News for August 5, 2002
Edited by Jeff Jones
HEW Cyclassics wrap up
Photo: © AFP
Johan Museeuw showed that he is still a formidable rider, winning today's
Hew Cyclassics World Cup in Hamburg from a group of 10 riders. Museeuw
led out the sprint and held it all the way to the line, beating the likes
of Davide Rebellin, Paolo Bettini, George Hincapie and Fabio Baldato,
to increase his lead in the World Cup to almost 100 points. That's going
to take some catching, with Bettini the man in second position at the
moment with four races to go in the series.
The fastest ever edition of the HEW Cyclassics saw the hopes of two
of the big favourites - Erik Zabel and Robbie McEwen - vanish after they
were caught up in separate crashes. McEwen abandoned while Zabel carried
on, but was too far behind at a crucial point in the race to make contact.
As he was attempting to get back on, the race winning move was made on
the 16% climb of the Waseberg, with Rebellin and Igor Astarloa spearheading
an attack, which eventually grew to 10 men. With a lot work done by Museeuw's
teammate Romans Vainsteins to keep the break together, Museeuw had a perfect
sprint to win the race.
"This race was not yet on my palmares," said Museeuw of his 11th World
Cup win. "In my career I haven't won so many races in Germany - two or
three maybe. This is very important. It's my 11th World Cup win. In the
first part of the season I was strongest in Paris-Roubaix. Then I was
the strongest here in Germany."
Museeuw was coming off a stage win in last week's Tour de la Region
Wallonne. "I prepared well in St Moritz and I knew last week I was very
good. The team was very good, especially Romans Vainsteins who was very
Although he used to win bunch sprints early in his career, he didn't
have to today. "In a bunch sprint I'm fast, but not so fast as Zabel.
When it's a group of 80 or 100 I'm always afraid. With nine or ten I'm
When asked about his future team, Museeuw was uncertain. "What can I
say? I don't know myself," he said. His current team director Patrick
Lefevere is changing from Domo to Quick Step next season, and could well
take Museeuw with him, depending on what Lotto-Domo has to offer him.
The next round of the World Cup will be held on Saturday, August 10
in San Sebastian, Spain. Museeuw has finished as high as 3rd in this race
(in 1995), but is a different rider now. If he can stay in contact with
Paolo Bettini, then he will not lose many World Cup points - he may even
increase his lead if it finishes in any kind of a bunch sprint.
Dekker doubtful for San Sebastian
Erik Dekker is "95 percent unlikely" to start in the Clasica San Sebastian
next weekend. The Rabobank rider won the event in 2000, but is still trying
to regain top form after breaking his leg in Milan-San Remo in March.
Rabobank team manger Adri van Houwelingen told De Telegraaf last week
that "We expect something from Erik Dekker in Hamburg. He impressed us
in the last week of the Tour de France. But the parcours of the HEW Cyclassics
isn't really selective. Because of his level of condition and his experiences
in these kind of races, you can say he is an outsider. But it's clear
that on this parcours there isn't a real favourite. A lot of riders can
cause a surprise."
"This year the World Cup doesn't play a role in Dekker's program, as
he doesn't have any points yet. Therefore, it's 95 percent certain that
Dekker won't start in San Sebastian next week. At the moment, that parcours
is too hard for him. Starting in that classic could have a negative effect
on the rest of this season. So at the moment we are thinking about Eneco's
Tour (Ronde van Nederland) and the Dutch time trial championship. Only
if Dekker wins in Hamburg, we can talk about a trip to San Sebastian for
Note: Dekker finished 76th in HEW, at the back of the main peloton.
Commonwealth Games wrap up
The cycling events at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester concluded
on Saturday with the women's and men's road races on the testing Rivington
circuit. Wales recorded its first gold medal of the Games with Nicole
Cooke pulling off a gritty win in the women's road race, after chasing
back on with 2 km to go. In the men's road race that followed, Australia
with its strongest ever team steamrollered the opposition with a fine
display of tactical riding to claim the first three positions (O'Grady,
Evans and Cooke).
