First Edition News for September 24, 2003
Edited by John Stevenson
UCI withdraws recognition of WADA observers
Cycling's international governing body, the UCI has withdrawn recognition
for World Anti-Doping Agency observers at UCI events after a report on
anti-doping procedures was allegedly leaked to the French press earlier
In a strongly-worded statement, the UCI has criticised WADA for the leak,
which came just before WADA's executive committee was due to meet on Monday
and Tuesday of this week. The full report was officially published yesterday
on WADA's website after the agency said, "there appears to have been a
breach of protocols in untimely publication of an earlier draft of the
The UCI's statement says: "The leak to the French press happens exactly
the day before WADA's Executive Meeting will pronounce itself on the list
of banned substances, with a main discussion on which the UCI's point
of view is, as well as many others notably scientists, fundamentally opposed
to the adopted position, notably, by France.
"The publication of a confidential project report harms badly the serenity
of the discussion, some of which apparently want to avoid being based
on rational and scientific arguments."
Demanding that WADA open an investigation into the source of the leak,
the UCI said, "its confidence in WADA's system has been affected and that
consequently no observer of this organization will be recognized in its
functions in future cycling events."
O'Grady confirms departure from CA
Photo: © C.Henry/CN
Australian sprinter Stuart O'Grady, winner of the Centenaire classification
at this year's Tour de France, has confirmed that he will not ride for
Credit Agricole in 2004. O'Grady told Cyclingnews, "I am in the final
stages of negotiations for a change of teams. I won't be riding for CA
next year, that is a fact. I will be announcing the new team by the end
of the week."
At the end of this year's Tour de France, O'Grady said he planned to
focus on the Spring Classics such as the Tour of Flanders (he finished
third this year), as well as Paris-Roubaix in 2004. "They will be major
objectives, and (in the Tour) I'll go for stage wins and not the points,"
he said. It therefore seems that O'Grady's destination is likely to be
a team that specialises more in the Classics than in the Tour.
Merckx' world's tip: "Bettini is the guy"
Former world champion, five-time Tour de France winner and most people's
candidate for greatest cyclist of all time, Eddy Merckx has joined the
chorus of experts tipping Italy's Paolo Bettini to win the world road
race championships in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on October 12.
According to world's sources, Merckx thinks, "the riders from Italy are
very strong always in championships. And I think Bettini is the guy. He
has won some world cup races, I think he will be the biggest favourite."
Merckx and the officials of the Belgian cycling federation took a look
at a video of the Hamilton course last week, and he believes it will suit
Bettini. "I think it will be a very tough course because it is really
hilly. I think it will be a hard race especially because it is only 12
km around. It will be a very interesting race."
Merckx won the world championships in Canada in 1974, the only time the
country has hosted the world's before this year. He has fond memories
of the occasion. "It was my third world championship victory as a professional,"
said Merckx, "and it was the first time the world championships was held
outside Europe. It was special for all the riders. It was very nice. The
course was very hard the weather was nice and the people too. It was a
great day for me."
Top Italians roll up for 51st Coppa Sabatini
Thursday's Coppa Sabatini in Peccioli, Italy is one of the final chances
for Italian riders to make selection for the team that will wear the traditional
blue Italian colours at the world's in Hamilton next month. Nineteen teams
eight-man are entered and virtually every Italian squad is represented,
plus several major foreign teams that have strong Italian contingents.
Italian national coach Franco Ballerini says this is the last chance
for riders to make the national team. "The last available places will
be allocated after the race in Peccioli," said Ballerini.
