News for September 28, 2000

Casagrande 1, Ullrich 2

Jan Ullrich
Photo: © AFP

That's the situation at the top of the UCI men's rankings after the Olympic Road Race yesterday. Jan Ullrich's win gave him 400 points - much in need after his loss in the Vuelta. He still train's Francesco Casagrande by over 300 points, but could narrow the gap in the Olympic time trial, which is worth 240 points for the win, 150 for second and 120 for third. He will not be able to make up any ground if he wins the World Championship TT as he is the defending champion. However, if he beats Casagrande (4th last year, Ullrich was 8th) in the road race then that might be enough.

Other than that, there was very little change in the top rankings as no-one actually lost any points from doing badly in the Olympic road race. Those who did well included George Hincapie (139th - 96th), Piotr Wadecki (64th - 43rd), Frank Hoj (173rd - 106th) and Michele Bartoli (45th - 29th).

Despite Team Telekom's strong showing yesterday, they remain 700 points behind world number one team, Mapei-Quick Step. With Euskaltel-Euskadi leading division II, the pecking order in the top two divisions is much the same. In the third division, Shaklee has pushed the Austrian Bosch Hausgeräte-Sport Kärnten out of the top spot.

UCI men's rankings as of September 28, 2000

1 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec      2,275.00 pts
2 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD                  1,951.75
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD                   1,858.00
4 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service                 1,774.00
5 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca        1,767.00
6 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec         1,652.00
7 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                     1,484.00
8 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                        1,436.00
9 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step               1,422.00
10 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                   1,403.00
11 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank          1,391.75
12 Markus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                            1,329.25
13 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                    1,282.00
14 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                             1,199.00
15 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom           1,192.00
16 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     1,126.00
17 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD              1,089.00
18 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step                    1,028.00
19 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Farm Frites                    1,010.00
20 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                         1,007.25
21 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina-Lotus                    979.00
22 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                      929.00
23 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo                      920.00
24 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                     900.00
25 Axel Merckx (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step                       888.00
26 Fernando Escartin Coti (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca          879.00
27 Joseba Beloki Dorronsoro (Spa) Festina-Lotus             875.00
28 Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank       870.75
29 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                   869.35
30 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom-ARD          849.75
31 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                     848.00
32 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                              830.25
33 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Banesto                           829.00
34 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Regain                824.00
35 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                  813.85
36 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step                     809.75
37 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Saeco-Valli & Valli                 795.00
38 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi          788.00
39 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo                     779.00
40 Jann Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prévoyance-Décathlon            772.00
41 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          769.00
42 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Banesto                                739.00
43 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Mróz-Supradyn Witamin                737.00
44 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                       733.00
45 Jan Hruska (Cze) Vitalicio Seguros                       731.00
46 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank    720.00
47 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                              712.00
48 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca            692.00
49 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Farm Frites                         688.00
50 Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service                   687.00


Division I

1 Mapei-Quick Step                                        8,829.25 pts
2 Team Deutsche Telekom                                   8,185.25
3 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                      6,340.00
4 Lampre-Daikin                                           6,087.00
5 Fassa Bortolo                                           6,047.00
6 O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank                                  5,678.75
7 Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                                 5,555.00
8 Rabobank                                                5,457.75
9 Banesto                                                 5,156.00
10 US Postal Service                                      4,112.20

Division II

1 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                       3,261.00 pts
2 Credit Agricole                                         2,890.00
3 Cantina Tollo                                           2,155.00
4 Jean Delatour                                           1,793.00
5 Bonjour                                                 1,710.00

Division III

1 Team Shaklee                                              405.00 pts
2 Bosch Hausgeräte-Sport Kärnten                            391.00
3 Psk Unit Expert                                           336.00
4 Kia-Villiger Suisse                                       230.00
5 Stabil Steiermark                                         187.00


1 Italy                                                  12,184.30 pts
2 Spain                                                   9,355.75
3 Belgium                                                 7,786.50
4 Germany                                                 7,779.50
5 France                                                  6,828.25
6 Netherlands                                             6,233.10
7 Switzerland                                             5,326.50
8 U.S.A.                                                  5,077.55
9 Denmark                                                 3,941.85
10 Russia                                                 3,866.50

Belgian World's team

National coaches José De Cauwer and Ronny Vanmarcke have finalised the various Belgian World Championships teams:

Elite Men

Road Race

Serge Baguet (Lotto)
Thierry Marichal (Lotto)
Andrej Tchmil (Lotto)
Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto)
Nico Mattan (Cofidis)
Chris Peers (Cofidis)
Peter van Petegem (Farm Frites)
Axel Merckx (Mapei)
Wilfried Peeters (Mapei)
Dave Bruylandts (Palmans)
Marc Wauters (Rabobank)
Michel van Haecke (Tönissteiner)

