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Saturday, March 1
First Edition News - Sercu and Lefevere: rivalry or not?, Knaven and Rodriguez out, Høj believes in success for fakta, Bartoli to return in Milan-Sanremo, Tessier signs for Marlux, Søren Petersen to Glud&Marstrand, George signs for Barloworld, Sue Palmer-Komar honoured, Teams for Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria, American Cycling Classic to kick off in 2004, La Jolla GP set for possible return to San Diego, Eddie Soens Memorial

Sunday, March 2
First Edition News - Quick Step confirms at Het Volk, Team Coast finances don't worry Ullrich, Portal back in Chiasso, Team Telekom adds director, Prétot becomes directeur sportif, New addition to Simoni family, Maxxis sponsorship for Tour de Georgia, Lance lithographs still available

Monday, March 3
First Edition News - Lotto-Domo's bad day at Het Volk, Lefevere praises his boys, Sunderland's luck continues in Het Volk, Danish company threatens to sue Team Coast, Geelong World Cup gets thumbs up from UCI, Rickards taken to hospital, Knetemann extends as Dutch coach, Snow or Dirt, Swenson is a world class act, Over the hill for Steve Thomas, McLane Pacific preview, Schedule for South Carolina Heritage Cycling Series, 4 Wheels 4 Sean auction
Latest News - A weekend of falls and injuries, Boonen and Van Heeswijk comfortable in new teams, More complaints raised against Team Coast, Leblanc says the Tour must remain big, Vodafone to take over Vuelta sponsorship?, Verizon Wireless-Cervélo Women's team

Tuesday, March 4
First Edition News - Latest UCI women's rankings, UCI criticises World Anti-Doping Code, Verbruggen explains WADA no-show, Teams for Milan-San Remo, Saturn to race in 56th Peace Race, Second US World Cup qualifier, Perez Cuapio extends to 2005, Cannondale goes back to work, NSW MTB stage race, B&Q offers help to UK clubs, Wells Avenue series, Team Soliton adds, Moritz Chevrolet Cycling 2003
Latest News - Armstrong debuts on Wednesday in Murcia, Holm gets ready for Telekom job, Moreau and Hincapie out of Paris-Nice, Mancebo and Lastras in training crash, Detilloux also..., De Vlaeminck wants a brawl, but Lefevere satisfied, Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, Teams for Memorial Samyn, Dylan Casey Day: 29th Annual Cat's Hill Criterium, Final Hamilton World's meeting tonight

Wednesday, March 5
First Edition News - Chris Peers update, Dierckxsens back on the tablets, Nijs keeps going, Tafi does Flanders, 05 Orbitel for Vuelta al Valle, New Zealand MTB finals, 2003 Midwest Cyclo-cross Championships, Even Steven race offers seven women's categories, Aussie Polaris outlook damp, Southeast crits combine, Spirit of Women Ride for Cancer, IMBA rallies support, FIAC sets out rules, Crit racing returns to Champaign, Half-Fast Velo
Latest News - Vandenbroucke: No more doubts, California Dreamin' - The Paolo Bettini Diary, FDJeux.com clear for Ronde, 27th Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, De Vlaeminck on Museeuw, D'Hont to Marlux, Vanacker to Panorimmo, Calder appointed General Manager of ACE, Etxabe not to be left out, Opening for Colavita-Bolla Racing Women's Team, Oostende gets new track, Veloplex Arenas Unveils New Concept, SACF secures Cape Town HQ

Thursday, March 6
First Edition News - No impending demise for Ullrich's new squad, Armstrong believes he can win six, O'Grady & McGee add fireworks to Good Friday meet, New parcours for junior Ronde van het Lage Land, Park Tool teams up with USA Cycling, 37th Giro delle Tre Province, Lateral Stress Velo, Ford/Giant Cycling Team
Latest News - Tour to NYC in 2005?, Armstrong pleased with Murcia debut, Steinweg arrested on drug charges, Ullrich to take Swiss license, Tafi confident for Flanders, Status quo for Pantani, Cipo at Festival di Sanremo, SA Cycling looks to Group B World's
News flash - Team Coast suspended by UCI

