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September 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Cyclist killed near Rochester, NY

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    By Alan Coté American cyclist Jon Dechau (33) was killed after being struck from behind by a...

    By Alan Coté

    American cyclist Jon Dechau (33) was killed after being struck from behind by a motorist on September 13. The accident occurred in Lima, New York, USA, about 20 miles south of Rochester.

    The Livingston County sheriff’s office said that Dechau was riding westbound on the shoulder of route 20 approximately two feet to the right of the white line. A sheriff’s spokesman said a westbound vehicle driven by Sharon Cameron, 61, crossed the white line and struck Dechau from behind at approximately 45-50 mph, and Dechau died at the scene.

    Cameron could not provide an explanation to police as to why her vehicle drifted from the travel lane to the shoulder. She freely submitted to a blood test as part of the accident investigation, and police do not believe she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Results of the investigation will determine if charges will be filed against Cameron.

    Dechau was a champion cyclist who began racing with the Genesee Valley Cycling Club in 1989. His cycling accomplishments included winning numerous medals at the Empire State Games and State Championships, competing in the 2000 Olympic trials, and two top-20 finishes in the US National Time Trial Championships. In late 2000 he signed to ride as pro for the ill-fated Noblehouse team, before turning his attention to family and work in more recent years. A man of deep Christian faith, he leaves his wife Debbie, 9 year old son Tyler, and new born baby Lillian Page.

    (A funeral is planned for 11 AM on Monday, September 18th. Zion Fellowship Canandaigua, NY 14424 www.zionfellowship.net)

  • Contract news

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    Andy Cappelle has extended his contract with Landbouwkrediet-Colnago. Team manager Gérard Bulens is...

    Cappelle stays with Landbouwkrediet

    Andy Cappelle has extended his contract with Landbouwkrediet-Colnago. Team manager Gérard Bulens is happy with Cappelle's progress this season, and Andy believes he can return to his best level. He is the 10th Belgian rider to have confirmed with Landbouwkrediet for next season.

    Mouris and Stroetinga to Ubbink

    Jens Mouris (Regiostrom Senges) and Wim Stroetinga (Fondas P3 Transfer) have signed two year contracts with the Dutch Ubbink-Syntec Cycling Team.

    Pozzato leaving Quick.Step

    Classy Italian rider Filippo Pozzato will leave Quick.Step-Innergetic at the end of this season, according to Sportwereld.be. Team manager Patrick Lefevere told the paper that he would happily have kept Pozzato, the winner of this year's Milan-San Remo, "but after Boonen, Bettini and now also Steegmans and Van Petegem, I don't have the money to match his demands." Pozzato has interest from Liquigas, T-Mobile and Astana.

    Rabobank: Boven stays; Rick Flens moves up

    Jan Boven will stay with the Rabobank ProTeam through the 2007 season. Boven has reached an agreement with Rabobank manager Theo de Rooij over a one year contract. Rick Flens, a talented rider from the Rabobank Continental Team, will make the switch to the Rabobank ProTeam in 2007. Flens has signed a two year contract.

    In 2007, Jan Boven will start his twelfth season as a rider for Rabobank. Together with Michael Boogerd and Richard Groenendaal, Boven is one of only three riders who have been with the team ever since the start of the Rabobank Cycling Teams in 1996. Erik Dekker has been around since 1996 as well, but Dekker recently switched to a position in the team leader’s car.

    In 1996, Jan Boven won a stage in the Teleflex Tour, the one and only victory of Boven as a professional rider. Boven is a respected domestique within Rabobank. This Sunday, Boven will represent The...

  • Teams ready for 20th Tour du Faso challenge

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    September 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    The Tour du Faso turns 20 this year, and will be run between October 25 and November 5 in the...

    The Tour du Faso turns 20 this year, and will be run between October 25 and November 5 in the African country of Burkina Faso. Organised by Tour de France owners ASO, the race is aimed at improving the level of cycling in Africa. The 20th edition will see 12 African teams, a record for the event, taking part. The Burkina supremacy of the last two years with Abdul Wahab Sawadogo's win in 2004 and Jérémie Ouedraogo's in 2005 could well be challenged by another African nation.

    The Egyptians, winners of the 1999 edition will be back in Ouagadougou, while the riders from Cameroon and Angola will be hoping to continue their progression. Riders from Togo, Benin and Niger will join together inside a mixed team, and Zimbabwe, a newcomer on the race could surprise quite few.

    The battle could also be won by the European teams having made the trip. The Belgians have ridden the Tour du Faso since 1996 and are often present on the final podium, aiming for the top step this time. Four French teams will also come with high expectations, and Japan, which will have a full team for the second time, will be chasing a stage win at the least.

    Teams: Angola, Belgium, Brittany, Burkina Faso (A, B, C), Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Gabon, Japan, Mali Sarthe, Senegal, Vélo Club de Roubaix, Yvelines, Zimbabwe, and a mixed team Benin-Niger-Togo.

    The stages

    Stage 1 - October 25: Ouagadougou – Manga, 100 km
    Stage 2 - October 26: Manga - Pô – Tiébélé, 121 km, including 26 km on a dirt road
    Stage 3 - October 27: Pô – Ouagadougou, 140 km
    Stage 4 - October 28: Boussé – Ouahigouya, 129 km, including 1.7 km on a dirt road
    Stage 5 - October 29: Yako – Ziniaré, 150 km including 11 km on a dirt road
    Stage 6 - October 30: Kokologo – Boromo, 136 km
    Rest Day - October 31
    Stage 7 - November 1: Bobo-Dioulasso – Banfora, 85...

