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Cycling New Roundup 30 August 2008
 
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Date: 8/30/2008
Cycling New Roundup 30 August 2008
 

Cycling New Roundup 30 August 2008
Tour of Germany Just in Gerdemann Stage 1, Betzdorfer Erzquell, Giro del Veneto, Jose Rujano, Univest, Audi Best Buddies Challenge, Dragon Ride 2009,
 

Tour of Germany Stage 1 Just in:
The Queen Stage in Deutschland Tour at 178 kilometers from Kitzbühel to Hochfügen finished with a double victory for Team Columbia, as Linus Gerdemann won the stage ahead of Thomas Lövkvist.

1. Linus Gerdemann, Columbia 4.42.54
2. Thomas Lövkvist, Columbia  0.16
3. Janez Brajkovic, Astana s.t.
4. Pietro Caucchioli, Crédit Agricole  0.50
5. José Rujano, Caisse d'Epargne s.t.

Caisse d'Epargne
Jose Rujano 6th in 1rst stage of Tour of Germany

The Venezuelan climber of the team Caisse d’Epargne, José Rujano finished in sixth place in the first stage of the Tour of Germany, raced between Kitzbühel and Hochfügen upon the distance of 178 kilometers, 30 seconds behind the German rider of the Team Columbia, Linus Gerdemann, won the stage and is now first overall.


Jose Rujano Photo courtesy Abarca Sports

“With a second category and two first category hills, and the finish at the top of the last difficulty, we started this Tour of Germany immediately with the Queen stage”, said Rujano after he finished the stage. “It is a little bit strange but the organizers decided that. As for me, it was a rather good thing even if I still did not reach the shape I am looking for. I attacked in the most difficult part of the last climb to try to catch the leading rider but Gerdemann was alone in the lead. I achieved the most important part of the job to try to reduce the gap, but in the last part, which was not so difficult, Gerdemann increased the gap. There are still some difficult stages left to race like the one of tomorrow and the fifth one. Without of course forgetting the time trial that will take place the last day. It is a 34 kilometers long race, the perfect distance for me and if I feel good, it will give me the possibility to finish amongst the first of the final classification.”


Olympic Road Race Sanchez and Cancellara Photo courtesy of Sidi

Liquigas with Pellizotti and Kreuziger at the Giro del Veneto
Also the stageur Gianni Da Ros, from the Team 2000 Marchiol-Liquigas, will be present

There are many important names in the Liquigas team that will be present at the start of the Giro del Veneto. "We face this challenge with a competitive team," affirms the directeur sportif Stefano Zanatta. "The last period was positive for us, we collected some beautiful satisfactions and now we will try to continue on this way".

Franco Pellizzotti, who is working hard to convince the CT Ballerini to deserve an other call, is ready to fight and Roman Kreuziger too, that go back to the race after a deserved period of rest. Aliaksandr Kuchynski and Murilo Fischer (other two riders ready for a call from their national team for Varese) will join the group together with Macej Bodnar, Alberto Curtolo, Francesco Chicchi and Gianni Da Ros, a 22 years old stageur from the Team 2000 Marchiol-Liquigas.

"It’s an important opportunity, above all for the riders that are working with the prospect of the World Championship." adds Zanatta, "Kreuziger, for his part, will be able to value his condition after the efforts of the last weeks. We’ll give space also to Da Ros, a rider that we know well and has ridden strongly in the amateur category, so he can “taste” the world of professional. Without hurry and pressures, obviously."

Women's Betzdorfer Erzquell City Night mit Grand Prix
This year, the traditional Betzdorfer Erzquell City Night took place with a women elite race. Yesterday evening were Among the riders in Betzdorf (GER) as well the four Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team riders Sarah Düster (GER), Emma Rickards (AUS), Carla Ryan (AUS) and Patricia Schwager (SUI).

At the race over a length of 71km and in total 80 laps, the team showed a great team performance and won with Emma Rickards the green jersey for the points ranking leader while Sarah Düster crossed the finish line in fifth. The race was won in a time of 1:22.53h by Angela Hennig (GER) ahead Hanka Kupfernagel (GER) and Tanja Hennes (GER).

Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro riders showed well with Sarah Düster of Germany 5th, and Aussies' Emma Rickards 11tha and Carla Ryan 17th. 

