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First Edition Cycling News for January 27, 2005

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January 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
  • FBD Milk Ras rules for county teams

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    By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent The organisers of the Irish...

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

    The organisers of the Irish FBD Insurance RÁS (May 22-29) have announced the rules for county teams intending on taking part in the race. Teams must be comprised of five riders, as individual entries and incomplete teams will not be accepted. UCI Regulations will apply in relation to final date for team changes, as well as team sponsorship and advertising on classifications jerseys. All team officials, including managers, mechanics, masseurs and drivers must be holders of a current UCI affiliated federation licence and present it at team registration. The entry fee is €250 per team and entries close on February 15.

    Cycleways will again this year sponsor the county rider classification and Cuchulainn Crystal the Daily County Rider Award. A special gold finish medal will be presented to all finishers on the Race Platform in the Phoenix Park after the final stage.

    More information: www.fbdinsuranceras.com

  • Wiggins at Revolution 7

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    January 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Bradley Wiggins will join the Revolution once again on January 29 in Manchester despite having hung...

    Bradley Wiggins will join the Revolution once again on January 29 in Manchester despite having hung up his track bike to focus on road racing for the next couple of seasons. Wiggins has just finished riding the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under in Australia but will return to the track at the Manchester Velodrome to ride in front of special guests Sir Matthew Pinsent and five-times swimming World Champion James Hickman. "I wasn't planning on riding the track again for a while but Matthew was keen to come to Manchester Velodrome and see some action so I have decided to ride at Revolution as it is always a good evening," said Wiggins.

    A keen cycling fan, Pinsent watched the action at the Olympic velodrome in Athens last year was impressed by Wiggins' talent. In order to experience more cycling action in the UK Pinsent and Hickman will attend the Revolution to support Wiggins and other Olympians Chris Hoy, Jason Queally and Craig MacLean. During the night Wiggins will also be presenting Sir Matthew with an exclusive Terry Dolan road bike to help him keep in shape now that he has retired from Olympic rowing.

    "I am really looking forward to attending the Revolution event at Manchester Velodrome and to see fellow Olympic Champions Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy in action once again," said Pinsent. "The Revolution series is very exciting and great for British Cycling. I always rode a bike as part of my training regime and I am looking forward to doing so more now that I have retired from competitive rowing."

    Olympic Pursuit Champion Wiggins will be up against World Pursuit Champion, Sergei Escobar Roure. Escobar has been a thorn in the side for Wiggins' compatriot Rob Hayles over the last year beating him to the bronze in the Olympics Individual Pursuit and the gold in the same event at the World Championships. With Hayles riding the Tour of Langkawi this week it will be down to his madison partner Wiggins to gain some revenge over the Spaniard....

  • Skil-Moser presented

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    January 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Dutch Continental team Skil-Moser was presented in Kaatsheuvel on Wednesday. The team is managed by...

    Dutch Continental team Skil-Moser was presented in Kaatsheuvel on Wednesday. The team is managed by Bert van der Tuuk and directed by Gerry Takens, and has Bart Voskamp, Bert Hiemstra and Jan van Velzen as its top riders in the 13 man squad. The team had applied for Professional Continental status, but this was rejected by the UCI.

  • Engels to Quick.Step

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    January 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    27 year-old Dutch rider Addy Engels has become the 27th member of the Quick.Step team for this...

    27 year-old Dutch rider Addy Engels has become the 27th member of the Quick.Step team for this season. Engels, who has ridden for Rabobank for four years and BankGiroLoterij last year signed a one year deal with Patrick Lefevere's team. "I am extremely pleased with this contract. The Quick Step Team is one of the main reference point teams in cycling," he said.

    Engels' first race in Quick.Step colours will be on in G. P. Costa degli Etruschi in Italy on February 6.

    Quick.Step has also named its team for the Doha International Grand Prix on January 29 and the Tour of Qatar (January 31-February 4): Tom Boonen, Davide Bramati, Wilfried Cretskens, Kevin Hulsmans, Servais Knaven, Nick Nuyens, Guido Trenti and Stefano Zanini.

  • Laidoun out until March

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    French rider Julen Laidoun (MrBookmaker-Sportstech) will not be able to race until March after...

    French rider Julen Laidoun (MrBookmaker-Sportstech) will not be able to race until March after breaking the big toe in his right foot on January 4. Another MrBookmaker rider with an injured foot, Frank Vandenbroucke, is back in training again together with his teammates in Calpé, Spain, where he will remain until February 5.

  • 16 year-old positive for EPO

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    January 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    A 16 year-old South African cyclist has tested positive for EPO, becoming the youngest rider ever to...

