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Cycling News Roundup 16 December 2003
By Janna Trevisanut
Date: 12/16/2003
Cycling News Roundup 16 December 2003

Vuelta Espana Presentation Wednesday!

Stay right with the Daily Peloton for the 2004 Vuelta presentation tomorrow, when we will bring you all the details of 2004's final grand tour.

Even though there will be no Lagos de Covadonga, no Angliru and no La Pandera, there will be...the Morella, Aitana, Xorret del Catí, Calar Alto, Sierra Nevada (Individual Time Trial), La Covatilla and Valdesquí, not to mention time stay tuned!

Chaba Honored

The organizers of the Volta a Catalunya will give a posthumous medal of honor to Jose Maria Jimenez, the great Spanish climber who passed away recently, for his three stage wins and overall win in the 80th edition of that race, in 2000. (Mundo Deportivo)

Team Illes Baléares - Banesto presentation

The 2004 Illes Baleares-Banesto team was presented today in Madrid. The Banesto banking firm will continue with the team as co-sponsor until the end of 2004, contributing one million euros to the Islands' six million. The Island government will sponsor the team for three years.

The team's objectives in its first season are the Tour with Mancebo and Menchov at the head of affairs, the Vuelta with Unai Osa, and the World Cup, opting to skip the Giro d'Italia. "The idea in this first year is to distribute our objectives, basing them on the Tour, the Vuelta and World Cup, because they are important and they interest the Balearic Government", explained Eusebio Unzue, sport director of the Illes Balears-Banesto.

The jersey is nuclear white representing the light and the sunshine of the Islands and the tradition of the Trade team, and includes the image of the Illes Balears and its four islands, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera as well as Banesto’s image. The jersey, the islands, are wrapped by the sleeves and the shorts in navy blue, representing the Mediterranean sea, also including the image of Illes Balears and Banesto - this will be their image in Spain.

While the team is competing in countries outside Spain, they will be representing Grupo Santander Central Hispano. In Germany, Illes Balears will be sponsored by CC Bank, and in Italy the co-sponsor will be Finconsumo, all companies of Grupo Santander. The official presentation of the different "renditions" of the team will take place just before the participation of Team Illes Balears-Banesto in each of the countries.

Pablo Lastras Garcia. Courtesy Illes Baleares-Banesto.

On the manpower side of things, Francisco Mancebo, 10th in the Tour de France and 5th in the Vuelta Espana, will be one of the team leaders. Mancebo said, "We lack a leader to win the grand tours, but with Menchov and Unai Osa I am going to try. I no longer have the pressure of before, but I must trust myself and I hope that this year will be the one of my definitive explosion."

Unzue said that an innovation to his team this year are sprinters - namely Isaac Gálvez and Steffen Radochla. Four riders from Illes Baleares are also part of this team - Colom, Horrach, Tauler and Reynes. Unzue said that the goal of the sponsor is to gain notoriety in Europe, particularly Germany, and that the team is finalized, "unless something good arises, pretty and cheap."

Equipment: Bikes by Opera (Pinarello Group), clothing by Nalini.

Pablo Lastras Garcia showing the team's carbon Opera bike (Pinarello Group). Courtesy Illes Baleares-Banesto.

Illes Baléares - Banesto for 2004

José Luis Arrieta Lujambio, Daniel Becke, Toni Colom, Isaac Galvez, "Chente" Garcia Acosta, Iván Gutierrez, Joan Horrach, Vladimir Karpets, Pablo Lastras, Jose Antonio Lopez Gil, Francisco Mancebo,  Denis Menchov, David Navas, Aitor Osa, Unai Osa, Mikel Pradera, Steffen Radochla, Vicente Reynés, Toni Tauler and Xavier Zandio. (Marca, L'Equipe, Illes Baleares-Banesto)

Quickstep-Davitamon Training Camp!

The 2004 Quickstep team, minus Michael Rogers and Sven Vanthourenout, are in Cecina, Italy, Paolo Bettini's birthplace, for their first team meeting (Rogers is in Australia and Vanthourenout is cyclo-crossing).

The 5 new arrivals, Zanini, Mercado, Dufaux, Garrido, Pecharroman are training for the first time with their new teammates. "For me," said Zanini, "it is a return to the origins. I have already raced with of the riders on the am in past seasons, and I know Patrick Lefevere very well. It’s beautiful return to this group."

Mercado's wife is expecting their first child, so he will leave this weekend to be with her. He says, My wife is expecting our first child. It’s an important moment and I want to be present." 