ERZQUELL City Night G.P. Results (top 15)
1 Hennig Angela Team DSB Bank 25
2 Kupfernagel Hanka ITERA World Sports Star-Team 22
3 Hennes Tanja Team Specialized Designs For Women 20
4 Worrack Trixi Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 18
5 Düster Sarah Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 16
6 Vos Marianne Team DSB Bank
7 Snijder Adriene Team Flexpoint
8 Liebig Tina Team DSB Bank 13
9 Kasper Romy PSV 1893 Forst/L. Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 12
10 Zwick Martina RSC Wörth 1980 Koga Miyata Cycling Team 11
11 Rickards Emma Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
12 Hoffmann Chantal Nationalmannschaft Luxemburg
13 Lindberg Marie Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
14 Schleicher Regina Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 7
15 Janßen Ellen RSC Neustadt 6
Complete Results


Jaime Staff - The sorcerer and his apprentices. Photo © 2008 Adam Tranter

Sprint School 6 – A Golden Opportunity
We’re delighted to announce Jamie Staff will be headlining the DHL Sprint School on 5th September 2008. He’ll be accompanied by coach to the Stars – Shane Sutton. Between them, Jamie and Shane will bring a touch of gold to the school and are sure to please the 70 young riders due to attend the final session in Newport.


Staff leads his students onto the track. Photo © 2008 Adam Tranter

Now back from Beijing, Jamie has had a busy week with media and appearances across the UK. He’s looking forward to a day on the track and returning to Sprint School after his last appearance in April this year. He said, “After the success of Team GB in Beijing, it is really important we build on the momentum and get more kids interested in cycling. Sprint School is such a great programme and is for kids of all abilities so we make sure they have a really fun and enjoyable day whilst still learning and improving too.”

Head Coach, Tim Buckle has lined up a fantastic day for the kids, including Match Sprinting and is brining some cameras to film the riders and allow them to see their mistakes, improving technique and skills before the race day planned for later this autumn.

He said, “The day will have a feel of Talent Team to it, like you are going to visit the high school you are going to go to when you leave primary. Workshops, Camera feedback, Keirin racing and Match Sprinting - I think this is a great way to finish off DHL season 2.”


Staff demonstrates "standing" on the track. Photo © 2008 Adam Tranter

The young riders have been improving enormously and we’ve seen PB’s improving by 5 seconds, confidence soaring and all the kids having tremendous fun learning from the talent team coaches and the pro’s. Last season, 7 DHL Sprint School riders went on to be picked up by the Talent Team and this year, several more look set to follow. From there, we hope to see some on the Olympic Development Programme and maybe even, following their mentors Jamie, Vicky and Chris to Olympic Gold in the future.
DHL Sprint School: www.sprintschool.com
Dates 2008: 29th February – 4th April – 30th May – 13th June – 18th July – 5th September
Dates for the final competition will be announced soon.

2008 Univest Grand Prix
Production Team Features Emmy Winner, Former Olympians and World Champions

Andrea Peron, a 10-time Tour de France finisher, former Junior World Champion and former teammate of Lance Armstrong will serve as race director for the 2008 Univest Grand Prix. Peron, who now works for both the Tour and the Giro d’Italia, leads a star-studded team behind the production of what has become an American classic bicycling event. The Univest Grand Prix comprises two days of racing: Saturday, September 6 in Souderton, and Sunday, September 7 in Doylestown, Pa.

Peron works for the Tour and the Giro in logistics, technical direction and public relations. Joining Peron this year will be NBC television producer Kent Gordis, the winner of seven Emmy awards, who comes to the race fresh from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and Michael Aisner, an internationally recognized race announcer and race director for the historic Coors Classic bike race in Colorado.

In addition, the Univest Cyclosportif 100K, modeled, like the Univest Grand Prix, on the traditions of the great European one-day classics, will be led this year by Christian Lademan of Germany, a three-time Olympian, world champion and European champion. The Cyclosportif, which will take place on September 6 at 8:00 am, takes riders through scenic Montgomery and Bucks counties on a rolling course that offers cycling enthusiasts the chance to experience the same exhilarating ride the professional racers will face when the Univest Grand Prix begins at 10:50 a.m.

“The production team for this year’s Univest Grand Prix is extraordinarily accomplished,” said race organizer John Eustice, president of Sparta Cycling Inc. “It’s appropriate that a team of world champions, European champions, Olympians and an Emmy winner would team together to produce a sporting event that has gained such international stature in 11 years. Through Univest’s sponsorship of the Grand Prix, Montgomery and Bucks counties have become hotbeds of bicycle racing.”

The Univest Grand Prix features a tough 100-mile road race that wends its way through the rolling countryside of Bucks and Montgomery counties before the uphill finish in Souderton. Racing continues the next day with the fast, tactical Univest Criterium in Doylestown.


Eneco Tour Brussels finish: Hagen - Ivanov - Engoulvent
Photo © 2008 Karen Lambrecht

Live Race Coverage
The Souderton race will be televised live by WFMZ Channel 69, with live action also available on www.universalsports.com  Universal Sports will also broadcast the race later that evening on its rapidly expanding broadcast network. The Doylestown race will be carried live on the Internet and broadcast by Universal Sports. In addition to live TV, post-race coverage will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet in the Philadelphia region.

