Cycling New Roundup 15 February 2006
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XXXI Vuelta a Cuba
Tour of Cuba Stage 8
Mervar Bostjan (Perutnina/Eslovenia) wins Stage in Santa Clara
Slovenian rider Mervar Bostjan won the sprint at the finish of the 8th
stage, putting a the wood to Chacon of Venezuela and race leader Pedro
Pablo Perez. The battle continues with Perez, Chacon and Rodriguez in the top
three G.C. positions separated by 58 seconds.
MERVAR BOSTJAN BATIO A SUS RIVALES EN SANTA CLARA
Venezuela segunda con Jackson Rodriguez
Santa Clara (zciclismo) El corredor esloveno Mervar Bostjan supero en el sprint
final al venezolano Franklin Chacon y al líder el cubano Pedro Pablo Pérez en la
octava etapa de la XXXI Vuelta a Cuba, disputada sobre 159 kilómetros con un
tiempo de 4:22.18.
SANCTI SPIRITUS – SANTA CLARA 159 Km.
1- Mervar Bostjan Perutnina/Eslovenia 4:22.18
2- Franklin Chacón Venezuela m.t.
3- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba m.t.
4- Alien García Ciego de Ávila m.t.
5- Gianluca Cavalli Partizan/Italia m.t.
6- Juan Torres (VEN) Partizan/Italia m.t.
7- Aldrin Salamanca Venezuela m.t.
8- Víctor Gómez Cropusa/España m.t.
9- Mitja Mahoric Perutnina/Eslovenia m.t.
10 José Contreras Venezuela m.t
Franklin Chacon y Alcolea c photo Angel Yu
G.C. CLASIFICACION INDIVIDUAL POR TIEMPOS:
1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 27:45.02
2- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela a 49
3- Franklin Chacon Venezuela a 58
4_ Mervar Bostjan Perutnina/Eslovenia a 1.03
5- Gianluca Cavalli Partizan, Italia a 1.03
6- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 1.05
7- Adonis Cardoso Cuba a 1.05
8- Juan Torres (VEN) Perutnina/Eslovenia a 1.11
9- Arnold Alcolea Cuba a 1.12
10- Jose Contreras Venezuela a 1.13
Points: POR PUNTOS
1- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba 121
2- Michel Fernández Pista/Cuba 86
3- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 54
Mountains Jersey MONTAÑA:
1- Arnold Alcolea Cuba 33
2- José Contreras Venezuela 23
3- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 19
1- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 27:45.51
2- Alien García Ciego de Ávila a 11
3- Juan Torres (VEN) Perutnina/Eslovenia a 22
hasta la proxima: Jose Manuel Zabala Cardenas
Gianluca Bortalami (Lampre) Retires
Italian cyclist Gianluca Bortolami has retired from international competition
because of a heart problem, his team Lampre said here on Monday.
Bortolami was 1994 World Cup winner, who has won around 30 professional races
including the Tour of Flanders and a stage of the Tour de France. He suffers
from an irregular heart beat because of heart muscle scar.
Help Michael 'Havoc' Sayers and the HealthNet-Maxxis Team get more kids on
bikes and racing in the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League.
The Michael 'Havoc' Sayer Foundation provides race & camp vouchers forkids with
Michael Sayers - through his foundation - and the Health Net Pro Cycling Team
Presented by Maxxis are helping to raise money for the NorCal High School
Mountain Bike League during the Amgen Tour of California. The Michael Sayers
Foundation and the League are looking for race fans who want to support high
school kids racing in the league by pledging to donate money to the league every
time a Health Net Presented by Maxxis rider hits the podium - not just at the
end of the stage, but for intermediate sprints and KoM competitions as well.
Get involved with Team Health Net and this year's Tour of California by
pledging to support Michael at one of two levels. Everytime a HealthNet team
member makes the podium (top 3 or 5 places) in four categories -reward their
efforts with the donations listed below.
