Latest News for April 11, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones
De Vlaeminck not jealous, but wants rivalry
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Four time winner of Paris-Roubaix and nicknamed "Mr Paris-Roubaix",
Roger De Vlaeminck, says that he's not jealous of Johan Museeuw, who has
a chance to equal De Vlaeminck's impressive record this Sunday. In the
past few weeks, there has been a war of words between the two in the Belgian
press, but De Vlaeminck wanted to smooth things over with Museeuw.
"If Johan wins with panache, I won't have any problem he'll come up
to the same level," said De Vlaeminck to Het Laatste Nieuws. "I'm not
jealous at all, in contrary, I admire Johan as he's still mentally that
strong and still ready for all these sacrifices to stay on top."
The four time winner added, "I'm tired of this role of Mr Paris-Roubaix.
Actually, I'd have preferred to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen three times."
However, De Vlaeminck stuck by his earlier words that racing was better
in his time. "When I heard Merckx talking about Museeuw managing to do
things he'd never been able to himself, I almost got sick," he exclaimed.
"How can the greatest rider of all time say something like that?"
"Tom Boonen says it's more difficult to win a race now than in earlier
times. Where does he get this? I had competition from Merckx, Hinault
and Moser, while Johan almost only ever had to compete in Paris-Roubaix
with his own teammates, and it will be the same this year: Tom Boonen
- VDB. Of course this is not Johan's fault, and if it comes to a duel
between Van Petegem and Museeuw and Johan wins, I'll be the first to congratulate
him! There should be more rivalry, that's what the public wants."
New tyres for Van Petegem?
Peter Van Petegem (Lotto-Domo) received a set of special tubulars for
Paris-Roubaix, from his friend Mario De Clercq. According to Het Nieuwsblad,
these tyres are almost impossible to puncture and are worth 100 euros
each. However, Van Petegem will probably not be able to use them due to
Meirhaeghe leads Domina Vacanze
Belgian mountain biker Filip Meirhaeghe will race his first Paris-Roubaix
this Sunday, riding for the Domina Vacanze team. Meirhaeghe, who won the
mountain bike version of Paris-Roubaix, finished 41st in the Ronde van
Vlaanderen last weekend, and has a fairly simple strategy for Sunday.
"Actually it's simple: stay on the wheel of Museeuw and go round him in
the last few metres," he joked to Het Laatste Nieuws.
The Domina Vacanze riders rode sections of the course on Friday morning,
including the Arenberg Forest trench, considered the toughest and most
dangerous cobbled sector in the race. The full team is as follows: Daniele
Bennati, Kyrylo Pospeyev, Lorenzo Cardellini, Filip Meirhaeghe, Giampaolo
Mondini, and Alberto Ongarato.
Rabobank save Freire for Amstel
The Rabobank team for this weekend's Paris-Roubaix will not contain
Oscar Freire, who is preferring to save himself for the Amstel Gold Race
next weekend. The boys in orange will feature E3 Prijs winner Steven de
Jongh, Marc Wauters and Mathew Hayman, who was 10th in Gent-Wevelgem.
Also riding with the squad is cyclo-crosser Sven Nijs, who could turn
a few heads on Sunday.
The full team is: Steven De Jongh, Jan Boven, Karsten Kroon, Roy Sentjens,
Matthew Hayman, Robert Hunter, Sven Nys and Marc Wauters.
Cyclingnews will be providing live coverage of the 101st Paris-Roubaix,
from start to finish on Sunday. Coverage begins at 11:00 CEST/4:00am EST
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East Coast). In addition, we'll be posting full results, report and photos
right after the race.
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Dierckxsens deeply disappointed
Ludo Dierckxsens (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) had to shelve his ambitions
for this weekend's Paris-Roubaix and after breaking his collarbone in
a crash in Gent-Wevelgem on Wednesday. Dierckxsens, who crashed together
with teammate Kurt van Landeghem and Paolo Bettini, had been recovering
from a serious bout of the 'flu when this latest disaster occurred.
"Bettini had to swerve in front of me to avoid a parked car and crashed,"
he said to Het Laatste Nieuws. "I flew over him and broke my collarbone.
In the evening I was driven to Dr Claes in Herentals, who operated on
"I was really looking forward to Paris-Roubaix," he said. "But I'll
fight back. Next week, I'll already be on the rollers and shortly afterwards
back on the road."
Ludo will probably return to the peloton after four weeks, which means
his participation in the Giro will be difficult.
Curvers replaces Duijn in Van Hemert Groep
The Dutch team Van Hemert Groep has made a slight change to its roster
after the sudden retirement of Marcel Duijn. His place has been taken
by Roy Curvers.
This weekend's Irish fixtures
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
For those who have aspirations of stage racing over Easter, this Saturday
and Sunday will be important in fine tuning their preparations. The Stamullen
M Donnelly RC modus operandi have two days of fine competition, which
invariably attracts a big turn out to the popular village in Co. Meath.
David O'Loughlin, certainly the form cyclist since the start of the
season with five wins and a second placing under his belt, will be there
on Sunday for the Joey White Memorial. "I'm off to America next Thursday
to compete in the Tour of Georgia. My team Ofoto Lombardia based in San
Francisco has pencilled in this event for me. They are really pleased
with my results and last Sunday's performance in the Markievciz Cup in
Collooney, Sligo was the icing on the cake for them. Beating Mark Scanlon
who dropped in on the event certainly caused a stir."
