News for September 19, 2002
Edited by Jeff Jones & Chris Henry
Armstrong hits Capitol Hill
Armstrong and Bush
Photo: © AFP
Following his final race of the season, the San Francisco GP, Lance
Armstrong spent three days in Washington, DC this week promoting cancer
awareness. President Bush nominated Armstrong for the President's Cancer
Panel, and this week was Armstrong's opportunity to become acquainted
with various public health officials.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation also began lobbying members of Congress
in support of its proposed Cancer Survivorship Research and Quality of
Life Act, which aims to create new funding for cancer research. The bill
has already received support from Senators Edward Kennedy and Bill Frist.
Armstrong was expected to meet with the president at the White House on
French to keep Edita in prison
Edita Rumsas, the wife of Tour de France third place getter Raimondas
Rumsas, will have to stay in prison until at least September 26, during
which time the French Appeals Court in Chambery will consider an appeal
to set her free. That means Mrs Rumsas will have been incarcerated for
nearly two months, following her arrest on July 29 for possession of certain
Raimondas was questioned last week in Italy by French police in relation
to the matter, but so far has refused to travel to France for fear of
being locked up. His mother-in-law, who was the intended recipient of
the drugs according to Raimondas and Edita, was also questioned.
The Rumsas family lawyer Alexandre Varaut said in comments to Darren
Tulett/Bloomberg News that "We hoped the fact her husband has been questioned
would be a determining factor, but the court decided otherwise. Eight
more days of deliberation means eight more days of incarceration for Edita
Last week L'Equipe published a list of 37 types of drugs that were found
in Edita's car. Most of them were legal (some with restriction), with
the exception of testosterone and growth hormone products. Also, six syringes
found in an envelope with Raimondas' name on it were found to contain
EPO, according to L'Equipe.
Edita may be detained for up to eight months under the French legal
system. She was visited by her three children on Friday, the first time
that she has seen them since being locked up.
Coast contract disputes continue
Alex Zülle and other members of Team Coast have appealed to the
UCI to solve their wage disputes with the team. Team Coast manager Marcel
Wüst confirmed the salary concerns, but was quoted in Europa Press
saying that agreements had been reached with Zülle and fellow Swiss
Mauro Gianetti. Differences remain, however, with Lars Michaelsen.
"The contracts of the riders signed in 2001, and specifically of three
riders, Zülle, Gianetti and Michaelsen, are based on a number of
points for the season," Wust explained. "If the riders surpass the points
level, their salaries increase. If they fall below, wages are reduced.
Our mistake is not to have specified the reduction, but it is in proportion
to the increase."
Both Zülle and Gianetti are reported to have accepted a wage reduction.
No dream team in GP Tell
By Tomas Nilsson, Cyclingnews correspondent
This year a contingent of top East European riders from the Italian
amateur peloton was supposed to ride the GP Tell led by Giancarlo Ghillioni
under the name of GHIA-Fasco. The team was however stopped due to "licence
problems". Even the UCI was engaged to solve these problems but without
The team included world ranking leader Mikhail Timochine (Russia) as
well as Ukrainians Ruslan Gryschenko and Yuriy Symonenko, Muradjan Khalmuratov
and Sergey Lagutin of Uzbekistan and Slovenian Mateij Mugerl.
The Swiss U23 stage race GP Tell is important for many nations in the
build up for the World Championships.
The Swedish Team are title defenders but last year's winner Emil Arnell
was caught in an Italian drug test, and withdrew from cycling just days
before the World's in Portugal.
This year Fredrik Modin of Team Mälarenergi, third in the tour of Sweden
and an excellent climber, rides with number one, while the rest of the
team consists mostly of riders from Team Crescent.
National teams from Sweden, Italy, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, USA,
Denmark, Australia, Austria, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ireland and a Swiss
B mixed team are taking part as well as Swiss elite teams Hörmann-Romer's,
Hadimec Electronics and Mendrisio Mapei, RDM Bianchi from Belgium and
as a late replacement German Hofbräu-Stuttgart strengthened with a couple
of Cottbus riders.
