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Cycling News Roundup 2 August 2007
 
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Date: 8/2/2007
Cycling News Roundup 2 August 2007
 

Cycling News Roundup 2 August 2007
Bennati Photo too good to miss, Kelly Benefit Strategies injury list, Koga Extends Contract, Tour Down Under, 20.5 Million Households Watch the Tour, Cyclissimo Grand Prix, Death Valley, WADA News


(Just too good a photo to miss) Lampre/Fonditals Daniele Bennati wins the final stage of the 2007 Tour de France in Paris. Photo © Lampre/Fondital
"To win in Paris is the dream of every sprinter: today has become reality for me - Bennati commented - Finishing in this way the Tour is fantastic: this is my most beautiful victory in career".

Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast
Kelly Benefits Strategies/Medifast’s LaCombe Takes Second in Tour de Toona
Jonas Carney’s Newest Recruit Just Misses Win in First Outing
Minneapolis, Minn., July 27, 2007 – Keven LaCombe, the newest recruit to Jonas Carney’s Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team, injured late last season is back with a bang, taking second place in stage five of the Tour de Toona today – his first official outing for the team.

Racing against the stiffest competition on the circuit, and coming in just behind HealthNet’s Karl Menzies, the 22 year-old Canadian, finished second in an extremely fast 76-mile circuit road race that made up stage five of the Tour de Toona in Martinsburg, PA. He was helped to the line in the closing kilometers by team mate and fellow Canadian Martin Gilbert.

“This is a tremendous performance right off the line,” says Jonas Carney, performance director, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast, “To be riding new to the team, to fit seamlessly with the dynamic of our riders and to come back so quickly from an injury last year – that’s phenomenal. It’s a sign of big things to come from Keven and a testament to how far our guys have come as a tight, highly competitive squad in this first year.”

LaCombe, 22, who broke his femur late in 2006, also took a third place podium on stage 4b at the Tour de Beauce last month. A Canadian national, he joins the team and will race alongside teammate and Pan Am road race champion, Martin Gilbert. Besides Gilbert, who took second place in stage two of the Nature Valley Grand Prix last month, the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team also includes Canadians Ryan Roth, Mark Hinnen and former Canadian national champion Dominique Perras.

Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast’s Nick Waite to Have Surgery
Recovery Period Expected to Keep Waite Off Road Through ’ 07 Season
Minneapolis, Minn., June 27, 2008 – Nick Waite, one of the central figures, in this season’s stage race squad of the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team heads into surgery this week, following an injury in the final Stillwater stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix several weeks ago.

Waite, who turned pro in 2002 as a pro Mtn. Biker and now racing for KBS/Mb, is scheduled for surgery to treat Iliac Artery Endofibrosis in his left leg, a condition which doctors believe can exist in some athletes for years until intense performance causes the affected limb to give out. It is more common among pro cyclists than any other athlete group and involves the aggravated rubbing of the iliac artery on a ligament, which runs from the pubic bone to the hip bone every time a cyclist makes a pedal stroke.

“Essentially it looks like I’ve been riding with the brakes on my left leg my entire career,” says Waite. “I’m looking forward to finally having this dealt with and coming back to race with the full use of my leg for the first time since I turned pro. Hopefully that’s going to mean stronger, faster and both more ready and able to win.”

“Nick’s absolutely doing the right thing at the right time,” says performance director Jonas Carney. “He’s been a critical part of the team in the first half of our season when we raced a lot of stage races, but right now we’re fielding criterium squads and that creates a window for him to have the surgery. We’ll be excited to see him be able to race happy, health and to his full potential.”

Waite’s injury follows seasoned sprinter Dave McCook’s broken wrist, Reid Mumford’s broken Tibial Plateau, Mark Hinnen’s tendonitis and Justin Spinelli’s broken collarbone sustained 500 meters from the finish line in Philadelphia.

“We never take unnecessary chances but we do race to win every time,” adds Carney. “There’s no point racing if you’re not really in the game. As a new team we’ve had a few set backs this first season but we look after our guys extremely well and they come back stronger than ever. Just look at McCook.”

The Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team is managed by Minneapolis-based Circuit Global Sport Management.  Best wishes for good results and fast healing from the readers and staff of the Daily Peloton to the injured riders of Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast

2007 Pro Team Stagiares Young Guns debut!
Saunier Duval/Prodir
Following UCI regulations that allow for the inclusion of as many as three under-23 riders in professional teams as of 1 August so that they can be put to the test, Saunier Duval/Prodir will take on three of the team´s young guns as stagiaires for the latter part of the 2007 season.

These young riders are Danilo Wyss (21, Switzerland, from Atlas-Romer´s Hausbäckerei Continental Team, which holds an agreement with SDP), Rafa Serrano (20, Spain, from Saunier Duval Under-23 Team), and Héctor González (21, Spain, from Saunier Duval Under-23 Team). In fact, González will sign with the red birds pro cycling team team for the next four seasons.

Saunier Duval/Prodir Stagiares for 2007
Danilo Wyss:
Orbe (Switzerland), 21 years old (08/26/1985).
Career: U23 VC Orbe (2004), Bürgis (2005/06), Atlas-Romer's Hausbäckerei (2007).
Best results: Tour de Vaucluse - Stage 1, París-Roubaix - 3rd spot, 11th European U23 Junior Road Championships - 11th spot.


Héctor González  Photo c. Saunier Duval/Prodir

Héctor González:
Barakaldo (Vizcaya-Spain), 21 years old (05/16/1986).
Career: Saunier Duval U23 team (2005/07).
Best results: stage wins in Bira and Vuelta a Bidasoa, 3rd Spanish ITT Championship.

Rafa Serrano:
Pedro Muñoz (Ciudad Real-Spain), 20 years old (07/20/1987).
Career: Saunier Duval U23 (2006/07).
Best results: Spanish ITT Champion, 25th European ITT Championship.

Lampre/Fondital Stagiares
 In August three young athletes will run in team Lampre-Fondital as trainees: Marco Bandiera, Maurizio Girardini and Leonardo Pinizzotto.

Bandiera, born in 1984, is from team Zalf Fior and he's a complete rouleur with an inclination for victories; Girardini was born in 1984, he ran in Unidelta Bottoli and he's a rider that joins power and agility; Pinizzotto, born in 1986, is from Gs Mastromarco and he's a fast rouleur.

Sponsor News
Koga extends contract with Skil-Shimano cycling team
After similar announcements by main sponsors Skil and Shimano, equipment and co-sponsor Koga-Miyata has now also announced its decision to continue its sponsorship of the Skil-Shimano cycling team over the next two seasons. ‘We are very satisfied with the team’s performances and exposure over the past two years,’ said Koga marketing manager Ruud de Vries. ‘In a short space of time the team has developed enormously and is now a highly professional and well-liked team with a unique personality all of its own. We expect that development to steadily continue and Koga would like to contribute to that.’

The team has been riding Koga’s very robust, lightweight Scandium road bikes for two years now, a bike with which it is completely satisfied. In the near future Koga will roll out a project alongside the Scandium to develop a superior team bike with the aim of supporting the team’s sporting performances even more. ‘The team is ambitious and that is matched by our consistent use of high-quality equipment, including high-end framesets. This need is fulfilled amply by Koga’s framesets,’ said Skil-Shimano manager Iwan Spekenbrink.

The exclusive cycle maker from the Netherlands raised its profile last year with the development of a revolutionary track frame for multiple world and Olympic track champion Theo Bos. ‘We will now use the knowledge and contacts we acquired in this project to develop a superior new featherweight road bike,’ says De Vries. ‘We will once again be looking to take it to the next level in terms of aerodynamics, weight and rigidity. Focus this time of course will be on road use. For us, the Skil-Shimano cycling team is the ideal partner in this project. We’ll be working closely with the team’s management and the individual riders to make this project a big success.’

