Mario Cipollini was the leading rider of those who climbed off their bikes during today's difficult 173.6-km Málaga-Ubrique stage. He was joined by a further twelve riders throughout the day.
The winner of three sprint victories had initially announced that tomorrow was to be the day of his retirement from the Spanish race, claiming that he needed time to rest and prepare for the World Championship Road Race. However the fast rhythm of today's stage made him think again. Curiously, all of today's retirements took place between kilometres 33 and 75.
The first riders to call it a day were Fabio Baldato (Fassa Bortolo) and Corrado Serina (Index-Alexia). They were followed in kilometre 36 by Saeco rider Alessio Galletti, who in turn was joined four kilometres later by Steve De Wolf (Domo-Farm Frites). The first of the AGR team riders to throw in the towel was Thierry Loder (kilometre 57), and he was accompanied by team mates Lauri Aus and Stéphane Berges ten kilometres later. Next to go was Cipollini himself.
The last riders to pack their bags today were Mario Scirea (Acqua&Sapone), Andrea Brognara (Alessio), Iñigo Cuesta (Cofidis) and Andrea Noe (Mapei).
179 of the 206 riders who took the start in Valencia are left in the race. Tomorrow could see this number reduced even further, given that Darío Gadeo (Jazztel), Jan Hruska (ONCE) and Michael Barry (US Postal) are all suffering the consequences of crashes - Barry in particular looks to be in a bad way - go to http://www.dailypeloton.com/vphotos8.asp (Vuelta)
Latest rumour: The new team Toyota Europe, based in Belgium, will be registering with
the UCI on or around the 20th of this month. The team is Paul de
Baramaker's, who was the Directer at RDM for a couple of years and was
previously the director of IPSO-Euroclean.
Index-Alexia and Team Coast may have financial problems as they have not paid their staff for the last 2 months. The UCI have promised to investigate the matter and try and help the staff receive their owed payment. (Cycling4All)
The United States Senate voted unanimously last week to congratulate Lance Armstrong
for winning the 2002 Tour de France. The Senate penned Resolution 315, which commended Armstrong for his "unwavering commitment to cancer awareness and survivorship" and for being "vital to the promotion of cycling as a sport, a healthy fitness activity, and a pollution-free transportation alternative."
Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, the co-chair of the Senate Bike Caucus, and Phil Gramm, both representing Armstrong's home state, introduced the bill.
The resolution's text went on to call Armstrong "an American hero whose bravery and resolution to overcome cancer has made him a role model to cancer patients and their loved ones."
There were more than two million people watching the fourth stage of Vuelta a España with 27 per cent. All through the broadcasting of the stage from 16:15, there was a 23% ratings with one million eight hundred thousand people in front of the television set.
Crazy numbers who can make any organizer of any event feel dizzy. La Vuelta is not just a race but a great social, cultural and sport event that involves a huge quantity of human, material and economic resources. Not many people can imagine the real figures used in La Vuelta.
For the first time there are 207 riders in 23 teams competing in the Spanish tour. After 21 stages all throughout the country, they will have covered 3,128,7 kilometres, similar distance to the one between Madrid and Stockholm. The riders will climb 37 mountain passes. The total high of all the passes together would be the same as climbing to the top of Everest five times.
The riders will need 50 thousand kilos of fruit and 40 thousand litres of water.
Three thousand accredited people are working on the task of transmitting the Vuelta news all over the world. Five million people will be at the different finish lines all over Spain. These cycling lovers will be placed behind six thousand fences which will be carrying more than 14 kilometres of advertising materal of the different sponsors. The last kilometres of the race, just before the arrival of the riders, are the area where 125 beautiful hostesses are showing the best of their smiles.
All along the roads, there are 57 trailers, 22 lorries, 5 coaches, 70 vans, 600 cars and 200 motos that all together will use 330,000 litres of Petrol. Apart from that, there are eight helicopters, and three planes flying in the ski working for the good development of Vuelta a España.