Pecharroman and Garrido are learning. "It’s an international team." explains Pecha. "We speak Flemish, French and Italian. Garrido and I for the moment, are trying to learn Italian. It’s beautiful to train with riders like Bettini and Museeuw. For me they are the examples to follow. I hope to learn a lot from them and to give some great satisfaction to the team."

The second training camp, in January will be in Tuscany, as always. "Last year," says Bettini, "Tuscany  brought us fortune. Why change anything? " (Courtesy Quickstep-Davitamon)

Courtesy Quickstep-Davitamon

Another Planckaert in the pro ranks!

Another member of the famous Planckaert family, Francesco, turns pro, signing with Chocolate Jacques. Son of Eddy, cousin of Jo, extremely talented as a junior rider, and also a musician (he has a new single coming out soon), the youngster has signed for two years with the new team.

 He told VRT Nieuws, "I want better become than my father," also saying, "I'm euphoric." Francesco has been plagued for some time with a knee problem, but thinks that this is now over. He explained: "The last two years I have hardly set a course. On the basis of my results, there was nothing that could justify a professional contract. In fact, I expected to sign a pro contract in 2005."

Team manager Noel Demeulenaerejoked, "Francesco doesn't even shave, nevertheless I sign!" and also remarked, "We will let mature him in the second team." (VRT Nieuws,

Mr. Collstrop

The team roster and a look at the new team jersey for, courtesy of, being the title sponsor this year.

Davy Commeyne, Ben Day, Mario De Clercq, Andy De Smet, Frédérique Gabriel, Roger Hammond, Jeremy Hunt, Philippe Koehler, Eddy Lembo, Bjorn Leukemans, Geert Omloop, Jo Planckaert, Jens Renders, Christophe Roothoofd, Erwin Thijs, Kristof Trouvé, Kurt Van de Wouwer, Michel Van Haecke, Gert Vanderaerden, Tom Vanoppen and Peter Wuyts.

Victory Brewing Women's Team Back for 2004

America Velo Sports, the founding and management company behind Victory® Brewing women’s professional cycling team is proud to announce the 2004 line up.

After a successful 2003 campaign, women's team Victory Brewing opted to make very few changes. On it's 3rd year as a professional women's cycling team, Victory Brewing is focusing on growing off of the solid foundation of sponsors, roster and schedule that have been a great combination.

Victory Brewing is back on board for 2004 as the title sponsor behind The Professional women’s cycling team. "The only thing as exciting as our flavorful beers is the action these young women create on the course," states, Victory’s co-owner Bill Covaleski. Victory Brewing’s venture in cycling can be seen in other areas of the sport, with support of Tri-State Velo club, Wachovia Cycling Series, and many regional events.

Amoroso’s Baking Company continues its support of elite women’s cycling. As a 4th year sponsor, Amoroso’s based out of Philadelphia, PA is excited to continue working with women’s cycling as a marketing vehicle.

Returning for a 2nd year, Specialized Bicycles will continue to be the bicycle and equipment supplier of the team (complete bicycles, helmets, gloves, computers, bottles and cages). With the growing market of women’s specific cycling products, "Designs for women" at Specialized is a perfect fit. The ability to test and help develop women’s specific equipment is an exciting venture that the Victory Brewing women’s team is proud to be a part of.

For 2004 Victory Brewing is returning 6 of its current riders, and bringing onboard 3 new riders to fill in some gaps, where the team needed some help. "I am excited about the 2004 roster and the new blood we are bringing onboard. Brooke Ourada (USA) and Johanna Buick (NZL) are both very hungry riders that have shown they have the talent to climb with the front group. Their raw talent, coupled with the experience and leadership of Sandy Espeseth and Nicole Demars could prove to be very dangerous. On the other side, Emma Rickards (AUS) comes to us motivated to work for the team. Her assistance as a pace setter and lead-out will be much welcomed by sprinter Gina Grain", states Mike Tamayo (Team Director).

Sandy Espeseth (Team Captain)
Nicole Demars (Co Captain)
Gina Grain (Sprinter)
Lauren Franges (Sprinter/Domestique)
Johanna Buick (Climber)
Brooke Ourada (Climber/Domestique)
Emma Rickards (Pace Setter/Domestique)
Kirsten Robbins (Domestique)
Sophie St-Jacques (Domestique)

The schedule for 2004 will be almost identical to the 2003 season, focusing on National Racing Calendar events, the American UCI Calendar, and a couple of World Cups. Like 2003 we have set our schedule to serve not only our sponsors, but also to assist the riders individual pursuits of World Championships and Olympics. A new factor in scheduling is trying to support events that are helping field the growth of women’s cycling. For more information on the team, please visit

Victory Brewing women’s team is excited to continue working with:
- Voler clothing for all its cycling apparel needs, from cool Jerseys to warm Jackets.
- Northwave cycling shoes and accessories.
- Maxxis tires and tubes.
- Honeystinger energy gels and bars.
- Saris Automobile racks.
- Cyclops trainers and rollers.

