First Edition TdF Cycling News for June 26, 2005
Edited by Hedwig Kröner & Jeff Jones
Armstrong confident despite crash
Lance Armstrong has suffered several small injuries in a crash during
a training ride around Nice, France. News agency AP reported the six time-Tour
de France winner to have a black eye, a cut over his right eyebrow and
abrasions on his hands and knees, after the fall, which happened at low
speed during the start of a training ride last week. Apparently, he lost
control on his time-trial bike and sailed over the handlebars, his helmet
splitting in two on impact.
Nevertheless, Armstrong is looking forward to the French Grand Tour.
"I'm excited about the race," he said. "I feel very good on the bike.
And I would even venture to say that I feel better than I've ever felt."
The Texan also insisted that the motivation to win the event for a seventh
consecutive year is even stronger than before.
"My kids weren't there last year and that was a real bummer for me,"
Armstrong said. "And they are going to be there this year. For them to
come over here, come into my office basically, and see their father at
work is important to me. And I would love for them to see me in a yellow
jersey. That, right there, alone, is plenty of motivation."
Armstrong, who has a final training ride scheduled for Monday, June
27, will recon the Saint-Etienne time trial of the penultimate stage on
Tuesday. Later in the week, he will also see the opening time-trial course.
"I fully understand that when I go and do reconnaissance on a course,
that is the last time I'll do that as a rider," Armstrong said. "I'm not
going to lie and say that I start crying when I finish or anything because
I've sort of been glad that I won't be doing that anymore. Athletes can't
play at the highest level forever. So much of it is about timing and figuring
just how long the body can continue to do what it does. This year felt
like the right time to stop, and based on what I can tell, I'm ready to
hopefully go out at or near the top."
CSC: Roberts to Tour
After Sunday's National Championship in Denmark, CSC team director Bjarne
Riis selected the ninth and last rider for the Danish squad's Tour de
France line-up. Australian rider Luke Roberts is now going to the Tour,
the team's directeur sportif Scott Sunderland confirmed to Cyclingnews.
The full team roster is as follows: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Ivan Basso, Bobby
Julich, Giovanni Lombardi, Luke Roberts, Carlos Sastre, Nicki Sørensen,
Jens Voigt and David Zabriskie.
Wauters with Rabobank
Marc Wauters has been selected as the ninth rider for the Rabobank Tour
team. Wauters has made a strong comeback from a crash, and was an important
rider in the Belgian Championships today. Rabobank's full squad is: Michael
Boogerd, Erik Dekker, Karsten Kroon, Gerben Löwik, Joost Posthuma, Pieter
Weening, Denis Menchov, Michael Rasmussen and Marc Wauters.
Illes Balears' Tour line-up
Illes Balears' team director Eusebio Unzue has announced the our de
France roster of his cycling squad. Francisco Mancebo will lead the squad,
along with 2004 white jersey winner Vladimir Karpets. They will be accompanied
by Spanish talent Alejandro Valverde, as well as David Arroyo, Chente
Garcķa, Xabier Zandio, Daniel Becke, José Luis Arrieta and Isaac Gįlvez.
Ullrich has new girlfriend
By Susan Westemeyer
Team T-Mobile's Jan Ullrich has confirmed that he has a new woman in
his life: Sara Steinhauser, 28, sister of his teammate and good friend
Tobias Steinhauser. He told German tabloid Bild am Sonntag that
the two have known each other for a long time, but that it first "sparked"
between them after he had separated from Gaby Weis, the mother of his
daughter Sarah Maria. Sara Steinhauser works as a marketing expert for
the ski-maker Elan.
Tactics for Fantasy Tour
This year's Fantasy Tour is under way. You can begin building your teams
now! There will be over 25 opportunities to win prizes in this year's
game. Based on the live racing action, you will take up the challenge
of using your knowledge and tactical skill as a race team manager to compete
with managers from around the world. Follow the races live and use your
skill and knowledge to win prizes. For more info go to the
Joćo Marques from Portugal, who came second in last year's Fantasy le
Tour game, shares some of his tactics for this year's game:
"First of all, I would like to say, that this is one of the best games
that I have played online. It's a great way to watch the every day stages
of the Grand Tours. About this year TDF game, considering the change
in rules, I will use different tactics this year. Of course, the mostly
important thing, is to catch the first five or six of the GC. But it
is also very important to catch the best climbing riders and those who
score a lot in the points classification. In my view, the best way to
pick the riders, is to choose seven for GC, two for the Mountains, two
strong guys for the stages, and the remaining four, they will come from
the first eigth stages. The difficulty lies in having to select our
riders before the first real mountain stage, the shape of the best riders
can't be known for sure.
Joćo (manager Joćo Marques, Portugal)
The prize list is currently being finalised.
1st Prize - a TREK
Madone Discovery Team bike.
Stage by Stage Prizes
- 21x pairs of sunglasses Runnerup Prizes
- 2x pairs Bontrager Race X-Lite Aero wheels, 1x Race X Lite OS handlebars,
1x Race XXX Lite OS carbon stem, and 1x Race X Lite Pro saddle.
- 3x pairs of Flash shoes
- 4x pairs of CSC pedals
- Signature coaching package
- 5x Team issue Arione saddles
More prizes will be confirmed shortly.
In conjunction with feedback and suggestions from players of the game
over three years, we have developed a new points system for the Tour games.
We've awarded more points to a greater number of riders and given back
more emphasis to GC placings. Thanks to all of you who helped us develop
the new points system. Have a look for yourself in the [ points
How to Play
You can begin creating your team/s now. You can play the first 8 stages
for FREE! We will be adding additions to the startlist on a daily basis.
The Tour games are easy to play, all you need to do to manage your own
team is select 15 riders from the live start list then select 9 of these
riders to race each day throughout the Tour. You score points according
to how well each of the riders place each day in the Tour. So try your
team today and see if it's for you. It's a great way to follow the Tour.
Create your teams now at fantasy.cyclingnews.com.
The Fantasy Cyclingnews Team
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