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First Edition Cycling News for October 31, 2005

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October 31, 2005, 0:00 GMT
  • CCB Racing for 2006

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    October 31, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Alan Messenger

    Amos Brumble (age 31, Westerly, RI) Cat 1 Patrick Walsh (age 24, Natick, Ma) Cat 1 Jeffrey Craddock...

    Elite Men

    Amos Brumble (age 31, Westerly, RI) Cat 1
    Patrick Walsh (age 24, Natick, Ma) Cat 1
    Jeffrey Craddock (age 24, Barnstable, Ma) Cat 2
    Thom Norton (age 31, Medfield, Ma) Cat 1
    Conor Coffey (age 19, Westerly, RI) Cat 2
    Matt O’Keefe (age 32, Ipswich, Ma) Cat 5
    Dan Cassidy (age 23, Burlington, Vt) Cat 1
    Dan Vaillencourt (age 23, Saco, Me) Cat 1
    Jake Hollenbach (age 23, Burlington, Vt) Cat 2
    Joe Ackerman (age 32, Danvers, Ma) Cat 1
    Shawn Forsythe (age 37, Westerly, Ri) Cat 2
    Sasha Bielakawski (age 23, Hamden, Ct) Cat 2
    Yahor Buben (age 23, Hamden, Ct) Cat 2 Br>
    Ciaran Mangan (age 34, Natick, Ma) Cat 2

    Elite Women

    Andrea Cox (age 31, Haverhill, Ma) Cat 2
    Catherine Bearce (age 31, Burlington, Ma ) Cat 1
    Louise Barris (age 31, No Reading, Ma) Cat 2
    Karen Nash (age 31, N Hampton, NH) Cat 2
    Mary Ann Martinez (age 31, Westerly, RI) Cat 2
    Stacey Mosely (age 31, Waltham Ma) Cat 3
    Cynthia Joiner (age 31, Falmouth, Ma) Cat 2
    Aimee Savard (age 31, Beverly, Ma) Cat 3
    Marta Downing (age 31, Merrimac, NH) Cat 3
    Brenda Barth (age 31, No Andover, Mass) Cat 4

    Elite Vet

    Tyler Munroe (age 45, No Andover, Ma)
    Jimmy Veliskakis (age 47, Beverly, Ma)
    Maurice Bresnahan (age 45, No Andover, Ma)
    Mark Hagen (age 50, Natick, Ma)
    Geoff Hamilton (age 36, Marblehead, Ma)
    Tommy Mannion (age 45, Dedham, Ma)
    James Fitzgerald (age 50, Georgetown, Ma)
    Phil Fujawa (age 38, Waltham, Ma)
    Jim Hunt (age 55, Newburyport, Ma )
    John Green (age 35, Georgetown, Ma)
    Scott Fader (age 32, Belmont, Ma)
    Graham Jones (age 48, Andover, Ma)
    Barry Boyce (age 41, North Andover, Ma)
    Tim Groesbeck (age 46, Concord, NH)
    Steve Degon (age 43, North Hampton, NH)
    Jerome Barth (age 45, North Andover, Ma)
    Jim Nash (age 46, North Hampton, NH)
    George Adams (age 51, Newton,...

  • Eddy & Axel Merckx fund raise for BC Cancer Foundation

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    October 31, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Alan Messenger

    Eddy Merckx and his son Axel Merckx appeared at the Wedgewood Hotel in Vancouver, Canada today to...

    Eddy Merckx and his son Axel Merckx appeared at the Wedgewood Hotel in Vancouver, Canada today to help raise money for cancer. The pair were the main drawcards at a fundraising banquet for cycling fans benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation in support of cancer research in British Columbia.

    Eddy's reasons for appearing at the fundraiser were personal. "Cancer has affected my son's mother-in-law, my friends and my fellow riders in the cycling community," he said. "I am happy that my first visit to Vancouver is to support cancer research through the BC Cancer Foundation. I hope it can make a difference."

