First Edition Cycling News for October 3, 2006
Edited by Greg Johnson & Kyle Mackay
Godefroot says no Ullrich for Astana
Jan Ullrich takes a ride
Photo ©: Sirotti
By Susan Westemeyer
If Jan Ullrich wants to ride in the Pro Tour, it won't be with Team
Astana, says the team's sport director, Walter Godefroot. "Even if
he hasn't been charged with doping, and there is no decision from a court,
I still couldn't imagine it. A contract seems to be out of the question,"
he told the German magazine Kicker. Godefroot and Ullrich worked
together at Team Telekom/T-Mobile. There are currently seven former members
of that team on the 2007 Astana roster.
Godefroot also denied that Andreas Klöden was coming to the team
as a helper to captain Alexander Vinokourov. "We don't hire someone
who has finished second or third in the Tour de France to be a helper
for Vinokourov. We have other riders for that." The Belgian assumes
that the team will approach the Tour de France 2007 with a three-pronged
strategy of Vinokourov, Klöden and Andrei Kashechkin. "It will
surely be very hard for our rivals to adjust to that," he said. He
is sure which team will win that race, even if he doesn't yet know which
rider it will be. "Whether it will be the first Kazakh Tour win or
the second German victory, I can't say right now.'"
Wesemann to Wiesenhof?
By Susan Westemeyer
Stefan Wesemann got the news last week that he was definitely not going
to be offered a new contract with Team T-Mobile, but it looks like he
has a new contract in sight for next season. The Aargauer Zeitung
reports that Wesemann is on the verge of signing with the Professional
Team Wiesenhof. "I want to ride in Gippingen and the Tour de Suisse,"
says Wesemann, who hopes that Wiesenhof will receive a wild card invitation
to the latter.
Wesemann rode the Championship of Zürich for T-Mobile, but it was
a quickly over for him. In the second round of the course, he suffered
an "irreparable defect" on one shoe, which eventually forced
him out of the race. In addition, in light of the fact that his team had
not offered him a contract for the coming season, his motivation "wasn't
all that great, anyway."
Schumi ends season
More kisses for Stefan
Photo ©: Sirotti
By Susan Westemeyer
It has been a highly successful season for Gerolsteiner newcomer Stefan
Schumacher, and now it has come to an end. He brought in nine victories
this season, including three overall stage races. "In the last few
weeks, I have notice that it is harder for me to recuperate." he
said. In addition, he came down with an infection which hindered him in
Zürich. "It was a long season for a young rider like me. It's
time to take something out." Schumacher's palmares in his first year
with Gerolsteiner include winning the Circuit de la Sarthe, the Eneco
Tour and the Tour of Poland. He also won two stages in the Giro d'Italia,
where he wore the leader's pink jersey for two days.
Moos to BMC
In the wake of the disbanding of the Phonak team for 2007, Swiss rider
Alexandre Moos will be competing for the BMC Racing Team USA next year
in cyclo-cross, mountain bike and road races, according to Phonak's website.
Moos competed in Sunday's first round of the Cyclo-Cross World Cup in
Aigle, Switzerland, finishing an undistinguished 38th. Moos conceded it
had been difficult to motivate himself after learning the team would disband
at the end of the season.
"I'm satisfied and lucky," said Moos. "I'm happy that
my career as an athlete is continuing. At the same time, however, I'm
not unhappy that there will be less pressure on me than when I was riding
on the ProTour."
A close cooperation with BMC, the bike supplier to Phonak, is also part
of the plan: "As a kind of test rider I'll help the Swiss bike producer
develop high-tech bikes," said the 33 year old.
Gerolsteiner signs young Italian
By Susan Westemeyer
Gerolsteiner has announced another signing - 21-year-old Oscar Gatto.
The young Italian is "a promising, fast man, who can also go in escape
groups and on hilly terrain," says Team Manager Hans-Michael Holczer.
Gatto signed a two-year contract and was recommend by Davide Rebellin
and Andrea Moletta. "I am very happy to have signed with one of the
best teams in the world," he said. "Now I can't wait to see
how I will do in the top class of cycling."
Pereiro satisfied with second at Tour, Spain's worlds
Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne)
Photo ©: Unipublic
By Antonio J. Salmerón
In an interview published by El Dia, Oscar Pereiro, second-place
finisher at the last Tour de France, was asked on what he felt when Floyd
Landis attacked on the stage to Morzine where he regained most of the
time lost the previous day.
