Lars Michaelsen Signs with CSC
CSC Press Release: In the near future, 33-year-old Lars Michaelsen will be
signing a two-year contract with Team CSC. According to Bjarne Riis, the Danish
classics specialist is a true professional with lots of experience. Riis says
that Michaelsen will be of great value to the team in the coming years.
"We have long wished to add Lars to our team. He is a talented rider who has
a good attitude towards his occupation. He is very experienced and he can still
make results. He will be given lots of responsibility at our team", says Bjarne
Riis about Michaelsen's contract. The second year of the contract will only be
effective if the necessary sponsor funding is found.
"I am very pleased with my new Team CSC contract. I needed a change of
scenery and I look forward to riding for a Danish team with Bjarne Riis as the
leader. The team focuses on some of the same races as I do and I still feel that
I have the ability to be at the front of the peloton where the races are won",
says Lars Michaelsen, who will be the 19th rider on contract at the team next
Cycling4all today has published the current state of the Elitron (former
Acqua e Sapone) team roster for 2003.
Daniele Bennati (Ita)
Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita)
Mario Cipollini (Ita)
Gabriele Colombo (Ita)
Martin Derganc (Esl)
Cristian Gasperoni (Ita)
Massimiliano Gentili (Ita)
Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus)
Giovanni Lombardi (Ita)
Miguel Martin Perdiguero
Michele Scarponi (Ita)
Mario Scirea (Ita)
Filippo Simeoni (Ita)
Simone Masciarelli (Ita) (from Tacconi)
Guido Trenti (EU) (from Fassa Bortolo)
Claudius Astolfi (Ita)
Conti Robert (Ita)
Cesare Di Cintio (Ita)
Federico Giabbecucci (Ita)
Massimo Giunti (Ita)
Kyrylo Pospeyev (Ukr)
Luca Scinto (Mapei) apparently has the verbal promise of Cipollini of joining
the team as a result of the work he did for the World Champion at Zolder.
Marlux speculations: Fast Freddie, Bruylandts, Konecny
The Belgian press is mentioning that if Dave Bruylandts signs for Marlux,
that team will still have two openings, and possible riders to fill those spaces
are Fred Rodriguez and Tomas Konecny (both from Domo) and Lars Michaelson
(Coast). Bruylandts apparently has an offer from Palmans. (Todociclismo)
Note: See update above on Lars Michaelsen, who has signed with CSC.
Stuart O'Grady weds
Stuart O'Grady has been married to Anne Marie Clifford, whom he met while she
was a hostess for the 2000 Tour Down Under. The Daily Peloton extends its
congratulations to them both.
Prison sentences proposed for former pro Beon
A court in Rennes will deliberate until early January on sentences for former
pro rider Patrick Béon and three others in a doping related matter dating to
Thirteen people were tried in connection with a November 2000 border
inspection in which customs officials discovered illegal dopage material,
apparently including pots Belge - a mix of narcotics, caffeine and amphetamines.
The others facing sentences are former AG2R mechanic Philippe Tomasina, local
nurse Jean-Yves Verger and Serge Degnati, a cycling supplier. The prosecutor is
asking for four years imprisonment for Beon and Tomasina, with three of those
years suspended, and two years for Degnati and Verger with one year suspended.
The remaining individuals on trial are facing sentences of five to eighteen
months with portions of their sentences suspended as well.
In the course of this trial, former rider Sebastien Guénée explained the use
of the concoction. In addition to celebratory use, it is injected for the
purpose of forcing the body into supporting a larger workload, which would
theoretically make one more effective in race. Its use is stopped 3 days before
the competition in order to pass to pass anti-doping controls. (L'Equipe and
Velo Club du Net)
Colorado Gets Top Marks On IMBA Report Card
Press Release (Bike Retailer)--Miles of high-altitude and desert singletrack,
Rocky Mountain scenery, well-organized advocacy groups and abundant trail maps
helped push Colorado to the top of the International Mountain Bike Association's
class. The 2002 IMBA Mountain Bike Access Report Card gave the state an A-minus
South Dakota, Utah, British Columbia, Italy, Wales and the Yukon also earned
On the other end of the spectrum Mississippi received a D+ because of the
state's lack of organized mountain bike advocacy groups.
The most populated state, California, dropped a full letter grade to a C.
Mountain bikers find themselves in a tough position regarding U.S. Senator
Barbara Boxer's new statewide Wilderness proposal. The proposal affords
environmental protection and new Wilderness, but--if adopted as is--would
eliminate bike use on many popular trails.
