Cycling News Roundup 12 February 2006
Tour of Cuba, Skil/Shimano, Cycling in the Media: Pure Sweet Hell, New Product
Hammer Nutrition, Paris Dakar.
7 days to the start of the Tour of California!
Tour of Cuba
Michel Fernandez of Cuba Triumphs in Tinajones
A crash marred the finish of the stage in the last 300 meters, Michel
Fernández of Cuba beat Jackson Rodríguez of Venezuela, the Slovene Borut Bozic
and the Cuban Pedro Pablo Pérez, who followed the winner in
this order, all with time of 4:32.02 hours for the 206 km stage.
c foto: Angel Yu
El Cubano Michel Fernandez Triunfo en la Cuiudad de Los Tinajones
Camaguey (zciclismo) En un final accidentado luego de una caida en los ultimos
300 metros, el cubano Michel Fernández rebasó en soberbio embalaje a los tres
primeros del giro: Jackson Rodríguez de Venezuela, el esloveno Borut Bozic y el
cubano Pedro Pablo Pérez, quienes siguieron al ganador en
ese orden, todos con tiempo de 4:32.02 horas.
HOLGUIN - CAMAGUEY 206 Km. Promedio : 45.436 KM/H
1- Michel Fernández Pista/Cuba 4:32.02
2- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela m.t.
3- Borut Bozic Perutnina/Eslovenia m.t.
4- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba m.t.
5- Luis Macías Chivas/México m.t.
6- Tobías Muller Volvo/Alemania m.t.
7- David Capellán República Dominicana m.t.
8- Joseph Papp Partizan/EE:UU m.t.
9- Simone Biasci Partizan/Italia m.t.
10 Wendy Cruz (Dom) CAICO/Puerto Rico m.t.
CLASIFICACIÓN GENERAL INDIVIDUAL POR TIEMPOS:
1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 17:35.32
2- Michel Fernández Cuba Pista a 10
3- Bozic Borut Perutnina, Eslovenia a 17
4- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela a 25
5- Simone Biasci Partizan, Italia a 33
6- Wendy Cruz Caico, Puerto Rico a 35
7- Petrus Woestenberg Altipower, Holanda a 36
8- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 37
9- Reinier Cardoso Ciudad de La Habana a 38
10- Yasmani Martínez La Habana a 38
Points (Por Puntos):
1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 74 pts.
3- Michel Fernández Pista/Cuba 55 pts.
2- Borut Bozic Perutnina/Eslovenia 49 pts.
Mountain Points (Montana)
1. Arnold Alcolea Cuba 13 pts.
2. Jackson Rodriguez Venezuela 12 pts.
3. Yorman Contreras Venezuela 09 pts.
1- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 17:35.57
2- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 12
3- Yasmani Martínez La Habana a 13a 13
Hasta la próxima: Jose Manuel zabala Cardenas
Official Start lists Teams Trofeo Laigueglia:
Quick Step-Innergetic for al Trofeo Laigueglia (14/02)
Sport director: Serge Parsani
La Lampre-Fondital for al Trofeo Laigueglia:
Direttore sportivo: Piovani Maurizio
Team Miche è il Trofeo Laigueglia:
Directeur Sportif: Marco Tozzi
Skil/Shimano Cycling Team
Arno Wallaard misses start of the season because of hernia
Medical examination made clear that Arno Wallaard (The Netherlands) of the Skil-Shimano
cycling team is suffering a hernia. His doctor has confidence that with small
surgery this injury can be cured. This surgery is scheduled for the 10th of
March at the Albert Schweizer Hospitality in Dordrecht.
During the Tour de Qatar, pain in Wallaard's back increased which made
examination of this physical problem necessary. Now that the cause of the
complaints has become clear, Wallaard is already concentrating on his recovery.
“I have good prospects of complete recovery which will enable me to transmit
maximum power on my bike again. Therefore I am already looking beyond surgery
and I have confidence to come back to racing
relatively soon”, explains Arno Wallaard.
The doctor who will perform the surgery, expects that Wallaard will be able to
make short and extensive rides on his bike again ten days after surgery. It is
expected that it will take approximately two months before Arno Wallaard can
return to competition.
Arno Wallaard mist start van het seizoen vanwege hernia
Bij Arno Wallaard van het Skil-Shimano wielerteam is na medisch onderzoek een
hernia geconstateerd. Zijn behandelend arts heeft vertrouwen dat met een
relatieve kleine ingreep het probleem kan worden verholpen. De operatie staat
gepland voor 10 maart in het Albert Schweizer Ziekenhuis in Dordrecht. Tijdens
de Ronde van Qatar verergerden Wallaard's rugklachten waardoor nader onderzoek
noodzakelijk werd. Nu de oorzaak van de klachten duidelijk is geworden, kijkt
Wallaard alweer vooruit naar zijn herstel. “Ik heb goede vooruitzichten op
volledig herstel wat mij in staat stelt om weer het maximale vermogen op de
pedalen over te brengen.