Reserve: Kurt Van de Wouwer (Lotto)

Time Trial

Marc Streel (Collstrop)
Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto)

U23 Men

Andy Cappelle (Wielerclub de Lombarden)
Nico Sijmens (ASLK-Fortis Boys)
Jurgen van Goolen (Mapei Cycling Team)
Jan Verstraeten (Mapei Cycling Team)
Frederik Willems (ASLK-Fortis Boys)
Reserve: Stijn Devolder (ASLK-Fortis Boys)

Time Trial

Gert Steegmans (Mapei Cycling Team)
Stefaan Wijnands (Go Pass-Slagino Cycling Team)

Junior Men

Road race

Kevin De Weert
Philippe Gilbert
Kevin Neirynck
Francesco Planckaert
Preben Van Hecke
Reserves: Grégory Habeaux and Jurgen Van den Broeck

Time Trial

Igor Stevens
Jurgen Van den Broeck

Elite women

Lensy Debboudt
Veerle Ingels
Cindy Pieters (Vlaanderen 2002)
Evy van Damme (Vlaanderen 2002)
Heidi van de Vijver (Vlaanderen 2002)
Reserves: Vanja Vonckx (Vlaanderen 2002) and Anja Nobus

Junior Women

Road race

Corine Hierckens
Kathy Ingels
Nele Van Den Bossche
Ine Wannijn
Reserve: Séverine Villance

Time trial

Nele Van Den Broeck
Ine Wannijn

Adamsson to Coast

Swedish Champion Stefan Adamsson leaves third division Team Crescent for Team Coast. He has signed for two years.

"It's an opportunity I just have to grab. I know it's going to be tough to ride for such a strong team at my age but I also know that it will be developing. It's thanks to this season in Team Crescent that I now can take the step up to a first division team," said the 23 year old Adamsson.

Team Coast contacted Adamsson directly after the Swedish Championships in June and the interest increased after Adamsson's silver medal in the European Championships.

"This is actually an expected consequence of our work to develop cyclists. With a season like Adamsson's it is all right to step up. We wish him all the luck," says Crescent management spokesman, Bo Flodin. He added that the team will miss Adamsson's charisma, attitude and of course his sprinting abilities. The Swedish team goes on next season with a couple of new riders, whose names will be revealed later.

Fakta 2001

Team Fakta will put the following squad on the road next year: Lennie Kristensen, Allan Johansen, Mikael Kyneb, Michael Skelde, Morten Sonne, Allan Bo Andersen, Jacob Gram Nielsen, Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor), Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe), Bjarke Nielsen, Robert Lochowski (Ger) and Manu L'Hoir (Bel).

Sports director Kim Andersen is still looking for some more riders and Dane Tayeb Brakia is a candidate depending on his satisfaction with Linda McCartney's payment system. The team has assured the riders that the transfers have been made to their accounts, however depending on what country they're in, it can take longer for the money to appear. As previously mentioned, they have taken steps to ensure that delays will not happen in future, although some riders have been waiting several months.

Swede Stefan Adamsson was another who has been mentioned but has now been signed by Team Coast.

New team for Portugal

A new major Portuguese team, Nettispor - União Ciclística Ibérica, will start next season with Spaniard Melchior Mauri (ex Benfica) as its main attraction, not only as team captain but also with a director's position in the team. Other riders are amateurs João Barata, Augusto Horta, José Carlos Paolinetti e Armindo Lúcio.

The project will run for at least five years and the aim is for first division during that period. For the first two seasons however, the policy will be to stick to Portuguese and Spanish races.

Turbulence in Benfica

Time triallist Joaquin Andrade (Barbot-Torrié) is the eighth reinforcement in Benfica this year. Only three riders remain from last year: Serguei Smetanine, Fábio Quercioli and Luís Sarreira. Spaniard José Garrido is still undecided about his future with the team The other newcomers are Joaquim Gomes (LA Pecol), Aitor Kintana (Euskaltel Euskadi), Michele Laddomada (LA Pecol), Stefano Venturini (LA Pecol), Vitali Kokorine (Amica Chips), José Sousa (Gresco Tavira) and Luís Perez (Vitalício).

A number of riders will leave the team: Alberto Amaral, Jorge Silva, Hugo Lúcio, Rui Roque, Quintino Rodrigues, Marco Madrucci, Joona Laukka, Oscar Uriarte, Danyel Bayés, Giuseppe Di Fresco and Melchor Mauri.