Latest News for August 1, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones
World Cup resumes with HEW Cyclassics
By Jeff Jones
2002 winner Johan Museeuw
Photo: © AFP
Round six of the UCI Road World Cup takes place in Hamburg this Sunday
with the HEW Cyclassics Cup. The race marks the start of the second half
of the World Cup season, which took a break after Liege-Bastogne-Liege
at the end of April.
HEW is one of the easier World Cups, and typically favours the sprinters.
However, as always it's the riders who make the race, and there is enough
in the parcours to cause small splits at the end. Last year, a group of
10 riders escaped on the Waseberg with 15 km to go, with Johan Museeuw
triumphing in front of Igor Astarloa and Davide Rebellin. In 2001, the
race finished in a bunch sprint, with Erik Zabel taking the flowers.
Zabel will be aiming for another win this year, sporting his German
champion's jersey and a strong Telekom team. However after a winless Tour
de France, Zabel will have his work cut out if he is to hold off the likes
of Petacchi, Cooke and McEwen in a bunch sprint, should it come down to
that. There are also the likes of Oscar Freire (Rabobank), Bernhard Eisel
(FDJeux.com), Julian Dean (CSC), René Haselbacher (Gerolsteiner), Angelo
Furlan (Alessio), Fred Rodriguez and Romans Vainsteins (Vini Caldirola),
Giovanni Lombardi (Domina Vacanze), Thor Hushovd and Stuart O'Grady (Credit
Agricole), and Kurt-Asle Arvesen (fakta) who will be eager to seize their
Cyclingnews will have live coverage of the HEW Cyclassics starting from
14:30 CEST/8:30 EDT/5:30 PDT/22:30 AEST.
Museeuw wants to confirm
Johan Museeuw, the winner of last year's HEW Cyclassics Cup, says that
he's still motivated to have a good end of season, despite not wearing
the World Cup leader's jersey this time around. "I want to confirm until
the end of my career that I'm still among the top," he told Het Laatste
Nieuws during the Tour de la Région Wallonne. "I've been training very
well in St. Moritz: in my own way, feeling good, listening to my body,
watching my heart rate. I'm at the same level as last year. Maybe mentally
a bit less because last year the World Cup jersey motivated me. But on
Sunday in Hamburg I'm also going for the victory."
Museeuw won't be riding the World Cups in Zürich or San Sebastian, and
it's likely that both he and Paolo Bettini will be the top men for Quick.Step.
"If it's going to be Bettini riding in service of Museeuw, or Museeuw
in service of Bettini, we haven't talked about that yet, but we'll see
in the race itself. Bettini has ridden the Tour, and maybe thanks to his
crash in Gent-Wevelgem he still has enough reserves. But Van Petegem is
in good shape too."
The HEW Cyclassics Cup is not one of Museeuw's favourite World Cups,
"The race stays closed for a long time before we reach the three climbs.
If it explodes there, you always have to take a lot of risks if you want
to be in the breakaway. But in fact you can win Hamburg with a bit less
condition. You can't do that in the Ronde van Vlaanderen or Paris-Roubaix.
That's why I'll always find Hamburg the least worthy of all the World
There is also a chance that Museeuw will do the World Championships
in Hamilton, despite ruling it out initially. He will talk to national
coach Jose de Cauwer about it in the near future. "A Museeuw in top condition
has a place anywhere," said De Cauwer to Het Nieuwsblad. "Not the parcours,
but the motivation of the riders and the ability to tip the balance in
a moment. Johan can guide the young riders."
More blood controls at Track Worlds
The UCI carried out another 17 blood tests on riders at the Track Cycling
World Championships in Stuttgart on Friday morning. Riders from France,
Germany and the Netherlands were tested, with no-one being declared unfit
to start. Yesterday, Russian rider Sergei Koedentsov tested above the
50 percent hematocrit limit, and was suspended for two weeks by the UCI
for health reasons.
Mayo and Zubeldia won't ride Vuelta
Euskaltel-Euskadi will be without its two top Tour riders in the Vuelta
España, after Haimar Zubeldia chose to follow Iban Mayo in not starting.