    A 16 year-old South African cyclist has tested positive for EPO, becoming the youngest rider ever to test positive for the banned blood boosting substance. The rider in question was Michael van Staden (ACIZ CPPA), who was tested during the South African U16 tour in Ermelo in September 2004, where he finished fifth. Both his A and B samples were positive.

    Van Staden's case was heard last December by the national governing body, Cycling South Africa, which banned him for a year. However, his sentence was suspended for two years as CSA accepted Van Staden's defence that he did not take EPO intentionally. Rather, he believed that a doctor or a team manager could have injected him with the substance without him knowing what it was.

    There is a possibility that the World Anti-Doping Agency and the UCI will appeal CSA's decision in order to determine who was actually responsible.

  • Cyclo-cross World's: Kupfernagel top favourite

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    January 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    Hanka Kupfernagel is the big favourite for the women's Cyclo-cross World Championship this Sunday,...

    Hanka Kupfernagel is the big favourite for the women's Cyclo-cross World Championship this Sunday, January 30 in St. Wendel, Germany. The 30 year-old wants her third World Championship title after winning in 2000 and 2001. With that in mind, the rider from Thüringen has been training hard in recent months and is looking forward to the challenge with a lot of confidence.

    "I've been refining my technique day after day and improved my running above all after specific training," said Kupfernagel, who believes she's in the best possible shape for the World Championships. "My big goal is the world title, of course."

    There are three riders in particular who might stop her: the current world champion Laurence Leboucher from France, who has been keeping something back in international races so far, her teammate and national champion Maryline Salvetat or her Dutch colleague Daphny van den Brand, whom Hanka Kupfernagel describes as very ambitious. After her World Cup wins in Pijnacker and Milan, Van den Brand should be the German's biggest challenger.

    Hanka Kupfernagel is hoping for a "home town advantage" in St.Wendel and the support of the many German spectators. Apart from Kupfernagel the German team for the World Championships is Sabine Spitz (Murg-Niederhof/Fusion), Birgit Hollman (Zugvogel Berlin), Nicole Kampeter (Endspurt Herford) and Susanne Juranek (RSC Oldenburg).

  • Tour de Langkawi: Tussle in the tropics

    2004 LTdL winner Freddy Gonzalez
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    January 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    By Anthony Tan 2005 marks the 10th anniversary of the Telekom Malaysia Le Tour de Langkawi, which...

    By Anthony Tan

    2005 marks the 10th anniversary of the Telekom Malaysia Le Tour de Langkawi, which boasts its best line-up of teams and riders since the race's inception in 1996. Although not part of the newly restructured professional cycling calendar we now know as the UCI ProTour, events such as the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under in Australia and Le Tour de Langkawi have clearly benefited from a revised race format not unlike US baseball's Major League, where the top 19 ProTour teams have all expanded their rosters to accommodate the participation requirements set by the UCI.

    With no less than four ProTour teams including the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, Liberty Seguros, Domina Vacanze and Credit Agricole, this year's LTdL is set to field a star-studded cast of teams and riders in this Hors Categorie-classified stage race.

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  • Armstrong's 'F-One' group plots the hour

    Lance Armstrong
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    January 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Anthony Tan

    More details have leaked out about the supposed preparations underway for Lance Armstrong to have a...

    More details have leaked out about the supposed preparations underway for Lance Armstrong to have a crack at the world hour record at some stage this year.

    While it is yet to be confirmed, in our report from the Discovery Channel cycling team training camp (see report), Armstrong discussed 'the hour' and appeared to serious about making an attempt.

    A recent story in the New York Times outlined the "F-One" group, an assembly of experts and equipment companies formed in 2003 who may collaborate on the attempts. The paper said the group includes Carmichael Training Systems (CTS), Nike, helmet-maker Giro, wheelmaker Hed, Advanced Micro Devices and aerodynamicist Len Brownlie. Bicycle manufacturer Trek and wheelmaker Bontrager are also mainstays of the F-One group.

    At the Silver Springs team presentation, Armstrong said to Cyclingnews, "(The Hour Record) has become a serious consideration and I actually have in my possession the very first version of the track that I've been trying to do some testing on. (The Hour) is something that fascinates me; Johan and I have not really sat down and talked a lot about it, you know, what it takes to do it, where it fits in in the year, which I think is one of the trickiest things. I spent a lot of time talking to Chris Carmichael and his team (at CTS) about it and the proper approach."

    Altitude or not?

    "I think the trick with the Hour Record is where you do it," Armstrong explained. "Obviously we can do it in Manchester where it's been done several times. Ideally we would look for a high-altitude location and as we all know, there are not that many covered velodromes at altitude, so then you're at the mercy of the winds and the elements outside, or the temperature if it's not exactly in the summertime.

    "We want to do it at altitude and it's just a question of where we go,...