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First Edition Cycling News for October 4, 2007

Date published:
October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
  • Club Road Nationals to Auckland

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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Woodland

    500 riders will converge on Karaka in New Zealand, Thursday, October 18 for the first of four days...

    500 riders will converge on Karaka in New Zealand, Thursday, October 18 for the first of four days of competition in the National Club Road Cycling Championships, which will include individual time trial and road events.

    Riders in various classes from Under 15 to Masters 7 (over 65 year olds) will compete. There will also be events for Athletes With Disability. The time trial will feature and out and back course on Blackbridge, Muir, Stan Wright, Batty and Irwin Roads while the road races will be contested Friday through Sunday. Distances vary by categories but happen over a 26 km lap including Kingseat Road; Irwin, Batty, StanWright, Muir and Blackbridge Roads.

    For further information contact John Coker of Cycling Auckland at (09) 537 2561 or email coker.jd@xtra.co.nz

  • Boston Luna Chix to lead Rooster Ride

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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Woodland

    The Boston Luna Chix are inviting both men and women to join in their final road ride, called the...

    The Boston Luna Chix are inviting both men and women to join in their final road ride, called the "Rooster Ride" on October 6 at 9:30 am local time. They will lead a leisurely 25 mile ride at a 15 mph pace through the rolling countryside beyond historic Concord, Massachusetts. Expect a stop at an apple farm for a cider break en route.

    The Boston Luna Chix are a group of women who serve as ambassadors for the sports of cycling, running and triathlon. The team leads rides, conducts clinics, and raises awareness for the Breast Cancer Fund. For more information on the ride, visit www.bostonlunachixcycling.com.

  • Slipstream Sports development program grant applications welcome

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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Woodland

    Slipsteam Sports, the owners of Team Slipstream, announced a development program called "Causing the...

    Slipsteam Sports, the owners of Team Slipstream, announced a development program called "Causing the Slipstream" which will provide US$20,000 in financial support to outstanding youth cycling programs across the US.

    The program opened for applications from youth cycling programs across the country Wednesday and will continue to accept them through October 31. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements listed at www.slipstreamsports.com will be considered for grants, which will be available at three levels.

    Grant winners will also receive access to private training from Slipstream/Chipotle team members and renowned Sports Physiologist, Allen Lim, PHD, along with discounts and support from Team Slipstream/Chipotle sponsors.

    "Slipstream Sports was founded on the basic principal of developing the next generation of American cycling champions," said CEO/President, Jonathan Vaughters. "We're excited to be in the position to help more young cyclists achieve their dreams through this program.

  • Wind tunnel testing to North Carolina

    A2 wind tunnel test facility
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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Woodland

    This month, wind tunnel testing comes to North Carolina. The A2 facility in Mooresville, just a few...

    This month, wind tunnel testing comes to North Carolina. The A2 facility in Mooresville, just a few miles north of Charlotte, was designed by Gary Eaker, the same designer of the AeroDYN Wind Tunnel which is the test facility of nearly 100% of NASCAR race teams. It will be open for year-round testing of cyclists and manufacturers alike.

    A2 General Manager Dave Salazar said testing will be managed by bicycle specialist Mike Giraud. Mike has 15 years of cycling experience and has worked top athletes including Nathan O'Neill (eight-time Australian TT Champion), Chris Horner (three-time NRC Champion), Robbie Ventura (retired US Postal Cycling Team rider), Saturn Cycling Team, the Equipé Rona Cycling Team, and the Timex Multi-sport Team.

    The lab boasts a sophisticated data collection system, including real-time rider feedback. For more information, visit www.a2wt.com.

  • Quick.Step-Innergetic for Memorial Cimurri

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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Woodland

    Quick.Step-Innergetic announced its roster for the Memorial Cimurri on October 6 in Italy. The squad...

    Quick.Step-Innergetic announced its roster for the Memorial Cimurri on October 6 in Italy. The squad will be led by recently re-crowned World Champion Paolo Bettini.

    Quick.Step for Memorial Cimurri: Paolo Bettini, Mauro Facci, Dmytro Grabovskyy, Leonardo Scarselli, Andrea Tonti, Matteo Tosatto, Davide Viganó, and Giovanni Visconti under directors Serge Parsani and Davide Bramati.

  • LPR for Franco Belge & Memorial Cimurri

    Borut Bozic (Team LPR)
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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Woodland

    LPR announced its return to racing for the Circuito Franco-Belga from October 4 - 7. Director Mario...

    LPR announced its return to racing for the Circuito Franco-Belga from October 4 - 7. Director Mario Manzoni said, "Our attention will be focused on Daniel Nardello, Borut Bozic and Luca Solari as men in a position to make a difference. But our eye will also be on Daniele Callegarin and Luca Celli, who are always ready to go in a break."

