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News for August 1, 1999
Frank Vandenbroucke is back in the Ronde van het Waals GewestPloegsteert is the home of Frank Frank Vandenbroucke and there were thousands of spectators out in force to give him moral support in the first kms of the prologue on Friday. Although he came in at 26th place (0.28 down on winner Marc Streel) VDB was contented with his performance. He said: "I realise that while I tried to win with three months out of competition and only training kms in my legs that no-one could expect to do better. I dreamed of a win but also know that I am cannot produce miracles... I am still wanting to be part of cycling. I have been missing the feeling of racing... This is a good way to start in my own region. I must not force it though. I don't want to get the recurring knee pain... Yes, I plan to race the World Cup events in August to try to defend my leader's jersey. I am will race the second part of the season fresh. I plan to ride the Tour of Lombardy and hope to win the World Cup. I will be riding the Tour of Limousin and the GP Plouay and I hope that by September my legs will be good enough to contest the Vuelta. I then am aiming at the Worlds in Verona. I think I can get into good condition for them.
Uwe Ampler tests positive for testosterone34-year old German professional Uwe Ampler (34) has tested positive to testosterone during the Sachsen Rundfahrt. The 1986 World Amateur Champion returned positive A and B Samples after being tested in an early stage. He was stripped of his leader's jersey before the beginning of the first (of two) stages on Saturday.
Andrei TchmilRecently, at the Criterium Lisieux in France, 36-year old Andrei Tchmil decided to go to back his hotel for a coke. The morning after he heard from Jef Braeckevelt that he was called for a drug test. Tchmil panicked and called the UCI President Hein Verbruggen for advice. He wanted to go to the French doctor Aubril (who performed the test) but Aubril had already left for vacation. In lieu of this he went to the local hospital to give blood and urine for a test. He is hoping the UCI will accept his version of the events.
He said: "I did not know anything about the test. I have been preparing for the second-half of the season while the Tour de France was on. Of-course, I am not so stupid as to use drugs for the criterium at Lisieux."
Tchmil decided to cancel all his criteriums in France. He will use the Omloop van de Waalse Gewesten in Belgium as preparation for the world cup races.
Contracts and Transfers- Bobby Julich (Cofidis) will join Crédit Agricole next season.
- Big Mat-Auber 93 have signed Lionel Lorgeou, Cédric Jourdan and Sébastien Talabardon as stagiares from September 1. The Auger brothers - Guillaume and Ludovic have extended their contracts.
- Michael Blaudzun (Denmark) will not transfer from Home-Jack and Jones to US Postal next year despite rumours to the contrary. Peter Meinert Nielsen will also remain with US Postal.
- Wim van de Meulenhof (current Dutch amateur champion) is talking with Batavus. Giant-Löwik's Gerben Löwik is also in negotiation with Batavus.
- Cantina Tollo have dispensed with the services of Gabriele Colombo, Nicola Minali and Bo Hamburger. None have performed up to expectations
Amilcare Tronca diesOn Tuesday, 22-year old Amilcare Tronca died in hospital after sustaining serious head injuries in an accident on Monday accident. He was in a coma for a day in hospital before he passed away. Tronca, from the Amica Chips-Costa de Almeria team, turned professional in 1995 and he won the Lugano Championship Open in 1996, his only career victory. He was a good climber. In June, he was 7th in the Italian championships.
Netherlands, Stiphout, Profronde Criterium, 100 kms:
1. Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites 2.19.18 2. Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom 3. Raymond Meijs (Ned) Team Cologne 4. Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank 5. Wim Van den Meulenhof (Ned) Women: 1. Leontie Van Moorsel (Ned) 2. Van Alebeek (Ned) 3. Heidi Van der Vijver (Bel)
Compensation for former professionalA Spanish judge has awarded compensation of $US1 million to former professional Reimund Dietzen, who 10 years ago fell heavily during the Vuelta in a badly lit subway. He was at that time riding for the Spanish team Teka and never recovered to race again. The organisers of the Vuelta, Unipublic SA, were deemed responsable by the Judge.
