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First Edition Cycling News for June 15, 2006

Edited by Jeff Jones & Anthony Tan

Tour de Suisse stage 5 wrap-up

Home win for first year pro; Vicioso now in yellow

By Shane Stokes in Leukerbad, with additional reporting from Anthony Tan

Steve Morabito (Phonak)

Photo ©: AFP

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Steve Morabito got his young pro career off to a perfect start today when the 23 year-old Phonak rider won the first mountain stage of the Tour de Suisse.

The former VC Mendrisio PL Valli amateur got his contract thanks in part to his eighth place in the under 23 world championships last autumn, but today he eclipsed that result with a stage win in the prestigious ProTour event. He went clear with five others after just under 50 kilometres of racing, and then 180-odd kilometres later, comfortably beat Jurgen van Goolen (Discovery Channel) to the line.

Jan Ullrich's T-Mobile team led the chase on the final climb but it was yesterday's stage winner Angel Vicioso who was first home from the front group, crossing the line 14 seconds behind Morabito and just two behind a fading Van Goolen. He consequently took over at the top of the general classification, with overnight leader Nick Nuyens having fallen off the pace 11 kilometres from the line and ending the day over 13 minutes down.

The driving by the T-Mobile riders led to expectations of a Jan Ullrich attack but he finished just behind Koldo Gil Perez (Saunier Duval) and Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step) in sixth place. The German's climbing form has nevertheless clearly progressed since the Giro d'Italia and is now seventh overall, 16 seconds off the lead.

Click here for the full results, report and photos from stage 5.

Gerolsteiner satisfied

After stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, Gerolsteiner finished with its two main men in the from part of the peloton: Beat Zberg (15th at 22 seconds) and Georg Totschnig (19th at 26 seconds). That moved Zberg and Totschnig up to 8th and 16th respectively on the general classification.

"The finale turned out as expected," said team boss Hans-Michael Holczer. "I had hoped that Beat and Georg would be with the group. And they were. Therefore I can say that it was all good."

Of tomorrow's tough stage, Holczer commented, "There the general classification will be mixed up again. And of course we want to be in it."

Still another week and a half off for Petacchi

Alessandro Petacchi's broken left kneecap is healing well, but it will be another 10 days before he can get back on the bike again. Petacchi broke it in a crash during stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia on May 8, and has not been able to ride since. But on Wednesday afternoon in the San Rossore clinic in Pisa, an examination of his knee revealed that the bone had regrown enough for him to commence physiotherapy on it, as well as electrostimulation to regain the muscle tone. He will still have to wear a protective covering on it when he walks, but he is expected to be able to ride again in a week and a half.

"Finally I can take this guard off, even if I will continue to carry it when I walk," said a relieved Petacchi. "At the moment, I can only manage to bend the knee 30 degrees, and the physiotherapist should be able to give me back full mobility by the end of the week. It goes without saying that I can't climb on my bike now. I know that in the coming days I will suffer a lot to be able to bend the knee to 45 degrees, and the absence of muscle will not make this task easy. I will start from zero, but I have so much desire that I should take care not to do too much at the beginning in order not to lengthen my recovery time."

Vuelta organisers must pay damages to Dietzen

In 1989, Reimund Dietzen was riding the Vuelta a España as captain for the Spanish Teka team, and had even won a stage. However, in the 13th stage, he rode into a tunnel which was not illuminated and crashed, suffering career-ending injuries. Dietzen is now a directeur sportif with Team Gerolsteiner. On Wednesday, 17 years after the accident, Spain's highest court, La Sala de lo Civil del Tribunal Supremo, has ordered the Vuelta's organizers to pay him 481,927 Euros in damages.

The court ruled that there was no evidence that the crash was caused by the rider's negligence or by a third party. Further, Unipublic, which is responsible for the Vuelta, must assume the responsibility, because it is the one who organizes the race and so commits itself to adopt measures for the riders's safety, according to the court.

Baby Giro and Giro Femminile under threat

Four days from the conclusion of the Giro d'Italia for U26 and U23 riders and two weeks out from the start of the Giro d'Italia Femminile, organisers Egidio Event issued a dire plea: "Il Giro Under 26 e Giro Donne rischiano di morire" (the Giro d'Italia U26 and Women's Giro risks dying).

