German president congratulates Ullrich
German president Johannes Rau gave a message of congratulations to Jan
Ullrich for his second place in the Tour of France, stating that Ullrich has
made "millions of cycling enthusiasts happy" in Germany and beyond. The
president remarked on Ullrich's achievement after so many difficulties and
criticisms of the rider, "some of which were not without malice." Rau also said
to Ullrich that he has achieved something that he surely considered impossible
months ago. (Todociclismo)
UCI Rankings 27 July
Notable changes: Jan Ullrich has jumped from 159th to 26th, Haimar Zubeldia
jumped 70 places to 32nd, Joseba Beloki lost his 8th place ranking after
sustaining critical injuries in the Tour de France, Alexandre Vinokourov climbed
from 13th to 6th after his fine Tour showing. Full UCI rankings can be found
Key: Ranking as of 27 July, ranking as of 29 June, name, team, nationality,
1 1 BETTINI Paolo QSD ITA 29 2,191.75
2 3 SIMONI Gilberto SAE ITA 32 2,082.00
3 2 ZABEL Erik TEL GER 33 1,941.75
4 4 REBELLIN Davide GST ITA 32 1,887.00
5 11 MAYO DIEZ Iban EUS ESP 26 1,724.00
6 13 VINOKOUROV Alexandre TEL KAZ 30 1,701.00
7 9 PETACCHI Alessandro FAS ITA 29 1,682.00
8 5 ARMSTRONG Lance USP USA 32 1,679.00
9 6 FRIGO Dario FAS ITA 30 1,541.00
10 18 HAMILTON Tyler CSC USA 32 1,474.20
11 7 MCEWEN Robbie LOT AUS 31 1,364.00
12 14 CASAGRANDE Francesco LAM ITA 33 1,286.00
13 12 DI LUCA Danilo SAE ITA 27 1,270.00
14 15 GONZALEZ JIMENEZ Aitor FAS ESP 28 1,171.00
15 10 HERAS HERNANDEZ Roberto USP ESP 29 1,153.25
16 25 COOKE Baden FDJ AUS 25 1,113.00
17 20 CIPOLLINI Mario DVE ITA 36 1,103.20
18 17 MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco BAN ESP 27 1,059.00
19 23 BARTOLI Michele FAS ITA 33 1,057.50
20 21 BROCHARD Laurent A2R FRA 35 1,048.40
21 22 KIRSIPUU Jaan A2R EST 34 1,022.40
22 16 BOOGERD Michael RAB NED 31 989.00
23 19 ASTARLOA Igor SAE ESP 27 984.00
24 32 DUFAUX Laurent ALS SUI 34 960.00
25 26 GARZELLI Stefano VIN ITA 30 957.00
26 159 ULLRICH Jan TBI GER 30 940.00
27 8 BELOKI DORRONSORO Joseba ONE ESP 30 922.00
32 102 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar EUS ESP 26 802.00
Tour de France Photo Highlights
Here are some great photo galleries of the Tour de France.
