Cycling News Roundup 19 March 2007
Team News, Injury list: Ivan Gutiérrez, Nathan O'Neil on Mend, Team Volksbank
Schedule, The Isle of Man Youth Tour, Support Tax Benefits for Cycling to Work.
Bennati withdraws to prepare for Milan San Remo
Bennati didn't take part in the last stage: yesterday he withdrew in order to
avoid further efforts in view of Milano-Sanremo and other important races.
Marzio Bruseghin Tirreneo Adriatico Stage 5 ITT
photo c. Lampre/Fondital
In the Civitanova time trial (20.5 kms) in Tirreno-Adriatico, Shumacher is
today's winner and took the lead of the overall standing. Lampre-Fondital's best
rider was the Italian champion Bruseghin (photo), who finished in 20th place
with a gap of 1'07". Gorazd Stangelj obtained the 38th position (at 1'45") and
now he's 24th in the overall standing.
Voigt in Overall Sixth Place
The advancement in the general classification was only slight for
Jens Voigt as a result of Sunday's time trial in Tirreno-Adriatico. This was the
fifth stage and the route took the riders from Civitanova Marche to Civitanova
Voigt finished 24 seconds behind winner Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) and
that meant a seventh place in the stage and a sixth place overall.
”Jens gave everything he had in him and that's all anyone could ask. His time
was good and of course it would've been nice if it had resulted in a bigger jump
upwards in the overall standings, but the simple truth is that some of the
others were faster out there today. Tomorrow we have a very tough mountain
finish, which could turn this race upside down. I still think it's realistic for
Jens to advance even further before it's all over,” said
Scott Sunderland after the stage.
Team Caisse d'Epargne
Ivan Gutiérrez Injury Status
In Tirreno-Adriatico, the riders had to ride a 20.5 kilometres individual time
trials. In the absence of Iván Gutiérrez, -who is still recovering in the
hospital of Perugia, after he crashed in the second stage of the Italian race,
and received yesterday the doctors’ permission to go back to Spain on Tuesday.
Pablo Lastras was the best classified of the Caisse d’Epargne riders. He
finished the 17th, at 54” from the German rider of the team Gerolsteiner,
Stephan Schumacher, who won the stage.
In the last stage of Paris-Nice, Nice-Nice, 129,5 kilometres, with three
first category climbs (la Porte, la Turbie and Eze), the riders of the team
Caisse d’Epargne realized one more time a great stage.
Vicente García Acosta and Fran Pérez went with the first breakaways of the
day, but they never made a gap big enough to be able to reach the finishing
line. At 35 km from the finish, Fran Pérez tried it once again, this time with
Botcharov, Burghardt and Monfort, but with no success.
In the last difficulty of the stage, the Col d’Eze, David López
counter-attacked behind Alberto Contador, who attacked with much strength, but
the group with the other favourites caught the Basque rider of the team Caisse
d’Epargne while Contador kept a sufficient gap to win the stage in solitary.
O'Neill recovering from auto accident; will miss Redlands Classic
Nathan O'Neill of the Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis
will once again have to delay his 2007 North American racing debut.
In January, O'Neill was struck by a vehicle while out training in his native
Australia shortly after winning his record 8th Australian National Time Trial
Championship. The resulting hip injury kept him from starting the Amgen Tour of
California in February.
On Wednesday, O'Neill was a passenger in an SUV that was tapped from behind
by another vehicle and sent out of control while traveling at highway speeds.
The SUV flipped several times, collapsing the vehicle's roof.
O'Neill sustained a deep cut on his left arm that required 60 stitches to
close, as well as several other cuts and bruises. The injuries will keep him
from starting the Redlands Classic next week.
"It was one of the scariest things I've ever been through," O'Neill
commented. "Given what happened, I feel very lucky that my injuries weren't more
O'Neill was traveling back from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was featured
at an event promoting the Tour de Georgia, with Jackie Tyson, the Tour's
director of Communications, as well as Judy Stanton of the Georgia Cancer
Coalition. Tyson's Toyota 4Runner was allegedly bumped from behind on the
freeway, causing her to lose control.
O'Neill was treated and released from the hospital Wednesday evening after
the accident. Staton is in stable condition and recovering in an Atlanta
hospital, while Tyson suffered extensive injuries and remains in intensive care.
O'Neill will likely make his season debut in his home-state Tour de Georgia.
Health Net Presented by Maxxis sends its best wishes to Staton and Tyson for a
rapid recovery. Best to Nathan from the Daily Peloton staff and readers get well
"Nordic combined" as prelude to packed program
With two nordic classics the Team Volksbank starts its packed race program this
week: On Wednesday the team starts at Nokere Koerse in Belgium, on Sunday the
Dutch "Ronde van het Groene Hart" (both UCI 1.1) is on the agenda. With an
strongly Austrian stamped roster the team embarks on its journey.
Three riders face their first race of the season in Belgium: Tyson Apostol
and Josef Benetseder start their year at Nokere Koerse as well as Gerrit Glomser.
