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Latest News for August 25, 2003

Edited by Jeff Jones

Bianchi wants Bartoli

Michele Bartoli
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Team Bianchi has expressed interest in signing Fassa Bortolo's Michele Bartoli, according to reports in the Belgian press. Bartoli is at the end of his contract with Fassa, and would be an ideal man for Bianchi's classics team. On the other hand, Fassa Bortolo is in deep negotiations with Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha, who won a stage in the Tour de France this year.

Muravyev to Credit Agricole

Kazakh rider Dmitri Muravyev (Quick.Step-Davitamon) will follow his compatriot Andrei Kashechkin to Credit Agricole next season. Muravyev was in the picture for Patrick Lefevere's division II Bodysol-Brustor squad, but decided to take the French option.

"No more former Eastern bloc riders for me," an angry Patrick Lefevere was quoted in Het Nieuwsblad. "I can't stomach any more of them. Why do I invest so much in youth cycling?"

In addition to the two Kazakhs, Lefevere lost another one of his development riders, Belgian Jurgen Van Den Broeck, to US Postal-Berry Floor for next season.

Dierckxsens crashes in Belgian TT champs

Ludo Dierckxsens (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) didn't have a good day at the Belgian Time Trial Championships in Wachtebeke on Sunday. The 38 year old crashed and injured his hip, and he may have to miss tomorrow's Duivenkoers in Overijse. "My head tube collapsed after a corner," Dierckxsens told Het Nieuwsblad. "I hope that everything will be ok for the GP Eddy Merckx [two man time trial], where I'll ride with Marc Streel."

Eneco Tour a week later

Next year's Eneco Tour (Tour of Holland) will begin a week later, due to the proximity of the Olympic Games in Athens. The start will be in Oudenbosch on August 24, and will probably finish in Landgraaf on August 28. The organisers, who are looking for a more European aspect to promote the race, are thinking of starting the fifth stage in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Russia and Australia top medals at Junior World's

Host nation Russia and last year's champions Australia have topped the medal tally at the Junior World Track Championships, which were held in Moscow last week. Both countries finished with three gold, two silver and three bronze medals for a total of eight. France was third with two gold, three silver and one bronze medal.

During the meet, the Russian 4000m team pursuit squad clocked a time of 4:07.715 to knock 2.388 seconds off the long standing previous World Record set by Australia (Luke Roberts, Luke Kuss, Matthew Meaney, Tim Lyons) in Adelaide in 1995.

Junior World's medal tally

                 Gold   Silver  Bronze  Total

Russia            3       2       3       8
Australia         3       2       3       8
France            2       3       1       6
China             2      DSQ      0       2
Japan             2       0       0       2
Germany           1       3       2       6
Czech Republic    1       0       0       1
USA               1       0       0       1
Lithuania         0       2       0       2
Poland            0       1       1       2
Korea             0       1       1       2
Netherlands       0       0       2       2
Latvia            0       0       1       1
Ukraine           0       0       1       1

Stagiaires for Landbouwkrediet and Vlaanderen

Landbouwkrediet-Colnago has signed three stagiaires to ride out the rest of the season: Stefan Wijnands, Ludovic Draux and Maxime Monfort. Vlaanderen-T Interim will have Steven Caethoven and Frederick Veuchelen in its ranks as stagiaires as well.

Tour of Hope riders selected

26 cyclists have been selected by the cancer community to join Lance Armstrong in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope. Nearly 1,000 people applied for the week long cycling journey across America which aims to educate the public about cancer research. The team is comprised of researchers, nurses and physicians who care for people with cancer, family members who have been touched by the disease and - like Lance Armstrong - cancer survivors.

Armstrong will lead the cyclists on a send off ride in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 11 and will join them at points along the way before leading them to Washington, DC for a finale celebration on Saturday, October 18. Team members will ride in a relay day and night, making stops at cancer centres along the way, encouraging people to make the Cancer Promise, a personal commitment to learn about cancer and the importance of cancer research. The route will take the team through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

"The route is longer than the Tour de France, and we are covering the distance in only one week," said Lance Armstrong. "By accepting to train for and complete this demanding ride, the selected team members have shown that they are driven to help those touched by cancer, and like me, they love a challenge."

