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Latest Cycling News for March 20, 2006

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March 20, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • Commonwealth Games riders race at club crit

    The Malaysians
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    By Mal Sawford Riders from the Isle of Man, Jersey, Canada, Wales, Northern Ireland , Scotland and...

    By Mal Sawford

    Riders from the Isle of Man, Jersey, Canada, Wales, Northern Ireland , Scotland and Malaysia have sharpened up for the Commonwealth Games by racing with the Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club, Australia’s biggest racing club, over the past few weeks. Clearly they have enjoyed the experience, and with the time trial, MTB and road races now only days away, riders from England, New Zealand, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Guyana, the Cayman Islands, and Bermuda got in on the action at Glenvale Crescent, a 1.2 kilometre criterium circuit in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.

    As expected, the action in the ‘internationals’ race was fast and furious with many of the visitors fresh off the plane and keen to stretch their legs. British National Champion Russell Downing (DFL/cyclingnews) attacked early and often, and a strong Welsh squad all took their turn off the front of the field. Australian MTB medal chance Chris Jongewaard (Savings & Loans) ripped out some huge turns to keep the field in single file.

    Julian Winn (Wales) joined locals Danny Kah and Nick Culvenor in a promising move at the thirty minute mark which Robin Reid (Marco Polo) tried to reach, but the bunch used him to leapfrog to the leaders. Pat Shaw (Giant/VIS), the leading rider in the host club’s summer series, counter attacked and held off the field for two laps before surrendering to the relentless chase. The final break of note saw Dale Appleby (Wales), Cam Carlysle (BikeNOW), Anwar Manan (Malaysia) and Shaw clear, but once again, within two laps the field regrouped. The Malaysian team, led by their flag bearer at the Comm Games opening ceremony Shahrulneeza Razali took control in the final two laps, setting up the sprint for their fast man, Mohd Jasmin.

    A final lap flyer from local Mark Howard (O’Mara Cycles) wasn’t enough to upset the sprinters, and Jasmin duly delivered with an impressive finishing burst,...

  • MSR "could have been better" for Wegmann

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    Coming in 14th at Milan-San Remo with the same time as the winner would satisfy most riders, but not...

    Coming in 14th at Milan-San Remo with the same time as the winner would satisfy most riders, but not Gerolsteiner's Fabian Wegmann. "It could have been better," Wegmann said on his personal website, fabianwegmann.de. In the last corner before the finish he was in third place, and the group had just swallowed up the breakaway. "Pozzato had left the breakaway and was going on, and I had picked the rear wheel of Oscar Freire - a comfortable and strategically good place for a sprint after a mammoth 300 km long race. But unfortunately I lost the contact with him in the hectic finale and there was immediately a gap between us. Catching up with him again cost me everything I had and the final sprint was already done in front."

    However, he the young Gerolsteiner rider counted himself lucky to be in the main group. On the Poggio, "another rider, whose name I don't want to mention, pushed me out of his way and I had to put my foot down. Just like that I lost 20 places and was too far back to catch up quickly." But catch up he did, and his 14th place combined with David Kopp's 12th place and Markus Zberg's 17th, gave Gerolsteiner important points in the ProTour team ranking.

    Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

  • No surgery for Veneberg

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    Thorwald Veneberg (Rabobank), who crashed in Tirreno-Adriatico after a dog crossed the parcours,...

    Thorwald Veneberg (Rabobank), who crashed in Tirreno-Adriatico after a dog crossed the parcours, will be spared surgery on his collar bone. Fortunately, the fracture has been diagnosed to heal well. "I have been told to rest now," said the Dutchman as he was released from hospital in Amerfoort on Sunday. March 19. "I saw pictures of the collar bone and it didn't look too good. But the doctors told me that it would grow together again naturally, so that's what I'm counting on."

    Meanwhile, another collarbone fracture has been reported from France: Kevin De Weerdt (Quick.Step) fell in Cholet-Pays de Loire on Sunday, and incurred the typical cyclists' injury. "Six riders went down, and Kevin crashed over Wouter Weylandt," said team assistant Dirk Nachtergaele. "Then he fell again at 700 metres from the finish line.

    " De Weerdt hopes that he will be able to participate in the Vuelta a Pais Vasco again from April 3-8, but nothing is certain yet as the rider has to be examined in Belgium today.

  • Pozzato to ride Belgian Classics

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    Filippo Pozzato, the newly-crowned king of the Via Roma in Sanremo, hopes to be able to put his good...

