At a press conference on Tuesday, Johan Museeuw announced that he will continue his career with Domo-Farm Frites. He will ride for another season. After that he can stay with Domo in another function. Museeuw will not accept the offer of Mapei manager Giorgio Squinzi. Squinzi would have liked Museeuw to return to his former employer in Italy.
Museeuw kept the public waiting for his answer but his decision wasn't a big surprise. The press conference, held in the Flemish town of Ichtegem was organized by the Domo team; so it was quite obvious beforehand that Museeuw would stay.
Vuelta winner, Angel Luis Casero, has given an indication that he would like to ride with Kelme-Costa Blanca next season. However, he also has contacts with two Italian and one other Spanish team. He made these comments while receiving his Gold Medial for General Sporting Merit on the Day of the Valencian Community today.
"Hopefully I can be in a Valencian team," he said. "And the fact is that there is only one - Kelme. At the moment, there are negotiations between two Italian teams and two Spanish, and out of those one of them is Valencian. I think I have already said too much."
29 year old Casero is a Valencian cyclist, native to Albalat dels Tarongers. He hopes to play a "good role" in next year's Tour de France. "The Tour is a dream, but since I obtained fifth place in 1999 I have podium aspirations. I have worked many years for it," said Casero.
French track trio Arnaud Tournant, Laurent Gané and Arnaud Dublé have delayed their attempts at the world 1,000m, 500m and 200m metre records on the high altitude track in La Paz, Bolivia. The three were aiming to go for the records on Tuesday morning, local time, but were forced to delay after it was found that they had no electronic timing device. Although a stopwatch was packed, it apparently disappeared en route through the Bolivian customs.
Tournant et al will now try on Wednesday.
Franco Ballerini has finally announced the 12 Italians that comprise gli azzurri for Sunday's Elite Men's road race. Massimo Donati (Tacconi Sport) and Denis Lunghi (Colpack) have been named as the reserves. The rest of the team is as follows:
Daniele Nardello (Mapei-Quick Step)
Paolo Bettini (Mapei-Quick Step)
Paolo Lanfranchi (Mapei-Quick Step)
Francesco Casagrande (Fassa-Bortolo)
Michele Bartoli (Fassa-Bortolo)
Ivan Basso (Fassa-Bortolo)
Davide Rebellin (Liquigas-Pata)
Gianni Faresin (Liquigas-Pata)
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre-Daikin)
Eddy Mazzoleni (Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola)
Danilo Di Luca (Cantina Tollo-Acqua e Sapone)
Giuliano Figueras (Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo)
The Italian city of Verona will again play host to the World Road Championships, after being awarded the rights to host the 2004 World's. Verona was the venue for the 1999 World Championships, where Oscar Freire surprised everyone to win his rainbow jersey. Next year's World's will be held in Zolder, Belgium, while the 2003 World's are in Hamilton, Canada.
From 2003 onwards, the World Track Championships will be held at the end of August/beginning of September, and will definitely not be at the end of September as they were this year. The UCI made this decision on Monday prior to start of the World Championships in Lisbon. The date change was made in order to incorporate an Espoirs category for riders aged between 19 and 23, as on the road.
At the meeting, the UCI also put forward some other changes to the track and MTB rules for 2003.
2002: Zolder, Belgium
2003: Hamilton, Canada
2004: Verona, Italy
2002: Copenhagen, Denmark
2002: Kaprun, Austria
2003: Lugano, Switzerland
2002: Zolder, Belgium
The Lotto team will begin its preparation for next season on December 15. "We will go to Calpe to do our first training camp there," said assistant sports director Walter Planckaert. "In other years we have always done our first group training in Tuscany. More than likely we will leave on the 15th of December and return to Belgium on the 24th of December. That way, everybody can be home with the family between Christmas and New Year."
"On the 2nd of January we will leave with one team to go to Australia, where we will ride the Tour Down Under. The second part of the team will go to Tuscany for a second training camp. A definite program for next season will be made when we have the complete international race calendar for 2002," concluded Planckaert.
Athletes are using alternative drugs to EPO more and more, according to experts from the NeCeDo, the Dutch Centre for Doping matters. These drugs are meant to increase the amount of oxygen that the blood can transport. Even veterinary products are being used.
Now EPO use can be traced by means of a urine test, athletes have started using different substances. NESP is one of those products, now used by people with anaemia. It is more effective than EPO. HemAssist and Oxyglobin are blood replacements. RSR 13 is used to treat people undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. For athletes, the drugs help to increase the amount of oxygen going into the muscles.
That these products are being used is a fact, according to the NeCeDo. The only unknown factor is to which degree, how much, how often, they are used.
The use of these substances is not without risks either. Users may suffer damage to the kidneys, liver function may be disrupted, and a weaker immune system is another probable consequence.
