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First Edition Cycling News for January 24, 2007

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January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
  • Sharp to head USAC junior development

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    January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    USA Cycling has named Ben Sharp as its Junior Endurance Program Manager responsible for the junior...

    USA Cycling has named Ben Sharp as its Junior Endurance Program Manager responsible for the junior road program and national team selection. Sharp, an eight-time US national champion, has previously served as head cycling coach at the University of Indiana as well as director of operations for Cadence Cycling & Multisport Centers in Philadelphia.

    "As a former school teacher and elite cyclist, I hope to encourage participation in the sport and create an environment where every Junior National Team member will be able to flourish," said Sharp. "A smooth transition into the U23 program is the mid-term sporting goal for most of the athletes, so I hope to arm them with the tools vital to surviving and prospering in the program."

    Before guiding other athletes, Sharp had his own success in cycling, winning the 2001 US criterium championship plus eight collegiate national titles on the track.

  • USA Cycling to fund centers of excellence

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    January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    USA Cycling has announced that it will award eight cash grants to regional athlete development...

    USA Cycling has announced that it will award eight cash grants to regional athlete development programs to aid the development of young cyclists through its Center of Excellence program. The grants are funded by the USA Cycling Development Foundation and have been awarded to non-profit organisations with the ability to produce cyclists fit for international competition. Among the recipients are several first-time winners alongside some more established programs.

    The Lehigh Wheelmen Future Champions of Pennsylvania has produced high-calibre cyclists over the past three decades including those winning national titles, Pan American Championships and Olympic medals. The club hosts 10 races each seasons and provides training and support to junior riders.

    Another repeat winner, Rad Racing of Olympia, will continue to expand its programs for junior and under 23 riders in the Seattle area. In 2006 Rad Racing sent riders to national championships in road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross, winning one national title and eight medals.

    Other programs receiving grants are the Northern California High School Mountain Bike League, the Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown, PA, the Orlando Road Club, XXX Racing in Chicago, the Vermont-based Team Bliss and the Des Moines Cycle Club.

  • DFL-Cyclingnews announce program

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    January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    The DFL-Cyclingnews team received an attractive program for the Spring classics. Team leader Nico...

    The DFL-Cyclingnews team received an attractive program for the Spring classics. Team leader Nico Mattan will start his season on February 14 in the Tour du Mediteranée; afterwards the 35 year-old will guide his new teammates towards the Belgian opening weekend (Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne) on March 3 - 4.

    DFL-Cyclingnews' program then continues with the GP Samyn, Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, E3-prijs Harelbeke, Driedaagse De Panne/Koksijde and concludes with the ProTour race Gent-Wevelgem. BD

  • Milram for Qatar

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    January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    Alessandro Petacchi and his new "train" will be testing themselves in one of the first race of the...

    Alessandro Petacchi and his new "train" will be testing themselves in one of the first race of the season. The team announced its line-up for the Tour of Qatar, noting that: "the main thing for Team Milram is to prepare the sprint finishes for Alessandro Petacchi."

    The Tour of Qatar starts Sunday, January 28, with a 6 km team time trial.

    Team Milram's Qatar roster:
    Alessandro Petacchi, Marco Velo, Fabio Sacchi, Alberto Ongarato, Marcel Sieberg, Christian Knees, Alessandro Cortinovis, and Volodymyr Diudia.

  • Ludewig: Everyone is motivated

    Ludewig spent most of 2006 training,
    Article published:
    January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    Team Wiesenhof-Felt's three-week training camp on Mallorca was a great success according to Jörg...

    Team Wiesenhof-Felt's three-week training camp on Mallorca was a great success according to Jörg Ludewig. "In those three weeks we became a tightly-knit group," he noted. "Everyone is motivated, everyone gives their all, everyone supports each other. We'll be able to accomplish a lot with this kind of team spirit."

    The German rider joined the professional continental team after spending a year with Team T-Mobile. "Mallorca was great," he said. "You get a good mood immediately from that super weather and the spring-like temperatures."

    The riders weren't there for vacation, though, putting in 3340 kilometers during their stay. "You can't compare that to the winter training at home by us in Germany," added Ludewig. "With that kind of mileage you can really feel how you improve every day."

    Ludewig, 32, shared a room with former T-Mobile teammate Steffen Wesemann. "Although we've both been on the cycling circuit for a number of years and were together at T-Mobile last year, I've gotten to know 'Wese' all over again in these days," Ludewig said. "It's good for the mood in the team, when the 'old hands' like 'Wese', Olaf Pollack and i can fulfill our leadership role for the younger riders on the one hand, but at the same time can help bring an easy-going and relaxed mood." SW

  • Teutenberg going for World Cup wins

    Ina Yoko Teutenberg
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    January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    By Shane Stokes T-Mobile rider Ina Yoko Teutenberg has said that she is to target World Cup wins...

    By Shane Stokes

    T-Mobile rider Ina Yoko Teutenberg has said that she is to target World Cup wins again this season, having taking victories in Geelong and Rotterdam last year.

    "The World Cups are the target," she told Cyclingnews at the team training camp in Cala Serena, Mallorca. "I can do well there. I am probably going to be fit early in the year and I will try to hold form until the Giro, then take little bit of a break before doing the second part of the season. I would like to win Philadelphia again."

    Teutenberg and the ten other riders on the women's team underwent low heart-rate endurance training on the camp, as well as doing a lot of core bodywork in the gym. She said that she is satisfied with how things went.

