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First Edition Cycling News for June 26, 2006

Date published:
June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Project Rwanda launches Wooden Bike Classic

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Susan Westemeyer

    In December 2005, Tom Ritchey and Gary Boulanger, directors of Servant Leaders Outreach (...

    In December 2005, Tom Ritchey and Gary Boulanger, directors of Servant Leaders Outreach (takeitslo.blogspot.com), toured Rwanda by mountain bike. A short DVD documentary was filmed to capture their Rwandan experience, the first for both. The trip opened their eyes to the beauty of the people and the need to assist Rwanda in its continuing reconciliation 12 years after the genocide that killed nearly one million people in 100 days.

    By February 2006, "Project Rwanda" was established, and a strong board of directors was formed. Despite Africa’s reputation as a needful continent rife with government corruption and political red tape, Project Rwanda has seen opportunities become reality by bringing to life September’s "Wooden Bike Classic" event, intended to connect Rwandans with the outside bicycling world community.

    "Project Rwanda’s vision is to further the economic development of Rwanda through initiatives based on the bicycle as a tool and symbol of hope," said Boulanger. "Our goal is use the bike to help boost the Rwandan economy as well as re-brand Rwanda as a beautiful and safe place to do business and visit freely."

    The Wooden Bike Classic festival will be held in the Kibuye region of Rwanda, Africa, from September 16-17, 2006. "The Wooden Bike Classic is designed to represent Rwanda as a safe haven for its inhabitants and visitors alike," said Ritchey. "It is through the culture and history of the Wooden Bike that those outside this country will connect to this country and its people."

    For more information, visit www.projectrwanda.org or contact Boulanger at gboulanger@projectrwanda.org.

  • SBS Tour de France ride through Sydney

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Susan Westemeyer

    Australia TV broadcaster is organising a special Tour de France ride through Sydney on Friday, June...

    Australia TV broadcaster is organising a special Tour de France ride through Sydney on Friday, June 30, at 7am. The meeting point will be Café Latteria (320 Victoria St. Darlinghurst), for a stroll through the CBD out to The Rocks, flanked by SBS vehicles all the way. The first 25 participants to gather will receive a branded Nike jersey, whereas the first 25 riders back at Café Latteria after the ride (about 7.45am) will get a free breakfast.

  • Haselbacher and the bee

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Susan Westemeyer René Haselbacher had hoped to make the breakthrough this year, and finally...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    René Haselbacher had hoped to make the breakthrough this year, and finally replace his reputation of a crash pilot with that of a winner. He thought he was on the right path, winning the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt, and assuming that would be his ticket to the Tour de France. But the team management decided to go with climbers instead of sprinters, and he was left off the Tour team for the second year in a row.

    He probably figured that winning the Austrian road championship would be a good way to soothe his pride and show the team what he was capable of. Right? Well, things just don't work out that way for "Hasi".

    On Saturday, he was out training and reported later on his personal website, "Something flew into my mouth. I didn't think anything of it, but shortly thereafter my throat started to swell up." A trip to the emergency room ensued. "It was unbelievable. The doctor pulled a stinger out of my throat. Luckily I'm not allergic, but my whole neck is all swollen."

    Haselbacher was better on Sunday morning to ride, but not good enough for the competition. He started, but didn't finish the race.

  • Quick.Step contract news

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Team Quick.Step has announced that Wouter Weylandt will stay with the Belgian squad for the next two...

    Team Quick.Step has announced that Wouter Weylandt will stay with the Belgian squad for the next two seasons (2007-2008). The young Belgian rider has signed his contract yesterday evening before the Belgian National Championship. Also Serge Baguet will ride next season (2007) with the team.

    Yesterday, June 24, the team management has reached an agreement with the Under 23 Italian rider Davide Malacarne, winner of 2005 Junior Cross World Championship. The 19 year-old will continue to ride with Zalf Desiree Fior team in the U23 league for the next two seasons, but will join Patrick Lefévère’s squad from 2009 until 2011.

  • Agritubel for Tour de France

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Only hours after the French National Championships, Continental Pro team Agritubel has announced its...