Looking at the final medal tables, Australia was clearly stronger in
the road events, with 7 medals (2 golds), in front of Canada, Wales and
England. In the track events, it was even more clear cut, with the Australians
winning 15 medals (8 gold), including breaking the world record in the
4000m team pursuit, and Brad McGee's very quick 4000m individual pursuit
time of 4.16.358, which is likely to be the fastest "non-superman position"
time ever ridden. New Zealand were next on the track table, picking up
two gold medals including Sarah Ulmer's Games record ride in the 3000m
In the mountain bike events, it was all Canada, with Chrissy Redden
and Roland Green winning their respective cross country events. New Zealand
managed a silver medal, while Australia and England had to be content
with a bronze apiece.
Overall, the cycling medals were shared between only six Commonwealth
countries, three of those normally competing as "Great Britain" at World
Championship level. Surprisingly, the host nation England did not pick
up any gold medals, although it was not for lack of trying.
results and reports
Final medal table
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Australia 2 3 2 7
2 Canada 1 1 1 3
3 Wales 1 0 0 1
4 England 0 0 1 1
1 Australia 8 4 3 15
2 New Zealand 2 0 1 3
3 Scotland 1 0 1 2
4 England 0 5 4 9
5 Canada 0 1 2 3
6 Wales 0 1 0 1
1 Canada 2 1 0 3
2 New Zealand 0 1 0 1
3 Australia 0 0 1 1
4 England 0 0 1 1
1 Australia 10 7 6 23
2 Canada 3 3 3 9
3 New Zealand 2 1 1 4
4 Wales 1 1 0 2
5 Scotland 1 0 1 2
6 England 0 5 6 11
"Battle of Asian Champions" in Gamuda Eagle Tour of Malaysia
The inaugural Gamuda Eagle Tour of Malaysia 2002 is being touted as
the "Battle of Asian Champions" as 126 riders converge in Langkawi for
the race which takes place between August 14-18.
Top of the list is China's Wang Guozhang, the reigning Asian champion
who won the gold medal in the Asian Cycling Championships (ACC) in Bangkok
in May. Guozhang, a regular contender in Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL), will
spearhead China's challenge in the race.
Ghader Mizbani, Iran's national champion, is also gunning for overall
victory in the race after a commanding performance with Team Telekom Malaysia
in this year's Tour de Langkawi. Mizbani, who was 32nd overall in the
2002 LTdL, is known for his climbing prowess and the Gunung Raya challenge
will provide him the best opportunity to win top honours in the race.
However, Mizbani is expected to face a stiff challenge from countryman
Ahad Kazemi Sarai who won the silver medal in this year's ACC. Ahad has
signed a contract to ride for Taiwan-based Giant Asia Racing Team, a Division
III team and Asia's only professional team. Ahad, who was also a member
of Team Telekom Malaysia who took part in this year's LTdL, will be aiming
for some stage win including Stage 1's time trial race and the 830 metre
climb to Gunung Raya.
Mongolian top cycling star Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh, a professional with
Dutch amateur outfit Marco Polo Team, will also be under spotlight. Orskhikh,
the 15 time Mongolian national champion, is also known for his capabilities
on the mountains and time trial races. He was 6th overall in the ACC in
Bangkok and had won the silver medal in the World B Championship last
Tonton Susanto of Indonesia is also top on the favourites' list following
his domination in the Asian category in this year's Tour de Langkawi.
Tonton, who represented Team Telekom Malaysia, finished 15th overall,
beating off some of the notable European riders and won the Asian individual
title for the second time. Tonton first won the title in 1998 with the
Meanwhile, Malaysia will be pinning its hopes on former SEA Games gold
medallist Tsen Seong Hoong and seasoned rider Nor Effandy Rosli in the
team and individual events. Seong Hoong will wear the colours of Team
KL, along with 1998 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Nor Effandy Rosli
who will also be the team's main man for the race.
National rider Shahrulneeza Razali, a former SEA Games gold medallist,
is also in the running for the individual title. Shahrulneeza is the main
rider for Selangor Sweet Nice Team, a mixed team which will feature three
riders from Indonesia.
Malaysia will also be represented by two other teams - TEAM NSC of the
National Sports Council and the National Malaysian team.
As in previous races, Philippines will again be relying on its most
experienced rider Victor Espiritu who was 61st overall in the general
classification in LTdL 2002 while Arnel Quirimit, 65th overall and wearer
of the Proton blue jersey for three stages in the 2002 LTdL, will carry
the hopes of the team in the time trial and criterium races.
The race, which has been given a 2.6 status by the UCI offers a total
prize money of RM200,000 (53,344 euros). A total of 21 teams, including
three national teams from Europe will compete in the five stage race which
will be run over a total distance of 407.2 km.
