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Cycling News Roundup 30 November 2003
 
By Podofdonny
Date: 11/30/2003
Cycling News Roundup 30 November 2003
 

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Tom Danielson Checks In

The Daily Peloton checked in with newly signed Fassa Bortolo man Tom Danielson, to find that the young American is finding his footing in Italy, and looking forward to his first season as a European Pro: "I'm learning the language pretty well," he reports, "and have been spending a lot of time with Ferretti and his family."

America's most promising young rider has been in Italy, finding his place the number one professional cycling outfit in the world, and has found both the country and his team warm and welcoming. "It's crazy how they treat you like a rockstar! Everywhere we go, there are media and cameras following us around."

Danielson returns to the States this week, and looks forward to being home, but as for his new digs in Italy and his new team? "I feel like it is my home," he says. "I love the culture, and I seem to be fitting in well, and love my new teammates."

"They seem to have a lot of respect for me, and belive in me, which was something I was very concerned about," says Danielson. "My favorite rider is Flecha, as already he and I are good friends. This team is very tight; much tighter than Saturn, and things are great."

"Simply put, I feel more comfortable on this team than I did on Saturn in the first months."

Meanwhile, Danielson's auction to benefit Collegiate Cycling is ongoing, and finishes on December 5th. Items include two Lemond Saturn Team Edition Titanium race bikes, one of which is brand new - never ridden, along with numerous leader's jerseys, including a signed winner's jersey from the 2003 Tour de Langkawi. Click here for a list of items, along with the links to the auction on Ebay.

All proceeds benefit The Tom Danielson Scholarship Foundation, Started in May of 2003 for Danielson's Alma Mater, Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, with the hope of assisting aspiring cyclists to pursue their dreams both academically and physically. The Foundation is currently raising money through fundraisers and donations and targets becoming a self-sustaining scholarship foundation in the future.

For more information, e-mail scholarship@tomdanielson.com. (Thanks to Jaime Nichols)

Armstrong and Gané Honoured

Lance Armstrong has won the prestigious Vélo d'Or (International) which is awarded by the monthly French Vélo Magazine and is generally considered the most prestigious of journalistic awards. 16 International Cycling correspondents cast their votes on which rider has had the best season in the year.

Already a winner in 1999, 2000 and 2001, the man from Austin was considered best rider for his fifth successive victory in the Tour de France . His total of 69 points saw off riders Paolo Bettini with 56 points, Alexandre Vinokourov with 37, Alessandro Petacchi with 34 and Jan Ullrich with 14.

Track star Laurent Gané is the proud winner of the Vélo d'Or (Français). It is the second time the Keirin champion of the world has been honoured. He received 86 votes: Richard Virenque was second with 67, Jean-Patrick Nazon 40, Sylvain Chavanel and Cédric Vasseur both received 28.

Interestingly, straw polls and internet polls would not seem to agree with the judges - the excellent French site VeloClub du Net recently voted for Cédric Vasseur as best French rider while most independent internet polls seem to favour Bettini and Petacchi over Armstrong. The very unofficial Daily Peloton message board poll is also favouring Paolo Bettini...

The Daily Peloton congratulates both men on a fantastic season.

Turkish Riviera Tour 2004

Please visit the official site here.

Turkey is a land more associated with football (in particular Galatasaray Istanbul ) weightlifting, wrestling and judo rather than cycling. Indeed Turkey’s most famous cycling son, Yusuf Khazhaliev, was more famous as a coach; he trained the Olympic Champion Boris Shukhov of the USSR who was a member of the team which won Gold in the 1972 Team Time Trial. However, until the 1980’s when the European East-West separation collapsed, national teams from Eastern Europe prepared themselves in the mild climate at the Turkish Mediterranean Sea in February, where also the Tour of the Turkish Mediterranean Sea was held. In that time the cyclists particularly rode the costal area between Kas and Alanya.