For Koga the project is important to the future of its commercial race product line, a segment the company has been active in ever since it came on the scene in 1974. There is currently no precise date for the launch of the new frame. ‘This partnership enables our riders to provide Koga’s engineers with valuable information in the development phase of the new road frame, to ensure it fulfils the most stringent demands pro riders make on their equipment,’ concludes Spekenbrink. For more information on Koga and the Skil-Shimano cycling team, visit www.koga.com and www.skilcyclingteam.com.

Race & Event Announcements

TOUR DOWN UNDER
2008 Tour Down Under Launched
The 2008 Tour Down Under race routes have been announced with a new look website to showcase the huge range of offerings at the 10th edition of the Tour Down Under - 20 - 27 JANUARY 2008

The 2008 Tour:
Sunday 20 January 2008 Down Under Classic Glenelg
Monday 21 January 2008 Rest Day
Stages:
Tuesday 22/1 - Stage 1 Mawson Lakes to Angaston
Wednesday 23/1 - Stage 2 Stirling to Hahndorf
Thursday 24/1 - Stage 3 Unley to Victor Harbor
Friday 25/1 - Stage 4 Mannum to Strathalbyn
Saturday 26/1 - Stage 5 Willunga to Willunga
Sunday 27/1 -Stage 6 Adelaide City Council Street Circuit

The event will return to Glenelg for the first time in six years, with an event first - the Team Presentation will be free to the public from our Presentation Podium prior to the start of the Down Under Classic. Glenelg will also host the finish of the Mutual Community Fun Tour and Mini Tour for kids presented by UniSA .

The Mutual Community Fun Tour will be held on Friday 25 January from Mannum to Strathalbyn, and Woodside to Strathalbyn. Online bookings are now open for: Mutual Community Challenge Tour, Mutual Community Fun Tour, mini tour for kids, Club Tour, Legends' Night Dinner and Stage Transfers

Check it out all the new details at www.tourdownunder.com.au

The 2008 Tour Down Under is set to be the biggest yet, with a brilliant blend of new events allowing more people than ever to Spectate, Participate and Celebrate the Race!

Sponsorship: Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities for the Tour Down Under? If so contact:
Simon Romaniuk
Sponsorship Development Manager
Events South Australia
Phone: +61 8 8463 4713
Fax: +61 8 8463 4718
Email: romaniuk.simon@saugov.sa.gov.au

Cyclissimo Grand Prix
Ontario, Canada

The Cyclissimo Cycling Club is proud to present the 2007 Cyclissimo Grad Prix. Sunday August 5, 2007 in wonderful downtown Aurora, Ontario. site of the 2006 Ontario Provincial Road Race Championships.

Racing begins at 8:00 am. on this hilly and fun 8 km circuit on closed roads. which provides one of the safest and most challenging courses in the province. The Cyclissimo Cycling club has built on the success of last years race, which earned them the award for "Race Organizers of the year" from the Ontario Cycling Association, and have improved on all aspects of the event.

Please note that registration closes on Friday August 3rd @ 12:00pm
for registration and race information go to www.ontariocycling.org

Bob Roll Hosts 4th Annual CycleFest
Dinner and Auction Supports Youth Bicycle Racing League
Please save the date! On Saturday, November 10th, Bob Roll (Tour de France commentator, former Tour de France racer, and fellow mountain biker) will be hosting the 4th annual CycleFest in San Rafael, California. This extraordinary dinner and auction is a benefit for the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League. An advance purchase discount is now available. More information.

Death Valley Ride 2009
Benefits Land Mine Removal

Kevin Barron and Darren Rider have taken up the mad challenge to cycle the Death Valley in November 2009! We will cycle over 260 miles through the desert, into Death Valley and back out to Las Vegas. To make this challenge even easier, daytime temperatures can reach 100 degrees and there are daily road climbs of over 5,200 feet. The doctor says we'll be fine, although a psychiatrist isn't available for comment.

