Edited by Paul Goldsmith
The UCI have officially announced the thirty teams that will make up the Division I Trade Teams category for 2002. The teams to make the grade are as predicted on Cyclingnews, with in-depth teams and trade detail to be found on our Team's database.
Division 1 in 2002 is made up of the top 19 teams from 2001. (Which is in fact all the remaining teams from 2001, with Mercury, Festina and Liquigas-Pata falling by the wayside).
The next grouping of teams to make the top thirty are the eight best performing division 2 teams of 2001.
Following this, is essentially the manager's handicap, with the teams that have the strongest top eight riders in their line-up based on 2001 UCI points at the December 20 cut-off date, making the cut. This group includes Phonak Hearing Systems (Swi), Alexia Aluminio (Ita) and Bigmat Auber.93 (Fra).
Bigmat's inclusion will please the French fans as they were perhaps the team in most danger of not making the list. Bigmat picked up the 70th ranked Felix M. Garcia Casas from Festina to strengthen their 2002 line-up. Alexia have taken the Paolo route to the top by adding Paolo Savoldelli from Saeco, Paolo Valoti from Alessio and Paolo Lanfranchi from Mapei. Lanfranchi won this year's Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia.
Phonak makes the top 30 by adding Swiss rider Oscar Camenzind from Lampre, along with winner of the 45th Vuelta Asturias , Juan Carlos Dominguez from Banesto and Sven Teutenberg from Festina.
1 Fassa Bortolo (Ita)
2 Telekom (Ger)
3 Rabobank (Ned)
4 Mapei (Ita)
5 Lotto (Bel)
6 Banesto (Spa)
7 Cofidis (Fra)
8 ONCE (Spa)
9 US Postal (USA)
10 Domo (Bel)
11 Lampre (Ita)
12 Kelme (Spa)
13 Tacconi Sport (Ita)
14 CSC Tiscali (Den)
15 Euskaltel (Spa)
16 Saeco (Ita)
17 Crédit Agricole (Fra)
18 Team Coast (Ger)
19 Mercatone Uno (Ita)
plus the best eight Division 2 teams from 2001
1 Alessio (Ita) 2 AG2R Prévoyance (Fra) 3 Jean Delatour (Fra) 4 Bonjour (Fra) 5 Acqua et Sapone (Ita) 6 La Française des Jeux (Fra) 7 Milaneza (Por) 8 Gerolsteiner (Ger)
plus teams with the strongest potential line-up coming into 2002, based on 2001 UCI points.
1 Phonak Hearing Systems (Swi) 2 Alexia Aluminio (Ita) 3 Bigmat Auber.93 (Fra)
Not all the off-season movements are riders, and with the increasing importance of team officials to teams, this is one area that will become more important and interesting.
CSC Tiscali have signed a 1 year contract with assistant team manager Joergen Marcussen. Marcussen moves from Team Coast. Apparently Tiscali team manger Bjarne Riis is keen to hang onto Marcussen and will attempt to sign him for a longer contract.
By Tim Maloney, Cyclingnews correspondent
Nike Cycling is sponsoring a Nike Cycling Development Camp next February 15-17, 2002 at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, with net proceeds from the event to benefit Bicycles and Ideas for Kids' Empowerment (b.i.k.e.) and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Steve Swartzendruber, Nike Cycling's Footwear Business Director told Cyclingnews that "We've lined up athletes from Nelson Vails to Roland Green and Juli Furtado and riders from Trek/VW & Gary Fisher MTB teams to speak to and teach juniors, women and all racing categories beginning Cat 4-5 riders at the camp. A handful of volunteers within Nike are putting on the camp and it's all for charity and for the enrichment of young racers and riders."
Nike Cycling's Development Camp is a three day affair. It kicks off Friday, February 15 at Nike WHQ when the kids from b.i.k.e. present along with a Guest Athlete the Cycling Legends Benefit Reception and Evening with the World's Best, including videos, racing footage, a cycling fashion show and athlete presentations.
Saturday February 16 begins at Hagg Lake with racing clinics, where participants will have a training ride with guest athletes, and an afternoon open benefit ride for the public, with net proceeds to benefit Bicycles and Ideas for Kids' Empowerment and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Afterwards, Mini-workshops will be held back at the Lance Armstrong Sports Center for camp participants.
Sunday February 17 is Fat Tire Day, with BMX, Trials, Mountain Bike,and Fun Races, with additional Mini-workshop at the Lance Armstrong Sports Center to conclude the camp.
Nike's first ever Cycling's Development Camp is presented by Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, The Bike Gallery, Trek Bicycles and Nike Cycling.
For more information, contact Darell Provencher at Nike; or tel: (503) 671-6453.
Perth Western Australia may be the most isolated city in the world, however it is undergoing somewhat of a cycling renaissance at present with the recent announcements that Perth has won the right to stage the inaugural World Criterium Championship in 2005. Whilst actual venues for the World Championships haven't been announced, the city will use the Australian National Criterium races in 2003 and 2004 to prepare for the event.
Meanwhile the main races of West Australian season are about to kick-off with the Perth Criterium series beginning December 27 The Perth series is held in four stages at four different street circuits around the city.