Now, under an initiative by UCI President Hein Verbruggen, once again cyclists will take advantage of the favourable climatic conditions and quiet roads. On the 18th of November Hein Verbruggen attended the presentation of the International Turkish Rivièra Tour, which will take place in the area of Antalya from the 18th until the 22nd of February 2004. In the Turkish Olympic Center mister Ibrahim Kuzu - in the name of the Turkish organisation - announced that the race will have 5 stages, these stages will prepare the riders for the traditional cycling season, which will start a week later.

Hein Verbruggen said: "By the support of the UCI this will become one of the leading stage races in the beginning of the year." He was very charmed that the organisation contacted the UCI in an early stadium, besides that he was pleased by the choice of Cycling Service as a partner. They will be responsible for the technical side of the race as well as for the promotion of Turkey in the western Europe Nations. After a first research by Gerry van Gerwen, it can be said that the first edition of the International Turkish Rivièra Tour will be guaranteed of the worlds' best teams.

copyright Dave O’Nyons

Turkish Riviera Tour Parcours

18 - 22 February 2004

Stage 1: 18/02/04 - Antalya - Antalya, 172 kilometres - one for the sprinters

Stage 2: 19/02/04 - Finike - Antalya, 150 kilometres - stiff climb at the start but the sprinters should recover in time

Stage 3: 20/02/04 - Bucak - Antalya, 164 Kilometres - one for the descenders! Dropping 1000 metres in 40 kilometres  - maybe Savoldelli will persuade T-Mobile to enter!

Stage 4: 21/02/'04 - Kemer - Antalya, 164 kilometres - for the fast men

Stage 5: 22/02/04 - Aspendos - Antalya, 141 kilometres - sprinters' finish

Teams

16 teams of 8 riders will participate in the event. Invitations have already been sent to the top 16 trade teams and already the organisers have received 7 positive reactions. Furthermore a lot of non-invited teams have applied to participate. An announcement of the participating teams will be made in late December.

The teams will be competing for four main prizes -

Red Jersey for the General Time Classification
Green Jersey
for the General Points Classification
Blue Jersey
for the General Sprints Classification
White Jersey
for the Best Young Rider

To read an excellent account of cycling in Turkey from a personal viewpoint, click here.

Fassa Bortolo Sport Day

After the end of Fassa's successful season, cyclists and drivers got together for a day of fun on bikes, go-carts and race cars. Here are some photos from that day - click for larger images.


He fits right in - think this might be his next career?


The new helmet for next year - only joking.


Where's the pedals? All photos courtesy Fassa Bortolo.

Baker Boys strengthen squad

Brioches La Boulangère, new team of the Beloki brothers Joseba and Gorka, have signed Unai Yus for one season. Unai Yus is well known to the Beloki boys, coming from their home lands of Vitoria. The 29 year old turned pro in 1998 and has ridden the last few seasons in Portugal for the Cantanhede - Marques de Marialva team.

Jean René Bernaudeau, Brioches La Boulangère team manager, rarely makes a mistake and this is a very interesting signing

Unai Yus - 2003

1º Etapa 1 Volta a Terras de Santa Maria
2º Vuelta Volta a Terras de Santa Maria
5º Vuelta Alentejo
6º Ruta Marques
9º Vuelta Algarve

05-Orbitel continues sponsorship

The president of the phone company 05-Orbitel, Alejandro Ceballos, has announced that it will continue into its sixth year of sponsorship.

Colombian Jose Castelblanco, of Colombia Selle Italia, the two years running Clasico RCN champion, has been signed for the team. In the coming weeks the team will announce its other signings - the team will be will have 14 cyclists next season. (El Colombiano)

Colnago and Navigators

A great photo from the Navigators website - Ernesto Colnago with the Navigators management, showing the 50th anniversary Colnago. The Navigators will be riding the Colnago C-50 next year.


Left to Right: Ed Beamon (Team Director), Mr. Colnago,
Gianluca Caliari (US Sales Manager), Ray Cipollini (Business Manager).
Courtesy Navigators.

Wheels of Steel: What happens to us if we take performance-enhancing drugs?