    Only hours after the French National Championships, Continental Pro team Agritubel has announced its rider line-up for the Tour de France, starting less than one week from now from Strasbourg. The team invited by Tour organiser ASO will focus on its climbers, with the nominated five Spanish and four French riders averaging 28 years of age. The riders are: Juan-Miguel Mercado, Manuel Calvente, Cédric Coutouly, Moises Duenas, Eduardo Gonzalo, Christophe Laurent, José-Alberto Martinez, Samuel Plouhinec and Benoît Salmon.

  • Zabel out for 7th Green jersey

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    In the absence of Alessandro Petacchi, Erik Zabel will be the sole leader of Team Milram in the...

    In the absence of Alessandro Petacchi, Erik Zabel will be the sole leader of Team Milram in the upcoming Tour de France. The 35 year-old will be joined by teammates Marco Velo, Fabio Sacchi, Mirko Celestino, Marco Velo, Maxim Iglinsky, Andrei Grivko, as well as fellow Germans Ralf Grabsch, Christian Knees and Bjorn Schröder.

    "It's our goal to battle it out for the green jersey," said Zabel, who already won the jersey of best sprinter six times in the past. It will be his 12th Tour de France.

  • LeMond: "Armstrong threatened my life"

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Former Tour de France champion Greg LeMond has given French L'Equipe newspaper an exclusive...

    Former Tour de France champion Greg LeMond has given French L'Equipe newspaper an exclusive interview, published on Sunday, June 25, 2006, in which the American has taken a stand against Lance Armstrong, the UCI and the Vrijman report. LeMond said that Lance Armstrong has threatened him for having criticised the seven-time race winner's collaboration with Italian sports doctor Michele Ferrari. LeMond, who won the Tour de France in 1986, 1989, 1990, said that he was pressured by Armstrong in 2001 after saying that he was disappointed at the Texan's association with the controversial preparatore.

    "Lance threatened me," he said. "He threatened my wife, my business, my life. His biggest threat consisted of saying that he (Armstrong) would find ten people to testify that I took EPO."

    In the interview, LeMond continued by holding the UCI responsible for their failure to deal with the problem of doping. "This problem goes beyond Armstrong," he said. "The Spanish scandal is another example, the entire system is corrupt, the UCI is corrupt."

    LeMond also referred to the Vrijman report, named after the expert commissioned by the UCI to probe the L'Equipe allegations of doping against Armstrong. "The report should have come from WADA or the French Ministry of Health," he said. "But it doesn't change anything if you catch a rider because Lance is now retired and it continues." LeMond added that Armstrong as a person was consumed with ambition: "He needs power - with money, or with women. He will never find happiness."

    June 27, 2006 - Carmichael defends Armstrong, Armstrong answers L'Equipe & LeMond
    June 26, 2006 - LeMond: "Armstrong threatened my life"
    June 19, 2006 - Armstrong calls for Pound's exit

  • Spanish championships not ridden after rider protest

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    No more than 500 metres were ridden by the Spanish professionals in their national road...

    No more than 500 metres were ridden by the Spanish professionals in their national road championships in Móstoles, near Madrid. The majority of the riders decided to stop in protest after El Pais published some confidential information regarding "Operacion Puerto", which implicated 58 cyclists in the biggest doping affair ever to hit Spanish sport. Among those implicated were several riders from the Astaná-Würth team, as well as its former manager Manolo Sáiz, and also the ex-director of the Comunidad Valenciana team, Ignacio Labarta.

    "The decision was unanimous, because we are not prepared to undergo this orchestrated harassment," said one cyclist. The riders held a meeting before the race, and voted to stop. They were supported by the president of the Association of Professional Cyclists, José Rodríguez, although the Spanish Federation, which also took part in the meeting, did not support it.

    The Spanish Federation issued a press statement offering its "excuses to the cities of Móstoles, Arroyomolinos and Moraleja de Enmedio, as well as the organizers of the championships... RFEC and its championships have been the victims of the decision taken by the riders to strike, which we did not share. In any case, the Spanish federation will continue to bend over backwards, as it always has done, in defense of the rights of the cyclists."

    Given that no race was ridden, Juan Manuel Garate (Quick.Step) will keep the Spanish champion's jersey.

    Courtesy of Antonio J. Salmerón

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