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Latest Cycling News for September 25, 2007

Date published:
September 25, 2007, 1:00 BST
  • Successful Living extends sponsorship for three years

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    September 25, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Susan Westemeyer

    Successful Living, a company based in Southern California promoting wealth building, motivation, and...

    Successful Living, a company based in Southern California promoting wealth building, motivation, and healthy living, has extended its sponsorship for the domestic US team for another three years. The sponsorship started last year. The team's director is Steve Hegg, former racer who won a gold medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, among many other things.

    "The team definitely displayed true team work through out the season and we plan on building it further for 2008 and beyond," said Hegg. "Our goal is to keep the momentum going and become the number one team in the US in the next three years."

    Based in Ventura, California, Team Successful Living Pro Cycling, managed by Lemire Racing, LLC enters its third year of competition under the continuous title sponsorship of Successful Living. The team is comprised of 12 full time professionals who earned over 30 victories including five NRC wins in 2007. The team will wrap up its season at the USA Crit Finals in Las Vegas on September 27.

  • Brett Aitken back in Tassie Tour

    Brett Aitken in the centre again
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    September 25, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Susan Westemeyer

    Sydney Olympic Games gold medalist Brett Aitken has entered the Jayco Tour of Tasmania and has his...

    Sydney Olympic Games gold medalist Brett Aitken has entered the Jayco Tour of Tasmania and has his eye fixed firmly on winning the criterium championships.

    The Adelaide-based Aitken, 36, said today he was fitter than he had been for the past four years and was eagerly anticipating the challenge of the six-day tour which starts in Devonport on Tuesday, October 2. "I'm not in super condition, probably about three kilograms too heavy, but I am looking forward to having a go in the criteriums," he said. "I'll probably struggle in the hills but there are enough flat stages for me to hopefully have a pretty good tour."

    Aitken will contest the tour with his Savings and Loans team which also contains the in-form David Pell, of Bendigo. There are five criteriums in the 11-stage Tour of Tasmania and all of them should provide superb viewing for spectators. Criteriums will be held in Devonport, Ulverstone, Burnie and Westbury before the grand finale street race at Launceston's Brickfields Reserve on Sunday, October 7. The criterium championship will be sponsored by the Country Club Tasmania which has linked with the Launceston City Council to host an entertaining range of family activities in the Brickfields Reserve on the final day.

    Aitken teamed with Victorian Scott McGrory to win the Madison gold medal at the Sydney Olympics but has struggled for form and motivation ever since. He showed glimpses of his true class in winning the opening criterium of the Tour of the Murray River in Echuca on August, 26 and finished a close second to fellow Olympian gold medalist Peter Dawson in the event's final street race in Waikerie, South Australia. "I gained a lot of confidence from the Tour of the Murray River," Aitken said.

    The Jayco Tour of Tasmania is the final leg of the four-part Timbercorp Cup National Cycling Series. The Timbercorp Cup series began with the Tour of Gippsland in...

  • A successful Vuelta for the German teams

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    September 25, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Susan Westemeyer The German teams can look back at a reasonably successful Vuelta a España....

    By Susan Westemeyer

    The German teams can look back at a reasonably successful Vuelta a España. Milram took three stage wins and T-Mobile two, while Gerolsteiner placed a rider in the top 15.

    Milram is technically an Italian team but has a German sponsor. It was looking to star sprinters Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel, and they didn't let the team down. Zabel was the first to strike, winning the seventh stage.

    Petacchi won two stages in the Vuelta, maybe helped by the fact that triple winner Oscar Freire had quit the race to prepare for the Worlds. The Italian took stage 11 and stage 12, but then couldn't get another one, finishing third in the 17th stage and narrowly getting second in the finale in Madrid in a drag race against Daniele Bennati, who was the other rider besides Freire to get three sprint wins.

    Milram also achieved a success in that it was the only one of the three German teams to finish with all nine riders.

    T-Mobile had come into the race with minimal expectations, saying it had no rider for the GC and would look to escape groups. It suffered two unexpected losses in the race. Lorenzo Bernucci was removed from the race after the third stage and dismissed from the team after a positive test for an appetite suppressant. The team's other Italian in the race, Giuseppe Guerini, dropped out due to illness after the 16th stage. It was the 37-year-old's last race before retirement.

    The team had good news, too, though, as German time trial champion Bert Grabsch surprisingly won the first time trial by 34 seconds. The...

  • Klier's dream is Flanders

    Klier triumphs in the Vuelta!
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    September 25, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Andreas Klier of T-Mobile has recently won a stage in the Vuelta a España. But usually the German,...

