News for April 15

South Australian Snippets

Promising young 19 yr old SASI cyclist Corey Sweet arrived in Italy today (Mon 15 April) to begin an extended season with Pistoia Club S.C. Centri Calzatura Montegranaro.

Elder brother and apparent road sprint specialist Jay contemplated his future after being offered a pro contract with the AIS-Giant team. It is understood that he has turned it down after considering himself too young at 20 yrs old to turn pro and perhaps miss out riding the under 23 espiors section at the Olympics.

Promising local rider and State Representative Jeff Wheeler's dreams were shattered when he came to grief on the swift descent to Sedan (Murray Valley, South Australia). With a strong following wind and a breathtaking descent, riders reached speeds in excess off 100kph. Jeff apparently lost concentration briefly after being passed on the inside and careered off the road and into a drain to somersault and land on his shoulder. Not realising that he had broken his collar bone briefly attempted to mount the bike and continue on until the damage became apparent.

Many SA cyclists are visiting Canberra for the Milk Race in a week or two. Coomealla junior rider John Pollock has been riding exceptionally well in preparatory races, winning the SA Easter tour from Norwood Clubs' Kristin Lewis.

From Graham Fowler

Indurain's Tour build-up

After GP Primavera Miguel Indurain announced his programme leading up to the Tour de France:

Vuelta Aragon (17-21 April), Amstel Gold Race (27 April), Vuelta Alentejo (Portugal), Clasica Alcobendas (12 May), Vuelta a Asturias (14-19 May), Bicicleta Vasca (22-26 May), Classique des Alpes (1 June), Dauphine Libere (2-9 June) and the Spanish championship (23 June).

In all 35 days of competition.

Track World Cup, Havana, Cuba

1000 m:
 1. Sharman (Aus)  1.05,833
 2. Thuet (Fra)    1.06,059
 3. Escudero (Spa) 1.06,351

4000 m pursuit:
 1. Juan Martinez (Spa) 4.34,512
 2. Obree (GBr)         4.38,729.

 1. Martin Nothstein (USA)

 1. Martin Nothstein (USA)

Team Pursuit:
 1. Spain
 2. Argentine
 3. USA
 4. Colombia

 1. Juan Curuchet/Gabriel Curuchet (Arg)


 1. Olga Slioussareva (Rus)

500 m:
 1. Olga Slioussareva (Rus)

Team standings (Havana):
 1. USA         91 pts
 2. Cuba        70
 3. Russia      68
 4. Argentine   61
 5. Spain       54