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First Edition Cycling News for June 19, 2005

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June 19, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • RAAM riders to raise more money for charity

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    June 19, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor in Marostica, Italy

    The 2005 Insight Race Across America (RAAM) kicks off on Sunday in San Diego, CA, with a final...

    The 2005 Insight Race Across America (RAAM) kicks off on Sunday in San Diego, CA, with a final destination that is 3050 miles eastwards in Atlantic City, NJ. The ultra-endurance race will be contested by a record field of 158 riders in various categories, and this year a number of them are going to be raising funds for 18 different charities - also a record.

    The soloists and teams, and the causes they are supporting are as follows:

    1 Urs Koenig (Seattle, WA) Cancer Lifeline
    2 Patrick Autissier (Boston, MA) HMS Division of AIDS, RAAM for HIV Vaccine
    3 Bob Breedlove (Des Moines, IA) National Osteoporosis Foundation
    4 Alessandro Colo' (Rome, ITA) Mensa Dei Poveri (restaurants for the poor)
    5 John D'Elia (Middletown, CT) The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund
    6 Team Endorphins (Lubbock, TX) Boys & Girls Club of Lubbock TX
    7 Team Citta'Della Speranza (Borso del Grappa, (ITA) Citta' Della Speranza Hospital
    8 Team Roaring Fork / Volvo (Vail, CO) Border to Border
    9 Team Give Life (Arlington, VA) The Give Life Foundation
    10 Team Making Cancer History (Houston, TX) M D Anderson Cancer Center
    11 Team Beaver Creek –Vail (Vail, CO) Shaw Cancer Center
    12 Team JDRF VeloKraft (international) Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    13 Team ALS Bacchetta (San Francisco) ALS March of Faces
    14 Team Dry Heat (Litchfield Pk, AZ) United Way; Habitat for Humanity, ADA, LAF
    15 Team Donate Life (Davis, CA) Donate Life Foundation
    16 Team Mucho Gusto (Denver, CO) Children's Hospital, Denver
    17 Team JMI Rookies (San Diego, CA) Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
    18 Team Swami's/Raceplan (San Diego, CA) Susan Komen Breast Cancer Fndn
    19 Team Kaiser Permanente (San Diego, CA) Ride 2 Remember
    20 Landis Team Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ) Lance Armstrong Foundation

  • Galletti's funeral on Monday

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    June 19, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor in Marostica, Italy

    The funeral of Italian rider Alessio Galletti, who died of a heart attack last week in the Subida a...

    The funeral of Italian rider Alessio Galletti, who died of a heart attack last week in the Subida a Naranco, will be held on Monday at 16:30 in the church of Abadia in San Savino, Italy. Galletti's body will be transported back to Italy on Sunday, arriving in Rome in the mid-afternoon. It will be accompanied by his wife Consuelo and sports directors Antonio Salutini and Fabio Becherini.

  • Bui bounces back in 2005

    Marco Bui
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    June 19, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Marostica, Italy Winner of this year's UCI Mountain Bike World...

    Bad luck stymies Italian mountain biker's World Cup bid

    By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Marostica, Italy

    Winner of this year's UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XC #3 in Houffalize, Belgium Italian Marco Bui had a training crash last week where he smashed his right ankle and won't participate in the upcoming rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

    Barely able to walk when he limped into the Full Dynamix offices in Marostica, Italy, Bui winced when he rolled up his pants to show Cyclingnews his spectacular technicolor bruise on an ankle swollen to twice normal size. Know for being an "osso duro" (hard man) Bui told us that "I crashed hard on a downhill and it didn't seem like (my injury) was too bad, so I kept going for another hour. But when I got off the bike, it was hurting bad!"

    Bui first burst on to the international mountain bike scene when he took the World U23 XC championship in Åre, Sweden as race leader Cadel Evans crashed on final lap. Bui had battled Evans all season in the U23 World Cup but had only won Italian national races until his Swedish victory. But Bui's career hasn't been all good luck as the 27 year old who was born in Mestre, near Venice and lives in Trento, Italy has had plenty of ups and downs in his career.

    In 2000, Bui was sporting a rainbow jersey, but was feeling overshadowed on his Full Dynamix trade team by Miguel Martinez, who dominated men's cross-country mountain biking. Bui left Full Dynamix in 2001for the Marin squad and took the Italian championship in 2001, but never quite seemed to find his legs there and eventually came back to the Full Dynamix squad in 2003.

    Selected for the Athens Olympics to represent Italy, Bui was out front with Absalon and Brentjens, but eventually faded in the brutal late August heat to finish 10th. Bui was 19th at the 2004 MTB World championships in Les Gets, France and finished the 2004 season with a lowly final World...

  • Boonen a DNS on Sunday

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    Cycling News

    Sunday's brutal final stage of the Tour de Suisse will not be graced by Quick.Step's top sprinter...

