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First Edition Cycling News for July 7, 2006

Date published:
July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Hours left to join Fantasy Le Tour

    Giant TCR Advanced
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    July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    There's still time to join the Fantasy Le Tour Game - only hours left until registration closes so...

    There's still time to join the Fantasy Le Tour Game - only hours left until registration closes so you'll need to be quick. Register your teams now and win some amazing prizes! You can join until stage 6 begins and there's ample time to learn how the game works.

    Registration Deadline

    This year we've increased the amount of time you have to enter your teams to the official pre-start time on the day of Stage 6 at 12:50 CEST. You need to make sure your teams have the "Race Fees Paid" status next to them by the following times around the world:

    Fri 7th July - 12:50 Central European Summer Time
    Fri 7th July - 06:50 US Eastern Daylight Time
    Fri 7th July - 05:50 US Central Daylight Time
    Fri 7th July - 03:50 US Pacific Daylight Time
    Fri 7th July - 20:50 Australian Eastern Standard Time

    There is no disadvantage in joining the game once the Tour has started so try the game out for FREE until stage 6 begins. Experiment with different team selections and see how they fare every day live here at Cyclingnews. There are plenty more winners to come with over 50 prizes confirmed for the prize rosta this year, with more prizes to come. We'll keep you updated.

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  • Five extend contract with Barloworld

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    July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Team Barloworld has announced that five riders have extended their contract with the squad directed...

    Team Barloworld has announced that five riders have extended their contract with the squad directed by Claudio Corti for one more year. Enrico Degano, Alexander Efimkin, Ryan Cox, Tian Kannemeyer and Hugo Sabido all signed on with the Professional Continental team

    "I'm very satisfied about the agreements we have reached," said manager Claudio Corti. "Our choice to renew the contract with these five riders represents our first important step towards 2007 season. Barloworld’s group hits to become a top-level team and these riders perfectly share our ambitions. My goal is to build up a very competitive team."

    Enrico Degano is the 2006 Team Barloworld top winner up to now with four victories this season. Efimkin and Sabido are still looking for their first win despite several positive performances with Efimkin getting second in the Russian National Championships. Tian Kannemeyer achieved his first 2006 victories in two national races held in South Africa just few days ago, and Ryan Cox (2005 Tour of Langkawi winner) is wants to get results in the final part of the season.

  • Petacchi aims for Paris-Tours

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    July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    While the Tour de France went into its fifth stage, Alessandro Petacchi has come done his first...

    While the Tour de France went into its fifth stage, Alessandro Petacchi has come done his first training ride on the road after two months. After crashing at the Giro d’Italia, the Milram sprinter has to build up his form slowly - but he did cover about sixty kilometres between Marina di Massa and Viareggio.

    "I have finally done the first training on the road and for me it’s very important to program my comeback to competition," Petacchi said after his ride. "I haven't recovered the mobility of my knee completely, but it's enough to turn the pedals. The muscular tone of the left leg is really nonexistent, but considering that I had to stop for sixty days I think it’s normal."

    Petacchi thinks he might be able to use the Vuelta a España to get racing kilometres in his legs again. "My come back will be difficult to program," he said. "I hope to do the Vuelta a España to aim at Paris-Tours. It would be a great end of season as it would consecrate the thirteen victories I have until now."

  • No room for T-Mobile's Italians?

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    July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Another hard blow for the T-Mobile Team, as three team members were refused rooms in a hotel...

    Another hard blow for the T-Mobile Team, as three team members were refused rooms in a hotel Wednesday night. At the reception desk at the Hotel Mercure in Beauvais, France, stood a trolley with three large, antique, leather suitcases, and a note: "T-Mobile Team: Because of the difficult situation caused by the football world championship, the T-Mobile team members Giuseppe Guerini, Eddy Mazzoleni and Valerio Piva will have to sleep in the garden tonight. Thank you for your cooperation." The three took the joke in good stride.

    Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

  • Saiz questioned

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    July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    The former team manager of Liberty Seguros, Manolo Saiz, was questioned on Thursday, July 6 by the...

    The former team manager of Liberty Seguros, Manolo Saiz, was questioned on Thursday, July 6 by the head judge of the investigation known as Operación Puerto in Madrid. Saiz, who is believed to have organised doping practices within his former team on a regular basis for several years, was at the judge's disposal for over 1.5 hours. He left the building located at Plaza de Castilla without commenting to the press.

    Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'

    April 2, 2009 - Valverde indignant over possible suspension
    April 1, 2009
    - Valverde: Italy requests two-year suspension
    March 13, 2009 - Le Monde newspaper hit with fine over Puerto allegations
    March 2, 2009 - WADA president Fahey asks for Puerto evidence
    February 24, 2009 - Spanish federation seeks access to Puerto blood bags
    February 20, 2009 - CONI considers Valverde case while UCI awaits verdict
    February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
    February 11, 2009 - Valverde summonsed for Operación Puerto in Italy
    February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in Operación Puerto

    Cyclingnews' complete coverage of Operación Puerto

  • Millar looking forward to TT

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    July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Saunier Duval's David Millar, 14th on the overall standings after Tour stage 5, is happy to be back...

    Saunier Duval's David Millar, 14th on the overall standings after Tour stage 5, is happy to be back racing the roads of France. "I feel good and happy to have come back," he said. "I now remember what it is like to manage tiredness and psychological strength in the course of a grand tour like this, but I’m trying to adapt one day at a time."

    After his 16th placing in the prologue, time trial specialist Millar is looking forward to improving his result in Saturday's race against the clock from Saint-Grégoire to Rennes. "I´ll try to be relaxed tomorrow and do my best on Saturday. I’m in good form and have worked hard. I’m confident in the outcome," he said.

  • Schleck unlucky

    Frank Schleck (CSC)
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    July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Fränk Schleck suffered a very unlucky time loss during the fifth stage of Tour de France from...

    Fränk Schleck suffered a very unlucky time loss during the fifth stage of Tour de France from Beauvais to Caen, when he crashed just 3.5 kilometres before the finish. A couple of kilometres before that, Stuart O'Grady had a puncture, and the two teammates crossed the line 2'07 minutes after the peloton.

    "Not counting Fränk's crash, it was a fairly uneventful stage for us," said sports director Kim Andersen after the stage. "It was extremely bad luck that he should loose time in one of the flat stages, but it's impossible to control these things. Fortunately he doesn't seem to have been hurt."

  • Post-stage quotes

    Article published:
    July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan and Brecht Decaluwé in La Toussuire

    Oscar Freire, (Rabobank) - stage winner Coming up on Cyclingnews will cover the 96th Scheldeprijs...

    Oscar Freire, (Rabobank) - stage winner

    "Today was a lottery just as the other days. I started at 300m of the line, and just pushed through. I was well-placed to do it. This victory is very important for me and for the team."

    Asked what the team's objectives were this year, Freire replied, "I think we have riders for the general classification and the most important thing is to do well in that competition. Of course, if we win stages on top of that, it's even better. But we have two riders, Rasmussen and Menchov, who will hopefully make a good overall placing."

    Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) - second

    "I'm happy - it wasn't a perfect sprint but that was my fault. In the last 400 metres, Marco Velo was pulling in front, and I started my sprint, but Steven (De Jongh - ed.] starts too... I yelled at him but he didn't hear. At that moment, you have to stay calm and wait for Steven's sprint (to end), and then do my own. That's when I lost."

    Did you start too early with your team? "No, it's a strong team... I'm really happy with my guys, they're so strong to do these long stages every day, control like they have... I'm happy."

    On his explosiveness, he said, "It's there, but I'll wait a little longer [for a victory]... I have the yellow jersey, which uses a lot of energy, too, but it's such a beautiful jersey!"

  • An interview with Oscar Freire

    Oscar Freire (Rabobank)
    Article published:
    July 07, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    In previous days, a lot of hard work brought little reward for Oscar Freire. But today, a change of...

    Taking the Tour by its horns

    In previous days, a lot of hard work brought little reward for Oscar Freire. But today, a change of tactics proved the perfect recipe for success. Brecht Decaluwé reports from the press room in Caen.

    Q: Is this an important victory for you after the results of the past few days?

    OF: Yeah, sure, but I think every victory is important. Every day, I tried to win but didn't succeed, so I needed to change tactics. Normally, I'm sitting in the wheels and I wait until an opportunity arises; I lacked the initiative to grab the win.

    Today, I planned to take some more risks and take the initiative, something I usually wouldn't do; it delivered immediately. I started the sprint too early, but in the end it didn't matter.

    Q: Cycling, and mainly Spanish cycling world has been under attack during the last few months. Yesterday, we heard that not only cycling has it cheaters - how do you feel about that?

    OF: Just like I always said; everywhere, cycling is treated different than other sports and that's not right, of course. We all know that there are riders who cheat, but it isn't like that for all cyclists.

    There's a lot of money at stake and that's probably why people start to cheat. That's not only for cycling, but I'm pretty sure it's like that for all sports.

    It's really sad for cycling, because in the Giro d'Italia, for example, people spoke only about the sport and not about doping, and that's how it should be. Media plays an important role in those allegations and we, the riders, really hope that we are treated better than we are right now.

    Click here for the full interview