Gazzetta dello Sport
Brixia Tour (2.3) Results
1 Martin Derganc (Slo-Dve) 12.22.02
2 Francesco Casagrande (Ita-Lam) 0.07
3 Mirko Celestino (Ita-Sae) 1.24
4 Damiano Cunego (Ita-Sae) 1.31
5 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita-Vin) 1.35
6 Paolo Valoti (Ita-Dve) 1.38
7 Luca Mazzanti (Ita-Pan) 1.54
8 Denis Lunghi (Ita-Als) 2.30
9 Leonardo Giordani (Ita-Dnc) 2.39
10 Gianluca Tonetti (Ita-Ten) 4.15
1. Ruslan Ivanov (Mda-Als) 4.17.13
2. Igor Astarloa Askasibar (Spa-Sae) s.t.
3. Francesco Casagrande (Ita-Lam) 0.01
4. Mauro Zinetti (Ita-Amo) 0.07
5. Damiano Cunego (Ita-Sae) s.t.
1. Martin Derganc (Slo-Dve) 4.06.14
2. Francesco Casagrande (Ita-Lam) 0.13
3. Mirko Celestino (Ita-Sae) 1.24
4. Damiano Cunego (Ita-Sae) 1.31
5. Andrea Masciarelli (Ita-Vin) 1.35
1. Ivan Quaranta (Ita-Sae) 3.58.28
2. Daniele Bennati (Ita-Dve) s.t.
3. Luciano Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra-Lam) s.t.
4. Simone Cadamuro (Ita-Dnc) s.t.
5. Jochen Summer (Aut-Vol) s.t.
(Thanks to cycling4all)
Mayo and Zubeldia may not compete in Vuelta
Euskaltel-Euskadi manager Julián Gorospe said today that Iban Mayo and Haimar
Zubeldia, who just finished the Tour de France, may not compete in the Vuelta a
Espana in September. Mayo for sure will not compete, and Gorospe will speak to
Zubeldia to decide on that rider's participation. Gorospe wants to make sure he
has riders who are fresh for the Spanish Grand Tour, and depends on the recovery
of these two Tour riders. Iban Mayo is now fifth in the UCI rankings, behind
Bettini (1st), Simoni (2nd), Zabel (3rd) and Rebellin (4th). (Marca)
T-Mobile will become Telekom team main sponsor
Mobile telephone service provide T-Mobile will become the main sponsor of
Team Telekom starting in 2004. As part of the sponsoring arrangement, Telekom
manager Walter Godefroot's contract has been extended an additional year, to
2006. T-Mobile is an internationally recognized brand, one of four subsidiaries
of Deutsche Telekom, is known well in Germany and the United States, and this
sponsorship will benefit the company's brand awareness. T-Mobile sponsors a
women's team and a BMX team in the United States.
René Obermann, Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile International
AG & Co. KG said yesterday, during a reception after the Tour de France, "In
recent years both cycling sport and our company have changed greatly. Cycling
sport is booming throughout the world and T-Mobile has become a
really international company. It is only logical that we want to use this team
for our international communication."
Walter Godefroot: "This means we are continuing with the same sponsor. We are
very pleased with this development, because it enables us to securely plan for
the next three years." The team's key players - Erik Zabel as well as the
Alexandre Vinokourov, Cadel Evans, Paolo Savoldelli and Santiago Botero -
are secured long-term. "Our aim in the coming years is to continue competing for
victory in the Tour de France," said Godefroot
T-Mobile also announced the addition of several riders for next year: Tomas
Konecny (eD'system), Bram Schmitz (Bankgiroloterij) and Sergej Ivanov (Fassa
RONA sets sights on Women's Tour de Toona
July 27, 2003--Team RONA/Esker has regrouped about 125 kilometres east of
Pittsburgh, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where they will start tomorrow in The
International – Tour de ‘Toona, arguably the toughest women’s stage race in
North America this year: Almost 720 kilometres in seven days of racing,
including two gruelling, 150 km + stages with several challenging climbs, a
strong peloton… Nothing more is needed for a very exciting week of racing!
After splitting for their respective national championships in late June, in
July the RONA/Esker riders entered races in reduced teams or raced with their
national teams, like did French Magali Le Floc’h who last week finished second
overall of the Tour de Bretagne. But for The International – Tour de ‘Toona,
RONA/Esker entered a full, six-woman squad, with Karen Bockel (GER), Meshy Holt
(NZL), Geneviève Jeanson (CAN), Magali Le Floc’h (FRA), Catherine Marsal (FRA)
and Erinne Willock (CAN), all ready for action.
The RONA/Esker women are impatient to challenge the Saturns, T Mobiles and a
field that this year is back to its traditional strength. Last year, due to a
calendar conflict with the Commonwealth Games, several top cyclists from Canada,
Australia and New Zealand could not compete in Altoona. It is expected they will
be back this year.
Among all races with men’s and women’s events, The International – Tour de
‘Toona stands out by its gender equity. The course and distances are the same
for men and women. In fact, the women’s race is longer by one stage – so the
total prize purse is actually larger for women – a unique case in cycling.
2002 : Heather Albert (USA, Team Goldy’s)
2001 : Geneviève Jeanson (CAN, RONA/Esker)
2000 : Lyne Bessette (CAN, Saturn)
The 2003 women’s race:
Date Stage Distance Start time (EDT)
Monday, July 28 Individual time trial 5.6 km 7:00 PM
Tuesday, July 29 Johnstown Circuit Road Race 119 km 1:00 PM
Wednesday, July 30 Johnstown – Altoona 161 km 1:30 PM
Thursday, July 31 Hollidaysburg Circuit Road Race 96.5 km 1:00 PM
Friday, August 1 Martinsburg Circuit Road Race 129 km 10:20 AM
Saturday, August 2 Altoona/Blair County Road Race 151 km 8:10 AM
Sunday, August 3 Altoona Criterium 56 km 3:00 PM
Race web site is at
UK's New U23 Road Race Champ!
Dave O'Nyons sends us these
photos of the new U23 Road Race Champion for the UK, Kierin Page. See
related information about the U23 RR Championships at the British Cycling
Navigator News - Prepping for NYC; Nothstein and Davidenko to
Navigators' Siro Camponogara put the finishing touches on his
preparations for the upcoming BMC New York City Cycling Championship, to be held
on August 3rd in downtown Manhattan, with a victory in yesterday's 40-mile Tour
of Long Hill Township, NJ. As his second victory in as many weeks, Siro is
showing the form he needs to win the 2nd Annual edition of the New York City
Championship next Sunday, August 3, 2003. In addition, also showing good form is
Navigators' Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein. In addition to 3rd place in
yesterday's event, Marty has earned five (5) victories in the past two weeks,
including four wins at the USA Track Cup held in Portland (Oregon), where he won
the 10-Mile Scratch Race and the 1-Kilometer Time Trial. Vassili Davidenko, the
2nd place finisher in the inaugural NYC event in 2002, will join Siro and Marty
in New York City for the 100-Km (62-Miles) race through the Financial District
near the South Street Seaport.
