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News for April 23, 2000

Telekom's success again

Zabel a clear winner
Photo: © AFP

The second victory for Telekom's Erik Zabel in this year's World Cup came today after he won the 35th Amstel Gold Race. The sprinting star has definitely matured into an all-rounder after his fourth in the Ronde van Vlaanderen and third in Paris-Roubaix, and he now has a seemingly impregnable lead in the World Cup on 290 points.

"The World Cup has been decided, I do not believe that there will be someone to beat us. Today, it was again a victory for our entire team Vinokourov, Wesemann and Aldag and the others did some outstanding work," said Telekom boss Walter Godefroot after the race. Zabel was not quite as confident, but he admitted he is now in a good position

"The first five races have been outstanding for me. The World Cup surely is in my grasp. I had two riders on my wheel in the run in, but in the finish it was once again a good result," said Zabel.

Erik Zabel

The Amstel Gold Race was the 9th victory for Erik Zabel in 2000, and his 106th professional career victory. Here is a summary of his palmares.

1993: 5 victories.
1994: 9 incl. Paris-Tours and 4 stages in the Tour of the Future.
1995: 9 incl. 2 stages in the Tour de France and 2 stages in the Tour of
Switzerland.
1996: 12 incl. 2 stages in the Tour de France.
1997: 27 incl. Milan-San Remo, 1 stage in the Tour of Switzerland and 3
stages in the Tour de France.
1998: 19 incl. Milan-San Remo and 3 stages in Tirreno-Adriatico.
1999: 16 incl. Rund um den Henninger Turm and a stage in the Tour of Germany.
2000: 9 incl. Trofeo Luis Puig, stage in the Tour of Valencia,
stage in Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo and Amstel Gold Race.

Chiotti - just says yes

Jerome Chiotti
Photo: © AFP

Ex-world mountainbike champion, Jerome Chiotti (Fra) stunned many today when he revealed that he took the blood boosting drug, EPO (Erythropoetin) in order to win his World Title in Cairns, Australia in 1996. The 28 year-old, who currently rides for the GIANT mountainbike team was a former member of the Festina road team, admitted this and more in an interview with French magazine, "Vélo Vert".

It may lead to his being stripped of the title if the French Federation decides to pursue the matter, and they will do that according to president, Daniel Baal. In addition to the doping , Chiotti also said to Vélo Vert that he arranged the 1999 French MTB Cross Country Championship so that Miguel Martinez would win. Baal and the French Cycling Disciplinary commission can prosecute Chiotti on both these grounds, and Martinez on the latter.

"There should be no doubt from now on about the value of any medals that we win in the Games," said Baal to AFP, and he will now look closely at French team selection to guard against possible embarrassment at the Olympics.

UCI president, Hein Verbruggen was quoted as saying: "The rules say that if someone admits to the use of a doping product, then it is possible to sanction them up to five years, retrospectively."

Chiotti had a short career with Festina in 1996 and 1997, as well as being a member of the shorter lived Le Groupement team in 1995. After that, he concentrated on the off-road scene, joining the Giant team this year. During the time that he used EPO, he said that he used to spend up to FF40,000 (US$6,000) per year which was "not an enormous sum," according to him.

He made the admissions because he was deeply concerned with the issue of doping in the sport of cycling. When the pressure is on, and the opportunity is always there to obtain drugs, it can be hard to maintain your resolve according to Chiotti. "I signed a two year contract with Giant, but I know that if I don't go to the Games, then things won't be good for me."

This admission may lead to that if Baal's concerns are genuine. The president is outspoken against doping and race fixing and would have no recourse but to prosecute if he is to maintain some credibility of French cycling.

Lombardi out for two weeks

Giovanni Lombardi (Telekom) will be out for at least 2 weeks after his fall in the Grote Scheldeprijs/GP de l'Escaut last Wednesday. He is suffering bruising on his shoulders and is unable to hold the handlebars firmly enough.

US elite amateur team formed

The development of young riders is key to creating a solid foundation for racing at the senior level. In the USA, there have long been concerns that this aspect of the sport has been overlooked in favour of giving the top riders more. The arguments are never ending in that area, however others have taken to the task of building the younger riders into professionals.

One such team is the cbike.com elite amateur team, started by cbike owner, Fred Richard and directed by Sue Walters. The squad aims to compete against the top riders in the National Road Series (NRC), debuting on memorial day with financial assistance provided by the title sponsor. The seven riders in the team are: Eric Walters, Scott Walters, Chad Hartley, Ryan Nenniger, Bill Reid, Dan Heavner, and Megan Elliott.

