demarin and Miran Kelner.
The decision by Team Perutnina PTUJ means the Irish national team of
David O'Loughlin, Tommy Evans. Eugene Moriarty, Denis Lynch and David
McCann now faces the formidable challenge of pro teams from Slovenia,
Germany and Scandinavia, as well as national and regional teams from Britain,
Kazakhstan, Wales, Germany and the USA.
The race starts from the GPO at 12:30pm on Sunday, May 23 and finishes
in the Phoenix Park the following Sunday. Stage finishes will draw huge
crowds in Trim, Oranmore, Charleville, Cahirciveen, Millstreet, Seskin
Hill near Carrick-on-Suir and Tullow.
Milk Ras Route
Almost thirty major mountain climbs, a marathon 181 kilometres from Charleville
to Cahirciveen and a premier category mountain top stage finish in Carrick-on-Suir
are the highlights of a very challenging and demanding route for this
year's FBD Milk Ras. The National Dairy Council and FBD Insurances again,
for the 22nd year, sponsor the race. In a one thousand kilometres anti-clockwise
course around the country the top class field of 145 riders will contest
thrilling stage finishes in Trim, Oranmore, Charleville, Cahirciveen,
Millstreet, Seskin Hill Carrick-on-Suir, Tullow and the grand finale in
the Phoenix Park on Sunday, 30th May.
In a rare break from the traditional town centre stage finish Seskin
Hill, straddling the Tipperary/Waterford boundary less than two kilometres
from the centre of Carrick-on-Suir, provides the setting for a mountaintop
finish to Stage 6 on Friday, 28th May. After 151 kilometres from Millstreet
on mainly flat roads giving fast, attacking racing, the steep 1.5 kilometre
Seskin Hill, made famous by the exploits of Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche
during the Nissan Classic, will present an awesome finish.
On paper the course for this year's tough encounter seems to favour the
mountain climbing specialist with the likes of Kerry's Coonanaspig and
Coomakista, Cork's Inchee Mountain, Carlow's Corrabutt Gap and Mount Leinster,
and of course Seskin Hill, included as first category climbs. However,
the sprinters will have their opportunity of building up valuable wins
and time on the fast, reasonably flat stages to Trim, Oranmore and Charleville,
as well as the Phoenix Park on Sunday, 30th May.
South Carolina driver indicted
The driver who struck and killed South Carolina cyclist Garrett Wonders
in March has been indicted on a charge of reckless homicide. Ted Borck
faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine for the
accident. Wonders, considered one of the state's biggest cycling talents,
was struck by a wooden bed which protruded from Borck's truck.
Courtesy: The Post and Courier
Lehigh Valley Velodrome anthem auditions
Tryouts will be held Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00pm at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome
for national anthem singers for the 2004 International Race Season. To
audition, singers must call the Velodrome to place their name on the tryout
list. Registration opened Thursday, so potential National Anthem singers
should call soon to ensure a tryout position.
For more information about singing the National Anthem at the Lehigh
Valley Velodrome, visit the Velodrome website at www.lvvelo.org.
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