Swiss pre-selection for the World's
The Swiss will be allowed a maximum of 12 riders in the men's World
Championship Road Race on Sunday, October 13. 23 riders have been named
to the long team as follows:
Niki Aebersold (Team Coast)
Vincent Bader (Saint-Quentin Oktos)
Reto Bergmann (Phonak Hearing Systems)
Rubens Bertogliati (Lampre-Daikin)
Roger Beuchat (Phonak Hearing Systems)
Pierre Bourquenoud (Saint-Quentin Oktos)
Oscar Camenzind (Phonak Hearing Systems)
Fabian Cancellara (Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs )
Aurélien Clerc (Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs )
Martin Elmiger (Phonak Hearing Systems)
Mauro Gianetti (Team Coast)
Christian Heule (Team Cologne)
Rolf Huser (Team Coast)
Alexandre Moos (Phonak Hearing Systems)
Jean Nuttli (Saint-Quentin Oktos)
Daniel Schnider (Phonak Hearing Systems)
Marcel Strauss (Gerolsteiner)
Steve Zampieri (Tacconi Sport-Emmegi)
Beat Zberg (Rabobank)
Markus Zberg (Rabobank)
Pietro Zucconi (Tacconi Sport-Emmegi)
Alex Zülle (Team Coast)
Lukas Zumsteg (Phonak Hearing Systems)
Hungarian selections for the World Championships
Laszlo Bodrogi (Mapei-Quick Step), Balazs Rohtmer (Amore e Vita-Beretta)
Laszlo Bodrogi (Mapei-Quick Step), Csaba Szekeres (Colombia-Selle Italia)
U23 Road Race
Benedek Vörös (Mapei-Kanizsa KK), Zoltan Csomor (Mapei-Kanizsa KK),
Zoltan Madaras (P Nivo-Betonexpressz-FTC), Tamas Lengyel (P Nivo-Betonexpressz-FTC)
U23 Time Trial
Zoltan Csomor (Mapei-Kanizsa KK)
Courtesy of Roland Gombkoto
Colombian selection for the World Track Championships
With 10 men and one woman, the Colombian selection looks strong for
the upcoming World Track Championships in Ballerup, Denmark (September
25-29). The team includes Wilson Meneses, who finished as the number one
ranked kilometre time trial rider after the five rounds of the World Cup.
Also present will be Leonardo Duque, winner of the Points Race in Monterrey,
Mexico and other bronze medal in the Scratch Race in Melbourne.
Victor Hugo Alvarez
Alexander Gonzalez Peña
Arles Antonio Castro Laverde
Jhon Gilberto Durango
Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez
Scratch Race/Points Race
Leonardo Fabio Duque
Leonardo Fabio Duque
Victor Hugo Herrera Ramos
Women's Individual Pursuit/Points Race
Maria Luisa Calle
Jose Julian Velazquez De La Cuesta
John Jaime Gonzalez Jimenez
Medical Service Doctor
Luis E. Contreras
Miguel Angel Blanco Montes
Luis Fernando Rodriguez Gutierrez
Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series
Kicking off Auburn, Maine on Sunday, October 6, 2002 is the Verge New
England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series. The series boasts over $25,000
in prize money, and all six races are internationally sanctioned by the
Riders to compete in the Verge Series include reigning U.S. national
champion Todd Wells (Mongoose/Hyundai), and Canadian champion Peter Wedge
(Kona). They'll be challenged by last year's Verge Series winner Mark
McCormack (Saturn), brother Frank McCormack (Saturn), former U.S. national
champions Tim Johnson (Saturn) and Marc Gullickson (Mongoose/Hyundai),
local favourite Josh Huseby (Independent Fabrications), and last year's
Round 1 winner Jonny Sundt (K2).
On the women's side, Saturn's Lyne Bessette will be hard-pressed to
defend her title against likely challenges from U.S. masters national
champion Emily Thorne and a host of others, including Canadian national
champion Shauna Gillies-Smith, U.S. collegiate champion Alicia Genest,
U.S. 30+ champion Katrina Davis and NCC-BikeReg.com's Kathryn Roszko.
- Round 1 - October 6: The Downeast Cyclocross, UCI Category 2
- Round 2 - October 13: ECV Cyclo-Cross, UCI Category 2
- Round 3 - October 27: The 12th Annual Cycle-Smart Amherst International,
UCI Category 2
- Round 4 - November 24: ChainBiter Cyclo-Cross, UCI Category 3
- Round 5 - December 1: W. E. Stedman Co. Grand Prix of Cyclo-Cross,
UCI Category 3
- Round 6 - December 8: American Express Financial Advisors Cyclo-Cross,
UCI Category 3
St Kilda Cycling Club End of Year Ball
Top international women's cyclist Anna Millward will be the guest speaker
at St Kilda Cycling Club's End of Year Ball, to be held on Friday November
8 at 7:30pm at the Melbourne Aquarium. Millward was the first female cyclist
to be named Australian Cyclist of the Year and the first cyclist ever
to break the Hour Record under the new UCI rules.
Cost per ticket $100 (GST incl.) includes three course dinner, wine,
beer, soft drinks and wines from the Mornington Peninsula courtesy of
sponsor Tucks Ridge.
Please RSVP by 25th October 2002 to reserve your place by filling in
the details below and either fax to 03 9620 0166, mail to SKCC, PO Box
420, Elwood, Vic 3184, or email email@example.com.
Please forward payment with your booking confirmation and make cheque
payable to "St Kilda Cycling Club".
Yes, I/we would like to attend the SKCC Annual Ball 2002 at a cost of
$100 (GST incl.) per person
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