Cycling News Today 7 March 2006
Vande Velde Crash Paris Nice, Teams Rosters Announced for Redlands and
Central Valley Classic Stage Races, Justin Leov signs with Yeti/Fox Factory
Team, Bay Area Cycling Clinics.
Christian Vande Velde Crashes out in Paris Nice
A crash during the second stage between Cérilly and Belleville means that Team
CSC will now have to do without Christian Vande Velde for the remainder of this
year's Paris-Nice. About 80 kilometers before finish the road got narrow and
both Michael Blaudzun and Vande Velde crashed as a result.
”It was just plain bad luck that Michael and Christian crashed into each
other and it's too bad we have to do without Christian. He's having his left
shoulder x-rayed this evening and hopefully he doesn't have any broken bones.
Blaudzun fought hard to get through the stage. He suffered quite a lot of pains
in his knee but did manage to complete, which is actually pretty impressive.
We'll have a problem sticking to our plan with only six riders because the race
will get tougher already from tomorrow,” said Bjarne Riis.
”Apart from the crash the stage went ok for us. We got through it without
using too much energy and we left it to the sprinters' teams to do most of the
hard work,” added Riis after the 200-kilometer stage, which was won by
yesterday's winner, Tom Boonen (Quick Step). He is now 17 seconds ahead of Team
CSC's Bobby Julich in the overall standings.
Toyota/United Pro Cycling Team
McLane Pacific Classic Report
Next race - Central Valley Classic
Fresh from key stage wins at the Tour of California, the Toyota/United Pro
Cycling Team kept fans riveted at the McLane Pacific Cycling Classic this
weekend in Merced, California with sprinter Ivan Dominguez, capturing a second
place finish at the McLane Pacific Foothills Road Race on Sunday, March 5th.
With a half-a-lap to go, Domiguez was among a group of nine riders who broke
away and sprinted for a win, coming in seconds behind first-place finisher
Hayden Roulston of HealthNet. Toyota/United’s Heath Blackgrove, Tony Cruz and
Sterling Magnell were among the top 20 finishers.
Toyota-United battled the winds and cold all day, and worked to set Dominguez
up for the sprint at the end of the challenging 120-mile course.
“I was saving my legs for the end of the race,” said Dominguez. “The team worked
hard for me the whole race. At 5K there was an attack, and a chase by Heath
Blackgrove (TUT), then HealthNet sped ahead with 3K to go – just not enough time
to catch him.”
The Foothills Road Race was the second race of the McLane Pacific weekend for
the Toyota-United Team.
On Saturday, Toyota-United also competed in the 40-mile Downtown Grand Prix
Criterium, with Juan Jose “J.J.” Haedo, the acclaimed Stage 1 and Stage 4 winner
at the Amgen Tour of California, placing 4th. Haedo was also the top prize
winner of last year’s Foothills Road Race.
The Toyota/United team rounded out Saturday’s Downtown Grand Prix with top 10
wins from Dominguez who placed 8th and Cruz who finished 10th.
TUT’s next race is the Central Valley Classic, March 10-12, in Fresno, CA.
Pro Teams at Central Valley Classic
March 10 - 12 Fresno, California
Aaron's Cycling Team
Colavita Olive Oil/Cooking Light
CPT-Colnago Pro Team
McGuire Cycling Team
ABD Cycling Team
BMC Racing *
Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home
CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25
Fior di Frutta
G.S. Lombardi Sports
Health Net p/b Maxxis
KodakGallery.com / Sierra Nevada *
United Cycling Club
Important Notice Regarding Tollhouse Time Trial:
In the event of inclement weather for Friday's Tollhouse time trial (snow and/or
ice resulting in unsafe conditions), the location and/or start times for the
time trial may change. Right now there is a very small chance of this happening,
but we need teams and riders to be prepared for a possible a change in venue.
Please continue to check the website regularly for more information, or sign up
to receive race notifications via email on our home page. We will post a
confirmation sometime Thursday evening.