In addition to the preparations being made for the racing event,
Marty and Vassili will be joining Navigators' Chairman, Terence N. Deeks, to
preside over the opening ceremony of the NASDAQ stock market on Tuesday, July
29, 2003. Mr. Deeks commented, "Navigators has been listed on NASDAQ for 16
years, and it is an honor to be invited to participate in Tuesday's "Market
Open". Navigators' Professional Cycling Team is built on specialization,
teamwork, strength and results. These are the very same values that have made
Navigators so successful as a global insurer." The ceremony will be held at the
Serving as the epicenter for NASDAQ news and events, MarketSite
is located in the heart of New York's Times Square. Each day, MarketSite hosts
some of the world's most prestigious business leaders to preside over the Market
Open. The MarketSite houses a state-of-the-art digital broadcast studio that
transmits 175 live market updates by a host of networks including CNBC, CNN
Headline News, CNNfn, Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters and other financial networks to
reach millions of viewers around the world with up-to-the-second market news.
The Market Open is broadcast live at 9:30 AM (EST) and can also be viewed on the
World Wide Web at www.nasdaq.com.
Wobble-naught success at the Boise, Idaho, Wells Fargo
The past two weeks the Daily Peloton gave away 170
Wobble-naught Bike Fits - read about
the bike fit system and additional custom components
we heard from Wobble-naught founder Tom Coleman this weekend about some recent fitting successes.
"The "Wells Fargo Twilight" went down last night and
Wobble-naught had success by taking the first race in Cat 4. Then a gal that I
fit, who rides for ICO won the first in history women's twilight. It was very
cool, because I just put new SOLE custom
footbeds in her shoes only hours before the race and told her to try them! I
explained to her that they would make her faster! She won $1000 against a very
"Remi McManus, a guy from Boise that I have been fitting for a
few years, took 2nd behind Jittery Joe's Jeff Hopkins (from Down Under) at the
$10,000 race. Remi was Nat champ 2001 and was out for the last few months sick,
so we are very pleased about him taking 2nd over some of the biggest names in
Read a related story about the Wells Fargo Twilight Crit at the
Book Excerpt: Swim, Bike, Run
The Race, From Chapter 17: Race Day - Sprint Distance
SWIM BIKE RUN, by Wes Hobson, Clark Campbell, and Mike Vickers
You're now warmed up and ready to race. Before the start, position yourself
where you want to be within the heat. Remember that mass-start swims are a mad
dash at best, especially in sprint races. If you're a fast starter, get to the
shortest point between you and the first course buoy. If you start a bit more
conservatively, start at the sides or back. Save yourself a lot of grief by
getting in the right area.
Once you have assumed starting position, try to relax, give
yourself a few words of encouragement, and get ready to hammer down.
The gun firing can create a maddening scene: arms and legs fly everywhere, some
athletes start in a dead sprint to get away from the pack, while other swimmers
almost immediately go off course. Try to start the race with a calm mind and a
race-ready body. The more you can disassociate from the pandemonium of the mass
start, the better. Get into your race rhythm as quickly as possible. A sprint
triathlon swim should feel like aerobic power (AP) high intensity. Keep your
strokes long, avoid applying too much force to the water while pulling
(attempting to overpower the water), and swing your arms comfortably. Let your
stroke carry you. Sight breathe as conditions warrant, and swim in a straight
line from turn buoy to turn buoy.
Breathing plays a major role in race-day success. It's very easy
to start hyperventilating at the start (especially if the water is cold), and
taking in air feels like you're sucking eggs. It is very important that you get
your breathing relaxed and under control. If you experience the sucking eggs
feeling, slow your breathing and focus on taking full breaths. Concentrate on
exhaling completely through your mouth and nose while underwater. When you take
a breath, let the air "fall" into your lungs - don't force it or gasp for air.
Feel like you're breathing deep, from your belly, not your throat. Keeping your
breathing in check significantly helps your stroke stay together and conserves
As you near the end of the swim, slightly increase your kick
tempo to help bring blood to your lower extremities. But don't overkick and use
more energy than needed. Also, visualize your bike location and mentally
rehearse the first transition.
Once you complete the swim, make your way to the bike, swiftly but in control.
