Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under - 2.3
Australia, January 15-20, 2002
Photo: © Tom Balks/CN
Sunday, January 20
- McEwen the champion sprinter, and in good form for Europe - Robbie McEwen has started off his season in fine style, securing four
stage wins in the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under and in the process winning
the SA Lotteries Sprint Jersey. He tell Cyclingnews about his plans for Europe.
- Mapei takes
teams prize - Mapei Quick-Step won the Most Successful Team award
on the final day of the 2002 Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under today, delighting
director Roberto Damiani, who said he couldn't have been more pleased
with its performance during the six-day event and would be back for
another go next year.
keeps U23 crown for United Water - David McPartland finished the
Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under in 19th place on GC, less than 13 minutes
behind, but in front of many big names with vastly greater experience.
- Cadel Evans
winds up and winds down - Mapei-Quick Step's Cadel Evans became
the third Australian to win a stage in the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under
when he crossed the line in Tanunda 16 seconds ahead of Michael Rogers
yesterday. Evans was clearly delighted with his win, giving his trademark
bent arm MTB World Cup salute.
interview with Brad Davidson - It's every young rider's ambition;
the stuff of which dreams are made. One minute you are racing with your
cycling club at home in Australia, then next (or so it seems), you have
a lucrative contract with one of the best professional cycling teams
in the world.
- A team car
ride with Team Francaise Des Jeux - "Aqua, s'il vous plait!" Number
61 in the 2002 Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, Bradley McGee, calls out,
raises his arm above his head and casts a pleading look at the Francaise
Des Jeux team car, following 50 metres behind the bunch.
Saturday January 19
- Anyone got
a spare C40? - Adam Pyke came to the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under
to watch the cycling, but ended up saving the day for the new leader
of the race on general classification
update: some better news - Injured Tour Down Under rider Scott Sunderland
limped into the press centre this afternoon on crutches and made an
announcement that made journalists cheer.
Aitken, PT - What do professional athletes do for jobs after they
stop competing at the highest levels? Brett Aitken isn't planning to
retire just yet, but he's already thinking ahead.
Photo: © Tom Balks/CN
Friday January 18
out for 3 months after stage 4 crash - Australian Institute of
Sport rider Scott Sunderland is facing every rider's nightmare - two
to three months off the bike at the start of the road racing season
- following an ill-timed crash during the finale of stage 4
in the pink - Bobby Julich is riding in new colours for the first
time in three years. After signing for Team Telekom in September last
year, Julich will join his compatriot Kevin Livingston in the German
powerhouse team of Jan Ullrich and Erik Zabel.
D'Hollander talks to Cyclingnews - Lotto's Glenn d'Hollander was
clearly the rider of the day in stage 3. He was in nearly every attack
from the beginning of the race, before eventually getting away with
Tristan Hoffman after 23 kilometres.
support for junior riders - While several top European squads jockeyed
late last year to win the attention and signature of Bradley McGee,
the Sydney-born rider was thinking of home and how he could use his
appeal to repay those who helped him get to the elite level.
- No matter how pleasant the temperature, how blue the sky, or how calm
the sea, wind on the course can make a massive difference to how a bike
race is fought and won. Or lost.
Thursday January 17
Tuesday January 15
- Dean spends
first wedding anniversary racing - Men are notorious for forgetting
(or ignoring) wedding anniversaries, but not too many can get away with
being in another country on the special day...particularly when it's
the first one.
takes it on the chin - despite his training accident last week David
McKenzie sends his good wishes to the Tour Down Under peloton
Monday January 14