First Edition Cycling News for June 24, 2007
Edited by Steve Medcroft
Schleck tips teammate, still hopes to win
By Shane Stokes in Bern
Fränk Schleck (Team CSC)
Photo ©: Sirotti
"Cancellara will win tomorrow I am sure of that," Frank
Schleck said at the finish of stage eight of the Tour
As for himself, he told Cyclingnews that he still thought the
overall victory was possible. He will start the TT in fifth place overall,
33" off yellow. "We know that Vladimir Karpets and Kim Kirchen
can do good time trials
I am not sure about Efimkin. But when you
are leading the general classification you can always do a good one as
you are super-motivated. But I am motivated too! So I hope a do a good
time trial. It is very open. It has been a very, very hard Tour de Suisse."
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Schleck dominated on the first day in the mountains and many believed
that on the basis of that display, he would hold onto the yellow jersey
until the end. However he cracked two days later on a stage won by Thomas
"I felt tired on the day of Crans Montana," he said. "It
wasnt my day, I dont know why. Yesterday was okay [to the
summit finish at Grimselpass], I showed that I was up there. I had a little
incident in the last 400 metres when my chain dropped. That is why I lost
a little bit of time. But I was going okay."
U.S. Cyclo-cross 2007 World Cup plans on hold
US 'cross fans will have to wait
another year to see Sven Nys in an American World Cup
Photo ©: Frank Bodenmuller
A planned 2007 World Cup stop in Providence, Rhode Island in the United
States has been put off for at least one year according to promoters.
"We have a great venue, political support, solid staff, and fantastic
sponsors in place," said Richard Fries, marketing and communications
director. "What we truly need, however, is time to create an event
that provides a solid return on the investment being made by our sponsors.
Were not just planning a wedding; were planning a marriage
between our organization and a Fortune 500 sponsor. We expect to build
a lasting, world-class event in Providence with plans of hosting the World
Championships at Roger Williams Park."
The UCI has made several concession to GSD Event Productions to facilitate
the promotion of the first cyclo-cross World Cup ever held in the U.S.
GSD had signed a letter of intent to host the event but realized more
time would be required to satisfy sponsorship requirements.
"Were moving all the chess pieces on the board as fast as
we can," said Lyle Fulkerson, operations director. "Given the
scrutiny professional cycling is facing on Madison Avenue, we need additional
time to give our sponsors the chance to perform due diligence. We want
to deliver for them. Waiting one year on their budget cycle allows them
to properly support our initiative."
"We were proud of the 2006
nationals that we put on in Rhode Island. We think we put on one of
the best nationals ever held. Its a world class venue," said
Tom Stevens, race director. "There is only one way for us to go and
that is up to the World Cup level."
Present plans call for the promotion of a three-day event with a UCI
World Cup being held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, followed by two days
of racing Oct. 12 and 13.
German investigators closing in on Fuentes clients
By Susan Westemeyer
German investigators from four different cities met on Thursday to coordinate
their investigations of doping in cycling, announcing an investigation
of Jörg Jaksche and apparently getting closer to taking action against
Jan Ullrich, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The Bundeskriminalamt
(federal police) in Wiesbaden hosted the meeting, which attracted investigators
from Freiburg, Göttingen, Ansbach and Bonn.
The Freiburg investigators are looking into Drs. Andreas Schmid and Lothar
Heinrich, the former Telekom/T-Mobile team doctors who recently
admitted to supplying doping products to the team in the 1990s. Göttingen
is investigating a doctor who is alleged to have been Fuentes' German
The newest investigation is in Ansbach, the hometown of Jörg Jaksche,
who lives in Kitzbühel, Austria. The newspaper says that investigators
ran across repeated references to Jaksche in the Fuentes documents. Since
his former team, Liberty Seguros, was allegedly involved in the doping
scheme, he could not be accused of defrauding the team. "So the Ansbachers
got the idea that Jaksche could have defrauded race organizers,"
according to the newspaper.
Bonn is investigating both Jan Ullrich on charges of defrauding his former
team, T-Mobile, and his former advisor Rudy Pevenage for being an accessory
and for violations of drug laws. The newspaper said that the investigators
have received documents from Belgium, taken in a search of Pevenage's
premises, which show that "Ullrich's helpers, especially Pevenage,
had a close contact to Fuentes."
In addition, there is supposedly new information out of Switerzland,
where Ullrich lives. In the next few weeks, it will be decided whether
documents taken from his house there will be sent to Germany, the "Süddeutsche"
reported. It further reported that "A Swiss insider, who wished to
remain anonymous, said that the documents are supposed to be 'really explosive.'
They allegedly show 'very clearly the link between Ullrich and Fuentes."
British Cycling refines its Grand Depart experience
British Cycling, the internationally recognised governing body of cycling
in the UK, has released its final plans for outreach and recreational
programs in conjunction with the Tour de France's prologue and first stage.
