Edited by Paul Goldsmith
Alison Dunlap has created history and become the first woman to win 5 consecutive US National cyclo-cross titles. In the men's race, ex-mountainbiker Todd Wells used his bike bunny-hopping ability to win his first title. Results, report and photo's.
Former Mercury-Viatel rider Fabrizio Guidi will join Team Coast in 2002. Guidi, a 29 year old Italian will join Vuelta winner Angel Casero in the almost new look German team.
The last three years have been reasonably turbulent for Guidi, moving from Francaise des Jeux to Mercury and now to Coast. With 34 victories in his 7 year career, including the last stage of the Giro d'Italia in 1999 Guidi will bring an experienced hand to the team.
Danish team CSC-Tiscali have been made to change their plans for the 2002 season after refusing to pay to enter some Spanish races. Johnny Weltz, directeur sportif for CSC-Tiscali Spanish explained to a Politiken journalist. "We need to change our program for February on account of the fact that the organizers of Ruta del Sol don't want us in the race. We were pushed to the side because we do not want to pay to race."
Given that CSC-Tiscali looks to have automatic entry into next year's Vuelta based on UCI rankings, the demands from the Spanish organisers seem a little odd.
On the topic of the Vuelta, Weltz said he was pleased with the course as it looked to provide competitive racing on every stage. "There are a lot of places where we could be able to leave our mark. Even though next year's Vuelta is short, if certainly is not going to be an easy race. The short stages encourage attacks, for which reason there will not be many calm days, which one otherwise experiences now and then in the other stage races. I think that there will be a large number of riders already dropping out of the race in its first week."
While a team for the Vuelta has yet to be decided, Weltz expects that the additions that have been made to the team in the off-season will enable them to put together a strong team. CSC-Tiscali have made a number of interesting signings for the 2002 season, with the team obviously having an eye for the future.
Among the signings are US sprinter Julian Dean who leaves US Postal and Carlos Sastre. Sastre moves from Spanish team Once with 26 year old figuring heavily in manager Bjarne Riis' plans. "Sastre is one of the hopes for the future in Spanish cycling. His talent as stage racer is huge and we have great expectations on him. We have kept our eyes on him for quite some time and we think that he fits well into the profile that we want the team to have", said Riis.
Sastre became professional in 1997 and has been riding for ONCE ever since.
Lotto-Adecco's training camp in Spain has seen the unveiling of the Litespeed titanium frames to be used by the team. With Litespeed becoming an official sponsor it is the first time that a European pro team has been outfitted with titanium bikes. However Litespeed titanium's have been seen in the peloton previously, just re-badged with other builders decals.
The training camp will wind up on December 17 and has been held in Calpe Spain. For more on the latest bikes see Cyclingnews' in-depth Interbike report.
Mario Aerts (Belgium)
Frederic Amorison (Belgium)
Serge Baguet (Belgium)
Tayeb Braikia (Denmark)
Christophe Brandt (Belgium)
Hans De Clercq (Belgium)
Christophe Detilloux (Belgium)
Glenn D`Hollander (Belgium)
Niko Eeckout (Belgium)
Gorik Gardeyn (Belgium)
Thierry Marichal (Belgium)
Guennadi Mikhailov (Russia)
Tom Stremersch (Belgium)
Andrei Tchmil (Belgium)
Kurt Van De Wouwer (Belgium)
Stepan Van Dijk (Netherlands)
Fulco Van Gulik (Netherlands)
Kevin Van Impe (Belgium)
Kurt Van Lancker (Belgium)
Peter Van Petegem (Belgium)
Wesley Van Speybroeck (Belgium)
Ief Verbrugghe (Belgium)
Rik Verbrugghe (Belgium)
Stive Vermaut (Belgium)
Aart Vierhouten (Netherlands)
Robbie McEwen (Australia)
The teams for the Tour de Langkawi are already getting their sights set for February 1. Last year Mapei-Quickstep dominated the race, and this year have stacked their team with workers for the 2002 Tour, which places Robert Hunter in the prime position to claim a first stage victory for South Africa in the Malaysian event. "We don't have many climbers in the team and it seems Mapei will be focussed on stage victories this year," said Hunter. "We have guys that can sit on the front forever and things could turn out to be really exciting. "With the good training weather in South Africa I'll have time to lift myself to some form before I get there."
Mapei have two very capable climbers in Luca Scinto, a former winner of the event, and the new star Charlie Wegelius. (See Cyclingnews interview with Wegelius), but they are without Paolo Bettini and Paolo Lanfranchi. Lanfranchi won the overall last year and Bettini, who won the mountains jersey.
