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First Edition Cycling News for September 16, 2005

Date published:
September 16, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Bray Wheelers fundraiser

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    September 16, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent The Bray Wheelers Cycling...

    By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    The Bray Wheelers Cycling Club is adding another string to its bow this Sunday, September 18, not in a race, but in a leisure cycle on behalf of a worthy cause: the local Bray Cancer Support Centre. The "Joe Loughman Randonnee" will be using the Route de Chill Mhantain, which is the course that is used for the Shay Elliott event held each year and which has attracted quality participants down the years, one such being Sean Kelly who won the event back in the 1970's.

    This year they have an unexpected bonus, which may attract the racing fraternity: An event scheduled for Athlone has been cancelled, which just may tempt some to travel to Bray.

    According to organiser Victor Edmonds, a former Olympian, "all funds are being directed to the worthy cause. The club actively promotes racing, but this little detour is a welcome innovation for the cycling fraternity in general. We have had great support from various companies who have subscribed product to keep the hunger pangs at bay for the participants. We are geared to meet the requirements for at least 150, but if more arrive, we can always do the 'loaves and fishes' miracle!" Edmonds continued.

    Sign on is in the Presentation College in Bray from 8.30 to 9.30. All donations will be gladly accepted on behalf of the Bray Cancer Support Centre. Certificates, T-shirt and refreshments will be the order of the day.

  • Varese hoping for 2008 World's

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    September 16, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    Next Tuesday, September 20, just before the opening of the 2005 Cycling World Championships in...

    Next Tuesday, September 20, just before the opening of the 2005 Cycling World Championships in Madrid, the Management Committee of the Union Cycliste Internationale will assign the 2008 Road Cycling World Championships to either Varese, Italy, Valkenburg, Netherlands or Lucca, Italy.

    Amedeo Colombo, president of the 'Varese Mondiale 2008' promoting committee, is convinced that Varese will succeed: "I think Varese is definitely favourite compared to its opponents ," he said. "The UCI Management Committee will decide on the grounds of three parameters: the validity of the routes, logistics resources and the economic offering."

    At the moment, the proposed parcours for a possible Road Race in 2008 is a town circuit of 17,6 km including two climbs, with a technical descent and a finishing straight of 400 metres. For the Time Trial, Varese offers three different routes (starting and finishing inside the hippodrome "Le Bettole", as for road races). The Elite Men's parcours of 45 km would be a loop around the lake of Varese.

    The organiser also hosts the Tre Valle Varesine race every year.

    The town of Lucca in Tuscany, meanwhile, also received a lot of support within Italy. Its Road Race proposition to the UCI involves a 19.6 km-long circuit from Viareggio to Massarosa, to be completed 14 times for a total of 274.4 km.

  • Vuelta shorts

    Paco Mancebo
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    September 16, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Swiss team Phonak has taken out Spaniard Santos Gonzalez from the Vuelta a España. He failed an...

    Phonak makes Gonzalez take a break

    Swiss team Phonak has taken out Spaniard Santos Gonzalez from the Vuelta a España. He failed an internal test carried out within the team, which showed that his blood levels exceeded the team's self-imposed tolerance level, which has been announced to be lower than the one used by the UCI. Director John Lelangue told reporters at the start of stage 18 in Avila that the rider wasn't suspended, only stopped from racing for his own safety. Gonzalez was placed 8th on General Classification until today, and finished third in Stage 17.

    Petacchi continues, Perdiguero quits

    By Hernan Alvarez Macias

    The men's road race of the World Championships will be raced in exactly ten days: September 25. Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) is one of the candidates for the victory in the capital of Spain. 'Ale-Jet' remains in the Vuelta a España, even though the courses taken by the race these last few days are not the ones that he likes most: small mountains, medium mountains, big mountains. Petacchi is still among the 129 riders who finished stage 18 in Avila.

