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Latest Cycling News for June 26, 2006

Date published:
June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Pacific Coast Highway Share the Road sign unveiled

    Share the Road Sign
    Article published:
    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones, with assistance from Susan Westemeyer

    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) held a news conference at the Topanga State...

    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) held a news conference at the Topanga State Beach parking lot last Friday to unveil a new bicycle sign, as part of the public awareness safety campaign for the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

    The project, which has been instigated by Caltrans and the Bicycle Safety Task Force brought forward by Senator Sheila Kuehl, will install 18 "Share the Road" signs along PCH from Decker Canyon Road to Chautauqua Road to raise public awareness to the mixed use of this heavily travelled scenic route. In conjunction with the sign installation, new requirements will be implemented when maintenance and construction work is performed through the area. Wherever possible, a four-foot shoulder will be maintained and a new "Share the Road" black and orange construction sign will be used as part of closure signage.

    A PCH Bicycle Safety Task Force was formed in October 2005, following the deaths of two cyclists. It is supported by several local elected officials, various state agencies, the county, cities, law enforcement, Auto Club, bicycle clubs and the community.

    "Last year, after a fatal accident in which two cyclists were killed on PCH, members of the cycling community approached me with a number of ideas for ways to improve safety on PCH for cyclist and for all users of the state highway," said Senator Kuehl. "The installation of the Share the Road signs on PCH will help to make PCH safer for cyclists and motorists alike. I applaud Caltrans, the cycling community, and all the members of the PCH Task Force for their time and commitment to make our wonderful coastal roadways safer for everyone."

    "We are very pleased that the cooperative efforts of elected officials, government agencies and the community will result in greater safety on PCH, a unique and treasured resource," said Raja Mitwasi, Chief Deputy District Director covering Los Angles and Ventura counties. Also present were County...

  • Savio to Venezuela

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones, with assistance from Susan Westemeyer

    Colombian national technical director Gianni Savio (also the manager of the Selle Italia team), will...

    Colombian national technical director Gianni Savio (also the manager of the Selle Italia team), will leave his post after five years in the job to take up a similar role with the Venezuelans. During the recent junior Pan-Am championships, Savio worked out a three year deal with the president of the Venezuelan cycling federation, Artemio Leonett, and will take the national team from the World's in Salzburg this year through to the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.

    Leonett also announced that he has signed a large Venezuelan business to sponsor the national team from next year.

  • Van Bon returns to Rabobank

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones, with assistance from Susan Westemeyer

    Leon van Bon will ride for his former team Rabobank next season, according to ANP . Van Bon started...

    Leon van Bon will ride for his former team Rabobank next season, according to ANP. Van Bon started his career with Rabobank, but left after 2000 to join the ill-fated Mercury-Viatel team. He then signed for Domo-Farm Frites, which became Lotto-Domo and then Davitamon-Lotto. He was annoyed at the politics within the team, which he blamed on his non-selection for the Tour de France. His departure followed quickly, and he has signed a one year contract with Theo de Rooij's squad.

  • Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears for the Tour

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    June 26, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones, with assistance from Susan Westemeyer

    The Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears team has been named for the Tour de France, and will feature the...

    The Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears team has been named for the Tour de France, and will feature the ProTour leader Alejandro Valverde and the new French champion Florent Brard. The other riders include David Arroyo, sprinter Isaac Gálvez, José Vicente García Acosta, Vladimir Karpets, Oscar Pereiro, Nicolas Portal, and Xabier Zandio. The team will be directed by Eusebio Unzue.