This Saturday two towns will hold celebrations to honor Worlds Road Race
Champion Mario Cipollini. Mid afternoon is a celebration in Capannori where
Cipollini was born, and in the evening a second celebration will be held in
Cipollini, following in the tradition of other sports champions, has put up
for auction his Acqua zebratto shirt and his zebratto bicycle. (Acqua e Sapone)
Team RONA adds 21 year old Erinne Willock
RONA Press Release: Team RONA is proud to announce that Canadian cyclist
Erinne Willock has signed on to join the team in 2003.
Erinne Willock, who recently turned 21, already has seven years of racing
behind her. “I grew up in Victoria, BC. Cycling is very popular there and
schools mount teams in an inter-schools racing league,” says the young cyclist,
who is now studying physical education and biology at the University of
Victoria. But in fact Erinne was almost born into cycling. Her father, Martin
Willock, wore the Canadian Olympic colors in the team time trial at the Los
Angeles Games in 1984, while her uncle Bernie won a bronze medal in the team
time trial at the 1979 Pan-American Games and was Canadian Road Race Champion In
Erinne, who is 5 ft 4 and 108 lbs, tried track and mountain bike races before
switching to road racing. ”This is the type of race I enjoy most,” she says,
after a 2002 season when she wore a Verizon jersey. “I like the road race
atmosphere, the teamwork and tactics in the pack. And I like the climbing part.
I’m eager to get into my RONA colors and become part of the team. Racing with
Geneviève (Jeanson), Cathy (Marsal) and the others is going to be quite an
As a part of the Canadian Cycling Association’s development program,
Erinne’s road record already includes the Tour de l’Aude in 2001, the Tour de la
Drome in 2002 (12th place in GC and one stage podium), and several races in the
Coupe de France, notably the Trophée des Grimpeurs (8th place and 1st Espoirs in
“Erinne is young but she’s very promising,” says Team RONA coach André Aubut.
“At Fitchburg this year, we saw her stay with leaders in a long breakaway that
ended in the grueling climb up Mount Wachusset. She finished just behind Clara
Hughes and ahead of Kim Bruckner. You couldn’t have taken that for granted. I
think she’s got the right stuff.”
Eric Zabel to be on gameshow
Eric Zabel will appear on a sports edition of "Quizshow" today, Thursday 7th
November. He is one of eight prominent sportsmen appearing on this special
edition, and will compete with the other contestants by answering questions such
as who said, "Sports is murder," or when Bud Spencer competed in the Olympics.
Zabel's co-contestants include former heavyweight boxer Axel Schulz, soccer
player Marco Bode, Ingos Schulz and skiier Markus Wasmeier. The
contestants play for charities. The show is schedule for 20.15 to 21.45 on ARD.
Nuttli goes for hour record; Open des Nations
Swiss rider Jean Nuttli of the Division II Oktos-Saint-Quentin team will
attempt the hour record on the Bordeaux-Lac Stadium in the opening of the 12th
Open des Nations track event (15, 16 and 17 November).
Nuttli will ride on Friday, November 15 at 15.00 with an expected large crowd
This edition of the Open des Nations will feature 16 teams or four riders
each representing Germany, France, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Great
Britain, Netherlands, Latvia-Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switerland and
Ukraine. There will also be a Madison for juniors and cadets. On Sunday is the
2nd Open de Kieren, a special sprinters' competition with 6 riders per leg. This
competition will also see six Japanese keirin professionals compete. (letour.fr)
While waiting for final team announcements to come next week, here are
today's reports of riders moving about in the peloton;
Santiago Botero has announced he will remain with Kelme for next
season. Both CSC and Telekom were interested in him but apparently the cost to
buy out his current contract was prohibitive. (velo-club)
Team iBanesto has dissolved its three year contract with Vuelta 2001 triple
stage winner Jose Maria Jimenez. Jimenez, 31, has been suffering
emotional difficulties this year and has been kept on payroll by Banesto, but
apparently the team is not hopeful enough about him to continue his contract.
Jimenez won stages 8, 11 and 12 in the 2001 Vuelta, and in 2000 the Volta
Ciclista a Catalunya and Classique des Alpes.
Alex Zulle will remain the team TEAM Coast for 2003. Coast improved
its offer to Zulle, who had been approached by several other teams, including
24 year old Koldo Gil moves from Banesto to ONCE for next season.
Kevin Van Der Slagomolen, who has been a trainee this year with Lotto-Addeco,
moves to Vlaanderen T-Interim. (velo-club, team-telekom)
Berry Group signs with Postal for two seasons
The Berry Group has announced that it has signed for Berry Floor an agreement
with Tailwind Sports Corporation, the sports marketing entity that owns the
four-time Tour de France winning team with Lance Armstrong. The UCI
registrations will be made under the name US Postal / Berry Floor.
The Berry Floor logo will be shown on the team's uniforms and cars and the
worldwide advertising rights of the team may be used.
