Cycling News Extra for July 14, 2006
Edited by Jeff Jones and John Kenny
Stage 11 post-race quotes
By Hedwig Kröner, Brecht Decaluwé, Jean-François Quénet & Anthony
Tan in Pla-de-Beret
Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner, 2nd)
Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner)
Photo ©: Sirotti
"Well, it was great, but I'm so ... I wanted to go to the last turn
first, but I misjudged it a little bit. Menchov's got a pretty good kick.
I don't wanted that.
"Yesterday, I was a little bit low on fuel. So I made sure I ate a lot
today, and I felt great.
"[Coming back like this today] means a lot because I've had to fight
a setback last week and when that happens, it's hard mentally to come
back. You doubt yourself a little bit... I really wanted to win today,
and it just didn't happen. I came so close.
"Floyd and Cadel and Menchov were doing a lot of work and they, of course,
had a lot to gain. As I'm quite a ways down [on GC], I wanted to go for
the stage. I wanted to put everything in an attack to win - I really thought
I was going to win, but I just couldn't get through that last turn first.
I knew it was going to be tight and to come so close, it just hurts."
Cadel Evans (Davitamon, 4th at 0'17)
Cadel Evans finished fourth in today's stage but in the end he had to
let go of Menchov, Leipheimer and Landis. Evans appeared to be strong
enough to follow the leaders, but lost 17 seconds at the line. "I really
wanted to follow Leipheimer and Landis but I was just unable to follow
in the end. Landis did a lot of work, so I think he was the strongest.
It was a pretty good day for me as we were gaining a lot of time on the
Andreas Klöden (T-Mobile, 9th at 1'31)
Andreas Kloden (T-Mobile)
Photo ©: Sirotti
Your team attacked at the penultimate climb. What was that about? "We
wanted to reduce the group, and succeeded. Unfortunately, at the end of
the last climb, I cramped, so I couldn't keep up," he said. "Maybe we
attacked a little too soon; at the end there was only Mike and me left.
Then, unfortunately, I cramped, so that wasn't so good."
What was your impression of the other favourites? "The ones in front
of me were stronger."
How do you feel now? "Exhausted."
Michael Rogers (T-Mobile, 12th at 3'06)
"It was so hot and hard today! I did some good work for my teammate,
so I'm happy with my ride. Also because we could defend our chances for
the GC quite well.
"On the second last climb, we did a pretty hard attack and to tell the
truth I never recovered from it. My lights went out in the last ten kilometres."
It looked like Andreas Klöden couldn't quite match it with the other
favourites today, so maybe Rogers could be in contention to become the
new team leader. "One day you're good, one day you go bad. Every day,
somebody else might have a bad day. But certainly it's not over yet as
it's still a long way to Paris. It was a hard day!"
Cyril Dessel (AG2R-Prevoyance, 18th at 4'45, 2nd on GC)
Cyril Dessel (AG2R)
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini
"I gave it everything I had. It's a big disappointment but I don't have
any regrets, as I couldn't have done any better. I really dug the last
remaining energy out of my body, and unfortunately I wasn't rewarded as
I lost the yellow and also the mountains jersey. It's a real pity, especially
for my teammates, who supported me all the way."
Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital, 33rd at 10'03)
"At some stage, I thought I could win today. Unfortunately, it wasn't
"I was struggling to stay on the wheels; that's why I tried to go away
when I came back in the group, but I didn't manage to stay away. I climbed
the last hill at my speed, without forcing; I will try again another time.
"Here, the level of the athletes is very high; I'm happy to be at the
Tour de France. I have learned new things that I didn't know before. I've
realised how hard the Pyrenées are, not because of the gradient, but because
of the road conditions.
"It's been a nice day of sport, and I'm happy to take the Tour de France
day by day."
Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel, 50th at 23'04)
Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel)
Photo ©: Sirotti
"For sure, today it's a defeat, but it's not a surprise. I didn't come
here for riding GC, I knew since the start of the Tour that it was impossible
to ride both the Giro and Tour for GC.
"If I hadn't won the Giro last year, I could have been Discovery Channel's
captain for the Tour, but I was the defending champion at the Giro, so
I had to do it [again].
"I came here for a stage win; I'll still hope to make it. I was feeling
good today. In our team, there wasn't any leader of the level of Lance
Armstrong; it's impossible to find another one like him. These days, we
are paying for the tension [because we don't know who to watch]."
Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom, 78th at 33'47)
"Unfortunately, I am not Richard Virenque.
Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom)
Photo ©: Jon Devich
"I didn't manage to bridge the gap between the two guys away. If I had
chosen to suck wheels all day, I wouldn't have lost 33 minutes today,
but I'm happy with what I did. It was a nice feeling to ride aggressively,
in the front, in the Pyrenées again, like two years ago."
Gert Steegmans (Davitamon, 160th at 44'20)
"I'm completely f***ed up. Even the speed of the bus was almost too
fast for me."
Wrong strategy for T-Mobile?