    Wedgewood Hotel general manager Philip Meyer is an avid cycling competitor, the founder and captain of the Wedgewood Cycling Team and a huge fan of Eddy and Axel Merckx. Like American cycling champion Lance Armstrong, Meyer is also a testicular cancer survivor and has designated all the funds Team Wedgewood raises from its races and special events to go to the BC Cancer Foundation.

    "Eddy and Axel have been so generous in giving their time and energy to support our Evening of Champions for the BC Cancer Foundation," he said. "My own personal experience with cancer and my love of cycling made this event a natural. I'm extremely grateful to Eddy and Axel and to Axel's mother-in-law Colleen Cross, who was the one who really got this going."

    Axel Merckx's mother-in-law Colleen Cross is a breast cancer survivor who lives in Kelowna, B.C. "I received such wonderful care from the BC Cancer Agency," she said. "I strongly believe that working together we can make a difference, and I wanted to help other breast cancer patients in Kelowna and B.C. So I asked Axel to help out. How could he say no to his mother-in-law? He spoke to Eddy and now here we are."

    Team Wedgewood plans to hold an annual Evening of Champions for the BC Cancer Foundation. To contribute to this year's event or for information about next year's plans, contact the BC...

  • Contract news

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    October 31, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Euskaltel-Euskadi has gained two young riders, Iban Iriondo and Unai Uribarri , both from Seguros...

    Euskaltel-Euskadi has gained two young riders, Iban Iriondo and Unai Uribarri, both from Seguros Bilbao, who have signed two year contracts with the Basque team. Iban Mayoz, Rubén Pérez, Beñat Albizuri and Xabier Carbayeda (as third sports director) have also signed contracts with the team.

    Paolo Bossoni has signed a contract with Tenax Nobili Rubinetterie. The 29 year-old who rode for Fassa Bortolo this season has a one year deal with the squad.

    Team Miche has also confirmed the signing of Dane Bo Hamburger, who rode for Acqua e Sapone this year. Ukrainian Denis Shkarpeta (Ceramica Pagnoncelli) and Pole Arkadiusz Wojtas (Skil-Moser) will also join Team Miche.

  • Lieswyn back for Tour of Southland

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    October 31, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Alan Messenger Last year's winner, US professional John Lieswyn leads a strong Southland Times...

    By Alan Messenger

    Last year's winner, US professional John Lieswyn leads a strong Southland Times team in the PowerNet Tour of Southland, which gets under way from Invercargill in New Zealand's South Island on Monday, November 7 and finishes back in the city on the following Saturday, November 12.

    But Lieswyn gave out a word of warning on his prospects this year. The likeable American has been changing the focus of his cycling career and will in the future be based in New Zealand. "I've had a lot of life changes with the shift to New Zealand and haven't been on the bike much for six weeks. I'm going into the race underdone but I received a lot of encouragement from finishing fourth in the K2 yesterday," he said.

    Lieswyn emphasized that he would very well play a support role this year. "I don't feel that I could win this year but I'm going to be there for Glen (Mitchell). We have been personal friends for a long time and he worked hard for me last year so I hope I can help him this year."

    The other team members, all very capable of winning the Tour are: US based Mitchell, former world track champion Greg Henderson and New Zealand track squad riders Peter Latham and Tim Gudsell. Mitchell, second in last year's tour, won the North Island K2 Classic last Saturday after finishing second in the national road championship the previous week. He won the Southland Tour in 2000 and a repeat this year would certainly not surprise.

    Henderson has made a big impression as a road rider in the USA this year and he recently won the Australian Grafton to Inverell Classic. Latham is a newcomer to the team, replacing 2003 winner Scott Guyton. He is rated New Zealand's hottest young cycling prospect after taking the bronze medal in the under 23 time trial at the world road championships at Madrid this year. Last year in the tour, riding for the Rabobank team, he won the individual time trial stage and took out the under 23 overall...

  • Gonzalez expects to be cleared

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    October 31, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Alan Messenger

    Euskaltel's Aitor Gonzalez expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing after testing positive for an...