Friday, March 7
First Edition News - Ullrich still welcome at CSC, Bettini & Museeuw on sick list, New dad Simoni returns at Paris-Nice, UCI status for Sea Otter, Busy weekend ahead for Irish racers, Sojo returns to Saunier Duval, Sportsbook.com adds Acrow Bridges, Symmetrics Cycling Team, Savage Hill Cycling Team
Latest News - Reactions to Team Coast suspension, No substitutes for Paris-Nice, Teams for Paris-Roubaix, Boogerd to ride Ronde, 43rd Ronde van Nederland, Henk Vos Memorial cancelled, Paris-Evreux cancelled, Steels and Capelle sick, Carmichael in Hall of Fame, 106th Austral Wheelrace

Saturday, March 8
First Edition News - Coast remains suspended, Gabrovski too high, No room for Walter Planckaert at Palmans, Thor Hushovd's new website, Team Orbea - Etxe Ondo, Colnago to sponsor World's, Sea Otter to end with fun century ride, New Zealand national series details this weekend

Sunday, March 9
First Edition News - Milaneza pushing for Tour wild-card, Tour de France waiting on Coast decision, Ekimov out of Paris-Nice, Surgery for Jo Planckaert, Gonzalez back in winning form, Steels picks his battles, Olympic cyclist killed in Vuelta de las Americas, U.S. Proposes additional supplement standards

Monday, March 10
First Edition News - Wüst: UCI not playing fair, Paris-Nice off to a sunny start, Wellens stays with SpaarSelect, Pantani decision delayed, First division not a bonus for Team fakta, Eneco Tour will start in Zeeland, Prime Alliance and Health Net at McLane Pacific, South Africa to send young women to B World's, Provisional All-Africa Games squad
Latest News - Armstrong pleased with first test, Mattan goes by the numbers, O'Grady going for Milan-San Remo, Hincapie still suffering, Paris-Nice coverage, Berden marries, CCC-Polsat in Giro, Ulmer never in doubt, Australian cyclist vs. English cricketer, Rory Sutherland online

Tuesday, March 11
First Edition News - Top teams line up for Tirreno-Adriatico, Team Ringerikeback on track in Africa, Australian Peden remains in Kiwi camp, Two arrested in Stewart bashing, Nature Valley GP returns pro racing to Minneopolis, CTC celebrates 125th birthday, VeloGirls celebrates first birthday
Latest News - Clignet to make comeback, Petacchi wants to avoid San Remo pressure, Verbruggen: Too many teams, Holm to direct Tour with Telekom, Tournant won't go to Mexico, German women for Athens track, Jalabert joins France 3, Jamba Juice/Casati Racing Team, WhittakerMeyer Specialized Cycling Team

Wednesday, March 12
First Edition News - Verbruggen outlines more reforms, Adamsson comments on Coast, Kivilev in coma, Erik Dekker back, Vuelta's Spanish guarantee breaks rules, Bayley lines up for Austral, Hamilton World's staff adds three, New Zealand four-cross championships, Team SATS
News Flash - Kivilev dies of injuries
Latest News - Paris-Nice stage 3 neutralised after Kivilev's death, Vinokourov shocked at friend's death, Kivilev one of 20, P-N riders sick/injured, More Polemics on Italian TV coverage of cycling, Zanette toxicology report delayed, Santoni critical of RAI, Bettini back in action, New features on Cyclingnews