The cycle challenge starts in Beatty Junction, Nevada, about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. Over the following five days, we will cycle over 260 miles through the desert before riding into Death Valley, where the dramatic rock formations and arid landscapes make it one of America's greatest national parks. The final leg will consist of a 60 mile cycle through the barren Nevada desert and into Las Vegas, before finishing off with a victorious cycle ride down the famous Strip. More Info.

Our endeavour is to raise £7,000 for two important charities - the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and Cancer Research UK. MAG is the organiser of this event and will be providing us with all the medical back-up, bikes and accommodation through Death Valley, so we aim to raise £3,000 each for MAG in order to partake in the event, and an additional £1,000 (or more if possible) for Cancer Research UK.
MAG (Mines Advisory Group) is one of the world's leading humanitarian organisations providing conflict-affected countries with a real chance for a better future. MAG clears land mines and the remnants of conflict from some of the world's poorest nations, we educate and employ local people and help provide solutions for those trapped by poverty and economic devastation through no fault of their own.

20.5 Million Households Tune in for Tour de France
STAMFORD, Conn. (August 1, 2007)—VERSUS’ coverage of the 2007 Tour de France reached 20.5 million households, more than any other year in the network’s history, including Lance Armstrong’s final win in 2005. Total viewership and HH Impressions also saw growth. The network saw an 11-percent increase in total viewership for live morning telecasts (Live+Same Day) in 2007 as compared to 2006 (343,441 vs 309,920) and average HH Impressions (Live+Same Day) for 23 days were 257,323; up four percent over 2006 (247,393).

VERSUS also garnered an increase in HH Impressions compared to 2006 for the grueling mountain stages, which historically are the most compelling days of the Tour de France for cycling fans. HH Impressions (Live+Same Day) for mountain stages were up 25 percent (294,988 vs 236,891).

Web traffic on VERSUS.com had tremendous growth from 2006 to 2007. During the 23-day period, VERSUS.com saw page views skyrocket 20 percent to 23.5 million—this is in addition to the 13-percent increase that the network saw in 2006 over 2005. Video views had an increase of 16 percent to 3.43 million and the most watched Tour videos were the daily Stage recaps by Al Trautwig and Bob Roll. Unique visits increased five percent to 1.4 million and page visits grew eight percent to 3.9 million.

“Despite the controversy that surrounded this year’s Tour de France, the event showed surprising resiliency among American viewers,” said Gavin Harvey, President of VERSUS. “The increase in viewer ship and tremendous growth in web traffic shows that fans were able to look past the scandals, enjoy one of the most intense competitions on earth and support the aggressive battle to rid the sport of cheaters.”

VERSUS (VERSUS.com) celebrates real competition in all its forms. Now in more than 72 million homes, the network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events like The Tour de France, the America's Cup, and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

WADA News
Code Review & Consultation: August 2007 Update
Montreal, August 1, 2007 – WADA has published online its August update on the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) Review & Consultation. The monthly updates help keep stakeholders apprised of Code Review & Consultation progress. The Review & Consultation is modeled on the extensive process that was used with stakeholders for the initial development of the Code and stresses practical and constructive solutions for enhancing anti-doping programs worldwide. The next update will be posted in September 2007.
Click here for the update.

Play True Magazine Explores New Doping Detection Approaches
Montreal, 31 July 2007 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that the new issue of the Agency's flagship magazine, Play True, is now available.

This issue, titled Science; Honing in on Doping, is dedicated to the evolution of anti-doping research. It provides an in-depth look at WADA's contributions to anti-doping research activities on a number of fronts starting in 2001, and at future perspectives in the field.

Among items featured are highlights from recent progress in the detection of doping substances and methods such as human growth hormone and gene doping; and a look at new approaches and strategic partnerships, including the development of the "Athlete Passport" concept, whose objectives are to track biological data from athletes over a period of time in order to identify abnormal profiles in the context of the fight against doping.

In addition, Play True includes an editorial by WADA's President Richard W. Pound emphasizing the importance for signatories to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code, and updates about various anti-doping programs and activities conducted by WADA and its stakeholders.
Click here to download a copy of Play True.

 
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