First Edition News for April 16, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones
Ullrich OK for Aragon
Team Coast to become Bianchi-Coast
For the second time in eight days, Jan Ullrich has been given a last
minute reprieve to race by the UCI. The German star from Team Coast will
therefore be permitted to start in the Vuelta a Aragon on Wednesday, alongside
Marco Pantani and Gilberto Simoni, among others. According to DPA, the
UCI gave its permission on Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours before
Ullrich is due to race.
The UCI has been reluctant to grant Ullrich a licence without receiving
a bank guarantee worth three months of his salary. Team Coast announced
that it would be able to furnish this as a result of signing Bianchi as
a new co-sponsor. A team spokesman in Spain said on Tuesday that "In future,
we will be known as Bianchi-Coast."
UCI president Hein Verbruggen will meet with Team Coast boss Günther
Dahms and Ullrich's manager Wolfgang Strohband on Wednesday to discuss
the situation further. In the meantime, Ullrich will be able to continue
his much awaited comeback to racing, after finishing 20th in the Circuit
de la Sarthe last week. Team sources indicate that Ullrich will probably
ride Liege-Bastogne-Liege on April 27 and the Rund um den Henninger Turm
(May 1) as part of his program.
Bennati's Roubaix woes
Photo: © CN
Unfortunately for him, Daniele Bennati's specially made Specialized Roubaix
did not make it to the first section of pavé on Sunday in Paris-Roubaix.
The Domina Vacanze fell after 90 km together with Zanini, Commesso and
Baldato and destroyed his bike. "I had to ride the first sections of pavé
with a normal road bike," explained Bennati. "Incredible: the asphalt
with the pavé bike, the pavé with the asphalt bike."
"There were five of us rolling over and we were going strong: we had
a gap of 2'30 to the top group and were holding them. But, it was a useless
labour. After 200 kilometres I went back to the car, it made no sense
to continue. However, for the umpteenth time I understood that on the
pavé I had a special feeling, I was going very strongly. I have another
regret: I would have liked to experience the Specialized Roubaix in the
Arenberg Forest to see how it responded, but that's how it goes."
Zanotti out for three weeks
Fassa Bortolo's Marco Zanotti was another rider to succumb to the pavé
of Paris-Roubaix. Zanotti crashed during the race and fractured his T11
and T12 vertebrae. The result is that he can't ride for three weeks, and
will therefore return to riding in mid-May.
91st Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen
Tomorrow's midweek Belgian classic is the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen, which
celebrates its 91st edition this year, making it one of the longest running
classics in Belgium. The UCI 1.1 classed race starts next to the Schelde
in Antwerp's Grote Markt, before heading out to Schoten for the official
start. The parcours then follows the Albert Kanaal down to Herentals,
then turns north up towards Turnhout before returning west to Schoten
after 155 km. The 200 km race finishes with three laps of a 15 km circuit,
with the sprint in Churchilllaan.
As the parcours is largely flat, the wind and several cobbled sections
will be more of a factor in creating a selection. Last year's winner was
Robbie McEwen, and the Australian Lotto-Domo rider will be looking to
continue his team's success, buoyed by Peter Van Petegem's impressive
Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix double. Van Petegem won't be riding
the Scheldeprijs, and Lotto-Domo will include Nick Gates, Thierry Marichal,
Nico Eeckhout, Gert Steegmans, Stefan van Dijk, Leon van Bon and Aart
Vierhouten as part of its lineup.
The challengers include Quick.Step's Tom Boonen and Servais Knaven,
with Frank Vandenbroucke also riding. Rabobank has Steven de Jongh and
Robert Hunter, while Telekom will line up with its sprinters Erik Zabel
and Danilo Hondo, as well as Gent-Wevelgem winner Andreas Klier.
The top division II squad BankGiroLoterij will present Rudi Kemna and
Jans Koerts, winners of last weekend's Dutch classics (Noord Holland and
Drenthe). Ag2r's Jaan Kirsipuu will be back in action, as will Damien
Nazon (La Boulangère), Oleg Grishkine and Henk Vogels (Navigators), Jo
Planckaert (Cofidis), Julian Dean (CSC), Tom Steels (Landbouwkrediet),
and Kurt Asle-Arvesen and Frank Höj (Team fakta).
Cyclingnews will feature full results, report and photos following the
Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré details
By Russell Standring, grenoblecycling.free.fr
The stage details of the 55th Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré (June 8-15)
have been announced for this important pre-Tour Hors Categorie stage race.
