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Latest Cycling News for June 24, 2005

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June 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Burlingame Criterium this weekend

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    June 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    On Sunday, June 26, Fidelity Investments Burlingame Criterium will be held in the Northern...

    On Sunday, June 26, Fidelity Investments Burlingame Criterium will be held in the Northern California, USA town of Burlingame. The race will attract the top cycling talent from Northern California, along with hundreds of children and families participating in the second annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids Ride.

    The Pro/1/2/3 Women's race, starting at 1:30, will feature newly-crowned U.S. Champion Katheryn Curi of the Webcor Builders team, who earned her title with a surprising win on June 22 in Park City, Utah. Curi's Webcor Builders teammate, 2004 Olympian Christine Thorburn will also race in Burlingame. Although Webcor appears to be the odds-on favourite, teams like Monterey-based Velo Bella, the Bay Area Velo Girls, Palo Alto Bicycles, and the Dewar's Racing squad of defending winner Cynthia Carroll will look to snatch victory away from Webcor.

    The Pro/1/2 Men's race starts at 12:20, and will feature defending Burlingame winner Dave McCook of Jelly Belly-PoolGel, who returns to compete against the McGuire-Langdale teammates that helped him win in 2004. Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's four-man squad will look to deliver sprinter Jackson Stewart to a repeat of his 2003 Burlingame Criterium win, while Webcor Builder's men's team will include rising start Bernard van Ulden, who placed third on June 21st in the U.S. national time trial championships.

    Ryan's Ride, presented by Kodakgallery.com, is a fundraising event and symbol of hope for the Phua Family. Money raised goes to the Ryan Phua Memorial Fund established through the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The Phua family hopes to raise $100,000 and make a difference in the psychological, social and physical recovery of Bay Area families who have been affected by cancer.

    For more information, please visit www.burlingamecriterium.com

  • Irish National Championships in Belfast

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    June 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent The Irish cyclists will be...

    By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    The Irish cyclists will be focused this weekend on Dunrod, Belfast, where the National Championships for Ladies, Veterans, Elite and U23 Men will take place. The promotion is a joint venture by Maryland CC and Phoenix CC, and they have acknowledged that the entry list for all disciplines is way up on previous years. The location and the conditions for the participants are ideal, with a balanced terrain which includes some stretches of climbing, and is considered a true championship venue.

    The women's and veterans' events are shaping up to be intriguing battles. In particular the ladies racing has come a long way in the last number of years and with a number of them based on the continent, the title is turning out to be a home versus away battle. The defending champion is Julie O'Hagan of All System Dublin Wheelers, who on current form is up to taking back-to-back titles. Lenny Kirk, who scored an unexpected win in the Veterans' Championship held in Westport last year is a safe banker to also make it a double whammy for the popular Ards competitor. Both the ladies and veterans swing into action on Saturday.

    It is a who's who in the Elite men's section with the top guns based in various parts of the globe coming back to the home patch in an attempt to win, not only the trophy, but the distinctive jersey which goes to the winner. Particularly if the jersey goes abroad, it can add a few more euros or dollars to the wage packet.

    The defending champion is Navigators Insurance David O'Loughlin who can expect a formidable challenge from the likes of his team mate Ciaran Power, the AG2R pair of Mark Scanlon and Philip Deignan, the Giant Asia duo of David McCann and Paul Griffin, and of course there are now the Belgian-based Irish lads at the Sean Kelly Academy, who are gaining plaudits from that neck of the woods. An Irish champion's jersey would put the...

  • Albasini with Liquigas for another two years

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    June 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Swiss rider Michael Albasini, recent winner of the sprints jersey in the Tour de Suisse, has...

    Swiss rider Michael Albasini, recent winner of the sprints jersey in the Tour de Suisse, has re-signed with the Liquigas-Bianchi team for another two years. Albasini, a former European U23 champion who turned pro in 2003, said, "I'm happy to be able to continue working alongside Roberto Amadio and with Mr Paolo Dal Lago. I will try to repay the confidence they have put in me with good performances and always maintain a professional behaviour. In this team I want to grow, improve, and show my worth."

  • SAFI-Pasta Zara-Manhattan won't ride Giro

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    June 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    The SAFI-Pasta Zara-Manhattan team will not be taking part in the upcoming Giro d'Italia Femminile...

    The SAFI-Pasta Zara-Manhattan team will not be taking part in the upcoming Giro d'Italia Femminile from July 1-16, meaning that last year's winner Nicole Cooke will not be able to defend her maglia rosa, neither will in-form sprinter Rochelle Gilmore be able to go for stage wins.

    The decision was made by the team's president Maurizio Fabretto, in agreement with the riders, staff, and administration. The race is considered the most prestigious stage race on the women's calendar, but Fabretto is protesting against a section of the Italian cycling federation, the Organo Ciclistico Nazionale, by withdrawing his team from all racing in Italy for the remainder or 2005. Fabretto disagrees with the way the Organo Ciclistico Nazionale is being run, some of the decisions they have made in the past, and they way they have treated him personally and also SAFI for the past 10 years.

