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First Edition Cycling News for September 6, 2006

Date published:
September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • 4Wheels4Sean charity contributes $17000 to Paraplegic Benefit Fund

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    September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Alan Messenger

    The trustees of 4Wheels4Sean, an Australian charity that raised finds for quadriplegic cyclist Sean...

    The trustees of 4Wheels4Sean, an Australian charity that raised finds for quadriplegic cyclist Sean Fitzgerald, have decided to close the charity and donate the remaining $17,000 in the fund to the Paraplegic Benefit Fund (PBF).

    The PBF delivers education programs to prevent spinal injury and help those who have suffered spinal injuries. It also has close links to the mountain bike world with the gruelling Simpson Desert Classic held in late September each year being a fundraiser for the PBF.

    Tony South of PBF said, "The Paraplagic Benefit Fund is a charity that works hard to help reduce the number of new spinal cord injuries each year and to enhance the quality of lives of those already living with the debilitating injury."

    "The fund is hugely grateful to receive the surplus funds from 4Wheels4Sean and will use the money in its gifting program. This helps buy equipment such as wheelchairs and computers for people with spinal cord injuries enabling them to live a more independent life. The fund would like to thank 4Wheels4Sean for its generous donation."

    Sean Fitzgerald, who was a keen mountain biker and regular participant in MTB events, was made a quadriplegic in 2000. Huw Kingston of Wild Horizons, organizers of the Berghaus Polaris Challenge, Urban Polaris and VAUDE Highland Fling, resolved to raise $50,000 to purchase a specially adapted vehicle for Fitzgerald. The charity 4Wheels4Sean was born in late 2001.

    Mountain bikers, cyclists, event organisers and the bike industry got behind the fund and in 2003 the car was presented, making life much easier for Fitzgerald and his family.

    Kingston and the trustees expressed their thanks to all of those who contributed to 4Wheels4Sean over the period of its activities.

  • Double winner back for fiftieth Southland celebrations

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    September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Alan Messenger One of the special guests for the 50th Tour of Southland this year will be Stephen...

    By Alan Messenger

    One of the special guests for the 50th Tour of Southland this year will be Stephen Cox , a double winner of the race and one of the tough men of New Zealand cycling in the nineteen seventies and eighties.

    Cox won all of the major tours in New Zealand, won the national road championship and represented New Zealand at Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

    These days the Waikato man works as a sales manager for brewer Lion Nathan and in his spare time he is a successful cycling promoter. In that capacity he organized two Women's World Cup events and the high profile Hamilton to Whangamata fun ride.

    Cox has fond memories of the Tour of Southland, which rode eight times for two wins, two second placings and fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth placings. "Its just the whole environment down there. Everybody knows the race is on. It doesn't matter where you go, and everyone loves to see it. It's the best tour in New Zealand by a long shot," Cox said.

    Cox's most vivid memory of the Tour of Southland isn't of either of his two victories, though. "Yes I won it twice in 1981 and 1982 but I always believe that I should have won it for a third time in 1983," he said.

    "We had a pretty interesting episode on the side of the road when the police stopped the bunch and not me. We started just out from Invercargill but came through the city on the way to Bluff and it was quite a windy day. I was away on my own and the bunch was all over the road apparently. A policeman pulled up just in front of me but didn't say anything but he stopped the bunch behind me. The gap was only about thirty seconds and I just kept going and virtually rode all the way to Bluff before they convinced me to stop and meanwhile the rest of the race was still sitting just out of Invercargill. There were some lengthy discussions and they ended up actually bringing them all up to where I was and starting us again. They started me twenty seconds in front and...

  • 2007 Trust House Women's Tour route

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    September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Race director Jorge Sandoval yesterday revealed the route of the 2007 edition of New Zealand's...

    Race director Jorge Sandoval yesterday revealed the route of the 2007 edition of New Zealand's premier stage race for women, the Trust House Women's Cycle Tour of New Zealand.

    "In order to keep the momentum built up by the World Cup and Women's Tours, we will run a bigger Women's Tour of New Zealand in the Wellington and Wairarapa area in March 2007 and hopefully we can attract some top-class bike riders," said Sandoval.

    Over the five days of racing riders will complete seven stages with a total of 470 kilometres. The race starts with a circuit in Hutt City on Wednesday March 7, and finishes with a criterium in Wellington on Sunday March 11.

