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First Edition Cycling News for September 6, 2005

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September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Bike shop owner semi paralysed after crash

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Sabine Sunderland

    Tom McCurry, owner of Two Wheel Transit in Johnson City, Tennessee has been severely injured in a...

    Tom McCurry, owner of Two Wheel Transit in Johnson City, Tennessee has been severely injured in a crash while descending a local mountain. While entering a turn at high speed Tom's front tyre lost air, sending him straight across the road into a ditch as his head hit an embankment. He has been hospitalised for two weeks and is making slow progress in the Vanderbilt Rehab Hospital in Nashville, TN. However, McCurry has no health insurance.

    McCurry has been a popular figure of the local cycling community for 25 years, and friends and customers are trying to keep Two Wheel Transit open to ensure some income, but greater financial support is required. Anyone who would like to help is encouraged to visit the site established by the North East Tennessee cycling community, which has raised about $4500 already.

  • Australian under-19 team to ride nationals

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Sabine Sunderland

    Members of the Australian junior team will ride this week’s 2005 National Road Cycling Championships...

    Members of the Australian junior team will ride this week’s 2005 National Road Cycling Championships on the Sunshine Coast for the first time. The separation this year of the senior and junior world championships has enabled the top young riders to return home in time for their national championships.

    Riders from the current National Road Team include Western Australian Cameron Meyer; NSW riders Luke Cridland from Sydney and Mitch Chapman from Orange, while the impressive Tiffany Cromwell from Upper Sturt in South Australia will be a rider to watch in the U19 women’s category.

    The Australian junior Track Team will also be supplying some of the big stars. Last year cycling prodigy Scott Sunderland of Busselton, WA was simply unbeatable in the Under 17’s winning the National Title in all three individual titles (Road Race, Time Trial and Criterium) and silver in the Pairs Time Trial. This year he moved to the Under 19s and has won medals in the World Kilo and Team Sprint Championships.

    Sunderland is joined by fellow track representatives Todd Dawson, of Willowbank, Qld and Skye-Lee Armstrong, Bella Vista, Sydney.

    For more information see www.usmevents.com.

  • Colombian Under 23 world team

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Sabine Sunderland

    The Colombian Cycling Federation has named its under 23 roster for the World Championships that...

    The Colombian Cycling Federation has named its under 23 roster for the World Championships that begin in Madrid (Spain) on September 21. The national coach Oliverio Cardenas named the following seven riders: Miguel Rubiano, Fabio Duarte, Juan P. Suarez, Julian Muñoz, William Aranzazu, Diego Tamayo and Wbeimar Roldan.

    Muñoz, Roldan and Aranzazu will race the individual junior time trial to be ridden in a 35km-long course on September 21. Duarte, Suarez, Rubiano, Tamayo and Julian Muñoz will take part in the road competition over 170 kilometers on the Madrid area on September 24.

  • Ulmer part of New Zealand worlds squad

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Sabine Sunderland

    One of the biggest teams ever selected to represent New Zealand at a Road World Championships has...

    One of the biggest teams ever selected to represent New Zealand at a Road World Championships has been announced to compete at this year's event in Madrid. Included in the squad are a full complement of women and men’s U23 riders, as BikeNZ will send a complete squad of 15 riders.

    2004 Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ulmer is included in the team in her first outing at the Road World Championships to contest the individual time trial. After quitting track racing in April, Ulmer took ninth place overall in the Tour of Italy, and has been training with the New Zealand women's team at their base in Limoux, France under the guidance of national coach Jacques Landry.

    One of her NZ-based coaches, Terry Gyde, told NZPA "It was a sensational result [in Italy] and we were quite surprised. But it knocked her socks off and we've just been helping her recuperate. Because she had not done a lot of foundation work - after the Olympics she had six to eight months off her bike - she ran out of base and it caught up with her."

    According to Gyde, the focus for Ulmer will be on next year's worlds, but, "Madrid is an opportunity to see how she's going...it will disclose any frailties she's got." Gyde said he was hopeful of a strong result, but realistic about the Olympic champion's chances. "We would be dreaming if we thought she could go out and win it. If she could put on a top-10 effort we'd be pretty stoked. We would be amazed if she did anything better than that."

    Although Ulmer's main aim is the time trial, she'll be joined by World Cup riders Joanne Kiesanowski, Michelle Hyland and Melissa Holt for the women's road race who ply their trade in Europe, as part of a women's squad with the potential to perform very well.

    Making up the men’s squad are Julian Dean, fully recovered from his pre-TdF crash; Heath Blackgrove, and top track rider Greg Henderson. Dean is currently riding the Vuelta a Espana, and Henderson is fresh off the North...

  • Kessler & Ivanov renew with T-Mobile

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Sabine Sunderland

    Matthias Kessler and Sergey Ivanov have both signed one-year renewals of their contracts with...

