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First Edition Cycling News for September 18, 2005

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September 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Reichl killed in motorcycle crash

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    September 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Kristy Scrymgeour

    Former T-Mobile rider Dirk Reichl, 24, was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday night, the...

    Former T-Mobile rider Dirk Reichl, 24, was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday night, the T-Mobile team has announced. Reichl was a member of the Telekom Youth Team and joined the then Team Telekom in 2002. His contract was not renewed and he joined the "Jan Ullrich" GS-III team before ending his career.

    Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

  • Pantani's mother calls for further investigations

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    September 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Kristy Scrymgeour

    Toninia Pantani, mother of the deceased Marco Pantani, has called for further investigations into...

    Toninia Pantani, mother of the deceased Marco Pantani, has called for further investigations into the circumstances of the death of her son. In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Voce di Romagna she said, "I am sure that Marco was not alone in the last hours of his life. Someone was in the room with him and I hope that the truth will come out.

    "The toilet had been removed from his hotel room, there was chaos in the whole room, and my son didn't even have any scratches on his hands. How is this possible?" she asked. In addition, she noted that two jackets which did not belong to Pantani were found in his room. "It must be discovered who they belonged to," she added.

    Pantani died on Feb. 14, 2004, in a hotel room in Rimini from the results of a cocaine overdose. Four drug dealers and Pantani's last girlfriend have been charged with contributing to his death.

    Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

  • Venezuela's World's line-up

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    September 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Kristy Scrymgeour

    Venezuela has announced its line-up for the World Road Cycling Championships. With seven riders...

    Venezuela has announced its line-up for the World Road Cycling Championships. With seven riders allowed to participate, the Venezuelan federation named three Elite and four U23 riders travelling to Spain.

    Without José Rujano (Selle Italia-Colombia), who finished third in this year's Giro d'Italia, the national team will include: José Chacón (three times winner of the Vuelta a Venezuela), Honorio Machado and Arthur García as Elite riders, as well as Iván Castillo, Anthony Brea, Miguel Chacón and José Ramos in U23 category.

  • Wesemann goes Swiss

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    September 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Kristy Scrymgeour

    At the moment, T-Mobile's Steffen Wesemann is riding the Tour of Poland as a German citizen, but on...

    At the moment, T-Mobile's Steffen Wesemann is riding the Tour of Poland as a German citizen, but on Monday he will turn his German passport in and become a Swiss citizen. He noted that he has lived in Switzerland for 10 years and that his wife and two daughters are Swiss citizens. "I see my professional future there, too," Wesemann said. "I want to gather experience in cycling management and advise riders. And it really doesn't matter if I travel to do that with a German passport or a Swiss one." Last but not least, Wesemann has been nominated for the Swiss road race roster in the upcoming World Championships in Madrid next week.

    The T-Mobile rider also commented that he was eligible to vote in the German national elections on Sunday, by absentee ballot, but that the decided not to. "It would be unfair to vote for a political system with which I will have nothing to do after Monday," he added.

    Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

  • USA announces World's roster

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    September 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Kristy Scrymgeour

    USA Cycling has announced the riders that will represent the United States at the 2005 UCI Road...

    USA Cycling has announced the riders that will represent the United States at the 2005 UCI Road World Championships in Madrid, Spain, from September 21-25. A total of 21 riders in three categories - elite and U23 men and elite women - will compete for the title of world champion in road race and time trial events.

    Headlining the list of elite men is 2004 Olympic time trial bronze medalist Bobby Julich (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) who will be gunning for a rainbow jersey in the elite men's time trial on September 22. One of the top time trial riders in the world, Julich captured major time trial wins this season at the Tour of Benelux and Criterium International and placed fourth in the 55-kilometre time trial at the Tour de France.

    Joining Julich on the elite men's squad are UCI ProTour riders Christian VandeVelde (Boulder, Colo.), Fred Rodriguez (Emeryville, Calif.), Jason McCartney (Coralville, Iowa), Patrick McCarty (Allen, Texas), Saul Raisin (Dalton, Ga.), and Guido Trenti (Natick, Mass.) while domestic-based pros Phil Zajicek (Tucson, Ariz.) and John Lieswyn (Ames, Iowa) round out the nine-man contingent.