To learn more about the Tour of Hope, visit

Team Members

Chris Brewer, 40; Shalimar, FL; testicular cancer survivor.
Lynn Brody, MD, 40; New York, NY; interventional radiologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Jim Buchanan, 57; Manchester, MA and Harrison, ME; lost his 10 year-old daughter, Lindsay, to neuroblastoma just a year ago.
Wendy Chioji, 41; Winter Park, FL; breast cancer survivor and news anchor for WESH-TV in Orlando.
Nathaniel Cobb, MD, 52; Corrales, NM; director of Cancer Prevention and Control for the Indian Health Service (IHS).
Sheila Davies, RN, 46; New Lenox, IL; oncology nurse who has dedicated her life to cancer work.
Milana Dolezal, MD, 32; Los Angeles, CA; oncology/hematology fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.
James Fetten, MD, 46; Pittsford, NY; community medical oncologist who runs the Upstate New York Cancer Research and Education Foundation.
Steven Friedman, 36; Chevy Chase, MD; testicular cancer survivor.
Jodi Gold, 35; Los Angeles, CA; cancer survivor and hospitality industry executive for Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Christopher Houston, 46; Carlisle, PA; colon cancer survivor.
Bart Knaggs, 37; Austin, TX; A close friend of Lance Armstrong's and big cancer research supporter.
Hank Lange, 49; Brattleboro, VT; coaches endurance athletes and has helped cancer survivors after diagnosis pursue their athletic dreams.
Eric Miller, 37; Pueblo, CO; flight (helicopter) paramedic who has a son who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour when he was five years old, and is now a cancer survivor.
Julianne Pattullo, 34; St. Johns, MI; district sales manager for Bristol-Myers Squibb and tireless advocate for cancer causes.
Lillian Pfluke, 44; Paris, France; breast cancer survivor and World Masters Championships medalist.
Patrick Reilly, 47; Monroe, NJ; clinical researcher at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Peter Scacheri, PhD, 31; Rockville, MD; post-doctoral fellow and cancer research scientist at the National Institutes of Health.
Anna Schwartz, FNP, PhD, 40; Flagstaff, AZ and Seattle, WA; oncology professor and nurse practitioner and survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, OCN, 46; High Point, NC; oncology nurse.
Jay Stevenson, 36; Durham, CT; scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Beth Strauss, RN, 41; Wallingford, PA and Los Angeles, CA; oncology nurse and cancer survivor who also lost her partner to breast cancer.
Michael Talifero, 39; Bedford, TX; testicular cancer survivor and competitive amateur cyclist.
Doreen Wiggins, MD, 40; East Greenwich, RI; Susan G. Komen fellow in the Program in Women's Oncology at Women and Infants' Hospital.
Ron Williams, 29; Birmingham, AL; left leg amputee due to bone cancer and member of the U.S. Elite Paralympics Cycling Team.
Eric Winer, MD, 46; Wellesley, MA; one of the leading breast oncologists/researchers in the U.S.A.

Dutch Ride for the Roses raises €222,000

The sixth edition of the Dutch Ride for the Roses has raised €222,000 for cancer research in the Netherlands, according to an ANP report. The ride attracted 6,500 starters, well over the target of 5,000 that the organisers hoped for. The starters included Erik Dekker, Servais Knaven, ex-pro Joop Zoetemelk, and ex-footballer Youri Mulder. The participants could choose from three routes (25, 50 or 100 km) in Noord-Brabant, starting and finishing outside the RKC football stadium in Waalwijk.

Backwards cycling record attempt fails

An attempt to break the World Record for riding backwards [sitting on the stem] for an hour has failed. 52 Dutchman Pieter de Hart attempted the feat on Monday in Millbrook, Great Britain, however he was only able to cover 27.1 kilometres. This was better than his previous mark of 26.95 kilometres (set in 2002), but not enough to beat the current record. De Hart blamed the strength of the wind for his failure, and doesn't know whether he'll try again in the near future.

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