Usually there's some form of running between the water and the transition. If
you used a wetsuit, begin to remove the top portion as you jog to the bike.
Don't make the mistake of sprinting full-bore from the swim to the bike. Your
legs still don't have their usual supply of blood and oxygen, and a hurried
sprint to the bike will spike lactic acid production and leave you hurting later
in the race. If you gradually increase your running tempo as you progress toward
the bike, the run from the water to the bike can help your legs get ready to
Once you arrive at your bike, remove your wetsuit (if used) and
get your bike stuff on quickly. In a sprint, a swimsuit is all you need for the
body - don't even think about putting on shorts. Don your helmet and sunglasses
(to keep debris out of your eyes while flying down the racecourse and to keep
your face, and thus your body, relaxed). If you need to wear a race number
during the bike, make sure you have that as well. Learn to put on your cycling
shoes while they are attached to the pedals. It's a simple trick to learn and
makes your transitions much faster. Just pedal with your feet on top of your
shoes until you reach a good cruising speed and then put your feet into your
shoes while coasting for a short period of time. Secure your shoes with the
Velcro strap. Practice this before race day. Make your transition as seamless
and streamlined as possible.
Some triathletes find biking after the swim challenging, mainly because of the
lack of blood flow to the legs. It's important to start the bike portion in a
reasonable gear and allow for adjustment. But don't waste too much time, as the
bike portion will be over before you know it.
You should already be familiar with the racecourse. Save time by
effectively cornering and climbing any hills in the optimal position for you.
While in the flats, use the biggest gear you can while maintaining 80 to 100
rpm. Try not to under- or overgear, as both are a severe waste of time and
The pace and tempo of a sprint bike leg should feel at AP high.
In your aerobars, assume the most aerodynamic position possible, and stay in
that position. Anytime you open up your chest and expose a large frontal area,
you'll slow down immensely or cause unnecessary energy expenditure. When you
need to shift gears, do it quickly, smoothly, and accurately. Be familiar with
the course - anticipate your gear changes or, better yet, completely rehearse
them in advance.
Keep your breathing in check on the bike, just as you did during
the swim. Exhale completely and fully. Inhalation should be natural and feel as
if you're breathing deeply, using your stomach muscles. Focusing on breathing
helps maintain concentration and increases your body awareness of the effort
you're exerting. If you have a cylcocomputer, keep tabs on your mph or rpm;
don't let either get too low.
During a sprint, avoid aid stations on the bike, unless it's
impossible. One water bottle will be plenty. Getting a drink or a new bottle
slows you down and takes you out of your rhythm. But be sure to drink along the
way during the bike; hydrating will pay off later in the run, especially if the
weather is warm.
As you near the end of the bike, gear down slightly and stretch
your legs briefly. This will help you in the run. Let your heel drop below your
pedal to stretch your lower leg, open your knees to stretch your groin, stand up
and arch your back to stretch the lumbar region. Just as you did in the swim,
visualize a perfect transition from bike to run.
Safety is a big concern now, as you have athletes flying off the bike course
into the transition area. Slow down, and pay attention to race officials, who
are looking out for your safety. Reckless behavior can lead to disqualification
or injury. Any loss in time is negligible if you simply must slow down to play
Once you reach your transition area, rack your bike and quickly
put on your running shoes. Some triathletes struggle with the switch in shoes,
but elastic laces and quick-ties help a lot. Also, if you did brick intervals in
training, this transition should be a snap. Take off your helmet, and be sure
your race number is clearly visible. Now let's get going and finish this!
The first few steps after the bike can be very awkward, but if you practiced
bike-run transitions in training, you should be okay. One tendency sprint
triathletes must avoid is taking out too fast on the run. After spending a good
deal of time on the bike zipping down the road at 20 to 30 mph, running at 6- to
8-minute-mile pace seems really slow. This is due simply to the kinesthetic
"feel" your body adopted while cycling - you became accustomed to what it's like
to move fast on the bike. To keep yourself from falling into this trap, pay
attention to your stride length and frequency, and again, check your breathing.
Keep your stride short and quick. Many triathletes overstride at the start of
the run and waste precious energy. Starting too fast will come back to haunt you
later. Feel like you're building your tempo the first quarter to half mile.
Settle into a pace that again feels like AP high (a recurring
theme during a race of this length). If there are corners to negotiate, be sure
to run the shortest distance possible and pick up your pace in and out of them.
Keep your effort even up hills, and aggressively attack downhill portions. If
people are in front of you, go after them. As you get close to the finish line,
start building your speed. Instead of sprinting the last 100 meters in
world-record time, use that energy more evenly over the last 400 to 800 meters.
Reserve a full, dead-on finishing kick for a potential victory (or for beating
your training buddy).
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Wes Hobson, Clark Campbell, and Mike Vickers
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Excerpt courtesy Human Kinetics.