The winner of last weekend's HEW Cyclassics World Cup in Hamburg, Erik Zabel (Telekom), will not be taking part in this Sunday's round, the Meisterschaft von Zürich in Switzerland. It's not too surprising, as the parcours in Zürich is very hilly and generally does not produce a bunch sprint.
Although Zabel is in second place behind Erik Dekker in the World Cup standings on 200 points, he has indicated that he does not want to contest the overall as it would make his season too long. This means that Davide Rebellin (Liquigas, 156 pts) is the only one likely to get close to Dekker, unless Romans Vainsteins (186 pts) can suddenly sprout his climbing legs.
Telekom's undisputed leader for Zürich will be Jan Ullrich, who finished second in 1997 and 2000, and has yet to win a World Cup race.
"Right now my training and racing just have a different priority and focus. I'm using these late season races to get my fitness back," says Dylan Casey in his interview with Chris Baldwin on Cyclingnews. After a horror crash in the Four Days of Dunkerque, the talented young American rider is preparing for the Vuelta next month.
Dylan Casey Interview
Dylan Casey's USPS teammate Christian Vandevelde has hung up his wheels for the rest of the season, following complications to injuries sustained in a crash during stage 7 of the Tour de France. He writes in his diary at www.christianvandevelde.com that after he returned home to the US, he recommenced training, albeit with a large plaster cast on his arm, as well as going to the gym.
However, when he had his three week check up, he learned that the healing was not going well "just a bit on the crooked side." The decision was made to "re-break the arm and put some pins in it to hold it in place. Two pins later my team and I come to another decision to stop training and recover properly."
"As far as my future is concerned I'll be training whenever the doctor says it's OK. I'm serious this time...It will make for a long training period over the winter but it will pay off when I'm winning races next spring."
Lampre director Pietro Algeri has selected his team for the Vuelta a Espańa, which starts on September 8. Gilberto Simoni (Ita), Oscar Camenzind (Swi), Sergio Barbero (Ita), Jose-Manuel Garate (Spa), Mariano Piccoli (Ita), Simone Bertoletti (Ita), Massimo Codol (Ita), Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) and Robert Hunter (RSA).
For the first time since 1997, Colombia will send an all-Colombian national team to Europe. Team Orbitel 05 (financed by a Colombian telecommunications company) will send a group of young riders to the Tour de L'Avenir which begins in France on September 6.
The Colombian team will be co-sponsored by Berry Floor, a Belgian flooring company (also a sponsor of Lotto-Adecco). The team will be officially represented as Orbitel 05-Berryfloor.
Orbitel 05 has been dominant in Colombia's major races during the past two years, managed by Raúl Mesa and Carlos Mario Jaramillo whose philosophy is a "cannibalistic" winner takes all drive to the finish line. The team captain will be Marlon Pérez, considered to be the most complete Colombian cyclist of the new generation: a good climber, time trialist, and sprinter.
So far the team members are: Marlon Pérez, Luis Orán Castańeda, Johnny Leal, Jorge Iván González, Javier González, Alejandro Iván Cortés (Cortés will go as an alternate).
Courtesy of Haroldo Camacho
British Cycling's World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) has signalled its intention to make Britain the world's leading track cycling nation with the signing of the renowned coach Heiko Salzwedel as National Track Team Manager. Following the success of the GB Track team at last year's Olympics and World Championships, Heiko has been brought in to build on that success and take the team one step further, to their stated goal of becoming the world's best by 2012 (Ed: nothing like having a long term plan!).
German by birth, Heiko is perhaps best known as man behind the Australian Institute of Sport's hugely successful Men's and Women's Road and Mountain Bike programmes during the nineties, which put Australia on the cycling map, with athletes like Patrick Jonker, Anna Wilson and Cadel Evans. Dominant Australian cycling performances at the 1994 and 1998 Commonwealth Games are still fresh in many British memories. In 1999 he guided the German cycling team to four golds at the Track and Road World Championships, including Jan Ullrich's memorable win in the Men's Time Trial.
National track coach Michel Vaarten will travel with Matthew Gilmore and Wouter van Mechelen to the next round of the track World Cup in Malaysia this coming weekend. Gilmore will ride in the Points race on Saturday, and will pair with Van Mechelen in the Madison on Sunday. The aim is to get some practice for the World Track Championships in Antwerp in late September.
A report was published on Cyclingnews yesterday about the IOC's attempt to decide reasonable parameters for EPO levels in the human body in order to approve (or re-approve) a EPO test. The following may help to explain what the percentages meant in that report (they did not refer to hematocrit levels):
"When EPO leaves the body in the urine it does so in various forms. Natural EPO has a high degree of acidic forms while synthetic has more basic forms.
Among 411 non-doped (with EPO) persons, basic forms were found at an average level of 28.2 percent (of the total amount) with a standard deviation of 14 percent.
Among 137 EPO-doped persons, basic forms were found at an average level of 87 percent, with a standard deviation of 13 percent.
The average basic EPO's for non-doped persons is 28.2 percent. If you add the variation (14) multipled by three you get 70.2 percent. Another scurity margin is added and you get 80 percent basic EPO forms out of the total amount.
None of the non-doped persons were near 70 percent, although Patrick Schamasch of the IOC was quoted in Politiken as saying he would only accept a minimum level of 85 percent.