Busy weekend for Saeco-Longoni Sport
Looking for win number 25 in Europe and the USA
It is another busy weekend of racing for the Saeco-Longoni
Sport team. As
well as racing in the Vuelta Espana, the team will also ride
Paris-Brussels (Saturday September 14) race and the GP di
September 15) in France at the weekend and also compete in the
Francisco race in the USA., again on September 15.
The team are looking for their 25th win of the season.
The team in northern Europe will be lead by directuer sportif
Bontempi with a team including Mirco Celestino, Biagio Conte,
Gavazzi, Jorg Ludewig, Cristian Pepoli, Igor Pugaci and
Directuer sportif Flavio Miozzo has taken a the following
rider to the USA:
Damiano Cunego, Brad Davidson, second stager Alessandro Del
Mason, Justin Spinelli and Christian Wegmann.
Zanini and Fornaciari signed for 2003 season
Even the Saeco-Longoni Sport team is extremely busy and
successful in this
second part of the season, the team is also planing for the
future with the
aim of improving the already strong line-up.
In this sense the team is pleased to announce that they have
contract with Stefano Zanini and Paolo Fornaciari for 2003.
rode with Mapei-Quick Step this year.
Zanini, 33 years old from Varese, has been a professional
since 1991 and
has won 29 races in his career. Paolo Fornaciari is from
Tuscany and also
turned professional in 1991 and has won one race in his
For Fornaciari his move is a return to Saeco. He rode for the
team until 1998.
Tour de l'Avenir cat. 2.5
stage 10: Saint-Flour - Saint-Flour 138,5 km
Another day of ups and downs and a course with barely 50 metres of flat road, 6 categorised climbs, 3 third cat and 3 fourth cat will be it another testing day for the riders.
9 riders are still in contention, namely Evgueni Petrov (Rus-Mqs), Aïtor Silloniz Aresti (Spa-Eus), Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra-C.A.), David Munoz Baron (Spa-Kel), Kevin de Weert (Bel-Rb3), Pieter Weening (Ned-Rb3), David Arroya Duran (Spa-One), Giampaolo Caruso (Ita-One) and Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr-Lan) - just 38 seconds separating these 9 so we can expect a competitive day in the saddle.
The Final Stage
Almost from the gun the attacks started and by the tenth kilometre the break of the day had been established. Santo Anza (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago), Christophe Edaleine (Jean Delatour), Josu Silloniz (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Thomas Voeckler (Hello) and Matthew Wilson (FDJeux.com),formed a useful working group which was closely monitored by the Mapei Quickstep Espoirs who were carefully guarding the yellow jersey of race leader Evgueni Petrov.
With the break never being allowed more than two minutes on the peloton it was, Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) who launched a surprise attack on the final circuit which sent alarm bells ringing throughout the peloton. Petrov, realising the danger, launched his own counter attack which the main contenders were able to follow. The chasing group finally caught Popovych in the final kilometre and when the main contenders relaxed it was the small Colombian Mauricio Ardila (Marlux-Ville de Charleroi) who seized the opportunity to steal away for a stage victory.
But the kisses from the misses and the main honour must go to the hugely talented Mapei squad - who won two stages and the Overall. Petrov, and all the other main contenders in this race, prove that the future of cycle racing is very bright indeed.
1. Mauricio Ardila (COL, Marlux-Ville de Charleroi) 138,5 km in 3h26'02" (40,3 m/h)
2. David Muñoz (ESP, Kelme-Costa Blanca) 2 sec.
3. Pierrick Fédrigo (FRA, Crédit Agricole) s.t.
4. Evgueni Petrov (RUS, Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs) à 4 sec.
5. Pieter Weening (HOL, Rabobank Espoirs) à 8 sec.
6. Kevin De Weert (BEL, Rabobank Espoirs) s.t.
7. Anthony Charteau (FRA, Bonjour) m.t.
8. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA, ONCE-Eroski) m.t.
