Latest News for August 13, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones
Vinokourov looks to Zurich
Photo: © Jeff Tse
Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) has had a remarkable season already. The
winner of Paris-Nice, Tour de Suisse, Amstel Gold Race and third overall
in the Tour de France is currently ranked sixth in the UCI rankings and
has scored the second greatest number of UCI points this season behind
Gilberto Simoni. Vino has a chance to improve that in this Sunday's Championship
of Zurich, where he will start as one of the favourites in the hilly World
"I always give my maximum and these are the consequent results. But
I would not have expected this great season after having so much bad luck
last year," said Vinokourov to Telekom's website, after winning three
post-Tour criteriums in Holland and France. "I hope that I can hold my
good form through till the World Cup on Sunday, but my batteries are slowly
getting a bit empty."
Cipollini to defend World Championship title?
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Photo: © Christine Grein
Despite having little chance of winning on the hilly Hamilton World Championships
parcours, reigning World Champion Mario Cipollini may well go to Canada
to defend his title. "I'll only go out of respect, as the outgoing champion,"
he was quoted by VRT Teletekst as saying. "Also out of gratitude for the
team that unified itself behind me in Zolder. Perhaps I can be useful
for the first 100 kilometres."
Dekker comes back in time for Ronde van Nederland
Erik Dekker (Rabobank), who has spent most of the season on the sidelines
due to an injured knee, will make his next return to racing on August
17 in the Dwars door Gendringen, just a couple of days before the Ronde
van Nederland, in which he will also ride. He will then aim to ride out
the rest of the season, although his program has yet to be finalised.
"It's good that the first races are mainly flat," said Dekker to ANP.
"In the Ronde van Nederland I'll start not to win, but to get some kilometres
in and stand by my teammates. The most important thing is that everything
stays in place. Whether results come this year is of secondary interest."
Political support for suspended German trackies
The German Cycling Federation's (BDR) decision to suspend the four members
of its pursuit team after the infighting at the World's has even attracted
concern from German politicians, who want to see the quartet in action
at the Athens Olympics in 2004. The Minister of Defence, Peter Struck,
and Saxony's Minister of Science and Art, Matthias Rößler, have raised
their voices in support of the pure track riders Christian Bach, Sebastian
Siedler and Jens Lehmann (the fourth, Daniel Becke, has a road contract
with the Bianchi team).
Defence Minister Mr Struck announced that the Ministry would be reassessing
Bach and Siedler's status as "sporting soldiers", stressing that the German
Federation will not decide their status, rather it should be a matter
for the Ministry of Defence.
Saxony's Minister for Science and Art Mr Rößler wrote to BDR president
Sylvia Schenk, asking her to reconsider the decision to suspend Lehmann
until August 2005. "Give Jens Lehmann a chance to return to the national
team and to start in the next Olympic Games. Please consider Lehmann's
successes that did German cycling and the sport in general a lot of good."
Currently, Christian Bach has been suspended until the beginning of
2004, while Siedler is out until August 31, 2004, and Lehmann and Becke
are banned until August 31, 2005.
Sentjens and Mutsaars have to prove their place
Young Dutch riders Ronald Mutsaars and Roy Sentjens will ride for at
least another year with Rabobank, having been given an extension of their
contracts until the end of 2004 by team management. However, the second
year pro's will have to prove themselves in the team next year if they
are to retain their positions.
"We find that the progression that they've have made since their promotion
[from the Rabobank amateur team] is too little to offer them a longer
contract," team managers Jaan Raas and Piet Hubert were quoted by ANP.
"It's not that we are really dissatisfied, otherwise we wouldn't have
given them a new contract at all, but we still expected a little more
from them. Hence a one year agreement."
Raas and Hubert pointed out that a place in the Rabobank professional
team is in demand, especially with a number of good young riders coming
up through the Rabobank Division III team. "With the maximum twenty five
rider limit per professor team, Mutsaars and Sentjens must therefore prove
their places," finished Raas and Hubert.
Omloop and Trouvé extend
Belgian Champion Geert Omloop and compatriot Kristof Trouvé have extended
their contracts with the Palmans-Collstrop team for another year. Omloop
recorded his biggest career success in June this year in Vilvoorde when
he beat Jurgen Van Goolen to win the Belgian Road Championships.
Renshaw and Bates stagiaires with French teams
Australians Mark Renshaw and Gene Bates have landed stagiaire contracts
with French teams FDJeux.com and Credit Agricole respectively. The pair
will commence their contracts on September 1 and ride to the end of the
season with their teams.
Verheyen a dad
Geert Verheyen (Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf) has become a father of a baby
girl, Luna. Unfortunately for Verheyen, the birth took place on Monday,
and he was not able to make it back from the Vuelta a Burgos in time to
Mtbchick.com looking for Flower Power Awards nominations
Mtbchick.com, a U.S. based women's mountain bike racing team and club
that exists to promote women in cycling, is currently accepting nominations
for the 2003 Mtbchick.com Flower Power Awards, the first ever series of
awards recognising outstanding female mountain bikers.
The awards will showcase talent and hard work put forth by pro and amateur
women with recognition for the advancement of women's mountain biking.
Eleven award categories include team and individual awards at both professional
and amateur levels. Categories include: Best Overall Female Mountain Biker,
Best Junior Female Mountain Biker, Most Improved Female Mountain Biker,
Best Women's Team, Best Mtbchick Steward, and the Mtbchick Wonder Woman
Nominations will be accepted through September 20, 2003 and may be made
via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to: Mtbchick.com, Flower
Power Awards, 3800 Pike Rd., 12-306, Longmont, CO 80503.
Please include name and contact information of nominee including supporting
evidence of merit as well as photos of the nominee. Anyone may submit
a nomination. Nominees who fit the category will be announced on a monthly
basis at mtbchick.com. (Mtbchick members not eligible for nomination.)
Categories for the Recipients of the 2003 Flower Power Awards will be
announced in October.
Wisconsin Cyclocross Series
The Wisconsin Cycling Association has expanded its 2003 Bianchi Cyclocross
Racing Series to seven races. After a successful 2002 Series that saw
record attendance by racers and spectators, the WCA is excited to offer
Cyclocrossers plenty more quality racing.
The WCA will be awarding Series points in the following categories:
C Women and C Men (beginners), Juniors (under 18), B Men (intermediate),
30+ and 40+ Masters Men (Changed for 2003), A/B Women (elite) and A Men
(elite). The C races offer anyone a chance to give Cyclocross a try. Also,
for those not wishing to lash out on a new cyclo-cross bike, it is possible
to race your mountain bike, just minus the "pointy" bar ends. Even an
old touring bike or hybrid with knobby tires is OK.
The Series will start off on September, 28th at Lapham Peak State Park,
in Delafield. Other race locations are Badger Prairie Park in Verona,
Cam-Rock Park in Cambridge, UW-Whitewater campus, Milwaukee's Estabrook
Park and Triangle Sports Area Park in Green Bay. The series will conclude
on November 16th with the Wisconsin State Cyclocross Championships to
be held at the Angell Park Speedway, in Sun Prairie.
For a complete and updated scheduled go to the WCA's website at www.wicycling.org/crossSchedule.htm.
For questions about the Series, contact Jerry Pearce at 414.961.1110 (email@example.com),
or John Ericsson at 608.438.6707 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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