    Sunday's brutal final stage of the Tour de Suisse will not be graced by Quick.Step's top sprinter Tom Boonen. "He gets an extra day of rest with an eye on the Tour," said team director Wilfried Peeters to Sporza today. "With three cols it's probably not a stage for him. He is the only one who will not start. The rest must help defend the leader's jersey of Michael Rogers."

  • Julich playing a supporter's role

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    June 19, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tim Maloney, European Editor in Marostica, Italy

    CSC's Bobby Julich has already had a solid season, winning Paris-Nice and Criterium International...

    CSC's Bobby Julich has already had a solid season, winning Paris-Nice and Criterium International this spring, and racing well in the Vuelta a Pais Vasco. The American is sitting in 21st overall but hasn't targeted the Tour de Suisse; neither is he aiming to do well in the Tour de France.

    "Honestly, I have to be realistic," Julich said after stage 8. "I did such a good spring - I've just got to be there for Ivan [Basso] in the Tour. And then once the Tour's over, it's up to Jens and I again to take the leadership roles."

  • McGee in the hurt bag, though still optimistic

    Bradley McGee (Française Des Jeux)
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    Cycling News

    By Anthony Tan in Verbier In today's eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse, La Française des Jeux team...

    By Anthony Tan in Verbier

    In today's eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse, La Française des Jeux team leader Bradley McGee kept his hopes of a high overall finish alive. Finishing in 12th position, 1'21 behind stage winner Pablo Lastras (Illes Balears) and in the company of race leader Michael Rogers (Quick.Step) and Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile), who occupy the two places above him on the overall classification, the 29 year-old retains his third spot overall going into tomorrow's final stage in Ulrichen.

    When Cyclingnews caught up with him at the finish line in Verbier, the Sydneysider was satisfied with his efforts, but was understandably in plenty of pain.

    "Oh, you don't know what to expect, although with a finish like that, you expect a lot of pain - that's one thing - and we got that," he said when asked whether the stage met his expectations. "They put the squeeze on early; some guys tried to go with it, then got dropped, and it came back. I was just confident enough to let it go a little bit and thought it would come back in the last few k's.

    "Though I was in the hurt bag," admitted McGee.

    "I was getting dropped, coming back on... but I was still thinking if it came back and it was flat at the finish, I would have a go in the sprint", he said with a chuckle, almost having trouble comprehending what he was saying. "So something must be going alright."

    So far, McGee has enjoyed a brilliant tour to date, finishing 15 seconds off Ullrich in last Sunday's time trial and winning the following day's stage in St. Anton. McGee also added his change of training program to accommodate his transformation to a stage race rider has seen him recover much better each day.

    "I've been pulling up really good in the mornings. Yesterday [Stage 7], the squeeze was on early - 17 guys up the road and we had no one in it, but it had [Patrick] Sinkewitz and Giuseppe [Guerini], so I had to go across by myself. And that...

  • Tour de Suisse Stage 8 wrapup

    Pablo Lastras (Illes Balears)
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    June 19, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Verbier

    Spanish rider Pablo Lastras (Illes Baleares) took an impressive victory in stage 8 when he...

    Lastras leads the Spanish push, Rogers keeps yellow

    Spanish rider Pablo Lastras (Illes Baleares) took an impressive victory in stage 8 when he outsmarted Carlos Barredo (Liberty Seguros) and Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) during the tough finale to Verbier. Lastras, who underwent an operation in March was thrilled to have regained his form so fast, purely from training. He was the strongest survivor of the 13 man breakaway that had stayed away for most of the stage, with Quick.Step keeping an eye on things for race leader Mick Rogers.

    In the battle for the general classification, Rogers maintained his 20 second lead over Jan Ullrich and 22 to Brad McGee, who are his closest rivals going into tomorrow's final stage. But Euskaltel's Aitor Gonzalez made a great bid for the GC today by attacking Rogers with 6 km to go, finishing fourth in the stage and putting 1'02 into Rogers.

    Cyclingnews' Anthony Tan spoke to Rogers post-stage, where he explained that he was riding at his limit. "Oh yeah - I was going as hard as I could. Aitor [Gonzalez] was just so strong - I couldn't go with him today... tomorrow's going to be a hard day."

    Later on, in the press conference, Rogers seemed a little more confident: "Tomorrow should suit me better; the climbs are longer and a little less steep; I mean, everyone's tired...I expect a lot of attacks tomorrow. Everyone's still really close, so they're going to try their best to attack. Tomorrow will be the hardest day of the race: it's going to be short, it's going to be hot, it's going to be fast - so don't expect too many finishers tomorrow."

    With the Tour de France looming, was Rogers worried about spending too much energy here? "No, there's still 10 days [till the Tour], and more than ever, I think it's a good test... I think it's perfect."

    Rogers predicted a group of 20 to fight it out to the finish in tomorrow's big mountain stage. "We could see a [front] group of 20 on...