Beloki Comments after Escalada Montjuïc
"It is a very important victory, after a great season in which I have needed
victories. I have had very good positions, but few triumphs," said Joseba Beloki
after winning the Escalada Montjuïc.
This victory was not just chance: "Far from it. I have done very well in the
last three races disputed in Italy. Montjuic is a very special race and requires
riders with special talents. This is the second time that I have disputed it,
the last year I finished second and now first, not this not bad."
Montjuïc ends Beloki's season. "I am not going to do criteriums. I want to be
perfect in the Tour and must rest now." (todociclismo)
U23 Eisel to FdJ
Promising 21 year old Austrian Bernhard Eisel looks set to sign for Marc
Madiot's French team fdj.com. Eisel has been part of the successful Mapei-Quick
Step Espoirs set up this season and took a win in the Select Radclassic
Gleisdorf in his home country earlier in the season as well as recently taking
second overall in the Paris-Correze stage race. Another new face at fdj.com
looks set to be 29 year old Mikael Pichon who is being released by the Bonjour
Cafe Baque's Elorriaga goes to Paternina -Costa Almeria
Basque rider Unai Elorriaga who has had a fine season for the Spanish amateur
team Cafe Baque will turn professional next season with the second division
Paternina-Costa Almeria team. The 22 year old has taken 12 victories this season
in the Under 23 category including the Championship of Biscay and the overall at
the Vuelta a Valladolid. Paternina (a Rioja wine company) are the replacement
sponsors for Jazztel who have decided to leave cycling sponsorship.
Petrov signs with Banesto
Tour de l'Avenir winner Evgeni Petrov has signed for iBanesto.com. The
Russian was tipped to be part of the new squad which was to be set up by Andrei
Tchmil but as the formation of that team has been delayed until 2004, Petrov has
had to make alternative arrangements. Petrov who is the reigning Russian time
trial champion will be joining his friend Denis Menchov at iBanesto.com.
Three Banestos go to Kelme
In other Spanish news it is reported that Kelme-Costa Blanca have signed
three of the riders recently discarded by iBanesto.com for next season. Adolfo
Garcia and David Latasa and possibly Vuelta stage winner Santiago Blanco are the
three riders in question. Kelme themselves have financial problems and have
recently had to cut back on their rider roster.
2003 French Championships
Next years French championships will be held in Plumelec, Brittany, between
the 26th and the 29th of June 2003. According to the newspaper Ouest France, a
delegation from the French Cycling Federation (FFC) were in Plumelec on Thursday
to inspect the various courses. The TT course will start in nearby Josselin and
finish in Plumelec and will be over a distance of 45 kms for the men and 25 kms
for the women. The road race distances will be 222 kms and 97 kms for the men
and women respectively.
Delatour Lineup Announced This Week
The Jean Delatour team will be presenting their 2003 line up to the press
this coming Thursday (24th October). Several riders have left the team including
joint team leader Laurent Brochard, this has left Patrice Halgand as sole team
leader for next season. Cyril Dessel and Ivailo Gabrovski have also departed
while incoming riders have been few, main signing has been Sebastian Joly from
the Bonjour team.
Those Yates Boys...
Matthew and Jeremy Yates took the top two spots yesterday in the Palmerston
North to Wellington contest in New Zealand. As reported by stuff.co.nz, on
Saturday the Yates boys' showed their style in a breakaway group of 10 over the
Akatarawa Ranges. Former world junior champion Jeremy, 20, rode away chased by
Matthew rode up to Jeremy on the descent, and that was the last the field saw
of them. They finished an awesome 7min 10s ahead of the third rider, Bevan
Mason, of Waikato, who led a chasing group of five.
At the finish Jeremy sprinted first, and Matthew slipped by him by half a
cycle length. However, it was hardly a fiercely contested sprint, and it was
almost as though Jeremy was content to finish second.
"Matthew was a bit stronger than me in the sprint," Jeremy said without great
It was Matthew's 95th race of the year, and his eighth win. The pair will
return to Belgium next year and ride in different professional teams. They will
be competing in the New Zealand Road Championships this coming weekend.
Paindaveine Sets the Record Straight on Marlux Sponsorship
Some sources apparently reported yesterday that Marlux was having sponsor
difficulties for 2003 Didier Paindaveine assures that this is not the case.
Didier Paindaveine declared: "Yes, there is just a problem of name but we had
the certification of Mr. De Meulenaere that budget would be there. The
problem comes owing to the fact that a name cannot be found at two different
teams but a company has several names and it will thus not be Berry Floor which
will be on the shirt but another of their products. There is thus no problem of
budget and the announced riders will be present in the team the next year."
In this connection, the Marlux team will continue collaboration with the
company for equipment - the French company will thus continue to provide all the
hardware to the team.
The signing of Geoffrey Coupé to the team was confirmed but the status of
Ardila is not yet known. (velo-club.net)
Paul Rodenbach won the 50km criterium race for the senior men's category at
the Perlis 2002 Open cycling championship which ended here Sunday.
The 24-year-old Australian clocked 1:00.17s while national rider Suhardi
Hassan, 20, was second with a time of 1:00.19s. Kuala Lumpur rider Wan Mohd
Najmee Ahmad, 19, was third, clocking 1:00.21s.
The five-day competition was organised by the state government with the
cooperation of the Perlis Cycling Association (PBPs) and the Malaysian National
Cycling Federation (MNCF), which was attended by more than 200 riders from 30
teams.(Mayalasian News Agency)
Iranian Cyclists Ride for Peace
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reports today that a seven-member
cycling team, on a Mashhad-Mecca tour arrived in Damascus, Syria,
Friday night. Heading the team, Hassan Naeimabadi told IRNA the cyclists aim to
spread their motto "Coexistence, Dialogue, Logic Instead of War," showing
their opposition to the United States warmongering.
Naeimabadi, who is also the head of Khorassan province's Mountaineering Board
added: "Carrying the peace-seeking message of Iranians and Muslims
worldwide, the team departed from the holy city of Mashhad, northern province of
Khorassan, and is to arrive in Mecca on the first day of the holy month of
Ramadan (November 6).
According to their program, the Iranian cyclists are pedaling a 5,000-km
distance from Mashhad to Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
Asian cycling champion in 1974, Ahmad Nasseri, 65, and his two sons, Mahmoud
and Qassem, who are the members of Iran's national team as well as Nasser
Karamnia, a veteran cyclist, Ali-Akbar Shandizi, and Mozaffar Alizadeh, a
teacher and a Gas Co. staff, are the seven members of the team, added
Chrono des Herbiers Results
Chrono des Herbiers (1.3) - 48.150km
Nice results again today to add to Mapei's swan song - five of their riders
placed in the top ten in this time trial, including 2nd place winner Fabian
Cancellara, who this season won the GP Erik Breukink and the ZLM Tour, and with
Lazlo Bodrogi won the GP Eddy Merckx. Winner Michael Rich had four stage wins
this year and won the overall at Bayern Rundfahrt.
1. M. Rich (Gerolsteiner) 59.45
2. F. Cancelarra (Mapei) 59.54
3. B. Roesems (Colstrop Palmans) 1.00.14
4. L. Bodrogi (Mapei) 1.00.31
5. M. Rogers (Mapei) 1.00.42
6. J. Nuttli (Oktos-Saint-Quentin) 1.01.06
7. Y. Krivstov (Delatour) 1.01.39
8. J. Voigt (Credit Agricole) 1.01.46
9. E. Petrov (Mapei) 1.01.50
10. F. Pozzato (Mapei) 1.02.23