News for April 16, 2002
Edited by Jeff Jones and John Stevenson
Paris-Roubaix missing controls "an administrative error"
The French Ministry of Youth and Sports (MJS) has admitted that the absence
of doping controls at Sunday's 100th edition of the Paris-Roubaix was
an 'administrative error'.
The Lille regional director of the MJS was informed of the race by the
organisers, ASO (the company that also runs the Tour de France) but confused
the Classic with the mountain bike race that took place in the same area
on the same weekend.
Saying the error was nevertheless "unacceptable", the ministry pointed
out that such mistakes were fortunately rare given that the organisation
conducts about 7,500 tests per year, including 1,700 just for cycling.
The ministry has requested the departments concerned to "redouble vigilence
in the exercise of this mission" and instructed that an explanation should
be forthcoming of the conditions leading to such an error.
Negative test results for Mattan and VDB
Analysis of the urine samples taken from Frank Vandenbroucke and Nico
Mattan at the request of the court of Termonde has given the two riders
a clean slate, with no doping substances found in their bodies, according
to an announcement from the prosecutor Christiaan Du Four.
The negative results of the analysis do not indicate the end of the investigation,
said the prosecutor.
Vandenbroucke and Mattan were tested after notorious soigneur and horse
breeder Bernard 'Dr Mabuse' Sainz was arrested for speeding February 27
and found to have suspicious substances in his car.
The products in Sainz' car turned out not to be prohibited, but in the
meantime Belgian police had raided Vandenbroucke's home, because Sainz
claimed he had spent the previous night there. Mattan came under suspicion
because Sainz claimed Mattan's house in Audenaerde was his next destination.
Police took substances from Vandenbroucke's house which turned out to
be clenbuterol, morphine and EPO. As a result, VDB was sacked by the Domo
Boonen "the next Museeuw"
Photo: © Sirotti
Being named "the next" anyone is a large burden to carry for a young
rider, but it's even larger when you're being nominated as his successor
by the greatest classics rider of his generation.
That's the situation Belgian US Postal rider Tom Boonen finds himself
in, named as "the next Museeuw" by no less than the Lion of Flanders himself.
Boonen's record to date shows that Museeuw's handing on the mantle may
well be justified.
Getting on the podium in your first Paris-Roubaix is no small feat, but
Boonen's record as an Espoir shows his potential. He played a major role
in his three outings in the Under 23 edition of Paris-Roubaix, and in
the other U23 editions of the Classics.
Recruited to US Postal by directeurs sportifs Johan Bruyneel and Dirk
Demol - both Belgian - Boonen has ridden strongly in all the Classics
so far this season in support of the team's designated Classics specialist
Hincapie paid homage to Boonen after Roubaix. "He did an incredible job,"
said the American.
Nevertheless, Boonen is extraordinarily young to be considered a prospect
for a Paris-Roubaix win in the next couple of years. Most recent classics
winners have been in their thirties. This year, top spots on the World
Cup podium have gone to Mario Cipollini (35) and Andrea Tafi (35) and
of course 36-year-old Museeuw.
Paris-Roubaix organiser Jean-Marie Leblanc says he doesn't have a simple
explanation for the dominance of 30somethings in the Classics, but, half-convinced,
offers the idea that perhaps today's Classics are harder than they once
But young Paris-Roubaix victors are not unprecedented. Eddy Merckx was
23 when he first won, and Roger De Vlaeminck was 25. However the numbers
stack up, "the next Museeuw" is clearly a rider to watch for the next
UCI rankings Zabel still on top; Boonen's giant leap
The UCI has released the latest rankings after Sunday's Paris-Roubaix
and while Erik Zabel hasn't had perhaps the statling Spring Classics campaign,
he remains world number one by a margin of over 200 points. Skipping Paris-Roubaix
caused Mario Cipollini to drop from second to 17th, buit former leaders
and now second-placed Erik Dekker is expected to continue to slide in
the table until his broken leg heals and he is able to return to racing.
The biggest winner after Paris-Roubaix is young Belgian US Postal rider
Tom Boonen, whose third place in Roubaix shot him up 167 places to 151st.
