Tour de Langkawi Cycling News for February 5, 2006
Edited by Anthony Tan
Giro doubtful for Rujano
By Jean-François Quénet in Tanah Rata
José Rujano, the Venezuelan sensation of last year's Giro d'Italia who
finished overall and won two mountain stages, is a big miss on the start
list of this year's Le Tour de Langkawi, where he finished second to Ryan
Cox in 2005. But it appears he's also likely to miss the Giro due to a
tussle between him and Selle Italia-Diquigiovanni's team manager Gianni
Arriving late in Malaysia, Savio recalled Rujano's comments to the Venezuelan
press last month, saying: "I want to dedicate my first pink jersey to
Gianni Savio." When he was approached by Quick.Step in August last year,
his current team he was contracted with until the end of 2006 accepted
to release him after the Giro d'Italia.
"We wrote a new five-month contract, until May 31st, Savio said. Then
Rujano asked us to skip Le Tour de Langkawi because he wanted to peak
for the Tour de France and use the Giro as preparation. We said it's fine.
When he spent a few days with us in Venezuela, the relationship was very
good, but then he flew to Italy and his manager called me, asking for
more money. I told this person that a deal was a deal and I wouldn't speak
with him anymore."
It was rumoured in Italy that Rujano wouldn't even start the Giro this
year but would only begin the 2006 season with Quick.Step on June 1 and
take part in the Tour de France and Tour of Spain. "At this stage, I don't
know if Rujano will ride for Selle Italia-Diquigiovanni at all this year,"
lamented Savio, "although he's scheduled to start the GP of Chiasso and
Lugano at the end of February."
Newton's Commonwealth Games plans intact
By Shane Stokes in Tanah Ratah
Photo ©: Shane Stokes
World team pursuit champion Chris Newton was one of the most badly injured
riders in the final-kilometre pileup at the end of stage two of the Tour
de Langkawi on Saturday. The Recycling.co.uk rider was near the front
with 250 metres to go, but when several others fell in front of him he
had nowhere to go, hitting the ground hard and suffering deep cuts to
his right and left forearms.
Several minutes after Ruben Bongiorno sprinted in for the stage victory,
Newton was pushed across the line by one of the team staff. By this stage
he had heavy bandaging on but he was clearly in a battered state, appearing
pale, in shock and in a lot of pain. He sat in the ambulance for several
minutes and was then driven away to hospital.
"He took a pretty bad fall, he's got deep lacerations and maybe has a
fractured arm," said team manager John Herety shortly afterwards. "Chris
was down to do the Commonwealth Games so this is clearly a threat to that."
Happily Newton's injuries turned out to be less serious than that and
he was able to start Sunday's third stage to the Cameron Highlands. "I'm
feeling okay today," he told Cyclingnews at the start. "I got some
stitches but it turns out there is no fracture."
"Some guys went down ahead of me in the sprint and I ran into the back
of them. It was pretty scary, my first thought was that the Commonwealth
Games were gone. I am down to do the road and the track events there and
thought those were finished with the crash. But it seems now that I will
be okay for that."
Newton was world points race champion in 2002 and has got both a world
championship gold and Olympic silver in the team pursuit. Having got through
Sunday's tough stage to the Cameron Highlands, he will continue his build-up
to Melbourne and what he hopes will be a successful campaign there.
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