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News Roundup: 12 February 2003 Updated
 
By Janna Trevisanut
Date: 2/12/2003
News Roundup: 12 February 2003 Updated
 

Tour Méditerranéen - Bettini’s verdict

The first stage of the Tour Méditerranéen saw De Groot steal a well earned victory. Bettini was the man of the day, fighting at times against the odds -

”…the French teams had got together, they attacked me one after the other with 15 kilometres to go, I was still able to control the race, but I forgot De Groot! Good luck to him. I am happy so far, I am second in the classification and only 5'' behind the Dutchman and I can only improve,but to win this race was never an objective." ...De Groot wins the first stage - Bettini just five seconds behind - To read race report click here.

Filip Meirhaeghe joins Domina Vacanze

Filip Meirhaeghe (former Landbouwkrediet Colnago) will ride this season for Domina Vacanze; among others, he will participate in Paris-Roubaix. Says Merihaeghe, "I will arrive next week. I expect to start at Paris-Roubaix."

"I will probably  also take part in the Three days of De Panne and Ghent-Wevelgem. However I will not ride the Tour of Flanders. It is a question of not burning me out."

Meirhaeghe also stated that the accent will continue to be put on the VTT and that he is already looking toward the Olympic games of Athens in 2004.

Landbouwkrediet Colnago News

After having shone in France thanks to Ludo Dierckxsens and Tom Steels in the Etoile de Besseges, the Colnago Landbouwkrediet Saclà team has started over working on the roads of the Lazio. It will now remove to Mare di Santa Severa (Rome) until the eve of the Trofeo Laigueglia (18 Feb).

For the team's Italian debut, the Giro della Riviera di Ponente (19-22 Feb), Mr. Colnago's team will field Popovych and the youngster Bernucci who performed well at Besseges. In competition will also be Vladimir Duma, Dierckxsens, Johan Verstrepen, Claudio Lucchini, Sergiy Advyeyev and Bert De Waele.

A second group will go to Greece for the Tour of Rhodes (19-23 Feb) that includes six riders: the sprinter Yuri Metlushenko, the U23 iridato (rainbow jersey) Tomas Vaitkus, Tony Bracke, Volodymyr Bileka and the Belgians Steels and Ludovic Capelle. (Thanks to Landbouwkrediet Colnago)

Team News

All courtesy of the excellent Cycling4All:

Gerolsteiner has a new team manager registered: Theo Maucher.

In addition to the information above about Filip Meirhaeghe joining Domina Vacanze, out of the team are Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) who is likely to go to Scanavino (see below). New registrations are Alberto Ongarato (Ita) and Francesco Secchiari (Ita).

Steven De Neef (Bel) signs today his contract with Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf to become the 17th rider of the team.

Team Nippon-Hoda has a new Sport Director: Luc Schuddinck (Bel), formerly from Mroz & CCC, and the team's new riders are Giuseppe Ribolzi (Ita - former Jura Suisse), and Nicolas Coudray (Swi - former Landbouwkrediet).

Local Polish press reports that the Polish TT/III Mikomax team now has a new sponsor, Jogo, which produces milk products, so the team name will be Mikomax-Browar Staropolski-Jogo. There's also one new rider: Mariusz Kaminski (Pol - former Legia) which makes total of nine riders at the moment.

Next Saturday the Italian team Mercatone Uno-Scanavino with Marco Pantani and company - Clavero, Conti and Fontanelli - will be presented officially, bringing to an end another pre-season soap opera.

Millar to try his hand at track

British Cofidis rider David Millar accepted a different race invitation this week - to ride in the 100th edition of the Herne Hill Good Friday Track Meeting in London on April 18th. Millar, who has never ridden track, will join Jamie Staff and Bradley Wiggins at the event, which takes place at the very oldest velodrome in the world, the Herne Hill Track Stadium, which was built in the 1820's. Millar, Staff and Wiggins will compete in a new event, called the "Roadman's Race," a ten minute pursuit. (Trackcycling.co.uk, Velo Club)

First Tour of Flanders team selections

The first six teams have been selected for the Tour of Flanders: Landbouwkrediet-Colnago (Bel), Palmans-Collstrop (Bel), Quick Step-Davitamon (Bel),Credit Agricole (Fra), Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf (Bel) et Vlaanderen-T Interim (Bel). (Velo Club)

Tour of Cameroon

The inaugural edition of the Tour of Cameroon concluded yesterday and was won by Yvan Terentine of Russia. Second and third places went to fellow countryman Mikhale Polukhine and Frenchman Thierry David. Riders from Cameroon, France, Russia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gabon and Angola competed in the race.