Thursday, March 13
First Edition News - Cycling community pays tribute to Kivilev: Comments from Lance Armstrong; Hans-Michael Holczer; Laurent Biondi; Jean-François Lamour; Frank Vandenbroucke; Chris Peers; Scott Sunderland; Jean-Marie Leblanc; UCI, 38th Tirreno-Adriatico preview, Team McGuire Cycling
Second Edition News - Vale Andrei Kivilev - Australian promotor Phill Bates pays tribute to the rider whom he first met as a talented 19 year old
Latest News - Helmet debate heats up, Good news for Pantani, Zülle on his way to CSC?, Coast owner confident, Ekimov suffers setback, Di Luca in form for Tirreno-Adriatico, Cipollini won't talk to RAI TV, JCTDU Awarded, Bannan Australian coach of the year, Roof for Vigorelli velodrome?, Indurain at Sevilla Festival of Cinema and Sport, Busy St. Patrick's weekend in Ireland, Planet-X team

Friday, March 14
First Edition News - Vandenbroucke wants to win next year, Vinokourov more motivated than ever, Index shuts up shop, MROZ lines up for 2003, Museeuw and Bettini on the mend, Monex to debut at Maclane pacific, Talks overturn Cooley Mountains ban, Teams face off for Tri-nations, Basis women's team, Santa Cruz Spokesman team
Latest News - Frigo out of Paris-Nice, Johan Bruyneel remembers Andrei Kivilev, Cipollini still disappointed by lack of coverage, Sponsors upset at RAI blackout, Ivan Basso in favour of helmets, Coast can't start in GP Erik Breukink, Pantani looks forward to return, Farm Frites-Hartol presentation, Valkenburg to host 2006 European U23 Championships, iteamNova focuses on its USA membership campaign

Saturday, March 15
Latest News - Natalia Kivilev to stay in France, A tragic reminder for Clara Hughes, Brown in hospital after TA crash, Gates in training accident, Higginson and Neiwand back on the track, U.S. Elite road nationals, 24 Hours Of Adrenalin withdraws from NORBA, Team 2002 Aurora RSM, Yasumitsu-Schlapp track team

Sunday, March 16
Latest News - Team Coast could lose Division I status, No Pantani in Milan-San Remo, Italians still not talking to RAI, Lefevere wants Museeuw to skip San Remo, Ten days rest for Hincapie, Laurent Gané in Japan, Team SA for Cape Town World Cup, Leukemans out of GP Erik Breukink, Deadline extended for Zanette report
News Flash - Rider dead in Tucson Bicycle Classic

Monday, March 17
First Edition News - Fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico cancelled, Dekker wins comeback race, Kivilev to be buried on Monday, US Postal confirms Hincapie out of classics, De Baeremaeker wants to take Index riders, Merckx not satisfied, Slow start for Meirhaeghe, Indurain on Armstrong, Brown out of Milan-San Remo, Borrajo joins Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
Latest News - Vinokourov reflects, Hamilton satisfied with season debut, Vandenbroucke as well, Outrage at Kivilev autopsy, Mori expelled from T-A, Peloton still not talking to RAI TV, Quick.Step still interested in Ullrich, Lotto-Domo for Milan-San Remo, Quick.Step-Davitamon for Milan-San Remo, De Backer extends as Belgian cycling chairman, Fränk Hofer elected Swiss cycling president

Tuesday, March 18
First Edition News - Mori tries an old trick, Tucson Bicycle Classic update, CTC says 'no' to helmet compulsion, 2003 Credit Union Ras Mumhan, Sportsbook.com Espoir Challenge returns, Memorabilia auction hots up, New Idaho MTB series, USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo, Team 2002 Aurora RSM, Crank Racing 2003, Cyclecomponents.com, Arlington plans more bike facilities
Latest News - Mori has support from team, Free to race, Pantani trains hard, Casagrande coming back, Steels opts out of Milan-San Remo, Team CSC for Milan-San Remo, Tour ambitions for Lastras, New president for Swedish federation, Richard Sachs Women 2003, Giant donates to Trips For Kids

