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First Edition Cycling News for March 31, 2006

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March 31, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Fantasy Riderlist Ronde van Vlaanderen - Build your teams now!

    A pair of beautiful Bastogne wheels worth over $600 USD
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    A provisional riderlist has been uploaded to the game site so you can begin creating your teams for...

    A provisional riderlist has been uploaded to the game site so you can begin creating your teams for the Ronde van Vlaanderen race which starts on Sunday April 2!

    Be a professional team manager for the 2006 Spring Classics. Based on the live racing action, you will take up the challenge using your knowledge and tactical skill as a race team manager to compete with fantasy managers from around the world. All you need to do to take part in the latest of the Fantasy Games at Cyclingnews is register and, once the provisional race list has been announced, select 8 riders for each of the following races:

    Milan - San Remo, March 18th 2006
    Ronde van Vlaanderen, April 2nd 2006
    Gent-Wevelgem, April 5th 2006
    Paris - Roubaix, April 6th 2006
    Amstel Gold Race, April 16th 2006
    La Flèche Wallonne, April 19th 2006
    Liège - Bastogne - Liège, April 23rd 2006

    Follow the races live and use your skill and knowledge to win prizes.

    Prizes

    We are pleased to confirm that this year's main sponsor will once again be Specialized. More details on the specifics of the prize coming very soon. Smith have confirmed they will be offering 7 pairs of Reactor Max-Team CSC Edition glasses for the winner of each individual Spring Classic Race. This is the limited edition Team CSC racing glass worn by the guys on team.

    Craft, fi'zi:k, Giro, Hed, Maxxis, and Speedplay amongst others will be providing some fantastic prizes this year. A pair of beautiful Bastogne wheels worth over $600 USD could be yours if you win. Giro and Speedplay are once again continuing their support and are offering some of their finest products. There are ten sets of Maxxis tyres on offer to the lucky...

  • Miche racing in France

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    Italian Continental team Miche Cinerama Tinkoff will be on its way to France on Friday, March 31, to...

    Italian Continental team Miche Cinerama Tinkoff will be on its way to France on Friday, March 31, to participate in the GP Ville De Rennes on the Atlantic coast on Sunday. The team will also take part in the Circuit de la Sarthe from April 4-7, especially looking forward to the first 2006 race of Slawomir Kohut. Severyn Kohut, Tommaso Caneschi, Bo Hamburger, Pasquale Muto and Arkadiusz Woitas will be his teammates.

  • 2006 Dauphiné Libéré route set

    2005 Dauphiné winner Inigo Landaluze
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    One of the last countdown races to the Tour de France in July, the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, has...

    One of the last countdown races to the Tour de France in July, the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, has its route all set and ready to go for the 2006 edition of the event. Starting in Annecy close to Switzerland with a pancake-flat 4.1 km-prologue on Sunday, June 4, the 58th Dauphiné Libéré will of course take on high mountains such as the Mont Ventoux, the Col d'Izoard, the Col du Galibier and La Toussuire amongst others. The race ends on Sunday, June 11 in Grenoble.

    While stages one and two will be a sprinter's feast, stage three will shuffle up the general classification for the first time in view of a possible later overall winner: Wednesday June 7 is the day of the individual time-trial with a 42 kilometre route around Bourg-de-Péage. The route is undulating, and includes one fourth category climb at the nine kilometre mark.

    The mountains arrive on the following day with a climb to the observatory at the summit of the either dreaded or loved Mont Ventoux, which will be climbed "traditionally" via its south side from Bédoin. Starting in Tain-l’Hermitage, the riders will have 186 kilometres in their legs at the finish on top of the 1909 metre "Giant of Provence", and Liberty's Alexandre Vinokourov might be looking to repeat his 2005 stage victory.

    The race then transfers to the alpine town of Sisteron before the riders take on the 2,360 metre Col d'Izoard on their way to Briançon on Friday, June 9 - a good preparation for the French "Grande Boucle" just a few weeks after the event, as the Col d'Izoard will feature in the Tour de France stage 15 to L'Alpe d'Huez.

    But the queen stage of the 2006 Dauphiné comes on the penultimate day: also featuring the same climbs as in the Tour de France stage 16 to La Toussuire, the riders will however be starting in Briançon and not Bourg d'Oisans. The peloton then faces a 169 kilometre stage including the...

  • Hondo waits and hopes

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    Danilo Hondo has issued a statement regarding the current legal debacle surrounding his aimed-at...

    Danilo Hondo has issued a statement regarding the current legal debacle surrounding his aimed-at return to professional racing. A Swiss Cantonal Court recently put aside the Court of Arbitration for Sport's two-year ban imposed on Hondo, but the World's governing body of cycling and the World Anti-Doping Agency do not accept this turn of events. While WADA has published a communiqué saying that the "decision from the Court of Appeal constitutes either an annulment of the CAS decision, or the raising of fundamental questions on the World Anti-Doping Code", Hondo continues to hope that he will find a team to start racing again.

