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Latest Cycling News for May 5, 2005

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May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Fantasy Giro 2005 game has begun!

    Wilier Le Roi
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    May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    Brought to you by Wilier Triestina, this year's Fantasy Giro d'Italia game marks the third year of...

    Brought to you by Wilier Triestina, this year's Fantasy Giro d'Italia game marks the third year of fantasy games at Cyclingnews. Wilier Triestina are offering a team Cofidis Le Roi bike for this year's grand prize. A bike company with a long and noble tradition of Italian craftsmanship, Wilier is also bang up to date with the carbon fiber Le Roi, the bike of the Cofidis team. 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.

    The Le Roi comes with a suite of high-quality finishing components to complement its frame and group, including ITM carbon bar and stem, Mavic Ksyrium wheels, Selcof carbon seat post, Selle Italia SLR saddle and Look Keo pedals.

    Campagnolo is also offering its record component group to the first runner-up. Campagnolo's Record component group is 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 roiling down the road however tough the going gets.

    High-performance features of the Record group include carbon fiber crank arms; carbon fiber brake/shift levers; titanium rear derailleur bolts and carbon cage; carbon fiber front derailleur cage; carbon fiber seatpost; aluminium hub axles and much, much more. It adds up to a group that's still the most successful racing component ensemble of all time.

    Join for free!

    You can begin creating your team/s now. We will be adding additions to the startlist on a daily basis. The Tour games are easy to play, all you need to do to manage your own team is select 15 riders from the live start list then select 9 of these riders to race each day throughout the Giro....

  • Bicycle the best invention

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    May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    In a nation-wide online survey conducted by BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme, looking at the...

    In a nation-wide online survey conducted by BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme, looking at the most significant innovations since 1800, the humble bicycle has won its second title as the people's favourite invention. But all of you knew that already, right...

  • ECV for Liberty Classic

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    May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    East Coast Velo has announced its roster for the upcoming Wachovia Liberty Classic, to be held on...

    East Coast Velo has announced its roster for the upcoming Wachovia Liberty Classic, to be held on June 5, 2005. The team will consist of: Lynn Gaggioli, Kristin Sanders, Alison Fischer, Diana Sasnowski, Rosy Mccall, Sarah Bickerstaff, Marielle Aunave and Amanda Leigh Cox.

  • Protest ride extended to Brisbane

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    May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    The unnecessary death of South Australian cyclist Ian Humphrey and subsequent lenient sentencing of...

    The unnecessary death of South Australian cyclist Ian Humphrey and subsequent lenient sentencing of Eugene McGee, the driver of the 4WD (SUV) who struck and killed him in a hit and run incident in November 2003, who was fined AU$3100 and disqualified from driving for 12 months [see yesterday's news], has now sparked protests from rider groups in four capital cities, with Brisbane the latest city to become involved.

    South Australian Premier Mike Rann has announced a Royal Commission to investigate the case, which has sweeping powers and aims to uncover issues such as the miscarriage of justice or corruption at the highest level. The protest rides start at 9.30am this Saturday, May 7, at: Victoria Square, Adelaide; Federation Square, Melbourne; Hyde Park Fountain, Sydney; and King George Square, Brisbane.

  • Olympia's Tour route announced

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    May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    The 53rd edition of the Olympia's Tour, a UCI 2.2-ranked stage race in the Netherlands aimed at...

    The 53rd edition of the Olympia's Tour, a UCI 2.2-ranked stage race in the Netherlands aimed at up-and-coming riders, has been announced, and will run from May 14-22, 2005.

    The Stages:

    Saturday, May 14 - Prologue: Veendam
    Sunday, May 15 - Stage 1: Veendam - Veendam
    Monday, May 16 - Stage 2: Veendam - Hardenberg
    Tuesday, May 17 - Stage 3: Hardenberg - Tiel
    Wednesday, May 18 - Stage 4: Tiel - Nunspeet
    Wednesday, May 18 - Stage 5: Individual Time Trial, Nunspeet
    Thursday, May 19 - Stage 6: Nunspeet - Rhenoy
    Friday, May 20 - Stage 7: Geleen - Buchten
    Saturday, May 21 - Stage 8: Buchten - Ossendrecht
    Sunday, May 22 - Stage 9: Hoogerheide - Ossendrecht

  • First Malaysian to ride for Liberty Seguros

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    May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    In a welcome first for Malaysian cycling, 19 year-old rider Ng Yong Li has been offered a position...

    In a welcome first for Malaysian cycling, 19 year-old rider Ng Yong Li has been offered a position on the under 23 development team at Liberty Seguros-Würth, according to a report published in Malaysia's New Straits Times, fulfilling his dream to compete at the epicentre of cycling in Europe.

    "Well, this is what I've always wanted to do. I always believed that to achieve anything in cycling, I will have to go to Europe. And to do it with one of the greatest teams, is a dream come true," said Yong Li. "I am going there to learn as much as I can and try to make the grade as a pro in Europe. It will be hard, but I have to try this."

    The Batu Pahat-born youngster won gold in the individual time trial at last year's Malaysia Games and also is considered a good climber. He is set to leave for Spain by the middle of this month, but will depart with his current team today to compete in the Heritage Tour of Thailand, which he hopes will provide solid preparation for his time in Europe.

    A spokesperson for Liberty Seguros confirmed Yong Li will receive a bike, other equipment and technical assistance to enable him to compete with the team in a hectic race program that goes right until October, and will race roughly one to two times each week. However, the Putrajaya Cycling Association (PjCA) will have to raise initial funding for his initial expenses in Spain; PjCA secretary Sakeri Abdullah said Yong Li's family have agreed to partially support him, while efforts are underway to raise further funding, including living expenses and his airline ticket.

