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Cycling News Today 17 February 2006
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 2/17/2006
Cycling News Today 17 February 2006
 

Cycling News Roundup 17 February 2006
Lampre/Fondital on TV, UCI Women's World Cup Geelong, Danilo Hondo Accident, UCI Track World Cup Aussie Cyclones Roster, Tour of California: KB Homes Sponsor Mexican Team, Specialized 'Gears Up', ADT Increase Commitment; IOC Womens in Sports Awards, Malta Team for Commonwealth Games, Davitamon/Lotto Rosters for Classics

 

The Tour - Tour de France Novel Meet the Author Chat
Meet Dave Shields author of the award winning "The Race" and the new no holds barred sequel "The Tour" that confronts the issue of sports doping. Saturday in  the Daily Peloton Chat Room... details:
Meet Dave Shields the Author and Special Guest Tour Veteran Marty Jemison

Where:  Daily Peloton Chat Room
When:  Saturday February 18th on the eve of the Tour of California
11am Pacific Time USA, 12 noon Mountain time, 10 am Eastern. 20:00 Central European time.
No registration required to enter, please join us.

Lampre-Fondital on tv
This evening, a report about the meeting between the tam and the sponsor Fondital will be on air on Rai 3, at 8 pm.  The event took place Wednesday the 15th, at Antica Cascina San Zago in Salò: at the meeting took part 14 cyclists of the team, all the sport directors and the team manager Giuseppe Saronni; for Fondital were present the owners, the managers and most of the agents of the firm.
Tam Lampre-Fondital thanks for the hospitality and for the warm welcome received.

Lampre-Fondital in tv
Questa sera, alle ore 20, verrà trasmesso su Rai 3 all'interno di Rai Tg Sport un servizio riguardante l'incontro tra il team e lo sponsor Fondital. L'evento si è tenuto mercoledì 15 presso l'Antica Cascina San Zago di Salò e ha visto la partecipazione di 14 corridori del team, accompagnati da tutti i direttori sportivi e dal team manager Giuseppe Saronni, mentre da parte di Fondital si sono registrate le presenze dei proprietari, dei dirigenti e di un gran numero di agenti dell'azienda.
Il team Lampre-Fondital ringrazia la Fondital per l'ospitalità ricevuta e per il calore con il quale sono stati accolti atleti e dirigenti.

Davitamon Lotto Rosters for Spring Classics
Omloop Het Volk
& Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
Omloop Het Volk
Zaterdag/Samedi/Saturday 25/02

• De Vocht Wim
• Mattan Nico
• McEwen Robbie
• Steegmans Gert
• Steels Tom
• Van Bon Leon
• Van Petegem Peter
• Vansevenant Wim
Reserves: Kuyckx Jan, Leukemans Björn, Roesems Bert
Sportdirecteur: Frison Herman

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
Zondag/Dimanche/Sunday 26/02

• Ingels Nic
• Kuyckx Jan
• Leukemans Björn
• Mattan Nico
• Roesems Bert
• Van Petegem Peter
• Vansevenant Wim
• Vogels Henk
Reserves: De Vocht Wim, Gates Nick, Van Bon Leon
Sportdirecteur: Peiper Allan

Vuelta a Cuba
Cuban Pedro Pablo Perez could become the winner of the 31st Vuelta a Cuba with a good finishing ride in TT between Varadero and Matanzas Today. Victory today would add another title to his previous three wins in the Vuelta... with one minute ahead of his rivals it will be Perez's race to lose.
The terrain is very flat in the two races left before the tour ends. He is pretty strong in that type of event, so nobody doubts his victory will mainly hinge on his Friday performance.
"If I am wearing the leader´s jersey when the time trial ends, this Tour will be mine," said Perez confidently, as his team has worked hard for him, backing him up among the pack and protecting him from other riders´ attempts.
In 2005, Cuban rider Damian Martinez, who had been behind Venezuelans up to that stage, took the leaders´ jersey and finally won the tour on the final TT.
Gianluca Cavalli may be Perez' biggest rival in the TT.

