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First Edition Cycling News for October 5, 2004

Edited by Jeff Jones

Spanish Armada explains its success

Nozal and Mancebo
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Oscar Freire's third World Championship win was the result of a coordinated team effort from the Spanish, which had an incredible six riders in the final selection. Paco Mancebo, Luis Perez, Isidro Nozal, Marcos Serrano and Alejandro Valverde were all there to help out Freire, and they put their numbers to good use.

Francisco Mancebo was there at the finish, and he was more than happy to have been able to contribute. "Among other things, it's a luxury to count on a rider like Oscar," he told Todociclismo. "The aim was to control the race and we managed that. My work on the last lap was to set a strong pace on the climb and not to let any rider go away. The battle was with the Italians, but we won in the end. On the climb I didn't talk to Oscar, but I noted that he was strong."

Luis Perez took over from Mancebo on the Torricelle and led until Michael Rasmussen and then Michael Boogerd attacked halfway up. But Freire and Valverde were able to react, and made the break over the top. Perez recounted, "On the last lap we stayed with Oscar, who we knew was strong and everyone did their work. First PAco MAncebo, then me, and finally Valverde, who was a luxury...I am satisfied with my work and very pleased with the victory."

Valverde and Freire
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Riding his first World Championships, Juan-Antonio Flecha was used in the early part of the race. He also described himself as "very happy" with the victory. "It was a triumph of the whole team and of the capacity of Oscar to lead it, I am sure that he will be able to win more. There was no time that the race was difficult, we controlled it to perfection. Antequera and Freire read the race perfectly."

Isidro Nozal also did what he does best - set a punishing tempo to prevent any attacks, drastically thinning down the bunch on the penultimate lap. "I worked as hard as possible, mainly on the flats, then the work was for the climbers. I was able to talk to Oscar in the race and he told me he was very good. We rode almost a dream race, with total control. I was actually a little nervous because it's a completely different race to any other. I'm very pleased with my work and with the win."

Zabel and Arndt back to number one

Dekker and Kreuziger top U23 and Junior rankings

Following the World Road Championships in Verona, Italy last week, the UCI has issued a new set of rider rankings. There were changes at the top of both the men's, women's and junior men's rankings, with Erik Zabel (T-Mobile), Judith Arndt (Nürnberger) and Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic) respectively taking over the number one positions. The best U23 rider on the rankings remains Thomas Dekker (Rabobank TT3), who finished the World's with two silver medals to his credit.

World's winner Oscar Freire (Rabobank) moved himself up into the top 10 from 11th spot, while Damiano Cunego (now 3rd) and Alejandro Valverde (4th) swapped placed. Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis) jumped up a spot to 7th on the rankings. In the women's rankings, Arndt pushed Mirjam Melchers (Farm Frites-Hartol) down to second and Oenone Wood (Australia) to third. World's silver medalist Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) rocketed up from 60th to 17th, while bronze medalist Anita Valen (Team S.A.T.S.) went from 11th to 6th.

U23 road race winner Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) gained a massive number of places, moving from 207th to 6th, while in the juniors, Simon Spilak (Slovenia) was deposed by Kreuziger. Silver medalist Rafaâ Chtioui (Tunisia) climbed from 111th to 9th place.