About Victory® Brewing Company--Victory represents a bold statement in beers as internationally trained, craft-brewing veterans Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski have parlayed their childhood friendship into a thriving company producing full-flavored, distinctive beers. Critically acclaimed HopDevil Ale and Golden Monkey lead the charge from this innovative brewery.Follow the exploits of this dynamic brewery and its amazing team of women cyclists at , and you'll see that Victory IS Brewing!

About America Velo Sports--America Velo Sports is a Sports Marketing & Management firm founded on the basis of commitment, and integrity. Our objectives are to help fuel the growth of the sport of cycling and to further promote women’s cycling to a higher level. Our staff is experienced in Marketing, Media, Event promotion, E-Commerce, Coaching, and Athletic Management. For further information please visit us at .

USA Cycling Automatic Qualifiers for 2004 Cross Champs

Newly Crowned National Champions Page and Dunlap Head List

USA Cycling, December 16, 2003--USA Cycling announced today the automatic qualifiers for the 2004 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Pont -Château, France from Jan 31-Feb 1, 2004.

By virtue of their victories at the 2003 USCF National Cyclo-cross Championships this past weekend in Portland, Oregon, Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H.) and Alison Dunlap (Colorado Springs, Colo.) received automatic nominations in the elite men and elite women categories respectively.

In the U23 men’s category, Jesse Anthony (Beverly, Mass.) received an automatic nomination as the newly crowned U.S. National Champion while Jeremy Powers (Niantic, Conn.) was nominated as the highest ranked American in the 2003-04 UCI Cyclo-cross rankings.

In the junior men’s category, U.S. National Champion, Jamey Driscoll (Jericho, Vt.) was nominated along with Tucker Thomas as the highest ranked junior male 17-18 in the 2003-04 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross rankings.

Discretionary nominations and the full team for the 2004 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will be announced on Jan. 7, 2004.

Automatic Nominations for the 2004 Cyclo-cross World Championships

Elite Men
1. Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H.)

Elite Women
1. Alison Dunlap (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

U23 Men
1. Jesse Anthony (Beverly, Mass)
2. Jeremy Powers (Niantic, Conn.)

Junior Men
1. Jamey Driscoll (Jericho, Vt.)
2. Tucker Thomas (Olympia, Wash.)

Rams Cycling Team Named Collegiate Team of the Year

Rams Cycling Press Release--Rams Cycling Team is pleased to announce that we have been named Collegiate Team of the Year by USA Cycling. We are very excited to learn of this recognition. In a statement released earlier today, Lydia Bosch of USA Cycling said, "Overall divisions were determined by how well-rounded and active a club was in proportion with its number of club members. Judges based their decision on the number of cycling events a club held, outstanding competitive results, clinics and
seminars held for member education, and activities that helped the club and the community."

This award didn't come easily. Over the past two years we have worked very hard to build a nationally competitive program. This past summer we created Friends of Rams Cycling, an alumni organization to keep CSU (Colorado State University) grads up to date on team news.

So far, it has been a huge success with over 170 members on our email list and supportive leadership from the FRC Board of Directors. This Fall that hard work began to pay off when Hana Fiserova won the Womens Omnium title at Collegiate National Championships and strong results from other team members put us in 5th overall for Team Omnium.

This month we began an aggressive fundraising campaign to build The Rams Cycling Endowment Fund. This fund will support annual collegiate cycling scholarships to be given at Colorado State University beginning in the Fall of 2004. We are very excited to be the first major university in the United States to offer cycling scholarships. Our program is also bolstered by RamWheels, a community pilot program to encourage bicyle use as means of transportation. Launching in May of 2004, it will put hundreds of bicycles on the campus of CSU for students to use freely.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make Rams Cycling a success: CSU Club Sports, Steve Owens of Colorado Premier Training our coach, Eloy Mares of the CSU Bookstore, Gu and Gu2o, Lee's Cyclery, Rudy Project, Ultimate Support, Verge Clothing, Beth Hill of Student Affairs, MK Thompson, the Friends of Rams Cycling Board members, our Advisor, Professor Don Estep, the team officers and numerous volunteers.

To make donations to the Rams Cycling Endowment Fund, please go to

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