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First Edition Cycling News for April 4, 2007

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April 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
  • Fantasy Ronde van Vlaanderen - Play the Game!

    With a Specialized S-Works Roubaix bicycle up for grabs
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    April 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Greg Johnson & Ben Abrahams

    The Ronde van Vlaanderen this Saturday marks the second of the Fantasy Spring Classics games on...

    The Ronde van Vlaanderen this Saturday marks the second of the Fantasy Spring Classics games on offer this year. There's still plenty of time to enter your team/s. All you need to do to take part is register and select eight riders before the real live race starts. The provisional rider list has been uploaded to our servers. If you've played the game before you'll notice we've also added some new features to the game this time around. We've improved the online stats so you can now see in detail which riders scored best in the game last year. You can also look up previous player's winning teams. We've also added new ways to communicate with your fellow players from around the world. Have a look and see now!

    Why should you play this year? - You can win a Specialized S-Works Roubaix bicycle in Quick Step - Innergetic colors equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace components and S-Works FACT over-sized carbon crank and bottom bracket worth $6000 USD! That's not all you could win in this year's Fantasy games: to celebrate our fifth year of Fantasy games the Spring Classics will also be featuring some top runners-up prizes.

    Maxxis join the prize line-up

    We have 10 pairs of Columbiere tyre from Maxxis - named after the penultimate climb on the 2002 Tour de France, the Columbiere is designed for true road racing enthusiasts. It's the tire of choice for the Health Net presented by Maxxis professional cycling team in the USA, and on Cyclingnews.com, tech editor James Huang rated the tire 4.5 out of 5 stars in one his full-blown 'torture tests'. If Doc Jones can get over 4000km out of a lightweight racing tire, imagine what you'll get.

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  • Giro del Friuli Venezia Giulia organisers left with tough decision

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    April 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Greg Johnson & Ben Abrahams

    Organisers of the Italian Giro del Friuli Venezia Giulia stage race have an unusual problem: too...

    Organisers of the Italian Giro del Friuli Venezia Giulia stage race have an unusual problem: too many teams want to contest this year's event from May 9-13. Event organisers received the first entry for this year's event from Dutch team Van Vliet-Ebh-Advocaten last August, and since then a massive 48 teams from around the world have applied for an entry in the UCI 2.2 race.

    In addition to the local Italian squads, some 23 international teams have applied to compete, including America's BMC Racing Team and Japan's Nippo - Meitan Hompo - Hasada.

    Organisers are now faced with the task of cutting the 49 entries back to a more desirable number for this year's event.

    Full list of entries for this year's race:
    Van Vliet-Ebh-Advocaten (Holland), Continental Cycling Team Differdange (Luxembourg), Unione Ciclisti Trevigiani (Italy), Team Fidibc.com (Switzerland), Federazione Ciclistica Ukraine (Ukraine), Permac Cardin Bibanese (Italy), Ac Sparta Praha (Czech Republic), Radenska Powerbar (Slovenia), Massi Team (Italy), Filmop Sorelle Ramonda Parolin (Italy), Nht Team (Belgium), Marchiol Ima Famila Liquigas (Italy), Kazakistan (Kazakistan), Bk Puris Kamen (Croatia), Eurobike Oliver Ogar (Italy), Uc Basso Piave Tms Spinazzè (Italy), Gc Feralpi (Italy), Sc Etruria Team Ciaponi Edilizia (Italy), Team Sc Spercenigo (Italy), Gs Podenzano (Italy), Team Aurora Named Tad (Italy), Team Gls Cycling (Denmark), Gs Concrete San Marco Caneva (Italy), Vc Mantovani Rovigo (Italy), Sc Fwr Bata (Italy), Cycling Team Friuli (Italy), Us Fracor (Italy), Uc Palazzago Saclà Maiet Ab Isolanti (Italy), Gs Zalf Desirée Fior (Italy), Team Pz Racing (Germany), Nippo - Meitan Hompo - Hasada (Japan), Asd Alba Ciclismo Team - Team Tata (Italy), Dinamo Bucuresti (Romania), Gs Ediltecnica Vc Eupilio (Italy), Team Cornix - Nazionale Ungherese (Hungary), Ck Cerveny Rak - Nazionale Slovacca (Slovakia), Cycling Team of Serbia (Serbia), Boyaca Marche...

  • Relax-Gam announce GP Miguel Indurain roster

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    April 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Greg Johnson & Ben Abrahams

    Spanish Professional Continental squad Relax-Gam has announced the 10 riders which it will enter in...

    Spanish Professional Continental squad Relax-Gam has announced the 10 riders which it will enter in this Saturday's GP Miguel Indurain. The squad's roster for the UCI 1.HC event will be lead by Óscar Sevilla and Paco Mancebo.