"Half way through the 60 mile race, Mark and I had caught up with the
leaders. With ten miles remaining we cut loose from the pack. From there
on it was a head to head as we matched each other as the miles counted
down, pedal for pedal, and just when it seemed that the spectators were
going to be treated to an almighty sprint, on the edge of Collooney, Mark's
chain slipped with three hundred yards to go. It was advantageous to me
and I made no mistake in notching up my fifth success of the season in
It was obvious that both of them were in superb form, but the doubt
will remain as it didn't go to the wire. "The record book will not tell
the real story, but as for now, I'm the happy camper," said David.
During the week, Team Ireland was announced for Credit Union Ras Mumhan
over the Easter period. It looks as though Paddy Moriarty who heads up
the team will be in Stamullen, and his colleagues on the team, Vincent
Gleeson, Timmy Barry, Kieron McMahon and Paul Griffin, will opt to stay
in Munster for the Ras Duhallow, as they all come from that part of the
country and that event is a quality race.
All five have tasted success since the season's start. Vincent Gleeson
having two wins under his belt, and pride of place would be the win in
Bohermeen last month when he blemished O'Loughlin's run of three wins
on the trot. Also Moriarty's win last Sunday in Balbriggan augurs well
for Team Ireland to do well in Kerry.
It will also be interesting to see how this selection will be viewed
since the resignations of Paul Butler and Ciaran McKenna, who previously
would have been responsible for team selection, but now the onus lies
on former National Director, Frankie Campbell.
The omission of Adrian Hedermann of Cycleways/Lee Strand, who won the
first classic of the season in Carlow two weeks ago, is rather peculiar
as the previous incumbents of selection were acting as high rollers in
deference to sending an Irish team to the Archer Grand Prix, in which
O'Loughlin saved them blushes by scoring the win against all the odds.
"Cycling Ireland would be better served by opting to send teams to the
continent for a stage race, in preference to spending large amounts of
cash on single days in England, such as the Archer and the Lincoln Grand
Prix," said Ciaran McKenna of the High performance committee, who it must
be pointed out was certainly putting a gloss on international performances
with his blend of leadership.
His loss to the sport because of the appointment of a new Chief Executive
of Cycling Ireland in the short term will not cause any hiccups, but when
the main picture comes into focus in the not too distant future, the reverberations
may be felt in many quarters. Cycling can ill afford to lose a man of
his calibre, who brought a certain panache to his dedicated role.
Easter weekends organisers, Sam Darcy of the Dublin Skip Gorey Three
Day and Sean O'Callaghan of the Credit Union Ras Mumhan, are both very
happy with the entries received for their promotions. Both events have
a hundred plus which is a testament to their expertise in the promotional
Fixtures for April 12-13
Saturday, April 12
Ulster: East Tyrone Spring Classic, Cookstown,12.00.
Leinster: Brendan Carroll Memorial, Stamullen, 14.30.
Sunday, April 13
Ulster: Castlereagh Grand Prix, Carryduff, 13.00.
Munster: Ras Duhallow, Freemount, 13.00.
Leinster: Joey White Memorial, Pat Howard Memorial, Jimmy Gough and under-age,
Profile: New Zealand's Tom Bricklebank
By Alan Messenger
Tom Bricklebank is one of the toughest men in New Zealand cycling, but
he's certainly not your everyday cyclist. For starters he's a 61 year
old veteran. Last week he won his age group title at the New Zealand Masters
Road Championships, a day after finishing fifteenth overall and claiming
the first Vets prize in the 100k Rotorua to Taupo "Flyer".
The Aucklander began his cycling career as a schoolboy but although
he's always had a passion for the sport, he hung his bike up for thirty
years before commencing racing again. "I was always around the sport but
I wasn't racing".
He wasn't one for recreational riding either, "That's just a waste of
time. I ride a bike to win races," he said.
Back in the 1960's, Bricklebank became involved with running guru Arthur
Lydiard and his stable of runners that included Olympic Gold Medallists
Peter Snell and Murray Halberg. It was there that the then 18 year old
learned the Master's philosophy on sport. Build up a base of fitness first,
and he sticks to that even now. "I train hard and while building up my
basic fitness I'd do about 500 to 700 kilometres a week," he said.
In the early 1990's, Bricklebank became involved in triathlons, and
in 1994 he finished third in his age group at the World Championships.
A year before that in Noumea he won the Vets Cycling Road race and time
trial at the Oceania Championships.
It was European cycling that always captured Bricklebank's imagination,
and he finally got there last year. "I loved it over there," he said.
"Even as a vet in Belgium you can easily race four days a week and the
racing is helluva hard. It's really tough, nothing like what we do here."
While in Europe Bricklebank won an international time trial in Belgium,
then went on to finish third in the World Championship time trial and
eighth in the road race.
If cycling is Bricklebank's passion, it doesn't completely dominate
his life. The retired computer software salesman confesses to a love of
good wine. "You could say that I'm a wine drinker with a really good cellar,"
he said. "I certainly enjoy a drink and I enjoy life, but while I'm training,
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