Australian Cadel Evans will be the Saeco Macchine per Caffè team leader for the Japan Cup race today. The event is the official end of the 2001 for the Italian team.
For the well known mountain biker, the race is the last event of a successful road season during which he has won the Tour of Austria and the Brixia Tour in Italy. These results have shown that Evans has what it takes to make it as a road racer ,as well as in mountain biking.
These successes have gained Evans a place in the Saeco Macchine per Caffè team for 2002 managed by Claudio Corti.
With Evans at Japan will be German Jorg Ludewig, Massimilano Mori, Alessio Galletti and Biagio Conte . Bruno Vicino will direct the team in Japan. He raced in Japan for two years.
For this years Tour of Bright ( Nov. 3 & 4 ) it has just been decided that due to the large number of 'veteran' grade participants, the grade will be split into two grades ( masters 1,2 and masters 3,4 ,5) Equal prize money will be provided for each grade. This means that the masters 3,4,5 won't be busting their gut just to see a young 'vet' sprint past and take the money!
Entries for the race are open until Monday October 29th. For further details see the Tour of Bright page in Cyclingnews' club section.
David Cabrol has broken the French junior record for the 200 meters at a track meeting in Bordeaux, with a time of 11.187 seconds. Cabrol erases the previous record held by Guillaume Blot in 11.405 seconds, which was established on August 1 2001 in Hyères, France.
In the same meeting, handicapped rider Jean-Baptiste Drieu broke the world hour record for disabled cyclists. Drieu who lost part of his leg in a motor bike accident rode 41.243 kms to establish his world mark. The old record was held by British cyclist Garry Cooper who covered 40.240 kms in the hour.
An international seminar on doping in sport, organised by the Council of Europe called for "cooperation between the governments and the international organisations,' in the battle to stop organised doping of athletes.
At the conclusion of the three day conference, Aytekin Temizer, president Turkish anti- doping centre, stated that "the anti-doping code was to be based on ethical values but also the health of the athletes."
The participants also stressed the need for athletes to be more involve in anti-doping programs and a planned increase in public awareness campaigns in 2002.
Vuelta winner Angel Casero seems to be having trouble making up his mind where to go for next season.
Casero ha been linked to a number of teams for next season, with the strongest past indications pointing to an Italian team. The Spanish rider had said that he would like to ride for an Italian team, possibly Saeco or Lampre, however this now seems in doubt. In an interview with Deporweb.com Casero has said that whilst he was initially confident of signing with an Italian team, now he was no so sure. "A few days ago I knew i would go to an Italian tam, now that is no longer the case," he said.
Casero wasn't keen to elaborate on which team he may go too, but stressed that who ever it was "they all have a position to participate in the Tour". Casero had been linked with Kelme-Costa Blanca, but downplayed it saying that "a lot more has been said that what we have really spoken about, and at the moment nothing has been signed." Kelme have continually downplayed their interest in Casero.
Just to keep the spice levels up, whilst riding with Festina this season, Casero was involved in controversy after reportedly getting assistance from Kelme team doctor Eufemiano Fuentes during the Vuelta. In a perhaps unrelated move, Kelme owner Pepe Quiles has laid down an edict to Fuentes; either work exclusively for us, or not at all. This raises the interesting possibility that if Casero wants to keep Fuentes as his doctor, then he has to ride for Kelme.
With Casero having until the November 15 deadline for transfers to decide his future, he is still unconcerned about his future. "The interest of several teams is there, but it is necessary to see the people inside to see the teams aspirations," he said.
Another, very unsubstantiated, rumor doing the rounds is that either Festina or Liquigas, who have both withdrawn from cycling, were reconsidering and might be about to merge with another team. That team may then get an automatic Tour spot instead of Euskaltel. Euskaltel were expecting to be one of the teams with a confirmed spot at the Tour but this is yet to happen. Euskaltel team boss Miguel Madariaga certainly wasn't scoffing at the runour, mentioning it as a reason for his team not picking up a confirmed place on the Tour. Madariaga said that the final decision on automatic Tour places will be made on November 10, which gives Casero perhaps another option.
Of course, all of this maneuvering may just be a ruse to help negotiations. Don't be surprised if Casero does sign with Lampre. After Gilberto Simoni moved to Saeco and the impending moves of Frank Vandenbroucke and Robert Hunter, Lampre directeur sportif Pietro Algeri needs a big name to lead the team, and he has the budget for Casero.
As calm as he claims to be, the next few days will be very interesting for Casero. His career is riding on it.
Lance Armstrong's US Postal team will lose a little of its Gaelic flavour with Stéphane Barthe becoming the only French rider in the team with the departure of countryman Cédric Vasseur. Vasseur made his displeasure felt at missing a Tour ride this year. In an interview with Le Voix du Nord, Vasseur said that he was quite bitter at being left behind by director Johan Bruyneel. "I am awaiting his explanations," said Vasseur, who added that he should have been wary when Lance Armstrong wished him "good luck" for the French Championship. "I should have taken that as the alternative!" he said.
Barthe had an injury interrupted 2001 after falling in the 47th Four Days of Dunkirk in May, where he broke his arm.
Two time world road race champion Oscar Freire has been feted by thousands of home town fans for his cycling exploits. The city of Torrelavega, Spain put on a big day of festivities for the sporting hero, with more than 5000 people coming out for the occasion.
Torrelavega mayor, Lopez Marcano awarded Freire a medal and made him the " Favorite Son of Torrelavega" which had only previously been awarded in 1905.
The presentation had been delayed two weeks by the death of Friere's grandmother.
Friere has become a favourite of the Spanish sporting public who have taken to the work Friere puts back into the community, and the fact that he can still be found training on local roads, unaffected by his success.
The president of Cantabria, José Joaquín Martínez Sieso, thanked for Friere for donations given to the Cantabrian young people and as "an example of effort and values".
Triple world champion Arnaud Tournant has continued his gold medal run winning the 10th Grand Prix de L'Humanité in Bordeax. Tournant beat Florian Rousseau in the Sprint final with Hervé Gané taking third place.
In the women's event French champion Céline Nivert won from Juliette Vandekerkove and Magali Humbert
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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