Source: Swedish scientist Leif Wide in 1995/Anti-Doping Danmark (www.doping.dk)
Over 500 riders will contest the U23 European road championships in Apremont, France on August 24 and 26. The time trials start the proceedings on Friday, followed by the road races on Sunday. Italians (or Ukrainians riding for Italian teams) are the favourites in the men's road race, while Dutchwoman Mirella Van Melis and Italian Vera Carrara will be looking to improve on their medals from last year in Poland in the women's road race.
Danish Champion Jakob Piil, who also won the Peace Race this year, has signed for another two years with CSC-Tiscali. Managing director Bjarne Riis says that Piil now has shown his potential and that the team will now more professionally develop his talent.
Piil says that he is happy with the contract and that he feels that he can grab his chances when they appear: "It's not so hierarchic. We ride for the one with the best legs which suits me," says Piil.
Danish ITT Champion Michael Blaudzun (CSC-Tiscali) and Frank Hřj (Coast) will ride the World's ITT race in Portugal.
Although they missed Moreau, Team Coast will have the services of two ex-Festina riders next season, along with assistant director Juan Fernandez, Steffen Radochla and Andre Korff will join the team.
Belgian second division squad Ville de Charleroi wants a new head sponsor for next season, according to manager Didier Paindaveine, who says that he is close to securing one. "I have a few verbal agreements from businesses, but I need something certain," he said. "I cannot pay my riders from those promises. We have been there before. There are always people from everywhere who believe in us, but money must come over the bridge if we are to come back."
Frederik Penne (ABX Go-Pass Slagino) will ride with the Collstrop-Palmans team as a stagiaire, starting September 1. If things go well, then he can sign a professional contract for next season.
The third annual World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Championships will take place September 22/23 in the scenic San Bernardino National Forest at Hurkey Creek Park in Idyllwild California. Set at 4200ft the 9-mile high desert course will test the skill and will power of the top solo riders from across the World.
The competition will be fierce as top riders compete for the "The World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Champion" title and for a crack at the $20,000 prize purse (based on total number of participants). The recent involvement of Tinker Juarez (Volvo/Cannondale) on the 24-hour scene has earned him three straight victories, his fourth National Title and much media attention to this emerging sport.
The competition will be the toughest to date. With Juarez currently the biggest name in 24-hour racing, Rishi Grewal (Klein) the first World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Champion and well known World Cup competitor and Chris Eatough (Trek/Volkswagen) gunning for the Title and the paycheck will make for a great race.
Within a month of being back Rishi quickly made it be known that retirement did not soften his abilities by setting a new course record at Montezuma's Revenge (last set by Rishi in 1999, one week after the World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Championships).
In the women's field, Olympian Mary Grigson (Subaru/Gary Fisher) of Australia, who placed 6th in Sydney will be competing in her first solo race in Idyllwild. Mary will be going up against strong competitors such as Cristina Begy (Independent/Handle Bar & Grill), 24 Hours of Adrenalin NORBA National Champion, Katie Lindquist 2000 World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Champion and Monica Nelson of Canada.
For more details on the World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Championships log on to www.24hoursofadrenalin.com.
Major Races and Events
September 7-29, 2002: Vuelta a Espańa (GT) - Preview, stage list
May 11-June 2, 2002: Giro d'Italia (GT) - Preview, stage list, photos
July 6-28, 2002: Tour de France (GT) - Full preview & official route details
December 8: Superprestige Rd 5 (Cat. 1) - Erwin Vervecken
November 29-December 4: Six Days of Noumea (6D) - Sassone/Neuville victorious
November 26-December 1: Six Days of Zurich (6D) - Day 6 - McGrory/Gilmore/Schnider win
December 1: Melbourne Cup on Wheels (IM) - Scott Moller, Keirin, Sprint, Support races
December 2: Cyclo-cross World Cup #2 (CDM) - Sven Nijs again
November 24-December 3: Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos (JR) - Final results
December 8-9: Frankfurter Rad-Cross (Cat. 2) - Alex Mudroch, UK National Trophy Series #4 (Cat. 3) - Roger Hammond, Grote Prijs Industrie Bosduin - Kalmthout (Cat. 1) - Bart Wellens, Int. Radquer Obergösgen (Cat. 2) - Björn Rondelez, Trofeo Mamma e Papa Guerciotti (Cat. 3) - Enrico Franzoi, Premio Egondo (Cat 3) - David Seco, Irish cyclo-cross championships - Robin Seymour
Results: local racing
Australia - CycleWest Promotions Omnium Series #2, Eastern Suburbs Summer Criterium Series, Carnegie Caulfield Tuesday criterium, Southern Cross Junior Track Open & Madison Cup, Manly Warringah CC, George Town Track Carnival, Carnegie Caulfield CC, Randwick Botany CC, Gold Coast CATS CC, Caesar's Illawarra CC, Caesar's Illawarra (track)
Denmark - Danish cyclo-cross Post Cup #3
Italy - Gran Premio Cittŕ di Bassano
Luxembourg - GP De Kopstal
New Zealand - Cyco Criterium series
Spain - Elorrio cyclo-cross
USA - Georgia Cross Series Championship, Chimborazo Grand Prix cyclo-cross, Boulder Cross Rd 6, New Mexico State Cyclo-x Champs, Sorrento Cyclo-x & California State Champ's, Boulder Cross Rd 5, Verge New England series, Northampton CC Cyclo-cross Championships, Chris Cross International CycloCross
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