Leading the Credit Agricole challenge will be Jens Voigt. Voigt is coming off a very strong 2001 season where he picked up six victories. The high point was his Stage 16 win in the Tour de France. He had earlier taken the yellow jersey for one stage.
Voigt, aged 30, crowned a great year in September by winning France's prestigious Grand Prix des Nations time trial.
A team of young riders will back Voigt. They are French espoirs time trial champion Yan Tournier, Johan Charpenteau, Cedric Herve, Christophe Le Mevel, Ludovic Martin and Benoit Poilvet.
Another major European team will make their debut in the 2002 Tour de Langkawi with Lotto-Adecco lining up for the first time.
In 2001 Lotto had 39 major victories and climbed to fifth place in the world rankings. Team manager Christophe Sercu has yet to announce the Tour De Langkawi team however he has a host of experienced riders to select from including, Belgium star, and Tour de France stage winner Rik Verbrugghe, the legendary Andrei Tchmil and Aussie Robbie McEwan. The Australian sprint finish specialist signed for Lotto Adecco at the close of the season.
Casting aspersions on his country's sports ministers' abilities, and a well known basketballer's sudden growth spurt may not seem like the wisest career choices, however ONCE directeur sportif Manolo Sáiz doesn't see any problem saying what he thinks. Mind you, what Saiz thinks has some people, predominately the Spanish media, suggesting that his time with Once is almost up.
"I've got no reason to regret or take back any of what I said. I don't think I insulted anyone, but if anyone has felt offended I'd apologise to them. I freely expressed a personal thought, and you can't regret or take back your own thoughts," said Saiz.
One person who remained completely unconcerned was Fernando Mendia, director general of ONCE. Mendia said at the Veulta presentation that he couldn't imagine ONCE without Saiz.
Lance Armstrong's coach Chris Carmichael will conduct a question and answer seminar on cycling and fitness training on Monday December 17, 20001 in Austin Texas. The seminar begins at 8pm at the Powerhouse Gym at 5th and Lamar in Austin.
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Major Races and Events
September 7-29, 2002: Vuelta a España (GT) - Preview, stage list
May 11-June 2, 2002: Giro d'Italia (GT) - Preview, stage list, photos
July 6-28, 2002: Tour de France (GT) - Full preview & official route details
December 8: Superprestige Rd 5 (Cat. 1) - Erwin Vervecken
November 29-December 4: Six Days of Noumea (6D) - Sassone/Neuville victorious
November 26-December 1: Six Days of Zurich (6D) - Day 6 - McGrory/Gilmore/Schnider win
December 1: Melbourne Cup on Wheels (IM) - Scott Moller, Keirin, Sprint, Support races
December 2: Cyclo-cross World Cup #2 (CDM) - Sven Nijs again
November 24-December 3: Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos (JR) - Final results
December 8-9: Frankfurter Rad-Cross (Cat. 2) - Alex Mudroch, UK National Trophy Series #4 (Cat. 3) - Roger Hammond, Grote Prijs Industrie Bosduin - Kalmthout (Cat. 1) - Bart Wellens, Int. Radquer Obergösgen (Cat. 2) - Björn Rondelez, Trofeo Mamma e Papa Guerciotti (Cat. 3) - Enrico Franzoi, Premio Egondo (Cat 3) - David Seco, Irish cyclo-cross championships - Robin Seymour
Results: local racing
Australia - CycleWest Promotions Omnium Series #2, Eastern Suburbs Summer Criterium Series, Carnegie Caulfield Tuesday criterium, Southern Cross Junior Track Open & Madison Cup, Manly Warringah CC, George Town Track Carnival, Carnegie Caulfield CC, Randwick Botany CC, Gold Coast CATS CC, Caesar's Illawarra CC, Caesar's Illawarra (track)
Denmark - Danish cyclo-cross Post Cup #3
Italy - Gran Premio Città di Bassano
Luxembourg - GP De Kopstal
New Zealand - Cyco Criterium series
Spain - Elorrio cyclo-cross
USA - Georgia Cross Series Championship, Chimborazo Grand Prix cyclo-cross, Boulder Cross Rd 6, New Mexico State Cyclo-x Champs, Sorrento Cyclo-x & California State Champ's, Boulder Cross Rd 5, Verge New England series, Northampton CC Cyclo-cross Championships, Chris Cross International CycloCross
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