Classics-specialist René Weissinger is looking forward the the race covering
a distance of 196.9 km: The parcours between Oudenaare and Nokere isn't new
territory for the German: Weissinger has already raced there in the previous
year and showed a strong performance, still riding for Skil-Shimano. From the
start he joined almost every breakaway and also approached the finish line with
the right group. "Unforunately I couldn't follow the pace on the final climb",
Weissinger remembers his 13th rank and indicates, that he has still a score to
settle at Nokere Koerse.
The "Ronde van het Groene Hart" on Sunday leads over 203.3 kilometers from
Leiden via Rotterdam and Amsterdam to Woerden.
Team Volksbank at Nokere Koerse:
Tyson Apostol (USA), Josef Benetseder (Aut), Gerrit Glomser (Aut), Philipp
Ludescher (Aut), Christian Pömer (Aut), Patrick Riedesser (Aut), Simon Schärer (Sui),
René Weissinger (Ger)
Team Volksbank at Ronde van het Groene Hart:
Tyson Apostol (USA), Josef Benetseder (Aut), Christian Lener (Aut), Philipp
Ludescher (Aut), Christian Pömer (Aut), Werner Riebenbauer (Aut), Patrick
Riedesser (Aut), Simon Schärer (Sui)
Cycling in the News:
Outside Magazine Features Kodak Gallery.com/Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
The World's First Carbon Neutral Pro Sports Team
In recognition of it's leadership position as the world's first
carbon neutral pro sports team, The Kodak Gallery Pro Cycling Team, Presented by
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is featured in the April issue of Outside Magazine.
The issue is currently available on newsstands nationwide.
"We are thrilled to have the importance of this step recognized by the
mainstream media," commented program originator and Team Marketing &
Communications Director, Rob O'Dea. "Too often, notable accomplishments within
the cycling community stay there. Our vision was for the team's commitment to
environmental stewardship to be recognized around the world - with the hope
being that others will follow our lead."
The Outside Magazine feature is the latest of dozens of pieces that have been
written around the globe about the Team's work with Renewable Choice Energy to
purchase 460,000 kilowatt hours of wind credits. These credits are used to
offest all of the carbon pollutants generated by the Team's racing activity, air
and ground travel and corporate office, rider and management home energy use.
When asked about the Team's program for a recent Chico Enterprise Record
story, Ken Grossman, president of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., commented, "the
team does not get any kind of return, other than the sense of doing something
environmentally responsible." The Team's concern about the environment
complements other measures Sierra Nevada has taken, such as installing four
250-kilowatt Hydrogen fuel cell power plants that provide electric power and
heat to the brewery, and its commitment to solar power.
More information about Renewable Choice Energy and the steps that you can
take to minimize your environmental impact, can be found online at:
Scott USA Sponsors Rock Racing
SCOTT USA announced today that it will become the frame sponsor of
Rock Racing, a domestic road racing team co-sponsored by Rock & Republic, a
premium luxe lifestyle brand. The team will compete on Scott’s performance
carbon CR1 frames; equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace drive trains and wheels, Race
Face components and Fizik’ saddles.
“We are excited to be racing domestically. We have only been back in the U.S.
market for two and a half years now and to be set up with a team like Rock
Racing is a dream,” remarked Adrian Montgomery, Scott Bikes Marketing and PR
Director. “The team has enormous potential, and the Rock & Republic vibe is hot
so we expect great things from the squad.”
Scott CR1 frame and fork, Shimano Dura-Ace drive train and
wheels, Race Face bar, stem and post, Continental tires and Fizik’ saddles.
USACycling Squad for UCI World Track Championships
Six-Member Squad Features Defending World Champion Sarah Hammer
USA Cycling announced today the team that will represent the United States at
the 2007 UCI Track World Championships in Palma de Mallorca
March 29-April 1.
The six-member team will feature four women and two
Headlining the roster for the women’s squad is defending world
champion in the three-kilometer individual pursuit, Sarah Hammer (Temecula,
Calif./Ouch Pro Cycling). Hammer captured the world title last year in Bordeaux,
France – the first for an elite American track rider since 1996 – where her mark
of 3:37.227 in the gold-medal final was just fast enough to edge Olga Slyusareva
(RUS) for the rainbow jersey.
This year, Hammer will have her sights set on two events – both the
individual pursuit and the points race. In her only international competition of
the season, Hammer rode to gold medals in both the pursuit and the points race
at the third round of the UCI Track World Cup series in Los Angeles in January.
Her pursuit mark of 3:32.058 in the qualifying round was a new American record,
personal best and ADT Event Center track record.
Joining Hammer on the women’s squad will be first-time world championship
competitor Neva Day (South Bay Wheelmen), Becky Quinn and Jennie Reed. Reed and
Quinn were the only other American women to medal in international competition
this season with three medals between them. Reed won a silver medal in the
keirin at the World Cup opener in Sydney last November and a bronze medal in the
keirin at the Los Angeles World Cup. Quinn rode to a silver medal in the scratch
race in Los Angeles.
In Palma de Mallorca, Quinn will compete in the scratch race while Reed will
contest the keirin and the sprint. Day will ride the individual pursuit.