James Vanlandschoot (Vlaanderen-T-Interim) is home again after he was injured during training by a car. The Vlaanderen-T-Interim rider had to go to hospital where doctors found that he had a broken thumb, broken wrist, three broken ribs and a cracked hip. He will require three weeks complete rest before he can think of training again.
After the recent announcement by the French league of professional cycling that there would be seven French squads in the first division (of 30 teams) next season, St Quentin-Oktos applied for re affiliation. St Quentin will join AG2R, BigMat-Auber, Bonjour, Cofidis, Crédit Agricole, Jean Delatour and La Française des Jeux as the French teams in the pro peloton next year, with Crédit Agricole Espoirs to remain a GS III squad, or the equivalent under the new UCI regulations.
For the first time since USA Cycling was incorporated in 1995, a quorum was achieved in the organization's annual election. To reach quorum, at least 10 percent of the membership as of August 1, 2001, needed to submit a vote.
"We are happy to learn that members took full advantage of their voting rights this year," said USA Cycling's CEO Lisa Voight. "The voting process is an integral part of learning what the members want and how they would like to see the organization run. Thank you to all of those who took the time to vote."
Due the high turnout and last-minute return of votes by proxy, the independent audit firm of Waugh and Associates was not able to provide final results at the meeting. The results will be made known on Wednesday, October 10.
Mar 17: Premier Calendar - Jack Granger Memorial Road Race Middleton, Corby,
Mar 29 - Apr 2: Premier Calendar - Tour of the North Northern Ireland
Apr 5-7: British Cycling/BSCA Youth Circuit Race Series - East Riding Youth
Tour Brough, East Yorks
Apr 7: Premier Calendar - Archer International Grand Prix Beaconsfield
Apr 21: Premier Calendar - Lancaster-Mercedes Grand Prix Welwyn Garden City
Apr 28: British Cycling/BSCA National Youth Circuit Series - Team Keyne/Trek Circuit Races Milton Keynes
Apr 27-28: Premier Calendar- East Riding of Yorkshire Classic Beverley, East Yorks
May 5: Veterans' Series - Stevenage Vets RR Kelsall Herts
May 11 - Jun 2: Giro d'Italia
May 12: Premier Calendar - Lincoln International Grand Prix Lincoln
May 19: International & Junior RR Series - Kingswood Festival International Junior Road Race Bristol
May 26: Division Road Race Championships Various
Jun 8-9: Premier Calendar- Tour of Moray Elgin
Jun 16: Premier Calender - Five Valleys Road Race Port Talbot
Jun 22: Under 23 Road Series - Ayrshire Classic Galston
Jun 30: National Elite Men's Championship Rivington, Lancs
Jul 6-28: Tour de France
Jul 7: Junior Road Series - Bath Road Junior GP Beaconsfield
Jul 14: National Women's Championship Port Talbot
Jul 14: British Cycling/BSCA Youth Circuit Race Series - Sutton Town Centre Cycle Races Sutton, Surrey
Jul 14-19: Isle of Man Week, Isle of Man
Jul 19: Premier Calendar - Manx International, Isle of Man
Jul 28: Premier Calendar - International Tour of The Cotswolds, Gloucester
Jul 28: National Veterans' Series- Darley Moor Darley Moor, Derbyshire
Aug 3-12: IPC World Disability Championships Road/Track Altenstadt, Germany
Aug 11 Premier Calendar- Havant International Grand Prix Havant, Hampshire
Aug 16-18: Manchester International Youth Tour Manchester
Aug 18: National Men's Circuit Race Championship Newport, S. Wales
Aug 24-26: Junior Road Series - Junior Tour of Wales S.E.Wales
Sep 7-29: Vuelta Espana
Sep 15: National Time Trial Championships Suffolk
Sep 22: (Provisional) Premier Calendar - Tour of the Peak Buxton
Sep 29: National Veterans' Road Series - Horwich CC Clitheroe, Lancs
Oct 8-13: World Road/TT Championships Zolder, Belgium
Mar 29: Herne Hill International Track Meeting Inc. British Cycling Grand Prix Sprint Southern Counties CU Good Friday Track Meeting Herne Hill, S.E. London
Apr 11-14: National Junior Track Championships Manchester
Apr 19-21: World Cup Track - Round 1, TBC
May 5: Rounds of British Cycling Youth & Women's Omnium Leagues - Susie's
Track Meeting Portsmouth
May 10-12: World Cup Track Round 2, TBC
May 12: National Championship & Round of British Cycling National Junior Omnium Series - Eddie Soens Track Meeting Kirkby
May 18: National 8km Grass Track Championship Winterton, Lincolnshire
May 19: British Cycling Youth Omnium League Round & British Cycling Sprinters Event- Scunthorpe Track Meeting Scunthorpe
May 25: British Cycling Women's Omnium League Round - Welwyn Track Meeting Welwyn Garden City
May 31 - Jun 2: World Cup Track Round 3, TBC
Jun 1-4: National Masters Track Championships (Except Time Trial) Herne Hill
Jun 8: Youth Omnium Series League Round - Welwyn Track Meeting Welwyn Garden City
Jun 15: British Cycling Youth Track Omnium League Round - Cardiff Track Meeting Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Jun 21-23: World Cup Track Round 4, TBC
