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
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!
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
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
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
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.
In August three young athletes will run in team Lampre-Fondital as
trainees: Marco Bandiera, Maurizio Girardini and
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.
Koga extends contract with Skil-Shimano cycling
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
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
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
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:
Sponsorship Development Manager
Events South Australia
Phone: +61 8 8463 4713
Fax: +61 8 8463 4718
Cyclissimo Grand Prix
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
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.
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
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.
for the update.
Play True Magazine Explores New Doping Detection
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
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.
to download a copy of Play True.