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Cycling News Roundup 27 January 2004
By Podofdonny
Date: 1/27/2004
Cycling News Roundup 27 January 2004

Roberto Heras - Sylvain Chavanel - Saeco News- Victor Hugo Peńa - De Nardi Debut - Julich Motivated- Papa Vainsteins - Frank Vandenbroucke - TDS Schwalbe 2004 Team Roster - Walter Rütt Website - Verge Sport with Atlas Hoop Polsat - Illes Balears Banesto - Domina Vacanze - AdventureSports Radio


Heras Targets Tour

At the Liberty Seguros presentation (related article), it was Roberto Heras who took centre stage.

"To win the Tour has been a dream for me for many years. The team have put their faith in me to try and win it and I hope to make that dream a reality. We have a good team and it is up to us now to arrive at the start of the race in at one hundred percent and to prove that we are capable of victory", said Roberto Heras. The 29 year old explained his reasons for leaving Lance Armstrong and returning to Spain - "It was partly due to public pressure and also my confidence in the new Liberty set up". As team leader Heras considers that this year's Tour “can favour the climbers".

But can Heras beat Armstrong? "In the last Tour Armstrong was not at one hundred percent and he still won, and that has a special merit. On top form he is unbeatable, however we must arrive in top condition ourselves to try to do that."

Will Armstrong miss Heras from his team? "Nobody is irreplaceable and they continue to be a great team.”

Isidro Nozal, second in the Vuelta 2003, is clear where his role lies within the team: "I am a lieutenant of Heras and I believe that I will be with him and the favorites fighting it out to the end of the races with hopes of victory. Now all I want is to train well, not to have injuries and the have the chance to prove my worth on the roads.”

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.

Liberty are, of course, based around the former Once team and have a total of 19 riders, although "the door is not closed on new signings”. The team includes 4 neoprofessional riders and three draftees, two of them from US Postal team, Roberto Heras and Christian VandeVelde, and the third rider, Dariusz Baranowski, also rode with Lance Amstrong in the Motorola days.

Meanwhile, Manolo Sáiz continues to make headlines in Spain; his Liberty Seguros team will not race in either the Vuelta a Andalucía or the Vuelta a Murcia. Saiz had announced several weeks ago that he did not feel honoured to follow the Asociación de Equipos Espańoles recomendation to follow all the races in the national calendar.

Sáiz said that Andalucía has given his teams very little for what they have put in and urcia coincides with Tirreno and París-Nice. Obviously with a squad of 19 riders, it would be impossible to ride all three races.

Liberty Seguros

René Andrle CZE 01.04.74
Dariusz Baranowski POL 22.06.72
Carlos Barredo ESP 05.06.81
Giampaolo Caruso ITA 15.08.80
Alberto Contador ESP 06.12.82
Allan Davis AUS 27.07.80
Rafael Díaz Justo ESP 08.11.72
Koldo Gil ESP 16.01.78
Alvaro Glez Galdeano ESP 03.01.70
Igor Glez Galdeano ESP 01.11.73
Roberto Heras ESP 21.02.74
Jesús Hernández ESP 28.09.71
Jan Hruska CZE 04.02.71
Isidro Nozal ESP 18.10.77
Javier Ramirez ESP 14.03.78
Luis Sánchez Gil ESP 24.11.83
Marcos Serrano ESP 08.09.72
Christian Vandevelde USA 22.05.76
Angel Vicioso ESP 13.04.77

Sylvain Chavanel

Sylvain Chavanel (Brioches La Boulangčre) will be riding a very traditional programme up to the Tour de France. He will debut on the 3rd February at GP d'Ouverture will ride the Tour Méditerranéen (11th to 15th) and then the Tour du Haut-Var which he won last season.

The young gun, who enters his 5th professional season will then ride the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (24th to 28th February), Paris-Nice (7 to 14 March), Milan-San Remo (20 March), Critérium International (27-28 March), Circuit de la Sarthe (6 to 9 April), Paris-Camembert (13 April) and then will attack the Classics Amstel Gold Race (18 April) and Ličge-Bastogne-Ličge (25 April).