"The report card is a useful tool for IMBA and our local advocates," said Tim
Blumenthal, IMBA's executive director.
"It's a great way for us to see where we have made progress and are doing
well. In addition, it helps us focus our attention on places where mountain
biking needs work," he added.
IMBA's Report Card is an annual project begun three years ago to assess the
status of mountain biking. Grades are based on many factors, including the
amount of singletrack, effectiveness of local mountain bike groups, land manager
relations, an IMBA web site survey and feedback from IMBA leaders.
For a full list of states with grades and comments, visit
News from McCauley on Flanders-iTeam Nova
2002 New Zealand National Road Champ Gordon McCauley is posting again on his
website while he continues his stay Down Under, and here is the latest news on
"As you all probably know RDM-Flanders has joined up with the Aussie team
Iteamnova.The team will now be known as Flanders-Iteamnova; we will be
registered in Belguim as a div 2 team.
"The team at the moment comprises of:
Trent Wilson ...........
And of course....'yours truly'. I think that it's a pretty strong team and hope
fully we'll ride well and win heaps of races this year. I know most of the guys,
and although not well, they all seem like pretty good sorts." Visit Gordon's
great site here.
Michael Boogerd has been honored as best Dutch rider of the year by
former pro riders of Club 48, the readers of the
magazine Wieler Revue and the members of the VVBW. Boogerd was so honored in
1998 and 1999. (Velo101)
Kigogngo wins Uganda cycle race
Sebastian Kigongo won the the national bicycle championship of Uganda at Inganga
this past weekend. Kinganga's time was 6:11:09 on the 236 km course. Racing with
19 other competitors, William Kiwanuka was second at + 20 minutes and Achilles
Katamba was third, finishing four seconds later. Bronze medalist in the Tour of
Malaysia David Magezi did not finish due to a knee injury he suffered about 20km
before the finish.
National Cycling Association Secretary Issa Lutaaya said the race was the
longest ever organised by the cycling governing body. (Daily Monitor)
Brazil and US cyclists compete in Cuban Olympiad
The US and Brazil competed in the Cuban Olympiad this past week. Joe Papp,
Mike Peers and Lawrence Perera represented the United State. Peers won a third
place medal in the kilometer event with a time of 1.11.339. He is the first
non-Cuban to ever medal. Gerardo Martínez US training coach, brought the three
US competitors to the event on short noticehoping that the Olympiad will be
repeated every two years, as was announced by Cuban President Fidel Castro.
“It would be great to be able to include a competition like the Cuban
Olympiads in our training plans for the summer Olympic Games because the Cubans
are the best on the continent,” Martínez told Granma International. “On the
continent we only have the Pan-American Games every four years and that’s why we
think the Cuban Olympiads are a good idea. The U.S. team is always looking for
an opportunity to come to the island to compete since, due to the blockade, we
cannot come here just for training,” Martínez added.
Nine Brazilians, seven men and two women, also competed. Brazilian Junior
Hernandez won the scratch race, with two Cubans, Luis Romero and Joel Marino,
receiving the other medals in that event. Brazil's Rodrigo De Mello also won
second in the individual route competition. (Gramna International)
Colnago Landbouwkrediet Saclà
Colnago-Landbouwkredit Saclà Press Release:
Beginning Saturday 9 December for two weeks the first Colnago-Landbouwkredit
Saclà get-together will occur, spending twelve days at Livigno, Valtellina.
Among those attending will be Popovych, Bernucci, Douma and the neo pros
Timochine and Vaitkus. During this period the riders will spend time
swimming, mtn biking and skiing, while also defining the team's 2003 program.
Confirmed Colnago Landbouwkrediet Saclà riders for next season:
Sergey Avdyeyev (Ukr), Lorenzo Bernucci, Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr), Bert De Waele (Bel),
Eric Lievens (Bel), Claudio Lucchini (Ita), Yurij Metlushenko (Ukr), Yaroslav
Popovych (Ukr), Salvatore Scamardella (Ita), Marc Streel (Bel), Kurt Van
Landeghem (Bel), Nico Weynants (Bel).
Santo Anzà (Ita, neo), Tony Bracke (Bel), Ludovic Capelle (Bel), Ludo
Dierckxsens (Bel), Ruslan Gryshchenko (Ukr, neo), Tom Steels (Bel), Tom
Stremersch (Bel), Mihkail Timochine (Rus, neo), Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu, neo), Wesley
Van Speybroeck (Bel), Johan Verstrepen (Bel), Vladimir Douma (Ukr).