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Latest Cycling News for August 5, 2005

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August 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Olympia's Tour to Surhuisterveen

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    August 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Les Clarke

    The Dutch town of Surhuisterveen hosts a couple of big cycling events each year, including the...

    The Dutch town of Surhuisterveen hosts a couple of big cycling events each year, including the Profronde van Surhuisterveen (post-Tour criterium in August) and the Centrumcross (cyclo-cross race in December). According to the Friesch Dagblad, Surhuisterveen will gain another race next year, hosting a stage of the Olympia's Tour in May. Surhuisterveen will serve as the finish of the stage on May 16, and the start on May 17.

  • Bayley to ride Sydney Thousand

    Bayley and promoter John Scott
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    August 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Les Clarke In his first race since January this year, Dual Olympic gold medallist Ryan Bayley has...

    By Les Clarke

    In his first race since January this year, Dual Olympic gold medallist Ryan Bayley has agreed to compete in the Sydney Thousand on November 27. It's a major boost for the track festival, with Bayley one of the most sought-after riders for the meet.

    The young West Australian agreed to terms with promoter John Scott to ride at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in a total of four events, joining Australian track cycling stars Anna Meares, Shane Kelly, Ben Kersten and Kerrie Meares in racing at this festival which has been brought back to life by Scott during 2005. Scott identified Bayley's signature as a vital tool in making the Sydney Thousand a success - and understandably he's extremely pleased.

    Scott said it's a "huge step for this race. Our next target is Theo Bos and then Rene Wolff; if we get these two we'll then have a world-class match sprint."

    Scott has been trying to lure Bos to Australia in November to take on Bayley after the Australian beat the young Dutch rider in last year's Olympic sprint final to take the gold. "We've been making contact with Bos' people in Amsterdam, and it looks pretty good," Scott said about the progress of negotiations.

    But for now Scott has secured his biggest signing to date, and although Bayley was injured in January this year while racing at the Rockhampton Cup on Wheels, he's been back in training with the AIS in Adelaide during the past three months and is hungry to compete at the highest level again. Scott is confident of being able to sign both Bos and Wolff, so the stage would be set for a match sprint second only to the Olympic offering, and a calibre of racing not seen in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics.

  • Lombardi to manage Basso

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    August 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Italian Giovanni Lombardi, who will finish his career with CSC at the end of 2007, already has a job...

    Italian Giovanni Lombardi, who will finish his career with CSC at the end of 2007, already has a job lined up after he retires. The 36 year-old will become Ivan Basso's personal manager in 2008. Basso is one of the top favourites to win the Tour de France in coming years.

  • Velo wants to follow Tosatto

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    August 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Les Clarke

    Alessandro Petacchi's lead out man Marco Velo is desirous of following Matteo Tosatto to...

    Alessandro Petacchi's lead out man Marco Velo is desirous of following Matteo Tosatto to Quick.Step-Innergetic next season, reports Sportwereld.be. Velo considers that he does not have a good enough offer from Domina Vacanze to stick with Petacchi, who will ride in their colours in 2006. But Quick.Step's Patrick Lefevere is not sure whether he can afford Velo either. "We'll see, but I don't have the money to take on everyone," said Lefevere.

  • August in North America means criteriums galore

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    August 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor With the Fourth of July barbecues long gone and the first...

    By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    With the Fourth of July barbecues long gone and the first day of school looming on the horizon, August means the last chance for a family vacation and the culmination of North American criterium racing. From big money criteriums to the USPRO championships, fans all across the U.S. can get their fill of racing before the end of the season.

    When listing favourites for these races, the numerous sprinters of Health Net-Maxxis have to be at the top of the list. Gord Fraser, Greg Henderson, Ivan Dominguez and Tyler Farrar have all ridden well this year. Navigator's Insurance has more than a couple of sprinters in their stable as well with Vasilli Davidenko finishing his career and looking to go out on top. Jelly Belly-Pool Gel would have the USPRO criterium jersey on the team were it not for the retirement of Jonas Carney. However, riders like Alex Candelario, Dave McCook and Danny Pate can all challenge in these races. Colavita-Sutter Home's Mark McCormack leads another strong team with sprinter Juan Jose Haedo.

    Other professional and amateur teams will also be using these races as a springboard for next year's sponsorships, while individual riders hope to score a contract for next year. On the women's side, Tina Pic (Quark) is arguably the queen of criteriums, reigning as U.S. champion for the past three years. But outside of the national championships, Pic will have to battle the likes of Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile) and other strong riders.

    Cyclingnews offers a closer look what is ahead for North American racing in this month named after Caesar Augustus.

    August 1 - NYC Championships

    Unfortunately for the Big Apple, this year's race was without a sponsor and is indefinitely postponed.

    August 6 - Bank of America Invitational

    One date on just about every U.S. sprinter's calendar is August 6. After last year's initial success, the folks in Charlotte,...

  • Pre-Vuelta tester in Burgos

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    August 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Shane Stokes

    By Shane Stokes Spanish cycling continues its build up for this year's Vuelta a España with the...

    By Shane Stokes

    Spanish cycling continues its build up for this year's Vuelta a España with the start of the 2.HC ranked Vuelta a Burgos on Sunday. A total of 12 teams will line up for the five day race in the north of Spain, with Euskaltel Euskadi, Liberty Seguros-Würth, Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne, Saunier Duval-Prodir, Relax-Fuenlabrada, Comunidad Valenciana, Kaiku and Andalucia Paul Versan attracting most of the home support. Foreign teams travelling include Mr.Bookmaker-Sportstech, Barloworld Valsir, Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil and Tenax-Nobili Rubinetterie.

    Despite the fact that the race must share the limelight with several other concurrently-running events such as the ProTour Eneco Tour of Benelux plus the 2.HC ranked Post Danmark Rundt and Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta, the Burgos Tour start list has some big names. Tour de France stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Illes Balears) is down to start, the race serving to test his recovery from the knee injury which prompted his retirement from the Tour. He was utterly dominant here 12 months ago, winning the overall plus three out of the four stages.

    Former Vuelta winner Aitor Gonzalez (Euskaltel) will be aiming to replicate the sparkling form which won him a stage plus the overall classification of this year's Tour of Switzerland, while his team-mate Roberto Laiseka should also be prominent on the mountain stages. Jonathan González Rios (Illes Balears) was fifth last year and may get his chance if Valverde isn't back to top form, while David Etxebarria (Liberty Seguros) can usually be counted upon to stir things up a bit. Jeremy Hunt (MrBookmaker) has shown flashes of good form lately and should figure in any bunch sprints.

    The race gets underway on Sunday with a lumpy 159.63 kilometre stage from Burgos to Medina de Pomar. Starting at 880 metres in altitude, the riders pass a Meta Volante (Hot Spot) at Poza de la Sal, 39.67 kilometres into...