By Brecht Decaluwé in Pla-de-Beret
The T-Mobile team took the race in their hands in stage
11, but in the end they appeared to have hurt themselves. Andreas
Klöden was unable to follow the group when Menchov attacked and finished
one and a half minutes down by the finish.
However, Klöden still appeared happy with the performance of himself
and the team: "Our tactic was a gamble, but it proved to be quite successful,
as the Discovery riders and some other contenders have been eliminated,"
he said. "Sadly enough, I got cramps when Menchov accelerated. That's
why I couldn't go along with them."
T-Mobile took the initiative in the race, but it was another team that
proved to be the strongest in the end, which Klöden admitted: "Rabobank
appeared to have the strongest team, with the likes of Menchov, Boogerd
World champion demands honesty in doping
By Brecht Decaluwé in Pla-de-Beret
Behind the heroics in the front of the race, the 'bus' gathered and
tried to make it to the finish of stage 11 within the time limit. One
of the 'passengers' in the bus was world champion Tom Boonen, but Cyclingnews
found him in a fury when he crossed the finish line in Pla-de-Beret.
"I've been riding on my bike for seven hours, I've climbed five cols;
tomorrow, there's a stage of 212 kilometres, and after that, a stage of
230 kilometres... I think that's just great," he said sarcastically.
"This is scandalous, it's over the top. They are just shouting that
they want to fight against doping, but then they give us a program like
this," said Boonen, referring to either the UCI or Tour organisers ASO,
or perhaps both.
"I'm also supporting the battle against doping, but with these sorts
of stages, the battle will never be won," Boonen said, riding off back
to the hotel in an effort to recover from today's stage.
Stage 11 Round up
By John Trevorrow
As the Tour de France headed into Spain, the real contenders stepped
up out on the steep slopes towards Val dÁran.
Cadel Evans rode steadily all day and looked in control until the final
few kilometers. He just couldn't react to the final attack of Russian
Denis Menchov about three kilometres from the finish. Evans finished fourth
only 17 seconds back and lies in fourth spot one minute 17 seconds behind
new leader American Floyd Landis.
Although Evans seemed to be at his limit towards the end, but last year
his best mountain days were towards the end of the tour.
Michael Rogers was also strong until the final 10 kilometres, where he
started to struggle. Rogers lost over three minutes in the stage and is
in seventh spot, 3 minutes and 22 seconds from the lead. Obviously, the
T-Mobile team had decided that Kloden was to be their protected rider
as Rogers spent a fair bit of time on the front. In the end that was to
no avail as Kloden faltered soon after Rogers and finished in sixth place
at 2 min 29 seconds.
Simon Gerrans rode a tremendous race spending much of the stage on the
front setting the pace for his AG2R teammate and maillot jaune Cyril Dessel.
The young Frenchman rode well above himself and gallantly refused to give
in on the final climb to only lose the lead to the American by eight seconds.
Robbie McEwen and Stuart O'Grady booked themselves on the grupetto bus
and managed to make it inside the time limit, but not by much. "That was
definitely the queen stage of the Tour," O'Grady said. "That one gets
locked into my memory bank as one of the top three hard core stages I
have ever ridden. As it turned out we had to dig in pretty deep towards
the end as we were in danger of being outside the time cut. There was
a bit of panic over the airwaves and we came in about 44 minutes down
and the cut off was 46.30 seconds."
McEwen managed to take the first sprint before the climbing started and
extended his lead to 29 points.
Volte-face for USA Cycling on USPRO crit champs
By Shane Stokes
Following the news
earlier this week that next month's USPRO criterium championships
would be limited to US citizens on professional teams, USA Cycling issued
a press release on Thursday saying that they have reversed the controversial
"USA Cycling announced today that foreign riders who are members of
UCI-registered teams will be eligible to compete at USA Cycling's USPRO
Criterium Championships in Downers Grove, Ill. Aug. 20, contrary to earlier
reports in the cycling media," stated the press release.
"Both U.S. and foreign riders on UCI-registered trade team rosters will
be allowed to compete, as has traditionally been the case when the event
was on the UCI international calendar."
"USA Cycling has discussed plans for the USPRO Criterium Championships
to be limited to U.S. citizens only, but that had not been communicated
to riders and teams."
None of the team directors or riders had heard of the change when Cyclingnews
contacted them about the story, with Navigators Insurance DS Ed Beamon
commenting that the issue was not even brought up at a recent USPRO board
Chief executive officer Steve Johnson said that poor communication was
at fault. "We apologize for any confusion and angst caused by the lack
of clarity on the part of USA Cycling," he said. "The decision to run
an American-only national championship was made more than six months ago.
However it came to our attention in the last couple of days that it was
not properly communicated to the professional teams and riders."
The news will come as a relief to the team mangers who had expressed
their frustration to Cyclingnews, stating that they had never heard of
the proposed rule change. One of those who was against the limitation
was Navigators Insurance DS Ed Beamon, who has a strong contingent of
"The fastest guys in [American criterium racing] are not Americans,
so it really devalues the race," he previously told Cyclingnews' Mark
Zalewski. "One of the caveats of the event is that you have the best teams
in America competing in a UCI race, and the bonuses for winning the event
outright were great. That jersey doesn't carry as much weight anywhere
else. And as a standalone event I don't think they will get the same response.
