Tour de France News for July 1, 2003
Edited by Jeff Jones
US Postal announces Tour team
The US Postal-Berry Floor team for the Tour de France has been finalised,
with Floyd Landis taking the ninth available spot. That means that seven
of the eight teammates that helped Lance Armstrong win his fourth Tour
last year will be back again as Armstrong aims for a record equalling
fifth straight Tour win.
Joining Armstrong will be Russian Viatcheslav Ekimov, Spaniards Roberto
Heras, Manuel Beltran and Jose Luis Rubiera, Americans George Hincapie
and Floyd Landis, Pavel Padrnos of the Czech Republic and Colombian Victor
Hugo Peña. Beltran, a mid-season addition to the team, replaces Luxembourger
Benoît Joachim from last year's Tour roster.
"In my opinion, he's at least as strong as last year," said the team's
director sportif, Johan Bruyneel of Armstrong. "His last race, the Dauphine
Libéré (June 8-15), was a confirmation that he's on track. He did a strong
time trial and defended in the mountains.
"This is more or less the same team as last year, except for Beltran
replacing Benoît. It's a real shame for Benoît because he's been displaying
great condition now and certainly deserved his place on the team. The
choice between him and Floyd was very difficult, but I'm confident that
this year's team is our strongest possible line up," added Bruyneel.
Both Landis and Hincapie overcame injury and illness to make the Tour
de France roster. Landis broke his hip in a January training ride fall
near his home in southern California while Hincapie suffered from a severe
viral and respiratory infection that took him out of many early season
events, including the Classic and World Cup races. Landis returned to
racing in April while Hincapie rejoined the team in mid-May.
"After missing the spring due to illness, George has come back very
strong and showed us at (the Tour of) Catalunya (June 16-22) that we can
count on him," said Bruyneel. "Floyd is in the same situation as George.
He was out for the spring with his hip fracture, worked extremely hard
and proved at the Dauphine that his form is still improving."
Bruyneel added that Heras is "back on the same level as last year" and
is ready for the Tour following a second place finish at Catalunya. Beltran
and Rubiera will join Heras and assist Armstrong in the mountains, while
Ekimov, Padrnos and Peña "have the experience and proved at the Dauphine
that they are ready for the job."
Ludewig gets Saeco's last Tour spot
German Joerg Ludewig has been selected as Saeco's ninth man for its
Tour de France team, getting the nod over sprinter Ivan Quaranta and Andrea
Tonti. "I'm sorry for Quaranta," said team manager Claudio Corti. "But
this time it was purely a technical decision. After the results of the
Giro d’Italia and considering the ride Gilberto Simoni could do in the
Tour, we have decided that it is the right choice. It is not that Quaranta
has been overlooked. We still feel he is one of the strongest sprinters
in the world and we will make sure he gets other chances to show what
he can do."
The full team is: Gilberto Simoni, Danilo Di Luca, Gerrit Glomser, Paolo
Fornaciari, Joerg Ludewig, Fabio Sacchi, Stefano Zanini, Salvatore Commesso,
Wadecki out of Tour
Piotr Wadecki (Quick.Step-Davitamon) will not be taking part in the
Tour de France this year. The Polish rider has had to pull out of the
Grande Boucle after contracting bronchial pneumonia. "During the last
few days, Wadecki has been taking a course of antibiotics in the hope
that he'd be able to recover in time for the Tour, but unfortunately this
hasn't been the case," said team manager Patrick Lefevere. "Davide Bramati,
number one reserve, who has already taken part in Tour de France four
times, will be taking his place."
More Tour teams, Tour
team preview: Part I
Young cyclists debate and parade on Tour
To commemorate the centenary of the Tour de France, and on the eve of
the European Year of Education through Sport 2004, the European Commission,
France's Ministry of Sport, ASO, the Tour organisers and the International
Cycling Union (UCI) have invited young amateur cyclists to Paris for two
days of discussions on the practice and values of sport and questions
relating to professional cycling, and for a parade on the streets of Paris
on the eve of the start of the 2003 Tour. This event, bringing together
current and future champion cyclists, will take place between July 2-4.
"At a time when the Convention on the future of Europe has just been
proposed, including sport in the future European constitution, and with
2004 being the European Year of Education through Sport, the European
Commission wishes to demonstrate, through this action involving young
European sportsmen and women, that it is in favour of sport as a carrier
of educational, social and citizenship values and promotes a European
sporting model based on solidarity between professional and amateur sport",
said Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner responsible for sport.
The team of young cyclists will comprise two representatives from each
participating country (one boy and one girl), i.e. a maximum of 56 young
amateur cyclists aged between 18 and 20. They have been selected by the
national federations, coordinated by the UCI. Their programme will include
The young people will discuss the practice and values of sport in general
and cycling in particular, and the problems linked to the changeover from
amateur to professional. The themes will be: health and working conditions;
education, training and professional reintegration; expectations and responsibilities
for young cyclists in relation to the world of professional cycling.
This will take place on Wednesday July 2 from 15.30 at the French National
Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF, 1 avenue Pierre de Coubertin, Paris).
It will be preceded by an official opening by representatives from the
CNOSF, the European Commission, the UCI, ASO and France's Ministry of
Sport, at the CNOSF from 14.00.
The same themes will be discussed on the following day by young people
with professional cyclists, including French champion Félicia Ballanger
and former Belgian champion Stan Tourné.
The conclusions of the debates will be presented at a press conference
on July 3 at 12:15 at the Tour Village Parc des Expositions "Hall 6" Porte
de Versailles, in the presence of the team of young European amateur cyclists,
Viviane Reding, Jean-François Lamour, France's Minister for Sport, and
the director of the Tour de France, Jean-Marie Leblanc.
A team comprising some of the young amateurs will take part in the parade
and in the official presentation of the Tour teams, which will take place
in the streets and in front of Paris's town hall in the late afternoon
on Friday 4 July.
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