Mario Poli, executive general manager of Egidio Event, was responsible for launching the public SOS. "We come to the fore because of the seriousness [of the situation] with which we are faced," said Poli. "However, we maintain our promises to all: we will act - like always - with maximum responsibility.

"But we cannot hide our will to supply a [greater financial] contribution to cycling, yet we are in a 'bloodbath' financially. It is true: the technicalities did not allow a [potential] title sponsor after the budgets were closed, but it is equally true the media, and that of television in particular, should have offered greater [financial] consideration.

"If this situation continues till the Women's Giro, there can only be damaging consequences," Poli concluded.

Lampre-Fondital to Eindhoven

Lampre-Fondital has chosen the eight riders who will represent it in the Eindhoven Team Time Trial, a ProTour event on June 18. Sports director Giuseppe Martinelli has named Matteo Bono, Marzio Bruseghin, Claudio Corioni, Matteo Carrara, Enrico Franzoi, Marco Marzano, Danilo Napolitano and Morris Possoni for the squad.

"This race is scheduled in a period during which we're racing the Tour of Suisse and some cyclists are preparing for the Tour de France," said Martinelli ."So I choose a young team, that could use this event in order to gain experience: some of our athletes will race this kind of race for the first time in their careers, but they could learn a lot from Marzio Bruseghin."

Wiesenhof-Akud for La Route du Sud

Team Wiesenhof-Akud is sending a "mixed team" to La Route du Sud in the south of France (June 15-18). The team notes that the four-stage race has "something for everyone: a flat stage, a hilly stage, a mountain time trial and a mountaintop finish." Therefore the Germans will send a team with two sprinters and three climbers. In addition, Tomas Konecny will return to racing after a long injury pause.

Wiesenhof-Akud for La Route du Sud: Tim Klinger, Tomas Konecny, Christian Leben, Steffen Radochla, Robert Retschke, Gerhard Trampusch, Lars Wackernagel, and Gregor Willwohl.

Chirio in Alto Adige

Italian women's squad USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo will take part in the Giro del Trentino Alto Adige between June 15-17. Although the team will be without Vera Carrara, who is suffering from the 'flu, the presence of Ukrainian Tatiana Stiajkina and Belarusian Tatsiana Sharakova should be enough to net a few results. A recent arrival to USC Chirio, Stiajkina won a race in France last Sunday, while Sharakova has been showing consistently good condition of late.

The rest of the team directed by Luisiana Pegoraro is composed of Eleonora Soldo, Gessica Turato. Sabrina Zogli, Uenia Fernandes and Lorenza Morfin.

The race takes place over three stages:

Stage 1 - June 15: Dro-Dreno, 85 km
Stage 2 - June 16: Riva del Garda-Fai della Raganella, 78 km
Stage 3 - June 17: Tassullo-Ruffrè del Mendola, 87 km

Australian AWD team for IPC World's

Cycling Australia has announced the 15 member AWD (athletes with a disability) team to contest the 2006 IPC Cycling World Championships, to be held in Aigle, Switzerland from September 8-18.

Team roster

Peter Allen (HCDivB) Road
Jane Armstrong (LC3 Women ) Road and Track
Nigel Barley (HCDivC) Road
Peter Brooks (LC1 Men) Road and Track
Trent Deacon (CPDiv4 men) Road and Track
Ben Demery (B3 Men's Tandem - Pilot Shaun Hopkins) Track
Angela Fleming (LC2 Women) Road and Track
Michael Gallagher (LC1 Men) Road and Track
Lindy Hou (B2 Women's Tandem - Pilots Janelle Lindsay & Toireasa Gallagher) Road and Track
Leon Larkins (B2 Men's Tandem - Pilot Tyson Lawrence) Road and Track
Mark Leflohic (CPDiv2 Men - Tricycle) Road
Bryce Lindores (B1 Men's Tandem - Pilot Stephen Storer) Road and Track
Ben Macfie (B2 Men's Tandem - Pilot Ben Holmes) Track
Claire Mclean (WA - LC1 Women) Road and Track
Chris Scott (CPDiv4 Men) Road and Track

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