Intermediate Sprints: 1st $20, 2nd $10, 3rd $5
Intermediate KOMs: 1st $20l, 2nd $10, 3rd $5
Stage Wins:1st $30, 2nd $25, 3rd $20, 4th $15, 5th $10
GC: $100, $75, $50. $25, $15
High Roller Pledge
Intermediate Sprints: 1st $50,2nd $25, 3rd $15
Intermediate KOMs: 1st $50, 2nd $25, 3rd $15
Stage Wins: 1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50, 4th $25,5th $15
GC: $250, $150, $100, $75, $50
e-mail your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tour of California begins in San Francisco on February 19th see a full
schedule and stage details at below.
Get in the Amgen Tour of California Action
There are several ways for you to experience the action and excitement of the
inaugural Amgen Tour of California, beginning this weekend in San Francisco on
February 19! Check out the information below, and visit
for more details!
Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festivals presented by Health Net
In each of the Tour's eight finish line host cities, you can experience the
spectacle of this international professional cycling road race at the Amgen Tour
of California Lifestyle Festivals presented by Health Net, featuring a health
and fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear and vendors in the
"Demo Area," bike safety information, food, entertainment, big screen TV to
watch the race action and more! The Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festivals
presented by Health Net bring the action of the race to you, providing an
up-close look at the finish of each stage, as well as the awards ceremonies.
Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festivals presented by Health Net Schedule
Sunday, February 19 San Francisco
Monday, February 20 Santa Rosa Stage 1
Tuesday, February 21 San Jose Stage 2 Finish
Wednesday, February 22 San Jose Stage 3 Time Trial
Thursday, February 23 San Luis Obispo Stage 4
Friday, February 24
Santa Barbara Stage 5 Finish
Saturday, February 25 Thousand Oaks Stage 6
Sunday, February 26
Redondo Beach Stage 7 Start/Finish Circuit Race
For details including Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festivals presented
by Health Net street locations, hours of operation and exhibits, please visit
Pre-Tour Ride for Cycling Enthusiasts!
Join us for the Breakaway from Cancer Fundraising Ride! Experience the thrill of
the Amgen Tour of California, by crossing the finish line just hours before the
professional teams come into town for the Santa Barbara to Thousand Oaks stage.
For $75, you can ride like a pro and walk away with a custom George Hincapie
Breakaway from Cancer jersey. Proceeds benefit The Wellness Community. Click
here for details and registration.
Want more info?
To learn more about the world's first road race of the season, beginning this
weekend in San Francisco, and how you can participate, please visit
National Mountain Bike Series Launches May 2006
Online registration now open
Park City, Utah -- The 2006 National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) is gearing
up to launch in May, with Round One scheduled for Southridge Park in Fontana,
CA, 50 miles east of Los Angeles, May 5-7. A total
of seven events will take place from May through August culminating in the
National Mountain Biking Series Finals scheduled to take place August 12-13 in
Snowmass Village, Colorado. Online registration opened
on February1 at
Race Series Director, Jeff Frost pointed out some key features of the world's
longest running national mountain bike racing series, now entering its 18th
year. "The National Mountain Bike Series remains the pinnacle of mountain bike
racing in the U.S." says Frost. "The series will help determine the members of
the US National Team who will compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,
The NMBS is not just for the world's top racers, however. "For 18 years, the
NMBS has been a way for all riders of every ability to get out and test their
mettle at the highest regional level in various mountain bike disciplines. All
of the races are open to amateur competitors as well as the top pros." The seven
stops on the series will feature better accessibility in general and plenty to
do at the on-site Tech Expos for fans of all ages. "Mountain biking is, and has
always been, about the grassroots participation of the many athletes and
communities in such diverse locations as those in our series. We would like
amateur riders to look at each series round as a de facto regional
championships," adds Frost.
Elite athletes from around the world will compete in the following
disciplines: Cross Country (XC), Downhill (DH), Short Track (ST), Mountain Cross
MTX), Dual Slalom (DS), Marathon (MA), and Super D (SD), although not every
venue will feature the full selection of disciplines. The schedule below
identifies the disciplines offered at each round/venue.
