First Edition News for March 28, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones & Chris Henry
Zülle confirms with Phonak
Photo: © Pascal Meisser
The Swiss Phonak team has confirmed the engagement of Alex Zülle
for the remainder of the 2003 season, with an option to extend the contract
through 2004. Thirty four year old Zülle, twice runner up in the
Tour de France and a two-time winner of the Vuelta a España, decided
to leave Team Coast due to lingering conflicts and salary disputes.
"I don't want to ride for race any more for Coast, under any circumstances,"
Zülle had said. "It would be best for everybody if they let me leave."
The team did release Zülle and his manager Tony Rominger from their
contract, and today for the first time in his career, Zülle signed
for a Swiss team.
Zülle's move bolsters the Phonak roster, potentially improving the
chances of a first-ever invitation to the Tour de France. At the same
time, his departure from Team Coast could free up the money necessary
for Coast to provide the additional UCI bank guarantee necessary to register
Jan Ullrich, who is still without a racing license.
De Clercq breaks kneecap
It wasn't all good news for Lotto-Domo in yesterday's Dwars Door Vlaanderen.
Despite Robbie McEwen sprinting to victory off a perfect team leadout,
one of Lotto's key domestiques, Hans De Clercq badly injured his knee
in a crash, and will miss the spring classics. De Clercq fell in the massive
pileup in Elst that also claimed Johan Museeuw, who is in doubt for the
GP E3 and Brabantse Pijl this weekend.
In the crash, De Clercq broke the front fork of his bike, but continued
in the race with a new machine. However he could not rejoin the peloton,
and eventually was forced to give up. On his way to the changing rooms,
his knee seized up. He was taken to hospital where it was found that he'd
broken it. It is not sure whether he'll have an operation, but he will
be out of action for at least seven weeks.
De Waele and Omloop injured
Palmans-Collstrop's Fabien de Waele and Geert Omloop were also caught
up in the crash in Dwars Door Vlaanderen. Omloop is now in doubt for Saturday's
GP E3, after sustaining cuts and abrasions all over his body. De Waele
was less seriously injured, with light abrasions in various places.
Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) has suffered a setback in his preparation
for this weekend's Criterium International. After his third place finish
in Paris-Nice last week, Rebellin suffered a severe attack of the 'flu
over the past two days, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. He was able
to resume training Thursday, in view of the weekend's races. He hopes
to be back into top shape by the Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège,
his two big objectives in spring.
Steels and Dierckxsens sick
Belgian champion Tom Steels didn't even make it to the start of the Dwars
Door Vlaanderen, after suffering from fever and diarrhea on Tuesday night
and Wednesday morning. "I felt slow and empty," he told Het Laatste Nieuws.
"There was no point forcing it. Rest and recovery are the only remedies."
His Landbouwkrediet-Colnago teammate Ludo Dierckxsens is still recovering
from a viral infection, however he intends to start in Sunday's Brabantse
CAS Verdict due on Roux
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is expected to issue a verdict
within four to six weeks on the case of French professional Laurent Roux,
according to an AFP report. Roux tested positive for amphetamine use in
2002, but was not suspended by the French cycling federation (FFC), as
the federation felt the UCI's doping control did not conform with French
procedure. The UCI subsequently appealed this decision by the FFC not
to suspend Roux, taking the case before the CAS, which heard arguments
on Wednesday. Roux is currently signed with the Belgian Division II team
Yeti Cycles announces new team
Yeti Cycles has announced the re-birth of Team Yeti. In keeping with
its tradition, Yeti has signed relatively unknown young racers that will
specialize in downhill and four-cross events.
Team Yeti will be coached by Australian National Coach and professional
downhill racer Scott Sharples and Keith Darner, who won three national
titles as a coach at Fort Lewis College.
Three Team Yeti riders, Justin Havukainen, Dave McLaughlin, and Luke
Strom, are products of Australia's powerful junior program, which has
produced the last three junior world champions. Havukainen has dual citizenship
and will race as an American this year. Colorado native Ross Milan, known
for his lightning fast starts, will race the four-cross and downhill.
Scott Sharples, who has raced professionally for years, will race downhill
events in addition to his coaching duties.
