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First Edition Cycling News for October 8, 2006

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October 08, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • 24 Hours Solo World MTB Championships too close to call

    Running for the bikes
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    Steve Medcroft

    By Steve Medcroft In Conyers, Georgia, Trek/VW mountain-biker Chris Eatough is getting aserious...

    By Steve Medcroft

    In Conyers, Georgia, Trek/VW mountain-biker Chris Eatough is getting aserious challenge in his bid for a seventh consecutive 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Solo Championship (held form noon October 7th to noon October 8th).

    Just before sunset on Saturday, after six hours of racing, Australian marathon and 24-Hour Solo National Champion Craig Gordon (Bear Naked/Cannondale) is runing head-to-head with Eatough, with two other riders within striking distance.

    In the women's event, Eatough's teammate Susan Haywood is finding two riders challenging her attempt at a first World Championships title; Rebecca Rusch (US 24 Hour Solo National Champion) and Monique Sawicki (2004 and 2005 US NORBA Marathon Series Champion) are six and eight minutes off the leader respectively.

    Check out live updates from the race as it unfolds at the 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Solo Championships race page.

  • Floyd Landis makes appearance at US Track Nationals

    Floyd Landis
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    Andy Sparks

    By Andy Sparks Day three at the US Elite Track Nationals saw a surprise visit by 2006 Tour de France...

    By Andy Sparks

    Day three at the US Elite Track Nationals saw a surprise visit by 2006 Tour de France Champion, Floyd Landis. Apparently on hand to show support for OUCH Pro Cycling's World Pursuit Champion Sarah Hammer, Landis arrived with OUCH Sports Medical Center's executive director, Dr. Brent Kay.

    The two made their rounds for fan photos and also took part in the award ceremony where Landis presented Hammer with her new National Champion jersey in the points race.

    Landis, who recently underwent surgery to replace his ailing hip at the OUCH Sports Medical Center, visibly enjoyed his first visit to the velodrome.

  • Team car wrecks on route to Sun Tour

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    Cycling News

    By John Trevorrow While heading to the start of the Herald Sun Tour in Shepparton, the FRF Couriers...

    By John Trevorrow

    While heading to the start of the Herald Sun Tour in Shepparton, the FRF Couriers team car was involved in an accident. A blown rear tyre caused the driver to lose control of the car, which then rolled over. Team assistant Peter Brook was taken to hospital with minor injuries, treated and released.

    Riders Brendan Brook, Robbie Cater and Joe McDonnell escaped, shaken up but unhurt. McDonnell has a sore leg but will be right to start the Tour. The two bikes on the roof were destroyed, one was a spare bike, but the team are now searching for a replacement bike for Brendan Brooks.

  • Basque prodigy falls to his death

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    Cycling News

    21 year old Spanish rider Julen Goikoetxea has died after falling from a balcony in Ondarroa, in the...

    21 year old Spanish rider Julen Goikoetxea has died after falling from a balcony in Ondarroa, in the Basque Country. Goikoetxea had signed pro contract for 2007 for Euskaltel-Euskadi. Apparently, Goitkoetxea, who was under treatment for severe depression, had made earlier attempts to end his life.

  • Haselbacher and McEwen bury the hatchet

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    Cycling News

    It's a picture that is still clear to many of those who saw it: the sixth stage of the Tour de...

    It's a picture that is still clear to many of those who saw it: the sixth stage of the Tour de France 2004, Gerolsteiner's Rene Haselbacher crashed in the sprint finale, taking many of his rivals down with him. And as Haselbacher lay on the ground, writing in pain from multiple broken bones, Robbie McEwen stood over him and cursed him out. "Up until that point we had a normal cycling friendship," says Haselbacher. "But afterwards we had no more contact." But time heals all wounds, and friendship has been established again.

    At a party in Salzburg following the World Championships, "Robbie came to me and apologized. It was a very nice gesture and made me very happy," according to Haselbacher. "I have always had a lot of respect for him, he is one of the best spritners and a great athlete."

  • Doping scandal reaches German cyclo-cross team

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    October 08, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    John Trevorrow

    According to radsportnews.com the German cyclo-cross outfit Team Stevens Racing has suspended...

    According to radsportnews.com the German cyclo-cross outfit Team Stevens Racing has suspended reigning national cyclo-cross champion Johannes Sickmüller from the team. The suspension comes after the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung revealed allegations that a famous German sports physician, Dr. Til Steinmeier, was supplying doping products to a number of athletes, including Sickmüller and a former member of the team, Fabian Brzezinski.

    The allegations, made anonymously by a former colleague of Steinmeier, included photographs of computer screens showing athletes' names and treatment details. Both Steinmeier and Team Stevens Racing deny the accusations, and are considering legal action.

    Team Stevens Racing manager Werner von Hacht said he "was shocked about the accusations, and insists on clearing up the matter." He emphasized that "one of the implicated riders, Fabian Brzezinski, had not been a part of the team since mid-September," and that the team stands for a clean sport. Both of the riders implicated, Brzezinski and Sickmüller, denied any wrong-doing. Brzezinski said he passed six doping controls last year and that he was thrown out of the team in September because "he didn’t fit."

