News for September 3 1997
New World Cup Event in Germany
Hamburg has been chosen as the venue
of a new World Cup cycle race which will take place on August 16
next year, the race's organisers said on Tuesday.
The organisers said Jan Ullrich, who became the first German
to win the Tour de France last July, would take part in the new
Kappes out for Drugs
German rider Andreas Kappes has been
banned for three months after failing a dope test at the German
track championships in June, the Association of German Cyclists
(BDR) said on Tuesday.
Kappes, who won the points race at the championships in
Cottbus, was suspended from August 4, the BDR wrote in its
official publication, Radsport.
It did not specifiy the substance Kappes had used.
Team Telekom 1998
Walter Godefroot, directeur sportif of the german Team Telekom, has signed
another rider for 1998: Andreas Kloeden, who rode for the Radteam Berlin
before. Godefroot got a tip by Peter Weibel, German national coach, who has
nominated Kloeden fpr the U 23 world championships in San Sebastian in
Together with Jan Schaffrath, who comes from the same team (Radteam
Berlin), Dirk Mueller (Bayer Worringen), Michael Blaudzun (Rabobank) and
Dirk Baldiger (Polti), Kloeden is the fifth new rider in the Telekom squad.
Normally, Godefroot was looking for a more experienced rider, but
negotiations with Bobby Julich (Cofidis) failed.
Frank Corvers (Belgium) and Michael Lafis (Sweden) won’t get a new contract
for 1998; Mario Kummer and Brian Holm will retire. Brian Holm shall play an
important role in the new danish team ‘Jack & Jones’.
Team Deutsche Telekom 1998: Jan Ullrich, Bjarne Riis, Erik Zabel, Udo
Boelts, Rolf Aldag, Bert Dietz, Christian Henn, Jens Heppner, Kai
Hundertmarck, Giovanni Lombardi, Georg Totschnig, Steffen Wesemann, Dirk
Baldinger, Michael Blaudzun, Dirk Mueller, Jan Schaffrath, Andreas Kloeden.
Ronde van Vlaanderen 1998
After having started in the Grote-Markt in Sint-Niklaas since 1977, the
Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) begins a new phase in its
distinguished history next April when the start moves north-west to Brugge
(Bruges). The race is scheduled to start there for 10 years, that is, until
2007. Before the start moved to Sint-Niklaas in 1977 the race had started in
Gent since its inception in 1913, first in the Korenmarkt and then in
The 1998 race will still finish in Meerbeke where it has finished since
1973. The finish town and street/velodrome have varied more than the start.
In 1913 the race finished in the wielerbaan (velodrome) in Mariakerke and in
1914 in the wielerbaan at Evergem. After the First World War the race first
finuished in the Arsenaal velodrome in Gentbrugge (1919-23) and then moved
to the winter velodrome in Gent (1924-27). Between 1928 and 1941 the race
finished in Wetteren (Jan Broeckaertlaan), returning to the Gent winter
velodrome between 1942 and 1944. The race finished again in Wetteren between
1945 and 1961 (Jan Broeckaaertlaan 1945-51; Warandelaan 1952-57; Grote Markt
1958-61). The race finish moved to Gentbrugge between 1962 and 1972 (Emiel
Verhaerenlaan 1962-63; Mellestraat 1964-72) before moving to the Hallebaan
in Meerbeke in 1973.
French rider Benoit Salmon is to move from Belgian team Lotto to
Casino-C'est votre equipe in 1998. Emmanuel Magnien is also on the move
after two seasons with Festina -- to La Francaise des Jeux, where Erwan
Mentheour's contract will not be renewed. News from Italy following the move
of Francesco Casagrande and Masimiliano Lelli from Saeco to Cofidis include
a report that Evgeni Berzin is leaving Batik for Cofidis and that 1996
Milan--San Remo winner Gabriele Colombo (also Batik) is a possible Casino
signing. With Batik, MG Technogym and Refin all ending their sponsorship
there are a number of other riders on the market, including MG's Michele
Bartoli, who is said to have been contacted, among others by Polti and
Asics. One new Italian team is so far under construction -- Ballan -- which
has already signed Endrio Leoni (ex-Aki) and a neo pro, Filippo Baldo, who
was econd in the Giro Baby. The winner of this amateur version of the Giro
d'Italia, Oscar Mason, has been signed by Brescialat. Further north, Dutch
team Foreldorado-Golff, which has been two seasons in pro racing is to
disband at the end of this season.
Belgian Team for Worlds
Johan Museeuw will defend his world road title in San Sebastian with the
backing of four Mapei-GB team-mates -- Frank Vandenbroucke, Tom Steels,
Wilfried Peeters and Nico Mattan. Other Belgian team members named in the
pre-selection by new team selector Marc Sergeant, with the help of his
predecessor Eddy Merckx, are Jo PLanckaert (Lotto), Peter Van Petegem (TVM),
Mario Aerts (Vlaanderen 2002) and Axel Merckx (Polti). Four other riders
will be named in September.
Tour de l'Avenir Teams Announced
Twenty-four teams will take part in the Tour de l'Avenir, which begins on
Septmeber 4 in Ploudaniel, Finistere, France. The teams are GAN, La
Francaise des Jeux, Cofidis, Festina, BigMat Auber 93, ONCE, Euskadi,
Vlaanderen 2002, TVM, Post Swiss Team, Petroleo de Colombia, ZVVZ Giant,
Agro Adler, France, Canada, Norway, Netherlands, USA, Austria, Ukraine,
Great Britain, a selection from Brittany and the two top French Division 1
clubs: Vendee U and Jean-Floc'h-Mantes.