Igor Gonzalez Galdeano - Philippe Gilbert- Jonathan González to Paternina - Michele Fanini Record Rox - Phonak training camp - The Warrior returns - Joseba Albizu - Fassa Bortolo team for Qatar - Formaggi Pinzolo and Barloword
Igor Gonzalez Galdeano – ambitions for 2004
Following a difficult season in 2003, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano looks forward to 2004 with his new team Liberty Seguros. "Roberto Heras will be the leader and Nozal the second captain but that does not reduce my ambitions because we are complimentary riders and there will be occasions when I can have my chance.”
He is looking forward to the “grande boucle” - "I will return to the Tour with no regrets but with plenty of motivation. The Tour will be my number one goal for 2004 the second target will be the Olympic games Athens".
The Spaniard is looking for Gold: "I am going to go to Athens with great ambitions. It is a unique opportunity, I know that all being well I can win the Gold medal in the Games".
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano will the participate in the Vuelta and the Championnats du Monde in Verona, where, if selected, he will aim for the time Trial event.
Philippe Gilbert 2004
Young Gun Philippe Gilbert has had a dream start to the season with his second professional victory in the Tour Down Under, following his first win in the Tour de l'Avenir en 2003. Now the rider, voted best young Belgium in 2003 wants to build on that impetus and has made his next targets the Tour Méditerranéen and then Paris-Nice. Following that he hopes to do well in the Ardennes Classics and especially the Flèche Wallonne, a race that he considers more suited to his style than “la Doyenne.”
Jonathan González to Paternina
Jonathan González, one of the few remaining Basque professionals who are still without a team, will ride for Miguel Moreno and his Paternina-Costa de Almería team in 2004. The man from Zamudio, who sorted out the rescission of the one year left on his Once contract this week, has a new chance to shine following two learning years with the Once boys.
On the verge of reaching the grand old age of 23 years González is the fifth Basque in the Paternina squad he will join Elguezabal, Euba, Del Rio and Ormaetxea.
Michela Fanini Record Rox News
On 10 February the Michaela Fanini Record Rox team will have their final
training camp with team patron Brunello Fanini and sport director and ex-pro
Stefano Della Santa. The riders are being physically tested and programmed.
The team also has a new sponsor, M&H Carrelli Elevatori. Bruno Fanini is
enthusiastic, saying, "“It will be a thrilling season - we will have to put on
the brakes to not win all the competitions on the program.”
The team plans a very energetic schedule:
Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Giro della Toscana, Tour de L’ Aude, Eko Tour
(Poland), Emakumen Bira (Spain); World Cup races Sanremo, Castilla y Leon
(Spain), Giro delle Flanders and Fleche Wallone (Belgium), Montreal (Canada),
Plouay (France), Rotterdam and Altstadt.
Of great importance will also be the Italian classic races:
Il Giro del Trentino, the Liberazione, GP di Rosignano, the Giro del Friuli, the
GP di Bolzano as well as Cento, Cittiglio and Collecchio.
Edita Pucinskaite (Lit), Nicole Brandli (Swi), Lisbeth Simper (Dan), Havley
Janildes Silvia Fernandez (Bra), and Italians Katia Longhin, Alessandra Borchi,
Barbara Cazzaniga, Maria Fanucchi, Elisa Maggini, Claudia Marietta, Ilaria
Nocentini, Laura Pisaneschi, Irene Puccioni, Elena Ricconi, Elena Raffaelli.
Don’t forget to visit the Phonak Official Site.
The Phonak Cycling team have begun their second team camp in Calpe (Spain), the team will start racing on January 31 with the GP Doha International in Qatar, followed by the Tour of Mallorca (February 1-5) and continued by the Tour of Qatar (2-6 February).
After ten days, René Savary drew an encouraging balance
After ten days, sporting directors René Savary drew an encouraging balance “The whole point was to heighten team spirit and to take stock of riders’ qualities and characteristics. Both are aimed at enabling good teamwork and to achieve the conditions for an outstanding esprit de corps.”
Savary’s charges rattled off 120-180 kilometers every day. “We rehearsed various forms of training. The team riding with the time-trial bikes pursued two aims.” With regard to the team riding, it was bound to have been highly instructive. It was also designed as preparation for the solo time trials in the multi-stage trials. In the general team training, the focus remained on revealing the qualities, riding techniques and styles of the team members. “Now each Phonak ace is in a position to form an ideal picture of his team mates. This promotes trust first and foremost.”