Daardoor kijk ik al weer verder dan de operatie en vertrouw ik erop dat ik weer
relatief snel in koers zal zijn”, legt Arno Wallaard uit. De behandelend arts
verwacht dat Wallaard tien dagen na de operatie weer korte en
extensieve ritjes op zijn fiets kan maken. Naar verwachting duurt het circa twee
totdat Wallaard weer in competitie zal zijn.
United Arab Emirates Cycling Championships
Khalid Ali of Dubai’s Al Nasr claimed the top honours in the men’s category of
the UAE Cycling Championship held at Al Hail road in Fujairah on Friday.
Omar Al Mansouri of Al Arabi Club of Umm Al Quwain and team-mate, Ahmed Ali
finished second and third respectively. Twenty-five cyclists from eight clubs
competed in the race and covered the 100k race in 2hrs 34mins.
Mohammed Al Marwi of Emirates Club of Ras Al Khaimah, meanwhile, captured first
position in the youth division clocking the same time as in the men’s. Rashid
Ali and Hamdan Shambiah, both of Al Nasr, finished second and third
respectively. Thirty cyclists, representing 11 clubs, participated in the
Cycling in the Media:
Pure Sweet Hell Reviewed in
Issue 7 of Cool Eh
Masochistic fun: one of the many euphemisms that can be pegged to Cyclocross.
What began in the early 1900s as off-season training for European road and
mountain bikers has come into its own as a fringe spectacle. Known as ’cross to
insiders, the sport’s rules are drawn by the Union Cycliste International, the
governing body enforcing all sanctioned cycling sports including The Tour De
The women’s race takes 45 minutes; for the men it increases to 60. A full,
six-hour race day will deliver six diverse contests. At the starting line 40 to
100 starters are usually divided up by skill level. The course, always a blend
of pavement and dirt, usually measures a mile or two. There are 16-inch or
taller wooden planks that sit vertically throughout the course to push racers to
charge through the air at full speed.
A racer’s dream ‘cross conditions are: endless sand pits, knee deep mud bogs and
giant, cambered turns around knobby-rooted trees. The object is for the racer to
complete the most laps within the set time frame. And if it’s painful to watch,
its even more bruising to do. Today, stateside, the sport is snowballing thanks
to a solid base of pedaling diehards feeling the good hurt day after day, making
a run at the traditionally dominant Europeans.
A couple of Santa Cruz, California-based insiders, Brian Vernon and Willie K.
Buillion, collaborated to shoot a documentary feature with dual agendas. The
helmers sought to intrigue those not in the know while embracing the already
converted. Their threeyear rendering is titled Pure Sweet Hell.
Anybody who has piqued interest in the bicycle film canon has noted the
unrivaled output by Jørgen Leth. His cycling films alone (A Sunday in Hell,
Stars and Water Carriers, The Impossible Hour) are bread and truffle butter to
the mainstay of the cycling community, only available to riders down with local
bike merchants, who stash them in secret.
Apropos of this cultish following, the directors’ title paid subtle homage to
Leth’s timeless, genre-transcending titles and formats. Says Vernon, “The ‘Hell’
was a nod—a subtle one . . . For us, the three Jørgen Leth films are the
measuring ground. His films are made with style, so it wasn’t just bike porn.”
The two also took handy esoteric cues from classic surf films, churning out an
experimental, music-enriched 58 minutes of visual pungent poetry. Think Rimbaud
meets William H. Burroughs.
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“Paris-Dakar by bike”
Under the credo of “Life is not the dreams you have, but the dreams you realize”
starts at September 10th, 2006 at the base of the Eiffel Tower the first edition
of “Paris-Dakar by bike”. The finish will be 10 weeks and 7,000 km (4,350 miles)
later at 18 November in Dakar, the most western point of Africa.
During this unique race/expedition the participants will cover the complete
distance between both cities, mostly paved, at their own strength by bicycle.
The riders can cover the distance as fast as possible or take it easy and do it
at their own speed. The route covers the countries France, Andorra, Spain,
Morocco, Mauritania and
Senegal. The riders will have to cross the Pyrenees, the Atlas-mountains of
Morocco and the huge Sahara desert.
The trip is divided into 58 cycling days and 12 days to rest.
Paris-Dakar is more than just a “normal” bike ride. It’s a combination of the
physical challenge, the appreciation of the natural beauty, the view of the
cultural inheritance and above all a mental freedom. Next to that, the bike
journey is open for cyclists from all around the world to create an exceptional
as well as after the bike ride.
Read the website of the organization
www.bike-dreams.com for more information.
Rob and Wilbert are two participants of Tour d’Afrique 2004. This epic
bicycle ride through the whole of Africa opened our eyes for the intriguing
continent. During that race/expedition we were competitors; we were competing
who could survive Africa on a bike a fast as possible. We became also close
friends. During a cycling weekend in Germany we got the great idea to start a
company which we called “Bike Dreams”. Our aim is to organise great challenging
bike-rides with a lot of attraction.
We have a lot of cycling experiences all around the world. As a guide for
regular cycling holidays, as a racer in cyclosportive events, as a lonely
cyclist in exotic countries, as a pilot on a tandem as well as participants of
other challenging cycling tours.
Nowadays we run our own Bike Dream : Cycling from Paris to Dakar. It’s just a