    Filippo Pozzato, the newly-crowned king of the Via Roma in Sanremo, hopes to be able to put his good shape to practice in the Northern Spring Classics, too. The Italian Quick.Step rider is currently scheduled to compete in the KBC-Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix. "I don't know yet if I'll take Amstel, too," said Pozzato in Menton on the French Riviera on Saturday evening, as he celebrated his Primavera victory with Paolo Bettini, Guido Trenti, Matteo Tosatto and Luca Paolini. "It's going to be a modest party, as I want to shine in the Ronde," added the Italian.

  • Bessette out of the Games

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    Lyne Bessette has been confirmed to have withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games. Bessette dislocated...

    Lyne Bessette has been confirmed to have withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games. Bessette dislocated her left shoulder while training on the mountain bike course last Wednesday, March 15. Things looked promising as late as Sunday evening, with her coach Erik van den Eynde saying that Lyne was riding her bike and had been training well on a stationary bike.

    On Monday, Bessette had planned to ride in the time trial position, but before she had a chance, she reinjured her shoulder, suffering another dislocation at the athlete village. It was not injured while training, but when undertaking daily activities. Bessette went to the hospital for an MRI scan, and is expected to head back to Canada as early as tomorrow. Erinne Willock will take her place in the time trial.

  • An interview with Ben Day

    Ben Day
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    Mal Sawford

    Having ridden for Belgian squad MrBookmaker.com for the last two seasons, Queenslander Ben Day is...

    Golden days in Melbourne

    Having ridden for Belgian squad MrBookmaker.com for the last two seasons, Queenslander Ben Day is one of Australia's quiet achievers in Europe. In 2006 he's back in Portugal with the Boavista team, but this week it's all about Melbourne as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games time trial and road race. Cyclingnews' Mal Sawford spent a few minutes chatting with Day where he confirmed he'll start both the time trial and road race.

    While many of the Commonwealth Games riders opted to include a local club criterium in their final preparations for the road and MTB events later in the week, Australian team member Ben Day preferred to watch from the sidelines. The Queenslander is a medal chance in both the time trial and road race, and is just happy to be in town for the big event and lapping up the atmosphere.

    Cyclingnews: How long have you been in Melbourne?

    Ben Day: Since Tuesday...we were flown back business class, so that was a nice treat!

    CN: How does it feel to be back here for this type of event?

    BD: Since arriving in Melbourne last Tuesday, the vibe of the Commonwealth Games has slowly been seeping into me and I'm getting excited. Watching the outcomes unfold from the various sports, and with so many medals going Australia's way, it's hard not to.

    It's always a joy to be apart of the Australian national team. The reason why Australia is one of the most successful countries in cycling is because of the support behind the scenes. The knowledge, dedication, passion and organisation of everyone behind the scenes is second to none. There are so many people with each and every one of us. I hope this week I can make them proud.

    Click here for the full interview.

  • Hondo attorney against WADA proceedings

    Hondo surrounded by journalists at the 2005 Gerolsteiner team presentation
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    March 20, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Hedwig Kröner and Susan Westemeyer

    By Hedwig Kröner and Susan Westemeyer An absolute novelty has occurred in the world of cycling and...

    By Hedwig Kröner and Susan Westemeyer

    An absolute novelty has occurred in the world of cycling and its specific 'underworld' of doping, the sport's biggest problem. For the first time, a civil court in Switzerland has overturned the doping suspension of a professional cyclist - in this case, over one year after the cyclist was found guilty by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Cyclingnews spoke to the attorney of German cyclist Danilo Hondo, Michael Lehner, who said that Hondo's case would now be heard once again in front of a civil court in six months' time, but that Hondo was free to race again if he found a team to sign him.

    "We took action to annul of the CAS decision at the highest Cantonal appeals court in Lausanne," Lehner told Cyclingnews on Saturday. "The UCI, WADA and Swiss Cycling had the possibility to reply to our arguments by bringing forward their own, but the court granted our proposed interim suspension measure. So all arguments have been taken account of already in this expeditious procedure."

    The German jurist continued by saying that the decision was not final, but that "the procedure has a certain effect on the main trial - the court finds our arguments to be very conclusive."

    So was he sure that Hondo's two-year suspension was going to be lifted? "I'm positive the suspension will either be lifted or reduced - in any case, Hondo will be able to race again as of April 1, according to the first instance, Swiss cycling." Indeed, the former Gerolsteiner sprinter was suspended by his team on April 2, 2005, and initially banned for one year before the Court of Arbitration for Sport increased the sentence to two years in January 2006.

    "So...