    Courtesy of Bjorn Haake

  • Andy Schleck to re-sign with CSC

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    By Katharina Schulz As feltet.dk reports, the younger of the Schleck brothers, Andy, is just about...

    By Katharina Schulz

    As feltet.dk reports, the younger of the Schleck brothers, Andy, is just about to sign a new two-year contract with Team CSC. The 21-year-old rider from Luxemburg has been on the team for the last two seasons, and achieved some good results during that time: he won two stages at the Sachsen Tour this year and the national ITT last year.

    Despite tempting offers from other teams, Andy would like to stay on the team with his brother Frank, winner of the Alpe d'Huez stage at this year's Tour de France, whose contract with CSC lasts until 2008. Although there has been no official announcement from the team yet, Bjarne Riis is said to have offered Andy Schleck a place on next season's team for both Paris-Nice and the Tour de Suisse.

  • Petacchi to race in Italy

    Petacchi & Ongarato
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    Cycling News

    Alessandro Petacchi, who has been out of action since he fractured his hand in a fit of anger after...

    Alessandro Petacchi, who has been out of action since he fractured his hand in a fit of anger after stage 15 of the Tour of Spain, will get back on the bike for the Trofeo Città di Borgomanero on October 15th. Petacchi will pair up with his Milram teammate Alberto Ongarato for the 52 km long two-man time trial event. Also on the start list are new world champions Paolo Bettini and Fabian Cancellara, and Sergei Gonchar, who held leaders' jerseys in both this year's Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

    Petacchi's season, cut short by a break to his kneecap in May, was re-started in September's Vuelta a Espana only to be stopped again after he hit a team bus after stage 15 and broke a bone in his hand. He will have this one last race to enjoy before taking his winter vacation.

    Teams for Trofeo Città di Borgomanero:

    Paolo Bettini - Matteo Tosatto (Quick Step)
    Fabian Cancellara - Andrea Peron (CSC)
    Danilo Di Luca - Alessandro Spezialetti (Liquigas)
    Vincenzo Nibali - Roman Krueziger (Liquigas)
    Luca Paolini - Stefano Zanini (Liquigas)
    Franco Pellizotti - Andrea Noe' (Liquigas)
    Rinaldo Nocentini - Andrea Tonti (Acqua&Sapone)
    Fabio Sacchi - Marco Velo (Milram)
    Leonardo Bertagnolli - Cristian Moreni (Cofidis)
    Serghei Gontchar - Eddy Mazzoleni (T-Mobile)
    Ruslan Pidgornyy - Gabriele Bosisio (Tenax)
    Mauro Gerosa - Denis Shkarpeta (Miche)
    Paolo Longo Borghini - Maurizio Varini (Ceramica Flaminia)
    Alessandro Ballan - Daniele Bennati (Lampre)
    Sylwester Szmyd - Marc Marzano (Lampre)
    Paolo Bailetti - Raffaele Ferrara (Androni Giocattoli)
    Alberto Ongarato - Alessandro Petacchi (Milram)

  • Serious injury for Michael Rasmussen

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    Cycling News

    Danish rider Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) was seriously injured today during a crash in Giro...

    Danish rider Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) was seriously injured today during a crash in Giro dell’Emilia. Rasmussen suffered a fracture to the top of his left femur. The winner of the polkadot jersey in the past two editions of the Tour de France will undergo surgery, and then will face several months of rehabilitation. However, at this time his team does not expect Rasmussen’s spring program to be in jeopardy.

  • Baumann happy to be racing again

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    October 08, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    T-Mobile's Eric Baumann doesn't expect to win Paris-Tours, but is happy just to be able to race it....

    T-Mobile's Eric Baumann doesn't expect to win Paris-Tours, but is happy just to be able to race it. The sprinter missed much of the year due to a complicated leg break suffered in February, so he spent much more time in hospitals and therapy than in the Spring Classics. "I'm happy to be riding again," Baumann said.

    A crash in the Algarve Tour broke both bones in Baumann's lower left leg. After surgery, he did extensive therapy before finally climbing back on the bike two and half months after the crash. He returned to racing at the Denmark Tour in August, followed by the Eneco Tour and the Poland Tour, but it was only after the Circuit Franco-Belge last month that he could say, "Now I'm back to the right level."

    Fortunately for him he didn't have to worry about his contract, which expired at the end of this season. "The former team management told me that I would get a new contract if I recovered," he said, and the new management has followed suit. "Eric Baumann is a good type, who deserves a second chance," according to incoming director sportif Rolf Aldag.

  • Haussler out of Paris-Tours

    Heinrich Haussler
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    October 08, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Katharina Schulz

    Team Gerolsteiner was hoping that Heinrich Haussler could continue his recent success in Sunday's...

    Team Gerolsteiner was hoping that Heinrich Haussler could continue his recent success in Sunday's Paris-Tours Pro Tour race, but the youngster is going to spend the day sick in bed rather than on his bike. A case of the flu has laid him low and cancelled his plans.

    Haussler missed much of the season because of mononucleosis, but still managed to bring in five victories, including two stages of the Circuit Franco-Belge.