Cycling News Roundup 18 August 2008
Team News, Andrea Grendene Signs with Lampre, Olympics - Bradley Wiggins & Simon
Geraint, Northfield Cyclocross Camp, Interbike Outdoor Demo Heats Up.
Tour du Limousin and Eneco Tour
Tour du Limousin (France) 19-22/08/2008
Riders: Assan Bazayev, Roman Kireyev, Andreas Kloden, Julien Mazet, Benjamín
Noval, Sérgio Paulinho, Gregory Rast & Tomas Vaitkus.
D.S.: Sean Yates
(Netherlands & Belgium) 20-27/08/2008
Riders: Koen de Kort, Thomas Frei, Sergey Ivanov, Aaron Kemps, Berik Kupeshov,
Steve Morabito & Andrey Zeits
D.S.: Alexandr Shefer & Andrey Teteryuk
Tyler Hamilton gets a bit of help at the Tour of Utah Stage 4 after crashing on
one of the descents on the mountainous queen stage. Luckily Tyler was ok and
could continue the race.
Photo © 2008 Vero Image
Ag2r la Mondiale
Eneco Tour (Pays-Bas et Belgique)
La composition de l’équipe
* Christophe EDALEINE
* Yuriy KRIVTSOV
* Laurent MANGEL
* Jean Patrick NAZON,
* Cédric PINEAU
* Stéphane POULHIES
* Jean Charles SENAC
* Stijn VANDENBERGH
Encadrement: * Arturas KASPUTIS
Lampre - Young Gun Andrea Grendene Makes Pro Debut
Lampre will race in the North of Europe Eneco Tour. For blue-fucsia
team there will be the following riders: Fabio Baldato, Matteo Bono, Daniele
Righi, Sylwester Szmyd and neo-pro Andrea Grendene, in his first race for
Lampre. Guido Bontempi will be the sport director and he will be supported by
doctor Andreazzoli, by masseurs Della Torre, Lunardon and Quero and by mechanics
Cambiè and Carminati.
"Because of hazards and of calendar problems, we'll be able to take part in
Eneco Tour with only five cyclists - Guido Bontempi
commented - "Anyway, we'll give our best in order to honour this
race: we'll have the experience in this kind of races with Baldato and Righi,
the reliability of Righi and Szmyd and the enthusiasm of neo-pro Grendene".
Andrea Grendene, 22 years old, Italian sprinter who obtained 17 victories in
amateurs category for Team Filmop Ramonda. Bottoli, is a new Lampre's
Andrea Grendene in his new Lampre kit.
Photo courtesy Lampre Cycling Team
He was born in Thiene on the 4th of July 1986 and he lives in Montecchio
Precalcino, near Vicenza. He's a very fast rider of 175 cm of height and 70 kg
of weight: thanks to his power he obtained many victories in 4 years in
amateurs, 9 wins in 2008 (the most important is Gp Liberazione di Roma). He was
in the Italian Under 23 National Team in Tour of Flanders and in Ville de
The agreement is until 2010, debut is on the 20th of August in Eneco Tour.
"Also because the injury of Fornaciari, we decided to sign immediately the very
fast Grendene. He will debut in Eneco Tour", Saronni explained.
Team Columbia - Wiggins Wins Olympic Gold
Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins fulfilled all expectations by netting the gold
medal in the Beijing Olympic Games individual pursuit on Saturday. 24 hours
after setting a new Olympic record during the qualifying round, Wiggins saw off
New Zeland’s Hayden Roulston to take his first Olympic gold of 2008 for his
country. Another British rider, Steven Burke, took bronze.
For Wiggins - a rider with Team Columbia when not in Great Britain colours
like at Beijing - this is his second straight individual pursuit title at
Olympic level. The Londoner now goes on to take part in the team pursuit on
Sunday before gunning for a third gold with Mark Cavendish in the Madison.
“The final round of the individual pursuit was really controlled, basicaly I
was just trying not to go in too deep.” Wiggins said after his first Olympic
triumph. “To do it all over again, and then go again two hours later was really
tough, though. And it’s been a long year building up for the Olympics.”
“The next challenge for me will be the team pursuit, but I’ve done that
before and I’ve been there before. On top of that, we’ve trained really hard for
this.” Asked if he could get three gold medals, Wiggins was confident but
cautious. “The Danes will give us a good run for our money in the team pursuit
and I might struggle a bit in tomorrow morning [in the qualifying round] But by
the evening I’m sure I’ll be back on top of it.”
