First Edition News for February 21, 2003
Edited by John Stevenson
Baguet looks forward to 2003
Serge Baguet (Lotto-Domo) did not start in Andalucia on Wednesday because
of a bronchial infection. The day after, Baguet was already feeling a
lot better and told Cyclingnews he is staying in France, to ride Haut
Var on the weekend.
"I didn't start because I'm not taking any risks, 2003 has to become
my year," said Serge.
"Last year was a year filled with injury. I went OK with a third spot
in Lagueglia and a second in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. But then I crashed
in Pino Cerami and that was it. Although I still managed to ride the classics
with a seriously torn muscle in my right leg, the pain became that much
I had to stop riding for over a month. I started preparing for the Tour
de France in the Dauphiné Libéré. In the Tours, I worked for the team,
but that was it, I had no chance to go for a stage win myself."
Baguet continued: "Only later in the season I was able to salvage a few
things. I rode well in Italy and got selected for the World's in Zolder.
2002 was mentally a very hard year, but it didn't get me down; after all,
it was not my fault."
"This year it's going to be different, I can feel it," he said optimistically.
"If my theory makes sense, I'll resurface again this season. The
year started off pretty nervously, because of the problems with my contract.
Don't get me wrong, I can handle quite a bit of stress, but this got me
worrying me for a while there."
"I did train very hard though. Even 'in the field', with Scott Sunderland
I trained now and again on the cyclo-cross bike. Mario De Clercq lent
me one of his bikes. Good for your technique."
"My first race confirmed that fact that I worked properly over winter.
My goals are set: at least one podium place in one of the Classics. I
would like to do even better than in 2001. I'm aiming for one of the Wallonian
Classics or the Amstel Gold Race. From the team, I'll get a lot of help
this year, we're stronger and that is a comforting thought."
Armstrong's Tour 'secret'
Lance Armstrong has revealed to USA Today the 'secret' of winning the
Tour de France. Quoted in an article on the Tour - part of a USA Today
series on the ten hardest things to do in sports - Armstrong cites the
Tour as "the most physically demanding event in the world. What could
Asked about the most important thing about being able to compete in the
Tour, Armstrong said, "Being sharp day after day for 23 days. Motivating
a team of eight other guys every day. Dealing with all the outside forces
that are beyond my control (weather, crowds, media)."
And the secret? "The secret is preparation." Though the best advice Armstrong
ever had was, "You have cancer, and we need to start treating it immediately."
USA Today ranks the Tour as eighth hardest thing to do in sports, ahead
of downhill ski racing and stopping a penalty kick in soccer and will
reveal the remaining seven over the next week.
Vuelta a Asturias
The stages and teams have been announced for this year's edition of the
Vuelta a Asturias, May 13-17. The principal Spanish teams will be present,
plus a selection of foreign squads.
Stage 1 - May 13: Oviedo - Llanes, 172 km
Stage 2 - May 14: Llanes - Gijón, 166km
Stage 3 - May 15: Gijón - Avilés, 166 km
Stage 4 - May 16: Cafés Toscaf - Alto del Acebo, 170 km
Stage 5 - May 17: Cangas del Narcea - Oviedo, 164 km
Labarca 2-Café Baqué
Spanish National Team
Domina Vacanze Elitron
Brioches La Boulangerie
By Shane Stokes
Olympic campaign begins
Four of Ireland´s Elite mountain bike riders will begin their campaign
for Olympic qualification when they embark on an eleven day trip to Cyprus
tomorrow. Robin Seymour, Glen Kinning, Richie McCauley and Tarja Owens
will use their time abroad to train and also, crucially, to take part
in two international races which they hope will help raise their world
ranking towards the required level.
This Sunday the quartet will line out in an E1 event in Voroklini in
Cyprus, with a three-day stage race based around the Afxentia area of
the Troodos Mountains to follow next weekend.