2006 UCI Women's Road Cycling World Cup Series
Star studded field for Geelong World Cup and Tour

A star studded line up of international cycling talent, including the world's top three ranked cyclists, will line up in Geelong to contest the opening round of the 2006 UCI Women's Road Cycling World Cup Series and the preceding Geelong Tour.

The World Cup round will be raced from 10am on Sunday February 26th with 139 riders representing 17 nations contesting 119.2km (8 laps of the 14.9km circuit) in a bid to become the first cyclist of 2006 to wear the World Cup Leader's Jersey. The field is the largest ever assembled for the opening round of the World Cup.

The week prior to the World Cup the women will race in the three day, four stage Geelong Tour.

Headlining the start list is world ranked number one cyclist, Oenone Wood, from Canberra who has claimed the Series Crown for the past two years and is fine tuning her preparation for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Wood, who won the Geelong round in 2004, rides with the world's top ranked team Nurnberger. The team will also include new recruit, Australia's Kate Bates, who was recently crowned Australian Road Race Champion.

2004 World Champion, Judith Arndt of Germany returns to Geelong as the world ranked number three but this time with her new T-Mobile Team. Joining her in the team is four time American Champion Kimberly Bruckner-Baldwin and ten time German champion, Ina Teutenberg. The Univega Pro Team boasts 2002 Comonweatlh Games road race gold medallist, Nicole Cooke. The Welsh rider also claimed the silver medal at the World Championships in Madrid in 2005. New Zealand's reigning points race champion on the track, Joanne Kiesanowski is also on the Univega roster.

Back in a bid to defend her 2005 Geelong victory is NSW cyclist Rochelle Gilmore who's team will also boast Commonwealth Games mountain biker, Emma Colson. Two time World Champion (2002-2003) and currently world ranked number two, Susanne Ljungskog of Sweden will be looking for early season form and points after her 2005 efforts saw her finish second overall in the Series behind Wood.

Japan's Miho Oki, who placed third in the 2004 Geelong World Cup will join Australian Olivia Gollan in the Italian registered Nobili Rubinetterie team. Athens Olympic Champion, Sara Carrigan will line up in QAS colours this year while Barcelona Olympic Champion, Kathy Watt will have support from fellow Commonwealth Games team member, mountain biker, Claire Baxter in the Eunectes team.

2004 Olympic points race champion and bronze medallist in the road race Olga Slyusareva heads the Russian team which makes its Geelong debut in 2006. Another Olympic gold medallist, Sarah UImer, will also line up in Geelong. The Athens individual pursuit champion and world record holder will race with New Zealand as she finalises her preparation for the Commonwealth Games where she is targetting the road time trial.

The riders will kick off their Australian campaign in the Geelong Tour which begins on February 21st with an 8km time trial at Portarlington before a 30 lap criterium later in the day. Stage 3 takes the race to Barwon Heads for five laps of a scenic 15 kilometre circuit along the Barwon Coast. The final day of the race is a testing 113km course out and back from the town of Lara and includes a tough climb up Mt Wallace at the halfway mark of the stage.
For more information please visit the official website <www.geelongworldcup.com>

Danilo Hondo - Training Accident in South Africa
Police say a complaint of reckless and negligent driving has been filed by international cyclist Danilo Hondo against a motorist he alleges drove into him deliberately in Somerset West on Monday.
Hondo is in South Africa training for the Tour de France with German cycling champion and Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich's T-Mobile team.
According to police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana, Hondo initially reported an accident, but last night filed a complaint against the motorist.
The motorist had told police Hondo and his cycling partner, Matthias Kessler, had sworn at him and he had accidentally hit Hondo as he was trying to pass the two cyclists, who were riding abreast of each other
But Tony Brown, spokesperson for T-Mobile, said a motorist, aged about 60 years, had shouted at Hondo as he and Kessler were riding down Paarl Vallei Road.

According to Brown, the motorist had "purposefully and with intent" driven into Hondo's bicycle, smashing it.
Kessler had thrown a bicycle at the car and the motorist had driven away.
The motorist told police he had left because Kessler was attacking him.
Tony Brown said that Hondo was in pain on Tuesday and saw specialists about his whiplash and knee injuries.

