First Edition Cycling News for November 24, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones
Lotto to shift its focus
Photo ©: Luc Claessen
The Belgian Minister for Public Enterprises, Johan Vande Lanotte, wants
sporting teams sponsored by the national lottery to change their focus
in future to a more developmental role. Vande Lanotte was interviewed
in the Belgian media about his ideas, which he wants to be adopted by
teams such as Lotto-Domo.
"The Lotto must play a social role again, not a commercial one," Vande
Lanotte was quoted in Het Nieuwsblad. "I think that this is the natural
role for a public company. Stimulating young talent is the most obvious,
and actually completely logical. Lotto has to invest in a young cycling
team again. The Lottery shouldn't be sponsoring a team for name branding
but they can certainly invest in young talent, whatever the intentions
"I remember how a young Johan Museeuw was at odds with Lotto. Nevertheless
that generation is great and is getting older. That is normal, I'm not
criticising here. But now is the time to connect with the young people
Lotto-Domo's current manager, Christophe Sercu, was guarded in his reaction
to the Minister's comments. "I respect the vision of the minister and
look at what's happened in the team, which has acquired other sponsors,"
he said. "We have previously chosen to give young riders a chance for
more than one season. I'm thinking of Gardeyn, Van Impe, Steegmans. You
can also give jobs to ten newcomers, and the year after send away six
riders with poor grades. Thus we must also be careful that we don't move
into the zone of Vlaanderen[-T Interim]."
The Belgian national lottery will sponsor Lotto-Domo for at least another
year. At the end of 2004 the contracts of all the team's major sponsors
(Lotto, Domo and Adecco) will finish.
Colombia-Selle Italia 2004
The Division II Colombia-Selle Italia cycling team has finalised its
roster for 2004. The squad will comprise 12 riders, made up of seven Colombians,
two Italians, two Australians and a Venezuelan: Freddy González, Marlon
Pérez, Uberlino Mesa, Rubert Alveiro Marín, Alexis Castro, Álvaro Lozano,
Freddy Paredes (all Colombia), Leonardo Scarselli, Rafael Illiano (both
Italy), Trent Wilson and Russell Van Hout (both Australia) and José Rujano
The team's captains will be Marlon Pérez and Alexis Castro. Antonio
Castaño will act as manager while Gianni Savio will be team manager. Marco
Vellini will coach the squad and Libardo Leyton will be the team's technical
Leaving the squad are Jhon Freddy Garcia, Hernán D. Muñoz, Mauricio
Henao, Carlos Ibáñez, Mikhailov Khalilov, Rodolfo Massi and Luca de Angeli.
Zberg set for Gerolsteiner
Swiss rider Beat Zberg will sign his contract with the Gerolsteiner
team on Monday, November 24, a two year deal that will see him ride alongside
brother Markus. Zberg rode for Rabobank this season, with his best result
being a fourth place in the Tour of Lombardy World Cup race.
Gerolsteiner has added several new riders to its squad, including Sven
Montgomery (Fassa Bortolo), Marco Serpellini (Lampre), Danilo Hondo (Telekom)
and neo-professionals Sven Krauss and Markus Fothen. Captain Davide Rebellin
has already extended his contract with the team by another two years.
More riders for Lamonta
The German Lamonta team, which will step up to Division II next year,
is continuing to sign new riders. Its latest acquisition is ex-Telekom
rider Stefan Schumacher, who brings the team's roster to 11 so far. The
remaining riders are Björn Glasner, Holger Sievers (rider/director), Philipp
Mamos, Björn Papstein, Jonas Owcarek, David Kopp (Telekom), Stefan Kupfernagel
(Phonak), Christoph von Kleinsorgen (Bianchi), Steffen Weigold (Gerolsteiner)
and Hungarian neo-pro Peter Magyarosi.
The team gathered together for the first time last Thursday, and will
aim to do well in the German one day races and tours next season.
