News for November 29
Three Swedes turns pro
In just two days Sweden has more than doubled their total number of
professional cyclists. On Monday (11/27) 26-year old Glenn Magnusson signed
for the Italian Amore e Vita-team where he replaces compatriot Michel
The day after the Belgian team Collstrop signed 22-year old Daniel
Sjoberg and 20-year old Magnus Backstedt.
Michel Lafis and Michael Andersson, both Telekom, are the two other
Van Den Bossche retires
After six seasons as a professional (5 with TVM and 1 with Novell)
Belgian Alain Van Den Bossche has decided to retire. He has recently been
offered a contract for 1996 by the Belgian team Cedico. He has had one
major victory during his career; the Belgian championship 1993.
TOUR OF SARDINIA
The Tour of Sardinia takes place from 27 March to 31 March, 1996.
It was formerly called Sardinian International Week ( Settimana
Internazionale di Sardegna) This will be the 25th edition of the
race, last held in 1983.
A problem has been finding a spot on the Calendar for this event,
but it fits in nicely next year, four days after the Primavera, and
a week before the Ronde.
There is some problem of conflict with the Tour of Calabria, unless
dates are shuffled some more, but the return of this event, last
won in '83 by Beppe Saronni in his maillot arc en ciel, is a
welcomed addition to the Calendar.
From Quartu S. Elena to Cagliari will be a prologue and four
27 March - Prologue Time Trial 3.5 km
Quartu Sant'Elena from Poetto (The beach of Cagliari)
along the front to Bussola
28 March - Stage 1, Quartu - Arbatax ( up the east coast )
finish at the Cartiera
29 March - Stage 2, Arbatax-Tempio Pausania
via Nuoro and the centre of the island
30 March - Tempio - Oristano, via Sassari and Alghero
31 March - Oristano - Cagliari
A new book, "Caro Coppi", will be launched officially today in the
corso Vittorio Emanuele, Milan at 12:30.
The book is a new treatment of the Campionissimo's lfe and times,
his trials and tribulations, victories and defeats.
By Orio and Guido Vergani, 258 pp. and costing 28,000 lire.
Present will be Gino Bartali, Fiorenzo Magni and Felice Gimondi.
HERE COMES MAGNUSSON
Glenn Magnusson, Swedish champion, will ride next year with Amore &
Vita-Galatron. He is the 31st Swedish cyclist to turn professional.
GIETEN Cyclo Cross
In the third round of the Superprestige 'Cross, at GIETEN,
Nederlands, Luca Bramati was beaten by a Belgian once again.
Luca, the boy from Bergamo, got off to a poor start and was 15
seconds down on his main rivals after the first lap.
Groenendaal was in the lead until the last lap when Vervecken came
by and held the lead across the line. A weary Groenendaal had
difficulty hanging on for fifth.
1. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) in 1.00'25"
2. De Vos (Ola) a 5"
3. Simunek (R. Ceca)
4. Herijgers (Bel)
5. Groenendaal (Ola)
6. Janssens (Bel) a 12"
7. Van Santvliet (Bel) a 18"
8. Van der Poel (Ola) a 31"
9. De Bie (Bel)=7F
10. Bramati (Ita) a 40"
Superprestige Classification after 3 legs:
1. Wim DE VOS (Ola) p. 44
2. Groenendaal (Ola) 38
3. Bramati (Ita) 38
4. Janssens (Bel) 31
5. Pospisil (R. Ceca) 28
Everyone is gathering in Lausanne, official home of the UCI
tomorrow (Tuesday) for a "round table."
Heine Verbruggen - head honcho of the UCI - must explain to the
World why he WAS STUPID ENOUGH to have a VUELTA IN SEPTEMBER, a
WORLDS IN MID-OCTOBER and a FINAL ROUND OF THE WORLD CUP AT THE
END OF OCTOBER IN A PART OF THE WORLD WHERE NOBODY WANTS TO GO.
There will be no absentees and included in the Lynch-Mob will be:
representatives of the various riders' associations, various
delegates from numerous National Governing Bodies, Sponsors,
sporting groups, Organizers, Commissaires, Technical Commissaires.
Museeuw con Mapei-GB fino a tutto l'anno 1998
After the G.P. Mapei (Cyclo-Cross), Johan Museeuw signed a new
contract with the team of "patron" Giorgio Squinzi.
The Belgian has extended his contract by another three years after
which time he will probably retire.
"I am well satisfied," said Museeuw, "I have many friends on the
Also well satisfied was patron Squinzi, "Johan is for
the Classics and single day races. He is a serious and trustworthy
rider. I am very happy to have signed him."