In other news: The start times for the Tollhouse Time Trial will be posted on
the race website by Wednesday
afternoon, March 8th. Teams will be grouped together, and the order for riders
within the teams will be randomly selected.
22nd Redlands Bicycle Classic Announces Teams for 2006
“We are proud to have our 2005 Champion, Chris Wherry, also the
current USPRO Road Champion, returning to defend his title for 2006” said Race
Director Brian King. Racing alongside Wherry will be
Toyota-United Pro Cycling teammates Juan Jose Haedo, just coming off
of two stage wins at the Tour of California, and Chris Baldwin, the current US
Time Trial Champion.
Under 23 National Champion Esad Hasanovic, riding for
AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork, will be competing at the front of the field
along with 6-time Canadian National Champion Mark
Walters of the UCI Pro Continental team
Navigators Insurance, and UCI Pro
Continental squad Team Healthnet/Maxxis,
UCI Continental teams:
Colavita/Sutter Home Winery
Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Cycling
Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
Priority Health Cycling Team
Rounding out the field to 22 teams will be Elite Teams: BMC Racing Team,
Fiordifruitta, CRCA/Sakonnet Technology U25, Kahala-LaGrange, Broadmark/Hagens-Berman
Cycling Team, California Giant/Village Peddler, Sienna Development/Goble Knee
Clinic, and Team Spine.
Women’s Teams for 2006 Event
Webcor/Platinum's Christine Thorburn, the 2005
Champion, will be returning to race for the title for 2006.
Thorburn was also the recipient of the 2005 Carole King Sportsmanship Award.
“Christine is a class act” said Dick Nance, Director of Race Operations.
Thorburn, riding with the Webcor-Platinum team, also won a spot on the US
Olympic team while racing in Redlands at the in 2004.
Another 2004 Olympic Selection Race winner coming back to Redlands is
TEAm Lipton’s Kristin Armstrong, who also won a
bronze medal last Saturday in the women’s individual pursuit final at the UCI
Track Cycling World Cup in Sidney. Winner of two stages at the 2005 Redlands
Classic, Ina Tuetenberg, will again return
to Redlands racing for the UCI Women’s team T-mobile Professional Cycling.
The balance of the Women’s teams include:
Victory Brewing Cycling
Vitamin Cottage Cycling Team
Team Kenda Tire
Bicycle John's and Colorado Premier Training/Colnago
About the Redlands Bicycle Classic: The Redlands Bicycle Classic is
an all-volunteer organization, including the Directors. The 22nd Annual Redlands
Bicycle Classic is scheduled for March 24-26. The event was founded in 1985 by a
community group chaired by then-Mayor Carole Beswick to promote awareness of
downtown Redlands. Since that time, professional cyclists from around the world
have been racing in this event centered around the city of Redlands, California.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is on the United States Cycling Federation (USCF)
National Racing Calendar (NRC).
For event registration or for more information, please visit our website at
To participate in the Expo, please contact Alison Moore,
For sponsorship opportunities or information, please contact Maryann Stanson,
For media or marketing information, please contact Manuel Ruiz,
Justin Leov signs with Yeti/Fox Factory Team
Kiwi top 10 World Cup Contender
New Zealand's Top 10 World Cup rider Justin Leov will be racing for the new look
Yeti/Fox Racing Factory Team in season 2006. Leov, who joined the 23 Degrees
stable at the end of last season, signed with Yeti Cycles late in 2005, but the
news on his signing had been deferred to allow the new team to announce its full
line-up of riders and sponsors.
The 21 year old Kiwi is thrilled to be joining his first factory race team
after having an excellent season in 2005 where he landed his first ever World
Cup podium in Angel Fire, USA. Justin also had a steady run of top 10 World Cup
results as well as winning his own National Series.
"I'm stoked to be onboard with the crew from the Yeti/Fox Racing Factory Team.