UCI Track World Cup Classics
Sydney, Dunc Gray Velodrome Australia
March 3 - 5
Australian Roster

Olympic gold and bronze medallist, Anna Meares, 22, and Ben Kersten, 24, who last week claimed four gold medals at the Australian Championships will headline a talented Australian team for the final round of the 2005/06 UCI Track World Cup Classics being staged at Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome from March 3rd to 5th.

The Sydney World Cup will feature 193 of the world's top track cyclists representing 35 countries in an action packed three days of racing.


It will be the final hit out for Kersten, Meares and Victorians Shane Perkins, 19, and Sean Finning, 21, before they line up in the Commonwealth Games ten days later in Melbourne.

Kersten will contest the keirin and teams sprint events with Perkins joining him for the teams sprint and entered for the match sprint competition. Meares will feature in the women's sprint, the event she claimed gold in at the Australian Titles. Finning, who now rides with the South Australia.com - AIS team, was the 2005 Australian Champion in the points race and seventh in the event at last year's World Championships and is expected to make a strong showing in Sydney in the points race.

The Cyclones also boasts a host of gold medalists from the recent Australian Track Cycling Championships. 2003 junior World Champion and newly crowned Australian elite points race champion, Miles Olman, 19, from Queensland will add his weight to the teams pursuit line up and team with fellow South Australia.com - AIS team member, Simon Clarke,19, for the Madison.

Kristine Bayley, 22, who upstaged Commonwealth Games champion, Kerrie Meares, to win the 500 metre time trial last week will contest the event in Sydney as well as the sprint and keirin.


Meares in the Aussie pit warming up...WC Track Classic in January

Junior rider, Tess Downing, 17, who was crowned Champion of Champions at the Australian Titles after an amazing week of success will race in the points race and individual pursuit. The Victorian teenager took out the U19 points race title in Adelaide despite crashing midway through the race. She got back on her bike and continued racing but was later taken to hospital suffering concussion missing the ceremony for gold and her naming as the Champion of Champions.

Australian Cyclones for Sydney World Cup March 3 - 5, 2006
· Simon CLARKE (VIC - 18.07.1986)
· Richard ENGLAND (VIC - 09.07.1981)
· Sean FINNING (VIC - 22.01.1985)
· Michael FORD (VIC) 23.04.1986)
· Grant IRWIN (QLD - 22.08.1984)
· Ben KERSTEN (NSW - 21.09.1981)
· Joel LEONARD (VIC - 22.07.1981)
· Miles OLMAN (QLD - 23.02.1986)
· Shane PERKINS (VIC - 30.12.1986)

· Skye Lee ARMSTRONG (NSW - 01.01.1987)
· Kristine BAYLEY (WA - 22.06.1983)
· Tess DOWNING (VIC - 10.05.1988)
· Belinda GOSS (TAS - 06.01.1984)
· Anna MEARES (QLD - 21.09.1983)
Rider profiles, results and information are available on the Cycling Australia website www.cycling.org.au

Tour of California News

KB Home to sponsor the Mexican national team for cycling race
KB Home, one of the top US homebuilders, will be an official sponsor of the Amgen Tour of California, an eight day, 600-mile cycling stage race throughout California.
In this inaugural race from February 19-26, KB Home will sponsor the Mexican National Team, made up of eight of Mexico's top cyclists.
KB Home’s land planning group creates community layouts that utilize space in innovative ways and include amenities like recreation centers. KB Homes has multiple developments in 13 states.
KB homes have been considered some of the best built homes in the country for nearly half of a century. At KB Home, home owners enjoy high quality construction, unique architecture and quality, trusted brands. That's why KB Home is the builder of choice for so many satisfied homeowners. More info here.

Specialized Gears up for Tour of California
This is the inaugural year of the Tour of California, and Specialized Bicycles will be there as a festival sponsor, raffling gear, meeting with cyclists, and showing off the best in bike technology during the February 19 through February 26 race. In addition, the Specialized team trailer will support Levi Leipheimer and the entire Gerolsteiner squad throughout all the stages of the race.