In future, communication will be considered essential.
Given that the crew of the world’s leading hearing-aid manufacturer’s team are from ten countries, communication between the riders, mechanics, masseurs and sporting directors will be considered essential in future. The main languages for mutual communication will be French and Spanish. To this end, a vocabulary list containing the most important phrases has been developed. Depending on their previous language skills, the 24 riders will have to do some swotting up. The aim of this project, said Savary, is to enable optimal communication, especially in critical race phases.
“The riders are in excellent shape”
Savary confirmed all his riders are in excellent shape. “This assessment also applies when considering the individually determined highpoints. Riders’ seating positions have been optimized and the tests on the Valencia track were conducted using the time-trial bikes. All performance tests were used to assess the current state of fitness. Now we can formulate clear training standards.” Savary: “The training results are a source of hope. The performance tests are promising. That said, the results that count are those in the races.
Ösi Camenzind is cheerful
Ösi Camenzind, speaking for his team mates: “The training area was ideal. The warm weather contributed to success. The team is strong. And I’m happy with my condition. Because everything’s right health-wise, I have every reason to be cheerful.”
The Warrior Returns
Don’t forget to visit the Official Site of Michele Bartoli.
Michele Bartoli , now with team CSC, hopes to continue 2004 as he finished 2003, winning!
On his official site he reveals his early season programme and also that he is hoping for a stage win in the Tour de France, here is what he has to say -
The season is on the point of beginning: the preparation will now get tougher and tougher and we are also planning the calendar of the races. I will start racing on February 11in the Tour Méditerranéen, then I will take part in the Milan-San Remo, in the Tour des Flandres and in the Tour de France where I would like to leave a mark in a stage at least... Here, in detail, the calendar of my first part of the season:
11-15 Feb. Tour Méditerranéen
17 Feb. Trofeo Laigueglia
24-27 Feb. Giro della Provincia di Lucca
10-16 Mar. Tirreno-Adriatico
20 Mar. Milan-San Remo
27 Mar. Zesbergenprijs Harelbeke
28 Mar. Brabantse Pijs
04 Apr. Tour des Flandres
18 Apr. Amstel Gold Race
21 Apr. La Flèche Wallonne
21 Apr. La Flèche Wallonne
25 Apr. Liège-Bastogne-Liège
01 Maj Gp Sats
02 Maj CSC Classic
Joseba Albizu – bright orange future
Joseba Albizu has finally got the go ahead from the UCI to sign for the Euskaltel-Euskadi team. The signing will take place on the 27 January at 12:00 at the Fundación Ciclista Euskadi in Derio. The rider who was still under a year contract with the Mercatone Uno team (which officially ceases to exsist on January 28th), was in contractual limbo – thankfully that is now sorted out.
Joseba Albizu becomes the twenty fourth and final rider in the Euskaltel-Euskadi team. Albizu, 25 years old, made his professional debut last season with the Mercatone Team and won the prestigious Giro de Friuli. In 2002, he had 8 victories with Cafés Baqué.
Fassa Bortolo team for Qatar
Fabio Sacchi and Frank Vandenbroucke to lead team
Fassa Bortolo have named a heavyweight squad for the uocoming races in Qatar (31st January Gp Doha, 2-6 Tour de Qatar) - the riders are:
Fabian Cancellara, Francesco Chicchi, Luca De Angeli, Mauro Facci, Alberto Ongarato, Roberto Petito, Fabio Sacchi, Frank Vandenbroucke. The D.S. will be Stefano Zanatta.
Formaggi Pinzolo and Barloword Registered - Flanders and Polsat still wait
Formaggi Pinzolo-Fiavè and Team Barloworld-Androni Giocattoli have now been registered with the UCI as TT2. Formaggi Pinzolo, managed by Stefano Giuliani, will be lead by the fast man Ivan Quaranta, while team Barloworld, who are registered with the South African Federation will be managed in Italy by Davide Boifava. Their squad includes several members of the now defuncy Mercatone Uno-Scanavino team: Moletta, Ravaioli, Bellotti, Degano and Solari.
Still not registered are the Polish outfit Polsat and the Belgian Flanders team. Italy now has 7 TT2 teams registered with the UCI, the others being: Acqua & Sapone Mokambo, Domina Vacanze, LPR, Panaria-Margres, Tenax and Miche.