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First Edition Cycling News for January 14, 2005

Date published:
January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
  • M Street Racing for 2005

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    January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    The Washington DC-based M Street Racing has announced its complete roster for 2005 cycling season....

    The Washington DC-based M Street Racing has announced its complete roster for 2005 cycling season. The team’s successes in 2004 include first place overall (both in Men’s Cat 3 & 4) in the individual and team rankings for the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association’s (MABRA) Best All-Around Rider Competitions, as well as 2nd overall in the recent 2004 Verge Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Series.

    This year, the team has expanded to include an elite men's squad. New additions to the team include Michael White, 15th in the 2004 USCF Elite National Road Race Championship, Adam Fung, winner of the 2004 MABRA Road Race Championships (Cat 3), and Brian Butts, winner of the 2003 International/Tour de Toona (Cat 3).

    For M Street Racing's complete 2005 roster, please click here.

  • Good Friday Track Meeting restored

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    January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    The Good Friday International Track Meeting will return after a one year break at London's Herne...

    The Good Friday International Track Meeting will return after a one year break at London's Herne Hill Velodrome on Friday, March 25, 2005, as event organiser Graham Bristow announced. After a 'year out', the SCCU are building on the success of the Centenary edition in 2003 and are planning top quality racing to take place on Good Friday 2005, featuring well known stars of road and track. As ever, the meeting will be designed to provide a day of fun and entertainment for all to enjoy. The program will showcase the ever popular 10 Minute Pursuit starring some big names in road racing plus the traditional International Sprint - with sprinters from around the world, to culminate in the lucrative Golden Wheel Scratch Race.

    Supporting events will include the White Hope Sprint for up and coming sprinters, Devil and Points races. A motor-paced event is also planned.

    Tickets will soon be available online & the new Good Friday website has gone live at www.goodfridaymeeting.org.uk

  • Four young riders in T-Mobile development program

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    January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    T-Mobile has created a development programme to bring forward a talented group of international...

    T-Mobile has created a development programme to bring forward a talented group of international riders and support them with the planning, supervision and testing of their training activities. Intense scouting has unearthed four talented young riders, who will now enter the programme initially planned to run over a period of two years: the three Britons Geraint Thomas (18/Junior World Champion 2004 in scratch), Ian Stannard (19/National Junior Time Trial Champion) and Kristian House (24), as well as the Czech rider Martin Mares (22).

    The development riders will be invited to attend training camps, performance tests and races together with the T-Mobile pro riders. The experienced Heiko Salzwedel will act as trainer. The 47 year-old has previously coached top Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen, elite German rider Jens Voigt and he was also national team manager of the British World Class Performance Programme. Salzwedel is currently responsible for coaching development with the UCI and is consultant to the Danish and Chinese national squads.

    Salzwedel will monitor the talented young riders from a distance; the riders will e-mail him their SRM system generated training data, such as heart rate and lactate values. Salzwedel will evaluate these values to formulate training plans that will guide and progress the riders. He will also collaborate closely with club or national coaches and follow the riders’ competitive performances.

    T-Mobile-Team manager Olaf Ludwig views the initiative as an ideal model for sourcing and nurturing a new generation of riders with strong potential. "A young rider needs to follow and adapt to professional training and behaviour patterns before he signs his first professional contract with a ProTour team," he said, adding, "This programme will gradually introduce the riders to higher performance requirements, thus, better preparing them to meet the demands of top professional racing."

    The quartet from England,...

  • Irish return Down Under

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    January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent Whilst Ireland shivers, the...

    By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    Whilst Ireland shivers, the cycling season will start for Ciarán Power and David O’Loughlin in the Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under next Tuesday, January 18 in bright sunshine. Over the next five days, they will be representing the Navigators Insurance outfit form New Jersey in the USA. Whereas Power has been a member of the outfit, O'Loughlin no doubt will sample life as the new kid on the block in their colours. At the moment, both Ciarán and David are in Australia preparing along with Navigators Insurance team-mates Chris Baldwin, Siro Camponogara, Hilton Clarke, Kirk O’Bee, Nathan O'Neill and Phil Zajicek for the 2.HC ranked event in Australia.

    What a difference a year makes for the Connacht participant. This time last year, David O'Loughlin, the current Irish Road Champion, had severed his ties with the professional ranks. He was back home and was going to base his activities for the year from Cong, Co. Mayo. Last season, Mark Scanlon was the flag bearer for AG2R and Connacht at the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under. He was also road champion, but this time around Mark will not be there.

    Surprisingly, David O’Loughlin found early season form in 2004 and was a regular on the national team, which was a bonus. His profile also found new frontiers with a number of prolific wins in UCI recognised races in Belgium, England and Ireland where he won the Murphy & Gunn Shay Elliott Memorial in April.

    From then on, it was a roller coaster number of months, which culminated at the World Championships in Verona, Italy where he had a high placing as he did in Belgium at Zolder in 2002. The hankering to get back into the pro ranks was rewarded when he was taken on board the New Jersey based team Navigators.

    David will wear the distinctive jersey of national...

  • Australia's young track riders take charge in Manchester

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    January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    They were out of the medals or on the bench in Athens, but two of Australia’s younger track riders...

    They were out of the medals or on the bench in Athens, but two of Australia’s younger track riders have shown they are well on the way to leading at the highest level following their performances in the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester. With three gold medals from wins in the 3km individual pursuit, the points and scratch races, Australia’s Katherine Bates was the undisputed star of the three-day Manchester Round of the UCI Track world Cup held last weekend.