Following the conclusion of Stage 2 in San Jose, Specialized is hosting a reception at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation benefiting the California Bicycle Coalition and Paul David Clark Bicycle Safety Fund. The Specialized benefit reception is open to the public. The event will give cyclists, fans and special guests the opportunity to learn about the technology behind the bikes and equipment used on the Tour, win signed Gerolsteiner jerseys and other prizes, meet Specialized athletes, and tour the Museum after hours. Dr. Andy Pruitt and Dr. Roger Minkow, the world's leading specialists in shoe and saddle fit technology and researchers for Specialized, will be conducting live demonstrations of Specialized Body Geometry Technology.

Tickets for the Specialized benefit reception will be on sale at the Museum on event day for $20 per person.
"We are extremely excited about supporting the Tour of California and the growth of our sport in the U.S. by sponsoring the event, servicing Gerolsteiner and hosting a benefit reception following day 3 of the Tour," says Mike Sinyard, president and founder of Specialized. "We've supported competitive cycling over the past 30 years because we're all fans of the sport and because the input we get from the world's best racers has allowed us to constantly refine and improve our bikes and equipment."
For more information on the Tour of California, go to www.tourofcalifornia.com.
Founded in Morgan Hill, California in 1974, Specialized Bicycles is a company filled with passionate cyclists, all with a goal to create the best bikes and equipment for all kinds of cyclists. 2006 is the 25th Anniversary of the Specialized Stumpjumper. The first widely available mountain bike, Stumpjumper was first designed and manufactured by Specialized back in 1981 and has been in production ever since. Join in the celebration by picking up a copy of the company's new book "Stumpjumper: 25 Years Of Mountain Biking" or by test riding a new 2006 FACT carbon Stumpjumper FSR full suspension bike, both available at Specialized dealers.

ADT Expands Commitment to Cycling
As a Founding Partner for Amgen Tour of California

ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, and AEG announced today that ADT is expanding its commitment to the sport of cycling as a founding partner of the Amgen Tour of California. The inaugural Tour de France-style race will make its way through 10 host cities from San Francisco to Redondo Beach, Calif. along a demanding 600-mile course.

Through its sponsorship, ADT will be the presenting sponsor of the first stage of this eight-day road race. Stage One will start on the Marin side of the San Francisco Bay and will cover roughly 84 miles from Sausalito to Santa Rosa. During the course of the race, sixteen elite international and domestic cycling teams will traverse the state from north to south with scheduled stops in the following host cities: San Francisco, Sausalito, Santa Rosa, Martinez, San Jose, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks and Redondo Beach.

ADT also will have a large presence at the Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festival presented by Health Net Booth that will welcome the thousands of spectators anticipated to witness the inaugural race. ADT began its support of cycling in 2003 through its title sponsorship of the ADT Event Center, the preeminent indoor cycling track in the world, located at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The 100,000 square-foot, $15-million facility was developed by AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world.
The ADT Event Center is situated on the 125-acre Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson. The The 250-meter cycling track is USA's only indoor velodrome and is made of Siberian pine, the very best and fastest cycling track wood in the world
"ADT is thrilled to support the inaugural Amgen Tour of California. We have a large commercial and residential customer base in California and as a company, ADT always strives to give back to the communities in which we
serve," said Jay Stuck, vice president brand marketing for ADT Worldwide.
"Our vision for the ADT Event Center was to help create a world-class cycling facility in the United States that would provide spectators with the opportunity to witness elite international competition, as well as provide a
state-of-the-art training center for our current and future U.S. Olympians.
Supporting the Amgen Tour of California is another great opportunity for ADT to provide spectators a rare chance to see elite American cycling pros compete on their home turf against a strong international field."
Sanctioned by the UCI (Union Cycliste International) and USA Cycling, the Amgen Tour of California is one of the most anticipated events on the international cycling calendar and is presented by AEG. For more information about the Amgen Tour of California, including course maps and elevation profiles for each stage, please visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About ADT Security Services, Inc.: Celebrating its 131st anniversary, ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, is the largest provider of electronic security services to more than six million commercial, government and residential customers throughout North America. ADT's total security solutions include intrusion,
fire protection, closed circuit television, access control, critical condition monitoring, electronic article surveillance, radio frequency identification (RFID) and integrated systems. For more information about ADT, please visit http://www.adt.com.