    Tyler Farrar (Wenatchee, Wash.) leads the five-man U23 team. The recent winner of the USPRO Criterium Championships and a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir, Farrar will look to excel on a relatively flat course tailor made for a sprint specialist.

    Joining Farrar on the U23 list is national time trial champion Steven Cozza (Petaluma, Calif.), John Devine (Colorado Springs, Colo.), John Murphy (Marietta, Ga.) and Michael Wolf (Decatur, Ga.).

    The six-member women's team consists of current U.S. and Pan American time trial champion Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho) and national road race champion Kathryn Curi (Danville, Calif.).

    European-based pro Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif.), Kori Seehafer (Louisville, Colo.) and Christine Thorburn (Menlo Park, Calif.) are also on the squad as are sprinters Laura Van Gilder (Pocono...

  • Giro della Toscana: a debacle raced neutral

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    Cycling News

    By Kristy Scrymgeour All hell broke loose in the Giro della Toscana Femminile on Friday night as...

    By Kristy Scrymgeour

    All hell broke loose in the Giro della Toscana Femminile on Friday night as dark and dangerous conditions caused riders to race neutral to keep things safe. Leading the way in the protest was Australian Olivia Gollan, who was voted in by riders earlier this year to be the first President of the Women’s CPA (Professional Cyclists Association), an organization that represents the rights of the riders. Gollan, who is participating in the race for Nürnberger told Cyclingnews on Saturday that the night time criterium was "pitch black with 13 corners in 3 kilometres as well as many other obstacles such as garbage bins on the road and just too dangerous for us a week before World Championships."

    Unfortunately for Gollan, the decision by the riders as a whole came only ten minutes before the start of the race, creating a rather chaotic turn of events, which in retrospect, Gollan said, should have been handled a little bit better.

    As the race started the majority of the peloton had agreed to ride the race neutral to keep everybody safe with the plan to give the win to somebody down on GC so that the time bonus points didn’t affect the race proper. However with four laps remaining, Mexican rider Clemilda Fernandes Silva (UC. Chirio Forno D'Asolo) attacked, going against the plan of the peloton. With the bunch looking to Gollan for what to do next, Gollan rode up to the girl to try to talk to her. Fernandes Silva explained that she had been offered money to attack.

    Gollan was told to return to the peloton by the Commisaire and a new plan emerged out of the bunch and that was to stop riding all together. In unison the peloton stopped riding as they hit the finish line with three laps to go. Fernades Silva kept riding despite continual pressure from the rest of the riders. Eventually all riders continued the race at...

  • Conflict between Schenk and UCI goes on

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    September 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Kristy Scrymgeour

    Just a few days before the UCI presidential elections at the World Championships in Madrid, the...

    Just a few days before the UCI presidential elections at the World Championships in Madrid, the conflict that has been opposing the former president of the German cycling federation and current member of the UCI Management Committee, Sylvia Schenk, and the President of the International Cycling Union, Hein Verbruggen, has been taken to another level.

    While the decisions regarding Schenk's complaints about president-elect Pat McQuaid's relationship with the UCI have been rejected by both the UCI Board of Appeal and the UCI Ethics Commission, the UCI, its President and Pat McQuaid have decided to instigate legal proceedings against her for defamation.

    In an official statement dated Friday, September 16, the UCI explained its point of view on "repeated, and apparently systematically organised, attacks" coming from "a small number of ill-intentioned individuals who are conducting a genuine campaign to destabilise the UCI."

    Sylvia Schenk, in return, is ready to continue her complaints while "refraining from any defamatory attacks against persons" and "take all possible measures against [the recent decisions], especially ask the IOC Ethics Commission for a decision," which she announced in a press release dated Saturday, September 17.

    Cyclingnews coverage of the UCI elections

    September 24 - Spain's perspective on UCI election result
    September 24 - Darshan Singh retires
    September 23 - A wonderful moment for McQuaid
    September 23 - McQuaid wins UCI presidential election