Responding to demand, this year's series aims to find a balance between the
pure, destination driven, high mountain resort experience and the accessibility
to populated urban areas. "We have a great mix of sites for this year. There's
the beautiful, picturesque locations such as Park City and Aspen and some great
venues that are closer to major metropolitan areas such as Fontana in the
greater Los Angeles area, Banner Elk near Charlotte, North Carolina, and the
Infineon Raceway just outside of San Francisco. The resort venues are the
cornerstones on which the sport has been built, and have always been perfect
places for racers and families on vacation. While we need to continue with these
venues in the series, we also need to expand towards urban venues that are
day-accessible. Due to popular demand, most of the cross-country races are now
on the weekends, so we hope to see many more riders and fans out this year,"
2006 National Mountain Bike Series Schedule
May 5-7: Southridge Park, Fontana, CA...XC/ST/DH/MTX/SD
Media Contact: Tom Spiegel, (909) 866-4565, email@example.com
Jun 10-11: Sugar Mountain Resort, Banner Elk, NC...XC/ST/DH/DS/SD
Media Contact: Kim Jochl,, (828) 898-4521 x262, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 17-18: Mount Snow Resort, West Dover, VT...XC/ST/DH/DS/SD/MTX
Media Contact: Doug Daniels, (802) 464-1100 x4675,
Jul 8-9: Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT...XC/ST/DH/SD/DS/MA
Media Contact: Tom Spiegel, (909) 866-4565,
Jul 15-16: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA...MTX/XC/DH
Media Contact: Jeffery Frost, (435) 884-3515,
Aug 5-6: Brian Head Resort, Brian Head, UT...DS/XC/DH/ST/SD/MA
Media Contact: Tom Spiegel, (909) 866-4565,
Aug 12-13: Snowmass Resort, Aspen, CO...DS/XC/DH/ST/SD
Media Contact: Allison Johnson, (970) 309-5485,
About The National Mountain Bike Series
The National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) identifies the most consistently
brilliant Mountain Bike competitors in North America.The series is owned and
sanctioned by NORBA, a subsidiary of USA Cycling. The NMBS is licensed and
managed as a separate entity by a consortium comprising Team Big Bear Inc and
Blue Wolf Events LLC. It is the highest ranked Mountain Bike racing series in
North America, and as such NORBA uses results from the series to help select the
For more information please email
email@example.com or visit
Wellington, New Zealand Women's World Cup
Entries close for Wellington leg of women's cycling World Cup
Entries for next month's New Zealand leg of the women's cycling World Cup have
now closed, and organisers of the Wellington race say they've been blown away by
the quality of the field.
The top three road riders in the current UCI world rankings are all confirmed
starters for the March 5th event - Australia's Oenone Wood (1), Sweden's Susanne
Ljungskog (2) and Germany's Judith Arndt (3). Another eight riders in the top 21
in the world will also be coming, including Great Britain star Nicole Cooke who
finished second at last year's world champs in Spain.
The highest ranked New Zealander on the list if Joanne Kiesanowski, ranked
21st, who'll ride in the Wellington race as part of the New Zealand national
team, preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne later in March. That
team also includes Olympic track gold medallist Sarah Ulmer.
Race Director Jorge Sandoval says the standard of the 126-strong field is
well beyond all of his expectations. He says he's had to turn down several
overseas riders because he simply couldn't fit them into teams.
"To have the top three riders in the world racing here, as well as the four top
professional teams in the world is beyond everything we hoped," he said.
"We will have riders from the top 16 cycling nations in the world. The only
thing I can compare that to is New Zealand hosting a soccer World Cup. This is
Sandoval believes there are several factors that have attracted the world's
top riders to the event.
"I think we really blew them away with everything we did last year, especially
the course. They thought having the race right here in the middle of the city
with the start and finish in Parliament grounds was pretty amazing. Some of them
had only ever seen their own Parliament on TV.