US Olympic team trials - eligible riders

The list of riders eligible for the US Olympic road team trials, scheduled for May 20 in Jackson Mississipi has recently been announced by USA Cycling. They consist of the top 50 in the UCI world rankings at the end of 1999, as well as those ranked among the top 150 in the final 1999 USCF National Racing Calendar standings after non-U.S. citizens, non-category I riders, and the top 50 U.S. riders in the final 1999 UCI rankings were deleted. The winner of the race in Jackson will earn an automatic inclusion in the team.

Top 50 U.S. riders in the final 1999 UCI World Rankings:

7. Lance Armstrong, Austin, Texas
50. George Hincapie, Greenville, S.C.
101. Tyler Hamilton, Marblehead, Mass.
108. Chann McRae, Austin, Texas
115. Jonathan Vaughters, Boulder, Colo.
192. Fred Rodriguez, Piedmont, Calif.
213. Christian Vande Velde, Boulder, Colo.
217. Levi Leipheimer, Santa Rosa, Calif.
261. Kevin Livingston, Austin, Texas
285. Marty Jemison, Park City, Utah
298. Dylan Casey, Mountain View, Calif.
332. Bobby Julich, Haverford, Pa.
345. Guido Trenti, Italy
361. Frankie Andreu, Dearborn, Mich.
387. Eddy Gragus, Fort Collins, Colo.
408. David Clinger, Woodland Hills, Calif.
418. Chris Wherry, Boulder, Colo.
447. Frank McCormack, Leicester, Mass.
457. Bart Bowen, Albuquerque 
469. Jonas Carney, Manitou Springs, Colo.
483. Todd Littlehales, Portland, Ore.
492. Floyd Landis, San Diego
506. Chris Horner, Lemon Grove, Calif.
521. Scott Moninger, Boulder, Colo.
539. Mark McCormack, N. Easton, Mass.
630. Antonio Cruz, Long Beach, Calif.
723. John Peters, Santa Rosa, Calif.
749. Robbie Ventura, Gurnee, Ill.
805. Adham Sbeih, Granite Bay, Ore. 
835. Steve Hegg, Del Mar, Calif.
835. Anton Villatoro, Longmont, Colo.
874, Kirk O'Bee, Ada, Mich.
898. Derek Bouchard-Hall, Menlo Park, Calif.
956. Chris Harkey, Mt. Pleasant, N.C.
996. Michael Sayers, Santa Rosa, Calif.
1061. Kent Bostick, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
1061. Trent Klasna, Pine Valley, Calif.
1117. Scott Mercer, Carrboro, N.C.
1117. Wilson Vasquez 
1202. Cameron Williams, Tucson, Ariz.
1234. Chris Pic, Buford, Ga.
1286. Paul Martin, N. Royalton, Ohio
1413. Joshua Frick, Germantown, Md.
1413. David McCook, Santa Clara, Calif.
1470. Tom Davis, Boulder, Colo.
1470. Dirk Friel, Boulder, Colo.
1572. Jose Guzman
1572. Donovan Lynch, Hill City, S.D.
1600. Al Senft, Cincinnati, Ohio
1704. Kirk Albers, Columbus, Ohio
Additional cyclists qualified through USCF road rankings:
Clark Sheehan, Boulder, Colo.
Kevin Monahan, Wyckoff, N.J.
Danny Pate, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jon Lieswyn, Ashevill, N.C.
Chad Gerlach, Sacramento, Calif.
Thurlow Rogers, Van Nuys, Calif.
Kirk Willett, Bend, Ore.
Jonathan Hamblen, Manassas, Va.
Patrick Heaney, San Jose, Calif.
Greg Walker, Columbus, Ohio
Steve Speaks, Longmont, Colo.
Jason Van Marle, Hamilton, Mont.
Will Frischkorn, Charlottesville, Va.
Burke Swindlehurst, Hurricane, Utah
Ashley Powell, Greensboro, N.C.
Derek Wilkerson, San Antonio, Fla.
Tim Larkin, Berkeley, Calif.
Scottie Weiss, Radford, Va.
Kenny Williams, Tacoma, Wash.
Paul Collins, Boulder, Colo.
Jon Wirsing, Glen Valley, Va.
Michael Creed, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dale Sedgwick, Minneapolis
David Zabriskie, Salt Lake City
Steve Sevener, Athens, Ga.
Shawn Willard, Charlotte, N.C.
Bill Innes, Flushing, N.Y.
Peter Mutuc, Boulder, Colo.
Roy Knickman, Agoura, Calif.
Jim Copeland, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Donny Lopez, New York
Rainiel Sanchez, Miami, Fla.
John Hunt, San Anselmo, Calif.
