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News for November 21, 2000
Ullrich and the Giro
Jan Ullrich has already started his plans for next year, which may include both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. However, in a recent interview on German TV he said, "We are still discussing the program for next year. If I were to ride the Giro, it would be as preparation for the Tour. But, if I miss the Tour of Germany (which clashes with the Giro) my fans will be disappointed, and I would not want this to happen."
His number one goal is of course the Tour de France, "The coming edition of the Tour is harder again, but it's still my Tour," he said.
Before that, he will take care of his weight. "It's most important that I work on my weight. I'm in South Africa for Christmas, but I will train there fanatically during the holidays."
Magné calls it quits
French sprinting great, Frederic Magné finished his career in L'Open des Nations that concluded on Sunday afternoon. Magné was part of the winning "France Bleu" team and was awarded with a trophy by Société du Tour de France president, Jean-Marie Leblanc, for having participated in all 10 editions of L'Open des Nations. Magné also received a golden bike from the French Vélo magazine in recognition of his career.
L'Open des Nations will take place next year in Bordeaux as well, after it was moved there this year from the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. The latter will host the "Open de Keirin" however, placing emphasis on this Japanese originated (but practiced worldwide) event. For more about the keirin, please refer to this article.
Beloki must stay
Joseba Beloki will be riding with Festina next year, after his request to have his contract voided by the UCI was denied. Beloki had signed a preliminary five year agreement with the team, but this was later reduced to one after he had second thoughts. He then decided that he didn't want to ride for Festina at all and applied to the UCI for freedom to ride for another team.
Memory Card in trouble
The financial stocks of the Danish Memory Card IT company have taken a hammering in recent weeks, casting doubt on the future of the team. Newspaper Extra Bladet reports that the crisis is such that the current riders' December salaries are in danger of not being paid.
"I can say that there are serious financial difficulties," said Memory Card spokesman Asger Jensby. "It will be a big challenge for the team to survive beyond January 1, 2001. The deficit is much larger than we believed."
The team are actively seeking a new sponsor, to invest 15 million Danish Kroner ($US 1.8 million) to keep them afloat. Apart from the riders affected right now, there will undoubtedly be concerns for the team's biggest signing in 2001, Laurent Jalabert. Should the team fold, then Jalabert will be hard pressed to find a sponsor for next year willing or able to pay his salary.
More on the US pro team
Some more details have emerged regarding Greg Lemond and Eddie B's new professional US team, sponsored by Dell Computers. The team would start as division II, and would be managed by 40 year old Johan Lammerts, winner of the Ronde van Vlaanderen in 1984 and current manager of the Giant Mountain Bike team.
Lammerts rode with Lemond for several years, and they kept in contact after the end of their careers. "I knew Greg was busy with a new team. Originally the plans were for 2002, but now we will start one year earlier," said Lammerts on Dutch TV on Monday. "We will have about 12-15 riders. We are thinking of starting as a second division trade team in the first year. In our second year we want to become a top team in division I."
As mentioned yesterday, the team may be a home for estranged Belgians, Peter van Petegem, Wim Vansevenant and Geert van Bondt, as well as some Polish riders and Dutchman Miquel van Kessel, although the talks with the latter were denied by Lammerts. However, Peter Van Petegem still has to arrange a buyout with Farm Frites before he can ride for a new team.
The team tried to contract Frank Vandenbroucke, but that failed. In addition, Kevin Livingston is in the picture after he asked for a delay with his Linda McCartney contract. According to sources, Frankie Andreu will not be part of the team.
Mountainbiker Roel Paulissen and Russian Gennadi Mikhailov have become the latest and last signings in team Lotto for next year. Paulissen is the team's sole mountain bike rider, and is also the second best Belgian after Filip Meirhaeghe in that discipline. Mikhailov, 26, comes to Lotto from Farm Frites where he rode this year. In total, there are 23 riders in the team.
Jeroen Blijlevens (Polti)
The Swiss elite/U23 team, Seat-Kona-Radio Argovia, have added four new riders to their elite roster for next season. Remo Amsler, Braulio Juanes, Michael Roth and Björn Schwengeler are the riders, two of whom are coming from the Kona factory team.
Remo Amsler (New)
Christian Frommelt Christian (New)
Courtesy of Velomedia
Matthew Yates, a member of the New Zealand National team, has returned a positive drug test in the Tour de Hokkiado, after winning the final stage. Matthew has been riding semi-professionally in Belgium this season, and is the brother of U19 World Champion, Jeremy Yates. He has been given a 3 month suspension.
Australian Cyclist of the Year awards
On Friday November 24, Cycling Australia will hold their annual awards ceremony in Melbourne's new Vodafone Arena. In an Olympic year, the competition is expected to be fierce, as a glance at the finalists will reveal.
Those nominated have achieved top performances in world and national competition in track, road, MTB, Paralympic, Masters and BMX including victories in World Cup and World Championship competition, Olympic and Paralympic Games honours and outstanding international performances. Performances between November 1st 1999 and November 1st 2000 are included for judging.
There are several categories, including media awards. The highest honour is the Australian Cyclist of the Year, the winner of which will receive the coveted Sir Hubert Opperman Medal.
Female Track Cyclist of the Year
1st 30km Points Race, World Cup #2, Cali, Colombia
2nd, 500m Time Trial, Sydney Olympic Games
Male Track Cyclist of the Year
Gold medal Madison, Sydney Olympic Games
Gold medal Madison, Sydney Olympic Games
Silver medal Keirin, Sydney Olympic Games
Female Road Cyclist of the Year
1st Overall, HP Women's Challenge, Idaho, USA
Male Road Cyclist of the Year
1st 174km Stage 2, Tour de Langkawi, Baru Ferringhi, Malaysia
(Australian Road Champion)
1st Overall Sea Otter Classic, USA
1st Stage of Giro d'Italia, Italy
1st 250km US Pro Championship, Philadelphia, USA
Female Mountainbike Cyclist of the Year
3rd Round 4 Dual World Cup Series, Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada
Male Mountainbike Cyclist of the Year
World Champion MTB Dual
1st World Cup XC Round 7, Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Female BMX Cyclist of the Year
(* AA Elite 19yrs +)
AA South Australian Classic Champion Overall winner
AA National Champion
Elite Women's World Champion
Male BMX Cyclist of the Year
13 AA (USA) Pro Wins
2 AA (USA) Pro wins
Joint National AA Champion
Masters Cyclist of the Year
3 World Masters Track Championship gold medals
2 World Championship gold medals
Paralympic Cyclist of the Year
Gold medal and world record Mixed 1km Time Trial LC1, Paralympic Games
Gold medal Mixed Team Olympic Sprint Paralympic Games
World Record and Gold Medal Women's Tandem 1km Time Trial Paralympic
Junior Female Cyclist of the Year
World Champion 500 time trial
Silver medal world road championships time trial
Kerrie Lee Lucas
2nd Australian Championships
National Jnr XC Champion
Junior Male Cyclist of the Year
World Jnr Sprint Champion
Australian Junior Road Champion
1st Australian Championships
1st Junior Downhill Australian Championships
Outstanding Cycling Event
Tour de Snowy - NSW/ACT Phill Bates Sports Promotions
Tour Down Under - SA Australian Major Events
Herald Sun Tour - VIC Caribou Publications
Awards will also be announced in the following categories:
Qantas Coach of the Year