  • Wegmann getting ready for the World's

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    September 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Gerolsteiner's Fabian Wegmann will be riding for Germany in the World's road race, but won't see the...

    Gerolsteiner's Fabian Wegmann will be riding for Germany in the World's road race, but won't see the course until he arrives in Salzburg Thursday. "Why Why drive yourself crazy and check the course out a half a year early?" he asks. "I'll have enough time to make my own picture of the course. During the race itself we'll see it a total of 12 times anyway! When you've ridden it two or three times and pay attention, then you basically now everything you need to know."

    He compares the race to a classics race. "You need extremely good staying power to come over the mammoth distance (270 km), but at the same time you have to be fresh for the climbs. That's why I trained long distances last week and will dedicate myself this week to intensive unit training. 'Intensive,' that basically means interval training. Not just rolling along somewhere, but really going to the limit on climbs. I'm so exhausted when I return from training in the Black Forest that I have to hit the bed for an hour or so." (www.fabianwegmann.de)

  • Lang ready for the World's

    Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner)
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    September 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Sebastian Lang seems to like Hessen, Germany. Two years ago he won the Hessen Rundfahrt, and this...

    Sebastian Lang seems to like Hessen, Germany. Two years ago he won the Hessen Rundfahrt, and this year he won it again under its new name, the 3-Länder Tour. "That was a very good stage race for me," he said. "I have showed that I am not just a good time trialist. It went very well and I didn't use up too much strength. I seem to be in form for the World Championships." Lang is to ride the world's time trial for Germany.

    He thanked his team for supporting him. directeur sportif Christian Henn (who won the race in 1996) said, "Everything fit together and went well. The team did good work and Seppl took care of the win."

    CSC also did exceptionally well in the race, with three stage wins, five top-four finishes, and Frank Schleck's third place overall. Two of the stage wins belonged to Karsten Kroon, who said "The 3-Länder Tour is a comeback for me." His last victory had been in 2004. "Now I have that 'winning feeling' again."

    One of his teammates who would have like to have taken a stage win but couldn't was Jens Voigt, who on Sunday celebrated his 34th birthday. He was in the breakaway group with Kroon and several others at the end. But it is the end of a long season for him, and the strength just wasn't there any more, and he was being closely watched by Aivaras Baranauskas and Hannes Blank, who finished 2nd and 3rd directly ahead of him. "Of course they knew that I wanted to win," Voigt said. "You can't play those tactical games in that situation."

  • T-Mobile to be an "international team of character"

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    September 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Alan Cote

    The Team T-Mobile of the future will have "an international management team with international...

    The Team T-Mobile of the future will have "an international management team with international personnel and an international sponsor," says incoming general manager Bob Stapleton. Not only that, it will be "a team which believes in clean and fair sport." In an interview with Welt magazine, he said that he is looking to develop a "team of character, with riders who have a good heart, head and good legs, are willing to well together as a team and have excellent prospects. That's what's interesting and significant for the sport in these tough times. "

    One change will be a new international team of "young, progressive and clued-in" directeurs sportifs, with only Valerio Piva (Italy) and Brian Holm (Denmark) continuing over from the current team. They will be joined by Tristan Hoffman (Netherlands) and Alan Peiper (Australia). They will be managed by Rolf Aldag, "who after a long pro career has a knowledge of the peloton that's second to none and has the right kind of character."

    Having lost its biggest stars, the team will no longer be concentrating on the Tour de France, Stapleton says. "Our goal now is to be competitive throughout the entire season with riders that bring the right character and qualities - both on and off the bike - and to no longer depend on just one or two stars to deliver. And, of course, even if it's the Tour that guarantees maximum media coverage, T-Mobile will also be in action in plenty of other countries, where races attract good media coverage. It is our strategy to attract broader coverage of the team, rather than pump the bulk of our budget into the Tour."

    He briefly addressed the fate of his predecessor, Olaf Ludwig, and why he was being removed. "From day one things didn't run as smoothly between him and the sponsor as both sides would have wished, and they had different views on some serious issues. It just didn't fit. Why, I couldn't say."

    Does he see himself as a crisis manager, he was...

  • Valverde: "I could not do any more"

    Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)
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    September 18, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Antonio J. Salmerón

    By Antonio J. Salmerón Alejandro Valverde finished in second position in the general classification...

    By Antonio J. Salmerón

    Alejandro Valverde finished in second position in the general classification of the Vuelta. The Spanish Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears leader could not overcome Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), "but I was close to the final triumph" and he emphasized the strength of the Kazakhstani winner "who was the best, a great rival. Vinokourov was the rightful winner, so I congratulate him."

    On the development of the Vuelta, Valverde explained, "It was a very competitive race, and that is good for cycling."

    Now, Valverde is already thinking of the World Championships: "I will return to training tomorrow, on Tuesday, at home in Murcia (Spain), and on Wednesday, I will travel to Salzburg." Without Óscar Freire, Valverde will lead the Spanish selection next Sunday 24th, where he is a favourite to win after already obtaining two silver medals.