Curt Davis, Bethel, Conn.
Tim Johnson, Middleton, Mass.
Steve Cate, Norman, Okla.
Gregg Medinilla, Santee, Calif.
Vance James, Lakeland, Fla.
Justin Spinelli, Nashua, N.H.
John Matthews, Papillion, Neb.
Chris Baumann, Sacramento, Calif.
Luke Mauritsen, Redwood City, Calif.
Jay Moglia, Washington, D.C.
Chris Peck, Southbury, Conn.
Shawn McCormack, Plymouth, Mass.
Duane Dickey, Plymouth, Minn.
Brice Jones, Ft. Smith, Ark.
Lane Packwood, Los Angeles
Gareth Jones, Albuquerque
Jason McCartney, Coralville, Iowa
Marco Aledia, Worthington, Ohio
Adam Livingston, Encinitas, Calif.
Jim Baldesare, Kent, Ohio
Shane Thellman, Memphis, Tenn.
Joe Papp, Bethel Park, Pa.
Matt Koschara, New York
Jonathan Hastings, Avondale Estates, Ga.
Corey Fisher, Charlotte, N.C.
Ben Jones, Columbia, S.C.
Mark Southard, Boulder, Colo.
Don Mills, Plymouth, N.H.
Christopher Humbert, Salt Lake City
Jeremy Sartain, Minneapolis
Jeff Rutter, Lenhartsville, Pa.
Andy Bishop, Williston, Vt.
Patrick O'Donnell, Indianapolis
Adam Laurent, Shell Beach, Calif.
Dave Aschwanden, Boulder, Colo.
Jeff Braumberger, Columbus, Ohio
Steve Tilford, Topeka, Kan.
Ryan Miller, Kirkland, Wash.
David Wenger, N. Lima, Ohio
Andrew Donaldson, Westminster, Colo.
Zach Baker, Raymondville, Texas
Ryan Oelkers, New Tripoli, Pa.
Pasael Dalseth, Minneapolis
Torrey Marks, West Chester, Pa.
Jonathan Page, Laconia, N.H.
Mike Tillman, Santa Monica, Calif.
Andrew Clark, Ft. Collins, Colo.
Ryan Lane, Camarillo, Calif.
Jimi Killen, Ft. Collins, Colo.
Dean La Berge, Napa, Calif.
Paul Read, Austin, Texas
Wayne Roth, Boulder, Colo.
Alan Craddock, Wichita, Kan.
Seth Pelusi, DeSoto, Texas
Paul Holm, Minneapolis
Andrew Crater, Greensboro, N.C.
James Paolinetti
Christopher McDonald
Matt Kelly, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dean Rittenhouse, Exton, Pa.
Christian Davenport, Lincoln, Neb.
James Mattis, Sunnyvale, Calif.
Ted Huang, Los Altos, Calif.
Eric Lemaire, Athens, Ga.
Chad Matteson, Ft. Collins, Colo.
Ryan McKean, Tucson, Ariz.
Sebastian Lopez-Otero, Palo Alto, Calif.
Norman Carter, Redlands, Calif.
Walter White
Mark Light, Lebanon, Pa.
Colby Pearce, Boulder, Colo.
Aaron Quesnell, San Diego
Clark Priebe, Klemme, Iowa
Chris Tietsort, Norman, Okla.
Phil Cable, Souderton, Pa.
Jonathan Dechau, Rushville, N.Y.
Andrew Willis, Austin, Texas
Jerome Nadel, Coralville, Iowa
Seth Angevine, San Jose, Calif.
Martin Weeks, Federal Way, Wash.
Jame Carney, Flagstaff, Ariz.
William Nehr, Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Chris Walker, Goleta, Calif.
Gregg Krisko, Bloomington, Ind.
Andrew Broas, Neenah, Wis.
Kenny Labbe, Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Roger "True" Brown, Manchester, Vt.
Mason Rickard, Denver
Sean Nealy, Pittsfield, Mass.
Jesse Lawler, Athens, Ga.
Earendel Fingerson, Madison, Wis.
Kelly Ruddick, Iowa City, Iowa
John Durso, San Francisco
Robbie Dolby, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Amos Brumble, Westerly, R.I.
Michael Johnson, West Hills, Calif.
Derek Witte, Chicago
Greg Cook, Charleston, W. Va.
Kurt Hackler, Bolton, Mass.
Thomas (Ryan) Barnett, Alpharetta, Ga.
Russell (Rusty) Miller, Greenville, S.C.
Peter DeVore, Reno, Nev.
Jason Waddell, Norman, Okla.
Jim Carothers, Boulder, Colo.
Ryan O'Connor, Huntington, W. Va.
David Smith, 
Brian Fagan, Kingwood, Texas
Louis Lamarche, Quincy, Fla. 
Randy Whicker, Ft. Collins, Colo.
Ainsile (Hugh) MacEachran, Ft. Collins, Colo. 
Stephen Kincaid, Pottstown, Pa.
Max Miley, Allen, Texas
Ryan Cady, Cardiff, Calif.
Danny Bennett, 
Reed Tanger, Wauwatosa, Wis.
Randy Dreyer, Windsor, Calif.
George Menard, York, Pa.
Brian Stangel, Albuquerque