Italian team captain and world number one Paolo Bettini won Sabatini
last year and on current form is hot favourite to repeat in this year's
51st Coppa Sabatini teams and significant riders
Quick Step Davitamon: Paolo Bettini, Luca Poalini, Davide Bramati
Fassa Bortolo: Michele Bartoli, Marco Velo
Saeco Macchine Pere Caffe': Mirko Celestino, Danilo Di Luca
Alessio: Fabio Baldato, Andrea Noe', Franco Pellizotti
Lampre: Gabriele Missaglia, Marco Serpellini, Max Sciandri
Vini Caldirola: Stefano Garzelli, Romans Vainsteins
Domina Vacanze Elitron: Daniele Bennati, Alexander Kolobnev
De Nardi Colpack: Leonardo Giordani, Michele Gobbi, Sergey Honchar
Ceramiche Panaria Fiordo: Giuliano Fugueras, Palo Lanfranchi
Formaggi Pinzolo: Bo Hamburger, Massimiliano Mori
Mercatone Uno Scanavino: Ruggero Borghi, Massimo Codol
Tenax: Sergei Lelekin, Oscar Pozzi, Gianluca Tonetti
AG2R Prevoyance: Mikel Astarloza
Amore&Vita Beretta: Jamie Burrow
iBanesto.com: Eugeni Petrov
Lambouwkrediet-Colnago: Yaroslav Popovych, Vladimir Duma, Lorenzo Bernucci
ONCE: Mikel Uranga Zabarreita
Phonak: Oscar Camenzind
ED System: Lubos Kejval
Saeco targets Sabatini
One team that will be looking to make a strong showing in Coppa Sabatini
is Saeco whose riders Danilo Di Luca and Mirko Celestino are chasing those
remaining national team positions. "Celestino will be out to impress national
coach Franco Ballerini and get a place in the team for the worlds, while
Di Luca already in the provisional Italian team, will be looking fine-tune
his form," said a team source. Di Luca and Celestino will be supported
by Alessio Galletti, Fabio Sacchi, Alessandro Spezialetti, Stefano Zanini
and stagaires Wilfried Marget and Diego Caccia, with Guido Bontempi as
Saeco's next appointments this weekend are the Giro dell'Emilia on Saturday,
September 27 and the GP Beghelli on Sunday, September 28. The Emilia race
will be another test for Celestino and Di Luca with the final climb to
San Luca especially difficult. Directeur sportif Giuseppe Martinelli will
have Leonardo Bertagnolli, Damiano Cunego, Alessio Galletti, Fabio Sacchi,
Alessandro Spezialetti and Andrea Tonti to help the two leaders.
For the GP Beghelli Martinelli will field Bertagnolli, Commesso, Cunego,
Galletti, Sabaliauskas, Sacchi and Zanini.
Tom Southam tries out with Amore & Vita
By Phillip Ingham, British Cycling
Great Britain team rider Tom Southam is to join the Italian division
three team Amore & Vita for the remainder of the season, with a view to
signing full-time next year. Tom flew out Tuesday to Italy to join his
new team-mates and will be riding Milano-Vignola (September 28, UCI cat
1.2) and the Giro della Provincia di Lucca (September 30 - October 3,
UCI cat 2.3) as he builds up to the World Championships in Hamilton later
Tom is enthusiastic about this new opportunity. "These two events are
traditional pre-worlds preparation races for the Italian team and all
the pros and the top Italian Trade teams will be there," he said. "I'm
really looking forward to riding with Amore & Vita, they represent a definite
step up in my career."
Asked how the deal with the team came about, Tom makes it sound very
straightforward. "They were at the Brandenburg Rundfahrt, which I was
riding with the GB team and we just got talking. Jamie Burrow was really
helpful and the idea sort of came up to race with them."
Looking ahead, Tom is hopeful that he will be able to join the team full-time
in 2004. The benefits, for a promising young rider looking to turn pro,
are obvious. "They basically ride the whole Italian calendar and get into
virtually all the top quality races except the Giro."
Tom has been a member of the lottery funded GB Cycling Team since 2000.
Based in the UK in 2000, he won the national under-23 series and made
a spectacular, if unsuccessful, lone break in that year's world championship
under-23 race. In 2001 and 2002 he raced in France and Holland respectively,
and this year has split his racing between the GB endurance team and French
club Nantes 44. Perhaps his most memorable ride to date was his second
place behind Julian Winn in the 2002 national road championships on the
tough Rivington course.
Colavita-Bolla plans forward into 2004
At last some good news from the beleaguered US domestic pro community.
John A. Profaci, one of the owners of Colavita USA, LLC says he is in
the thick of planning next year's Colavita-Bolla cycling programs for
both pro men's and women's squads. With continued sponsorship from the
teams' Italian-based partners Colavita Pasta and Olive Oil, in addition
to continued support from the co-title sponsor Bolla Wines, the funding
is in place to plan ahead, he says. John believes his team needs to 'step
up' the program and maintain the excitement and competitiveness which
U.S. cycling has gained over the last few years because of Lance Armstrong's
accomplishments. Positions at the top level remain open as the team seeks
to identify and sign-on the team leaders.