They're serious about pushing the limits of bike design and are passionate about
racing. Their equipment is excellent and I feel confident I can achieve my
personal goals this season with the support and confidence Yeti and Fox are
showing in me. I'm also really excited about riding the new Yeti 303DH at the
Worlds this year, in front of a home crowd," said Justin today from Rotorua, New
Zealand, where he is currently doing further training and testing on the 2006
World Championships course.
Yeti Cycles President and General Manager Chris Conroy is equally excited
about Justin's new relationship with the team and company, "Anyone who can go
out and be committed to racing the World Cup as a privateer and finish in the
top 15 speaks volumes about his talent as a racer. Now with a full factory ride
and the support he needs, he could be in the top 5."
Justin's multi year contract will see him race the full World Cup circuit as
well as selected NORBA events and other races that fit the schedule. Justin's
first major event with the team will be next month's Sea Otter Classic in
California where he'll meet up with team-mates Jared Graves (Australia), Rich
Houseman (USA), Ross Milan (USA) and T.J. Sharp (USA).
Fox Racing Shox Front and Rear race-tuned Suspension ,Shimano Drive train,
Chain, Brakes, Pedals, Footwear, DT Swiss Wheel sets, Maxxis Tyres/Tubes, Chris
King Headsets, MRP Chainguides, Topeak Pumps, tools, and bike stands,
Thomson Stems and Seat posts
Bay Area Women's Cycling
2006 Road Cycling Clinics
San Francisco, California: Bay Area Women’s Cycling (BAWC) announces its sixth
annual women’s and girls’ road cycling clinic to be held on Saturday and Sunday,
April 1 and April 2, at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road,
Palo Alto. The Clinic runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm both days; registration and
refreshments are from 8:00-9:00am.
The Clinic is for women and girls who want to learn how to improve their bike
handling skills, to know what is needed to start road racing, or to improve
their racing strategy. It is for beginner and intermediate racers, triathletes,
endurance riders, and cycling enthusiasts.
The weekend will offer skills drills and classroom instruction that include
basic bike handling skills, climbing, descending, cornering, group riding
skills, bicycle maintenance, bicycle fit, nutrition, training, and racing
skills/strategy. Expert bike fittings can be scheduled by pre-arrangement for an
Nicole Freedman Instructor
Instructors include Stanford University alumna, Nicole Freedman. Freedman is a
professional cyclist, two-time U.S. National Champion, former member of the U.S.
Olympic Road Team, and founder of the former Ford-Basis Women’s Cycling Team.
She has coached numerous individual athletes as well as cycling clinics for
women and girls around the country.
“We are excited about our 2006 event,” said Brooke Kuhn, president of BAWC. “We
have seen a tremendous increase in the number of female cyclists in the last few
years. This event should be our best yet!”
Because of a generous in-kind donation from the San Francisco Bicycle
Coalition, the Clinic is subsidized at the low price of $89/day or $159/weekend
(or $84/day or $149/weekend for San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members --
Juniors (age 18 years or under): $39/day or $79/weekend. Five full scholarships
are available for juniors; contact Brooke Kuhn to apply
(info@BAWcycling.com or 415-252-9047).
In addition, group rates are available as follows: 3 to 5 people -- $84/day per
person or $149/weekend per person; 6 or more people -- $79/day per person or
$139/weekend per person. Groups must register together to earn the discount.
Lunch is included in the registration fee.
To register for the Clinic, send checks postmarked by Monday, March 26, to
Brooke Kuhn, c/o Bay Area Women's Cycling, 143 San Carlos St., San Francisco, CA
94110. Participants should be sure to note on the check which session(s) they
will attend and whether they would like the vegetarian or regular lunch option.
There will be on-site registration, space permitting, (with a $10 same-day
registration fee). The maximum size for the Clinic is 60 people.
Participants should bring their bikes, helmets, and cycling clothes. Rain does
not cancel. Also, for women and girls who race, upgrade points will be provided
for attending the Clinic.
BAWC owes thanks to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Metromint Cycling Team,
Cycling Made Real, Clif, Galaxy Granola, essn, Rudy Project, Sports Basement,
and USA Cycling for their generous support; many of the organizations have
donated prizes for participants at the event.