Netherlands, Heerlen Profronde, 80 kms, July 30:There was some doubt whether Lance Armstrong would honour his contract to race at the Heerlen criterium last Friday given his last-minute invitation to meet the president of the United States. But apparently something was worked out. The actual events went like this. Al Vermeeren of the Stichting Profronde Heerlen, announced Lance Armstrong would ride in Heerlen for certain. He said that Lance would arrive in Brussels from the US and stay with Eddy Merckx during the day. He would then arrive in Heerlen around 19.00. If he had to land somewhere else, the organiser had arranged for a special plane to pick him up.
The budget for the race was around 120,000 Dutch guilders (55 Euro). 13 Tour riders were contracted. No contract was offered to Michael Boogerd and Leon van Bon. Vermeeren said: "The start moneys demanded by Boogerd (20,000 guilders) and Van Bon (10,000 guilders) bore no relation to their performance in the 1999 Tour de France."
Two local Limburg professionals - Raymond Meijs and Max van Heeswijk were also not offered contracts - a departure from the usual practice of highlighting local professionals. Meijs got a stage placing in the Tour some years ago, but the organisation were not impressed and only want to have big names. The reason for not selecting Van Heeswijk was not known.
Besides Armstrong and Hincapie the featured riders were - Robbie McEwen, Ludo Dierckxsens, Maarten den Bakker, Marc Lotz, Erik Dekker and the Belgian talents Kurt van de Wouwer and Rik Verbrugghe.
1. Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal 2. Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 3. Maarten den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
Denmark pulls out of Tour biddingDenmark is likely to withdraw its candidature to host a start of the 2002 Tour de France because it has decided that the organisation of cycling is not serious in its fight against drugs. The president of the Danish committee which was pursuing the option, Niels Nygard said: "The situation as it stands today is untenable. It is useless putting everything in place for a Tour stage in Denmark."
. Mr Nygaard said that this year's Tour did not demonstrate that the riders or officials had changed their attitudes. "It would take a miracle for the situation to change significantly between now and 2002."
USA, Canada, Pan-American GamesErin Hartwell (Indianapolis, Ind.) won a silver medal in the kilometer time trial, and Dylan Casey (Mountain View, Calif.) recorded the fastest qualifying time in the 4,000-meter individual pursuit Wednesday in the first day of tack cycling action at the 1999 Pan American Games at Red River Exhibition Park.
Hartwell, who has won silver medals in his specialty at the past two Pan American Games, recorded a time of 1:05.347, finishing behind Cuba's Cabrara Julio Herrera. Hartwell is coming back from knee surgery that has sidelined him for most for most of the past nine months. He won a bronze medal at the '98 World Track Cycling Championships in Bordeaux, France and returned to track cycling earlier this month.
"It was disappointing for me, but I know that I have to start off somewhere," said Hartwell, who won a silver medal at the '96 Olympic Games in the kilometer time trial. "I tried and gave it my all, but my body is going to take more time to recover than I had hoped. It was a gamble for me to be on the team, but I am glad I was able to contribute with a medal-winning performance.
Casey, who finished fourth in Sunday's individual time trial road event, posted a record time of 4:32.118 and then defeated Brian Walton of Canada in the semifinal round to advance to Thursday's finals against Walter Perez of Argentina (the silver medalist at the '95 PAG).
"I felt very comfortable and rode within myself today," said Casey, who rides for the U.S. Postal Service team and is a teammate of Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. "I learn every time I ride on the track, but I feel I am becoming stronger and more knowledgeable after each race. I do not have a lot of experience in track cycling, but I am a quick learner.
In the men's sprint, 1995 Pan Am champ Marty Nothstein (Trexlertown, Pa.) posted the fastest time in the qualifying round and advanced to the second round, along with teammate Marcelo Arrue (Woodland Hills, Calif.). Nothstein defeated Arrue, who was representing Chile in those games, in the finals of the last Pan Am Games.