    "It's crazy - a judge issues a temporary injunction under which I can start racing again immediately, but I'm still sitting at home," the sprinter said. "The UCI has finally issued its position statement, but with a hook on it: they leave the decision to the teams, reminding of the so-called 'Code of Ethics', an agreement among all the Pro Tour and Continental Pro teams.

    "Which I can't understand at all, because this Code deals with the non-signing of riders who purposely and knowingly doped," he continued. "Neither of those apply to me, and in addition, the temporary injunction is not the only thing that says I am innocent."

    The German cyclist's arguments were that the same rules should apply in sports law than in civil law, where a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. "The sports court procedure in Lausanne was finished, but the civil judge put it entirely aside, which means that until a final verdict is reached, I am considered innocent, as is normal in civil law," he said. "Why, then, can't I ride in the highest sporting league, ply my trade and earn money? It is also not entirely right that the UCI gives me the right to start as of...

  • Grabsch out of Flanders, back at Wevelgem

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    Bert Grabsch, a German Phonak rider who lives in Switzerland, suffered a sprain to the thumb/ball...

    Bert Grabsch, a German Phonak rider who lives in Switzerland, suffered a sprain to the thumb/ball area of his left hand during a mass crash in the second stage of the Driedaagse van De Panne, according to Phonak's team physician Thomas Klimaschka. The injury isn't as bad as first thought, but Grabsch will nevertheless miss out on the Ronde van Vlaanderen, which was meant to be one of his season highlights.

    The 30 year-old now hopes that the heavy swelling will go down quickly and that he will be fit again for Gent-Wevelgem on April 5 and Paris-Roubaix on April 9. Grabsch has travelled back to Switzerland on Thursday evening, where he will resume training as soon as possible. As a replacement, Phonak has named Ryder Hesjedal for the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

  • Milram changes Flanders roster

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    Team Milram has announced two changes to its Ronde van Vlaanderen roster. The final line-up will be:...

    Team Milram has announced two changes to its Ronde van Vlaanderen roster. The final line-up will be: Alessandro Petacchi, Erik Zabel, Maarten Den Bakker, Alessandro Cortinovis, Ralf Grabsch, Enrico Poitschke, Christian Knees and Marco Velo.

    Fabio Sacchi and Alberto Ongarato will not take the start on Sunday. Sacchi injured his right knee in Waregem at the Dwars door Vlaanderen recently, where he also suffered a cut to his eyebrow which had to be stitched six times. Ongarato, on the other hand, isn't affected by a crash but by viral intestinal problems which also made him abandon Tirreno-Adriatico and forced him to miss out on Milano-Sanremo.

  • Klier T-Mobile captain in Flanders

    Last year's second-placed, Andreas Klier (T-Mobile)
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    Andreas Klier will lead the T-Mobile roster of classics specialists at Sunday's Tour of Flanders....

    Andreas Klier will lead the T-Mobile roster of classics specialists at Sunday's Tour of Flanders. Klier, who lives and trains in Flanders, was the runner-up to Tom Boonen at last year's 'Ronde' and the 30-year-old is fit and looking forward to start again. "I am all fired up for Flanders," said the Klier, who can count on very special support in his bid for victory in Meerbeke, as former Tour of Flanders winner Steffen Wesemann will ride for him according to T-Mobile management. Wesemann certainly has the race knowledge to give Klier a hand over the 17 punchy climbs and countless cobbled passages.

    The magenta outfit is likely to be one of the driving teams in the race on Sunday, as last year T-Mobile placed three riders in the top ten: Klier was second, Erik Zabel fourth and Russian champion Sergey Ivanov ninth. Zabel has moved on to Milram, but sporting director Valerio Piva remained convinced that "our team has shown that we have what it takes to win this cycling monument."

    Piva further believes that Ivanov and Lorenzo Bernucci can be Klier's key men in the race's crucial final stages. Bernucci returns to racing after the flu forced the Italian to scratch Milan-Sanremo a fortnight ago. "Lorenzo is very important to our tactics, he can be a huge help to Andreas in the closing stages," said Piva, who also pointed to the good form of Stephan Schreck, Bram Schmitz and Marcus Burghardt. "Marcus was solid at Dwars Door Vlaanderen, and Bram is competitive again after fighting back bravely from his early season injury." Sprinter André Greipel will complete the T-Mobile roster.

    The 258 kilometres of 'Vlaanderen's mooiste' (Flanders' finest) promise yet again to be exciting, as World Champion Tom Boonen will do everything to keep his title. Piva picked out the Flemish superstar as the man to beat, scoring his third E3-Prijs Vlaanderen win last weekend and having top men at this side like Milan-Sanremo winner Filippo Pozzato. "Quick Step...