    A new feature of 2007's race will be the inclusion of the steepest hill climb in the Wairarapa area, Admiral Hill. This has previously only figured ion the men's edition of the race and will present a tough challenge.

    Unlike the previous tour where New Zealand teams where restricted to three, the 2007 version will allow club riders from throughout the country to enter the event as individual or club teams.

    "We want to bring the elite and grass roots of New Zealand cycling together, this is the only way that our up and coming riders get to race against top overseas riders right here in our country," said Sandoval.

    Stages

    Stage 1 - March 7: Hutt City Criterium, 35 km
    Stage 2 - March 8: Martinborough - Masterton, 99km
    Stage 3 - March 9: Masterton - Pahiatua, 70km
    Stage 4 - March 9: Pahiatua - Masterton, 60km
    Stage 5 - March 10: Masterton Circuit, 125.3km
    Stage 6 - March 11: Wellington Individual Time Trial, 14km
    Stage 7 - March 11: Wellington Criterium, 35km

  • Canadian women's squad for Tour d'Ardèche

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    September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    The Canadian women's squad has been announced for the Tour d'Ardèche, which takes place in France...

    The Canadian women's squad has been announced for the Tour d'Ardèche, which takes place in France from September 6 - 10. The Canadian squad will be one of 18 international teams.

    The Canadian team consists of Erinne Willock, Alexandra Wrubleski, Leigh Hobson, Anne Samplonius and Kirsten Robbins.

  • Aurelien Clerc to Bouygues-Telecom

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    September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Aurelien Clerc has secured a contract for 2007 with Bouygues-Telecom Clerc's current employer,...

    Aurelien Clerc has secured a contract for 2007 with Bouygues-Telecom Clerc's current employer, Phonak, will fold at the end of the season. The 27-year-old sprinter is in his second year at Phonak after riding for Quick Step from 2002-2004.

    Clerc has had one win this season, the second stage of the Clásica Alcobendas and won Nokere Koerse in 2002.

  • Mikel Gaztanaga signs for Agritubel

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    September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Spaniard Mikel Gaztanaga Echeverria will ride Agritubel for the next two seasons. Gaztanaga has been...

    Spaniard Mikel Gaztanaga Echeverria will ride Agritubel for the next two seasons. Gaztanaga has been a professional cyclist since 2003 and will leave Team Atom. This year he posted victories in the Circuito de Getxo and the Tour de Vendée.

  • Jo Planckaert plans comeback

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    September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    After a three-year suspension for his part in the Belgian Landuyt doping affair, Jo Planckaert is...

    After a three-year suspension for his part in the Belgian Landuyt doping affair, Jo Planckaert is planning a comeback according to Sportsworld.be.

    The 35-year-old Planckaert has not ridden competitively for over two years. "The manner in which I in left [professional cycling] in 2004 goes straight to my heart," he said. "Moreover, I must firstly lose weight, [about] ten kilograms."

  • Hammond to T-Mobile?

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    September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Top British rider Roger Hammond is set to ride for the German T-Mobile team next year, according to...

    Top British rider Roger Hammond is set to ride for the German T-Mobile team next year, according to several sources. The 32-year-old will join countryman Mark Cavendish on the team's 2007 roster.

    T-Mobile has also signed Servais Knaven, Bernard Eisel and Jakob Piil for the 2007 magenta brigade, replacing riders of the calibre of Andreas Klöden, Matthias Kessler and Jan Ullrich.

  • CPA: Moser doping comment taken out of context

    Francesco Moser.
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    September 06, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Alan Messenger

    The CPA, the professional cyclist's representative body, says that comments made by its president...

    The CPA, the professional cyclist's representative body, says that comments made by its president Francesco Moser on doping were taken out of context.

    Moser had said on Italian TV, "If all riders can be brought to the same level then we should stick with doping controls. If not, then for the professionals perhaps the solution is [total legalisation]."

    The CPA stated in a press release that it was anxious to underline that Moser's declaration should be considered in the context of a discussion that was a lot more complex than the simple sentence that was picked up by the media.

    Moser also said that his comment constituted his personal opinion and not the views of the CPA and in no way was intended to weaken the fight against doping.