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First Edition Cycling News for October 2, 2005

Date published:
October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Allan Butler killed

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    October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    American rider Allan Butler was struck and killed by a taxi cab that had run a red light as he...

    American rider Allan Butler was struck and killed by a taxi cab that had run a red light as he crossed "The Strip" in Las Vegas at approximately 3am on Thursday night. Allan was unconscious at the scene, but still alive, and after transport to the hospital, was pronounced dead early Friday morning. He had been attending Interbike this year, and was planning on returning home upon the conclusion of the event.

    Allan is survived by his wife Jenny, his daughter Odessa, his mother Tammy, and his father Kevin. He was a member of Utah's Logan Race Club's Healthy Choice-Goble Knee Clinic Cycling team. He had raced with the LRC since the 2002 season. Allan had traveled to Europe, including racing with Bernard Moerman, during the early days of the American Bicycling Center. Allan's local and regional palmares included multiple stage race wins, and most recently, he had secured the Utah Cycling Association's year long overall title as the best Category 1-2 rider. Additionally he had numerous one day victories throughout the intermountain west and was regarded by everyone as the consummate gentleman on the bike.

    Funeral arrangements are currently underway. Additionally, a charity ride is being planned to benefit Allan's wife and daughter. Further information will follow as it becomes available.

  • Teams for Coppa Sabatini

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    October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    14 teams have been announced for the 53rd Coppa Sabatini-Gran Premio Città di Peccioli, that will...

    14 teams have been announced for the 53rd Coppa Sabatini-Gran Premio Città di Peccioli, that will take place on October 6 in Peccioli, Italy. The roster includes the four Italian ProTour squads: Lampre Caffita, Domina Vacanze, Fassa Bortolo, Liquigas Bianchi, as well as Spanish ProTour team Saunier Duval Prodir, and Professional Continental teams Barloworld Valsir, Tenax Nobili Rubinetterie, Naturino Sapore di Mare, Acqua & Sapone Adria Mobil, Universal Caffè Styloffice, Team LPR, Miche, Androni Giocattoli and Ceramica Flaminia.

    The race will be run on its usual parcours, starting from the Campi Sportivi in Peccioli at 11:00am. The riders will complete eight circuits of 22 kilometres, before finishing with a 12.5 km circuit. The riders should finish between 15:30 and 16:00.

    Past winners

  • CSC extends with Vandborg, Vandevelde and Luttenberger

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    October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    Team CSC has confirmed the contract extension of Christian Vandevelde, and has also announced that...

    Team CSC has confirmed the contract extension of Christian Vandevelde, and has also announced that Brian Vandborg and Peter Luttenberger will ride with the Danish squad for another season.

    "We're very close to having all contracts finalized, and it's a pleasure to be so far ahead in the planning at this point already," said team manager Bjarne Riis on team-csc.com. "It gives us space and opportunity to get started early on planning the details of our program for next year. Of course we want a diverse group like now, with both experienced riders and new talents, and the three riders mentioned before have already shown they deserve a spot on our team for next year."

    CSC's 26 riders under contract are: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Lars Bak, Ivan Basso, Michael Blaudzun, Matti Breschel, Fabian Cancellara, Linus Gerdemann, Allan Johansen, Bobby Julich, Karsten Kroon, Marcus Ljungqvist, Giovanni Lombardi, Peter Luttenberger, Christian Müller, Martin Pedersen, Andrea Peron, Jakob Piil, Luke Roberts, Carlos Sastre, Andy Schleck, Fränk Schleck, Nicki Sørensen, Brian Vandborg, Christian Vandevelde, Jens Voigt and David Zabriskie.

  • Quick.Step confirms Grabovskyy

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    October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    The Quick Step-Innergetic team has confirmed its signing of Under 23 men's World Champion Dmytro...

    The Quick Step-Innergetic team has confirmed its signing of Under 23 men's World Champion Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine). In 2006, the 20 year-old will ride for the Finauto D'Etoffe-Quick.Step team, one of the satellite teams of the ProTour squad, managed by the old pro Luca Scinto. From 2007, Grabovskyy will be joining the full Quick Step-Innergetic team.

  • Cunego leads in Zurich

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    October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    Damiano Cunego will captain the Lampre-Caffita team in the Championship of Zurich on Sunday....

    Damiano Cunego will captain the Lampre-Caffita team in the Championship of Zurich on Sunday. "Lampre-Caffita presents a very competitive team which will work all for Damiano," said team director Giuseppe Martinelli. "Our main rivals are Bettini and Di Luca. This race will be very important for us also to determine how to organize the team around Damiano for the end of the season, in particular for the Giro di Lombardia."

    The full team is: Damiano Cunego, Alessandro Ballan, Salvatore Commesso, Andreas Matzbacher, Eddy Mazzoleni, Gorazd Stangelj, Sylwester Szmyd, and Patxi Vila.

  • Cooman questions De Cauwer's appointment

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    October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    Doctor Hans Cooman has denied Eddy Merckx's allegations that the "doping-hunters" seem to do their...

    Doctor Hans Cooman has denied Eddy Merckx's allegations that the "doping-hunters" seem to do their job, only looking for profit. "I don't think so," said Cooman in Het Laatste Nieuws, the same newspaper in which Merckx made the earlier statements. "Wether we catch one hundred or five hundred athletes; we don't earn a cent more. It's the doping dealers who are after the big money. We just want a clean sport. And we know that not everyone agrees with us on that."

    The appointment of José De Cauwer as youth-coordinator with the Davitamon-Lotto team is something that Cooman thinks of as strange. "I don't know if De Cauwer will be sanctioned (for passing on amphetamines to a cyclist) But if he does, he doesn't seem to be the ideal person to lead the young riders."