    Matthias Kessler and Sergey Ivanov have both signed one-year renewals of their contracts with T-Mobile , the team has announced. However, T-Mobile has admitted that the process of retaining the 26-year-old Kessler was not without its speedbumps.

    "An earlier round of negotiations between the team management and the cyclist broke down without resolution," said the team, adding that discussions had restarted in recent weeks and proved more fruitful.

    "Matthias fits perfectly into the new team direction. He is young, but also possesses enough experience to take on a more responsible role within the team in future," said Ludwig.

    Kessler said he had had "a few other offers" but added, ""My goal and wish were, however, to stay with the T-Mobile Team. I feel good here and I am convinced that together we can achieve a lot."

    The renewal of Ivanov's contract was also the result of "intensive dialogue," according to Ludwig. The 30-year-old Ivanov is the reigning Russian road champion and recently won a stage of the Tour of Britain, but admits, "The current season has not been among my best. I will be giving it my all to play a key role in the new-look team and, in particular, to make an assault on the Spring Classics."

  • Baguet to QuickStep

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Sabine Sunderland Belgian national champion Serge Baguet (Davitamon-Lotto) will ride for rival...

    By Sabine Sunderland

    Belgian national champion Serge Baguet (Davitamon-Lotto) will ride for rival belgian ProTour team QuickStep in 2006. Baguet recently won the final of a series of derny criteriums in Wetteren, Belgium, clinching the series. His team-mate and friedn Peter van Petegem was second, and it has been Van Petegem who has been the centre of recent transfer rumours.

    Van Petegem's manager Paul De Geyter was reported to be talking to Cofidis about next season, but he has been confirmed as staying with Davitamon-Lotto. Instead, his training partner Baguet is the one changing jerseys. Baguet says was offered a renewal of his contract by Omega Pharma's big boss Marc Coucke and team manager Marc Sergeant but Baguet preferred the preposition made to him by Patrick Lefevere.

    "When the team management didn't select me for the Tour de France this year; it was a clear sign for me to go and look for other pastures. It's not that I really want to ride the Tour de France every season, but this year there were a few stages where I really could have made a good result; the whole Tour parcours was to my liking," former TdF stage winner Baguet told Cyclingnews.

    "I have ridden for the team of the National Lottery my whole career but I felt it was time for a change. I have always had a good understanding with manager Patrick Lefevere so I didn't have to think twice a bout a move to his team. Also, I'm looking forward to reward their confidence in me and as always I'll be giving it a 100 percent for my team leaders, to ride for someone like Boonen will be fun."

  • CSC happy with Avenir

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Sabine Sunderland

    The CSC team executed a double triumph in yesterday’s fifth stage of the Tour de l’Avenir, a 22km...

    The CSC team executed a double triumph in yesterday’s fifth stage of the Tour de l’Avenir, a 22km time trial, as Christian Müller won the stage and Lars Bak recaptured the yellow leader's jersey after finishing fourth

    "A fantastic day for the team," said directeur sportif Scott Sunderland. "Of course Christian is extremely happy with his victory. He started early, before it started raining. Later on it also got windy, especially when Andy Schleck and Matti Breschel were out there. Luckily the rain eased up a bit when Lars Bak started, but the roads were still wet. It's fantastic to take back the yellow jersey and the whole team is on a high right now."

    The team now aims to defend the jersey till the tour ends on Saturday in Blaye-les-Mines. "But we remain alert, we've still got a few hard days to go. With the form Lars is enjoying, I am positive and think he'll be able to keep up just fine on the climbs ahead." Said Sunderland.

  • McQuaid: I’m still the UCI’s choice

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Shane Stokes Recent news that outgoing UCI president Hein Verbruggen was considering running...

    By Shane Stokes

    Recent news that outgoing UCI president Hein Verbruggen was considering running again for office led to some surprise, given that Pat McQuaid had been nominated as the UCI’s official choice to succeed the Dutchman this September. The nomination of Verbruggen by the Dutch federation meant that there are now four candidates for the post: he, McQuaid, Gregorio Moreno and Darshan Singh.

    The appearance of Verbruggen’s name on the list of contenders was seen by some as a fallback in case McQuaid is unable to run. He has been accused of receiving a salary, contrary to the UCI constitution, by people such as Sylvia Schenk and Singh Gill. Indeed the former has complained to the IOC ethic’s commission about the matter and says she is determined to go to the Court of Arbitration in Sport, if necessary. McQuaid has responded by insisting that he has not broken any of the UCI rules, a statement backed by Verbruggen.

    Cyclingnews talked to McQuaid at the finish of the Tour of Britain yesterday, and there the Irishman stressed that he is still the UCI’s number one choice. "Once it comes to the 23rd of September and once I am still in there, then he [Hein Verbruggen] will not go [for election]. I am quite confident and quite comfortable, as is he, that if it comes to an election with the three candidates of myself, Moreno and Gill, that I will win out in the end. I reckon that I have enough support.

