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Latest Cycling News for October 3, 2005

Date published:
October 03, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Team Barloworld announces SA Riders for 2006

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    October 03, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com

    Team Barloworld-Valsir will once again have a strong South African core after it was announced today...

    Team Barloworld-Valsir will once again have a strong South African core after it was announced today that four of the country's top cyclists would ride for the squad in 2006. Barloworld-Valsir have retained three of the South African riders from its 2005 roster and re-signed James Perry, who rode for the team in the 2004 season.

    Negotiations with South African champion, Ryan Cox, still need to be finalised. Cox had a successful season during which he won the Tour de Langkawi, and is currently the second-highest ranked rider on the UCI Asian Tour, despite having raced on that continent just twice this season. During the Tour of Britain, Cox was seen as the face of the race, as his image was used on posters advertising the event all over the country.

    The "Iron Man" of South African cycling and a former national champion, Jock Green, has been retained for his dedication and invaluable hard work as a super domestique. Jeremy Maartens, regarded as one of the most talented riders to come out of South Africa in years, will be back in the saddle with Barloworld-Valsir and much is expected of him in 2006.

    Another former South African champion and the winner of the 2005 Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Giro Del Capo, Tiaan Kannemeyer, who suffered a bad injury during a race in Germany earlier this year when he crashed and broke his femur, will also line up with the squad in 2006. He has been in rehabilitation for most of the year and is planning on making a solid impact when he returns to competition.

    Perry's return to Barloworld-Valsir comes after a very successful season with Konica-Minolta in which he won races in Europe and South Africa. A bronze medallist at the 2001 under-23 World Championships time trial, Perry finished 26th in the elite time trial at this year's World Championships in Madrid.

    The contracts of Darren Lill, who has struggled with form in his time with the team, and David George, have not been renewed as...

  • Markov to Illes Balears

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    October 03, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com

    Russian rider Alexei Markov (Milaneza-Maia) is joining the Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne team for...

    Russian rider Alexei Markov (Milaneza-Maia) is joining the Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne team for next season. The 26 year-old, measuring 1.81 m and weighing 70 kg, has developed during the first part of his career in Portugal. In 2005, Markov won the CCT Correos overall plus two stages. He also achieved stage victories in the Vuelta al Algarve, Gran Prix Oeste, Gran Prix Centro, and GP Agostinho. Markov was a gold medallist on the track in Atlanta 1996 and a bronze medallist in Sydney 2000.

  • Breschel flats

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    October 03, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com

    One rider not so lucky yesterday was Matti Breschel (CSC), who finished 50th in the last stage and...

    One rider not so lucky yesterday was Matti Breschel (CSC), who finished 50th in the last stage and fifth overall, but it might have been better. "It was actually a perfect set up for Matti, because the final was slightly uphill and we knew the podium spots were to be determined in that last sprint," said CSC sports director Scott Sunderland. "What happened was that Matti got a flat on the cobblestones 800 meters before the finish, which of course rendered him chanceless in the sprint. It was a shame 'cause he's really done well down here, and a spot on the podium was definitely within his reach. On the whole, the team has shown good form, so I think we'll have a very strong crew for next week's races."

    CSC's next appointments are Paris-Bourges on Thursday and Sunday's ProTour-race, Paris-Tours.

  • Zanotti breaks through

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    October 03, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com

    Marco Zanotti (Liquigas-Bianchi) finally broke through with a victory in the last stage and the...

    Marco Zanotti (Liquigas-Bianchi) finally broke through with a victory in the last stage and the overall classification of the Circuit Franco-Belge, which finished in Tournai/Doornik on Sunday. Zanotti won a bunch sprint ahead of a returned-to-form Wouter Weylandt (Quick.Step), whose teammate Stefano Zanini took third.

    "I have been in good shape for a long time," said Zanotti on Monday. "I've also collected some good placings, even too many...I was lacking a victory. Yesterday I've taken a big load off."

    Zanotti now has two victories this season, meaning that he has won races every year since 2000. "It's not only a matter of numbers," said the 31 year-old. "After a thousand placings, I wanted to give a success to my team as a present."

    Zanotti is full of confidence thinking about next Sunday: "I like Paris-Tours very much. My legs are great and my morale is good: I'm aiming at a great result."