For more information on the Bay Area Women’s Cycling Clinic, visit
www.BAWcycling.com or contact Brooke
Kuhn at info@BAWcycling.com or
BAWC was founded in 2001. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of
women and girls in the Bay Area through physical fitness and, specifically, to
encourage them to cycle, improve their cycling, and participate in racing.
Sweeney Clutches First Top-Five NRC Place for CPT-Colnago
In their first week of national-caliber racing, the Colorado Premier Training-Colnago
Professional Women’s Cycling Team scored two top-10 positions at the Mclane
Pacific Cycling Classic. Nicky Wangsgard (Longmont, Colo.) began the weekend
with a sixth in the Downtown Grand Prix, and Lisa Sweeney (British Columbia,
Canada) finished off all but three of her 11 breakaway companions in the 72-mile
Foothills Road Race.
For the weekend’s races, the team brought four riders: Molly Hummel (Durango,
Colo.), Miranda Duff (Beaverton, Ore.), Sweeney and Wangsgard. Saturday’s
Downtown Grand Prix kicked off the weekend of racing, and with strong backing
from the community, it was a great event for spectators and participants. Though
many riders felt a road race would be useful for easing into the racing season,
it was to be full speed from the gun. Wangsgard and Sweeney were very active
covering attacks, while Hummel kept Miranda out of danger in the field.
For a short time, a breakaway formed with Wangsgard, Van Guilder (Team
Lipton), Becky Broeder (T-Mobile) and Christine Thorburn (Webcor-Platinum),
among others, but Team Lipton and Victory Brewing had good motivation to keep
the field together, and the break was brought into the fold with six laps
remaining. With Sweeney and Duff caught behind a crash, Wangsgard picked Van
Guilder’s lead-out wheel and stuck to it, but it was not enough, as she was
sixth on the day.
Sunday’s Foothills Road Race was met with renewed motivation by the
team. Sweeney remarked, “I’m going to giv’er if I get any opportunity,”and the
flying Canuck found success. The pace was high, about 25 mph throughout the
race, with teams Lipton, Victory, and Webcor initiating breaks in the first
half. Forty-two miles into the 72-mile race, the significant break formed.
Wangsgard evaluated the players, and with Van Guilder and Willock in the
12-rider group, it could not be missed. Wangsgard attacked from the field and
set up a counter opportunity for Sweeney, who bridged the 15-second gap in about
All aboard the break were doing equal shares, save for two club riders who
did well to make the split. With the last three, heavily rolling miles
approaching, Sweeney lessened her workload and began to conserve for the finish.
Erinne Willock was the first to attack, but just made it to the last crest
before fading. Dotsie Bausch (Colavita Cooking Light) was the next over,
followed by Van Guilder, Anderson (T-Mobile) and Sweeney. The next 500 meters
of downhill prevented much overtaking, and they finished in that order, with
Wangsgard coming in seventh in the field.
Team manager Chris Wentz was very satisfied with the results of the weekend.“It
really is amazing how well balanced the team is,” he said. “With only fourriders,
we were able to match the best teams in the country. It shows promisefor the
future, and we’re excited to contend next week in Central Valley,where we will
add Mary Schuette (Fort Collins, Colo.) to our roster.”
The CPT-Colnago Women’s Pro Cycling Team
Marisa Asplund, Durango, Colo.
Miranda Duff, Beaverton, Ore.
Chloe Forsman, Boulder, Colo.
Jennifer Gersbach, Boulder, Colo.
Molly Hummel, Durango, Colo.
Megan Monroe, Boulder, Colo.
Mary Schuette, Fort Collins, Colo.
Lisa Sweeney, British Columbia, Canada
Aimee Vasse, Fort Collins, Colo.
Nicky Wangsgard, Longmont, Colo.
More information on the CPT-Colnago team, including team members’ bios, team
history, management and sponsors, can be found at