“I’ve got really strong team-mates around me, this isn’t a one-man band after
all. All four of us, me and the three back in the Olympic village, are up for
this team pursuit as well and then for the Madison Cav [Mark Cavendish] has got
great form too. It’s all looking very good - really really promising.”
Geraint Thomas brings a gold medal to
He was expected to take a medal in the team-pursuit track event, in Beijing ,
and he kept the word. Team Barloworld 's Geraint Thomas achieved, in fact, a
wonderful gold medal in today's team-pursuit's final match , beating Denmark's
The British golden team dominated the 4km's track race at the Laoshan
Velodrome, clocking the new world record with the unbelievable time of 3.53
(61.719 km/h), after already beating their previous performance from the Worlds
during yesterday's semifinal.
Thomas, together with Bradley Wiggins, Paul Manning and Ed Clancy, won the
World Championship in the same race, in Manchester, and joined the exclusive
club of the Olympic medalists. It's such a great satisfaction for Geraint
himself but also for Barloworld and team manager Claudio Corti as well,
who strongly supported Thomas's training with the Brit team. "I'm so proud of
Geraint as he carried out a long training effort in accordance to our team -
stated team manager Claudio Corti - . After
the Giro d'Italia we let him concentrate on the Olympic event and his gold medal
is now a very important achievement for Barloworld".
Thomas had the chance to ride the individual-pursuit race, but he preferred
to concentrate on one thing and do it 100%, and not risk being tired for the
team's event. He was really confident to take the gold medal in the team race,
as he focused it from the beginning of 2008.
"I knew our time was fast, but 3.53... it's great. I still can't believe it!
- stated Thomas - I think this time shouldn't be broken for a very long time".
Tour of Britain Reminder
There’s just three weeks until the opening stage of the
2008 Tour of Britain in central London.
A packed day of cycling, including the London Grand Prix (a round of the Elite
Circuit Race Series), British Cycling’s Go Ride and BikeJam, a celebration of
all things cycling at Tower Hill, will ensure that there’s something to keep
spectators entertained all day on the 7th September.
The TfL London Stage will also give spectators the chance to welcome home
some of our successful Olympic cyclists from Beijing, with Individual Pursuit
Gold Medallist Bradley Wiggins due to ride The Tour of Britain for Team Columbia
and Points Race Bronze Medallist Chris Newton leading the all-British Rapha –
Condor – Recycling.co.uk squad. Just two weeks after the culmination of the
Olympic Games, it’s a great chance to meet some of Britain’s newest Olympic
At the other end of the country, the route of Stage 7 in Scotland has been
unveiled, and it’s a testing 153.4km course that will take the riders south from
Glasgow Green across the Southern Uplands to the beautiful stage finish in front
of Drumlanrig Castle. For more information on the route, including maps and
stage profiles, visit the Race section of
If you want to get a closer look at the route for all the stages, then why
not download The Tour of Britain Race Manual, which is also available in the
Race section of the official website. Plus don’t forget that The Tour of Britain
is working with Impsport in 2008, so if you want to be the best dressed
spectator out there come September, then log on the shop section of The Tour of
Britain website where you can order your very own replica jerseys, the perfect
item to get autographed come the race! A full range of Tour of Britain
merchandise will be available at stage finishes each day.
2008 Cycle Smart Northfield Cyclocross Camp
Cycle-Smart is proud to present the 8th annual Northfield Cyclo-Cross Camp,
taking place September 5-7, 2008 in
Northfield, Massachusetts. The camp's unique attraction lies in its beautiful
setting, fun atmosphere, mix of levels and personalities, and the opportunity to
learn and practice skills with some of the best 'cross racers in the United
"Adam Myerson passed along one tip about 'cross starts that was worth the
entire price of camp alone! No matter what level racer you are, camp will fit
into your agenda." said Chris Mayhew, multiple-time camp participant.
Cycle-Smart coaches will provide hands-on instruction in technique and
training for cyclo-cross, with an aim towards a 1:5 coach:rider ratio. Full
vegetarian meals and lodging will be provided.