The Univest Grand Prix will include aerial coverage from three helicopters and road-level broadcast by an international-class crew of motorcycle photographers and drivers who have worked some of the world’s top bicycle races. In addition to the broadcasts, their footage will be transmitted to two giant Jumbotron televisions in Souderton for the Univest Grand Prix and in Doylestown for the Univest Criterium.

John Eustice, himself a former European road racer and two-time American national road race champion, has produced the race since its inception in 1998.

Other key staffers behind the success of these races include race coordinator John Chaki, a former amateur racer who has served as race whip/stage manager for the USPRO race in Philadelphia since 1982; events manager Reese Brown, who has worked major bike races throughout the nation; technical director Drew Cunningham, a former amateur racer who has served in a similar role for the Commerce Bank Triple Crown Series in Pennsylvania; and Cyclosportif director Brian Ignatin, a former racer who competed in Europe on the road and track, worked as a staff member for the 1996 Olympics and on the technical staff for the USPRO races in Philadelphia since 1987.

“The Univest Grand Prix has grown each year to become one of the region’s most highly anticipated annual events,” said William S. Aichele, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Univest Corporation. “And this year, John Eustice has put together an exceptional production team that will bring these two days of racing to tens of thousands of spectators and many thousands more on television and the Internet. This event incorporates exciting racing, community festivals and activities for the entire family to enjoy. We look forward to celebrating the 11th annual event with everyone coming to Bucks and Montgomery counties next weekend.”

 

Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle
Celebrities and cyclists join forces to support people with intellectual disabilities

WHO: A star-studded group of celebrities and special athletes team up with cyclists of all ages and abilities to support Best Buddies and its mission to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendship and integrated employment. Celebrities expected to attend include:

· First Lady of California Maria Shriver
· Donna Feldman
· Kenny G.
· David Hasselhoff
· Kelly Hu
· Joe Lawrence
· Carl Lewis
· Rob Lowe
· David Spade

WHAT: The Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle is a one-day cycling event that benefits Best Buddies. 900 cyclists will participate in the 100-mile ride from Carmel to the Hearst Ranch in San Simeon, or choose the 62-or 15-mile alternate routes. And, for the first time this year, cyclists will share the road with walkers and runners, who will be participating in the Carl Lewis Challenge, a 5 kilometer run /3 kilometer walk option, which will be led by the Olympic gold-medalist himself. The event ends with an exclusive barbeque and private concert by Black Eyed Peas on the Hearst Ranch.

POINTS OF INTEREST: Opening Ceremonies at Château Julien Wine Estate (6:30 a.m.): Best Buddies founder and chairman Anthony K. Shriver kicks off this year’s ride. Honorary Chairperson Maria Shriver addresses participants.

Carl Lewis Challenge (9:45 a.m.): Carl Lewis leads a new 5k run/3k walk option. Hearst Ranch Beach.

15-mile Start (10:45 a.m.): Celebrity guests begin the 15-mile ride, beginning at Ragged Point Inn and Resort, 19019 Highway 1, San Simeon, CA 93452.

Friendship Races (4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.): Celebrities and professional athletes are paired with Best Buddies participants for tandem bike races on the Hearst Ranch. Please RSVP to secure interviews.

WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2008. Riders leave Carmel at 7 a.m.
WHERE: The 100-mile route follows the Pacific Coast Highway from Carmel to San Simeon, culminating at 4 p.m. with celebrity Friendship Races on the Hearst Ranch.

WHY: This world-class cycling fundraiser benefits Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization started in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Funds raised by riders directly support Best Buddies programs worldwide.

Dragon Ride Wales Announces 2009 Date
Preparations for Dragon Ride Wales 2009 are well underway with further refinements to the now classic South Wales route together with an expansion of the arena area attractions and retailers as the event continues to provide one of the best cycle sportive events in Europe.

The 2009 Dragon Ride Wales will take place on 14th June, starting and finishing once again from Pencoed College, Bridgend.
Online entries will again be available from 27th December 2008 and once again the take up is expected to be high in the first few days of availability.

Organisers, BreakAway Cycling are also offering packages to sister event, the Pick ‘n’ Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour in 2009.
Riders wishing to ride the legendary South African event in 2009 will automatically be entered into the Dragon Ride Wales as part of the package. Full details of packages for the Pick ‘n’ Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour can be found at the BreakAway Cycling website: http://www.breakaway-cycling.co.uk/road.php
For further details on the Dragon Ride 2009, visit the event website at: www.dragonride.co.uk

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