    Euskaltel's Aitor Gonzalez expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing after testing positive for an anabolic substance during the last Vuelta a España. Although the analysis of the B sample has not been finalised, Gonzalez' manager Angel Buenache and lawyer Luis Sanz will defend their man by arguing the "tainted supplement" defense.

    "Now we can affirm that Aitor is innocent," said Buenache to Marca. "The investigations that we have authorised have finish and confirm his innocence. We worked with two laboratories from Barcelona and with noted specialists from Valencia and we can show that the metabolite that appeared in his urine was due to a product, allowed by the authorities, that was contaminated. It's even stranger that the metabolite doesn't serve to improve performance in cycling, but the opposite, since it blocks the muscle. Therefore it is obvious that it wasn't deliberate."

    Buenache wouldn't name the allegedly contaminated product, although Marca speculated that it was 'Animal Pak', 6,000 units of which were found to be contaminated after being seized in March this year.

  • Lance does comedy too

    Lance Armstrong
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    October 31, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor Lance Armstrong, formerly best known for beating cancer and...

    By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    Lance Armstrong, formerly best known for beating cancer and winning the Tour de France seven times, made his improv-comedy debut on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Saturday. With musical guest (and fiancee) Sheryl Crow joining him, Lance and the 'Not Yet Ready for Prime Time Players' wasted no time in taking shots at critics and nay-sayers. The introductory monologue consisted of Lance taking questions from the audience, including an irate French national and four disgruntled members of his Discovery Channel team upset at not being asked to also host the show.

    Sure he is no Mike Myers, but Lance made it through a variety of sketches with presence (although we could have done without Lance singing). For those wondering what Lance might be up to next in his career, the first sketch consisted of Lance racing in an Ironman triathlon...

  • Basso to skip Giro, concentrate on the Tour

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    October 31, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    CSC's Ivan Basso has confirmed that he will skip the Giro d'Italia this year. "I want to totally...

    CSC's Ivan Basso has confirmed that he will skip the Giro d'Italia this year. "I want to totally concentrate on the Tour de France," he said. Basso is considered one of the favourites to win the Tour in 2006. He plans a new race program leading up to next year's race. "I have set new goals for the spring and plan to start in one or more of the Classics," he added, especially thinking about Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

    Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

  • An interview with Murilo Fischer

    Champagne time for Murilo Fischer
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    October 31, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    Brazil is not a country that enjoys the same cycling traditions as France, Italy or Belgium. Most...

    Cycling's Samba King

    Brazil is not a country that enjoys the same cycling traditions as France, Italy or Belgium. Most people prefer football as a sport, Brazil having won the World Cup a record five times. However, Brazilian rider and Naturino Sapore di Mare team member Murilo Fischer is beginning to put his country on the road cycling's world map. Cyclingnews' Hernan Alvarez spoke with Fischer as he relaxed at home about the highs of 2005 and the direction Brazilian cycling is taking.

    He comes from a country without a tradition in cycling, so Fischer was doing something a bit different by taking up the sport seriously. "I started riding mountain bikes in July 1995. I did this until the end of 1996, then in '97 I began road cycling," said Fischer. When talking about his passion for the bike, he states "Love is born and nobody knows why. I liked bicycles since I was a kid. I liked bikes and I always went riding with friends to the cross circuits starting at five, six years old. During that time, I always rode bikes, and when I was a bit older, my father brought me a mountain bike as a gift so I started riding it."

    Coming from Brusque, in the southern state of Santa Catarina, where he lives when not competing, Fischer enjoys the lifestyle offered by his home country, but realises that Europe is where he needs to be in order to compete against the world's best. The 26-year-old ended the 2005 season by winning the Trofeo Citta Di Castelfidardo, Giro del Piemonte, Milano-Vignola (GP Beghelli) and GP Industria & Commercio Di Prato, plus two Uniqa Classic stages and stage 3 of the Tour of Qinghai Lake. He was second in the Giro del Lazio and the Uniqa Classic, third in the GP Industria & Artigianato and Coppa Bernocchi. This string of strong results, particularly during the latter half of the season helped him win the UCI Europe Tour with 748 points.