Perth Criterium Series program
December 27: WJ Moncrieff Leederville Loop: Carr Place & Oxford Streets,
Leederville Time: 7.30pm
December 28:December Rockingham Classic: Rockingham Foreshore Time: 5.30pm
December 29: Subiaco Classic: Rokeby Road & Hay Street, Subiaco Time: 7.00pm
Date: 30 December: Be Active Cycle Instead Criterium Series Final Albany Hway, Victoria Park Time: 6.00pm
Perth Criterium Starting list (team number in brackets) Healthway (1) 1 Henk Vogels W.A. 2 David James W.A. 3 Brett Lancaster Vic 4 Matt Tognini W.A. 96 FM (2) 5 Nic Brown W.A. 6 Chris Bradford Vic 7 TonTon Susanto Indonesia 8 WaWan Setyobudi Indonesia Apex (3) 9 Raymond Raadtgever Holland 10 Mark Phillips N.Z. 11 Chris Teed W.A. 12 Stuart Passmore W.A. ASR (4) 13 Brad Davidson Vic 14 Michael Whyte W.A. 15 Paul Sherwood W.A. 16 Shaun O'Neil W.A. Bicycle Entrepeneur (5) 17 Jason Rigg W.A. 18 Phil Rieman W.A. 19 Russell Brooks W.A. 20 Wayne van Morsel W.A. Indiana Signs (6) 21 Ashley Humbert N.S.W. 22 Steve Williams N.S.W 23 Cameron Carlyle Vic 24 Andrew Brierly W.A. Trek Bikeforce (7) 25 Graham Brown N.S.W. 26 Danny Rutherford N.S.W. 27 Brian Appleyard N.S.W. 28 Graham Moffat N.S.W. Glen Parker Cycles (8) 29 Ed Holland W.A. 30 Rheinhart Van Speybrouck W.A. 31 Hilton McMurdo U.K. 32 Jarrod Poad N.Z. Kirke Securities (9) 33 Daniel Vogels W.A. 34 Brett Stapleton W.A. 35 Glen Harris W.A. 36 Scott Suckling W.A. McInerney Ford (10) 37 Hilton Clarke Vic 38 Baden Cooke Vic 39 Nathan Jones W.A. 40 Shane Mackey W.A. National Estate Builders (11) 41 Josh Vanderveen Vic 42 Leigh Palmer QLD 43 Leon Vogels W.A. 44 Matt Ansel W.A. The Professionals (12) 45 Matt Wilson Vic 46 Mark Ferguson W.A. 47 Andrew Sime W.A. 48 Steve Harcourt N.Z. Moncrieff (13) 49 Jans Koerts Holland 50 David Pell Vic 51 Brett Hickford W.A. 52 Adrian Swift W.A. WAIS (West Australian Insitute of Sport) (14) 53 Peter Dawson W.A. 54 Piere Angelo Vignati Italy 55 Daniel Mackey W.A. 56 Shane Chilcott W.A.
There will be no mud on former mountain biker racer Cadel Evans next year with his move to Mapei, solely as a road racer. Whilst the change has surprised a few, Evans has always spent time on the road, and with his climbing abilities is considered to be a genuine Tour contender of the future. Karen Forman spoke with Cadel whilst he was on holidays in Australia.
Click here for the full interview
One of the few cycle races to be held in China begins on December 25 (Christmas Day).
The race program is:
Tuesday, December 25: 15Km Time Trial, Bride Pool Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong
Wednesday, December 26: 96.2km Road Race, Tsing Yi, Hong Kong
Thursday, December 27: 72km Criterium, Shenzhen Stadium, Shenzhen, P.R. of China
Friday, December 28: 100km Criterium, Zhongshan, P.R. of China
Saturday, December 29: 108Km Criterium, GP Racing Circuit, Zhuhai, P.R. of China,
Sunday, December 30: 108Km Individual Road Race, Coloane, Macau
Monday, December 31: 66Km Criterium, Jockey Club, Macau
Cyclingnews will prvide results as they come to hand
ex-Festina rider Michel Klinger from Switzerland has signed to ride with the new division three team Jura.
The team will be based in the region Jura (North Switzerland) with sponsors and partners also likely to come from this region.
At present the riders will be:
Pierre Ackermann, ex Post Swiss Team
David Chassot, ex Ficonseils
Michel Klinger, ex Festina
Guiseppe Ribolzi, neo, Italy
Stephan Szekeres, neo, Swi
Olivier Wirz, neo, Swi
3 more riders will be engaged.
Whilst we don't really want to descend into gossip mag territory, who doesn't like a happy ending?
It appears that recent Baltimore SuperCup winner Jon Page has finally, after a long courtship, proposed to his girlfriend, ex-cyclist, and pit crew Cori Book. Congratulations to both of them.
What was the best performance of 2001? Who was the best rider? It's time for you, the readers of Cyclingnews, to tell us the stand-out riders, rides and equipment of the year. However you need to act soon as entries close December 31, 2001.
Go to our Reader Poll page to cast your vote for the Legend of Cycling; the Cycling Personality of the Year; Photograph of the Year; the best teams and male and female riders across a range of disciplines, and the best bikes and equipment.
Click here to vote now! Results will be announced in the New Year.
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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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