"I was pleased with my time and performance," said Nothstein, "I wanted to qualify first and then let the process begin. There are some talented riders in the field, and I have to make my move on step at a time."
In the women's competition, Jennie Reed of Kirkland, Wash. posted the second fastest qualifying time in the sprint event, behind 1998 world bronze medalist Tanya Dubnicoff, who also won the 500-meter time trial in from of her hometown fans of Winnipeg. Reed, who lost to Dubnicoff in the bronze medal race at last year's world championships, also finished fifth in the 500-meter time trial finals.
Action continues Thursday with the men's individual pursuit finals, quarterfinal action in the men and women's sprints and the preliminary round of the women's individual pursuit and men's team pursuit. Erin Veenstra (Colorado Springs, Colo.) represents the United States in the women's individual pursuit, while the quarter of Tommy Mulkey (Winterville, Ga.), Derek Bouchard-Hall (Palo Alto, Calif.), Adam Laurent (Shell Beach, Calif.) and Mariano Fredick (Los Angeles) make their 1999 Pan Am Games debut. Action starts at 5 p.m.
Men 1km Time Trial 1. Julio Herrera, CUB, 1:04.487 (new Pan Am Games record, previous record set in 1975 event), 2. Erin Hartwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1:05.347, 3. Doug Baron, CAN, 1:05:508, 4. Marcelo Ammendolia, ARG, 1:05.815, 5. E. Cesario Farias, CHI, 1:06.572, 6. Michael Phillips, TRI, 1:07.307 Women 500m Time Trial 1. Tanya Dubnicoff, CAN, 35.394, 2. Nancy Contreras, MEX, 35.962, 3. Yumari Gonzalez, CUB, 36.255, 4. Daniela Larreal, VEN, 36.589, 5. Jennie Reed, Seattle, Wash., 37.109, 6. Daniela Donadio, ARG, 37.841. Men 4000m Individual Pursuit (semifinals) Semifinal 1 - Walter Perez, ARG 4:42.557; Marlon Perez Arango, COL, 4:48.671 Semifinal 2 -- Dylan Casey, USA, 4:38.627; Brian Walton, CAN, 4:42.281 (Note: Dylan Casey set a Pan American Games record in the 4000m Men's Individual Pursuit qualifying with 4:32.118. The finals will be held Thursday.) Sprint (first round) Marty Nothstein, USA def. Victor Orodnez, GUA, forfeit Marcelo Arrue, USA 11.409/Pedro Suarez, ECU Julio Herrera, CUB, 11.989/Jose Sochon Gudiel, GUA Douglas Baron, CAN, 11.555/Gregorio Bare, URU Alexander Cornieles, VEN, 11.825/John Cumberbatch, BAR Barry Forde, BAR, 11.550/Mario Joseph, TRI Hector Rodriguez, VEN, 11.897/Clinton Grant, TRI Lars Madsen, CAN, 11.238/Jhnh Gonzalez, COL Sebastian Alexandre, ARG, 11.307/Michael Pedroso, CUB Women Sprint Qualifying 1. Tanya Dubnicoff, CAN, 11.153; 2. Jennie Reed, USA, 11.653; 3. Daniela Larrael, VEN, 11.863; 4. Karelia Machado, VEN, 11.901; 5. Yumari Gonzalez, CUB, 11.985; 6. Nancy Contreras, MEX, 12.005; 7. Veronica Martinez, ARG, 12.102; 8. Daniela Donadio, ARG, 12.343Thanks to Rich Wanninger, US Cycling
