Cycling News Roundup - 18 June 2008
Team News: Frank Schleck, Damiano Cunego, David Cañada Injury Update, Museeuw
Bikes Partner with Ghent University
Team CSC/Saxo Bank
Fränk Schleck Got Away Without Injuries
The 190-kilometer fifth stage of Tour de Suisse from Domat-Ems to Caslano
underlined just how short the distance between triumph and tragedy can be.
Just as Team CSC Saxo Bank's Fränk Schleck had taken control of the race and
was well on his way to both victory and Leader's Jersey, his attempt came to a
halt because of a serious crash during the final descent. Schleck lost control
in a sharp turn and went flying over the side of the road. Miraculously he got
away without any serious injuries and was able to roll across the finish line in
Caslano, where he could have been celebrated the winner had it not been for the
Prior to the accident he had attacked the peloton with such efficiency that
only Gerolsteiner's Markus Fothen was able to keep up. The two of them quickly
built up a good lead and while Schleck had to see his plan fall apart Fothen
went on to win the stage.
”It was a genuine miracle that I wasn't badly hurt. I'm pretty bruised and
it'll hurt for sure over the next couple of days. I lost the opportunity to win
Tour de Suisse with that crash, but mainly I'm just really grateful that I'm all
right and still able to work my way towards Tour de France,” said a somewhat
shaken Fränk Schleck after the stage.
”Fränk was very strong out there and attacked after some great team work by
everyone. It wasn't a given that he should make a move today but the chance came
along and he took it. It could've resulted in a great triumph but the crash put
a stop to that of course. But when you look a the crash there's no doubt that it
could've turned out so much worse, so regardless we'll have to say we were lucky
today,” said Kim Andersen.
Tough Day for Damiano
Damiano Cunego lost some positions in the 5th stage of Tour de Suisse. Topic
moment was Cadamario climb, where began the battle for the lead of the race:
Devolder attacked early, Schleck replied followed by Fothen, while Cunego
understood that he was not at his best energy level, and so preferred to go on
with a regular pace.
Damiano chases in stage 5.
Schleck fell in the descent before the arrival and so Fothen could obtain the
victory; Cunego crossed the finish line in 27th position at 1'54". In the
overall standing, Lampre's captain is 15th at 1'09" from Igor Anton. Loosli is
still king of the mountains.
"The group approached Cademario at full speed and Damiano preferred a regular
pace - Piovani, Lampre's sport director,
said - This is a normal step in the path towards Tour de France- Good
performance by Marzano in the main breakaway of the stage".
David Cañada Injury Update
Saunier Duval/Scotts´s David Cañada will be operated on in Zaragoza tomorrow,
after breaking the scaphoid bone in this right wrist in stage 1 of the Tour de
Suisse. This injury prevented him from being at the start line in stage 2 of the
Swiss tour. Although he wasn't riding at high speed and thus sustained no
visible injuries or bruises, his hand hit the asphalt and this led to the broken
bone, as confirmed by X-rays in Spain.
Cañada will be operated on tomorrow, so that he can shorten his rehab
process, which would otherwise take six weeks. Hopefully, our rider from Aragón,
who wasn't planning to take part in the Tour de France, be back to training in
July, in search of a place on the squad for the Vuelta a España.
ReCycling the World,
The SAUNIER DUVAL-SCOTT team are carrying out their ecological initiative,
ReCycling the World, again this year. The project is aimed at fighting
desertification in Mali by planting a huge number of trees. Last year, for
instance, thanks to the riders and collaborators' commitment, one million trees
were planted in this African country.
Now SCOTT are to sponsor an action at the Tour de
Suisse. SCOTT are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and they have
decided to join in making an extra effort. On Thursday, after stage 6, starting
in Ambri and finishing in Verbier, SCOTT will contribute with 5,000 trees that
will go to Mali. Moreover, if a "red bird" takes the stage, they will give twice
as many trees. At SCOTT, they feel close to Verbier because this town holds
sporting events throughout the year, and they hope to witness one of the Saunier
Duval/Scott's young riders winning the stage.
Scott Sports Vice-President Pascal Ducrot backs the
cycling team and their mission: "We can play outdoor sports with SCOTT and we
need to be respectful of nature.Saunier Duval/Scott´s commitment is extremely
important to save our planet and to raise awareness. We're very proud to be
involved in this project."
We'd like to announce that ReCycling the World is a
project open to everyone. The team´s website, together with the NGO Planète
Urgence, offers fans the chance to estimate their CO2 emissions and make up for
them donating money to plant trees. For more information, please visit:
* SCOTT was established in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1958,
when Ed Scott invented the first tapered aluminium ski pole, which replaced the
traditional bamboo pole. The company continued to grow and entered the cycling
and the motocross markets with a wide range of accessories. The first
aerodynamic handlebars used by Greg Lemond when he won the Tour of France in
1989 brought about a true revolution to the world of cycling. Nowadays, SCOTT is
focused on winter sports, cycling, motosports, and running. For more
information, please visit:
Bike Biz News
Museeuw Bikes signs 5 Year R&D Deal with Ghent
Museeuw Bikes are pleased to announce that a groundbreaking agreement has
been signed with the University of Ghentto futher develop their unique natural
fiber composites technology. The 5 year agreement with the University of Ghent's
Faculty of Engineering, who's pioneering work in composite and natural fiber
technology is world renowned, will be to develop new designs, materials advances
and application technologies to build on Museeuw Bikes unique natural fibre tube
Under the project management of Professors Degrieck and Kirchens the faculty
will undertake an exclusive development plan to explore the opportunities of
using natural fibers combined with the use of injected resins in bicycle
The project is truly exciting as the past 18 months has seen an upsurge in
interest about composites technology not just for the bicycle industry but
throughout a range of high end industrial applications. With over 20 years of
experience in composites and natural fiber technology, The University of Ghent
is well placed to take Museeuw into a whole new era of natural fiber materials.
With this in mind Museeuw Bikes are excited to announce that in addition to
the 2009 season seeing the University of Ghent begin work on bicycle technology,
the partnership will also expand its unique materials knowledge to the
production of other natural fibre composite items, beginning with wind turbine
blades. "This is a wonderful new horizon for us at Musseuw Bikes," comments
Fangio Reybrouck, International Sales and MarketingDirector of Museeuw Bikes,
"The University of Ghent has a reputation that is second to none in the field
and it's an honour that they think our vision is exciting and want to work with
us for the next 5 years."
Meanwhile, Museeuw Bikes continues to move forward with it's product range
including an all new 20% flax/80% carbon machine to be dubbed the MC7. Due at
the end of June 2008 the new MC7 is specifically designed to bring MF technology
to a wider market. "The success of the MF range has been outstanding and the new
MC7 machines are going to bring the benefits of flax composite technology to
many more people," says Reybrouck, "we've designed the bikes to use the shock
damping qualities of flax in crucial areas of the bike at a new, competitive
price point for the customer."
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