Wenzel Coaching adds Wobble-Naught System
Wenzel Coaching has announced that Wobble-Naught will be the official Wenzel
bike-fitting system. The Daily Peloton published an introductory article on the
Wobble-Naught system recently - the link to that article is
Orbitel ready to orbit?
Division III team 05 Orbitel has added some firepower to its team for next
year, announcing its roster and race plans on Wednesday. Joining the team for
next season are three Colombian riders, Hernán Buenahora, Felix "El Gato"
Cárdenas and Carlos Contreras.
The 2003 full team lineup is: Hernán Buenahora, Carlos Contreras, Félix
Cárdenas, Marlon Pérez, Jairo Hernández, Julio Aguirre, Élder Herrera, Jorge
González, Luis Castañeda, Javier Zapata, Alejandro Cortés, Hernán Bonilla, Jorge
Martínez, Olmedo Capacho, Héberth Gutiérrez and Johnny Leal.
Coach Raul Mesa said that the team will race in five Spanish contests next
year: the Vuelta a la Rioja, the Vuelta a Castilla y León, the Clásica de
Alcobendas, the Vuelta a Asturias and the Clásica Trepadores al Alto del Naranco.
Mesa explained that, "The Vuelta a Aragon is pending. But our great dream is
to be invited to the Vuelta a Espana. All these races are organized by Unipublic,
and if we do well we hope for an invitation to the Vuelta. "
As for the team's Colombian recruits, Mesa said, "We knew there was doubt
that the Italian team Cage Maglieria would continue, so we contacted
Buenahora and Cárdenas. I worked with Contreras in 1997 and 1998, and believe he
is capable of a lot more than he has done."
Contreras, who turns 30 next month, won the 14th stage of the 2001 Giro
d'Italia and two stages of the Vuelta a Colombia in previous years. He has
ridden for Kelme and Selle Italia, coming from Selle Italia this year.
Buenahora, 35, has won six stages in the Vuelta a Columbia, including two
stages and the final General Classification in 2001.
Cardenas, 30, won a stage in the 2000 Vuelta a Espana, the 12th stage of the
2001 Tour de France while riding for Kelme and this year, the 4th stage of the
Giro del Trentino as well as stages in the Vuelta a Columbia while riding for
Selle Italia. (contrareloj.com)
AdventureSports Radio adds programming
AdventureSports Radio press release, Folsom, CA--November 7, 2002:
AdventureSports Radio has updated its archive page to include the 2002 San
Francisco Grand Prix, presented by BMC Software. This exciting race was covered
live on the Internet from start to finish. In this encore performance we’ve
condensed the race's most memorable moments into an action packed highlight
reel. Listeners should use the Winamp or RealPlayer media players. Visit
and point your browser to the archive page.
“The Competitors” radio program comes to AdventureSports Radio,
beginning November 14th at 9am PST. (12pm EST) The Competitors
radio show, hosted by Bob Babbitt and Paul Huddle, focuses on the dynamic sports
of running, triathlon, cycling and adventure racing. Some of the high profile
guests who have been on The Competitors include Ironman champions Paula
Newby- Fraser, Mark Allen and Dave Scott, four time Tour De France Champion
Lance Armstrong, Running Hall of Famers Rod Dixon, Alberto Salazar and Eamonn
Coghlan, plus mountain bike legends Ned Overend and John Tomac. The fast paced
sixty minute show is one you don’t want to miss!
“I have always wanted to have a presence on the web with The Competitors
radio show,” says Bob Babbitt, the creator and host of the show and the
Publisher of Competitor, CitySports, CitySports Northwest and Florida Sports
Magazines. “We have been on XTRA Sports 690, a 77,000 watt Sports Superstation,
for over 12 years now in Southern California and our guests have included
everyone from Lance Armstrong to Carl Lewis to Greg LeMond to Paula Newby-Fraser
comedian Will Ferrell and mountain bike Hall of Famer Ned Overend. It’s not out
of line to say we have showcased most of world’s greatest endurance sports
"But our show is on Sunday nights at 9 pm West Coast time, which is midnight
back east. Because of Adventure Sports Radio, people will be able to listen in
any time. We love that. And we hope the listeners to Adventure Sports Radio tune
us in on a regular basis.”
“AdventureSports Radio is the sports/talk radio station for the rest of us.”
Through the technology of the Internet events like The 2002 San Francisco Grand
Prix and the Interbike Trade-show can be brought to listeners. "Wheels of
Steel," our signature talk show can be heard every Monday at 10am PST. (12pm
The Tour Baby! eBay Auction Watch
As we announced the other day, a Lance Armstrong-autographed copy of Scott
Coady's The Tour Baby! fund-raising film went on auction at eBay 6 November for
one week. As of publication today, the bid stands at $510.00 for the film, with
bidding between two individuals. You can watch the auction progress by clicking
The Tour Baby! is a fan's view and insider documentary of the 2000 Tour de
France. Coady is a Peloton Project member, a volunteer corps that raises money
to support cancer survivorship via the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The auction
will help Coady meet his $100,000 fundraising goal for this year.