Scott UpdateSabine has sent this latest report to me on Scott's progress (some personal stuff deleted).
"First of all thanks to all the people who sent email's to Scott. We were surprised so many people wrote such kind words to Scott. Many, many thanks.
Today (May 11) Scott was not that well when I got to the hospital. He had been having headaches since this morning and I called the nurse wo gave him some more painkillers. After half and hour he was feeling a bit better. We watched the Tour of Romandie and the 4 Days of Dunkirk. Stuart O'Grady was unlucky not to win the last stage of Dunkirk. He rode a great sprint....
After the afternoon spent inside, I decided to go out into the evening breeze for a while. Scott came with me, in a wheelchair, and we sat outside for a while. In the meantime his first visitors for the week (next to Mr Demeulenaere - underwriter of Palmans) came in. Saen was so happy to see his daddy. My parents said Scott's looking heaps better.
So on Friday, Scott might be able to leave the hospital and no-one is going to keep him in there one day longer than is necessary."
GP Peter PostThe GP Peter Post will be held in October or November of this year in the Velodrome at Amsterdam (Sloten). The new track stadium will be opened in September. The GP Peter Post will be a motor-paced 40 kms event. Peter Post will start the event and has indicated he is very pleased to be honoured in this way. Some riders expected to compete are Jens Veggerby, Silvio Martinello, Hilmore, Leon Van Bon and Servais Knaven.
Other races at the Velodrome which area currently scheduled include an attempt by Danny Stam and Robert Slippens on the motor-paced world hour record on September 9. The world record is currently standing at 57 km 350 meters and is held by Peter Pieters. A special Christmas race (after the success in Germany) will be held on December 27.
Indurain for Rose RaceFive-times Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain will be among those taking place in the Rose Race cyclo-tourist event in Austin, Texas, on May 23. Organised by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, with all proceeds being donated to cancer research, the event will also have as participants Eddy Merckx, Greg Lemond and Sean Kelly -- and of course Lance Armstrong. After the event, the bikes used by Indurain, Merckx, Lemond and Kelly will be auctioned for the charity.
Tour of Cologne CancelledThe one-day Rund um Koln (Tour of Cologne) race, classified 1.3 and scheduled for May 24, has been cancelled this year because of a lack of sponsors.
UCI Standings as at May 11
1. Laurent Jalabert (France) 2294 points 2. Michele Bartoli (Italy) 1815 3. Alex Zuelle (Switzerland) 1611 4. Jan Ullrich (Germany) 1488 5. Laurent Dufaux (Switzerland) 1403.75 6. Andrei Tchmil (Belgium) 1403 7. Francesco Casagrande (Italy) 1266 8. Frank Vandenbroucke (Belgium) 1231 9. Pavel Tonkov (Russia) 1219 10. Erik Zabel (Germany) 1134 11. Andrea Tafi (Italy) 1103.50 12. Alberto Elli (Italy) 1089 13. Davide Rebellin (Italy) 1046 14. Fernando Escartin Coti (Spain) 1033 15 Michael Boogerd (Netherlands) 1032 16. Gianluca Bortolami (Italy) 1012 17 Bo Hamburger (Denmark) 989 18. Abraham Olano Manzano (Spain) 972 19. Richard Virenque (France) 903.75 20 Roldolfo Massi (Italy) 889
Jonathan Hall riding to successFernando Ferrari has sent me the results of the Tour of Alava and Elite event in Spain. The Australian rider Jonathan Hall continues his good performance which has led to considerable interest from the professional teams.