    The Belgian National Lottery recently gave €58,000 to the Flemish Community to buy a Sysmex, a device used to analyse blood samples. At the same time, the Lottery is sponsoring Davitamon-Lotto, which is now employing De Cauwer.

    It is known that there were meetings between Omega Pharma boss Marc Coucke and Miel Van den Bosch of the National Lottery before it was agreed to contract De Cauwer. And strangely enough, there were no objections.

    "The appointment of José De Cauwer fits into our social reintegration program. It's an active policy of the National Lottery to give people a second chance." says Lotto spokeswoman Ann Publie. "That's why we agreed on taking him on as youth-coordinator."

    This all happened one week before the trial of De Cauwer starts. No matter wether De Cauwer gets fined, sanctioned or not, it won't cost him his income. "The facts are old" says Ann Publie "things were completely different ten years ago.

    "On top of that, it has nothing to do with his job as youth-coordinator in our team," according to Omega Pharma spokesman Philippe Demyttenaere "We know the facts and don't have a problem with them."

    The...

  • Willo on the hunt

    Trent Wilson
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    October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Anthony Tan Now back in Australia, Cyclingnews diarist Trent Wilson is enjoying a good run of...

    By Anthony Tan

    Now back in Australia, Cyclingnews diarist Trent Wilson is enjoying a good run of form. The Selle Italia-Colombia rider, along with his equally larrikin Aussie team-mate, Russell Van Hout, returned from Europe early last month, deciding it was best to finish their season with a solid block of racing Down Under, beginning with the final race of the Tattersall's Cup Series, and finishing with the Herald Sun Tour and Tour of Queensland.

    "That was a bit of a disaster, really," said Wilson about Tatt's Cup Tour of the Murray River, where he was judged most aggressive rider on the ninth stage before finishing in third place that day. "Russ and I were thinking we were going to make some good coin, but to be honest, we were marked by everybody; we couldn't move anywhere until the last day, when the tour was nearly wrapped up."

    Despite this, 'Willo', as he's known to his mates, had his eye on a few other races, one being the Grafton to Inverell classic two weeks later. Race conditions were described the toughest in the 45-year history of the 228 kilometre race, with a howling headwind and a winner's time an hour slower than that seen in recent years, but Wilson was undeterred, creating the final five-man selection with 20 kilometres to go on the climb of Wire Gully. Though as he admits, the lack of a sprint put paid to his chances, especially going up against Health Net's Greg Henderson, a previous scratch race world champion, who took the race comfortably from two young Victorian Institute of Sport riders, with Wilson in fourth.

    "I rode better than the results showed... I just can't sprint!" he laughs, albeit a little nervously.

    The nervous chuckle may also have something to do with the fact that Wilson is on the hunt for a new team next year. After Selle Italia-Colombia's brilliant...

  • Winners of the UCI Continental Circuits

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    October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    The UCI has announced the winners of four out of the five Continental Circuits for 2005, with the...

    The UCI has announced the winners of four out of the five Continental Circuits for 2005, with the UCI Europe Tour rankings to be published later. The 2005-2006 UCI Europe Tour will start on October 15, 2005 and will end on October 14, 2006. For the UCI Africa Tour, the UCI America Tour, the UCI Asia Tour and the UCI Oceania Tour, the season will start on October 1, 2005 and will end on September 30, 2006. At the beginning of each season, the points from the previous season will be erased and riders will start from scratch.

    UCI Africa Tour

    Individual winner: Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Team Barloworld-Valsir
    Team: Team Barloworld-Valsir
    Nation: South Africa

    UCI America Tour

    Individual winner: Edgardo Simon (Arg) Colombia-Selle Italia
    Team: Health Net presented by Maxxis
    Nation: Brazil

    UCI Asia Tour

    Individual winner: Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Cycling Team Capec
    Team: Giant Asia Racing Team
    Nation: Islamic Republic of Iran

    UCI Oceania Tour

    Individual: Robert McLachlan (Aus) MG XPower presented by Bigpond
    Team: MG XPower presented by Bigpond
    Nation: Australia

    Full rankings: Continental Tours, Teams, Nations

  • An interview with Eddy Merckx

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    October 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    While at the 2005 Interbike , Cyclingnews ' North American Editor, Mark Zalewski, found the...

    Eddy on all things cycling

    While at the 2005 Interbike, Cyclingnews' North American Editor, Mark Zalewski, found the legendary Eddy Merckx signing autographs for a long line of fans at his booth. The Cannibal took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to sit down a catch up on what he has been up to and what he thinks about the current cycling world.

    Cyclingnews: First off, what did you think of that world championships? Finally another win for Belgium!

    EM: It was a very good ride! This year, winning Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix - for one day races, the best one is Boonen. It's a very good thing for Belgian cycling, absolutely. And he's still a young rider. It was good to see him growing.

    CN: Being as young as he is, do you think that one day he might be able to transform into a GC rider for the grand tours?

    EM: No... I think he can win every one day race - maybe not a Lombardy for a few years still, but Milan-San Remo, Amstel Gold Race or any one that has a difficult finish. I think he is a strong and complete rider. He is more than just a sprinter.

    CN: What are your thoughts on the latest in the EPO allegations, particularly involving Lance Armstrong?

    EM: I cannot understand it. How can you attack somebody that cannot defend himself? It's not normal too... the testing [procedure.] If you have something, you go to the UCI or WADA - but not after five or six years. That is not correct. It's a bad thing for cycling. It's not true and not just - attacking someone who cannot defend.

    Click here for the full interview