    "It was a bit busy at the start but it was good. It was fun. It was pretty much the same as last year, although for me, it wasn't as stressful this time. I think the atmosphere amongst the girls is better this year, so it has been more fun. That's probably due to the new faces, and the fact that the girls are very motivated."

    After a quick trip back to Germany, the 32 year-old was due to fly out to Australia on Sunday, and will continue her pre-season preparations there. "I will keep taking things easy for now and then closer to the Geelong World Cup race I will go on probably one bunch ride a week, which is really intense. It is pretty much a bike race. Apart from that, I will still do lots of endurance.

    "The Geelong Tour gives a good three days to build race fitness for the World Cups. That worked out really well last year so hopefully it will be the same again this time round."

    Teutenberg finished second behind Nicole Cooke in the 2006 World Cup, with 311 points to Cooke's title winning 473 points.

    A full interview with Ina Yoko Teutenberg will appear soon on Cyclingnews.

  • Big changes at Wiesenhof

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    January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    By Susan Westemeyer Team Wiesenhof-Felt has joined the ranks of teams making major changes for the...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Team Wiesenhof-Felt has joined the ranks of teams making major changes for the 2007 season, introducing new sponsors, headquarters and many new riders. The team introduces all of the new aspects at its team presentation Tuesday in Karlsruhe, Germany.

    "Wiesenhof is going into its seventh year of competition with its professional cycling team. The past seaosn was without doubt the most successful in the team's history. We hope to duplicate those successes this year, and that the 'seven-year itch' will work to our advantage," said Dr Ingo Stryck, marketing director for the sponsor Wiesenhof.

    Nearly two-thirds of the team is new, 10 of 16 riders. The biggest name newcomer is Steffen Wesemann, who won the Ronde von Vlaanderen in 2004 and won the Peace Race overall title five times. He will lead the team in the Spring Classics, and the professional continental team already has invititations for the Ronde von Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold. It will also appear in the German races Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, the Deutschland Tour, Rund um den Henninger Turm and Rund um Köln.

    Wesemann is joined by former T-Mobile teammates Olaf Pollack, Jörg Ludewig, and Bas Giling. Pollack will be the team's new number one sprinter, in place of Gerald Ciolek, who took Pollack's place at T-Mobile this season.

    "I'm sure that we will be able to ride along with the best, with our world-class riders and rising young talents," said Sport Director Jens Heppner. "The guys have the potential and will bring in some wins for us."

    The new name co-sponsor is also the team's new bike supplier, FELT. "For the first time, we are providing a professional German team with our bikes," said Marketing Director Stefan Scheitz. "We hope for feedback from this cooperation, but on the other hand, we are also looking forward already to the successes of our top riders." Another new sponsor is the Messe Karlsruhe, the city's convention...

  • Lefevere rebuts, plans massive lawsuit

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    January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Embattled Quick Step director Patrick Lefevere has officially responded to allegations made by...

    Embattled Quick Step director Patrick Lefevere has officially responded to allegations made by Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, announcing his planned course of action, while Belgian sources are reporting a massive lawsuit has already been filed by Lefevere. The statement, released through Quick Step's PR manager Alessandro Tegner, is as follows:

    As a result of an article published today in the Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper, retaining it to be without foundation and extremely detrimental to both my personal and professional image, that of the people that currently work or that have worked with me during the past years, I'd like to announce that I have contacted my lawyer in order to act against the authors of the above said article with the objective of defending my rights.

    Thank you for your attention

    Patrick Lefevere

    Following the series of article published by the paper, titled "Patrick Lefevere, 30 years of doping", Belgian news outlets have reported that a lawsuit against the paper has already been filed, with some reporting a damages claim of a whopping €50,000,000.

  • Museeuw admits to dishonesty, resigns from Quick Step

    Johan Museeuw at a press conference in Kortrijk, Belgium
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    January 24, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé

    By Brecht Decaluwé Quick Step-Innergetic's public relations officer Johan Museeuw has confessed to...

    By Brecht Decaluwé

    Quick Step-Innergetic's public relations officer Johan Museeuw has confessed to not being "100 per cent honest" during the final year of his cycling career, in what is generally being interpreted as an admission to doping. Although not being specific about his methods, Museeuw announced his resignation from the team effective immediately at a press conference called in Kortrijk. The revelation follows on from the controversy caused by a series of articles run in the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws yesterday which allege that Quick Step-Innergetic's Patrick Lefevere has had '30 years in doping'.

    "I wanted to end my career in style, that's why I did things which were wrong," the 1996 world champion said during the press conference. "During the preparation of some important races I didn't always play the game 100 per cent honest."

    According to Museeuw's lawyer, Jozef Lievens, there was an occasional training partner of the former world champion, Wouter Vandenhaute, who sent an email to Jean-Marie Dedecker - a notorious anti-doping crusader - which was leaked to Het Laatste Nieuws. "Not all the stories which are circulating are correct," noted Museeuw. "But what Wouter Vandenhaute wrote in a mail, is correct in big lines."

    In 2004 Museeuw almost won Paris-Roubaix until a flat tyre shattered his hopes for a fourth victory at the event.

    Besides the world championship title in Lugano the Lion of Flanders has won eleven classics in the former World Cup and was enormously popular in Flanders, hence the nickname. His popularity dropped when he was found guilty for his involvement in the Landuyt affair by the Belgian Cycling Federation and banned from the sport...