    Andreas Klier of T-Mobile has recently won a stage in the Vuelta a España. But usually the German, who has been living in Belgium for the past nine years, excels in the spring classics, where he feels the most pressure to perform. He told radsport-aktiv.de that "from February until April I have to have good results. In previous years the pressure wasn't so high, as I had strong captains who I was riding for."

    The lack of pressure may have helped the win in Spain along, but Klier revealed that he had targeted this exact stage in advance. "In the sprints we were riding for Greipel and in the mountains I don't stand a chance anyway. That left three stages and that one was the best for a rider with my characteristics."

    The horrifying weather that day with torrential rain falls and hail didn't bother him too much, as it reminded him on the Belgian classics. And while he didn't want to say that it's the reason he won he admitted that "I was happy I didn't have 50 degrees centigrade under my helmet. That isn't really what I like."

    A day after his win he dropped out to prepare for the Worlds, but already knew his chances were slim. He ended up not being nominated and was not disappointed about it. "If I were the national selector I would have preferred a skinnier rider also. The course is so difficult." And while he can't judge how the top riders on the team, Wegmann, Schumacher, Zabel and Ciolek are doing right now, he hopes for a medal at least for the German team. His take on the course is that riders who can done well in Liège-Bastogne-Liège or Lombardia will have the best chances, "riders like Di Luca or Bettini."

    The remainder of his year will consist of the Circuit Franco Belge, where he is hoping to do well, and Paris-Tours, where he wouldn't mind riding for Ciolek, should the new sprinter star take the start. Klier really likes to have this feeling...

  • Denifl and Graus out of TT for Austria

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    September 25, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    The Austrian national team has lost two riders for Wednesday's U23 and women's time trials, leaving...

    The Austrian national team has lost two riders for Wednesday's U23 and women's time trials, leaving Christiane Soeder as the country's lone representative on that day. Both Stefan Denifl and Andrea Graus have had to cancel their appearances due to colds.

    Denifl would have been the only U23 time trialist for Austria. "He was a little under the weather the last few weeks," said national trainer Franz Hartl. The youngster will now concentration on Saturday's road race, as will Graus. Both will now arrive in Stuttgart on Thursday to prepare for the road races.

  • Devolder and Leukemans fit for Belgium

    Stijn Devolder (Discovery Channel) was going a bit better
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    September 25, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Belgian national coach Carlo Bomans finally got some good news. Both Stijn Devolder and Björn...

    Belgian national coach Carlo Bomans finally got some good news. Both Stijn Devolder and Björn Leukemans will be able to start in the road race on Sunday. Leukemans confirmed that he has fully recovered from his migraine attack of last weekend.

    "Stijn called me to say that he trained well, that it is all coming in order again. The swelling on his knee is gone, and he feels a lot less pain. We still have to wait and make sure it stays that way the next few days," Bomans told sportwereld.be.

    Devolder said, "I had an easy training without too much strain on the knee. It has been getting better since the weekend. The doctor said however that the cartilage is not yet fully healed after my crash 11 days ago. If it all goes well, then I can do a last heavy duration training on Tuesday or Wednesday. Then I will give it my all on Sunday for the very last time this season."

  • Germany's final selections

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    September 25, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Germany has announced its final men's line-up for its "home" World Championships this week in...

    Germany has announced its final men's line-up for its "home" World Championships this week in Stuttgart. Erik Zabel and Stefan Schumacher will lead the mean's team in the road race on Sunday.

    That team will consist of Zabel (Milram), Schumacher (Gerolsteiner), Gerald Ciolek (T-Mobile), Marcus Burghardt (T-Mobile), David Kopp (Gerolsteiner), Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner), Christian Knees (Milram), Jens Voigt (CSC) and Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner). Replacement riders are Marcel Sieberg (Milram) and Stephan Schreck (T-Mobile). German champion Bert Grabsch (T-Mobile) and Sebastian Lang (Gerolsteiner) will ride the men's time trial.

    The U23 selection will be headed by Alexander Gottfried, who is the most experienced. Tony Martin, who will be riding for T-Mobile next year, finished a convincing second at the Tour de l'Avenir, even having had the yellow jersey for a couple of days. Coach Bernd Dittert can also count on Mathias Belka, Simon Geschke and Dominic Klemme. The individual time trial will be contested by Marcel Kittel, who has won two world championships titles as a junior in the discipline and Stefan Schäfer, who won the junior's bronze medal in 2004.

    For the women's time trial national coach Jochen Dornbusch will be able to count on Hanka Kupfernagel, who has always a chance of winning, no matter if it's on the road, in the time trial or in the cross races. Charlotte Becker will also wear the red jersey of the national team in the race against the clock.

    In the road race Kupfernagel will be accompanied by Judith Arndt, who said she would give up own ambitions if another woman on her team would have better chances. Her recent second place in the Ladies Expert Tour however showed that she is on form. Additionally there is