USA, Portland, Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge, July 23-24
Womens Keirin 1. Nicole Reinhart 2. Shan Rayray 3. Emma Saunders 4. Laura Suditu 5. Larssyn Staley 6. Kathryn Phillips 7. Darien Curl 8. Annette Hansen 9. Chris Smith 10. Noreen Valente Masters Keirin (11 riders) 1. Woody Cox 2. Stan Gregg 3. John Simmons 4. Will Fernyhough 5. Conrad Kreick 6. Darel Provencher 7. Joe Hailey Campione 8. Yung Choi 9. Ron Magnus 10. Mitch LaMours Senior Men Match Sprints 1. Steve Alfred 2. Patrick Heidkamp 3. Murray Solem 4. JP Van Zyle 5. Broc Thompson 6. Tyler Hansen 7. Jon Olesksyk 8. Zac Copeland 9. Ed Roberts Senior Men Miss and Out 1. Michael Tillman 2. John Walrod 3. Shaun Wallace 4. Dave Bailey 5. Zac Copeland 6. Patrick Heidkamp 7. Ken Sinclair 8. John Stambaugh 9. Woody Cox 10. Broc Thompson 11. Mark Godfrey 12. Drew Nelson 13. Graham Hill 14. Mark Ginsberg 15. David Godfrey 16. Colin McDonald 17. Jamie Mikami 18. Chauncey Curl Women’s Points Race 1. Emily Thurston 2. Chris Smith 3. Laura Suditu 4. Larssyn Staley 5. Noreen Valente 6. Anette Hansen 7. Lisa Heffernan 8. Kathryn Phillips 9. Darien Curl 10.. Karen Kaleta 11. Shannon Hathaway 12. Marianne Trevorrow Masters 16 kms 1. Woody Cox 2. Steve Yenne 3. John Simmons 4. David Auker 5. Conrad Kreick 6. Will Fernyhough 7. Stan Gregg 8. Craig Smith 9. Ron Magnus 10. Mitch Weaver 11. Jerry Powell 12. Mike Murray 200 Metres TimeTrial Senior Men 1. JP Van Zyle 11.58 2. Stephen Alfred 11.71 3. Broc Thompsn 12.22 4. Jon Olekszk 12.26 5. Patrick Heidkamp 12.36 6. Murray Solem 12.38 7. Tyler Hansen 12.41 8. Zac Copeland 12.48 9. Ed Roberts 12.51 10. Brian Abers 12.55 11. Ken Sinclair 12.62 12. Morgan Montgomery 12.64 13. Mark Godfrey 12.60 14. Jason Vance 12.69 15. Tim Luther 12.69 16. Mike Tillman 13.26 17. Curtis Waite 13.35 Women’s 16 kms 1. Laura Suditu 2. Emily Thurston 3. Emma Saunders 4. Chris Smith 5. Shannon Hathaway 6. Annette Hansen 7. Noreene Valente 8. Darien Curl 9. Lisa Heffernan 10. Karen Kaleta 11. Larssyn Staley 12. Marienne Trevorrow 13. Tina Brubaker 14. Nicole Reinhart Senior Men’s 16 kms 1. Shaun Wallace 2. John Walrod 3. Mike Tillman 4. Dave Bailey 5. JP Van Zyle 6. Patrick Heidkamp 7. Scott LaLiberte 8. Rad Cunningham 9. Ken Sinclair 10. Colin McDonald 11. Mark Ginsberg 12. David Godfrey 13. Eric Sperling 14. Chauncey Curl 15. John Mitchem 16. Graham Hill Olympic Sprints 1. Montgomery/Godfrey/Thompson 56:05 2. Hansen/Solem/laLiberte 3. Roberts/Alfred/Wallace 56:67 4. Gregg/Cox/Sinclair 57:63 5. Sperling/Cunningham/Bailey 58:11 6. Thurston/Luther/Abers 58:35 7. Vance/Roberts/Heidkamp 58:58 8. Reinhart/Walrod/Tillman 59:05 9. Mikami/Godfrey/Curl 1:01:71 Madison 1. Wallace/Bailey 2. Tillman/Walrod 3. Mikami/Godfrey 