Wednesday, March 19
First Edition News - Saturn Classic in danger, Ullrich gives Coast two weeks, Sea Otter adds MTB playground, Funding boost for South African cycling, Petacchi back on the bike, IMBA lobbies Congress
Latest News - Team Coast could start in Milan-San Remo, TV rights and World Cup status for Milan-San Remo, ONCE likely for Giro, First test goes well for Milaneza, Latest UCI rankings, Bad luck for Bettini, Good luck for Cassani, Bad luck for Fofonov, Arnaud Tournant starts over, U.S. Elite Nationals dates correction

Thursday, March 20
First Edition News - Team Coast cleared to race, Saeco to Milan-San Remo with Di Luca, O'Grady ready, McEwen motorpaces, 21st Clarence St Cup, McLane Pacific full up, South African news, World Masters track dates, Multi-national team heading for Chile, 24 Hours of Adrenalin changes, Olympic cyclist's father charged, IMBA Hot Spots
Latest News - Parcours change for Milan-San Remo, Boogerd skips San Remo, Hushovd out too, Italian team directors comment on Mori affair, Mori's sponsors disappointed, Australian team for Mexico Track WC, Millward to undergo surgery, Teams for 72nd Critérium International, Teams for Cholet Pays de Loire, Gonzalez and Santoni back in court, Delayed start for Sevilla, Knee operation for Amorisson

Friday, March 21
First Edition International News - Team Coast seeks compensation against UCI, Di Luca convinced "more than ever" he can win MSR, Tankink subs for Museeuw in MSR, No Van Moorsel in Primavera Rosa, Nürnberger for Primavera Rosa, Vuelta tops the class, Simoni to star at Catalan Week, Quaranta and Bucciero in Switzerland
First Edition Regional News - CTC challenges Government plans for yellow speed cameras, Walsh lends a hand to Crows' call for help, Tamworth's finest off to Sydney, News from Ireland, University Hill back on the program, Inaugural Dirt Road Duathlon in Boulder County, Victorian Cyclist of the Year awards
Latest News - Cipollini uncertain, Freire confident, Van Petegem sick, Ullrich to return in Circuit de la Sarthe, CSC chooses Tour over Giro, Lampre counting on Belli, Kersten wins appeal, Malcolm Elliot eyes comeback, Italia Bici 2003: Tante Belle Cose Per Voi!

Saturday, March 22

First Edition News - Cipollini will start MSR, Zabel feels strong, Pozzato deflects favourite's status, Roland Green confirms ride with Postal, UCI news, U.S. Track Team in Mexico, Teams for Flèche Wallonne, The Subaru Nova Desert Classic, Sidermec-Saunier Duval adds Vini Caldirola, John Moorhouse named Florida Sports Athlete of the Year, Final days for 4 Wheels 4 Sean memorabilia auction

Sunday, March 23
First Edition News - Pozzato tries to stay humble, Dierckxsens out of GP Rudy Dhaenens, Tour de Normandie, Archer GP preview, Team Endurasport.com-Principia keeps busy, Bruce Sunderland's 240km benefit ride, Velo Bella for 2003, More cycling on SBS Television, Ofoto-Lombardi Sports ready for debut, Cannondale auction complete

Monday, March 24
First Edition News - 94th Milan-San Remo: Post race comments, Derganc improving, Nijs doesn't want to be a roadie, Veenendaal-Veenendaal in danger, Graeme Brown online, Last chance for 4 Wheels 4 Sean auction
Latest News - Museeuw gives kudos to Bettini, Third fastest Milan-San Remo ever, 40th Setmana Catalana, US trackies complain about World's selection procedures, Gonzalez de Galdeano facing possible suspension, Millward surgery successful, Peers to return in Waregem, Broken pelvis for Van de Vijver?, Aug breaks collarbone, McCauley quits Giant Asia team