1. Jonathan Hall (Aus) Pint. Banaka 13.35.31 2. Aitor Silloniz (Spa) Pint. Banaka 1.06 3. Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Olarra 1.27 4. Pedro Larizgoitia (Spa) Kaiku 2.12 5. Javier Nieto (Spa) ACR 3.37 6. Renato Silva (Spa) Bardot Gondomar 4.08 7. Rafael Ruiz (Spa) Avila Rojas 4.18 8. Rui Roque (Spa) Bardot Gondomar 4.35 9. Carlos Pindado (Spa) Saunier Duval 5.18 10. Francesco J. Sánchez (Spa) Saunier Duval 5.22
Netherlands, Klimmen, Hill Race: 1. Nathan Dahlberg (NZ) 129 km in 3.34.14 2. Van Hest (Tilburg) 1.12 3. Boelen (Breda) 2.55 4. Geys (Goes) 5. Franse (Kwadendamme) Netherlands, Tilburg: 1. Dat (Lierop) 100 km in 2.17.5 2. Coehorst (Tilburg) 3. Van Riel (Tilburg) Netherlands, 't Zand: 1. Danny Degeling (Hoogkarspel) 100 km in 2.19.04 2. Ronald Degeling (Hoogkarspel) 3. Ras (Uitgeest) Netherlands, Ridderkerk: 1. Bothof (Zwijndrecht) 100 km in 2.18.14 2. Luyten (Meerkerk) 3. De Koning (Zwartewaal) Netherlands, Veldhoven, Women: 1. Van Moorsel (Rotterdam) 70 km in 1.41.12 2. Bras (Culemborg) 3. Smoorenburg (Langeraar) St. Wendel, World Cup MTB: Men: 1. Meirhaeghe (Bel) 2.12.42 2. Cadels Evans (Aus) 0.38 3. Hödahl (Nor) 1.68 4. Martinez (Fra) 4.85 5. Dupouey (Fra) 35.61 6. Van Dooren 1.20.42 11. Tolhoek 4.26.75 54. Weevers 13.14.52 55. Dekker 13.33.93 66. Van Mil 15.56.09 Standings after 4 Races: 1. Cadel Evans 350 points 2. Höydahl 348 3. Meirhaeghe 294 Women: 1. Dahle (Nor) 1.51.36,90 2. Leboucher (Fra) 13,08 3. Fullana (Spa) 32,77 4. Pezzo (Ita) 1.49,15 5. Sydor (Can) 3.08,81 21. Vink 13.33,49 43. Lensen 20.56,64 50. Van de Brand 27.11,20 Standings after 4 Races: 1. Sydor 265 points 2. Alsion Dunlap (USA) 239 3. Fullana 237 51. Vink 30
May 10, England, Lincoln GP (Premier Race), 164 kms:
1. C. Lillywhite (Harrods) 4.04.41 2. C. Newton (Brite) 0.07 3. M. Beckett (Northern Foils) 0.43 4. J. Bayfield (Harrods) 0.49 5. J. Winn (PDM Sports) 0.49 6. B. Smith (Clarke Contracts) 0.55 7. J. Tanner (Brite) 0.15 8. B. Steel (Brite) 3.27 9. S. Bray (PDM Sports) 3.21 10. R. Moore (Clarke Contracts) 3.34Thanks to Paul Curran.
Fantasy Giro d'ItaliaSøren Rasmussen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is once again running a Fantasy Competion for the Giro d'Italia. You can find the page at - http://users.cybercity.dk/~bfh1080/fantasy.html
Breukink honouredErik Breukink has been honoured by the Dutch sports press (NSP) who have awarded him the 1997 NPS Prize 1997 for his positive attitude to the media during his sporting career.
National USA Rankings as at 11 May 1998
1 273 Clara Hughes, Saturn, Hamilton, Ont., Canada 2 245 Nicole Freedman, Shaklee, Palo Alto, Calif. 3 198 Linda Jackson, Saeco-Timex, Napean, Ont., Canada 4 181 Karen Kurreck, Saturn, Cupertino, Calif. 5 177 Susy Pryde, Saeco-Timex, Auckland, New Zealand 6 163 Marie Holjer, Ralph's-Klein, Sweden 7 150 Jennifer Evans, Team EDS, Austin, Texas 8 149 Tina Mayolo, PowerBar, Athens, Ga. 9 136 Mari Holden, Greenery Hawk, Colorado Springs, Colo. 10 124 Laura Van Gilder, Navigators, Cresco, Pa. 11 117 Leigh Hobson, Shaklee, Kitchener, Ont., Canada 11 117 Annette Kamm, Fuji Racing Team, Asheville, N.C. 13 116 Pam Schuster, Saeco-Timex, Northridge, Calif. 14 115 Julie Hanson, Saturn, Boulder, Colo. 15 105 Cheryl Binney, Ralph's-Klein, Los Angeles, Calif. 