    Another LPR squad will be busy at the Memorial Cimurri on October 7. "Our objective is to enliven the race," said Enrico Paolini, team director for that race. He was aware that his team gave him many cards to play. "If the race is selective, Paul Bailetti and Raffaele Ferrara could be our points of reference, otherwise Riccardo Chiarini, Alessandro Maserati, Maurizio Bellin and Roberto Traficante will be able to try."

    LPR for Franco Belge: Borut Bozic, Daniele Callegarin, Luca Celli, Enrique Gutierrez Cataluna, Daniele Nardello, Nazareno Rossi e Luca Solari under DS Mario Manzoni

    LPR for Memorial Cimurri: Paul Bailetti, Maurizio Bellin, Riccardo Chiarini, Andreas Dietziker, Raffaele Ferrara, Alessandro Maserati, Walter Proch and Roberto Traficante under DS Enrico Paolini.

  • Three new riders for Flexpoint

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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Woodland

    Team Flexpoint announced three new signings for next season. German Bianca Knöpfle is probably the...

    Team Flexpoint announced three new signings for next season. German Bianca Knöpfle is probably the best known. She was junior world champion in the time trial in Hamilton, Canada (2003). The team also welcomes Elisabeth Braam (Therme) and Britt Jochems. Jochems has already ridden for the cyclo-cross squad of Flexpoint last year.

    Flexpoint is now up to 10 riders for 2008 including Knöpfle, Braam, Jochems, Mirjam Melchers, Loes Gunnewijk, Loes Markerink, Iris Slappendel, Suzanne van Veen, Amber Neben and Elise van Hage, but the roster is still not complete.

  • Curvers signs with Skil-Shimano

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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Woodland

    Skil-Shimano signed Dutch rider Roy Curvers for 2008. The 27 year-old now rides for Time-Van Hemert,...

    Skil-Shimano signed Dutch rider Roy Curvers for 2008. The 27 year-old now rides for Time-Van Hemert, but he has inked a one-year deal with his new team. In 2007, Curvers won the Ronde of Midden-Brabant and a stage of the Olympia's Tour. He also finished second in the Omloop van de Houtse Linies, the Omloop van de Glazen Stad, the Profronde van Fryslan and the second stage of the Ronde van Midden-Brabant.

  • French anti-doping agency on Dynepo and its Tour performance

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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Pierre Bordry, President of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), said Wednesday that the samples of...

    Pierre Bordry, President of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), said Wednesday that the samples of approximately ten athletes had revealed traces of Dynepo, the drug believed to be the new EPO.

    Traces of this drug were discovered in the analysis of samples from Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen. "I do not see why this issue is polarizing around Rasmussen. There are many athletes in the same case. In June already, I had mentioned that there had been ten cases in athletics," said Bordry according to the AFP. A test for Dynepo is in the works, but not yet approved.

    AFLD also indicated it was pleased with the effectiveness of doping controls conducted at the Tour de France. AFLD officials as well as those from the French Cycling Federation (FFC), Amaury Sport Organization (ASO, race organizers), and principal collaborators of the agency were brought together around the same table for an evaluation. "This meeting will make it possible for the future to still improve the effectiveness of controls," said Bordry to the Associated Press. "We noted that good co-operation and professionalism allow more targeted strategy of controls.

    The testing from the 2007 Tour de France led to the withdrawals of several race favorites, including Kazakh Alexander Vinokourov (Astana), who tested positive for a homologous blood transfusion; Italian Cristian Moreni, who tested positive for testosterone; and Spaniard Iban Mayo, a climber who tested positive for EPO.

  • Armstrong comments support Landis

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    October 04, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Woodland

    Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong sympathized with Floyd Landis after an arbitration...

    Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong sympathized with Floyd Landis after an arbitration panel recently ruled to ban Landis for two years.

    "When you are giving someone the death penalty, which they essentially did, you cannot tolerate shoddy work, which they clearly did," Armstrong said to the Associated Press. "I don't understand that type of rationale. I don't understand the verdict.

    "It's tough for Floyd; it's tough for cycling. But at the same time, it's also really tough and unfortunate for the fans of all athletes. You never know when you're in that position, when an athlete's in that position, and you want to make sure that everything's done right."

    Armstrong, who has faced doping accusations directed his way, criticized the lab that handled Landis' samples. He also claimed an American jury would not have found Landis guilty of doping.

    "I didn't follow Floyd's case that much, but I will tell you, if that's a jury trial in the United States of America, with eight or 10 or 12 of our fellow citizens, you get off every time," said Armstrong to the AP. "Not that you get off, but you're vindicated."

    Armstrong said it wasn't just cycling suffering hard times. "I think all of sport is going through a tough time," he said. "There's a lot of money, a lot of pride, a lot of fame on the line. People are going to cut corners. It's the job of the governing bodies and the police and all these agencies to make sure what we're watching is pure and clear."