Mechanical services will be handled by Mavic Neutral Support, and Van Dessel
Cycles will have demo bikes available all day Saturday. Van Dessel will be
offering a one-time deal to camp participants, offering 15% off on all demo
bikes present at the camp. This is an opportunity to not just test ride a bike,
but actually race and train on one before deciding to buy. Tifosi Optics and
Crank Brothers will also be providing merchandise giveaways to camp
The camp is open to riders of all ability levels, although everyone must have
a USCF or NORBA license. Unlicensed riders can purchase a license at the camp
for an additional charge. Registration is open at BikeReg.com. For more
information, visit www.cycle-smart.com
or contact Adam Myerson at
In addition to the Northfield 'Cross Camp, Cycle-Smart organizes the Verge New
England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series, and the Cycle-Smart International Cyclo-Cross,
the oldest UCI event in North America.
Interbike OutDoor Demo Looking Strong for September 2008
Bicycle retailers and media can demo a broad range of products at Bootleg Canyon
demo site, including cyclocross bikes on a cyclocross-specific course
Interbike today announced its annual OutDoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon, Nevada,
is on schedule to meet or exceed last year's event. As of release date, the
OutDoor Demo has 63,500 of net-sold, square-feet of exhibit space and is
continuing to grow as manufacturers submit exhibiting contracts.
"The OutDoor Demo continues to be an important event for manufactures and
bicycle retailers," said Rich Kelly, Interbike's marketing manager. "Retailers
want and need hands-on testing opportunities. The industry continues to
introduce a broad range of bikes and accessories for different uses, such as
cyclocross and commuting, and OutDoor Demo is the perfect opportunity to demo
This year's edition of the OutDoor Demo will be held
September 22-23, 2008, and will now include a
cyclocross demo loop, prepared by CrossVegas, LLC, with 40cm high barriers
interspersed along a 1-kilometer undulating course.
The 2008 Interbike OutDoor Demo expo area is returning to the Bootleg Canyon
park, which was improved last year with landscaping and new pavement by Boulder
City's Parks and Recreation. Bootleg Canyon, home to one of the International
Mountain Bicycle Association's (IMBA) "Epic Rides," features:
· An extensive groomed trail network
· Professionally built BMX track
· Closed-road loop
· Downhill-specific trails
· Dirt-jumping section
· Closed-cyclocross course
OutDoor Demo provides retailers from all over North America, international
retailers and members of the media the opportunity to test 2009-model bikes and
accessories from close to 130 exhibitors. Exhibiting companies at OutDoor Demo
include Bell Sports, Cannondale, Giant, Jamis, Kona, Scott USA, Shimano,
Specialized, SRAM and Trek Bicycles, to name a few.
Key sponsors of the 2008 Interbike OutDoor include:
· Cervélo - Road Demo Loop Start House
· Fox Racing Shox - Suspension Tuning Support
· GUsports - Official Energy Gel
· Mavic - Road Demo Loop Tech Support
· Park Tool - Rider Cooling Station
· Pedro's - Bike Wash and Environmental Sustainability
· PowerBar - Official Energy Food
· Save Our Soles - Schwag Bag Contributor
Each year the bicycle industry gathers in Las Vegas to conduct the business
of cycling. Produced by Interbike, the OutDoor Demo is the first two days of the
industry's weeklong trade-only event. The indoor portion of the show, the
Interbike International Bicycle Expo, runs immediately following the OutDoor
Demo and will be held at the Sands Convention and Expo Center in Las Vegas,
For more information about Interbike and other events and marketing
opportunities surrounding the show, please visit
About Interbike - Interbike (a business unit of Nielsen Business Media, the
parent company of the Outdoor Retailer (OR), Action Sports Retailer (ASR),
Health+Fitness Business, and Fly Fishing Retailer trade shows) is a full-service
trade show company that creates, markets and produces high-quality expos and
educational conferences. Producers of the OutDoor Demo and Interbike
International Bicycle Expo, Interbike is the leading bicycle industry
business-to-business event management company, bringing together top
manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business
of cycling. Now celebrating more than 25 years of successful events, Interbike (www.interbike.com)
gathers more than 1,100 cycling-related brands and close to 23,000 total
The 2008 Interbike trade-only events begin with OutDoor Demo (September
22-23, 2008 in Boulder City), followed by the Interbike Expo, September 24-26 at
the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, and OutDoor Demo East,
October 21-22 at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.
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