Colavita USA, which imports high-end Italian Colavita pasta, olive oil
and balsamic vinegar, has also felt the financial pinch and woes of the
slumping economy in 2003. However, John explains that he is encouraged
by the market data that indicates more people have been taking home Colavita
products than in previous years. "I believe that part of this brand success
is directly attributable to new loyal customers from the sport of cycling.
Hopefully as we grow and continue to invest in the US cycling programs,
so will this positive Colavita sales trend which will allow us to continue
in the years to come."
Australian team for world's
Cycling Australia today confirmed the Cyclones team for the World Road
Championships in Hamilton, Canada. The team of 26 includes junior men
and women, U/23 category men and elite men and women.
The team will be:
Senior Women: Sara Carrigan (Powerplate Bik, Australian Open Time
Trial Champion), Olivia Gollan (AIS, Australian Open Road Champion), Margaret
Hemsley (Team Nurnberger), Katie Mactier (Saturn), Oenone Wood (AIS),
Alison Wright (Road Runner Guerciotti)
Sara Carrigan and Olivia Gollan will also ride the women's individual
Junior Women: Kate Nichols, Candice Sullivan, Stephanie Williams
Kate Nichols and Stephanie Williams will also ride the individual time
Elite Men: Alan Davis (ONCE), Scott Davis (Ceramiche Panaria),
Ben Day (Carvalhelhos Boavista, Australian Open Time Trial Champion),
Matt Hayman (Rabobank), Michael Rogers (Quickstep Davitamon), Scott Sunderland
(Team Fakta), Matt White (US Postal)
Ben Day and Michael Rogers will also ride the elite men's individual time
U/23 Men: Gene Bates, Peter Dawson, Benjamin Johnson, Rory Sutherland
Peter Dawson and Rory Sutherland will also ride the U/23 men's individual
Junior Men: Simon Clarke, Matthew Goss, David Klyne, Sam Lee, William
Walker, Andrew Wyper
William Walker and Sam Lee will also ride the junior men's individual
USA Cycling announces final women's world's team
USA Cycling has confirmed the final nominations for the elite women's
team to represent the U.S. at the UCI World Championships October 6-12
in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Definite team members include Diet Rite's Tina Mayolo-Pic, who gains
an automatic place as the top-ranked American rider in the National Racing
Calendar standings. T-Mobile's Dede Barry won a nomination for her aggressive
performance at the T-Mobile International showing she has good form coming
into the world's.
Olympic medalist and former world champion Mari Holden was selected after
the strong form she recently displayed in the T-Mobile International and
the Giro della Toscana, and brings key international experience to the
U.S. team in the road race.
Kim Anderson fills the final slot for Team U.S.A. in the road race and
has also shown strong late season form amidst international competition.
As 2003 national road champion and highest-ranked US rider on UCI points,
Amber Neben is also nominated for both road race and time trial. However,
Neben recently announced a voluntary suspension followed by provisional
suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and her eligibility to participate
at the world championships is pending the outcome of a hearing with USADA
prior to the World Championships.
Pending the outcome of Neben's appeal, Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho)
and Christine Thorburn (Davenport, Iowa) have been selected to replace
Neben in the time trial and road race respectively.
Hungary for Hamilton
The Hungarian Cycling Federation has announced its team for the world
championships in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Men's time trial: Laszlo Bodrogi (Quick Step-Davitamon), Tamas Lengyel
Men's road race: Laszlo Bodrogi (Quick Step-Davitamon), Balazs Rothmer
Women's time trial and road race: Erika Csomor (FSZSE) - duathlon champion
(2001) and European champion (2002), Marta Vajda (Postas-Merida)
U23 men's time trial: Aron Kovaloczy (FSZSE)
U23 men's road race: Norbert Abrok (Alfold KSE)
Junior men's road race: Daniel Zsombok (Tatransky Orly), Akos Haiszer
(Szekszardi SZKSE), Gergely Liska (Szekszardi SZKSE)
Junior women's road race: Gabriella Palotai (FD System)
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