    "His campaign is surely to protect the UCI. Because at the end of the day, the UCI must remain independent. There was a threat, and there continues to be a threat with Moreno, who was even declared in the Spanish press this week with the headline 'Moreno - candidate for the three Tours'.

    McQuaid says this would be disastrous for the governing body. "If he were to come in he would not be independent - he is dependant on the three Tours and...

  • Pound: "very high probability" of EPO use in 1999 Tour

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Dick Pound, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has said that he trusts the findings of the...

    Dick Pound, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has said that he trusts the findings of the French laboratory whose evidence provides the basis for L'Equipe's allegations that Lance Armstrong used EPO in the 1999 Tour de france.

    Speaking to Germany's NetZeitung, Pound said, "After we looked at all the documents in this matter, I see a very high probability that there was performance-enhancing drugs activity."

    Asked how trustworthy was the laboratory in Châtenay-Malabry that found traces of EPO in stored urine samples from the 1999 Tour, Pound said the lab was one of the leading centres in the world for investigation of EPO use. "I therefore have no reason to believe that the analysis of the samples was not regular. Yes, the laboratory found EPO traces in many samples. It may be that EPO traces disappear gradually from urine, but it cannot be that no EPO should be in them and then it emerges as if from nowhere."

    Pound explained that WADA had not been supplied with any names of the riders whose samples had been tested. "We only got the report from the French laboratory. Our information about Lance Armstrong came from the sport newspaper L'Equipe."

    However, Pound admitted that it would be "legally very problematic" for WADA to take any action against Lance Armstrong.

    Cyclingnews coverage of the L'Equipe allegations

    June 27, 2006 - Carmichael defends Armstrong, Armstrong answers L'Equipe & LeMond
    June 26, 2006 - LeMond: "Armstrong threatened my life"
    June 19, 2006 - Armstrong calls for Pound's exit
    June 18, 2006 - Lance Armstrong's open letter against Dick Pound

  • Yus suspended – out of Vuelta

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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Basque rider Unai Yus has been suspended and is likely to be sacked by his team, Bouygues Telecom,...

    Basque rider Unai Yus has been suspended and is likely to be sacked by his team, Bouygues Telecom, after being found in possession of substances which are not on the team's official medicine list.

    Jean-Rene Bernaudeau, whose team includes former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Thomas Voeckler, said the team’s rules on doping and illegal substances had to be respected to the letter.

    "He was found in possession of a medicine which has not been prescribed by the team doctor, which is strictly forbidden by our own team rules," said Bernaudeau. "We've suspended him. The rules have to be respected. Bernadeau added that the 31-year-old Yus is now likely to receive paperwork telling him he has been sacked.

    Yus, who has been a professional since 1999 and at the French outfit for the past two years, did not start Monday's 10th stage won by Spaniard Francisco.

  • Vuelta stage 10: Menchov holds on

    Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears)
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    September 06, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    After Sunday's time trial win, Denis Menchov (Rabobank) has maintained his lead despite Stage 10...

    After Sunday's time trial win, Denis Menchov (Rabobank) has maintained his lead despite Stage 10 going to Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears), who won ahead of Roberto Heras (Liberty-Würth) with Menchov glued to Heras' wheel in third. On a day for the climbers, Illes Balears' climbing sensation prevailed after a number of early breaks succumbed to the tough parcours before the protagonists up front fell by the wayside and allowed the big GC guns to take over.

    It was virtually on from the gun on today's stage, with early attacks coming after 10km, when Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Phonak), Eladio Jimenez (Comunidad Valenciana), Joaquin Rodriguez (Saunier Duval), Oscar Pereiro (Phonak), Angel Vicioso (Liberty), David Lopez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Adolfo Garcia Quesada (Comunidad Valenciana), David Bernabeu (Comunidad Valenciana), Stijn Devolder (Discovery Channel) and Aitor Osa (Illes Balears) went away gained an advantage of 1.20 after 29km.

    This group was joined by another eight riders, including Quick Step's Rik Verbrugghe, Benjamin Noval (Discovery) and Michele Scarponi (Liberty). Aitor Osa, David Lopez and Rik Verbrugghe then broke from that bunch, later joined by Adolfo Garcia Quesada and then Juan Miguel Mercado (Quick Step). It was this small contingent that held off the GC heavyweights until the final kilometres, with Osa falling on the descent with 18 kilometres to go and breaking his collarbone.

    Rabobank's Russian team leader never let Heras out of his sight during the day, and when the Liberty rider attacked with six kilometres to go Menchov wasn't taking any chances, staying with Heras to the finish. In the closing stages Heras, Menchov and Mancebo caught Quesada and Mercado, forming a small group that would fight it out for the stage victory. Mancebo managed to hold onto Heras and Menchov as they powered away from Quesada and Mercado to take the win at the ski station of Ordino-Arcalis.

    Mancebo was understandably ecstatic with...