Of the four, Seymour and Owens have already experienced the chase for
Olympic qualification, with their 1999 world rankings of 53rd and 57th
ensuring that Ireland secured two berths in the Sydney 2000 cross country
event. The duo went on to compete for the country in the races and have
listed Athens 2004 as their main goal for the future.
Cycling Ireland's elite MTB riders will line out in a number of International
world-ranking events this year, with the two Cypriot races the start of
what is hoped will be a successful campaign.
French success for La Pomme
Three of Ireland's French-based amateurs have got their seasons off to
a good start, with Denis Lynch and Philip Deignan taking third and fourth
in the recent GP de Cannes Montauroux and Deignan, Lynch and Paudi O´Brien
placing third, twelfth and twenty-second respectively in the GP de Peymeinade.
The trio are racing this year as part of the VC La Pomme setup in Marseilles,
the club with whom Lynch, Tommy Evans and Ag2R neo-pro Mark Scanlon competed
with in 2002.
Team Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz County Cycling Club has announced the 25-rider roster
for its 2003 road, mtb, and cyclocross team. In 2002, members of Team
Santa Cruz competed in two World Championship events and several National
and District Championship events spanning various cycling disciplines.
Team Santa Cruz has accepted an invitation from Santa Cruz' sister city
in Shingu, Japan to race the 3 Day Cycle Road Kumano this coming April.
Additionally Team Santa Cruz hosts a monthly time trial, monthly "Flamingo"
Rides, various safety meetings, and will co-sponsor the local Santa Cruz
Criterium (April 13), the Watsonville Criterium (July 19), and the University
Road Race (August 31).
Redlands piles on the gradient
The Redlands Bicycle Classic has added one new course and modified another
to increase substantially the amount of climbing in the April 1-6 event,
traditionally one of the most important early-season road races on the
The new Sun-Panorama Point Road Race course will make up stage 4, and
includes two climbs, one with a maximum gradient of 20 percent to the
lookout point on Sunset Drive. The second climb of this ten mile loop
brings the racers across the Crafton hills on Sand Canyon road, which
includes a steep climb at the beginning, followed by a high-speed descent.
The Stage 2 Highland Circuit Race course has also been modified to improve
safety and improve access for local residents
Stage 1 - April 1: Mt. Rubidoux Time Trial, Riverside
Stage 2 - April 2: Highland Circuit Race, Highland
Stage 3 - April 3: Oak Glen Road Race, Redlands to Oak Glen
Stage 4 - April 4: The Sun-Panorama Point Road Race, Redlands
Stage 5 - April 5: Beaver Medical Group Criterum, Redlands
Stage 6 - April 6: Sunset Road Race, Redlands
New Heffron Park course record
Robert Cater (right) with club-mates
Chris White & Brittany Orr
Photo: © Tony Horneman
Sydney's Heffron Park bike racing circuit is the scene of arguably the
city's most significant regular criterium races, run by the Randwick Botany
Cycling Club on Saturdays and the Eastern Suburbs CC on Tuesday afternoons
in the summer. For the last ten years the time trial record for the 2km
course has stood at 2:46, set by Jeff Jones, now Cyclingnews' senior editor.
This Sunday, February 16, Randwick Botany junior rider Robert Cater hacked
just over two seconds off the record to clock a time of 2:43.88, an average
speed of just under 45km/h. Cater had calm conditions in his favour, but
his achievement is more impressive because he was using the restricted
gears mandated by NSW Cycling Federation rules.
Jeff's reaction on hearing his record had finally been beaten was "It's
about bloody time!" and "Congratulations Robbie, I don't know how long
that record has stood for, but I'm glad someone else has got it now."
It's been a busy week for Randwick Botany with two club members featuring
in NSW Cycling Federation 2002 Cyclist of the Year Awards. U17 Junior
Brittany Orr was awarded the Women U17 Award and Chris White the Masters
Division 4 Award.
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