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June 09, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • 2005 Giro Fantasy Game winners announced!

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    June 09, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Vevey, Switzerland

    The results are now in for this year's 2005 Fantasy Giro d'Italia competition! Below are the 10...

    The results are now in for this year's 2005 Fantasy Giro d'Italia competition! Below are the 10 lucky prize-winners, who all get to enjoy over US$13,000 worth of prizes, including the first-place prize of a Wilier Triestina Le Roi plus Park Tool IB2 multi-tool worth 7,015 George Washingtons!

    Of course, these prizes wouldn't have been possible without our presenting sponsor, Wilier Triestina, and other sponsors Park Tool, Campagnolo, Bontrager, DMT, Giro, fi'zi:k and Speedplay. Yes, these are also the guys who make Cyclingnews happen, and we know you'd be lost without us!

    And don't forget - the 2005 Fantasy Tour de France game is just around the corner! Stay tuned for more details.

    Grand prize:

    Won by team manager "y barrankas" with team "Beppuland & Halgand" from San Sebastián, Spain. Their team gets the big-daddy prize, a Wilier Triestina Le Roi plus Park Tool IB2 multi-tool worth US$7015! With a frame weight of just 950g and 7.2kg all up, the fully Campagnolo Record-equipped Le Roi is ready for everything from the rigours of the Spring Classics to the mountains of the Giro - and beyond.

    Here's what they had to say: "Incredible and wonderful! We have won! We are very happy! It has been exciting and difficult. Thanks to my two daughters who helped greatly. Ana Mendazona"

    2nd prize:

    Won by team manager "The Shining" with team "Shining4" from Denmark. This Stephen King fan receives a Campagnolo Record group set plus Park Tool IB2 multi-tool worth US$1,465. The ultimate in light weight and pro quality durability, with carbon and titanium parts and sub-components to shave weight, and Campagnolo's famous reliability to keep you rolling down the road however tough the going gets.

    3rd prize:

    Won by team manager "Pinocchio" with team "Beyblade" from the Netherlands. The team manager who sometimes tells a few white lies will be telling the truth...

  • Rossner and Arndt become Gay Games ambassadors

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    June 09, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Vevey, Switzerland

    Equipe Nurnberger's team manager and rider, Petra Rossner and Judith Arndt, have recently joined the...

    Equipe Nurnberger's team manager and rider, Petra Rossner and Judith Arndt, have recently joined the list of athletes to be named Gay Games Ambassadors, reports 365gay.com.

    Cycling has been part of every Gay Games since its inception in 1982, when cyclo-cross and road races were held. In July 2006, at the Gay Games VII to be held in Chicago, mountain biking, criteriums and time trials have been added, although cyclo-cross no longer features as part of the programme.

    "Cycling is our first love, of course, but there is a sport for almost everyone at the Gay Games," said Rossner. "We can't think of a better goal to set than to get fit and take part in an event that does so much on behalf of the gay and lesbian community around the world."

    "We are both really pleased to get the opportunity to support the Gay Games as Ambassadors," said Arndt.

    Federation of Gay Games co-president Kathleen Webster said: "We're honored that Petra and Judith are becoming Ambassadors in the middle of their ongoing professional careers. Their openness and enthusiasm about the goals of the Gay Games are an inspiration and I'm sure will earn them many new fans."

  • CSC: "The Tour is when we should be peaking"

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    June 09, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Vevey, Switzerland

    Unconcerned about their performances in yesterday's Stage 3 time trial at the Dauphiné Libéré ,...

    Unconcerned about their performances in yesterday's Stage 3 time trial at the Dauphiné Libéré, where Danish rider Nicki Sørensen was their best performer in 21st place, directeur sportif Alain Gallopin said it was "a deliberate choice".

    "Nicki did a good time trial today, but just like last year, it's apparent, that our riders aren't in top form at the moment. This is actually a deliberate choice," he said on team-csc.com. "The Tour is still almost one month away, and that's when we should be peaking."

  • Ullrich: "I must convert strength into speed"

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    June 09, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Vevey, Switzerland

    Satisfied with his performances last weekend, where he finished fifth at the GP Schwarzwald and...

    Satisfied with his performances last weekend, where he finished fifth at the GP Schwarzwald and second the following day at the GP Kanton Aargau/Gippingen, Jan Ullrich says all he needs now is a bit of fine-tuning.

    "After both races on the weekend, I know the direction [I'm heading] is correct," he wrote on his personal website, janullrich.de. "Sure, I would gladly have won in Gippingen, but after the heavy GP Schwarzwald, my turbo was missing; perhaps I need to watch Erik [Zabel] more often, how he does his sprint."

    Continued Ullrich: "Now I must sit in the saddle again in order to achieve a fine cross section. That means, I must convert the strength, which I have, into speed. I feel completely sure that I am a bit further ahead compared to the same time in previous years. I still have about three pounds too much on the ribs. That is intended - I still have the Tour de Suisse [to lose the weight].