Then Trophée des Grimpeurs (2 May), the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque (5 to 9 May), the Classique des Alpes (5 June), and Dauphiné-Libéré (6-13 June) and the National Championships will be his final preparation before the Tour de France.

Pieri, Commesso & Co leave for Qatar - Simoni at the Terracina training camp

The Team Saeco training camp is in full flow at the Hotel Fiordaliso in the coastal resort of Terracina, south of Rome. Tomorrow (Wednesday) the riders who have been working hard in the camp for the last few days will travel to Qatar to race the Doha Tour. The riders (with Bruno Vicino as directeur sportif) are: Pieri, Commesso, Balducci, Casagranda, Bonomi, Glomser, Ludewig and Loosli.

On Monday the eight worked hard under the watchful eye of Giuseppe Martinelli, getting in 180km during a hard training ride. As these riders head off for their season debut, the second group of riders will start their training camp in Terracina even if many (including Danilo Di Luca) arrived a few days early to benefit from the good training weather on the coast.

Gilberto Simoni will also be at the camp from Thursday and during the next seven days he will use his time in central Italy to check out the climb of Monte Vergine one of the early but decisive stages of the 2004 Giro d’Italia.

Nicola Gavazzi will also soon be at the training camp after being confirmed as the 25th rider of the Saeco team for 2004. He will arrive after completing the necessary medical checks.

Bertagnolli, Simoni and Casagrande. Courtesy Saeco.

Peńa Dreams of World and Athens

The Colombian Sports Institute reports today that US Postal-Berry Floor's Victor Hugo Peńa would like to compete as part of his country's World Championship team and also as a selection for the Colombian Team in Athens this summer. Pena has made a request to his team.

De Nardi Debut

Everything is ready for the debut in Div 1 De Nardi outfit: The team directed by Gianluigi Stanga will open the 2004 season with its first two international competitions, in Qatar and in Malaysia.

The teams for these two races are:

Tour of Qatar - 2-6 February
Ruggero BORGHI
Alessandro VANOTTI
DS: Antonio Bevilacqua
Mechanics: Diego Costa, S. Rolando
Soigneurs: Isaia Vicoli, Mario Algeri

Tour of Langkawi - 6-15 February
Michele GOBBI
Antonio RIZZI
DS: Oscar Pellicioli
Mechanics: Maurizio Noris, Geert Rombauts
Soigneurs: Stefano De Bianco, Cristoforo Piccinini

Julich At Ease and Motivated

Visit the CSC Website.

As all Team CSC riders, Bobby Julich has picked out a handful of what probably will be his most important races this season.

“I've lived in Nice for seven years now, so I want to do well in one or two stages in Paris – Nice. Also the Criterium International and the races in The United States, the Tour of Georgia and the races in Philadelphia, where I've also had a house for about seven years, are very important to me,” says Julich. “But there are so many races I want to do well in. The qualifications for the Olympic Team, the Tour de France, the World Championships…”

Coming into the first training camp of the year, Julich felt a bit out of shape.

“For about two months this winter I did some altitude training in the Lake Tahoe region. So the first time I went up the Monte Serra at the training camp in Lucca, I didn't feel very good,” Julich admits. “But every day it got better and better, and now I feel surprisingly good. It's nice to be at ease and motivated, and Bjarne made this possible.”

Bobby Julich was on the verge of quitting pro-cycling after last season, but decided to give it another try at Team CSC, when Bjarne Riis offered him a contract.

“I was actually close to retiring, and then Bjarne finally came through. Still I went to the first camp in Lanzarote having promised myself to cancel the contract if things weren't different from what they used to be,” Julich recalls. “But it was SO different. It regained my hope and motivation and gave me a desire to work with this team.”

He made his best results in 1998, where he won the Criterium International and was third overall in the Tour de France, but he has since failed to repeat these achievements. “I really needed guidance after my breakthrough season,” Julich explains. “We were very motivated as a team, but I didn't have anyone with experience I could turn to, like we have Bjarne on Team CSC.”

Having been on the team for only a couple of months, Julich, who turns 33 in November, already hopes for a long stay at Team CSC.