9. David Arroyo (ESP, ONCE-Eroski) m.t.
10. Egoi Martinez (ESP, Euskaltel-Euskadi) à 13 sec.
General Classification - Final
1. Evgueni Petrov (RUS, Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs) en 35h41'44"
2. Pierrick Fédrigo (FRA, Crédit Agricole) à 1 sec.
3. David Muñoz (ESP, Kelme-Costa Blanca) à 13 sec.
4. Aïtor Silloniz (ESP, Euskaltel-Euskadi) à 14 sec.
5. Kevin De Weert (BEL, Rabobank Espoirs) à 31 sec.
6. Pieter Weening (HOL, Rabobank Espoirs) à 34 sec.
7. David Arroyo (ESP, ONCE-Eroski) à 37 sec.
8. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA, ONCE-Eroski) à 42 sec.
9. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR, Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) à 47 sec.
10. Egoi Martinez (ESP, Euskaltel-Euskadi) à 1'02"
points : Alexandre Usov (BLR, Phonak)
Mountains : Christophe Laurent (FRA, Jean Delatour)
Team : Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP)
Ster Elektrotoer cat. 2.3
stage 5: Valkenburg - Verviers (Bel) 184 km
6 “bergsprint” ( categorised climbs) will make this stage difficult to control for the Bankgiroloterij boys.
It is always nice to invite a guest over and have him repay your kindness in full. So Gerolsteiner must be thankful to their guest rider Sven Krauss today. The youngster grasped opportunity with both hands and surprised everyone by getting his first ever professional victory and some useful UCI points for the Gerolsteiner team.
"We surprised Sven when we gave him a chance to ride here - now we must thak him for his marvellous achievement," said Rolf Goelz.
With the Bankgiroloterij boys clearly in charge of the peloton a group of six riders had escaped, but when they were brought under control another attack with just 13 kilometres to go succeeded. Sven Krauss, Thorwald Veneberg and Claudio Astolfi (Ita) were the last three men standing and to the everyones surprise and to the Gerolsteiner Guest delight it was Sven Krauss who proved strongest overall.
Meanwhile Bankgiroloterij kept tight control on the "Ster Bankgiroloterij" - Bart Voskamp still leads with team mate Bram Schmitz in second place. Boogerd remains third.
1 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 4.36.58
2 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
3 Claudio Astolfi (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
4 Sven Nijs (Bel) Rabobank 0.09
5 Cees Jeurissen (Ned) Van Hemert Groep Cycling Team
6 Martin Rittsel (Swe) CSC-Tiscali
7 Michele Colleoni (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
8 Angelo Van Melis (Ned) Dutch National Team
9 David George (RSA) CCC-Polsat 0.25
10 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Acqua e Sapone
General classification stage 5
1 Bart Voskamp (Ned) Bankgiroloterij 16.28.23
2 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Bankgiroloterij 0.02
3 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 0.03
4 David George (RSA) CCC-Polsat 0.20
5 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner 0.33
6 Bert Hiemstra (Ned) Bankgiroloterij
7 Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr) Acqua e Sapone 0.37
8 Thierry De Groote (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 0.42
9 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 0.45
10 Rafael Mateos Perez (Spa) Team Colpack-Astro 0.47
Tour de Pologne - cat. 2.2
stage 6: Piechowice - Karpacz 150 kms
A circuit that includes 5 climbs of the Karpacz Gorny (830m) and an uphill finish on the Karpacz Orlinek will make for an interesting day's racing.
After winning the Memorial Henryka Lasaka last weekend, veteran campaigner Cezary Zamana (CCC Polsat) showed the youngsters again today - with a battling display which turned the GC on its head. Yesterday's winner, Pellizotti, was the big loser when he missed the vital break - Virenque, Brochard and Vandenbroucke remain in contention.
1 Cezary Zamana (Pol) CCC Polsat 3.55.29
2 Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) PZKol. Snc 0.05
3 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo - Farm Frites 0.46
4 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Cofidis 0.47
5 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
6 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
7 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Domo - Farm Frites
8 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 0.55
9 Radoslaw Romanik (Pol) CCC Polsat
10 Zbigniew Piatek (Pol) Mróz
1 Cezary Zamana (Pol) CCC Polsat 27.27.34
2 Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Amore & Vita Beretta 0.01
3 Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) PZKol. Snc 0.06
4 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo - Farm Frites 0.29
5 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 0.31
6 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Cofidis 0.44
7 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
8 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Domo - Farm Frites
9 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole 1.07