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First Edition Cycling News for June 4, 2006

Date published:
June 04, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Targetraining targeting Triple Crown

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    June 04, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones and Jean-Francois Quenet

    The Targetraining Professional Cycling Team is gearing up to tackle the Pro Cycling Tour races in...

    The Targetraining Professional Cycling Team is gearing up to tackle the Pro Cycling Tour races in Lancaster, Reading, and Philadelphia (USA) this week, putting its best riders into the fray.

    "We have constructed teams to tackle the different racing that the Pro Cycling Tour throws at us," said Ken Mills, directeur sportif. "Last year Lancaster came down to a sprint in a breakaway so our roster is designed to compliment the different race scenarios that might develop through out the week."

    Team Captain Frank Pipp is coming off of a 6th place overall at the US Crit Series as well as a 5th place at stage 2 of the Joe Martin Stage Race. Co-captain Anthony Colby is also racing well after a 4th place finish at the Tour of Gila in New Mexico.

    "The racers have been training hard and living as a team at the Targetraining Team House in Westport, CT," said the team's head coach, Rick Crawford. "Never before have the guys been as fit and cohesive as a team. We are hoping that their fitness and trust in each other will produce top results at the demanding PCT races and the gruelling stage races that are ahead on the schedule."

    The complete roster for the Commerce Bank Triple Crown events is as follows; Alejandro Acton, Josh Bezecny, Anthony Colby, Bill Elliston, Eneas Freyre, Dan Greenfield, Andy Guptill, Wes Hartman, Dustin MacBurnie, Frank Pipp, Matt Shriver.

  • G.P. Gippingen: The battle of the Swiss riders

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    June 04, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones and Jean-Francois Quenet

    The Swiss hope to battle it out among themselves and win "their" HC-ranked race, the G.P. des Kanton...

    The Swiss hope to battle it out among themselves and win "their" HC-ranked race, the G.P. des Kanton Aargau in Gippingen. Swiss Team Phonak is sending six Swiss riders (and one Spaniard), Team Gerolsteiner is sending all four of its Swiss riders, and even T-Mobile will have its one Swiss rider on the start, former winner Steffen Wesemann.

    The race consists of ten laps of a 19,6 km course with two mountains and 240 climbing metres per lap.

    Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

  • UCI hits back at WADA

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    June 04, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones and Jean-Francois Quenet

    The war of words continues between the UCI and WADA in the wake of the "Vrijman report" on the Lance...

    The war of words continues between the UCI and WADA in the wake of the "Vrijman report" on the Lance Armstrong/L'Equipe EPO allegations affair. After the report was released this week - essentially saying that Armstrong could not be accused of a doping offence because there were too many procedural and chain of custody gaps - the World Anti-Doping Agency "completely rejected" it, calling it "defamatory" to WADA and the LNDD and "so lacking in professionalism and objectivity that it borders on farcical."

    The UCI, which supports the conclusions of the report, returned WADA's serve with a powerful volley of its own. "What strikes one most is that WADA leaves aside the main questions and conclusions of the report," the UCI stated. "WADA should not be allowed to divert the attention on side issues, but asked publicly to answer the many pertinent questions in the Vrijman report and in particular the following:

    • Is it correct that WADA has put pressure on the laboratory to include in research reports the original sample codes, thereby violating the confidentiality that is guaranteed to the athletes?
    • Will WADA make known which person within WADA has taken this decision?
    • Does WADA admit that the World Anti-Doping Code was violated in that the samples were analysed for research purposes without the consent of the athletes, as well as WADA’s rule in the doping control form that the origin of the samples must be made untraceable?
    • Will WADA confirm or deny that there have been contacts between WADA and D. Ressiot prior to August 23, 2005 that explain statements made by D. Ressiot in L’Equipe of that day?

    Furthermore, the UCI accuses L'Equipe journalist Damien Ressiot of "shooting the messenger" in his June 2 article, and asks L'Equipe the following questions:

    • Did L’Equipe have contacts with WADA on this issue prior to August 23, 2005? If not, how did...
    • Alpine feast in the Dauphiné Libéré

      Last year's winner Iñigo Landaluze (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
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      June 04, 2006, 1:00 BST
      By:
      Jeff Jones and Jean-Francois Quenet

      By Jeff Jones and Jean-Francois Quenet Starting in Annecy on Sunday with a flat 4 km prologue, the...

      By Jeff Jones and Jean-Francois Quenet

      Starting in Annecy on Sunday with a flat 4 km prologue, the 58th Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré will feature a feast of climbing, and is considered the ideal race for the Tour de France contenders to hone their form. After eight challenging stages, it finishes on June 11 - just under three weeks before the start of 'La Grande Boucle'.

      The prologue will be suited to a powerful short distance specialist, and Rabobank's Thomas Dekker, who hasn't raced since Liege-Bastogne-Liege, is said to be targeting it along with the race's second time trial on Wednesday. Also of interest are Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis) and George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) - the latter in his first race since his crash in Paris-Roubaix. His team director Johan Bruyneel said before the start, "I've got no idea about his form right now."

      One rider who will be missing from the start list is Brad McGee (Française des Jeux), who is skipping the Dauphiné in favour of the Tour de Suisse. He has recovered from his back problems that forced him out of the Giro d'Italia, but his form isn't quite up to scratch to start in Annecy.

      The next two stages on Monday (Annecy-Bourgoin-Jallieu, 207 km) and Tuesday (Bourgoin-Jallieu-Saint-Galmier, 203 km) should be favourable to the sprinters - not that there are many competing in the Dauphiné, as usual. Even Tuesday's stage, with its four category four climbs, could produce a selection of GC riders and prevent a mass finish. But in the case of a sprint, look out for Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole), Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Danilo Napolitano (Lampre-Fondital) and Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner).

      Stage 3 on Wednesday is a 43 km time trial starting and finishing in Bourg-de-Péage. This is a tough, up and down stage, and will be a good yardstick for riders such as Floyd Landis (Phonak), Levi Leipheimer...