    Full roster: Óscar Sevilla, Paco Mancebo, Ángel Vicioso, Santi Pérez, Raúl García, Óscar García, Jorge García, Julián Sánchez, Denis Kudashev, and José Miguel Elías

  • Backstedt to lead Liquigas babies at Settimana Lombarda

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    April 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Greg Johnson & Ben Abrahams

    He may only be 32 years-old, but Liquigas rider Magnus Backstedt will be the captain and veteran of...

    He may only be 32 years-old, but Liquigas rider Magnus Backstedt will be the captain and veteran of the Italian ProTour team's roster at the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda. Backstedt and 26 year-old Alessandro Vanotti head to the Italian event with the job of nurturing their younger teammates through the UCI 2.1 race.

    Joining the pair will be Eros Capecchi, 20, Dario Cataldo, 21, Francesco Failli, 23, and Roman Kreuziger 20.

  • Pendleton to appear at Good Friday meeting

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    April 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Greg Johnson & Ben Abrahams

    Just one week after taking three gold medals at the 2007 World Track Championships in Majorca,...

    Just one week after taking three gold medals at the 2007 World Track Championships in Majorca, Victoria Pendelton will appear at this week's Good Friday International Track meeting in London. While the British rider wont compete at the event, she will carry out a lap of honour and be on hand for prize presentations throughout the day.

    While Pendleton, who took gold in the women's individual and team sprints as well as the keirin last weekend, may not be competing fellow British rider and world championship gold medalist Bradley Wiggins will be taking to the bike. Wiggins, who won gold in the individual and team pursuits in Majorca, will mix it with the locals in the 10 minute pursuit at this Friday's event, to be held at the Herne Hill Velodrome in South London.

  • Cooke delighted with strong season start

    A lonely Nicole Cooke (Raleigh Lifeforce)
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    April 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Greg Johnson & Ben Abrahams

    British rider Nicole Cooke is delighted with her season to date, after taking her fourth victory of...

    British rider Nicole Cooke is delighted with her season to date, after taking her fourth victory of the year at last weekend's Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy. The 23 year-old rider started the season on a high note in Australia where she took victory in both the Geelong Tour and World Cup Race before going on to claim the top spot at the Trofeo Costa Etrusca.

    "I could hardly have hoped for a better start to the season, with one tour and three one day victories by the 1st of April," said Cooke following her win on the weekend. "But as you know road racing is very complex and tactical. It's nearly impossible to win as a lone rider against other teams, so my wins are victories for the Raleigh-Lifeforce team."

    "This was an outstanding performance from the whole team and I'm just delighted that I can reward their efforts with the win," she added.

    Cooke rode home alone at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, some 42 seconds ahead of nearest rival Giorgia Bronzini of Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan.

    In addition to her own performance, Cooke said she was pleased with the overall effort her squad as put in to date, particularly the efforts of two fellow British riders who are following in the reigning World Cup champion's footsteps.

    "We have some new riders this year including two Brits Tanja Slater and Anneliese Hurd who are learning about road racing," noted Cooke. "They have settled in very well and I am very impressed with both of them. They are applying themselves as proper professionals and living the life correctly."

  • Euskaltel Euskadi rides País Vasco route

    Mikel Astarloza and his teammates
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    April 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Greg Johnson & Ben Abrahams

    Spanish-registered ProTour squad Euskaltel Euskadi has completed a training session in the Basque...

    Spanish-registered ProTour squad Euskaltel Euskadi has completed a training session in the Basque country where next week's 47th Vuelta al País Vasco will take place. During the training ride the team passed over the final 55 kilometres of the second day's stage from Urretxu - Karrantza.

    Spanish riders Samuel Sanchez, Mikel Astarloza, Iñigo Landaluze, Aitor Hernandez, Gorka Twig, Jorge Azanza, Rubén Perez and Venezuelan Unai Etxebarria all took part in the training ride ahead of next week's six-day ProTour event.

    "A already knew the layout previously," said Sanchez after the ride. "It is very winding, many dangerous curves, slopes…as it rains it can be a stage with many alternatives and very exciting."

    The team's general manager Miguel Madariaga and team managers Igor González de Galdeano, Jon Odriozola and Gorka Gerrikagoitia worked together on formulating and supervising the training day in order to have the riders completely prepared for the Basque event.

    "Valverde, by the quality that he has, is another safe value," said Sanchez of who he thinks will be the rider to beat. "As for me, I am well, I have trained hard and now I must demonstrate it on the highway. To always win is difficult, we do not forget it, but the equipment plays a great role and we are ambitious. After all, it is our race."

    González de Galdeano said he believes Sanchez is in good form and will have a chance of winning at the event and also outlined the importance of the race to the squad.

    "It is the most important competition in the first fourth month period [of the season]," he explained. "Therefore, we want to do it well in front of our fans. We have worked to arrive at a good moment and with a square of guarantees, with safe values like Etxebarria, Astarloza, Landaluze or Verdugo and young people like Azanza or Hernandez ."

    Madariaga added: "This year we have prepared with more illusion and more...