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Revolution Series One

Manchester Velodrome November 29th 2003

The aim of the Revolution Series is to create a new atmosphere in track cycling increasing spectator appeal and changing the way people think about track cycling. The series will create a new level of excitment by bringing in big international road and track riders as well as homegrown talent in a new dynamic racing environment...

Such were the aims of the organisers of the first of four meetings to be held over the coming months, and these aims and more were achieved on what was a stunning night of track cycling that thrilled a packed Manchester Velodrome on Saturday night.

The only hitch in the evening was a delayed start (just 15 minutes) to allow the fans delayed in traffic to squeeze into the famous velodrome in time to see all the action. Not that that would have worried the fans who arrived early; they were treated to the sign of two rainbow jerseys, David Millar and Bradley Wiggins, gently warming up with the other stars of the night while the PA inevitably played “Children of the Revolution” by T Rex.

Millar also took the opportunity to test out a few track bikes in the centre: “You could put a shopping basket on this one,” he commented…

So stadium packed and the stars came out - first race, the 10 km Derny Scratch, saw the pace and atmosphere gradually build and when the Derny pulled over and the real “motors” got going, the cheers must have been heard in Old Trafford on the other side of the city. Chris Newton, Byran Steel and evergreen Malcolm Elliott put in the first attack of the evening, but powerhouse Rob Hayles pulled them back and on the last lap it was Wiggins, Millar, Hayles and Newton left surging for the line with Millar winning by a whisker from Wiggins.

10km Motor Scratch Race (Elite)

1 David Millar (Cofidis)
2 Bradley Wiggins (FDJeux.com)

The “young guns” then had their turn to entertain in an 8km Scratch race, and with Adam Blythe, Ian Stannard and Ben Swift all putting in notable efforts, Jos Hargreaves of Eastlands Velo proved to be just strongest take the race. The field of young stars and big hitters proved to be an attractive mix, which was reflected in the audience which ranged from toddlers (Malcolm Elliott’s little girl was not the youngest spectator) to a gentleman celebrating his 90th birthday.

The Best of British Pursuit Challenge - 2km would see the riders with the two fastest times go through to the final and the heats proved that the Island of “testers” love to watch pursuits. Rob Hayles got the better of Byran Steel, Paul Manning beat Malcolm Elliot while Bradley Wiggins, as always starting slow (comparatively) and gradually building a head of steam, set the fastest time of 2.15.502 to beat Newton and take a place in the final with Rob Hayles.

While the action swirled around the track, the organisers arranged interviews with Elliott, Wiggins and Millar. All three riders took time out to sign fans autographs and chat with the crowd and Millar was awarded a trophy of recognition by the BCF, which he clearly appreciated. The queue of youngsters to see Millar filled the centre area and the World Champion calmly pulled a chair over and happily signed autographs and chatted with his young (and not so young fans). Great to see a World Champion take so much time and effort with his fans and he gave many future young guns an evening they will never forget (not to mention booming sales of Cofidis caps).

Meanwhile back on the track it was Ben Swift (Scunthorpe Poly) winning the Future Stars 10 km points race ahead of Adam Blythe and Ben Mitchell. Wiggins proved why he is in the Rainbow jersey in the 2km pursuit by once again gradually wearing down his opponent Rob Hayles.

Best of British Pursuit Challenge 2km Final

1 Bradley Wiggins (FDJeux.com) 3.27.095 (av 32.404mph)
2 Rob Hayles (Cofidis) 3.29.181

The Elite Keirin final saw Jon Norfolk (Yasumitsu Schlapp) win in front of Matthew Haynes while the original “El Nino” Chris Newton, the 2002 World points champion, rode a masterful race to win the 15km Elite points race.

A marvellous evening of racing was concluded when the ever popular Rob Hayles won the Elite 15km Scratch in a very competitive final clash of the evening which saw most of the field lapped as Bryan Steel, Geraint Thomas and Matthew Haynes put the hammer down.

So a great night out, a perfect advert for British Track cycling, superb venue, fantastic crowd, electric atmosphere - BRING ON THE NEXT REVOLUTION!

Keep in touch with news from the Revolution here, and watch for followup stories with photos soon.

 
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