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Latest Cycling News for October 18, 2005

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October 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Arlington County track project

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    October 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Arlington County, Virginia, is moving to develop a $100 million sporting facility on the 30-acre...

    Arlington County, Virginia, is moving to develop a $100 million sporting facility on the 30-acre North Tract parcel, located between Crystal City and the Pentagon. Although a bike track is not currently a part of the base North Tract plan, an outdoor velodrome would be possible as Arlington acquired additional property in July 2005.

    The closest comparable facility being 200 miles distant in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, Arlington Sports are asking to support the velodrome project by attending the design workshop on Saturday, October 29. The North Tract Design Committee's Open House will take place in the Courthouse Plaza Building (2100 Clarendon Boulevard) from 9:00am-4:00pm, including group discussions, presentations and information displayed all day.

    For further information, please contact or Rob Laybourn (arlingtonsports@comcast.net) or Jim Wilson (jamesrwilson@comcast.net).

  • Six Day Derby at Forest City velodrome

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    October 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    It's been 35 years since the last Six Day Team Race in Ontario, but riders are ready to get under...

    It's been 35 years since the last Six Day Team Race in Ontario, but riders are ready to get under way again after practising for months. This Friday, October 21 at 7 pm, will be the first night of the Sox Day Derby at the Forest City Velodrome.

    Each night of racing will see 3-30 minute team races, with some points sprints and the crowd favourite "Devil" also featured. In addition to the main event, the "A" Madison, there will be racing with the newer riders at the Velodrome taking part in the "AA" event. The Velo-Kids and some London Track League racers will also participate.

    Local London racers, John Craig Jr, Jean Bertrand "Bermuda", Dave "No Hands" St James will all be competing. The teams will be all local Ontario riders, for many of which this will be their first Six Day event.

    For more information, please visit www.ForestCityVelodrome.ca

  • Heras' Golden bike sold

    Roberto Heras & bike
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    October 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Liberty Seguros has sold Roberto Heras' Golden BH bike in an eBay auction to raise funds for the...

    Liberty Seguros has sold Roberto Heras' Golden BH bike in an eBay auction to raise funds for the victims of hurricane Katrina in the U.S. The auction ended on Monday, October 17 at noon CET, after 31,500 page views and 39 bids, which ultimately raised the price of the bike to 24,600 Euros.

    Heras used the machine - a unique carbon prototype with some parts painted in Gold - in the last stage of the 2005 Vuelta a España when he won the race for a fourth record-breaking time. It is not known who purchased the bike.

  • Skil new main sponsor for Pro Continental team

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    October 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Skil, manufacturer of portable power tools, will be the new main sponsor of Dutch Skil-Shimano Pro...

    Skil, manufacturer of portable power tools, will be the new main sponsor of Dutch Skil-Shimano Pro Continental cycling team for 2006, now known as Shimano-Memory Corp. The team expects to present some additions in the near future, including a number of international riders. According to the team managers Arend Scheppink and Iwan Spekenbrink, the outfit will be able to put in more international appearances and strengthen the selection of riders.

    The agreement between Skil and managing company Cycling Promotion Nederland has initially been signed for one year, but both parties intend to continue their partnership for a multi-year period. "The most important pillars of the team’s strategy - international presence and the coaching of cycling talent - remain in force and can now be developed further", Spekenbrink said.

    "This move into the Pro Continental division gives us the opportunity to gain visibility with the team in major international events, and to underline the dynamic image of the Skil brand," Skil’s President Gerhard Kobesen explained. A number of riders, both Dutch and international, will be added to the team in the near future.

  • Korff sees more chances in 2006

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    October 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Andre Korff is just one sprinter among several at T-Mobile Team, even though the star of the...

    Andre Korff is just one sprinter among several at T-Mobile Team, even though the star of the discipline, Erik Zabel, is leaving the squad. How does the 32 year-old Korff see his chances in 2006, now that Zabel is leaving to newly-created team Milram? "I will probably do a lot of races with Olaf Pollack, who likes my work and who is also honest enough to let me go for it when he's not good in form. Zabel didn't always do that," Korff told the Fränkischer Tag newspaper.

    "And I think that in the spring classics there will be some other tactics," he continued about the overall team strategy certainly influenced by Zabel's departure. "Wesemann and Klier are the captains, but if one of us out of the 'second line' is in a breakaway group, then he will have his chance and won't be ordered back to prepare for a mass sprint which someone else will win anyway... This year riders in good positions were called back in order to go for a bunch sprint, but the number of wins this season shows that this was not always the right strategy."

    Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

  • Celestino operated on

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    October 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Mirko Celestino, team captain of Italian team Domina Vacanze, has undergone surgery on his left knee...

    Mirko Celestino, team captain of Italian team Domina Vacanze, has undergone surgery on his left knee after a crash in Saturday's Giro di Lombardia. The rider went down in the descent of the Civiglio hill and had to abandon the race. Celestino was transported to Como hospital, then later transferred to Bergamo for the surgery.

    According to Italian sources, the operation involving the micro-fracture of a bone and lesions to the surrounding cartilage was successful. Celestino will be able to leave the hospital tomorrow and return home, where he will observe complete rest for two weeks.

  • Contract news

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    October 18, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Cuesta in talks with CSC Iñigo Cuesta (Saunier Duval-Prodir) is in contract negotiations with Team...

    Cuesta in talks with CSC

    Iñigo Cuesta (Saunier Duval-Prodir) is in contract negotiations with Team CSC, as press officer Brain Nygaard confirmed to Cyclingnews. But contrary to other reports, no final agreement has yet been reached between the Danish squad directed by Bjarne Riis and the 36 year-old Spaniard.

    "It's true, we're negotiating with him, but nothing's certain yet," Nygaard said. "There are still two or three places to fill for our 2006 roster, and we're talking to several riders, but there is nothing official. We still have time!"

    Moreni to Cofidis?

    Former Italian champion Cristian Moreni (Quick.Step) is rumoured to have signed a deal with French team Cofidis after his commitment with the non-existent team of Giancarlo Ferretti vanished. Various media have indicated that a one-year contract has been inked but Italian sources have refuted this, reporting that only contacts have been established. Moreni, 32, is said to be positive about the deal but contract negotiations are still under way.

    Meanwhile, another one of Ferretti's sponsorless signings, Ukrainian Sergey Matveyev might stay with his current squad Ceramica Panaria-Navigare, for whom he has raced for the last five years.

    Camaño extends with Euskaltel

    Iker Camaño has extended his contract with his current team Euskaltel-Euskadi, according to Spanish Marca. Camaño, who started out as a pro with Phonak in 2002, will be entering his third year with the Basque squad next season. The 26 year-old achieved good results in Paris-Nice and the Deutschland Tour this year, although a victory has yet to be achieved.

    Team Euskaltel has also confirmed the one-year contract extensions of David López, Antton Luengo and Gorka Verdugo.