Jun 23: National Championship & British Cycling Sprinters League Round, Plus Old Ordinary & Veterans Tankard Races, National Derny Paced Championship Meeting Reading
Jun 30: Rounds of British Cycling Youth & Women's Omnium Leagues - Halesowen Track Meeting Halesowen
Jun 29-30: International Track Meeting - Grand Prix of Edinburgh Track Meeting - Inc. British Cycling Grand Prix Sprint Meadowbank, Edinburgh
Jul 6-7: Cardiff International Grand Prix - Inc. British Cycling Grand Prix
Sprint & British Cycling Points Race Maindy Stadium, Cardiff
Jul 13: British Cycling National Omnium Championship & British Cycling Women's Omnium League Round - Scunthorpe Track Meeting Scunthorpe
Jul 14 British Cycling Junior Omnium League Round - Scunthorpe Track Meeting, Scunthorpe
Jul 20: Inter Division/Track League Championship Welwyn Garden City
Jul 16-20 (or 17-21): European Track Championships - Junior, Espoir & Open Buttgen, Germany
Jul 20: British Cycling Youth Track Omnium League Round - Cardiff Track Meeting Track
Jul 27: National 400m Grass Track Championship Heckington, Lincolnshire
Aug 9-11: World Cup Track Round 5, TBC
Aug 17-18: National Madison & Keirin Championships plus Round of British Cycling Junior Omnium League (All on 17th) - Halesowen Summer Track Meeting. Halesowen
Aug 24: National Men's & Women's 800m Grass Track Championships Mildenhall
Aug 21-25: World Junior Track Championships Melbourne, Australia
Aug 26 Sep 1: National Track Championships, TBC
Sep 7-8: Sprinters & Women's Omnium League Rounds - Meadowbank Grand Prix
Track Meeting Meadowbank, Edinburgh
Sep 16-22: World Masters Track Championships, Manchester
Sep 25-29: World Track Championships Copenhagen, Denmark
The ECV Cyclo-Cross is Round 2 in the 2001 New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series and is a one of only a handful of internationally (UCI) sanctioned events in the United States.
Held this Sunday, Oct. 14, it sees some of the world's best cyclocross racers going head-to-head at Stage Fort Park, in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Heading the bunch is World Champion Erwin Vervecken of Belgium, in town for the SuperCup Series. This may well be Vervecken's only trip to the United States, so he's making the most of his weekend in Gloucester by competing in the Verge Series race.
National champions from the United States, Canada, Germany are also likely to be vying for points for international rankings - and competing for $3,500 in prize money.
In Round 1 of the series, Seattle-based racer Jonny Sundt (K2 Bikes) jumped away from the field at the gun. Only Saturn's Tim Johnson, the reigning U.S. National champ from Middletown, Mass., could stick with Sundt's torrid pace at the Lost Valley ski area, but Sundt never relented and crossed the finish line with a four second advantage. Saturn teammate Mark McCormack finished third.
Sundt will be back to defend his Verge leader's jersey, but knows the going will be tough. "Out here, you have to race against the very best the country has to offer," the 27-year-old said last week.
He is concentrating on Sunday's ECV Cross and the 11th Annual Amherst International on Oct. 27 because both are selection events for the U.S. national team that will attend the World Championships. "Getting to the world's - that's my top goal this season," he explained.
Sundt will get a taste of that international competition, with Vervecken, German national champion Tobias Nestle and Canadian champ Peter Wedge all toeing up to the line in Gloucester.
One the women's side, Canadian superstar Lynne Bessette of Saturn wears the leader's jersey after her win at Lost Valley. Bessette established a huge gap early on and won the race going away. California transplant Mary McConnelough rode a gritty race to finish second, and the Jamba Juice rider is ready to snatch the Verge jersey this weekend with a strong ride.
Other competitors hungry for an early season victory at Gloucester include US national masters champion Emily Thorne, Anne Grande, winner of the SuperCup series in 1999 and 2000, and defending Verge champion Carmen (Richardson) D'Alusio.
Two of the Saturn Development Team's rising stars, Oliver-Stiler Cote of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Jesse Anthony of Beverly, Mass., were the class of the junior field in the first Verge race and are looking to repeat their 1-2 finish at Lost Valley. Stiler-Cote wears the Verge leaders jersey, while Anthony has to be content - for now - with the junior national champion jersey.
The ECV Cyclo-Cross kicks off with amateur racing at 10 a.m. The elite women's field gets under way at noon, while the men follow at 1:15 p.m.
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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