International Women's Day March 8
Presentation of the IOC's annual "Women in Sport" Awards

The International Labour Office (ILO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are to host a range of events for International Women's Day on 8 March, including a round-table discussion on women in sports featuring international sports personalities and the presentation of the IOC's annual "Women in Sport" awards.

The round-table will feature internationally recognized women from the world of sports including Myriam Lamare of France, the current World Boxing Association light welterweight champion and Nawal El Moutawakel, the Moroccan Olympic gold medallist and current President of the IOC's Evaluation Commission for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The IOC's annual "Women in Sport" awards ceremony will also be held at the ILO in Geneva immediately following the round-table. These awards go to five women or men from five continents - Africa, Europe, America, Asia and Oceania - who have contributed to the development of women's sport in their countries. A sixth award is presented to the person who has made the same contribution on a global level. The winners, whose identities are kept secret until the day of the event, will be present to receive their awards.

In keeping with the ILO commitment to gender equality and the improvement of working conditions for women, the ILO celebrates International Women's Day each year by highlighting the role and/or achievements of women in a particular field of work.

The 3rd ILO International Film Festival on Women and Work will be held in Geneva from 6 to 10 March at the ILO Cinéma. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. The selected films portray women athletes from around the globe. They will be shown in their original language and subtitled in either English or French; please check schedules for information on subtitles. A list of films and the time they will be shown will be published on the ILO Web site and in local newspapers.

Photography Exhibit
In addition, a special photography exhibition entitled "Women in Sport, Yesterday and Today", on loan from the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, will be on display in the ILO colonnade from 6 to17 March.

Featured speakers:
Myriam Lamare: Born on 1 January 1975 at Saint-Denis (Seine Saint-Denis) in France, she began her boxing career at age 18. She lives in Marseille, France where she trains and works as a sports instructor for the city. After winning several European and world championships she made her professional debut on October 10, 2003 in Marseille and in 2004 became the World Boxing Association's light welterweight champion.
Nawal El Moutawakel: Born on 15 April 1962 in Casablanca, Morocco, she won the 400 meter hurdles event at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Her medal was a breakthrough for sports women in Morocco and Africa. In 1995, she became a council member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and was elected to the IOC in 1998. In 2004 the President of the IOC appointed her to chair the IOC Evaluation Commission for the selection of the host city for the 2012 Olympic Games becoming the first woman to hold such a position.
For more information about the International Women's Day events or media activities, please visit the special web page on International Women's Day at www.ilo.org/communication or contact the ILO Department of Communication and Public Information at +4122/799-7912/7353 or e-mail communication@ilo.org.

Commonwealth Games news – Cycling: Great moments come from great opportunities
Malta Team for Commonwealth Games

Malta will field five cyclists in this year's edition of the Commonwealth Games. Cycling has gone from strength to strength in the last decade. Local cyclists have raised some brows since interesting results in the international scene have been achieved.
Both in San Marino 2001 and Andorra 2005 cycling has brought home medals together with the outstanding performances in the last two editions of the International Tour of Malta. The preparation for the Commonwealth Games started the next day of the road race in Andorra.
The most experienced and successful cyclists of Malta will be on the starting line in Melbourne. Jack Schiavone will lead this compact team formed by himself, Etienne Bonello, Stephania Magri and Maltese-Australians Dave Treacy and Nick Formosa.
Bonello and Schiavone will try their chances in the 40km time trial along the St Kilda coast road, on the 21st March, together with Stephania Magri. This is the first time Malta has sent a woman to race.

All team members will ride the road race, which takes place on the royal botanic gardens circuit on the 26th March; the race will feature a very fast and technical course over a distance of 170kms. It is estimated that the race will last around four hours.
All riders are very motivated and anxious to put up the best show they can despite that the main opposing countries like the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada will be fielding full time professional cyclists.   Malta Independent
 

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