    The great sprinter has scored four victories in the current Vuelta: Puertollano (stage 3), Argamasilla de Alba (stage 4), Lloret de Mar (stage 8) and Burgos (stage 12). A few days ago, he told to Cyclingnews that he wanted to stay at least two weeks in the Vuelta and he is currently up to the challenge. He also said that there was a chance to quit ten days before the World’s, but so far Petacchi has kept on racing. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the Fassa Bortolo rider doesn’t sign in tomorrow for stage 19.

    On the other hand, Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Phonak) decided to abandon the Vuelta. He told the media that a toeail was disturbing him very much, which was why he quit. Perdiguero is probably also thinking of the World’s that will take place in his home...

  • Vuelta stage 18 wrap-up

    Nicki Sorensen (CSC)
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    September 16, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Hernan Alvarez Macias

    CSC's Nicki Sørensen achieved his first Vuelta a España stage win today by outsprinting Javier...

    Sørensen strongest in CSC vs Balears battle

    CSC's Nicki Sørensen achieved his first Vuelta a España stage win today by outsprinting Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Comunidad Valenciana) in an exciting three-man battle also involving José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Illes Balears), who finished third. Sørensen had been part of the day's main breakaway since kilometre 12, and proved to be the strongest in the cobblestone section around Avila's ancient Murallas, the fortress-like boundaries of the inner city.

    In the finale, third-placed Garcia Acosta made an enormous effort to bridge the gap back to Rodriguez and the Dane, who were leading the race since the last climb, the Puerto de Navalmoral some 22 kilometres before the finish line. Only a few seconds behind, he paid for it in the end and finished the race 22 seconds later than the winner.

    The remnants of the early breakaway, Daniele Nardello (T-Mobile), Oscar Pereiro (Phonak), Mario Aerts (Davitamon), Pablo Lastras (Illes Balears) and Gorka Gonzales (Euskaltel) arrived in the finish just in front of the chasing bunch, led out by Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears), who gained some seconds on CSC's Carlos Sastre in the battle for third overall placing - but Sastre still leads this spot by 58 seconds.

    Golden jersey wearer Roberto Heras (Liberty) arrived in Avila after what must have been an 'easy' day for him, as the bunch let the initial breakaway leave and lead by a maximun of over 10 minutes. Illes Balears drove the pace in the second half of the race, with Mancebo attacking on the final climb. But it was no use - CSC today proved stronger by taking the stage win and maintaining the General Classification as it is.

    Also see:

    Stage 18 full results & report
    Main
    Stages &...

  • Pound: "Verbruggen was the leak"

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    September 16, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Hedwig Kröner

    By Hedwig Kröner The Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Dick Pound, has told reporters...

    By Hedwig Kröner

    The Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Dick Pound, has told reporters in a telephone press conference on Thursday that it was UCI president Hein Verbruggen himself who leaked the doping control protocols of the 1999 Tour de France to French sports paper L'Equipe, which in turn provided the basis for the allegations that Lance Armstrong took EPO for the first of his Tour victories.

    "It certainly wasn't WADA," Pound replied when asked who provided the official forms to L'Equipe. "And it certainly wasn't the French laboratory. Neither of us had that information.

    "It's quite clear. Mr. Verbruggen told us that he showed all six of Armstrong's doping control forms to the journalist of L'Equipe and that he gave them a copy of at least one of the forms. As I understand it, one of the forms goes to the UCI, one to the athlete, and another one to the National Federation, one went to the French Ministry [of Sport]. The French Ministry destroyed its copies, I think, two years later. I have no idea whether the French Federation have them or if so, where, but the UCI has kept them. I don't know whether they have kept their own requirement to destroy the forms two years later but they obviously haven't."

    Interestingly, the forms reproduced on the L'Equipe headlines of August 23 show the mention "Feuillet 1" (literally Sheet 1). Cyclingnews understands that the first sheet of the protocols always goes to the UCI.

    So it was really Verbruggen himself who gave the documents to the L'Equipe journalist? "That's what I understand from the letter that he [Verbruggen] sent to us," Pound replied, adding he didn't know whether Verbruggen knew of the purpose the information would serve. "They certainly knew who [the journalist] was. But I certainly don't know how it was that the UCI would have made available those forms with the code numbers on them. If they were...