Latest Cycling News for March 2, 2005
Edited by Jeff Jones
Four years for De Clercq
The Belgian cycling federation's disciplinary commission has sanctioned
former cyclo-crosser Mario de Clercq for four years, two of which are
suspended. The federation has also fined him €6,500. De Clercq was
one of the four professional riders named in the José Landuyt doping affair,
and has suffered the same fate as Johan Museeuw, Chris Peers and Jo Planckaert.
Although he has stopped as a cyclist, he still may lose his current job
at a cycling school in Ronse because of the suspension.
Perez asks for suspended sentence
Spanish cyclist Santiago Perez, who was recently given a two year suspension
by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC), has requested that his sanction
be put on hold. Perez is in negotiations with several teams at the moment,
and his lawyers are arguing that he should be allowed to do his job until
the case is resolved, especially because it hinges on the accuracy of
a new test. Although the RFEC has rejected these arguments, Perez's lawyers
have asked the Spanish Committee of Sporting Discipline (CEDD) to consider
Perez, who finished second in the Vuelta España last year, tested positive
for a homologous blood transfusion in an out of competition test taken
at the UCI's headquarters in Switzerland last October 5. His teammate
Tyler Hamilton also tested positive for the same thing during last year's
Vuelta, and is currently arguing his case to the US Anti-Doping Agency.
Stijn Devolder (Discovery) Photo
©: Christine Grein
After his impressive riding in the Belgian opening weekend, Stijn Devolder
has extended his contract with the Discovery Channel team until 2007.
"Johan Bruyneel was in the country on Friday and gave me a contract proposition,"
Devolder was quoted in Het Laatste Nieuws as saying. "I did not
discuss money. I received a guarantee that I can grow further here as
Devolder was personally congratulated by Lance Armstrong after his riding.
"Lance followed via the efforts of Volderke via the Internet," said Discovery's
Dirk Demol to Sportwereld.be. "He was really impressed by what
he conjured up out of the legs. He liked what he saw. When I took on Stijn
last year, nine out of ten people asked aloud what that guy could do in
such a big team. Stijn is a pure natural. He'll open the eyes of a lot
of people. Yes, even in the near future."
Cappelle takes Belgian federation to court
Former Chocolade Jacques rider, Andy Cappelle, is taking the Belgian
cycling federation to court, claiming damages for loss of work. Cappelle
has been suspended for 15 months for taking an anti-inflammatory, claiming,
"Because the federation can't keep up with its administration, I tested
positive for an anti-inflammatory product. They made the error. And I
am now without work."
Cappelle has also appealed against his sentence to the Court of Arbitration
for Sport, but will not be heard until the end of March.
Ronde might miss the Koppenberg
This year's Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) may bypass the feared
Koppenberg, according to course designer Harry Van den Bremt in Het
Laatste Nieuws. "An underground water source on the top of the climb
has caused some of the stones to come loose, with serious gaps as a consequence.
We might substitute the Koppenberg for the Kortekeer."
Teams announced for Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
A total of 20 teams will front up to the start of the Settimana Internazionale
di Coppi e Bartali on March 22. The Italian five day 2.1 classified stage
race will be held in the week following Milan-San Remo. Of the teams named,
seven are ProTour teams: Lampre-Caffita, Fassa Bortolo, Domina Vacanze,
Quick Step, Gerolsteiner, Liquigas-Bianchi and Davitamon-Lotto. The remainder
are Continental Professional or Continental teams: Ceramica Panaria-Navigare,
Team LPR, Team Barloworld-Valsir, Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil, Ed’System-Zvvz,
Miche, Colombia-Selle Italia, Tenax, Navigators Insurance, Naturino-Sapore
di Mare, Amore & Vita-Beretta, Team Ceramica Flaminia, Team Androni Giocattoli.
The race will be presented next Monday, March 7 in Rimini.