    "Now, I have to keep my head down, because I will be riding for the under-23 squad, not the ProTour team, which includes greats like Joseba Beloki and Roberto Heras," he said.

    Yong Li's performance will be evaluated at the end of the season with a view to a longer term contract in 2006.

  • 12 Aussies line up for a lap of Italy

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    May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    Twelve Australians will line up this coming Saturday in Reggio Calabria to take part in the 88th...

    Aussie MTB riders celebrate early success

    Twelve Australians will line up this coming Saturday in Reggio Calabria to take part in the 88th edition of the Giro d'Italia. Featuring 20 days of racing with two rest days in between, the first Grand Tour of the year ends on May 29 in Milan, some 3,496 kilometres later.

    The Australian contingent is made up of Stuart O'Grady and Matt White (Cofidis), Robbie McEwen, Nick Gates and Henk Vogels (Davitamon-Lotto), Baden Cooke, Matthew Wilson and Mark Renshaw (Francaise Des Jeux), Brett Lancaster (Ceramiche Panaria), Trent Wilson and Russell Van Hout (Colombia Selle Italia) and Rory Sutherland (Rabobank).

    "It's fantastic to see the depth of Australian riders in the professional peloton and not just in one or two teams but spread across Europe," said Athens Olympic Games gold medallist, O'Grady. "It will make for some good storytelling for the first 100km of the stages."

    Colombia Selle Italia's Trent Wilson will be lining up for his second Giro and is also looking forward to the increased Australian presence, as he wrote in his latest diary on Cyclingnews: "We are going to run amuck in the tour village in the morning with those short blacks and drive the Italians crazy with the Aussie lingo and slang in the bunch in the quiet periods when we're not biting the handle bars," he said.

    For O'Grady, lining up in the Giro signals a different approach to his previous Tour de France preparation.

    "The Giro suits me a little better than the Four Days of Dunkirk, which has been on my program for the last 11 years," said O'Grady, who lines up after a three week mid-season break. "The new system of ProTour points makes these big races much more important, and I'd prefer to be going up against Petacchi in the sun than racing four days in the cold.

    "Our team is hoping for some decent results in the first 10 days, but I have no major...

  • Discovery Team update

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    May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    "To me, there are three clear favorites with Simoni and Cunego on one side and Basso on the other...

    Bruyneel's thoughts on the Giro

    "To me, there are three clear favorites with Simoni and Cunego on one side and Basso on the other side. They are the biggest favorites," said Discovery Channel's team manager Johan Bruyneel in a team statement published today.

    "And you can see that both Lampre and CSC have assembled strong teams that are ready to go for it, control the race, protect their leader and work if they have to work. To me, those are the three favorites. But just behind them, I put Paolo [Savoldelli] in the first spot of the next group."

    Despite an average performance at last weekend's Tour de Romandie, Bruyneel believes Savoldelli is ready to ride well in his favourite race: "I don't take Romandie has a measurement to where he is right now," he said. "For Paolo, normally he gets better during a stage race and I expect him to be better in the last week. He's already won the race [2002] and finished second [1999], and this is one of his big objectives this year. He has had a very, very good lead up to the Giro - turning in some good races and good training blocks. I think he's ready for it."

    "Paolo can be on the podium if everything works out fine. He's not the clear favorite and thus we don't need a team to perform for a clear favorite. He needs guys around him to protect him and be around him in the mountains and then it's up to him to be with the best. He has great experience and knows what he needs to do to be ready. He's not the type to get nervous and crack in certain circumstances. I'm confident he can be there."

    More on Ekimov

    Reacting to the loss Viatcheslav Ekimov, who crashed badly while out training with Lance Armstrong last week in Austin, Texas, Bruyneel simply said: "Losing a guy like Eki is a big loss.

    "It will difficult or even impossible to replace him because of his qualities, his experience and his position on the team and the way he...

  • Brad Macca's back on track

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    May 05, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    By Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland La Francaise des Jeux's Bradley McGee was naturally very...

    McGee-NSWIS squad looking Continental

    By Anthony Tan in Lausanne, Switzerland

    La Francaise des Jeux's Bradley McGee was naturally very psyched before the final stage of the Tour de Romandie in Lausanne last Sunday.

    Up until that point, the 29 year-old had a less than ordinary performance in the Swiss ProTour event, and a good time trial would regain his confidence and motivation for what lies ahead. "I'm very disappointed with what's happened, but I know that it's not my level; there's some problems and we're looking at it now, and I'm still living off the dream that something will come off today!" said McGee to Cyclingnews an hour before his start time, a nervous chuckle following those last words.

    But 26 minutes and 54 seconds after leaving the start house, the Sydneysider set the fastest time that was only bettered by a former world time trial champion and the man won the race overall, Santiago Botero, and as a consequence, his Tour dream remained intact.

    With his mind and body at ease, he can now take a break as planned back at his European home in Nice, France. Unlike last year, though, McGee won't be riding the Giro d'Italia where he won the prologue and finished eighth overall in 2004; instead, he has his sights set on the big one, targeting the general classification at the Tour de France.

    "It's like a new lease of life targeting general classification, which has made me sharpen my act up another level and I'm really enjoying it," said McGee. "It's the only way I want to do it... the motivation is there, the hunger is incredibly high to make good all the work I've done."

    Another thing he's put plenty of effort into is his eponymously-named development squad, McGee-NSWIS. Run in conjunction with the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) and partly funded by the La Francaise des Jeux ProTour team, the McGee-NSWIS set-up...