"I knew him last year at Phonak and know that he trains very intensively,
and has taken care of himself very well," said Pereiro. "He
is a cyclist of great physical and mental quality. What I felt? We believed
that the situation was in control. I said that, at the end, I was going
to gain the Tour, but in a harder way. I spent that night a little frustrated,
though, after seeing the sensational performance demonstrated by Floyd
Landis. He had denied me the possibility of gaining the Tour".
The Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears rider recognizes that, although everybody
celebrated him when he arrived at home, "I am a modest rider who
has gone little by little in this sport, finished second in the Tour when
neither I have the condition nor am I Miguel Induráin. When the
Landis affair appeared, I was still satisfied being second and wanted
to forget everything that happened."
At the worlds, Pereiro was not selected by Francisco Antequera for his
national team, but he is happy with the Spanish participation in Salzburg.
"It is necessary to be realistic and to value the conquered bronze
medal. Although it was difficult for us, the national team did some very
hard work obtaining it."
López signs with Caisse d'Epargne - Illes Balears
After four years as a professional rider David López has signed
with Caisse d'Epargne - Illes Balears for the next three seasons. The
25-year-old has signed with the Spanish Pro Tour team after spending the
last two years at Euskaltel and the prior two with team Baque
PCT announces new sales and marketing manager
The Pro Cycling Tour has announced the appointment of Kelley Lavin as
the organization's new sales and marketing manager. "Ms. Lavin brings
a high level of professionalism to our company as well as varied experience
with special projects in media, entertainment and the non-profit sector,"
said PCT president David Chauner. "We intend to develop many more
value-added sponsor packages in 2007 and Ms. Lavin's background in these
areas will be extremely helpful."
Lavin's role will include the development of sales and marketing efforts
for the Commerce Bank Triple Crown events held in Lancaster, Reading and
Philadelphia throughout June.
Robbie McEwen inspired by home team win
Queenslander Robbie McEwen returns to Australia this week to prepare
for his summer season down under and is a happy man, following the Brisbane
Broncos winning the Australian National Rugby League Grand Final. As a
VIP ticket holder, McEwen is a huge Broncos fan and was recently invited
by the NRL to make a presentation to Darren Lockyer at the Dally M Awards
but had to decline due to his commitment at the UCI World Road Championships.
Robbie McEwen (Davitamon)
Photo ©: Sirotti
McEwen, who will make his only velodrome appearance at the Sydney Thousand
at Tempe Velodrome on Sunday October 29, will make a 'bee line' to Broncos
Leagues Club on his arrival to congratulate Lockyer and his team.
The crack road sprinter, who resides on the Gold Coast when in Australia
for three months each year, will take a week before commencing training
for the Thousand at Tempe this month and the Cronulla Criterium on December
Robbie will meet up with local St George identity Mike Tomalaris SBS
Sports Presenter at the Tempe Velodrome, Mike is expected to be first
to congratulate him on a win as he did on the Champs Ely sees in July
after his 3rd sprint king victory.
Caisse d'Epargne - Illes Balears announces Paris lineup
Caisse d'Epargne - Illes Balears has unveiled the riders which make up
the team's entry in the Paris-Bourges, which commences on Thursday. José
Luis Jaimerena will lead a team of nine riders, including:Iván
Gutiérrez, Pablo Lastras, Alexei Markov, Mathieu Perget, Nicolas
Portal, Mikel Pradera, Fran Pérez and Vicente Reynes.
New museum for Madonna del Ghisallo
The Madonna del Ghisallo chapel, perched high above Italy's Lake Como
and long the place of pilgrimage for cyclists seeking the protection of
their patron saint, is opening a museum coinciding with this year's Tour
of Lombardy on Saturday, October 14.
The museum will dedicate over 2000 square metres to cycling's history
and will be divided into two themes: the man and his machine. The permanent
collection will include a historical collection of trophies, photography,
clothing and bicycles of the champions, design and technology of the racing
bicycle, and audiovisual aids and collections.
The champions featured will be both Italian and foreign, and include
names from Jack, Coppi and Bartali to Moser, Merckx and Indurain and many
others. The museum will also feature temporary exhibitions.
"It is interactive, dynamic and representative, a place of active
instruction," said the museum's architects, David Bergna and Pier
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