4. Nelson/Copeland 5. Curl/Hill 6. Ginsberg/McDonald Masters 200 metres 1. Stan Gregg 12.71 2. Woody Cox 13.05 3. John Simmons 13.09 4. Ted Forgeron 13.22 5. Conrad Kreick 13.24 6. Will Fernyhough 13.56 7. Darel Provencher 13.57 8. Ron Magnus 13.66 9. John Tess 13.94 10. Joe Hailey 14.09 11. Ed Norton 14.09 12. Jerry Powell 14.26 13. Yung Choi 14.61 14. Joe Cipale Women’s 200 metres 1. Shan Rayray 13.24 2. Missy Thompson 13.57 3. Emily Thurston 13.63 4. Nicole Reinhart 13.69 5. Annette Hansen 13.77 6. Emma Saunders 13.86 7. Martha Dunne 13.96 8. Lynn Hughes 14.09 9. Shannon Hathaway 14.40 10. Kathleen O’Neill 14.47 11. Laura Suditu 14.55 12. Kathryn Phillips 15.21 13. Noreen Valente 15.59 14. Marrianne Trevorrow 15.93 Senior Men’s Points Race 1. John Walrod 2. Mike Tillman 3. Shaun Wallace 4. Dave Bailey 5. Rad Cunningham 6. Steve Wright 7. Scott LaLiberti 8. David Godfrey 9. Brian O’Neal 10. Drew Nelson 11. Ken Sinclair 12. Steve Marcy 13. Eric Sperling 14. Chauncey Curl 15. Jamie Mikami Women’s Sprints 1. Nicole Reinhart 2. Emily Thurston 3. Missy Thompson 4. Shan Rayray 5. Martha Dunne 6. Lynn Hughes 7. Annette Hansen 8. Emma Saunders 9. Shannon Hathaway Masters Sprints 1. Woody Cox 2. Conrad Kreick 3. Stan Gregg 4. Will Fernyhough 5. Darel Provencher 6. Ted Forgeron 7. John Simmons 8. Ron Magnus 9. John Tess Team Pursuit 1. Wallace/Walrod/Bailey/Tillman 4:51.18 2. Solem/LaLiberti/Hansen/Heidkamp 5:03.01 3. Sinclair/Cox/Cunningham/Sperling 5:03.38 4. Godfrey/Mikami/Curl/Ginsberg 5:13.84 5. Powell/Cipale/O’Brien/Abers 5:48.23 Keirin Finals 1. Stephen Alfred 2. Murray Solem 3. Broc Thompson 4. Patrick Heidkamp 5. Mike Tillman 6. Mark Ginsberg 7. Mark Godfrey 8. Tyler Hansen 9. Jason Vance 10. Scott LaLiberti Masters Points Race 1. Woody Cox 2. Ted Forgeron 3. Will Fernyhough 4. Conrad Kreick 5. JohnSimmons 6. Darel Provencher 7. John Forbes 8. Mitch Weaver 9. Pat O’Brien 10. Jerry Powell 11. Stan Gregg 12. Paul Mautner 13. Yung Choi 14. John Head Flying Lap Men 1. Stephen Alfred 15.87 2. Tyler Hansen 16.40 3. Broc Thompson 16.45 4. Murray Solem 16.55 5. Jason Vance 17.01 6. MorganMontgomery 17.19 7. Eric Sperling 17.85 8. Rad Cunningham 18.55 Women 1. Missy Thompson 18.17 2. Nicole Reinhart 18.26 3. Shan RayRay 18.63 4. Lynn Hughes 19.01 Women Miss & Out 1. Nicole Reinhart 2. Noreen Valente 3. Laura Suditu 4. Larssyn Staley 5. Annette Hansen 6. Lisa Heffernan 7. Shan Rayray 8. Kathryn Phillips 9. Shannon Hathaway 10. MarianneTrevorrow 11. Emma Saunders 12. Emily Thurston 13. Darien Curl Masters Miss and Out 1. Woody Cox 2. John Simmons 3. Stan Gregg 4. Mark Schwyhart 5. Ted Forgeron 6. Mitch Weaver 7. Ed Norton 8. Ron Magnus 9. Joe Hailey 10. Jerry Powell 11. Will Fernyhough 12. John Forbes 13. Darel Provencher 14. Pat O’Brien