First Edition Cycling News for September 24, 2004
Edited by Jeff Jones, Hedwig Kröner & John Stevenson
Cafes Baque vs Kelme in stage fight
Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Kelme)
Photo ©: Unipublic
Today's 18th stage of the Vuelta once again saw a breakaway successfully
stay away from the peloton, while behind it, the race for the GC was played
out. Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme and Cafes Baque were present in numbers
in the break, and in the end it was Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Comunidad
Valenciana-Kelme) and Ivan Parra (Cafes Baque) who escaped the rest on
the final climb to duke it out in Avila for the stage win. Parra was clearly
out of his element on the cobbled run into town, and Rodriguez had no
problems winning the sprint and taking Kelme's fourth stage win.
Pascual Rodriguez told Cyclingnews, "I was convinced I would
win the stage as I know I am much faster in a sprint. I thought that he
would have a go from the bottom because if we arrived in the final straight
together I would be faster."
Behind, Francesco Mancebo and the Illes Balears team did their utmost
to unseat the rest of the GC favourites, attacking on both final climbs
to try to gain an advantage. Despite some good team tactics by Illes Balears,
Heras, Perez and Valverde were too strong and Mancebo ended up having
to chase them down after he was dropped on the last climb. But all finished
together in Avila, and there were no changes to the GC.
Vuelta Stage 18 - Full
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Stages & descriptions
Vinokourov out of Vuelta
Alexandre Vinokourov didn't start the 18th stage today, along with Aitor
Gonzalez (stomach virus) and Michael Barry. Fortunately, the Kazakh wasn't
suffering any health problems. He merely chose to withdraw in order to
rest up for the World Championships next week, where he will be one of
The Vuelta also lost Italian champion Cristian Moreni (Alessio-Bianchi)
and Cyclingnews diarist Floyd Landis (USPS-Berry Floor), who pulled out
during the stage.
Rebellin finally gets Argentine ID
By Hernan Alvarez Macias in Buenos Aires
Davide Rebellin has finally received his Argentinean identity document,
enabling him to compete for Argentina in the World Championships to be
held in Verona, Italy from September 27 to October 3. Rebellin provided
all the legal paperwork demanded by the Argentinean authorities and received
his new papers on Thursday.
The Gerolsteiner rider had come to Buenos Aires on Monday to provide
his papers and his application was considered because of his sporting
merits as a cyclist. The Argentine authorities gave his case special consideration
and decided to grant him citizenship on the grounds that he would be a
sporting asset to the South American nation.
The Argentinean Cycling Union's president Gabriel Curuchet talked with
Cyclingnews about this nationalization. "Rebellin is a world star,"
he said. "His representing our country could help many kids decide to
start riding a bike. We have good track cyclists, but not road cyclists
and [Rebellin becoming an Argentinean] can help improve our level on that
discipline. [Santiago] Botero, [Victor Hugo] Peña together with Rebellin
racing on the Pan-American Games could be very good for this competition."
Curuchet added, "Rebellin was very happy [about the outcome] and time
will tell if this helps our cycling. He is looking forward to riding in
Verona, but the truth is that he is giving [away] a little advantage as
he didn't train as well as he could. However, he rode 90 kilometres today
and 170 kilometres yesterday." The UCRA president will also fly to Verona
to watch the World's and to take part in the UCI congress.
Rebellin sought Argentinean citizenship after being left out of the
Italian team for the Olympic Games by "azzurri" national coach Franco
Ballerini. With the World's in his native province of Verona, he didn't
want to miss the opportunity of chasing a rainbow jersey on home roads,
but felt he was not respected by the Italian authorities and would not
Rebellin left Argentina on Thursday night and was expected to be back
in Italy Friday morning. The World Cup leader will ride the Giro dell'Emilia
More Vuelta positives
Spanish sports newspaper As is reporting that six as-yet-unnamed
Spanish riders have returned positive doping controls at the Vuelta a
España. However, the substances in question are ones which it is possible
for athletes to use, provided they have a medical certificate. The UCI
is examining the medical handbooks of the riders - believed to include
some of the race's major protagonists - to check that the necessary permissions
are in place.
