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Latest Cycling News for June 18, 2005

Date published:
June 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Venezuela to host Junior Pan-Am Championships

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    June 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Lenk, Switzerland

    The South American country of Venezuela will host this year's Junior Pan-American Championships...

    The South American country of Venezuela will host this year's Junior Pan-American Championships between July 16-23, the Venezuelan cycling federation has confirmed. Venezuela got the nod after Guatemala and two other countries declined. The Championships are considered important in light of the Junior World Championships in Austria in August.

    Both track and road events will be contested, with the track racing being run on the Héctor Alvarado velodrome and the road being conducted on the highways in the state of Lara.

  • Tom Boonen in Playboy magazine

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    June 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Lenk, Switzerland

    According to the press officer of Quick.Step-innergetic, Alessandro Tegner, the media are standing...

    According to the press officer of Quick.Step-innergetic, Alessandro Tegner, the media are standing in line to get an interview with Tom Boonen. "Recently, the Spanish Playboy magazine contacted us," Tegner told Het Nieuwsblad. "He has decided to say yes to them. Not right now, but maybe during the Vuelta, in preparation for the World's in Madrid. No, he won't be seen in the nude, they will publish a good interview. Michael Schumacher talked to them before, or don't you read the mag?"

    A gay magazine is also asking for an interview. "In the tour of Switzerland he did ten interviews, there's twenty more in line," Tegner added. "It's becoming a bit much. On the Thursday before the Tour he will attend a press conference; until then there's silence."

  • McEwen out

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    June 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Lenk, Switzerland

    Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto) has decided, in agreement with his team and medical staff, that he...

    Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto) has decided, in agreement with his team and medical staff, that he will not start in de 8th stage of the Tour de Suisse. With both the weekend's stages not suited to the sprinters, there is not a lot in it for McEwen, who did manage to take a stage win and prove that his form is excellent for the upcoming Tour de France.

  • Hoste DQ'd for spitting

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    June 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Lenk, Switzerland

    Belgian Leif Hoste (Discovery Channel) was thrown out of the Tour de Suisse following stage 7 for...

    Belgian Leif Hoste (Discovery Channel) was thrown out of the Tour de Suisse following stage 7 for spitting on a motorbike commissaire. Hoste denied that he spat, although he didn't hide the fact that he was frustrated with the commissaire in question.

    Hoste's team director Dirk Demol was quoted by Het Nieuwsblad as saying, "On Wednesday, while in the peloton, Leif was brushed by a moto upon which the particular commissaire sat. In an automatic reflex, he turned and nearly hit the moto driver with a wave of his arm. Hoste was irritated because 10 kilometres before, a moto had crashed in the peloton. On Thursday, at the beginning of the stage, Hoste thanked the moto driver explicitly for his driving the day before. That was noted by the race commissaire again as...a second incidence of inappropriate behaviour, therefore an exit."

  • Chris Horner's Tour de France debut: "I did it!"

    Chris Horner (Saunier Duval)
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    June 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Lenk, Switzerland

    By Anthony Tan in Lenk, Switzerland After his win atop Arosa two days ago , Chris Horner revealed to...

    By Anthony Tan in Lenk, Switzerland

    After his win atop Arosa two days ago, Chris Horner revealed to Cyclingnews the agony of not knowing whether he was on or off Saunier Duval-Prodir's Tour de France team is finally over... he's done it!

    "I did it - they told me!" he said with a smile that was pure glee.

    "You did it?" we asked Horner again, just to make sure what we heard the first time was indeed correct.

    "Yeah, yeah... Machine [Joxean Fernandez Matxin], the director of the team, told me: 'Yeah, you're on the Tour list.' "So now it's official!" he giggled, like a child that got to open one his Christmas presents the night before.

    Two weeks back in Philadelphia, Horner said to Cyclingnews' Mark Zalewski a spot on the Tour team was assured if he wins the USPRO Championships or if he's the first American rider to finish - both which would have seen him wearing the stars and stripes jersey. So when he rolled across the line in Philly as the third-best rider - and third-best American - how did he feel?

    "Yeah, I was incredibly frustrated, because I wanted the jersey and I knew what the jersey meant; I knew it meant I was going to the Tour," Horner said. "Or I was pretty certain; I mean, no one had said: 'Horner, you get the jersey, you are going to the Tour' - but I find it hard to believe they would keep a national champion off the Tour team."

    But it didn't even take getting back to the hotel before he realised what he then needed to do: "As soon as I saw [Chris] Wherry won it and I knew I wasn't getting the jersey, I thought: 'Okay, that was my second last chance - now I got to do something at the Tour de Suisse.'"

    Which is exactly what he did on the sixth stage of the Swiss ProTour race, impressively leaving a select group of riders that included the likes of Jan Ullrich and the Aussie stage-race trio of current race leader...