“I want this to be a long-term relationship. My contract is only for this season, but I hope to sign for 2-3 years, 'cause this is what I've been looking for. All teams should be run like this, and I'm proud to be a part of it,” says Julich

Congrats to Papa Vainsteins

Today about noon in Lecco, Italy, Roman Vainsteins and his partner Elisabetta Caldirola became the parents of Alexandra; she weighs three kgs and twenty grams. Waiting anxiously at home is her big sister Anastasia, aged two. Congratulations! (Bike2it)

Frank Vandenbroucke

Following the suspected arson attack on his Mercedez on Saturday night the week has just got even worse for Frank Vandenbroucke.

Nearly two years after police found morphine, the blood-boosting drug erythropoietin (EPO) and the steroid clenbuterol in the riders home he has been charged with possession of drugs and banned performance-enhancing substances. His lawyers were hoping for leniancy from the courts on the basis that he had already been suspended from his profession and had been fired from his team of that time, Domo Farm-Frites

However , the court disagreed and he has been ordered to stand trial in the Belgian town of Termonde in March. Vandenbroucke, could face up to five years in prison and a fine if found guilty," an appeal is not excluded," said Vandenbroucke's lawyer, Johnny Maeschalck.

TDS-Schwalbe Announces 2004 Team Roster

After enjoying a very successful first season, the TDS-Schwalbe High Speed Team is proud to announce its 2004 roster:

Anne Samplonius Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Joan Davies - Ramona, Calif.
Shawn Heidgen - Elburn, Ill.
Emily Gloeckner - Denver, Colo.
Erin Carter Ste. - Anne des Chenes, Manitoba, Canada
Andrea Ratkovic - Norman, Okla.
Megan Monroe - Ripon, Wis.
Karen Bockel - Waiblingen, Germany

The team will have four returning riders from 2003; Anne Samplonius, Joan Davies, Shawn Heidgen, and Emily Gloeckner. Samplonius, Davies, Heidgen, and Gloeckner all proved their durability, strength and consistency by competing in events all over the United States and Europe from March to October.

Anne Samplonius. Courtesy TDS-Schwalbe.

Joining the team in 2004 will be Erin Carter, Megan Monroe, Andrea Ratkovic, and Karen Bockel. Carter rode for TDS as a guest rider in 2003 at select events. She will continue to race on the Canadian National team at Track events with a goal of making the summer Olympics. One of the younger members of the team, her International-level experience makes her a strong addition to the team.

Monroe has competed in Road, Mountain Bike, and Cross Cycling while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She won the 2002 Under-23 U.S. Cross Championship and more recently, the 2003 collegiate title. Monroe is a talented climber who hopes to leave her mark on the National level while learning from her experienced teammates.

Ratkovic makes a return this year to full-time cycling after three years of competing in multi-sport events. In 2001 and 2002, she was the U.S. Pro Duathalon Champion. Prior to 2001, Ratkovic rode for the dominant Team. Her aggressive riding style and high energy will be an asset to TDS-Schwalbe, while working hard for various teammates,

Bockel has quietly established herself as one of the top Stage Racers in North America over the last four years. Although she is considered a threat in climbing stages, she is also a danger on the General Classification. Karen will be a valuable asset to the new line-up.

The TDS-Schwalbe team will be traveling to Spain in late January for training camp and early season racing before returning to the U.S. to start the National Racing Circuit in North America.

“We are very fortunate to have this group that is full of youth, experience, energy and motivation,” says Karl Heidgen, Team Manager. More information about Team TDS-Schwalbe can be found at

Team sponsors include TDS Telecom, Schwalbe North America, Salsa Cycles, Gensan Nutritional, Tifosi Eyewear, Kinesys Performance Sunscreen, Cateye Computers, Soles Custom footbeds, Racin Jason Lubricants, Saris bike racks, Cyclops fluid trainers, Northwave shoes, Limar helmets, Biemme clothing, and Sockguy.

TDS Telecom brings high quality, reliable, locally based telecommunications services to 900 rural and suburban communities across the United States. Founded in 1969, TDS Telecom is a growing part of the Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (AMEX: TDS) family of companies and serves more than one million access line equivalents. For more information about TDS Telecom visit

Schwalbe North America makes every effort to contribute to the sport of cycling by sponsoring youth, amateur, and professional cyclists as they pursue their individual and team goals. Schwalbe is also dedicated to providing outstanding customer service, consistency, and a superior product at competitive prices and pride themselves on being able to accommodate cyclists in all disciplines of the sport.

