Both Italian and foreign riders were questioned today in Florence in relation to the Giro raids on June 6. In addition, more names were released from the dossier delivered by the NAS today to Florence, including the entire iBanesto Giro team: José Luis Arrieta, Marzio Bruseghin, Pablo Lastras Garcia, David Navas Chica, David Latasa Lasa, Jon Odriozola, Unai Osa Eizaguirre, Cesar Solaun Sola (except for Leonardo Piepoli who had abandoned), its two leaders and the doctor. All of these had medical products seized from them and will be questioned.
The prosecutor also named Ullrich and Hondo (Telekom), Jolanda Fuentes Rodriguez (Kelme team doctor) and seven Mercatone Uno riders: Velo, Brignoli, De Paoli, Clavero, Mondini, Siboni and Borgheresi, as well as the masseur, Pregnolato.
Four from Lampre Daikin: Piccoli, Missaglia, Codol and Sciandri, as well as a trainer-pharmacist, Guido Nigrelli were also named.
In relation to this, CONI prosecutor Giacomo Aiello has asked Luigi Bocciolini in Florence to transmit all the details of the dossier to him.
Domo-Farm Frites' Wilfried Peeters will be 37 this July, and rode his last Belgian championship last Sunday. One of Johan Museeuw's closest friends, Peeters will retire at the end of the season to take up a role as a team director along with Marc Sergeant and Hendrik Redant. Museeuw will continue to ride in 2002.
"We talked about it during the Tour de Suisse," said manager Patrick Lefevere. "Peeters told me on Sunday evening that he had just made this decision. He will ride until the end of the year then go directly to being a team leader."
Today will be an important one for Frank Vandenbroucke and his cycling career, as he meets his Lampre-Daikin team manager, Pietro Algeri.
"At the end of the week before last we sent a telegram to Frank to come to Milan on Tuesday for a medical screening and a checkup," said Algeri to De Standaard today.
"There was no reaction from the rider," said PR man Cortinovis. "It wasn't necessary any more that VDB reported himself in the course of the day. This evening Lampre-Daikin will take a decision about how much further we will go with him."
His wife Sara, when contacted by phone, could only say "I don't know anything. I can't say anything."
Marco Pantani will come back to racing in July, according to his team manager Giuseppe Martinelli. On Pantani's official site (www.pantani.it), Martinelli says that "Every day practically, Marco is training on his home roads. Physically he is well, he is recovered, now he must concentrate on the end of the season, i.e. on the Vuelta."
"Mercatone Uno-Stream TV is really aiming at the Vuelta a España, Marco knows this, and our objective is to introduce a strong squad on September 8 in Salamanca, in order to support Marco in the best way possible."
The Belgian division II Collstrop-Palmans team will increase its budget next year to BEF50 million (US$1 million). This is a 10-20 percent increase from this year. Team manager Hilaire Van Der Schueren said that "After a conversation I had with sponsor Charles Palmans it is clear that we can aim at a higher financial level. Are we seeking a big fish to join our riders? That we will do only if we can stay in the team budget. Besides, nothing is concrete yet. I have time. The preliminary deal is that we have our budget for next year, the rest can wait."
31 year old German sprinter Jens Fiedler has targetted the Athens Olympics as one of the last events he wants to win. "Up to then, I want to maintain the top position in Germany," he said in an interview with DPA.
Fiedler has had injury problems in the last few months, including a couple of fractured ribs and a long break from competition. However, he says he has 2004 firmly in his sights. He now is training under his old coach, Jörg-Uwe Krünägel, who believes that he can improve the sprinter in time.
"I can hardly change something in a short time in a sporting sense," said Krünägel. "But in his head I can free him. That is my job above all. Fielder must do most of it alone, I will not take his hand and lead him, he is too old for that."
Fiedler says the separation from his old coach, Carsten Schmalfuß, was "not in anger, we had successes."
He is getting back into top gear again, finishing fourth in the sprint in the recent World Cup in Pordenone. "However there I could finally ride free of pain again, and I experimented with different tactics. In Chemnitz (the German national track championships) I will be fit."
