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Cycling News Extra for September 26, 2005

Date published:
September 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • 99 doping controls in Madrid

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    September 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hernan Alvarez Macias

    UCI doping control officials have tested a total of 99 blood samples during the World Championships...

    UCI doping control officials have tested a total of 99 blood samples during the World Championships in Madrid, 40 of which were taken on Saturday, at the evening before the Elite men road race. The countries concerned by the testing were Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Germany, but all results were negative.

    Nevertheless, four riders were declared unfit to start at the other races of the World Champs. Two Bulgarians and two young Slovenians were taken out of the competitions this week.

  • Antequera retires with another success

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    September 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Hernan Alvarez Macias Spain’s team selector Francisco 'Paco' Antequera managed his last race in...

    By Hernan Alvarez Macias

    Spain’s team selector Francisco 'Paco' Antequera managed his last race in that capacity today at the World’s in Madrid. Alejandro Valverde’s silver medal gave Antequera an amazing number of eleven medals as a coach in nine World Championships since his first in San Sebastian 1997.

    Spain won five gold medals (Olano in 1998, Freire in 1999, Freire in 2001, Astarloa in 2003 and Freire in 2004), four silver medals and two bronze medals under his management, which is something very few coaches can say of themselves. On the Spanish Cycling Federation web site, Antequera said today, "This medal tasted like glory. I’m very happy to win at home because the silver medal is as much a success as would be a golden one. I don’t have words to give my thanks to the whole team, from riders to technicians. This is my last World’s and my goodbye is definite. There’s no way back."

  • Missed opportunity for Rodriguez

    Saul Raisin (USA)
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    September 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    U.S. national team leader Fred Rodriguez (Emeryville, Calf.) missed out on the sprint for the...

    U.S. national team leader Fred Rodriguez (Emeryville, Calf.) missed out on the sprint for the rainbow jersey, finishing in a group of 39 riders that rode in 25 seconds off the pace of winner Tom Boonen of Belgium in the Elite men's road race of the 2005 World Championships in Madrid.

    "Basically, I was supposed to be doing the sprint," Rodriguez said of the team's pre-race plan. "The last hill was pretty tough and I basically hung out with McEwen and Petacchi and made it over the top in the front group and then somewhere on the flat roads it split apart."

    Despite missing the split of 17 riders that regained contact with the lead group of six just before the line, Rodriguez initially thought he was in good shape given the company in his group. "I was still in a good place with Petacchi and all his guys, and McEwen and all the Australians, but I never made it back on. All of the sudden, there was a little hesitation and it was game over."

    USA Cycling U23 National Team alumni Saul Raisin (Dalton, Ga.) was a major contributor to the team's agenda today after spending four-and-a-half hours in a breakaway. Raisin attacked with his usual teammate on the French-based Credit Agricole team, Dmitriy Muravyev (Kazakhstan), and increased their advantage on the main group to almost 12 minutes with the help of Juan Carlos Lopez (Colombia) before the trio was caught with three laps remaining.

    Only three Americans were in the mix in the final laps as Rodriguez had assistance from teammates John Lieswyn (Ames, Iowa) and Italian-American Guido Trenti (Natick, Mass.). Christian Vande Velde (Boulder, Colo.) was scratched from the race before the start due to illness, leaving the U.S. squad at a numerical disadvantage with just seven starters to most of the other strong nations' nine.

    Other riders who competed, but did not finish were Jason McCartney (Coralville, Iowa), Patrick McCarty...

  • Australia tops World's medals

    Matt Hayman (Australia)
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    September 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Australia has ended the 2005 Road Cycling World Championships in Madrid on top of the medal table...

    Australia has ended the 2005 Road Cycling World Championships in Madrid on top of the medal table after scoring a podium place in all three divisions. The six gold medals awarded this week went to six different nations with Australia and Spain (three silver medals) the only nations to collect three medals.

    Canberra's Michael Rogers, 25, claimed the gold medal to become to the first rider in history to achieve three time trial World Titles in a row while in the women's ranks, world ranked number one and reigning World Cup Champion, Oenone Wood, 25, sprinted home for bronze in the road race. Victorian teenager Will Walker, 19, scored a silver medal in the U23 road race, the first time Australia has medalled in that division on the road.

    Australia had hoped to wrap up the Championships with another medal in the men's road race but it was not to be despite the best laid plans of the nine member strong Australian line up. At the end of the 13 lap, 273 km-race Belgian Tom Boonen sprinted home to claim the World Champion's rainbow jersey ahead of Alejandro Valverde of Spain and Anthony Geslin of France.

    Robbie McEwen finished 30th in the main field after missing a vital break of 25 riders that formed on the last lap. "It was to be expected they would throw everything into the attacks in the last lap and on the climb was when it happened," said McEwen, who although expecting the split was unable to go with it. "We were hanging about 100 m behind and no one was left who could or would close the gap. I was with (rival sprinters) (Erik) Zabel and (Alessandro) Petacchi and there was no one to close it down.

    "Four kilometres to go we realised it was all over and that's the way the race went," he added. "The guys in our team did a great job but I just wasn't able to follow the 25 best guys uphill the last time. So that's racing."

    Cycling Australia's Professional Coordinator Neil Stephens, who was the director of the team for the race,...

  • UCI rankings post-World's

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    September 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hernan Alvarez Macias

    Following the World Championships in Madrid, the UCI has updated its rankings for ProTour men and...

    Following the World Championships in Madrid, the UCI has updated its rankings for ProTour men and Elite Women. As expected, Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas-Bianchi) keeps his number one spot in the men's rankings, even though Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) has jumped up from 10th to 2nd after his win today. However, this was Boonen's last hurrah this season, and he won't challenge Di Luca in the remaining three races, two of which are suited to Di Luca anyway.

    In the women's rankings, Oenone Wood (Nürnberger) has finished on top of the rankings after another superbly consistent season. She won the World Cup overall and finished third in the World Championships, giving her nearly a 200 point lead over Susanne Ljungskog (Buitenpoort) and over 300 points over Judith Arndt (Nürnberger). World Champ Regina Schleicher (also Nürnberger) is sixth on the rankings now.

    In the teams and nations rankings, CSC and Italy hold sway in the men's, while Germany and Nürnberger top the women's points.

    Rankings as of September 25, 2005