    The team's next race will be the Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen in Germany from July 19-24.

  • No Boonen in Aalst

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    June 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    The 70th post-Tour de France criterium in Aalst on Monday, July 25, will have to do without...

    The 70th post-Tour de France criterium in Aalst on Monday, July 25, will have to do without Belgium's biggest rider Tom Boonen (Quick.Step). The sprinter, who won the final stage on the Champs Elysées last year, and the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix this year, is asking for €22,000 start money, according to Sportwereld.be.

    "And Boonen isn't even Belgian champion and doesn't have the green jersey yet," said one of the organisers, Johnny Van Den Borre. "Then it would be €25,000. That's far too much money for a start in a criterium that is always free to watch. If a specific sponsor will cover it, then fine."

    On the other hand, Boonen will ride the inaugural Broker criterium in Diksmuide on July 26, two days after the Tour.

  • Two riders for Liberty's U23 team

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    June 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Liberty Seguros also announced that Australian Nicolas Sanderson and Malay Ng Yong Li will ride for...

    Liberty Seguros also announced that Australian Nicolas Sanderson and Malay Ng Yong Li will ride for the next three month with the team's U23 squad. The pair, both aged 20, trained together with the professionals for the first time on Thursday at the team training camp in Puente Viesgo. Team manger Manolo Saiz said that the U23 squad is geared towards helping the development of the sport in Spain and abroad. "Sanderson comes from the Australian team and is another example from the great trove of sprinters from this country, whereas we saw Yong Li during our participation in the Tour de Langkawi: he is the best time trialist of his country and we have given him the opportunity to come to Europe to support the development of the cycling in Malaysia."

    Sanderson comes to Würth-Liberty Seguros after winning two stages in the Tour of Japan, and Yong Li, the reigning Malaysian time trial champion, has become the first Malaysian rider to ride for a big team in Europe.

  • Liberty Seguros-Würth for Tour de France

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    June 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    At the completion of its training camp in Puente Viesgo, Spain, the Liberty Seguros-Würth team has...

    At the completion of its training camp in Puente Viesgo, Spain, the Liberty Seguros-Würth team has named its nine riders for the Tour de France: Joseba Beloki, Alberto Contador, Allan Davis, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, Roberto Heras, Jörg Jaksche, Luis León Sanchez, Marcos Serrano and Ángel Vicioso will all ride, with Jan Hruska and René Andrle down as reserves.

    The team is a balanced one and has a number of options for stage wins, including Davis in the bunch sprints, Contador, Jaksche, Sanchez, and Vicioso for breakaways, and Heras for the high mountain stages and he and Jaksche for the general classification. The form of two-time Tour podium finisher Joseba Beloki is still questionable, but he could be a contender in the mountains as well.

  • Who will win the Belgian Tricolore?

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    June 24, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent

    The Belgian National Championship in Saint-Hubert next Sunday is promising to be a fantastic race....

    The Belgian National Championship in Saint-Hubert next Sunday is promising to be a fantastic race. With five laps of an 8.8 km circuit in Libin, 16 km to Saint-Hubert, and then 14 laps of 12.3 km in the Vallée de Poix, the stage for an exciting fight for the national jersey is set. According to some, the parcours is very hard, while others don't rate it as too difficult.

    Who are the favourites on this parcours?

    Lotto-Davitamon manager Marc Sergeant has got quite a few men ready: Wim Vanhuffel, Björn Leukemans, Christophe Brandt, Mario Aerts, Serge Baguet, Johan Vansummeren. Axel Merckx may not be present because of the birth of his second child, but has proven in the Dauphiné that he would be a worthy champion. And of course there's a certain Peter Van Petegem. As always, Peter doesn't give anyone a look at his cards.

    "Everyone wants to become Champion, but remember these are only the Belgian Championships," Van Petegem told the VUM newspapers. "More than likely, it will be a bizarre, open race again. It's one big kermesse, with a lot of kilometres in which the team play is very important. I never got closer than bronze in '98. Often this race has been a sprinter's race, Nelissen won it twice and Steels four times. In fact, I'm longing for a rainbow jersey. I still have three chances to get both of them, because I want to add another two seasons after this year.

    "Marc Coucke, our sponsor, wants to win every race. And we have ten candidates. Everything will depend on the race itself. In Halle we could forget about it after 10 km. Sometimes it's over quickly. The only benefit is that with fifteen guys, you can still straighten a crooked situation. I'm the type of rider who is at his best the last two hours of a race. On this type of parcours, that might be too late. I heard it is a nice circuit, not too hard. You can't tell beforehand. In Verona and Lisboa the parcours was supposed to be super hard, but both...