What has kept that event alive and given its significance is that you
have the best teams going there because it was a prestigious event to
Following the decision to retain the original format, Beamon said that
he was happy. "It's good that they came to their senses and decided to
keep the race as an International field for 2006," he said on Thursday.
"I think it would have created a big stir, and possibly finished the race
if they had forced it into being a USA only event."
The decision means that the strongest possible field is once again guaranteed
for the August 20 race in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Sastre climbs within distance of the podium
Team CSC has put the loss of Ivan Basso on the eve of the race behind
them with a strong showing in the Pyrenees yesterday. Carlos Sastre has
climbed his way into fifth overall after finishing in fifth place on Thursday's
epic, five-climb stage.
The Spaniard finished 17 seconds behind winner Denis Menchov after just
losing contact on the final climb. CSC's Frank Schleck also had a good
day, finishing eighth on the stage.
"It was a fantastic day for Carlos and the team. It was really great
to see him up front and well protected by his team mates. It was very
important for us to do well in this stage, and I definitely think we did.
I'm really satisfied," said Bjarne Riis.
David Zabriskie, who started the day in 12th place as CSC's best-placed
rider, lost contact with the lead group over the Tourmalet. Other CSC
riders also had a tough day on the Tourmalet. Stuart O’Grady had an ill-timed
puncture while veteran Giovanni Lombardi withdrew from the race on the
hors category climb.
"It's obviously a big loss for us, as Lombardi was an important rider
for the upcoming stages, but we'll just keep on fighting and hopefully
look forward to a big result,” Riis continued. “There's no doubt in my
mind, the last part of the race will be extremely exciting."
Team Barloworld to ride Brixia tour before Protour event
Brescia-based Team Barloworld will be riding on home roads during the
Brixia Tour, held on July 20-23 before heading to Germany in August for
the HEW-Cyclassics-Cup in Hamburg.
"[The Brixia tour is a] good and interesting race with a quality field.
We want to do well and get a good result," said Directeur sportif Valerio
Tebaldi. Barloworld's team for the Brescia race includes Pedro Arreitunandia,
Igor Astarloa, Diego Caccia, Felix Cardenas, Ryan Cox, Enrico Degano,
James Perry and Amets Txurruka. Barloworld hope to have nominated a balanced
team that can perform well in the sprints and in the hills.
Team Barloworld will face a challenging August riding in races including
the Hamburg ProTour race. The German organisers have invited Team Barloworld
after their solid results last year and through this season. "All the
riders that will be riding the race are in good form, and [the Brixia
tour] will better prepare Astarloa and the team for the key races in August,"
Big names to ride the Brixia tour
Some of cycling's big names will take part in the five-stage Bresciana
stage race, the Brixia tour on July 20-23. Emanuele Sella (Panaria) and
David Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) will ride alongside Peter Van Petegem (Davitamon-Lotto),
Igor Astarloa (Barloworld), Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) and Giuliano
Figueras (Lampre-Fondital). 160 riders from 20 nations will take part.
The Tour organisers also plan to pay homage to the memory of three past
champions, Marco Pantani, Alessio Galletti and Denis Zanette. Organisers
will also make donations to local charities, the Centro Sociale di Rovato
and the Centro Don Orione di Bergamo.
The race includes some tough mountain stages and has a split stage on
Stage 1 - July 20: Concesio - Toscolano Maderno, 178 kms
Stage 2 - July 21: Brescia - Buffalora - Passo Maniva , 169kms
Stage 3 - July 22: Pisogne - Darfo Boario Terme, 102 kms
Stage 4 - July 22: Pian Camuno - Saviore dell'Adamello, 62 kms
Stage 5 - July 23: Bassano Bresciano - Manerbio - Palazzolo sull'Oglio,
Clinger in jail after barroom brawl
Former continental professional David Clinger was jailed this week in
Berks County Prison on charges of disorderly conduct, harassment, defiant
trespass and resisting arrest. The 28 year old was arrested about 1 am
on Monday after a disruption inside Toad Creek Bar, Topton, where it is
alleged he touched a woman and was harassing patrons inside the bar. He
is also alleged to have wrestled bar patron Kristi Lauback to the floor
and fought with police when they tried to handcuff him.
Clinger rode for several big teams in the past, including Festina, US
Postal Service and Domina Vacanze, and is a past winner of the First Union
Invitational plus a stage of the Tour de Beauce. In 2000 he took five
top fifteen stage placings in the Vuelta Espańa and finished 71st overall.
He competed for the Webcor team last season but clashed with team management
after he got a large facial tattoo. Clinger reportedly paid over $15,
000 to have the tattoo removed, but was eventually let go by the team.
Oley District Judge Victor M. Frederick IV jailed him on Monday in lieu
of $5,000 bail. A hearing is expected shortly
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