The two-man men’s contingent consists of two endurance athletes – Michael
Creed (Slipstream-Chipotle) and Brad Huff (Slipstream-Chipotle). Creed will
compete in the men’s points race, while Huff will contest the scratch race and
the newly added omnium competition.
Huff was the only male to medal for the U.S. in World Cup competition this
season with a bronze medal in the scratch race at the series finale in
Manchester, Great Britain last month.
In Palma de Mallorca, the omnium competition will make its world championship
debut and consists of several events – a 200-meter time trial, a five-kilometer
scratch race, a three-kilometer individual pursuit, a 15-kilometer points race
and a kilometer time trial – all tied together with a cumulative points system.
2007 UCI Track World Championships
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
March 29-April 1
U.S. Team Roster
Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.) – Individual Pursuit, Points
Neva Day (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) – Individual Pursuit
Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.) – Scratch Race
Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash) – Sprint, Keirin
Michael Creed (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Points Race
Brad Huff (Fair Grove, Mo.) – Points Race, Omnium
The Isle of Man Youth Tour
International Junior Men & Boy's Competition
Organisers of the Sleepwell Hotels sponsored Isle of Man Youth Tour have been
overwhelmed by so many entries that they have had to close the Junior Men and
Youth A Boy's categories. Other categories remain open until the closing date
(April 13) however, riders are requested to enter as soon as possible to avoid
The impressive list of entries include World, European and British champions,
Dutch champions, Great Britain Olympic Development riders plus virtually all of
the Youth and Junior British Olympic Talent teams plus a team all the way from
The Island's Department of Tourism and Leisure are once again supporting the
event as do the Isle of Man Steam Packet. Douglas Corporation, Marown, Peel and
Port Erin Commissioners have helped the race organisers to promote the
respective stages. Organisers have also this year teamed up with clothing
manufacture, Vermarc, who will provide the race leaders and points Jerseys for
the tour. Vermarc are a well known clothing provider based in Belgium who supply
clothing for Pro Tour Teams such as Quick Step and Predictor Lotto.
The Tour commences on Friday evening (May 4)
with a prologue time trial on Douglas promenade followed on Saturday morning
with the Junior riders competing in a 107km road race
followed by a Kermesse in Douglas in the evening. Most of the Youth
riders will race on the tough Ellerslie course on Saturday afternoon, while the
younger Youth riders will compete on Saturday evening at Douglas.
Sunday sees all riders converge on the famous Port Erin Kermesse circuit,
that used to be used for the Sky Sports City Centre Series. The Isle of Man
Youth Tour forms part of the British Cycling National Junior Road Race Series
and National Youth Circuit Race Series. Large crowds are expected as Greenlight
Television will be filming the Youth Tour for Sky TV. For more information
including course profiles and entries received so far please view the race
website at www.youthtour.co.uk
UCI America Tour Boasts Biggest Day at the Commerce
Philadelphia International Championship UCI 1.HC
As pro riders across the Americas begin the long season ahead, the most
ambitious will have their sights focused firmly on the UCI’s prestigious America
Tour classification. This year’s Commerce Bank Philadelphia International
Championship celebrates 23 years of international bike racing in the USA’s
fourth largest city by providing these riders with the best opportunity to
accumulate America Tour points in a single day of racing.
The UCI introduced the new America Tour competition two years ago and by all
accounts it has been a huge success. Similar year long Continental Tours in
Europe, Asia, Africa and the Oceana region (such as New Zealand, Philippines,
Australia) use a format of accumulated UCI points and gives the strongest riders
in each region the chance to be recognized. The five Continental Tours have
provided new focus on cycling’s emergence around the world, shining the
spotlight on many professional events that have developed equal or better
prestige than the longer running but less progressive races in Western Europe.
For these reasons professional teams across North and South America, as well as
some from Europe, will be marking their race calendars with a gold star on
June 10 to attend the USA’s most bountiful
one day point offering of the year, the Commerce Bank Philadelphia International
Not only is the Philadelphia International the only UCI 1.HC race in North
and South America, it is preceded by the Commerce Bank Tom Bamford Lancaster
Classic and the Commerce Bank Reading Classic, both top ranked UCI events as
well. Packing all of these races into one week will surely bring the cream to
the top and the winner of the prestigious Triple Crown of Cycling will likely be
at the top of the America Tour rankings at season’s end as well.
With so much as stake during this week of racing the Commerce Bank Triple
Crown will showcase some of the best and most ambitious teams on the America
Tour. In addition to the strongest professional teams in both North and South
America, invitations have also been sent to several top European teams who have
publicly declared stringent anti-drug policies and recognize that the United
States and events like the Commerce Bank Triple Crown are offering a bright
future for the sport.
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Support TAX Benefits for Cycling to Work
The Bicycle Commuter Act (H.R.807, S.2635) is before congress right
now. It would provide a tax benefit to employers who offer cash reimbursements
to employees who ride to work in order to help defray their commuting costs. All
this requires is an amendment to the Transportation Fringe Benefit of the tax
code to extend the definition of "transportation" to include bicycles. Employers
are given the flexibility to set their own levels of benefit payments and the
bike commuter can use those payments to pay for a bike, accessories, safety
equipment, insurance, and locker or shower fees.
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