Organizing a 10 stage, 1405 km race that runs in blinding heat over pot-holed roads in a country that has not seen large organized races since the 1970's is an enormous challenge, and in fact the race started three days late due to delays in finding air transport for the riders. All credit to Claude Bernard Messy, head of the Cameroon Cycling Federation, for pulling off the event.

As a contrast to the epic productions in Western Europe and the United States, but a testament to the zeal for cycling in this nation, this so-called tropical Paris-Roubaix made due without sufficient vehicles, lack of fuel, "unhealthy inns," according to the riders, and a monotonous diet of plantains, potatoes and vegetables. Crowds lined the roads to see the race, but due to delays, in some cases went home never seeing a cyclist. And it was not until a rider was injured that the wife of the Cameroon president secured two ambulances and four doctors.

The supremacy of European riders was evident not only in performance (the highest place African was 8th on GC) but by a rider's comment: "The whites who are always at the head have very light bicycles and very powerful, whereas our antiquated machines are practically good only for the museums." (Kataweb, Cameroon Info)

A note from Tyler Hamilton on good works

Dear Friends,

The 2003 is officially underway. CSC has already competed in 3 international stage races; The Tour Down Under in Australia, the Tour of Qatar in Africa and the Tour of Mallorca in Spain. Overall, the team has been pretty successful so far. We have definitely started the year off with a little momentum. Thanks to the way these guys have gotten things rolling, we're all pretty motivated to keep the good vibe going.

And I would like to invite you to join in the momentum in 2003. I have partnered with two great organizations - Inside Track Tours (www.insidetracktours.com ) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central New England Chapter (www.msnewnengland.org ) for some great cycling events in 2003. The guys at Inside Track Tours will be visiting with me during the Tour de France and other major cycling events over the season, and in addition, have been chosen to lead the premier fundraising cycling tour - the MS Global 2003 for the National MS Society.

I have been involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central New England Chapter, MS Cycling Series since 1996. It has been an inspiring experience for me. Through a series of fund raising and training rides organized by the MS Society, I've been able to meet an incredibly motivated and selfless circle of cyclists. They are an eclectic bunch, involved with the MS Society, and riding to raise money, for various reasons. Some of them have MS. Some of them know people with MS. And some of them just like to ride their bikes and think raising money for a good cause while doing so is a pretty good thing. I couldn't agree more.

Their enthusiasm for the cause they're supporting and for the sport of cycling is as contagious as it is uplifting. There are those that defy MS every day by continuing to ride. And others ride to raise money for a cure. Every cyclist I've met through the MS Society has inspired me through their collective show of strength, perseverance and selflessness. And what's more, they all seem to be having a lot of fun. I can't think of a more complete experience.

I hope that you will consider joining them in 2003 for an exciting season of tours.

MS Global 2003 - September 28 - October 5, 2003
Tour the Vineyard - May 3, 2003
WB56 Great Mass Getaway - June 21 & 22, 2003
New Hampshire Classic MS 150 - August 9 & 10, 2003
Bike & Hike the Berkshires - October 11, 2003

I am particularly excited about the inaugural MS Global. As I spend most of the year in Europe training and racing, I do not get to join in most of the MS Cycling Tours. But this year, the MS cyclists in collaboration with Inside Track Tours will be joining me for the first annual MS Global - we ride around Lake Geneva including some of the stages of the Tour de France. It will be a phenomenal adventure and I hope that you consider joining us.

It is through knowing such special people from the MS Cycling Series, that I am reminded not to take my health, my career or my livelihood for granted. It is through their example that I appreciate even more fully, the opportunity I have been afforded by racing my bike. I hope you'll get to meet some folks from the National MS Society, Central New England Chapter someday, and that they will inspire you as well.

