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Latest Cycling News for November 9, 2006

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November 09, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • Team Trek Red Truck Racing kicks off 2007

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    November 09, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Fresh off a 2006 season, which saw the Vancouver-based Team Trek Red Truck Racing rejuvenated with...

    Fresh off a 2006 season, which saw the Vancouver-based Team Trek Red Truck Racing rejuvenated with an influx of new talent, the 2007 version of the Team got together at the end of October to start the new season with a weekend's worth of great training and team-building.

    The 2007 version of the team has grown significantly, with a greater emphasis on developing British Columbia's talented next generation of riders. There is a strong group of seven espoir-age riders and three promising women supported by a network of experienced riders including Pan-Am Games medallist and lead coach Sara Neil.

    Team Trek Red Truck Racing aims to be on the key development programs in Western Canada. "In the past, riders like Svein Tuft and Cam Evans have come through the ranks of our team and gone on to National Championships and international success," said Team Director Steve Engh. "With renewed enthusiasm and the generous support our sponsors, we'll be able to support and help develop promising BC riders over the next several years."

    The Espoir Men's Roster includes last year's BC breakout rider Jackson Buehler, who finished third at the Tour de White Rock road race as an 18 year-old first-year senior; Jeff Castenmiller, the 2006 junior BC time trial champion, and Ryan Anderson, who had a successful first year as a senior following his silver medal in the road race as a junior at the 2005 national championships.

    Joining them on the Espoir Roster are Nathan MacDonald, Dave Vukets, Garth White and Josh James.

    In 2006, two riders from Trek Red Truck Racing spent a month in France racing with an amateur team in Brittany. This year, plans are underway to provide more opportunities for the espoirs to race in Europe, at the same time, the goal is also to bring young French riders here to ride with Trek Red Truck for part of the season.

    There's also an effort underway to help develop some of the women's talent in British Columbia. To that end, Lisa...

  • Gudsell joins New Zealand cycling festival

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    November 09, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Christchurch's Armstrong Peugeot Festival of Cycling continues to attract the New Zealand's top...

    Christchurch's Armstrong Peugeot Festival of Cycling continues to attract the New Zealand's top cyclists with the participation of Olympic and Commonwealth Games rider Tim Gudsell. Close to 2000 riders, both elite and recreational, are expected for December's Festival of Cycling. The two-day event, scheduled for December 2 and 3, features a 75km road ride around the Lyttelton Harbour bays and an inner city criterium around the Oxford Terrace café strip that will double as the New Zealand Criterium Championship.

    Last year's inaugural event attracted interest from all ends of the country and overseas. This year there will be several world-class riders, including recent Commonwealth Games medallists Hayden Roulston, Gordon McCauley and Hayden Godfrey, and former world and Commonwealth champions Greg Henderson and Katie Mactier, who both dominated last year's inaugural event.

    This week's announcement of Tim Gudsell puts four Commonwealth medallists on the Christchurch start line. The 22 year-old is one of New Zealand's top track riders but has also served his time as an amateur road rider in France and just two months ago signed a two-year contract to ride with French professional team Française des Jeux.

    Gudsell becomes one of the select three Kiwis now racing on the prestigious European ProTour circuit, which by default marks him as a favourite for the Armstrong Peugeot Festival. The Athens Olympian is renowned as an explosive rider, which will suit the undulating harbour course and the short, sharp criterium.

    Gudsell is particularly keen for the criterium, which this year doubles as the national championship. Henderson, Godfrey, Roulston and McCauley have all won multiple New Zealand road racing titles, but Gudsell is still looking for his first on the road.

    The 75km road ride, on Saturday December 2, starts at McCormack's Bay Reserve in Redcliffs. The course then undulates along the northern bays and through Lyttelton...

  • Bettini stars in Munich Six Day

    Marco Villa on track
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    November 09, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    The Munich Six Day starts today at 20:00 and will include world and Olympic champion Paolo Bettini....

    The Munich Six Day starts today at 20:00 and will include world and Olympic champion Paolo Bettini. The Italian, fresh of his six day debut in Grenoble, will once again pair with experience track rider, Italian Marco Villa. The duo will face top names, including Bettini's road rival, Eric Zabel.

    Zabel won the Munich Six Day last year with Robert Bartko, and he will be back again this year but with a different partner. For six days the German will be pairing with Swiss Bruno Risi, who is fresh off his win in the Dortmund Six Day. In total there will be 15 couples, five more than Bettini faced in Grenoble.

    "I am a little anxious," said Il Grillo to La Gazzetta dello Sport. "In France I understood what a six day is, but here I will be put amongst the best. Villa said to me that if we miss a change we can lose a lap like it is nothing.

    "On the track you really have to be wise; shrewdness and the ability to read eyes are more important, and luckily I don't lack this."

    "You see that he loves the track atmosphere, and this is important," responded Marco Villa, 37 years-old. "Sometimes he is out of the sprints but he battles nonetheless... This work will in turn be useful for next season if he wishes to continue."

  • Rujano close to Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears

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    November 09, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    After a turbulent 2006 season, Venezuelan José Rujano could be close to joining Caisse...

    After a turbulent 2006 season, Venezuelan José Rujano could be close to joining Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 24 year-old rider who spent half of his season with Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni and half with Quick-Step may join the team of José Miguel Echavarri.

    Rujano, third in the 2005 Giro d'Italia and best climber, left the Belgian Quick-Step squadra late last month, saying at the time, "Unfortunately, I haven't succeeded in reaching the objectives that I was me preset with the team because of some personal problems that have conditioned my season." If the deal goes through, Rujano would ride alongside of riders like Oscar Pereiro and 2006 ProTour champion Alejandro Valverde, and would be expected to aim for the 2007 Giro's maglia rosa.

  • Basso "happy" with Discovery contract while ProTour teams react

    A "happy" Ivan Basso
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    November 09, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Yesterday in a press conference, Johann Bruyneel confirmed the signing of Italian Ivan Basso to his...

    Yesterday in a press conference, Johann Bruyneel confirmed the signing of Italian Ivan Basso to his Discovery Channel team. The winner of the 2006 Giro d'Italia signed a contact for two years to ride with Discovery Channel, the same team that took American Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France victories. After closing out nearly three years with Danish Team CSC, Ivan Basso will aim for grand tour glory under the guidance of Bruyneel.

    "It is an ideal squad. I am happy," said Basso late last night to La Gazzetta dello Sport from his home in Cassano Magnago. "It not an exaggeration for me to say that this is the start of a new life, because I feel reborn."

    Ivan Basso, 28 years-old, confirmed earlier speculation as to whether or not he would be going for wins in the two major tours. "The group [at Discovery] is ready to give total support to the Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double," reassured Basso. "It is a project that gives me lots of enthusiasm. The team and I have the same ambitions."

    According Bruyneel's announcement yesterday, Ivan Basso will be heading to Lance Armstrong's home town, Austin, Texas, on December 3. "Now I am taking a week's vacation at the beach and [will be going] where it is warm. Then I will think of 2007," the Italian concluded.

    Basso had toyed with the idea of moving to non-ProTour teams, like Barloworld and Tinkoff. He confirmed he had contact with Tinkoff to La Gazzetta dello Sport but an offer of two million USD a year and a structure built for Tour success was too irresistible.

    But what about the International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP) pact made on 25 October in Paris? The members of the AIGCP claimed that they would not sign riders implicated...