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First Edition Cycling News for April 26, 2005

Date published:
April 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Tour of Shenendoah

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    April 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    John Stevenson

    Athletes and Sponsors for the 2005 Tour of Shenandoah Bicycle Race are announced. The third annual...

    Athletes and Sponsors for the 2005 Tour of Shenandoah Bicycle Race are announced.

    The third annual edition of the Tour of Shenandoah will take place April 27 - May 1 in central Virginia. Among the riders signed up for the six-stage race are 2002 USPRO road race champion Chann McRae (TargeTraining), his team-mate Justin Spinelli and U.S. national team member Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW), better known as a mountain bike racer. Also returning to Virginia to participate is a strong TIAA/CREF team and the Mid-Atlantic's own professional cycling team, Snow Valley presented by Seal-On. Defending champion Scottie Weiss is expected to return with his new Hincapie Sportswear teammates. Weiss has won the two previous editions of the Tour of Shenandoah. The event will also see participation of teams from Canada, and of athletes from such far-flung locales as Belarus and New Zealand.

    Stages

    Stage 1 - April 27: Massanutten Resort Time Trial, 3 miles
    Stage 2 - April 27: Harrisonburg Criterium, 30 miles
    Stage 3 - April 28: Staunton to The Homestead Road Race, 75 miles
    Stage 4 - April 29: Homestead to Bedford Road Race, 102 miles
    Stage 5 - April 30: Lexington to Waynesboro Road Race, 60 miles
    Stage 6 - May 1: Ed Elliott Memorial Criterium, 30 miles

    For more information see www.tourofshenandoah.com.

  • New Zealand announces track coach

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    April 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    John Stevenson

    New Zealand's cycling federation, BikeNZ has announced the appointment of Terry Gyde to the...

    New Zealand's cycling federation, BikeNZ has announced the appointment of Terry Gyde to the long-term position of national track cycling coach. According to the organisation, Gyde was selected after an interview process that attracted applicants from around the world. He will start in the role on June 1.

    Gyde has been coaching for over 15 years, and recently coached the New Zealand team at the Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles in March. There the team produced top six finishes in all but one event and Greg Henderson narrowly missed retaining his scratch world champion title.

    Gyde is the fifth person recruited by BikeNZ this year, and joins national road cycling coach Jacques Landry in the high performance team directed by Michael Flynn.

  • Athens Twilight adds qualifiers

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    April 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    John Stevenson

    The Athens Twilight Criterium is always one of the high points of the US crit season, with tens of...

    The Athens Twilight Criterium is always one of the high points of the US crit season, with tens of thousands of fans lining the street of Athens Georgia for one of the US scene's biggest cycling street parties. This year's event on Saturday April 30 promises to be no exception, and to spread festivities over more of the weekend, organizers have introduced two new events to this year's race, the Computrainer Qualifiers on Friday, April 29 and the Sprint Backstretch, during Saturday's crit.

    The Computrainer Qualifiers will see the pro men compete for starting positions in the criterium with a 10km time trial, conducted in heats of eight riders. Each heat winner on Friday night qualifies for the final race for $2,000.

    The Sprint Backstretch is a point-a-lap sprint on the backside of the criterium course. Points will be awarded on each lap. At the end of the race, the rider with the most points wins. Payout is $500, three-deep.

    Among the pro racers set to contend the criterium are 2004 winner Brice Jones of Jelly Belly-Pool Gel pb Aramark and two-time champion Gord Fraser of Health Net pb Maxxis.

    Jones, who won last year in a two-man break, will return this year with team-mates Danny Pate, Kirk Albers and David McCook. Fraser will be looking to set a record with a third official Twilight victory and fourth unofficial win. To date, only Fraser and Danny Clark have ever won Athens Twilight twice; Fraser in 2000 and 2002, and Clark in 1980 and 1981. Health Net riders Ivan Dominguez, Michael Sayers, Justin England, John Lieswyn, and Greg Henderson are also expected to be on the line.

    For more information see www.athenstwilight.com.

  • De Weert takes break with knee problem

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    April 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    John Stevenson

    Quick-Step rider Kevin De Weert is taking a break from racing to allow a niggling knee problem to...

    Quick-Step rider Kevin De Weert is taking a break from racing to allow a niggling knee problem to heal. De Weert fell on his right knee in Dwars door Vlaanderen on March 23 and while he was able to ride Brabantse Pijl four days later without problems, he developed pain in the joint while on a March 30 reconnaissance ride for the Tour of Flanders. He was told by his doctor to rest before Vuelta al Pais Vasco but began to feel pain again in the final time trial.

    The problem flared up again at Amstel Gold (April 17) and so De Weert gave Fleche Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège a miss. He has now decided to also skip the Giro d'Italia to give the problem joint a chance to fully heal.

  • Renshaw conquers health problems to ride Giro

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    April 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    John Stevenson

    Young Australian Francaise des Jeux rider Mark Renshaw will be on the start line when the Giro...

    Young Australian Francaise des Jeux rider Mark Renshaw will be on the start line when the Giro d'Italia starts in Reggio Calabria on May 7. It will be the first grand tour for the 22 year-old from Bathurst in the New South Wales country town of Bathurst, but it looked for a while last year as though his cycling career might be over before it started.