Both riders are tired after a tough season, according to team leader Julian
Rumblings within Marlux
There are murmurings of dissent within the Belgian second division team
Marlux. After Noël Demeulenaere announced that he was starting a new first
division team next year, team director Didier Paindaveine has been particularly
annoyed. "Since he said that he was setting up a new first division team
with Dave Bruylandts, the cohesion has completely gone," Paindaveine said
to Belgian VRT Teletekst. "The problem is that everybody, after the Bruylandts
thing, is now in a state of uncertainty, myself included. There are far
too many cliques forming."
"I'm not set on an adventure with a first category team. I will listen
to what Demeulenaere proposes, but if he tells me nothing, then I want
to stand on my own legs."
Quick.Step loses Kashechkin
The Quick.Step-Davitamon team will lose Kazakh rider Andrey Kashechkin
to Credit Agricole next year. Kashechkin had already signed a preliminary
agreement with Quick.Step, but decided in favour of the French outfit.
On the other hand, Quick.Step will probably secure the signature of Spanish
climber Juan Miguel Mercado today.
USAC announce automatic qualifiers for MTB World's
USA Cycling has announced the athletes automatically qualified to represent
the U.S. at the 2003 World Mountain Bike Championships to be held August
30-September 7 in Lugano, Switzerland. The nominations are as follows:
Elite men's cross country: Jeremy Horgan Kobelski (RLX/Polo), Todd Wells
(Mongoose/Hyundi), Jeremiah Bishop (Trek VW Factory Team).
The women's elite cross country squad will consist of Susan Haywood
(Trek/VW), Willow Koerber (RLX/Polo), and Mary McConneloug (Seven Cycles).
Espoir cross county athletes include: Walker Ferguson (Gary Fisher/Subaru),
Adam Craig (Giant/Pearl Izumi), Barry Wicks (KONA), and Ryan Trebon (Krystal/WCCA).
In the junior categories, John Devine (Trek/VW/JBL) and Michael McClure
(Balance Bar/Devo) will represent the junior men in the cross country
event. Sabra Davison (Balance Bar/Devo) and Caitlyn Tuel (Sobe/Cannondale)
have been nominated for the women's junior cross country event.
Downhill nominations include: Elite men: Gary Houseman (Intense) and
Eric Carter (Mongoose/Hyundai). Marla Streb (Luna Chix) and Kathy Pruitt
(Luna Chix) will both ride in the women's downhill event.
Junior nominations include: Kyle Strait (RedBull), Henry O'Donnel (ITS/Santa
Cruz), and Cody Warren (Haro). Jenny Cornelison (Karpeil/WT) and Leanna
Gerrard (Sobe/Cannondale) will represent the U.S. in the women's junior
Four-cross nominations include: Eric Carter (Mongoose/Hyundi), Mike
King (Haro), and Brian Schmith (Mongoose/Hyundi). The women's squad includes
Jamie Lily (KHS), Jill Kitner (Fox Shox), and Tara Llanes (Giant/Pearl
USA Cycling will announce the final team including discretionary nominations
Monday, August 4, 2003.
Marathon ride to benefit cancer research
A new marathon ride benefiting the Lymphoma Research Foundation will
be incorporated into the Ninth Annual Pedro's Mountain Bike Festival,
which takes place between August 8-10 at the Brodie Mountain Cross Country
Ski Area on Route 7 in Lanesboro, Mass. The Mavic/Lymphoma Research Foundation
Marathon Ride begins at the Festival on Saturday, August 9th at 8:00 a.m.
and offers riders a moderate 12 mile course or a longer 30 mile course
with a climb up Mount Greylock.
"The ride is designed to accommodate riders of all abilities with the
added bonus of benefiting the nation's largest lymphoma-focused voluntary
health organization," said Mavic's Christopher Zigmont.
The Mavic/Lymphoma Research Foundation Marathon Ride is open to all
riders. Participants can choose between two courses with aid stations
providing food, water and energy drinks available on either ride. Cost
of the ride for Festival attendees is $10. Non-Festival attendees can
come and ride for $55, which includes entry to the Festival on Saturday.
Pledge forms are available at www.pedrosfest.com.
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