For more information on the 2003 MS Cycling Series contact Deirdre Moynihan at Deirdre.Moynihan@mam.nmss.org or respond directly to me. If you are interested in some of the great tours offered by Inside Track Tours contact joe@insidetracktours.com.

Thank you for your support of me throughout the years. I greatly appreciate it. You can continue to read my journals at www.tylerhamilton.com

Thanks!
Tyler Hamilton

USCF Club of the Year Awards

USA Cycling Press Release-- USA Cycling announced that it has selected the Genesis Scuba/FFCC Womens Team as the recipient of its 2002 USCF Club of the Year Award for best women's program. The purpose of the award, now in its eleventh year, is to recognize USA Cycling affiliated clubs that have done an outstanding job developing programs to promote all aspects of competitive cycling.

"This award is a great honor and serves to recognize all of the hard work put forth by our riders, coaches, the board of directors, webmaster and especially our sponsors," exclaimed Genesis team director Mike Skop. "Two years ago we set out on a new course for the FFCC to create one of the premiere woman's programs in the country. Today we have been informed by our national governing body that we've accomplished that goal."

Genesis Scuba rider and FFCC Board member Alison Brown also reinforced the sentiments of the team upon hearing the announcement. "It's been unbelievably rewarding to have been a part of this team from it's inception two years ago and to have seen it grow into what it is today," said Brown. "This program is truly unique in our sport."

What has made this group so special? In short, a commitment to excellence. This commitment lies not only with the riders and coaches, but throughout the organization's all volunteer staff. FFCC members like master's racer and team webmaster Dan Coy donate countless hours of their time to ensure that the 'machinery' that keeps this team rolling runs with out a hitch. Likewise, the sponsors who have given their support to the team are an indispensable part of the FFCC's success.

Companies such as Genesis Scuba, EPX Bicycles, Trialtir USA, Maxxis, Rudy Project and Verge have forged strong relationships with the team that has helped all parties achieve their goals. "Supporting women's cycling has been a tough sell in an industry in which a majority of participants are men, especially in this time of economic uncertainty." Skop pointed out. "I think we have demonstrated that those companies who have been willing to partner with this team have received unequalled value for their sponsorship dollars and we intend to continue helping them in every way we can."

Congratulations to the Fulton Flyers Cycling Club for being selected as one of USA Cycling's 'Club of the Year' award recipients!

Cannondale Plans Return To Interbike's Main Floor For 2003

Press Release: After two years of displaying its products in a private room downstairs at the Interbike trade show, Cannondale once again plans to be back on the main exhibition floor at next October's Interbike show. The Connecticut-based bikemaker will occupy 2,400 square-feet of prime Interbike real estate, doubling the size of its display area from 2001 and 2002.

"We're excited to be back," said Cannondale's vice-president of marketing, Scott Montgomery."We experimented with a different approach to Interbike the past couple of years, but we've learned that there's no substitute for being in the thick of the action on the main floor."

In each of the past two years, Cannondale augmented a downsized product display in its private room downstairs with instructional dealer seminars and a dealer luncheon."Dealers appreciated the seminars and enjoyed the luncheon," said Montgomery, "but they didn't like the overcrowded smaller room, or the fact that we were downstairs." 

Montgomery appreciates the symbolic aspect of Cannondale's move back to the main floor."There's been tremendous excitement within Cannondale about 'getting back to our roots' as a bicycle manufacturer.I think rejoining the rest of the industry on the main floor is emblematic of where Cannondale is right now.We strayed a bit, but now we're coming back with a vengeance and refocusing all of our energies on our core bicycle business."

Lance Camisasca, Interbike's show director, expressed his pleasure upon hearing of Cannondale's plan to return to the main floor."We'll welcome them back with open arms," said Camisasca."Cannondale is one of the premier names in the bike industry, and in order to benefit from everything Interbike has to offer, they need to be in the kind of high-profile, high-traffic location that only the main floor of the show can provide."

AdventureSports Radio program notes for Thursday

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