    Speaking about the Tour de Suisse, which begins this Saturday, June 11, Ullrich says he looks forward to the start, because, to be completely honest, he says he's over training: "I want to race now; in competition, it is easier to go to the limit."

  • Gerolsteiner, Quick.Step to Tour de Suisse

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    June 09, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Vevey, Switzerland

    Gerolsteiner's Tour de Suisse line-up will be headed by George Totschnig, seventh overall at last...

    Gerolsteiner's Tour de Suisse line-up will be headed by George Totschnig, seventh overall at last year's Tour de France, together with René Haselbacher, Sven Montgomery, Ronny Scholz, Fabian Wegmann, Peter Wrolich, Beat Zberg and Markus Zberg. Hans Holczer shall act as team manager.

    For Quick.Step-Innergetic, Tom Boonen and Michael Rogers spearhead a two-pronged attack, with able support from Paolo Bettini, Kevin Hulsmans, Servais Knaven, Cristian Moreni, Patrik Sinkewitz and Guido Trenti. Directeurs sportifs will be Wilfried Peeters and Luca Guercilena.

  • The revival of Belgian cycling

    Meet the new boss - Tom Boonen
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    June 09, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Vevey, Switzerland

    After a few years in the doldrums since the great days of Eddy Merckx, Belgian cycling is on an...

    After a few years in the doldrums since the great days of Eddy Merckx, Belgian cycling is on an upswing, with a array of young talent once more inspiring the fans of the cycling-mad nation. Gerrit Deleu looks at the riders who are restoring Belgian cycling pride.

    "Name ten famous Belgians." This is a well known party game in the UK and considered one of the most challenging questions one can ask. Lately it has become slightly easier thanks to successful tennis players Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, both on their way back to the top now after a fallback due to health problems. Other than them, most people get stuck after Jean-Claude Van Damme and Tintin. Cycling fans get a bit further of course, and will give you the name almost any Belgian would give you if you asked him or her about their most famous countryman: Eddy Merckx.

    Merckx is an icon, symbolizing the importance of cycling in this little country in the centre of Europe. This is where the cradle of bike racing stands, and the sport has a great and long history here. Many of the longest-running races on the international calendar are Belgian, and the number of cycling champions this country has produced is completely disproportionate to its tiny population of just 10 million.

    Apart from perhaps Italy, there is no country in the world where cycling is this popular - and where its popularity continues to grow, as shown by the still-increasing number of races that are covered live on television. Last month for example, the Belgian audience could not only enjoy daily live broadcasting of Belgium's own national tour and the Giro, but also of the Tour de Romandie, well known of course among cycling fanatics but not really a major general sporting event. The Belgian public TV channel VRT is therefore very experienced in broadcasting bike races and has built up quite a reputation. The UCI has now asked VRT to organize and direct the live coverage of the team...

  • Tour de Suisse preview: A nasty, nasty way to end a bike race

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    June 09, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan in Vevey, Switzerland

    By Anthony Tan in Vevey, Switzerland If the field currently riding the Dauphiné Libéré looks deep,...

    By Anthony Tan in Vevey, Switzerland

    If the field currently riding the Dauphiné Libéré looks deep, the 2005 Tour de Suisse provisional line-up is also one of the strongest in years, in no small part due to the advent of the ProTour.

    Expected to be on the start line this Saturday, June 11, is a former Tour de France winner and the defending TdS champion (Jan Ullrich), a two-time winner of the Giro d'Italia (Gilberto Simoni), a two-time winner of the points competition at the Tour (Robbie McEwen), this year's Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix champ (Tom Boonen), and a host of contenders for the general classification at the world's biggest bike race.

    Sure, most, if not all these drawcards are using the Tour de Suisse as their final race prep. for July - no argument there. But being so close to the Tour, these riders will want to test themselves, and the only way to do that is to ride hard and race hard, at least for a few stages.

    "Defending my title is not on my mind, this is all about a measured build-up to the Tour de France," said Ullrich. "These stages will give me a chance to test my climbing form. I want to show myself at the head of affairs on at least one or two stages."

    Double Vuelta a España champion Roberto Heras, who is riding the Dauphiné Libéré, also inadvertently praised the quality of field at the Tour de Suisse, saying before his race was about to begin: "many will be absent [from the Dauphiné] this year because they preferred to go to the Tour de Suisse".

    In fact, the race has always attracted a top-quality field, and reading out the list of past winners reads like a list of delegates at a UN summit, with no less than 13 nationalities represented. Interestingly, apart from four-time winner Pasquale Fornara (1952, '54, '57-58), there's been no dominant winner at the TdS in its 72-year history; no-one has won the race three times, and...