    Meanwhile, Scotland's world champion and Olympic gold medallist, Chris Hoy, had Ben Kersten breathing down his neck as the young Australian posted a personal best in the one kilometre time trial (kilo), finishing a close second to the reigning king of the kilo. But it was Bates who impressed in Manchester, taking out all the women's endurance events. The 22 year-old was unbeatable on what has become one of her favourite tracks in the world.

    "I've raced here six times and won five gold and a silver so I'm always happy to line up in Manchester," said Bates, who admits her success came despite her being only 90 percent race fit. "In the individual pursuit my times are not quite up to standard but the win has given me great confidence and has let me see how I am travelling in relation to the other women in the world."

    "She basically blew everyone away in the final sprint," said Australian track coach, Martin Barras, of Bates' ride in the scratch race. "I am extremely happy with her performances and with the way she and Alexis (Rhodes) worked together in the points and scratch races to maximise Australia's chances."

    "The scratch race was pretty cool and it was great to have Alexis helping out," said Bates. "It all came together and it was a great feeling knowing I was stronger than everyone out there on the track. It has given me a huge confidence boost going into World Titles (Los Angeles in March) and...

  • Cofidis affair: French newspaper offices searched

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    January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    On Thursday, January 13, several offices of the French newspapers Le Point and L'Equipe were...

    On Thursday, January 13, several offices of the French newspapers Le Point and L'Equipe were searched simultaneously by Nanterre court investigating judges Katherine Cornier and Isabelle Prévost-Desprez in what is called the Cofidis affair. The judges' mission was to find out how some of the rider questionings and transcripts of phone calls used in the investigation had reached the editorial teams.

    The affair started early last year, when Cofidis rider Philippe Gaumont was charged for doping offenses following the arrest of the team's soigneur, Bogdan Madejak. Although Cédric Vasseur has been cleared of the charges recently, Cofidis went through a difficult year as British time trial specialist David Millar also admitted the use of EPO.

  • Zabel not sure for Tour

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    January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    One of the most consistent riders in the world, German Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) has expressed doubts...

    One of the most consistent riders in the world, German Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) has expressed doubts over his selection to ride this year's Tour de France. In his team's training camp on the Spanish island of Mallorca, Zabel was asked by German news agency dpa whether the selection of riders for the Tour de France was already taking shape. "Of course there is a tendency within the team management," he replied. "We're not a democratic association - the manager will decide. In that case, the buck would be passed on to somebody else: he has to win the Tour."

    Zabel has participated in the Tour de France 11 times. The German won 12 stages at the Tour, and six times the points classification (green jersey). However, no official stement from the team's management has been made over Zabel's inclusion for the Tour de France yet.

    As Zabel's foot fracture has healed, the sprinter is currently shaping up for another big target in 2005, Milano-San Remo. Last year's defeat still weighs heavily on him, as Spaniard Oscar Freire passed him practically on the finish line because the 34 year-old German had raised his arms to celebrate victory, too soon as it turned out. "This defeat keeps following me. It caused more public attention than my four victories there," he said.

  • Tour of Qatar without Armstrong

    Article published:
    January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    The Tour of Qatar, starting January 31 in Doha, Qatar, will take place without Lance Armstrong....

    The Tour of Qatar, starting January 31 in Doha, Qatar, will take place without Lance Armstrong. Despite of his initial plan to make his season' debut in the Middle Eastern country, the father of three chose to stay at home to keep his children.

    Rated Cat. 2.1, the first race on the International calendar will therefore start off without him, but several other top level riders including Tom Boonen (Quick.Step), Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto) and Mario Cipollini (Liquigas-Bianchi) will attend. The race is part of the UCI Asia Tour and traditionally fast, as the parcours does not involve any climbs. The start and finish are located in the capital, Doha.

  • Sunday Times considers appeal in Armstrong case ruling

    Article published:
    January 14, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gerard Knapp

    By Gerard Knapp Times Newspapers Limited is considering seeking permission to appeal against the...

    By Gerard Knapp

    Times Newspapers Limited is considering seeking permission to appeal against the judgment handed down in the British High Court by Mr Justice Eady concerning the libel action brought by six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong against the newspaper.

    The legal department of TNL contacted Cyclingnews to clarify an earlier article published on this web site. The Sunday Times' in-house solicitor, Ms Gillian Phillips, stressed that the case was far from over and that the paper still planned to mount a defense in a trial that is slated to commence in October or November this year.

    Phillips said the paper had 14 to 21 days to consider its appeal, and while admitting that Justice Eady's latest judgment "concerned" the organisation, she claimed the paper still had an array of legal arguments it could forward in its defence. "In fact, the Judge did not throw out the newspaper's whole defence; he struck out the qualified privilege defence and also a pleaded meaning that the article published by The Sunday Times meant no more that there were some questions needing to be investigated," Phillips said.

    "However, the newspaper's defence of justification (truth) remains and the litigation is ongoing. The Sunday Times is considering whether to seek permission to appeal against the Judge's ruling."

    Essentially, the paper has to prove that it did not defame the cyclist with publication of the hard-hitting article that cast doubt on Armstrong's achievements.

    Complicated

    Justice Eady's statement, issued on December 17 last year, is a significant step in the legal process of this complicated libel case. Initiated by Armstrong after the publication of a story in The Sunday Times on June 13, 2004, the article is also an opportunity for the cyclist to name the Irish journalist, David Walsh, author of the controversial book,...