News for November 10

Banesto Signs Hunt

English sprinter Jeremy Hunt, who has been riding with the French amateur VC St Quentin squad this season, has signed for 1996 with Banesto. "We have followed him all season," said Banesto official Francis Lafargue, "and signed him because he is a very fast finisher. We won't expect too much of him this coming year, but in two or three years I think he can improve." Banesto have signed only two new riders this year -- Hunt, and another sprinter, Frenchman Damien Nazon, who rode as a stagiare with the now-defunct Castorama for the end-of season races.

Ekimov's Lucrative Vacation

Don't expect a comment from me about a race in a horrendous dictatorship sponsored by a cigarette manufacturer (end of editorial -- RT). But Viatcheslav Ekimov did remark after taking the 250,000 French (US$50,000 ) franc prize that it was "like being on a vacation except for the last two days".

Pantani's Progress

After initial worries that Marco Pantani's leg injuries might put him out of action for ever as a pro cyclist, the latest reports suggest that he should be on his feet within four months and able to ride again in six to eight.

MONACO SIX-DAY - final (11/7)

1. Zabel (Ger) - De Wilde (Bel) 315 pts; 
2. Baffi - Lombardi (Ita) 294 pts; 
3. Madsen - Veggerby (Den) at 1 lap, 305 pts; 
4. Martinello - Villa (Ita) at 1 lap, 279 pts


TAX-SHY IN MONACO - World champion Abraham Olano is to move from his native
Basque Country and take up residence in Monte Carlo, Monaco. There he'll be
joining some of the worlds best Formula One drivers, tennis players, alpine
skiers, multi-millionaires =8A and his team-mate Tony Rominger. Income-tax in
the Principality of Monaco is 0 % by the way.