In support of its advocacy of cycling to British youth, British Cycling
has deployed Go-Ride Coaches to key London cycling venues and in surrounding
schools in 2006 and 2007. Nationally, the organisations Go-Ride
clubs have been encouraged to put on public sessions, aimed at recruiting
new members and connecting with young people inspired by the Tour. In
the 4 weeks leading up to the Tour, 35 clubs plan to run sessions of this
British Cycling will also support Cyclefest in Maidstone on Friday 6th
July, which will combine school and public Go-Ride come-and-try-it
sessions. The event focuses around cycling as both a sport and mode of
transport and has been planned in partnership with Maidstone Borough Council.
Other events include a Childrens Day in the centre of Gravesend
on Saturday 7th and, as the first Tour de France stage finishes in Canterbury,
Go-Ride come-and-try-it sessions open to the public as well
as a full programme of Circuit racing in Hyde Park on Sunday 8th July
in Hyde Park (including events for Youths, Women, Trikes and Disabled
British Cycling will also provide support for the British stage running
of Opération Cadets-Juniors." Organised by ASO and AG2R,
this event takes place over the first and last 20km of each stage of the
Tour de France. The riders for the Canterbury stage will be selected from
15-18 year olds in and around London and Canterbury. Riders will complete
the first 20km and last 20km of the race route. Two of our Go-Ride clubs,
Team Darenth and Sutton CC, have provided riders of a suitable age for
The biggest participatory event surrounding the visit by the Tour de
France on British soil will come at the hand of the British Cyclosportive;
which will include 5000 participants cycling a route based on that of
the first Road stage of the Tour on 1 July, one week before the race itself.
Astana announces Eindhoven TTT roster
The Astana pro cycling team announced its roster for the Eindhoven ProTour
Tean Time Trial this week. Dutchman Koen De Kort will head the team and
be supported by Australian Aaron Kemps and Gennady Mikhailov (RUS) who
just finished the Dauphiné Libéré last weekend.
Astana for Eindhoven
Koen De Kort (NED), Maxim Gourov (KAZ), Benoît Joachim (LUX),
Aaron Kemps (AUS), Alexey Kolessov (KAZ), Gennady Mikhailov (RUS), Yevgeny
Sladkov (KAZ) and Sergeï Yakovlev (KAZ). Sport Manager: Alexander
2007 International Cycling Classic gets new title sponsor
Organizers of the International Cycling Classic, also known as Superweek,
announced the signing of Stevens Point Brewery as the title sponsor of
the 39th annual National Racing Calendar (NRC) event set for July 13-29,
"Point Premium Root Beer and the Stevens Point Brewery are proud
to be the title sponsor of the country's premier international cycling
event," said Joe Martino, Operating Partner of the Stevens Point
Brewery. "We are fortunate to witness some of the world's finest
cyclists who come to Wisconsin and Illinois to compete."
2007 International Cycling Classic Schedule
July 13 - Beverly Hills Cycling Classic presented by The McTigue Financial
Group, Chicago, IL
July 14 - St. Francis Hospital Blue Island ProAm, Blue Island, IL
July 15 - Ray Basso Bensenville Criterium, Bensenville, IL
July 16 - Point Beer Tour of Alpine Valley Road Race, East Troy, WI
July 17 - Saturn Whitnall Park Road Race, Hales Corners, WI
July 18 - Hammer Nutrition MGA Proving Grounds Road Race, Lyons, WI
July 19 - Tim Hart DDS/Rainbow Jersey Shorewood Criterium, Shorewood,
July 20 - Green Lake Criterium, Green Lake, WI
July 21 - Carl Zach Cycling Classic presented by Couri Insurance Agency,
July 22 - Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Grand Prix of Cycling, Evanston,
July 23 - Pharma Pacific Tour of Holy Hill, Hartford, WI
July 24 - WDSC Cedarburg Cycling Classic presented by Time Warner Cable,
July 25 - Bellin Health Village of Howard Cycling Classic, Green Bay,
July 26 - PCW Cycling Heritage Square Criterium, Sheboygan, WI
July 27 - Chase Food Folks & Spokes, Kenosha, WI
July 28 - The Columbia St. Marys Great Downer Avenue Bike Race presented
by Saturn & Point Beer, Milwaukee, WI
July 29 - Concours Motors Whitefish Bay Classic, Whitefish Bay, WI
About the Point Premium Root Beer International Cycling Classic
For more information, www.internationalcycling.com.
Wells Fargo Criterium joins USA Crits Championship Series
The 21st annual Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium finalized its date this
week. To be run July 21 from 4 p.m. to approximately 10:30 p.m, the Boise
event is part of the newly formed USA Crits Championship Series.