UCI rankings - Top 20
1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 2,315.00 pts
2 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 2,070.00
3 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 1,810.20
4 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 1,792.00
5 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 1,759.00
6 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Telekom 1,705.00
7 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1,493.00
8 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 1,428.00
9 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 1,339.00
10 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC Tiscali 1,314.00
11 Joseba Beloki Dorronsoro (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 1,160.00
12 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole 1,157.50
13 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step 1,127.00
14 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 1,098.00
14 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance 1,098.00
14 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour 1,098.00
17 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 1,070.00
18 Juan Miguel Mercado Martin (Spa) iBanesto.com 1,067.00
19 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo 1,005.75
20 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo 981.00
Full listing of current
Tchmil will come back for Dunkirk
Andrei Tchmil's likely return to racwill be in May, rather than at the
end of April as he had hoped. After crashing in the Driedaagse van De
Panne and breaking two fingers and tearing muscles in his quadriceps,
Tchmil wanted to come back for the Amstel Gold Race on April 28. However,
his recovery is going slower than he would like. According to team manager
Jef Braeckevelt, Tchmil will aim to be back for the Four Days of Dunkirk
"At the end of this week, we will know more," said Braeckevelt.
Mapei-Quick Step for upcoming races
66th Flèche Wallonne, Belgium, April 17: Riders: Paolo
Bettini, Dario Cioni, Fabien De Waele, Cadel Evans, Paolo Fornaciari,
Oscar Freire, Andrea Noè , Luca Paolini. DS: Eric Vanderaerden
39th Vuelta Ciclista a Aragòn, Spain, April 17-21 :Riders:
Elia Aggiano, Davide Bramati, David Cañada, Pedro Horrillo Muñoz,
Miguel Martinez, Eddy Ratti, Gerhard Trampusch, Charly Wegelius. DS: Jesus
Saeco hit the Ardennes
Danilo Di Luca will be leading the Saeco-Longoni Sport team for the
Ardennes classics, which are at the top of his list of objectives in the
early part of the season. Di Luca will be one of the favourites for Wednesday's
Flèche Wallone race, and is aiming to win it. Along with Di Luca,
the Saeco team will include Celestino, Cunego, Pepoli, Sacchi, Spezialetti,
Spaniard Astarloa and Austrian Glomser.
Gilberto Simoni will ride part of the Settimana Lombarda which starts
on Wednesday April 17 before heading to Belgium to ride Liege-Bastogne-Liege
with Di Luca on Sunday.
"We decided with Simoni that he would be benefit from riding several
stages of the Settimana Lombarda as preparation for Liege," said team
manager Claudio Corti. "We don't want to upset the organiser of the Settimana
Lombarda but we need Simoni to help Di Luca in what is one of the most
important objectives of our season."
Rabobank for Ardennes classics
La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium, April 17: Michael Boogerd, Addy
Engels, Bram de Groot, Levi Leipheimer, Marc Lotz, Geert Verheyen, Grischa
Niermann, Thorwald Veneberg, Beat Zberg, Markus Zberg (two riders reserve).
DS: Adri van Houwelingen
Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Belgium, April 21: Maarten den Bakker,
Michael Boogerd, Bram de Groot, Levi Leipheimer, Marc Lotz, Grischa Niermann,
Geert Verheyen, Beat Zberg, Markus Zberg (one rider reserve). DS: Adri
54th GP Midi Libre
This year's Grand Prix du Midi Libre, from May 22-26 will see both Lance
Armstrong and Laurent Jalabert at the start in Salses-le-Château in the
eastern Pyrenees. The race route was published today by the sponsoring
newspaper, and will consist of five stages. The full presentation will
be on Tuesday, April 16.
The race features a time trial from Onet-le-Château to Rodez on stage
3, followed by the toughest stage from Saint-Léons - Sète (stage 4) which
finishes on Mont St-Clair. The final stage to L'Esperou's Mont-Aigoual
is also a mountain top finish.
- Stage 1 - May 22: Salses-le-Château - Carcassonne
- Stage 2 - May 23: Carcassonne - Villefranche-de-Rouergue
- Stage 3 - May 24: Onet-le-Château - Rodez ITT
- Stage 4 - May 25: Saint-Léons - Sète
- Stage 5 - May 26: Anduze - L'Espérou-Mont Aigoual
Spanish track team heads to Vuelta a la Rioja
Joan Llaneras will lead the team of Spanish trackies riding the Vuelta
a la Rioja at the end of this month (April 26-28). The track squad will
use the race as training for upcoming World Cup track races.