Marchante to Paternina
One of the top Spanish amateur riders in 2003, José Ángel Gómez Marchante,
will turn pro with the Paternina-Costa del Almeria team in 2004. Marchante
won the Circuito de Lasarte, the Bira and the Vueltas a Valladolid and
Extremadura this year. His move to Paternina follows on from the signing
of the other top Spanish rider of 2003, Javier Ramírez Abeja, to Liberty
Andoni Aranaga to Chocolade Jacques
21 year old Spaniard Andoni Aranaga is the latest rider to join the
Chocolade Jacques team, which now has 21 members. The neo-professional
won the amateur version of the Bicicleta Vasca this year, as well as finishing
second in the Circuito Montañes. Jacques team leader Jef Braeckeveldt
was impressed with his climbing abilities and signed him on.
Gualandi to Flanders
Italian amateur rider Alex Gualandi will ride for the Flanders-Afin
team in 2004.
52nd Vuelta al Valle
The 52nd edition of the Vuelta al Valle will take place in Rio Negro,
Argentina between November 23-29. The race will consist of a prologue
and seven stages, as follows.
Prologue - November 23: Allen ITT, 6,2 km
Stage 1 - November 24: Allen-Allen, 160 km
Stage 2 - November 25: Allen-Allen, 100 km
Stage 3 - November 25: Autódromo Gral, Mosconi, TTT, 20 km
Stage 4 - November 26: Allen-Catriel, 155 km
Stage 5 - November 27: Catriel-Catriel, 150 km
Stage 6 - November 28: Allen-5 Saltos-Cipolletti-F. Oro-Roca, 170 km
Stage 7 - November 29: Allen-Allen, 160 km
2002 Adrián Gariboldi (3)
2001 Adrián Gariboldi (2)
2000 Alejandro Borrajo
1999 Jorge Giacinti
1998 Adrián Gariboldi
1997 Edgardo Simon
1996 Roberto Prezioso
1995 Juan Sosa
1994 Juan Curuchet
1993 Erminio Suárez
Vuelta Juvenil de Antioquia
As preparation for the Vuelta del Porvenir, the Colombian Cycling Federation
is holding a three day stage race for Junior U19 riders. The Vuelta Juvenil
de Antioquia will take place between November 26-28 over three stages
and 193 kilometres, with riders from Antioquia, Caldas, Risaralda and
Quindìo participating in the event.
Stage 1 - November 26: Marinilla-Peñol-Guatapè-Marnilla, 82 km
Stage 2 - November 27: Marinilla-Rionegro-La Ceja-Marinilla, 92 km
Stage 3 - November 28: Peñol- Marinilla ITT, 19 km
Easton-Clif Bar Cycling Team scholarships
The U.S. based Easton-Clif Bar Cycling Team has announced its three
scholarship recipients for 2003. The scholarships are a reward for young
cyclists who have excelled on and off the bike during the season. Each
recipient will receive a $US400 scholarship to be used towards a college
education. The winners were selected on the basis of their abilities to
"train, educate, and challenge themselves" on the bike, while supporting
the organisation through "volunteering and devoting time to promote cycling
through events, advocacy, and educational programs" off the bike.
Wesley Satterwhite, a 12 old 9th grader at Weddington Middle School
Greg Powell, a 17 year old 11th grader at Myers Park High School
Will Hoffarth an 18 old 2003 graduate of JM Robinson High School
Rotorua MTB Club awarded
The New Zealand Rotorua Mountain Bike Club emerged as a winner in the
recent Trustpower Spirit of Rotorua Awards, which recognise the contribution
of a wide range of volunteer organizations in the community. The awards
cover five categories: Heritage & Environment, Health & Well Being, Art
& Culture, Sport & Leisure, Education & Child or Youth Development. The
Rotorua Mountain Bike Club won the Sport and Leisure category and the
overall Supreme Award.
"This is a fantastic reflection of all the hard work put in by club
members organizing events and building and maintaining tracks and the
success of our riders in various events, both in New Zealand and overseas,
over the last year," said Club secretary, Graeme Simpson.
The Club will host the 2004 Oceania Championships in January, the first
step in a two and a half year build up to the World's.
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