Rankings as of October 3, 2004

Elite men
1 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               2351.00 pts
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     2192.00
3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Saeco                                   2005.00
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme 1893.00
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                           1825.00
6 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor      1726.00
7 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone        1725.00
8 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                            1708.00
9 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                      1614.00
10 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir   1498.00
11 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                       1454.00
12 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                              1326.00
13 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                             1318.00
14 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto         1315.00
15 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                   1304.50
16 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Liberty Seguros               1303.00
17 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                   1281.00
18 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             1168.75
19 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                          1084.00
20 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                 1067.00
Elite Women
1 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung             813.10 pts
2 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Team Farm Frites-Hartol                 710.50
3 Oenone Wood (Aus)                                             699.66
4 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung            485.50
5 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox        477.00
6 Anita Valen (Nor) Team S.A.T.S.                               389.00
7 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus) Team Let's Go Finland                  375.33
8 Petra Rossner (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung            332.50
9 Angela Brodtka (Ger)                                          319.00
10 Joane Somarriba Arrola (Spa) Bizkaia-Panda Software-Durango  307.00
11 Karin Thürig (Swi)                                           281.00
12 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan                 279.66
13 Sara Carrigan (Aus)                                          277.00
14 Priska Doppmann (Swi)                                        267.33
15 Deirdre Demet-Barry (USA) T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team 265.00
16 Olga Slyusareva (Rus) Nobili Rubinetterie-Guerciotti         242.33
17 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita)                                        218.00
18 Lyne Bessette (Can)                                          201.00
19 Leontien Zijlaard - Van Moorsel (Ned) Team Farm Frites-Harto 187.00
20 Olivia Gollan (Aus)                                          178.66
U23 Men
1 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                  313.00 pts
2 Janez Brajkovic (Slo)                                         228.00
3 Dominique Cornu (Bel)                                         162.00
4 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) Rabobank TT3                            144.00
5 Tomasz Nose (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                      131.00
6 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr)                                     106.00
7 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) De Nardi                              102.00
8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)                                         100.00
8 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Rabobank TT3                            100.00
10 Mads Christensen (Den) Team PH                                99.00
Junior Men
1 Roman Kreuziger (Cze)                                         330.00 pts
2 Simon Spilak (Slo)                                            299.00
3 Biel Kadri (Fra)                                              140.00
4 Patrick Gretsch (Ger)                                         114.00
5 Robert Gesink (Ned)                                            96.00
6 Rob Ruijgh (Ned)                                               94.00
7 Eros Capecchi (Ita)                                            88.00
8 Anders Berendt Hansen (Den)                                    87.00
9 Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun)                                            84.00
10 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol)                                      84.00
Men's Division I
1 T-Mobile Team                                                8187.00 pts
2 Team CSC                                                     7952.00
3 Gerolsteiner                                                 7453.75
4 US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor                            6739.00
5 Saeco                                                        6676.00
6 Quick.Step-Davitamon                                         6659.00
7 Phonak Hearing Systems                                       6336.00
8 Rabobank                                                     6224.80
9 Fassa Bortolo                                                6060.00
10 Cofidis, le credit par Telephone                            5268.00
1 Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung                               1717.10 pts
2 Team Farm Frites-Hartol                                      1139.00
3 S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox                                843.00
4 Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan                                     757.32
5 Team S.A.T.S.                                                 627.00
6 Team Let's Go Finland                                         583.66
7 Nobili Rubinetterie-Guerciotti                                553.66
8 T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team                            547.00
9 Bizkaia-Panda Software-Durango                                333.00
10 Lietzsport Cycling                                           324.00
Rankings: Elite Men, Elite Women, U23 Men, Junior Men, Teams, Nations

Liberty adds two

Portuguese riders Sérgio Paulinho and Nuno Ribeiro (L.A. Pecol) will move to Liberty Seguros next year. Paulinho won the silver medal in the Olympic road race this year.

Cioni graduates

Dario Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) has graduated in Sports Management at the European School of Economics with his thesis, "The management of a professional cycling team". Cioni obtained the highest mark of the whole course.

It hasn't all been good news for Cioni in the last week, as he was prevented by the Italian cycling federation from starting the World Championships due to having a high hematocrit. In the next 10 days, he will go to Lausanne, Switzerland to undergo further tests to determine whether he has a naturally high level.

TIAA-CREF announces cyclo-cross team

The U.S. financial services company TIAA-CREF has announced its sponsorship of the TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar Cyclo-Cross Team. The team is an extension of the TIAA-CREF road squad, a successful development team that is comprised of U23 riders. The 'cross team numbers six riders, including manager/riders Ben Turner and Brandon Dwight, U23 rider Zak Grabowski and juniors Alex Howes, Brady Kappius and Peter Stetina. They will compete in the Grand Prix of the Cyclo-Cross Series, the New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series, and the U.S. Cyclo-Cross National Championships.

"We have a stellar team lined up and we're grateful that TIAA-CREF and our other sponsors, including Clif Bar, Crank Brothers, and, continue to recognize the importance of developing young riders and helping them fulfil their cycling dreams," said rider/manager Ben Turner.

"Additionally, with the Crank Brothers US Gran Prix of Cyclo-Cross Series, the sport of Cyclo-Cross now has a national series again - and this national series will directly impact the World Championship Team selection. The timing is perfect for giving the riders of Team TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar a good shot at achieving their goals of racing at Worlds," said Turner.

Team Sponsors

CLIF BAR (energy food) (‘cross-specific parts)
Crank Brothers (pedals)
LeMond Bicycles (Poprad frames)
Bontrager (wheels, bars, stems, posts)
Shimano (components)
FSA (headsets, bottom brackets, cranks)
Fizik (saddles)
Vredestein (tires)
Vermarc (custom clothing)
Mountain Hardwear (outerwear)
Curve (custom socks)
Oakley (eyewear, gloves)
Scicon (bags)
Sixtufit (muscle care products)
Pedro's (bike care products)
Cycle-Smart (coaching)
American Cycling Association

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