On this basis, team manager Toni Cerdá has selected Joan Llaneras, Miquel
Alzamora, Sergi Escobar and Guillermo Ferrer. Four more riders will make
up the team for la Rioja and while they will not compete at world or European
level on the track, these are riders being groomed for future international
racing. The four will be chosen from Dioni Galparsoro (Euskadi/Caja Rural),
Israel Núñez (Cataluña/Caja Rural), Ricardo Serrano (Castilla y León/Cafés
Baqué), Sergio Domínguez, Luis Pasamontes (Madrid/Alcosto), Jaume Rovira
(Cataluña/León-Costa Almería) and Juan Diego Navamuel (Madrid/Supermercados
Stamullen Road Club
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
Announcements in the last couple of months augur well for Irish cycling
clubs. Hot on the heels of the Earl of Desmond Tralee Bicycle Club and
the Cycleways Lee Strand sponsorships comes the latest in the list of
sponsorships and invariably they are focusing on this season's Irish UCI
Last evening, Stamullen Road Club threw a glitzy reception to present
their new racing strip and a new sponsor for the cycling team at the Glenside
Hotel, Julianstown, Co. Meath.
The village where the club is based has been involved in cycling for
the last 50 years, and the Stamullen Road Club itself has been in existence
for the last 20 years.
M. Donnelly and Co., Ireland's leading supplier of power tools and accessories
last night announced their backing of the club for the next three years.
The 2002 season will see the team line out in a new racing kit bearing
the name of M. Donnelly & Co. and Milwaukee Heavy Duty Electric Tools.
The club has been successful both domestically and abroad. Some of the
highlights for the Meath club have been winning the All-Ireland Junior
Road Race Team title in 1998, the All-Ireland Junior Road Race title in
1999, and winning a silver medal in the All-Ireland Senior championships
the same year.
As well as winning races such as the Leinster Road Race championships
(twice) and the Eastern Regional Championships on numerous occasions and
in various categories, Stamullen riders have also represented their club,
county, region, province and country with success in England, Scotland,
Wales, France, Australia and Japan.
The announcement comes in the week that the club will be promoting a
number of events. This weekend will see approximately 400 cyclists converge
on Stamullen village as the club promotes the Brendan Carroll Memorial
on Saturday the 20th of April at 4.30pm. The following day, the Stamullen
Grand Prix series of races gets underway with Underage and Senior Races
set for a 1pm start. The club will also promote a special third category
race on June 29th, one day before the highlight of the 2002 season, The
National Senior and Ladies Road Race Championships (being promoted jointly
by Stamullen M. Donnelly and McNally Swords C.C.) in Stamullen village
on June 30th. August 18th sees Stamullen M. Donnelly's final promotion,
the Brendan Campbell Memorial take place in Donore at 1pm.
The team will now be known as Stamullen M. Donnelly Cycling Team and
will be led by current Leinster Road Race champion Tom Hughes in 2002.
Hughes will be ably supported by former All-Ireland Junior Road Race Champion,
Robert Moore, his brother and current Irish international, Bill Moore,
and Leinster Road Race bronze medallist in 2001 Craig Sweetman. Local
girl Sarah Whyte will also represent Stamullen M. Donnelly at the Australian
National Track Championships this week as she is currently based in Sydney.
As well as developing the club with the recruitment of underage riders,
this season will see the team concentrate mainly on domestic events, with
the FBD Milk Rás and the UCI world-ranked Shay Elliott Memorial and National
Road Race Championships all targets for the year.
Star riders include:
Tom Hughes (31): Current Leinster Road Race champion. Has previously
represented the Irish Eastern Region and Leinster in races such as the
Dunboyne 3-Day and the Shay Elliott Memorial.
Bill Moore (29): Former Leinster Road Race Champion and regular Irish
International. Has held leaders yellow jersey in Junior Tour of Wales
and Tour of Ulster. Represented Ireland in the UK, Isle of Man, (where
he won the Mannin Veg International). Has also been member of the Ireland
team for the FBD Milk Rás and the Tour of Hokkaido in Japan.
Robert Moore (25): former All Ireland Junior Road Race Champion and Eastern
Regional Champion. Last year won the final stage and the overall in the
Dunboyne 3-Day stage race.
Craig Sweetman (29): Former Eastern Regional Champion. Former stage winner
of Rás Connaught. Bronze medallist in 2002 Leinster Road Race Championships.
Team Roster 2002
Lehigh Valley Velodrome Helmet Safety Program
Velodrome Staff and an Junior World Team and National Champion Cyclist
Bobby Lea will visit the 3rd and 4th grade at Fogelsville Elementary to
encourage children to wear their helmets when participating in cycling,
skateboarding, skating activities.
The children learn how to properly fit and wear their helmet for maximum
protection. It is a hands-on demonstration, which also includes an up-close
look at track bicycle. Children learn about aerodynamics and other scientific
aspects of cycling.
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2002
Time: 9:15 Start
Location: Fogelsville Elementary, Route 100, Fogelsville PA