News for February 23

Boardman's Uneasy Knee

Chris Boardman (GB, GAN), whose first principal objective of the season is Paris--Nice next month, abandoned Monte Carlo--Alassio yesterday (Feb 21) with knee pain. The problem may be caused by a changed position on a new bike and Boardman is to have laser treatment. He is expected to ride the one-day Tour du Haut-Var on Saturday.

De Las Cuevas Wagers on Casino

Former Banesto and Castorama rider Armand De Las Cuevas, whose name has been linked with Lotto, Banesto, Collstrop, Aki and Agrigel-La Creuse, is in negotiations with Casino--C'est votre equipe directeur-sportif Vincent Lavenu. "We've been discussing things for a week," said Lavenu, "but the final decision is down to the Casino [supermarket chain] management. It is said De Las Cuevas would like a two-year contract.

Casagrande's Lucky Team Break

Yesterday's Monte Carlo--Alassio winner Filippo Casagrande, the youngest of the the three Casagrande brothers in the "pro" peloton, was lucky to be racing at all. A neo pro with Brescialat last season, he was at the same time under contract to Bruno Leali and Flavio Giupponi's Team 2000.

When Giupponi and Leali fell into disfavour with the Brescialat boss, things looked bad for Casagrande. Casagrande was, however, given a place in Giupponi's new team, Team 2000 San Marco, which is a Division 1 team. But San Marco has not been yet allowed affiliation with the Italian federation because money is still owed to Brescialat riders. The federation has allowed Casagrande to cancel his contract with San Marco and join Scrigno-Blue Storm, for whom he won yesterday. Please change your team lists!...