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Latest Cycling News for May 17, 2007

Date published:
May 17, 2007, 1:00 BST
  • Spring Classics Fantasy Game winners announced

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    May 17, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    We are pleased to confirm that the official winners of the 2007 Spring Classics Game have been...

    We are pleased to confirm that the official winners of the 2007 Spring Classics Game have been finalised. In a very close competition this year the Grand Prize winner took home a Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL bicycle Quick Step - Innergetic colours bicycle worth $6000 USD! There were 45 prizes overall won by the following 18 lucky winners.

    Winners and points

    Classics' winners

    Congratulations to all those that won in the game from everyone here at Fantasy Cyclingnews. Thanks also to everyone who took part. Have a look at the $13,185 USD worth of prizes they won!

  • Hours to go to join Giro Fantasy Game!

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    May 17, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    There's time still to join in this year's Giro game. Win a Wilier Triestina Izoard Lampre-Fondital...

    There's time still to join in this year's Giro game. Win a Wilier Triestina Izoard Lampre-Fondital team replica bicycle worth $4,750 USD! You can join until stage 6 begins on Friday, May 18, and you can compete equally with players that have joined earlier in the tour.

    The deadlines across the world for joining the game on Friday 18th May are:
    10:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)
    04:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time, North America)
    01:00 PDT (Pacific Daylight Time, North America)
    09:00 BST (British Summer Time)
    18:00 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
    08:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

    You can play for free for the first 5 stages! Try the game out and see how best to play. It's easy to play the Grand Tour games - all you need to do is pick your dream team of 15 from the riders racing in this year's Giro start list. Then each day select nine riders to race for your fantasy team from these 15. You'll need a good combination of climbers, sprinters and general classification riders. For more details go to the rules section of the site. It's a great way to follow the Giro.

    Full Giro Prize Roster The Giro games closes for entries shortly. Here's a quick look at the prizes on offer right now if you take part:

    - Grande Prize Wilier Triestina Izoard Lampre-Fondital team replica bicycle
    - Daily Stage Winner prizes of Tifosi Optics "Forza" featuring High Speed Red Fototec lenses
    - Zipp SL handlebars, 145 Stem, 300 Crankset and 185 Bottom Bracket
    - Shimano Dura-Ace WH-7801-SL Wheelset The...

  • Navigators happy with Lagutin's win

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    May 17, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Susan Westemeyer Sergey Lagutin of the American Professional Continental team Navigators outfoxed...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Sergey Lagutin of the American Professional Continental team Navigators outfoxed the sprinters in the first stage of the Rheinland Pfalz Rundfahrt, breaking away 20 kilometres before the finish line to snatch the win away from the sprinters.

    But his wasn't the only escape by a member of the team. "We wanted to be involved and proactive, and Darren Lill got the action going with a strong solo attack on the day's first climb [25 km]," Team manager Ed Beamon told Cyclingnews. "T-Mobile worked hard to bring him back, but the field was in pieces from the effort.

    "It came back together, and later, our guys had to do the work to contain a dangerous break they had missed." That break consisted of three riders who stayed away for about 90 kilometres.

    "T-Mobile led most of the middle of the race, but the headwind had tired them, and Lagutin's attack with 20 kilometres to go was not contained," Beamon continued. "Sergey was very strong to hold the chase off, and very excited to get his first win of the season." The 26 year-old Uzbekistan road champion had a lead of up to one minute on his escape, and was able to finish ahead of the approaching sprinters with 16 seconds advantage.

    Stage two "is really tough, but the team is motivated, and we'll try to protect Sergey's lead," Beamon concluded.

  • Equipe Nürnberger to l'Aude

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    May 17, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    A "very motivated" Equipe Nürnberger is headed to the Tour de l'Aude, which starts this weekend in...

    A "very motivated" Equipe Nürnberger is headed to the Tour de l'Aude, which starts this weekend in France. "After our first World Cup win this season by Edita Pucinskaite last Sunday, all of our riders are of course very motivated," said Directeur Sportif Dennis Sandig.

    The team will be led by World's runner-up Triki Worrack, who has been on the podium in l'Aude for the last three years, including the overall victory in 2004. Also there will be Pucinskaite, who has won many stages in l'Aude in the past, as well as German road champion Claudia Häusler.

    Equipe Nürnberger for l'Aude will consist of Trixi Worrack, Edita Pucinskaite, Claudia Häusler, Eva Lutz, Andrea Graus and Charlotte Becker.

  • Boonen breaks toe

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    May 17, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Tom Boonen broke the big toe on his right foot Wednesday in a training accident, Team Quickstep has...

    Tom Boonen broke the big toe on his right foot Wednesday in a training accident, Team Quickstep has announced.

    The Belgian was training near his home in Mol when he tried to avoid a collision with a car at an intersection. To avoid the car, he went up on the sidewalk. In the process, he hit a signpost with his right foot, breaking his toe and also scraping his leg.

    He will now rest for a few days before resuming training. Boonen will now not be able to ride the Volta a Catalunya, as was planned, but "at the moment his participation at the Tour de France isn't in jeopardy," the team wrote on its website, qsi-cycling.com.