    In December Renshaw underwent an operation to his back to correct a long-time problem that was gradually worsening, causing the muscles in one leg to wither and beginning to affect his ability to move his toes.

    "Few would know about the stress that Mark faced in the big events last year," said Bathurst Cycling Club President Mark Windsor. "He was in pain, and was having trouble getting power to the pedal. He is a different person now both physically and mentally."

    Just weeks after the operation, Renshaw was back on the bike, finishing in the top ten at the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under.

    "I couldn't believe it" said Mark's father Mick. "We where still debating weather Mark should be riding at all, and he finished 9th in Australia's biggest cycling event."

    Since then, Renshaw has returned to France with his team and on April 14 finished second behind Jimmy Casper in the Grand Prix de Denain. The recovery, it seems, is complete. Windsor for one, says it was to be expected. "As a junior Mark's advantage over other cyclists seemed to be the way he responded and adapted to training stress, so in hindsight it's probably not surprising that Mark's recovery was so good," said Windsor. "It has been great following his improvement this year."

  • Spuik for Castilla y León

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    April 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    John Stevenson

    The Spuik team has announced its line up for the Vuelta Ciclista a Castilla y León, Spain, April...

    The Spuik team has announced its line up for the Vuelta Ciclista a Castilla y León, Spain, April 27-May 1. The team will field: Pedro Romero Ocampo, Jesús Pérez Priego, Alfonso Rodríguez García, Ángel Rodríguez García, Enrique Salgueiro Alonso, Fernando Torres Martín, Aitor Pérez Arrieta, and Jorge Ferrío Luque.

    Spuik will be one of 15 teams in the Vuelta Ciclista a Castilla y León, along with Comunidad Valenciana, Kaiku, Relax-Fuenlabrada, Catalunya-Angel Mir, Andalucía-Paul Versan, Orbea, the Spanish national team, AG2R Prevoyance (France), Team Barloworld-Valsir (Britain), Tenax-Nobili Rubinetterie (Ireland), Barbot-Pascoal (Portugal), La Aluminios-Liberty Seguros (Portugal), Milaneza-Maia (Portugal), and Lokomotiv (Russia)

    Stages

    Stage 1 - April 27: Astorga - Astorga, 142.2km
    Stage 2 - April 28: Astorga - Zamora, 168.2km
    Stage 3 - April 29: Zamora - Toro time trial, 45.4km
    Stage 4 - April 30: Zamora - Salamanca, 181.2km
    Stage 5 - May 1: Salamanca - Alto de La Covatilla, 144.7km

  • Teams for Circuit de Lorraine

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    April 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    John Stevenson

    The Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and RAGT Semences teams have announced their line-ups for the Circuit de...

    The Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and RAGT Semences teams have announced their line-ups for the Circuit de Lorraine, April 27-30.

    Landbouwkrediet-Colnago will field: Ludovic Capelle, Maxime Monfort, Sergey Lagutin, Jurgen Van Loocke, Sven Renders, and Steve Cummings.

    RAGT Semences will be represented by: Emilien Benoit Bergès, Eric Berthou, Xavier Hérinne, Guillaume Lernould, Benjamin Levécot, and Eddy Seigneur.

  • Tour de Romandie news

    Joseba Beloki (Liberty- Seguros)
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    April 26, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    John Stevenson

    For many riders the Tour of Romandie, which runs from today to May 1, is a final warm-up for the...

    Handover for Liberty Seguros

    For many riders the Tour of Romandie, which runs from today to May 1, is a final warm-up for the Giro d'Italia, but for the Liberty Seguros team it represents a handover event. Most of Liberty Seguros' riders at Romandie will take a break after May 1, concluding their spring campaign, except for one: Joseba Beloki will go on to the Giro.

    Liberty directeur sportif Manolo Saiz expects a "complicated" tour. "We will come up against everyone who is coming into better form for the Giro, while we are suffering from weariness at the end of the first [racing] cycle, with our sights already on the Tour de France," he said.

    Saiz believes the Giro will be decided in the second and third weeks, which is why he is not sending his Giro team to Romandie. Instead, he expects they will ride themselves into form in the Giro's first week after slightly less preparation.

    For Beloki, it's his second attempt this year at a comeback, after he dropped out of the Vuelta a Murcia and Tirreno-Adriatico with respiratory infections. Beloki has just completed four days of training in the Pyrenees but says he is "calm" and has no aspirations at Romandie beyond, "helping my team-mates, because the team is good and can do important things. My aims are beyond, in the Giro d'Italia."

    Liberty Seguros for Tour de Romandie: Joseba Beloki, Alberto Contador, David Etxebarria, Roberto Heras, Jörg Jaksche, Sergio Paulinho, Marcos Serrano and Ángel Vicioso.

    Guerini and Klier head T-Mobile

    T-Mobile directeur sportif Frans van Looy says the team has selected "a good blend of young and experienced riders" for the Tour de Romandie, headed by veteran Italian Giuseppe Guerini and Andreas Klier. Guerini is fine-tuning his form ahead of a possible start in the Giro d'Italia, while Klier is on the comeback trail after falling at Gent-Wevelgem and finishing second three days before at the Tour of Flanders.

    Van Looy...