"I think as well that we went the extra mile for them. We really looked after
them and they appreciate that. Things like meeting them at the airport and
taking them places they needed to go, arranging meals. They have to do a lot of
that for themselves in other places."
Among the national teams competing are New Zealand, Australia, Germany,
Russia and China, competing in a World Cup event for the first time.
"I think the Chinese team have decided to come because they are preparing to
host the Olympics in Beijing (2008). We also have three professional teams from
Italy coming, which is incredible because cycling there is second only to
The first leg of the World Cup is being held in Geelong, Australia in late
February, with the riders then heading to Wellington for the second leg on
Sunday March 5th.
Most of the riders coming will also take part in the preceding Trust House
Women's Tour of New Zealand - a three-day tour around Wellington, Hutt Valley
and Wairarapa, from March 1st to 3rd.
For further information please contact:
Race Director: Jorge Sandoval 0274 464 300 / 563 8904
Event Director: Eddie Bright 04 460 9692 / 021 891 006
Jamie Staff to lead Great Britain Team BMX Programme
A new GB Team BMX programme has been unveiled and includes input from track star
BMXer Jamie Staff and four-times national BMX champion Geth Shooter, formerly of
Raleigh. BMX makes its debut at the 2008 Olympics. Former world BMX champion and
current track world champion Jamie Staff is to head up a new support staff
structure for British Cycling.
Staff, who is currently based in the US, will be returning to the UK to take
up his new post in time for the 2006 season. He intends to continue his Track
Racing career up to the Beijing Olympics.
Day-to-day running of the GB Team's BMX programme will be handled by Geth
Jeremy Hayes, who has overseen the first year of BMX as an integral part of
the lottery-funded GB Team, will head up the BMX strand of the GB Team's Olympic
Talent Team, which is devoted to finding young riders in their mid-teens with
the potential to compete at the highest level. He will be joined by a team of
five part-time coaches, including Nigel Page, Richard Townsend and Mike Pusey.
GB Team Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: "We've had a year to look
at the sport of BMX and we now know a lot more about its current state and the
way the UCI intend to take it as a global sport. We also know a lot more about
the level we need to be at if we are to qualify for and be competitive at the
Olympics in 2008. I believe that the new structure we are putting in place will
enable us to take the squad to the higher levels of performance necessary to
compete in 2008 and 2012.
"We're obviously excited to have secured the services of Jamie, a star of
both track and BMX, and he understands our system and how we operate. He's
incredibly committed to BMX and I believe his input on the overall direction of
the team and on the riders' conditioning will be crucial to our future success."
India National Championships
O Bikram Singh of Railways Sports Promotion Board today completed golden double
by winning the 90 km Mass Start for senior men in the Hercules National Road
Cycling Championship at Kurukshetra today.
Earlier, Bikram had claimed a gold medal in the 40 km Individual Time Trial for
Seventy competitors took part in the energy-consuming race conducted on the
Pipli-Shahabad Markanda Road. All riders completed the race.
The silver and bronze medals went to the Punjab rider. Harpreet Singh and
Amandeep Singh respectively.
A Drusilla of Andaman and Nicobar displayed better endurance and skill to win
gold medal in the 30 km Mass Start for women. She pushed Rajshree Kadam of
Maharashtra to the second position while Kulwinder Kaur of Punjab bagged bronze
Punjab rider Maninder Kaur stole the limelight in the 15 km Mass Start for
girls Under-19 by winning gold. B Neeta of Andaman and Nicobar, gold medalist in
the 15 km Mass Start for girls Under-17, clinched silver.
Jack Schiavone led the field on Sunday 12th February over an 80 km course
at Zebbug. He clocked the top time in the Elite highly competitive class and
this result further justifies his selection to represent Malta in next month’s
Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. His average time approached the near
record he established at the beginning of the season in the ITT held at
Elite - 80 Kms (18 Laps)
1st 02:05:11 Schiavone Jack
2nd 02:05:44 Sciberras Steve Mosta
3rd 02:06:32 Bonello Etienne Pamsons
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