Tuesday, March 25
First Edition News - Bettini up to number one, Cipollini versus FDJeux.com, More MSR injuries: Pozzato and Ferrara, BankGiroLoterij invited to Ronde van Vlaanderen, Team fakta selected for Giro d'Italia, Sydney revs up for World Cup, Big Boys coming to Herne Hill, Louis Garneau Racing 2003
Latest News - Gonzalez de Galdeano decision within two weeks, More talk of a more challenging Primavera, RONA/Esker's French connection performs in Italy, Italian cycling reaches out to fans, Moreau hoping for improvement, Saeco regroups at Settimana Internazionale, UK Amateur Dan Fleeman injured in training, Bomax Junior Cycle Tour, CapTech Classic upgraded; Charity announced, Midwestern State University seeks cycling director

Wednesday, March 26
First Edition News - Armstrong nervous about safety, Pantani: back in the saddle again, Pezzo returns, Milano-San Remo TV ratings fall, Teams announced for LBL, 2003 Ras Mumhan set to be best yet, Armstrong and Chausson nominated for awards, Lots of attractions at Westral Carnival, Jared Bunde benefit
Latest News - Ullrich clear to race, but no licence, USA Cycling responds to track selection criticism, Teams for E3-Prijs Harelbeke, Pozzato out of Flanders, Savoldelli won't defend Giro title, No break for Van de Vijver, Manuel Sanroma's family awarded damages for his death, Zinetti signs for Amore & Vita, Tour of Eritrea 2003, Sid Patterson Grand Prix

Thursday, March 27
First Edition News - Tour considers increased security, 2003 Tour: "celebration and reminiscence", Tour wants more EPO controls, Museeuw injured, Nun hospitalized after Castilla y Leon crash, ONCE for Criterium International, Team SA looks forward to World Cup, Aussie MTB national series goes to the wire, Ulster Centre of Excellence launched, Skip Gorey Three Day, Monroe leaves IMBA board, LeMond Fitness cleans up new sponsor
Latest News - Zülle to Phonak?, Johan Museeuw update, Giro organisers seek better controls, Pantani's back; faces legal hurdles, Conconi trial stopped, Leblanc hints at Tour selections, Navigators to Gent-Wevelgem, USOC awards Armstrong

Friday, March 28
First Edition News - Zülle confirms with Phonak, De Clercq breaks kneecap, De Waele and Omloop injured, Rebellin sick, Steels and Dierckxsens sick, CAS Verdict due on Roux, Yeti Cycles announces new team, McKenna quits Cycling Ireland board, Collegiate Cycling World Grand Prix postponed, IMBA/Koobi Grants, US Bicycling Hall of Fame art contest winners
Latest News - Big Belgian weekend: E3 Prijs and Brabantse Pijl, Pantani calm after Tour snub, Team Coast bids farewell to Zülle and Perez, More voices raised against USAC selection procedures, USAC launches new website, Somarriba with Sabeco, Riis sacks marketing boss, Derganc moved to Lucca, Leinster Road Race Championships preview

Saturday, March 29
First Edition News - Critérium International preview, Rebellin, Nazon out of Critérium International, Cooke out of E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Pantani comes out swinging, One invitation to Paris Pantani will receive, Hallam named Cycling Ireland CEO

Sunday, March 30
First Edition News - McEwen takes a short break, Dekker satisfied, Operation for Horrillo, Steels rides E3; will skip Flanders, Meirhaeghe makes Domina Vacanze debut, Casero tries to keep morale, Spanish teams less likely for Giro, Knobby Tire Series goes NORBA, TechnoCycle BRC Cycling Team

Monday, March 31
First Edition News - USAC firm on selection procedures, Professional riders to be consulted on mandatory helmet use, Hincapie back home and still suffering, Muur van Geraardsbergen repaved, Souvenir Magali Pache cancelled, Chris Hoy online, Amputee to cycle across US, Perth to Darwin for 4Wheels4Sean, Tasmanian Cycling Federation AGM
Latest News - Museeuw's test OK, but painful, Bettini not 100 percent, Wesemann ready, Pantani comes close to a win, Gilbert suffering from tendonitis, Carrigan increases World Cup lead, 27th Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, 58th Ronde van Noord-Holland, Frisco Superdrome work starts