16 104 Tammy Jacques, Schwinn-Toyota, Carbondale, Colo. 17 99 Dede Demet, Saturn, Boulder, Colo. 18 90 Alison Sydor, Volvo-Cannondale, N.Vancouver, B.C., Canada 19 89 Jeanne Golay, Schwinn Paramount, Glenwood Springs, Colo. 20 88 Elizabeth Emery, Saturn, New York, N.Y. 21 86 Nicole Reinhart, Shaklee, Portland, Ore. 22 79 Joan Wilson, Ralph's-Klein, Palo Alto, Calif. 22 79 Louisa Jenkins, Shaklee, Boulder, Colo. 24 75 Sherri Stedje, Ticycles-BBC, Lutz, Fla. 25 74 Ward Griffiths, Safeway-Saturn, Seattle, Wash. 26 72 Alison Dunlap, Team GT, Colorado Springs, Colo. 27 66 Brenda Brashears, PowerBar, Grants Pass, Ore. 28 61 Emily Robbins, Celestial Seasonings, Wauwatosa, Wis. 29 57 Aleka Skouras, unattached, Los Altos, Calif. 30 56 Julie Young, Fanini, Auburn, Calif. 1 756 Saturn 2 564 Shaklee 3 544 Saeco-Timex 4 311 PowerBar 5 245 Ralph's-Klein 6 167 Safeway-Saturn 7 115 Ticycles-BBC Men: 1 474 Julian Dean, Mercury, Hamilton, New Zealand 2 352 Gord Fraser, Mercury, Ottawa, Ont., Canada 3 271 Kirk Willett, Mercury, Pullman, Wash. 4 222 Trent Klasna, Navigators, Pine Valley, Calif. 5 183 Jonathan Vaughters, U.S. Postal Service, Englewood, Colo. 6 165 Mike McCarthy, Saturn, New York, N.Y. 7 139 Eddy Gragus, OilMe, Fort Collins, Colo. 8 137 Fred Rodriguez, Saturn, Piedmont, Calif. 9 133 Derek Bouchard-Hall, Shaklee, Menlo Park, Calif. 10 131 Eric Wohlberg, Shaklee, Burlington, Ont., Canada 11 130 John Peters, Mercury, Santa Rosa, Calif. 11 130 Roberto Gaggioli, OilMe, Vinci, Italy 13 110 Cadel Evans, Volvo-Cannondale, Plenty, Vic., Australia 14 104 Michael Sayers, Mercury, Sacramento, Calif. 15 96 Thurlow Rogers, Mercury, Van Nuys, Calif. 16 90 Levi Leipheimer, Saturn, Windsor, Calif. 17 86 Frank McCormack, Saturn, Leicester, Mass. 18 85 Chris Wherry, Saturn, Boulder, Colo. 18 85 Chann McRae, Saturn, Austin, Texas 20 83 Norm Alvis, Saturn, Colorado Springs, Colo. 21 76 George Hincapie, U.S. Postal Service, Charlotte, N.C. 22 75 Brian Walton, Saturn, N. Delta, B.C., Canada 23 74 Scott Fortner, Saturn, Littleton, Colo. 24 70 Marty Jemison, U.S. Postal Service, Salt Lake City, Utah 25 69 Antonio Cruz, Nutra Fig, Sparks, Nev. 26 64 Robbie Ventura, Navigators, Gurnee, Ill. 27 63 Jim Copeland, Colorado Cyclist, Colorado Springs, Colo. 28 62 Colby Pearce, Colorado Cyclist, Boulder, Colo. 28 62 Olin Bakke, Shaklee, Sierra Madre, Calif. 30 60 Tyler Hamilton, U.S. Postal Service, Brookline, Mass. 30 60 Bart Bowen, Saturn, Albuquerque, N.M. 30 60 Greg Randolph, Team GT, Durango, Colo. Men's Team: 1 1331 Mercury 2 563 Saturn 3 411 Navigators 4 394 United States Postal Service 5 371 Shaklee 6 337 OilMe 7 200 Nutra Fig 8 176 Colorado Cyclist 9 65 Wisconsin Ginseng 10 50 Ikon-Lexus
Tasmanian rider updateMatt Conn has sent me an update on the condition of Ray Walters who was injured last week when he was hit on his bike. Here is an update.
Unfortunately there has been no real improvements in Ray's condition since being admitted to Royal Hobart Hospital last Tuesday night. Apart from major head injuries and swelling on the brain, he suffered multiple facial fractures, severe chest injuries and a badly fractured knee.
At present the, main hope is that he will regain consciousness, however he is on a life support machine to help with breathing. There have been small improvements during the week where ray moved his hand, and the bleeding has subsided in the brain.
The police have released few details, saying only that he was struck from behind by a cream coloured magna travelling at between 80 and 90km per hour. The 76 year old driver was not injured in the accident.