Second Edition News for October 16, 1997
Transfers and Contracts
- Bergamascan Wladimir Belli will leave Team Brescialat-Oyster: to ride in
'98 with French Team Festina, which will include Alex
Zülle, Richard Virenque and new World Champion Laurent
Brochard. Twenty-seven year old Belli, won the Baby
Giro d'Italia in 1990. Since becoming Pro he has won
at la Settimana Bergamasca '94, Giro dell'Appennino
and Giro del Trentino in '96: this year he was third
at the Edolo stage at the Giro d'Italia, behind Pavel
Tonkov & Ivan Gotti.
- Franco Chioccioli will leave Saeco
and will ride for Mobilvetta (which will be the name
of current team Refin-Mobilvetta for 1998), where he
will join climber Leonardo Piepoli.
- Team Ballan, the new
Professional team directed by Flavio Miozzo, has
Nicola Loda, Carlo Finco & Matteo
Tosatto for 1998.
- Domenico Cavallo will start next
year as assistant director for Spanish Team Vitalicio
Seguros under Sports director Xavier Minguez. Last
season he worked for Refin-Mobilvetta.
It is unconfirmed but the story about to come out is that Lance Armstrong
has signed with US Postal after Cofidis dumped him last week for being
Berzin and the Hour
Russian Eugeni Berzin will attempt to beat the Hour
Record on Sunday at Bordeaux. The current record is
held by British Chris Boardman, who established it on
September 6, 1997 with a distance of 56.375 km.
Sorensen at Lombardia
Rolf Sörensen will be the guest of the UCI at the Giro di Lombardia next Saturday.
The injured Sorensen is still leader of the World Cup races. Second is
Michele Bartoli on 35 points.
Just after the last World Cup race of this season the winner will be honoured.
A spokesman of Rabobank said: "The chance Sorensen will win is small, but
the UCI has invited him for the outcome. And Sorensen lives in Italy."
The Rabobank team for the Giro di Lombardia is: Leon van Bon, Max van Heeswijk,
Koos Moerenhout, Danny Nelissen, Aart Vierhouten, Michael Boogerd, Danny
Jonasson and Erik Breukink.
For Erik Breukink this race is the last one on the road as a professial rider.