The teams: Japan, Iran, China, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia,
Taiwan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Ireland, Austria, Team Krone (Norway) TT3,
Team Jura Suisse (Switzerland) TT3, Team Down Under (Belgium), Team Malaysia,
Team KL, Selangor Sweet Nice Team, Team NSC Malaysia, Giant-Asia Racing
More information: www.eagletour.com.my
Tour of Southland goes international
By Alan Messenger
New Zealand's premier Bike race, the Power Net Tour of Southland will
go fully international this year. Although the race has attracted overseas
cyclists for many years it is registered this year as a UCI Category 2.5
race and Organiser Bruce Ross is hoping for a good response.
"We've had a few Overseas riders here in recent years and I'd obviously
like to see an increase on that. I think that this year's field will be
an indication of what can happen in the future," he said. Already a South
African team entry has been confirmed.
The tour has a special place in New Zealand Cycling history. First held
in 1956 when it attracted a field of thirty two, the race has blossomed
into the country's number one event. The Winners list in early years included
many of the Sport's big names. Warwick Dalton, Tino Tabak, John Dean,
Blair Stockwell, Paul Jesson, Jack Swart and Stephen Cox are all there
as well as two top Australians Malcolm Powell and David Gee.In recent
times Brian Fowler, Graeme Miller and Scott Guyton are listed, and last
year's race was won by one of New Zealand cycling's most exciting prospects,
The success of the Tour has always been the outstanding support from
the Southland Community. This even extends to a 'Across the Curriculum'
booklet distributed to the Province's schools to keep them up to date
with the event and encouraging them to extend their involvement into the
This year's Tour will start at Invercargill with a Criterium on 4th
November and after nine Stages will finish at Invercargill on Saturday
9th. Inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
4th World Solo 24 Hours Of Adrenalin Championships
The 4th annual World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin(tm) Championships take
place this year at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon, British Columbia,
between August 31 and September 1. The event starts at 12 p.m. on Saturday,
August 31, and runs straight until 12 p.m. Sunday. Organisers Trilife
Sports International expect a crowd of more than 5,000 "lifestyle enthusiasts"
to cheer both the soloists competing in the World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin
Championship, as well as the participants competing in the regular 24
Hours of Adrenalin event.
Participation is expected to exceed 120 soloists, including last year's
champion Chris Eatough (Trek/VW), five-time NORBA National Champion Tinker
Juarez (Volvo/Cannondale), Rishi Grewal (Klein), Cristina Begy (Spot Bikes),
Nancy Busching (Sobe/Cannondale), Monica Nelson (Gerick Cycle), Tom Zidek
(Rocky Mountain/The Bike Shop), and Lesley Tomlinson (Rocky Mountain Bicycles)
1996 and 2000 Olympian, and two-time Canadian national champion. Up for
grabs is the title of World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Champion and the
cash prize purse of $US20,000.
New sponsor for Irish junior team
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
On the eve of the start of the Junior Tour of Ireland, Bray Wheeler
Cycling Club have received a fillip with the announcement that a local
firm Trinity Biotec will sponsor the team in the six day race which starts
in Waterford on Tuesday, August 6.
According to Urban Monks who will manage the team, "There is an added
bonus for the team of James Scott-Lennon, Thomas Duggan, David Pomeroy
and Ian Ormonde to do well as a result of this sponsorship. I have a feeling
that we can perform and maybe win a stage. The Wheelers have always supported
this race. It's a great opportunity for youngsters of this to sample stage
racing. In the past we have won the event outright, and the number of
stage wins, you would need a foolscap to list them," said Urban.
It has been a busy year for the Bray club and in particular the committee.
The staging of a UCI ranking event and the Under Age Championships held
last month certainly showed that cycling at all levels in the town of
Bray is alive and well.
The much travelled, Mr. Monks, was in Killorglin over the weekend for
the Westwood Homes Under Age events. Then it was back to Dublin yesterday
(Monday) evening with a quick turn around for Waterford and the start
of the Tour for juniors. In Killorglin he was mechanic, masseur and manager,
but thankfully for the Tour he'll have the back up which is part and parcel
of stage racing and this is where the sponsorship of Trinity Biotec will
ease the burden on behalf of the Wheelers'. "So hopefully for all concerned
we can deliver," said Urban.
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