News for September 29, 2001

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56th Vuelta España news

Post-stage comments, stage 19

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Guido Trenti
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Guido Trenti (USA) Cantina Tollo Acqua & Sapone

"My father phoned me to tell me to continue racing, and I will take the winner's bouquet from today back to Italy to lay on her tomb,'' Trenti said.

"I realised I was the strongest on the climb and the final part of the course suited me well. I think the fact I am going through these difficult times helped me to forget the pain,'' Trenti said.

"A win is just a win and I hope to have many more,'' he said. ``However, it is good for a small team like ours to occasionally show the big outfits that they can be beaten

Oscar Sevilla (Kelme, 1st, GC)

"This was a good day to rest as best we could before the mountains of tomorrow."

"The stage of Saturday will be crucial, this is why I do not have forcé"

"I know that Angel will be very dangerous in the mountains. it will be a difficult stage."

"I will try to take time over Casero. I will run this stage like traditional. Vuelta is very tight and it is so much better for the public, but I hope to keep the yellow jersey until Sunday evening."

Angel Casero (Festina, 2nd GC)

"I will try to remain in the wheel of Sevilla and all to give Sunday".

"The margin that I have supports me for Time Trial Sunday,

"With the margin that I have I can gamble it in the race against the clock.

"Hopefully I will find my mountain form, and it will see me arrive with little difference. I have improved in the mountains. In addition, going well in first days can cause you to become conceited."

"Now it is necessary to hope and see if we can arrive with gold at Madrid."

Igor Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

"We ( Euskaltel ) still didn't gain of Vuelta, I was in front, and Piccoli made a jump. Without being presumptuous, I would have made gains on it. It is a pity really" after a puncture ruined his day 8kms from home

Stage 18 - Full results & report

Simeoni Fined for Victory Celebration at Tour of Spain

After winning the 18th stage of the Vuelta A España, and breaking a long quiet streak you would think Italian, Filippo Simeoni had a right to a victory line celerbration. Coming up to the finish line, 25 seconds in front, Simeoni dismounted, to the cheers of the crowd, kissed his bike and walked across the line carrying his bike. Simeoni then raised the bike above his head in triumph.

Whilst Simeoni's actions will make great pictures, and please the crowda, he apparently upset race organisers who fined him $250.00 US for his actions. Organisers fined Simeoni for ``irregular behavior disturbing the development of the race.''

"I was just so happy getting a stage victory," said Simeoni. "It's my best-ever win and I thought I'd give the crowd something to remember me by."

Matt Wilson joins FDJ

Melbourne born Matt Wilson, who will celebrate his 24th birthday next Monday, has signed a two year contract with La Francaise des Jeux. Winner of the GP Roger de Vlaeminck and a stage in Tour de Liege in Belgium this year, he impressed the Madiot brothers by taking stage 5 in the Tour de l'Avenir where he was riding for the Mercury Cycling Team as a stagiaire.

He also surprised Marc Madiot when he told him that he had no bike at home because he sold it to pay for his plane ticket to Europe.

Wilson's unbelievable history also includes one and half year off the bike due the Hodginks disease, a kind of cancer. One year ago, he was watching the road race at the Olympics in Sydney and hadn't returned to his bike, now he's a profesional bikerider.

End-to-End Update

It seems this is the season for End-to-End attempts with Lynne Taylor completing her attempt and setting a solo women's record of 2d 5h 48m 21s after enduring very poor conditions. Lynne also holds the mixed tandem record, set with Andy Wilkinson last year. Wilkinson is the current men's record holder. Proving his versatility, Wilkinson also holds the record for doing it in a recumbent!

In yesterdays news section we mentioned Gethin Butler's attempt on the End-to-End Record of Britian. Unfortunately we made it a bit harder for Butler by decreasing the present record. The correct time for the 840 mile Land's End to John O'Groats record is 1d 21h 2m 18s. Butler hopes to finish his ride in 1d 19h 33m. He left at 10am (GMT+1) yesterday morning and at 17.12 today (1 d 7h 21m) had covered 622 of the 840 miles and was 14 minutes behind his projected schedule. Even though he was behind time, Butler was said to be still looking strong and on course. He has already set a new straight-out 24 hour record of 503 miles.

South Africian Team for the World Road Titles in Lisbon


Robert Hunter (Lampre-Daikin)
Nicholas White (HSBC)

Under 23:

Daniel Spence (IBM/Lotus)
James Perry (IBM/Lotus)
Jeremy Maartens (HSBC)
James Ball (IBM/Lotus)
Jaco Odendaal (Ster Kinekor)

Elite women:

Anke Erlank (Saturn)
Anriette Schoeman

Junior ladies:

Samantha Serfontein
Dianne Emery

Junior men:

Eckard Bergh
Martin Pieterse
Alex Pavlov
Chris Willemse

Dublin Wheelers Ladies Day

from Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent/Evening Herald/Sunday Independent

The Dublin Wheelers Cycling Club, founded in 1933 and one of the oldest and most popular clubs in Ireland, is pleased to announce details of their annual Ladies 2-Day cycle race which will be based at SportsLink, Santry, Co. Dublin next weekend (October 6th and 7th).

Originally the event was scheduled to take place back in April but because of the Foot and Mouth Disease it was postponed.

This year is the 10th 2-Day for Women promoted by the Wheelers and the 6th sponsored by TQ PAPER Ltd, Baldoyle. The race is the highlight of the Ladies cycling calendar, and in the past has attracted entries from all over Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales plus Holland. This year's event promises to have the largest field because of the development in Europe for ladies participating at competitive level. Currently the interest is very high with teams from Holland, five teams from the UK and for the first time ever an outfit from The Ulster Cycling Federation & Germany. This year the event is included in the UK's Women's Team Series.

This mix of riders no doubt will lead to nail biting competition over the three stages. One of the local favourites Susan O'Mara will represent Ireland at the Women's World Road Race Championship in Lisbon, Portugal on the Saturday after the TQ event.


Stage 1 - October 6: Road Race
Stage 2 - October 6: Time Trial
Stage 3 - October 7: Road Race

Previous winners of the event:

2000 Julie Hooper Women's Cycle Racing Association
1999 Louise Jones Rudy Project
1998 Claire Moore Irish Road Club
1997 Susan O'Mara Dublin Wheelers
1996 Angela Hunter New Brighton
1995 Helena Kinsella Dublin Wheelers
1994 Marie Purvis Isle of Man
1993 Claire Moore Tipperary
1992 Claire Moore Tipperary

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