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First Edition Cycling News for April 15, 2005

Date published:
April 15, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Naturino-Sapore di Mare for Giro d'Oro

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    April 15, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Leading Italian-registered Professional Continental Team Naturino-Sapore di Mare at the Giro d'Oro...

    Leading Italian-registered Professional Continental Team Naturino-Sapore di Mare at the Giro d'Oro this Sunday is Francesco Casagrande, who forms part of an eight-rider line-up. The 23rd edition of the Giro d'Oro will begin in Condino and finish 184 kilometres later in Comano Terme.

    Riders: Francesco Casagrande, Valerio Agnoli, Alexander Bazhenov, Sergio Barbero, Alessandro Bertuola, Antonio Murilo Ficher, Massimiliano Gentili, Massimo Iannetti. Reserves: Alessio Galletti and Filippo Simeoni.
    Directtore sportivo: Fabio Becherini

  • Lampre-Caffita behind the Skoda wheel

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    April 15, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Last year's supplier of official vehicles to the Tour de France will also be supplying vehicles to...

    Last year's supplier of official vehicles to the Tour de France will also be supplying vehicles to Italian ProTour team, Lampre-Caffita. Czech car manufacturer Skoda has given 10 vehicles for the squad to use during the 2005 season, with nine Octavia wagons and one top-of-the-line Superb hatchback.

    Giuseppe Saronni, General Manager of the Lampre-Caffita team, said: "It is a sponsorship of great value, and we would like to thank Skoda for their dedication and also in believing in us as a ProTour team." Accompanying Saronni at the car company's Autogerma headquarters was the team's star rider, Damiano Cunego, who added: "The vehicle is fantastic, elegant with lots of space."

    Three of the vehicles will also be equipped with four-wheel drive and an electronic clutch - which may come in handy when driving up the mountain passes in this year's Giro d'Italia.

  • Gerolsteiner, Illes Balears & Quick.Step for Amstel

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    April 15, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Davide Rebellin will be back to defend his crown at Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, with last year's win...

    Davide Rebellin will be back to defend his crown at Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, with last year's win the beginning of a historic triple for 'Tintin', where the 33 year-old went on to take victories in La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, all within the space of a week.

    Gerolsteiner: Heinrich Haussler, Andrea Moletta, Davide Rebellin, Ronny Scholz, Fabian Wegmann, Peter Wrolich, Markus Zberg, Thomas Ziegler
    Directeur-sportif: Christian Henn

    One rider who could definitely make his mark after his excellent performances at the Vuelta a Pais Vasco is Alejandro Valverde from Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne; the team's line-up is as follows:

    Illes Balears: José Luis Arrieta, Chente García, Cayetano Julià, Francisco Mancebo, Vicente Reynés, Alejandro Valverde, Xabier Zandio
    Directeur-sportif: Eusebio Unzúe

    Challenging Rebellin from the Quick.Step camp will be Paolo Bettini, who will head the team's line-up on Sunday. No doubt, the team hopes to continue their brilliant run of success after Tom Boonen's victories at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

    Quick.Step: Paolo Bettini, Ad Engels, Kevin De Weert, Marc Lotz, Filippo Pozzato, Patrik Sinkewitz, Bram Tankink, Rik Verbrugghe
    Directeur-sportif: Serge Parsani

  • Experienced Amstel line-up for T-Mobile

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    April 15, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    T-Mobile is sending a solid and experienced line-up of Classics specialists to contest the Amstel...

    T-Mobile is sending a solid and experienced line-up of Classics specialists to contest the Amstel Gold Race this Sunday, with Alexandre Vinokourov, Matthias Kessler, Steffen Wesemann and Erik Zabel leading the charge.

    For rookie pro Bas Giling, however, the 2005 edition of Amstel will be his first, but the race parcours will be familiar territory for the young Dutchman - he lives just five kilometres from Maastricht and claims to knows every climb and curve along the 250km route that crosses Limburg, the hilly southern region sandwiched between Germany and Belgium.

    "I know every climb on this course. I train regularly on these hills," said Giling, whose strong rides in recent weeks have earned him the nod of approval from sporting director Mario Kummer.

    Kessler has said he feels at home on the rolling parcours, with the 25 year-old German rider finishing fifth and sixth in the last two editions of the race, which starts in Maastricht and finishes in Valkenberg.

    "There is good depth to our challenge," said T-Mobile press officer Luuc Eisenga.

    "In Kessler, we have a rider who has already demonstrated how much he likes the parcours here. But it pays to be cautious. What makes the race so tricky is the fact that you never have more than 5km of flat," he said.

    "The constant changes of direction make it difficult for the riders to know where the wind is coming from," continued Eisenga, who is expecting another gripping finale in the race. "But they have to stay focused, so that they still have enough in the tank for the last climb up the Cauberg."

  • Alby's alright

    No worries, mate: No broken bones for Allan Davis
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    April 15, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    By Anthony Tan Although reported to have broken his collarbone following his crash at last Sunday's...

    By Anthony Tan

    Although reported to have broken his collarbone following his crash at last Sunday's Paris-Roubaix, a few questions were raised when Allan Davis' name was seen just below that of Alessandro Petacchi after Wednesday's opening stage of the Vuelta a Aragon in Spain. So Cyclingnews decided to ask the man himself: miraculous three-day recovery or no broken bones?

    "Nah, I'm alright, mate, no broken bones," said Davis in his typically laid-back Aussie drawl. "Just a bit of niggling with the bruise on my knee, but nothing too drastic... I'm fine, no dramas."

    "I just went down in a wet pavé section, and hit my knee and elbow quite hard," he explained about the pile-up that also took down pre-race favourite Peter Van Petegem (Davitamon-Lotto) in pavé sector 21 at roughly the 128 kilometre mark. "At first, I thought something was wrong with the elbow, but I went and got checked out to make sure nothing was broken, and it turned out to be alright."

    The spill was a bad turn of luck for the 23 year-old Queenslander, who contracted a stomach bug at the Three Days of De Panne two weeks before Roubaix, leaving him below his best for the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem, where he finished 70th place in the latter event, almost seven minutes down on winner Nico Mattan. "Really, the first day I felt okay again was Roubaix," said Davis.

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  • Hondo fired

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    April 15, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    After returning a positive B sample that proved use of the illegal drug Carphedon, Gerolsteiner...

    After returning a positive B sample that proved use of the illegal drug Carphedon, Gerolsteiner rider Danilo Hondo has been fired by team management, effective immediately. Hondo was suspended by his team last Wednesday after twice testing positive during the Vuelta a Murcia in March this year.

    ANP reports the UCI have confirmed the positive test result, with Hondo suspended from racing for two years. According to the UCI's ProTour Code of Ethics - which Team Gerolsteiner is a signed member - the 31 year-old will be prohibited from signing with any ProTour team for another two years, effectively ending his career.

    Said a team statement issued yesterday afternoon: "We regret the personal situation of Danilo Hondo, but stand by our support of all measures against doping, which is also reflected in our contractual agreements [with the UCI]."