News for July 29, 2001

Recent results and new features

Simeoni acccuses Ferrari

Italian rider Filippo Simeoni has accused controversial sports doctor Michele Ferrari of urging him to use EPO while Simeoni was under Ferrari's care in 1997.

In testimony to the judge overseeing the investigation into Ferrari's alleged involvement in the systematic doping of Italian riders in the 90's, Simeoni said that Ferrari "explained to me that if I wanted to ride a good Tour I had to take EPO and Andiol (testosterone) to improve my ability to recover.

Simeoni admitted he had used drugs while an amateur in 1993 and "I was with the doctor from 1996 to 1997, the year in which I decided to follow his advice because he did not treat me pharmacologically like the others."

Simeoni explained that "Ferrari gave me amino acid and protein nutritional supplements. I obtained other medications in Switzerland." Simeoni said that each one of these trips involved spending 400 to 500 Euro (US$350-440) on "medication".

Simeoni defended his actions saying, "in professional cycling it is always implied that everyone or almost everyone is using dope - the high haematocrit values of healthy athletes are only explained by doping."

Armstrong to skip World's

Lance Armstrong has announced he will not ride this year's world championships in Lisbon, Portugal in October. As well as a verdict of "no, not this year" on the world's, Armstrong said it was "50-50" whether he would ride September's Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain).

Pantani to return to Vuelta a Castilla e Leon

Marco Pantani will return to racing next weekend when he starts the five stage Vuelta a Castilla e Leon. After a miserable Giro and missing the Tour Pantani will be a rider with much to prove

The stages

Stage 1a: August 5 - Segovia-El Espinar, 73.3 km
Stage 1b: August 5 - El Espinar-El Espinar ITT, 9.3 km
Stage 2: August 6 - Avila-Avila, 182 km (con la Sierra de Gredos)
Stage 3: August 7 - Avila-Venta de Banos, 178.8 km
Stage 4: August 8 - Venta de Banos-Zamora, 152 km
Stage 5: August 9 - Benavente-Alto del Redondal, 142 km

Offers swirl round McGee

Australian rider Brad McGee (and Cyclingnews diarist) is reported to have been offered places on ten different teams for 2002 after the gutsy riding that saw the Tour neophyte finish on the podium in two stages. Talking to Australia's SBS television yesterday, McGee said he knew what he had to do to become a better rider: "Work hard in the mountains". To that end he was planning to move to Nice. It doesn't hurt, he added, that his wife likes it there.

Evans tipped for greatness

With Australian eyes focused on Brad McGee's and Stuart O'Grady's performances in the Tour, increased interest in road cycling in Australia leads to the obvious question "Who's next?" Asked on SBS TV who were the leading Australian cyclists of the moment, former Tour rider Stephen Hodge mentioned Scott Sunderland - currently the highest-placed Aussie on UCI rankings at #64 - as well as Robbie McEwen, and others. But Hodgie's top tip for Next Big Thing was mountain bike rider Cadel Evans, a rider whose recent win of the Tour of Austria saw him creep into the UCI ranks at #200.

Hodge said much the same thing when asked about up-and-coming riders in 1998, and another Australian former Tourist, Niel Stephens, has commented that he has never seen an Australian climb like Evans. As if to confirm this analysis, Evans yesterday won the three-day Brixia Tour in Italy. The only remaining question is how much longer he will continue to mix road and mountain bike racing.

Recent results and new features on Cyclingnews

Major Races and Events
   September 7-29, 2002: Vuelta a Espaņa (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 Cittā 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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