Slovak National team roster
The Slovakian National team will participate at the World Championships
in Verona with the following riders:
Individual time trials
Elite: Martin Prázdnovský
Under 23: Peter Velits, Martin Velits
Juniors: Slavomir Benc
Elite: Matej Jurco (De Nardi)
Under 23: Peter Velits, Martin Velits, Marian Hecl, Milan Branicky, Robert
Juniors: Slavomir Benc, Michal Prachar, Patrik Fabian, Branislav Zachar,
Chocolade Jacques here to stay
According to news agencies ANP/Belga, Chocolade Jacques will be
part of the pro cycling calendar in 2005 too. The chocolate company, "Will
be our main sponsor next season," said Noël Demeulenaere, the team's patron
on Wednesday. "Negotiations with other financial suppliers will take place
The budget will probably be tighter, "The team roster might have to be
cut down to 18 riders only," said sports director Johan Capiot. For this
reason, Chocolade Jacques cannot take part in the UCI's Pro Tour next
Schenk resigns German presidency
Silvia Schenk has resigned as president of the Bundes Deutscher Radfahrer
(BDR), the German cycling federation after an emergency meeting of the
federation in Frankfurt last night. Schenk had previously threatened to
resign after accusing federation sport director Burckhard Bremer of covering
up a suspect test result of a member of the German Olympic team.
No reasons were given by the BDR for Schenk's resignation. Until a new
president is elected in March 2005 her job will be performed by vice-president
Appeal court quashes conviction against Andersen
The New Zealand Court of Appeal has overturned the conviction of Astrid
Andersen, the organiser of Le Race, in which a participant died in 2001.
Andersen was initially convicted of negligence, but the Court of Appeal
determined that someone would have had to have been found to be reckless
to this conviction to stand.
The decision was weclomed by other event organisers. "It seems unfair
that an organiser who has taken all reasonable precautions can be held
responsible for an accident," said running event organiser Allison Roe
to Stuff.co.nz. "There's nothing stopping some mad motorcyclist from running
somebody over. You can't control that. What happened to Astrid has probably
put a lot of event directors off."
Sport and Recreation New Zealand participation general manager Deb Hurdle
warned of letting standards slip among event organisers. "It is not grounds
for people to sit back, kick up their heels, and say we don't have to
worry any more," she said.
WADA announces 2005 Prohibited List
The World Anti-Doping Agency has announced its 2005 Prohibited List,
the master schedule of performance-enhancing substances and methods that
are banned in sport. Unlike last year, when the removal of caffeine and
pseudoephedrine from the list caused some raised eyebrows in the cycling
community, this year's edition sees few major changes.
The only change likely to affect cyclists is that a Therapeutic Use Exemption
is no longer required for dermatalogical application of glucocorticosteroids.
These preparations are commonly used to treat skin irritations and insect
One intriguing change is that several federations have requested that
alcohol be removed from the list of prohibited substances specific to
their sports, including gymnastics and triathlon. The reason is presumably
that an athlete could return a positive result for alcohol after consuming
a small amount in food or absorbed through the skin from a massage product,
but it does conjure up worrying images of gymnastic waifs (most of whom
aren't old enough to drink anyway!) falling off the balance beam and hordes
of triathletes wobbling out of transition.
Of course, at Cyclingnews we'd never stoop so low as to make snarky
comments about the ability of your average triathlete to ride a bike while
IMBA and Clif Bar grants
IMBA and Clif Bar have announced the latest recipients of $500 IMBA/CLIF
Bar Trail Preservation Grants. Six IMBA mountain bike clubs will receive
grants to assist their trail maintenance and access activities.
The recipients are:
Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association, McCall, Idaho - will build bridges
over wetlands and reroute eroded sections of the 20 Mile Trail in the
Payette National Forest.
Big South Fork Club, Oneida, Tennessee - will create a kiosk to educate
trail users about mountain bike opportunities on the Grand Gap Loop in
the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
Southern Virginia Mountain Bike Association, Danville, Virginia - will
form a Bike Patrol, create new trail signs, promote a youth mountain bike
race and build a tool storage shed.
Sonoma County Trails Council, Santa Rosa, California - will install signs
on 20 miles of trail near Lake Sonoma in partnership with the Army Corp
Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, Indianapolis, Indiana - will create
an educational kiosk at Brown County State Park, the first Indiana State
Park opened to mountain biking.
Waterloo Cycling Club, Fergus, Ontario - will buy tools to support volunteer
trailwork in several Ontario parks.
2005 Single Speed World Championships
Dates and details have been announced for the 2005 Single Speed World
Championships, which will be held August 20 and 21 at State College, Pennsylvania.
According to the organisers the 25+ mile single loop course will include
challenging climbs, rock strewn ridges, and fast, tricky descents, "in
the east Coast tradition".
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