Team Yeti Roster
Ross Milan (USA) - Downhill and 4X
Dave McLaughlin (AUS) - Downhill, 4X, and Freeride competitions
Justin Havukainen (USA) - Downhill and 4X
Luke Strom (AUS) - Downhill and 4X
Scott Sharples - Downhill, 4X, Coach
Keith Darner - Coach
McKenna quits Cycling Ireland board
By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent/Evening Herald/Sunday Independent
Cycling Ireland suffered a serious loss last evening when it became clear
that Ciaran McKenna, a board member of the organisation, had resigned
in disgust over the manner in which a new chief executive officer was
appointed. An announcement of the appointment of an Englishman to the
position is to be made public in the next few days.
McKenna, a leading light in the organisation since the body was reformed
in the last few years, left his position when Cycling Ireland president
PJ Nolan informed him that he was being overlooked for the role. McKenna
received notification that he was the first reserve but this did not cut
ice with the former international cyclist, not because of the nationality
of the incumbent, but on the basis of talent within the country. "You
have only to look at the what the rugby and soccer people have done in
promoting home talent," said Ciaran.
Collegiate Cycling World Grand Prix postponed
The inaugural Collegiate Cycling World Grand Prix, scheduled for May
30-June 1, 2003, has been postponed by organisers until 2004 because a
title sponsor could not be found. The race is to be held in 2004 in its
originally proposed location, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
"We're committed to a first-rate event, and we didn't want to wait until
the last minute to get a title sponsor," said Charlie Brown, Bethlehem's
director of parks and public property. "We're going to continue on a positive
note and continue to plan and make this happen for the city of Bethlehem."
The proposed event hoped to draw more than 500 competitors from over
200 American and international schools, with a prize list of over $35,000.
In addition to the race, there was going to be a blues music festival,
major consumer expo, job fair, and a BMX exhibition.
Spring 2003 IMBA/Koobi Club Assistance Grants
Four bicycle groups will receive cash awards in the first round of 2003
IMBA/Koobi Club Assistance Grants. The $500 grants support projects that
preserve and enhance trail opportunities for mountain bikers.
The 2003 IMBA/Koobi Club Assistance Grants first-round winners are:
Durango-San Juan Mountain Bike Patrol, Durango, Colorado - This grant
will help start the DSJMBP. The patrol will provide on-the-trail assistance
in the Durango and San Juan Mountain area. They will work in conjunction
with Trails 2000, city officials and land managers.
Batesville Independence Knobby Explorers, Batesville, Arkansas - The
Koobi/IMBA award will support the construction of an informational kiosk
at the trailhead of a new 75-mile trail system in the Sylamore district.
Gateway Riders, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada - The Gateway Riders were instrumental
in developing the Charlottenburgh Forest Mountain Bike Area. Grant funds
will help create educational kiosks throughout this popular trail system.
The kiosks will list IMBA's Rules of the Trail and offer tips on trail
etiquette, safety and skills.
San Diego Mountain Bike Association, San Diego, California - Koobi grant
funds will pay for new trail markers and trailhead kiosks in Black Mountain
Park. SDMBA has been the most active group in this rapidly growing, multi-use
Koobi and IMBA will award four more grants in 2003. The application deadline
for the next round is July 1, 2003. All IMBA-affiliated clubs are invited
to apply. For more information please visit: www.imba.com/resources/grants/koobi_grants.html
US Bicycling Hall of Fame art contest winners
The United States Bicycling Hall of Fame announced the winners of a nationwide
art contest commemorating the 16th annual Inductions Dinner. The art will
be used as wine labels on commemorative wine provided by Bolla Wines.
Also sponsoring the dinner is Colavita Pasta.
The winners are:
Darlene Barbaria of Brooklyn, NY, a graphic designer of book covers and
graduate of NYC School of Visual Arts; Todd Leister of Barto, PA, a cat
2 racer for Tri-State Velo; and Kevin Kaneshiro of Portland, OR, a graphic
artist and member of the US Cycling Paralympic Games as a driver for a
For more information on the inductions dinner, see: www.usbhof.com or
Specific questions may be sent to Ron@RonRoley.com.
The evening will honour the 2003 inductees: John S. Johnson (1873-1934),
Bob Tetzlaff, Steve Woznick, Connie Paraskevin Young, and Chris Carmichael.
The Event Chair and keynote speaker for the evening is Gerard Bisceglia,
CEO of USA Cycling. Bob Roll will be providing some remarks as well. There
will be a silent auction featuring items donated personally by Robin Williams.
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