Peace Race moved
The Peace Race, which will hold its 58th edition this year, will not
take place in its traditional spot of May, but at an as yet undetermined
date in the second half of the season. A dispute between the Czech race
director Pavel Dolezel and German manager Jörg Strenger, who claimed "Peace
Race" as a trademark, threatened to derail the race completely. "There
will definitely be no more collaboration with Jörg Strenger," said Dolezel
to dpa, who will now work with Lutz Heßlich and Gerd Müller in
Dolezel will announce the full race details by the end of April. The
Peace Race is not expected to clash with the German ProTour races HEW
Cyclassics (July 31) and Tour of Germany (August 15-23).
Superprestige calendar 2005/2006
The Superprestige series, one of the top series for cyclo-cross, will
kick off on October 16, 2005 in Ruddervoorde, Belgium. This series will
be raced over seven rounds with stops in five Belgian and two Dutch towns.
The final race will be in Vorselaar, Belgium on February 18, 2006.
October 16, 2005: Ruddervoorde (Bel)
October 30, 2005: Sint Michielsgestel (Ned)
November 20, 2005: Asper-Gavere (Bel)
November 27, 2005: Gieten (Ned)
December 24, 2005: Diegem (Bel
February 05, 2006: Hoogstraten (Bel)
February 18, 2006: Vorselaar (Bel)
Bean Team Offers a Fresh Grind for 2005
Tim Johnson set to lead Jittery Joe's/Kalahari to new heights
By Mark Zalewski in Athens, Georgia
The 2005 Jittery Joe's/Kalahari
Photo ©: Mark Zalewski
While the rest of the U.S. domestic peloton has their training camps/team
presentations somewhere in California or the like, the always different
and ever laid-back Jittery Joe's/Kalahari Pro Cycling Team from Athens,
Georgia, came together this past weekend for a down home party with friends
and fans. At the place where the coffee that pays the bills is made, the
Jittery Joe's Roasting Company warehouse, the squad for 2005 was unveiled,
and what a team it is! A large crowd gathered for food, beer and (of course)
coffee to toast the team as they set off to make sure last year's success
will not be forgotten.
With the departure of Cesar Grajales to Navigators, Director Sportif
Micah Rice knew he needed a pretty big name to fill the void left by the
winner on Brasstown Bald. Luckily, former Saturn and Saunier Duval pro
Tim Johnson, unhappy with the way things turned out in Spain, was looking
for a radical change. After a few conversations with Rice, and countless
emails asking what it would take to get him to sign, Johnson agreed to
headline this year's Bean Team.
With this comes the opportunity for the team to really compete for general
classification in the big U.S. stage races. The 27-year-old from Boston
returns to the U.S. after a rough go across the pond: "I was having a
rough time with the racing at Suanier-Duval - I was kind of racing over
my head," said Johnson. "Last year on Suanier-Duval I never had the chance
to be a bike racer because it was so hard for me. This year I want to
help somebody win and be the guy to win; this team fits perfectly because
I can be a leader and help out everyone else also."
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Trek/Volkswagen announces full lineup
The Trek/Volkswagen mountain bike team will continue for another two
years (until the end of 2006), the two companies have confirmed. Although
numbering just three riders, the 2005 VW/Trek team boasts more national
and world championship titles than any other current U.S. team:
Chris Eatough has five 24-hour Solo World Championship titles and two
24-hour solo National Champion titles, and consistently places in the
top ten at the NORBA XC Nationals; Susan Haywood is a two-time NORBA National
STXC Champion; and Jeremiah Bishop is the 2003 Pan American Champion and
2004 NORBA National winner with an eye towards more National wins in 2005.
The team will be riding the Top Fuel 110 as well as the redesigned Trek
Fuel EX 9 mountain bike.
The Trek/VW jersey will also be worn by 24 riders who are part of Trek's
Local Hero regional race program, run by Ernie Martin. The regional teams
consist of aspiring pro, women and masters class riders who are focused
on dominating local, grassroots events and inspiring cyclists and non-cyclists
The goal for both squads is to dominate the North American scene by
continuing to focus on the widest range of events possible: From NORBA
Nationals to the Teva Mountain Games and an all-out assault on the Trans-Alp
challenge in Europe.
In addition to the mountain bike time, Trek and Volkswagen are also
sponsoring nine regional road racing teams (including one in Canada),
and Volkswagen is a co-sponsor of the new Trek/Dasani Fit for Women Demo
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