Edited by John Stevenson
The trial of Italian sports doctor Michele Ferrari began yesterday in Bologna, Italy. Ferrari is accused of distributing performance-enhancing substances including corticoids and growth hormone, and managing their use by several high profile riders. Along with his lawyer Dario Bolognesie, Ferrari was present for the first day's hearing, which was entirely devoted to preliminary questions.
Ferrari has been under investigation since 1998 by the Italian anti-drug police. A verdict is expected some time in January 2002.
South Australian cycling fans have a chance to see two of the state's superheroes in action on Saturday December 15 when Stuart O'Grady and Brett Aitken return to the Adelaide Super-Drome to take on the Australia's top track cyclists
The event (sponsored by Transport SA and Lane Print) will see the best men and women track cyclists in the country come together for a full night of racing.
For O'Grady and Aitken this will be their first appearance at the Super-Drome since reaching major milestones in their careers. O'Grady of course hit the international limelight earier this year with six days in yellow, 12 days in green and a stage win in the Tour de France. For Aitken this will be his first race back on the Super-Drome since reaching the pinnacle of his cycling career - a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
In the early '90s the crowd at the Super-Drome was spoilt with the sight of O'Grady and Aitken fighting it out in heart-stopping events like the elimination, points race and the derny. It'll be a walk down memory lane on Saturday when the duo lines up again to compete in these and many more races.
Other highlights will be the cream of Australia's men and women sprinters competing in sprint and kierin matches.
For further details contact the Adelaide Super-Drome on 08 8262 7777. Tickets available thru VenueTix outlets.
A few members of the Belgian Domo-Farm Frites team are currently training in Calpe, Spain, accompanied by new assistant director, Wilfried Peeters. "Johan Museeuw, Dave Bruylandts, Leif Hoste, Wilfried Cretskens, Jurgen Van Goolen and Dutchmen Leon van Bon and Koos Moerenhout have travelled to Spain on their own initiative," said Peeters to Belga newsagency. "We sent a few people with them, but this is not a group training camp. The riders will stay here for just a short time. I will work for the first time as a directeur sportif in Mallorca, and will prepare for that with a camp in Saint-Raphael at the beginning of January."
Danish second division Team Fakta will commence its 2002 campaign with two French races, GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise (February 5) and Etoile de Bessges (February 6-10). Kim Andersen's team performed very well in France last year, animating all the races they were invited to with several wins and podium finishes. It is not known yet whether team Fakta will ride in the first or second division next year, but the latter seems likely at this point.
Belgian Division II team Ville de Charleroi - Newsystems will reappear in 2002 as Marlux. With the deadline for 2002 UCI registration looming, Team manager Didier Peindaveine has found a sponsor in the form of Marlux, a Belgian concrete paving company. The team will have a budget of 50 million Belgian Francs (1.25 million Euro/US$1.1 million) and intends to move up the Division II ranks.
Peindaveine has already signed seven riders to his reborn team, and is hoping to recruit another seven or eight who have not yet found contracts for 2002.
Marcus Ljungqvist and Susanne Ljungskog have been named as Sweden's cyclists of the year 2001.
27-year-old Team fakta rider Ljungqvist had his best season ever in 2001 with five victories including landing the Swedish road national championship and a stage of the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt. Ljungqvist has recently signed for fakta for a further two years.
Ljungskog, 25, rode for Belgian team Vlaanderen-T Intérim and finished the year third overall in the World Cup rankings after winning the GP de Suisse Feminin and the Primavera Rosa.
Laurent Jalabert surprised everyone this year by making an impressive comeback from an early-season injury to win the King of the Mountains in the Tour de France. But he doesn't expect that to be the culmination of his career. In an interview with Dennis Ritter of DR-TV Denmark he talks about his personal objectives for 2002 and beyond, the team's goals and more.
Click here for the full Jalabert interview.
Major Races and Events
September 7-29, 2002: Vuelta a España (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 Città 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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