The eight days of racing will take the riders in a clockwise direction
around the Rhone Alps region of France. Starting with the prologue in
the ski resort of Villard-de-Lans, the riders will climb to Le Balcon
de Villard (2.1 km climb at 7%) on the slopes of the Vercors mountains.
The first stage will take the riders south from the Vercors and into
Provence to finish in Vaison-la-Romaine, a town famous for its wine. Stage
two takes the riders north to Vienne, a small town south-east of Lyon
and famous for the Vienne Jazz Festival that is held every summer. The
riders transfer to the rolling hills of the Loire, north of St Etienne,
for the 33 kilometre individual time trial on the picturesque roads between
Saint-Paul-en-Jarez and Saint-Héand. The time-trial course has a low point
of 320 metres, climbing to 780 metres at the Côte de Valfleury after 13
Stage four is the longest of the race, with 237 kilometres between Vienne
and the pretty ski resort of Morzine, and the first day in the mountains.
The route will include the Col de la Ramaz, the 1613 metre Col that will
be used as the deciding climb on stage seven of this year's Tour de France.
The route of stage five undulates over a number of lower category climbs
on the edge of the Alps before the 500 metres of vertical climbing to
the Tunnel du Granier and the final 10 kilometres of descending into Chambery
for the stage finish.
The high mountains return on stage six, when the race will climb the
1570 metre Col du Telegraphe before the steeper gradients of the 2646
metre Col du Galibier. The riders will not climb over the Col du Galibier,
but instead pass through the tunnel which is slightly lower at 2556 metres.
The riders then have a long descent to the stage finish in Briançon, one
of the highest towns in Europe.
On the final day, stage seven, the riders will climb the 2067 metre
Col du Lautaret before descending toward Grenoble and onto two climbs
in the Chartreuse mountains. The 1434 metre Col du Coq is 12 kilometres
at nine percent before a very technical descent to then join the easier
gradients of the 1326 metre Col du Porte and a 15 kilometre descent to
the finish in Grenoble.
The teams will include US Postal-Berry Floor and last year's winner,
Lance Armstrong. Also riding are former winners, American Tyler Hamilton
(Team CSC) and Frenchman Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole).
US Postal Service Presented By Berry Floor
Cofidis, Le Crédit Par Téléphone
Quick Step - Davitamon
Phonak Hearing Systems
Brioches La Boulangere
Euskaltel - Euskadi
Prologue - June 8: Villard-de-Lans (Isère) ITT, 5.1 km
Stage 1 - June 9: Méaudre (Isère) - Vaison-la-Romaine (Vaucluse), 198
Stage 2 - June 10: Bollène (Vaucluse) - Vienne (Isère), 195km
Stage 3 - June 11: Saint-Paul-en-Jarez (Loire) - Saint-Héand (Loire) ITT,
Stage 4 - June 12: Vienne (Isère) - Morzine (Haute-Savoie), 237 km
Stage 5 - June 13: Morzine (Haute-Savoie) - Chambéry (Savoie), 192 km
Stage 6 - June 14: Challes-les-Eaux (Savoie) - Briançon (Hautes-Alpes),
Stage 7 - June 15: Briançon (Hautes-Alpes) - Grenoble (Isère), 174 km
Panaria's Alejandro Borrajo to make his debut
23 year old neo-professional Alejandro Alberto Borrajo, who recently
signed for the Ceramiche-Panaria Fiordo team, will make his debut with
the team in the Settimana Lombarda, which starts this Thursday. There,
the young Argentinean will ride with Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio, Paolo
Lanfranchi, Fabio Gilioli, Ruben Bongiorno, Graeme Brown, Brett Lancaster
and Filippo Perfetto.
Lehigh's NRC track racing events
The Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, has announced
the details of its four National Racing Calendar (NRC) events, including
qualification for Category 1 road cyclists, event information, entry fees
and prize lists. The traditionally road biased NRC is comprised of the
top U.S. cycling events, with a series ranking to go with it. 2003 marks
the first season track cycling has been added to the NRC.
Lehigh Velodrome Executive Director Pat McDonough said that they were
"extremely excited" about the addition of track cycling to the NRC. "And
we are determined to show it deserves to remain there," he added.
Marketing director Jacob Burns said that, "By releasing the NRC event
information now, we hope to secure a majority of riders who plan on participating.
That way we will be able to properly promote the event, riders and their
Contact Pat McDonough (610.967.7587 or email@example.com) or visit the
Lehigh Valley Velodrome website at www.lvvelo.org for more event information.
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