  • "Dancing on Ice" in southern Italy

    Rebellin shows evidence of a crash
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    May 17, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Susan Westemeyer "On the road today, things all of a sudden looked like Dancing on Ice," said...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    "On the road today, things all of a sudden looked like Dancing on Ice," said Rabobank's Leon Van Bon in regards to the massive crashes the Giro's stage four. "I believe that some fifty guys fell down behind me on some cobblestones all of a sudden. That was a really horrible sound, yuck." Writing on his team's website, rabobank.nl, he noted that "It was funny to see how easy it was to spot the cyclist that had fallen. Their pants were all really dirty."

    The most prominent victim was World Champion Paolo Bettini. According to qsi-cycling.com, he "bruised the left side of his chest near to his rib cage." Teammates Hubert Schwab, Addy Engels, Leonardo Scarselli and Jurgen Van de Walle also joined him on the pavement. Van de Walle was the only other one injured, coming away with a bruised right hip. Both Quickstep riders are expected to start today, "as long as their condition doesn't deteriorate overnight."

    Those who were involved in the crash didn't find it quite as funny as Van Bon did. Milram's Christian Knees said that the rainfall that started during the stage was at first was welcome as it cooled the riders down on a hot day.

    "But at the same time, we instantly noted that the road was becoming very slick," recalled Knees. And then the inevitable happened. "Going into a village, about 100 riders crashed. All independent of each other. I've never seen anything like it." Writing on rad-net.de, he continued, "At first I thought I would be OK and made my way for about 30 metres. But then I crashed, too. Fortunately nothing happened. Except for Alessandro [Petacchi] we all went down."

    Gerolsteiner's Robert Förster was also involved, and also saw it coming, more or less. "There were some individual crashes, but I didn't really notice why they happened." Then he noticed how slick the road was, and "I thought, it's only a...

  • Cunego behind speedy Di Luca and Riccò

    Damiano Cunego
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    May 17, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    "I will be better in the last week," noted an exhausted Cunego on the top of Montevergine di...

    "I will be better in the last week," noted an exhausted Cunego on the top of Montevergine di Mercogliano. Three years ago he was standing in the same spot in a black and white striped jersey, one which he changed for the leader's Maglia Rosa on the podium only moments later. It was the rise of 'Il Piccolo Principe.'

    Instead of going to the 2004 winner the stage went to the 2001 Montevergine-winner, Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas), who out-gunned Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Prodir). Cunego trailed in one second behind in third.

    "I cheated myself in the sprint," said the 25 year-old to La Gazzetta dello Sport, seemingly not caring if he won the stage or not. "I had said that they [Di Luca and Riccò] are going stronger than everyone else. I had battled two riders that I had indicated at the partenza ['start']. Unfortunately my prevision was fulfilled. In particular, to battle Di Luca is almost impossible."

    Cunego now sits in sixth on the general classification, 54 seconds back on Di Luca.

    "I rode to win ... I felt brilliant and so I tried. But in the sprint I was only able to stay and watch.

    "It is true that the Giro is long but Di Luca and Riccò will continue to turn the screws. And don't forget about Simoni and Savoldelli, because this climb was not adapted to them.

    "As far as I am concerned, I am sure that I will show my best in the third week."

    Supporting Cunego is long-time advisor and Directeur Sportif Beppe Martinelli. The 2004 champion was worried when Leonardo Piepoli of Saunier Duval-Prodir started whipping up the pace on the climb but Martinelli told his charge to focus on Liquigas.

    "When Piepoli attacked there was a moment of uncertainty," noted the Lampre DS. "I said to him to stay calm and control his rivals,...

  • Riccò comes close

    Riccardo Riccò
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    May 17, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Riccardo Riccò came close to staking his claim on the slopes the Montevergine di Mercogliano in the...

    Riccardo Riccò came close to staking his claim on the slopes the Montevergine di Mercogliano in the Giro d'Italia stage 4. The yellow Saunier Duval-Prodir armada hammered the roads all afternoon, from Salerno to the base of the 17-kilometre ascent.

    Riccò was attentive and stayed with the favourites, like Di Luca and Cunego, under a barrage of attacks, highlighted by Mexican Julio Pérez (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare). Saunier then used its final domestique, a super-domestique, Leonardo Piepoli. The rider from Puglia rode an infernal pace to bring back Pérez and place Riccò in with the chance of Montevergine-glory.

    Pérez was finished at 800 metres and Di Luca launched at 200 metres.

    "Danilo closed me in a little bit on the barriers," noted the 23 year-old to La Gazzetta dello Sport. His team captain Gilberto Simoni and Director Sportif Pietro Algeri had warned Riccò to make his sprint in the middle of the road.

    "But Danilo went very strong. I don't not know if I was going to be able to battle him. I made a slight remount," he continued. "For now the second place is fine."

    Algeri had guided his team all day from behind in the team car. Once the riders were in the final metres he was off the course and watching from the TV in his team car.

    "Those fractions of a second can cost you the stage," he noted of Riccò's sprint. "But Riccò showed he is full of courage."

    Riccò was disappointed in coming so close but he knows the Giro will be long. "It would have been better if I would have won," said the rider from Modena. "I will re-try on some other stages. In Genova [stage 10] and the Oropa mountain time trial [stage 13]."

    Saunier Duval has unfinished business but can be happy with the display...