A strong field is expected for this year's 3rd BMC Software Tour of Arlington on July 8, the second of four rounds of the BMC Software Grand Prix. Held on a 5.6 km circuit that features a steep climb up to the Water Tower on Park Avenue each lap, the action begins at 12:30 p.m. with the 67 km women's race followed by a 2:30 p.m. start for the men.
In the women's race, BMC Software Grand Prix leader Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Saturn) will be in attendance, backed up by a star-studded Saturn team lineup determined to win. But it won't come easily, as arch rival Autotrader.com will be out in force, with new recruit Amber Neben, recently a stage winner in the two-week Hewlett Packard (HP) Women's Challenge in Idaho.
In the fold, AutoTrader.com has the horsepower to pull off an upset and there are others set to unseat Saturn. Procter & Gamble with New Zealand sprinter Joanne Kiesanowski (5th in the first BMC race) may pull off a surprise. While Canada's Team Intersports, though sending just five riders, has to be considered a major threat with their quintet including 2000 Montreal World Cup winner Pia Sundstedt and former World Champion Catherine Marsal, who recently won the Sprints Jersey at the HP Women's Challenge.
After the conclusion of the women's event, the 100 km Pro/Elite Men's race takes to the streets. round one winner Vassili Davidenko will be ably supported by nine of his Navigators professional teammates including Russian National Champion Oleg Grichkine; however, Davidenko will have his work cut out for him, as the 112-man field includes virtually every top name in U.S. road cycling.
Saturn is sending a 10-man squad led by current Pro Cycling Tour leader Trent Klasna; Mercury-Viatel will also have 10 riders, headed up by 2000 BMC Software Grand Prix Champion Gord Fraser and Texan Chann McRae, who has ridden the Tour de France. U.S. Postal Service can rely on a sextet that includes 2000 Olympian Antonio Cruz. In addition, there are several dark horse teams that are finding top form at just the right time. 7 UP/Colorado Cyclist is coming off a strong ride at the Fitchburg Classic, where John Lieswyn won a stage and they placed three riders in the top 10 overall. In addition, both the Argentinean National Team and Corona/Citibank/MasterCard of Mexico are made up of first-rate all-rounders looking to turn heads north of the border.
The cyclists will be competing for a prize purse of $25,000 and points towards the overall BMC Software Grand Prix bonus prize purse of $100,000. The next race on the BMC Software Grand Prix schedule is the San Rafael Women's Criterium presented by BMC Software, September 8, and the San Francisco Grand Prix presented by BMC Software, September 9.
On the Saturday prior to the BMC Software Tour of Arlington, the dedication will take place of the Nicole L. Reinhart Playground at Cutter Park (School Avenue off Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, Mass.) at 1:00 pm. This event completes the activities that began on June 23, 2001, when Saturn Corporation and members of the Saturn Cycling Team joined together with local residents to build a playground in honour of Nicole Reinhart, a cyclist who was killed in this race last September.
The Reinhart family, several members of the Saturn Cycling Team and Saturn Corporation executives will be participating in the playground dedication.
USA Cycling has announced the appointment of Nirve Sports' Doug Martin as the Team Manager for the 2001 U.S. Mountain Bike World Championship Team. "Doug Martin, who managed GT's sports marketing and mountain bike program(s) for ten years and was the 1996 Olympic team mountain bike coach, will be Manager of the World Championship Team," said USA Cycling's Managing Director of Athlete Performance, Sean Petty.
"Doug's responsibility from now until the completion of the World Championships will be to work with prospective U.S. Team athletes, trade teams and their managers, and USAC staff to insure that the U.S. is best prepared to participate and perform in the World Championships. Matt Cramer and Keith Darner, both who have worked with the U.S. team at the mountain bike World Championships, will be Assistant Managers of the World Championship team again."
The 2001 Mountain Bike World Championships will be held in Vail, CO from September 7-16.
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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