The finest European engineering is now available in the United States. For more information about Schwalbe North America, visit

Walter Rütt Website

Don’t forget to visit the Walter Rütt Website: Walter Rütt.

News of a great new website in tribute to the German fastman Walter Rütt. The 1913 World Champion in cycle-sprint now has a website that is a fascinating view of cycling at the start of the 20th C and is well laid out, easy to navigate and has an excellent photo gallery that will fascinate any cycling fan.

Highly reccommended and full marks to webmaster Bernd Wagner for this lovingly maintained site.

Just one of the many fascinating photos you and see at the Walter Rütt website.


Cornwall, NY, January 26, 2004

It was announced today that Verge Sport will be the official clothing supplier for the Atlas-Hoop-Polsat European Professional Cycling Team. Verge Sport will supply the team with full cycling kits from their custom catalog. This includes cycling jerseys, bib shorts, jackets, custom socks, custom gloves and other custom accessories.

“This is a terrific way for us to showcase our entire custom product line,” commented Verge Sport President Michael Magur. “We now have the selection and range of custom apparel to outfit a demanding European Pro team like Atlas-Hoop-Polsat. I have been told that the team is especially excited to be wearing our cycling jackets made with Tec Series® membrane.”

The Atlas-Hoop-Polsat team (based on CCC-Polsat members) recently signed four new riders. Best known from this new quartet is Lithuanian Raimondas Rumsas - winner of the Giro di Lombardia in 2000 and 3rd in the 2002 Tour de France. The team will be competing in major European Tours and is planning on traveling to America for Wachovia Week this coming summer.

Currently, fans are able to pre-order an official ATLAS-HOOP-POLSAT jersey online More official team gear will be available in the near future at select retailers and at Verge Sport’s online store.


Verge Sport manufactures top-of-the-line cycling apparel for the U.S. market using unique European craftsmanship and design. Verge Sport offers brilliantly designed, pro-quality custom clothing made from the best fabrics available; and the professional service and attention that every customer values. Their extensive collection of cycling gear can be viewed, or you can call 800-536-0160 for a color catalog.


The Professional Cycling Team Atlas-Hoop-Polsat is directed by Andrzej Sypytkowski (silver Olympic medal in Seoul, 1988). Since the beginning the team has been sponsored by POLSAT Television, and it is now in its fifth year of existence. During the past few years, the riders from POLSAT have had a lot of successes and nowadays they are, without a doubt, the best Polish professional cycling team. You can learn more by logging on at

Official presentation Team Illes Balears – Banesto

Next Thursday 29th of January, 2004 at 11 am the official presentation of Team Illes Balears – Banesto 2004 will take place in Madrid, Auditorium Sur de IFEMA Feria de Madrid (Campo de las Naciones).

The presentation is included in the “Illes Balears’ Day,” traditionally included as an event of the Tourism Trade Fair FITUR, where the Illes Balears will have a very significant presence, with their stand located in Pavilion 6.

The event will be presided by The Honourable President of the Illes Balears Mr. Jaume Matas. All the riders and staff of Team Illes Balears – Banesto will participate in the presentation, together with the sponsors, providers, suppliers and friends of the big Team Illes Balears – Banesto family. The speaker will be Pedro Delgado, former Tour de France winner.

Place: Auditorium Sur IFEMA Feria de Madrid (Campo de las Naciones)
Time: 11 hours

Elitron Sees Benefits, Renews with Domina Vacanze

Elitron, the world leader in the production of CAD-CAM systems for footwear models and leather cutting, is undaunted by Domina Vacanze's Division II status for 2004 and renewed its sponsorship with the team last week.

Elitron representative Giuseppe Gallucci says, “The change of the team to GS II has not affected our trust in the team - Cipollini is out for revenge, Scarponi showed good results last season... For our part, the enthusiasm is unchanged and we are still ready to bet on this team."

As well, Elitron continues to grow in the world market despite the crisis that torments almost all production sectors; the company therefore believes that sponsoring the team has already borne fruit. (

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