Sanctioned by the U.S. Cycling Federation, the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium
is a timed criterium that lasts one hour plus 5 laps for the Main Event
and 30 to 45 minutes plus 1 lap for the preliminary races. The 1-kilometer
course runs through Downtown Boise on Main and Idaho Streets between 6th
and 9th Streets. The start/finish line is located near Main St. and Capitol
Races are scheduled for men licensed with the U.S. Cycling Federation
to compete in Pro 1/2; Cat 3/Masters 40+; and Cat 4/5. One women's race,
sponsored by PowerBar, is scheduled for licensed competitors in Pro 1/2/3
For more information, visit the promoters website at boisetwilightcriterium.com.
Cycling photography on display in San Diego
Cyclingnews contributor Mark Johnson has just opened an exhibition
of his Tour of California photography in Solana Beach, California. The
show includes shots of ATOC winner Levi Leipheimer, Aussies Henk Vogels
and Stuart O'Grady, California pros Chris Horner and Freddy Rodriguez,
plus World Champs Paulo Bettini and Fabian Cancellera. The show also features
actions shots from Redlands, Cascade, and local Southern California races.
The exhibition can be seen at the Java Depot, 243 N. Highway 101, Solana
Beach. Monday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays 7:00 a.m. 6:00
p.m. The exhibition will stay on display through the fall.
Top tips on Fantasy Le Tour
Dr. Do Little shares his secrets
Fantasy Manager Dr. Do Little from Florida shares his tactics on his
prize winning form this year. He won the Grand Prize of a Specialized
S-Works Roubaix SL bicycle in Quick Step - Innergetic colors in the Spring
Classics game, and won a pair of Tifozi glasses in the Giro d'Italia game
Daily Stage competition. To win a Daily Stage prize you just need to get
the most cumulative Stage points in the game for that particular stage.
There are 21 winners in each Grande Tour game. You can do this without
having to pay to play the game in the first 3 stages:
Daily Stage prize winner - Dr.
Do Little from Florida USA shares his tactics
Photo ©: Cyclingnews
"My 'secret' is to select a team with riders who have scored well so
far, and take into account what kind of stage the next stage is (sprint
stage, climb stage, etc.). Stage 4 was a climbers' stage, so some who
had already scored well were 'bumped' to make way for riders who climb
well. I was lucky in my selection, as the riders I selected 'on the come'
Daily selection like this helps to finalize your team(s), as you can
experiment with different combinations and see how they change day to
day. Of course, it also leads to more uncertainty about what to do!" Manager
Dr. Do Little
If you play the 2007 le Tour game you could win a Cervelo Soloist Carbon
bike. The full details of the specifications of this bike will be released
shortly. It's free
to play the first three stages - you could be our first winner of
the great Daily Stage winner prizes from BBB. Registration
has already begun.
You too can be a professional team manager for the 2007 Le Tour and create
your own dream team from any of the real life riders in this year's Tour.
In what's set to be the most open Tour in decades, 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 other virtual managers from
around the world. Follow the races live and use your skill and knowledge
to win some great prizes.
Update - Le Tour Fantasy Game Prize List
Descente Classic Chevron designer
Photo ©: Cyclingnews
Prize summary: From one Grand Prize and one First Runner-up to
three each Second, Third, and Fourth Runner-up prize packages, there are
eleven chances for you to win based on your overall performance in the
2007 Le Tour Fantasy Game. There are also 21 daily prizes for each stage's
top performer. All prizes are as listed (substitution requests cannot
be honored). The roster of prizes so far is as follows:
Grand Prize from Cervelo, Soloist Carbon bike
Daily Prize from BBB Parts - 21 pairs of BSG-23 Winner Quick-Step
World Champion glasses designed for Tom Boonen.
10x Runners-up Prizes
- Set of Shimano Dura Ace WH-7801-SL Wheels - three sets on offer
- Maxxis Courchevel road tyres - 10 sets on offer
- Descente Classic Chevron design clothing - four sets on offer
- PRO Carbon Bottle Cage - x10 on offer
- Giro Atmos Helmet - x3 Giro Atmos Helmet
- BBB's BSG-23 Winner Team Quickstep glasses - one for each day of tour
More prizes will be announced in the coming days. To find out more visit
BBB's BSG-23 Winner Team Quickstep
Photo ©: Cyclingnews
Play for free in the Fantasy Le Tour 2007 game
Remember you can play
for free for the first three stages! Try the game out and see how
best to play. It's easy to play the Tour games - all you need to do is
pick your dream team of 15 from the riders racing in this year's Le Tour
Then each day pick nine riders to race for your fantasy team from these
15. You'll need a good combination of climbers, sprinters, and general
For more details go to the rules
section of the site. There's also some great tips and tricks in the downloads
sections of the site. It's a great way to follow Le Tour 2007.
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