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Cycling News Today 17 March 2006
 
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Date: 3/17/2006
Cycling News Today 17 March 2006
 

Cycling News Today 17 March 2006
Lance at Indy? Michael Boogerd Injury, Caisse d' Epargne Roster MSR, Pinarello Carbon FP Debut Photos, T-mobile Roster Coppi e Bartali, OLN Expands TV Schedule, Isle of Man,

Lance Armstrong to drive Indy Pace Car
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will be the pace car driver for this year's Indianapolis 500, TV station WRTV reported Tuesday, citing no sources.
No official announcement regarding the pace car driver for this year's race has been made.
Then again, who better to put the "pedal to the metal" than Lance
The Indy 500 is scheduled to take place May 28.

Michael Boogerd Injury
Michael Boogerd fractured a bone in his foot this week while playing with his son Michal. Boogerd will be off the bike until Tuesday when he can start riding again and is scheduled to return to racing at Amstel Gold. Michael has shown strong form in the early season finishing 5th in Tirreno Adriatico :46 down from Thomas Dekker his Rabobank team mate who won the race. Fans can send emails to Michael for a quick recovery at his website www.michaelboogerd.nl or directly here.

97th Milano - San Remo
Caisse d' Epargne/Illes Balears Team Roster
Pinarello Paris Carbon FP Makes its debut with Allejandro Valverde

It’s the first time for a carbon signed Pinarello bike to challenge la Classicissima di Primavera, Milano-Sanremo. In the last ten years no other bicycle brand can equal the record of Pinarello, with four wins by Erik Zabel on Pinarello alluminium, and last year dramatic win by Alessandro Petacchi on Pinarello Dogma FP magnesium.

The Spanish champion Alejandro Valverde, recent winner of one stage to the Vuelta a Murcia and his teammates of Caisse d' Epargne-Illes Balears will ride Saturday to Milan-Sanremo with Pinarello Paris Carbon FP bikes.

"It’s the first time, in the last ten years with five wins, that our riders will use a carbon fiber frame at Milano-Sanremo" explains Fausto Pinarello. "It’s a great bike and we are proud to have a Pinarello name on it: it’s a lively light carbon fiber frame and its stability is equal to a magnesium frame but lighter. The Pinarello Paris Carbon FP frame features the innovative MOST bottom bracket which offers less friction for more pedaling efficiency. It also features a Pinarello’s unique Onda FP full carbon fork with its special “S” reverse. The Pinarello Paris Carbon FP offers great performance on the twisty turning at the Milano-Sanremo race course”.


The Pinarello Paris Carbon FP photos courtesy Pinarello

The Caisse d’Epargne- Illes Balears
97th Milano-Sanremo Team Roster:

Alejandro Valverde
Vladimir Efimkin
Imanol Erviti
Mark Fertonani
Ivan Gutierrez
Pablo Lastras
Vicente Reynes
Constantino Zaballa
Milano, Italy, march 17th 2006

T-Mobile for Settimana Ciclista Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
Kessler to make season debut

Reigning time trial World Champion Michael Rogers spearheads the T-Mobile squad at the five-day stage-race ”Settimana Ciclista Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali", which starts on Tuesday, 21 March, in hilly terrain on the Adriatic coast.

Lining up alongside the 26-year old Aussie will be four more riders from T-Mobile’s Tour de France core squad: Giuseppe Guerini, Serhiy Honchar, Matthias Kessler and Oscar Sevilla.

While Rogers & co. travel to Italy’s Adriatic coast fresh off a training period following their first races, Kessler makes his season debut.
"For us it’s important to have our prime Tour candidates racing together already. This way they can work on developing good team work in a race situation“, says Rudy Pevenage, who is directing team affairs. Rounding out the eight-man squad are the sprinters Olaf Pollack and André Korff, and the Aussie climber Scott Davis.

The race kicks off Tuesday for the 200 riders from 25 teams with two semi-stages in and around the holiday resort of Riccione: A 95,2 km circuit race in the morning is followed by a 11,8 km team time trial in the afternoon. The only flat stage in the UCI category 2.1 race is Friday’s 184,3 trek from Carpi to Emilia.

The T-Mobile Team roster:
Scott Davis (26/Australia)
Giuseppe Guerini (36/Italy)
Serhiy Honchar (35/Ukraine)
Matthias Kessler (26)
André Korff (32)
Olaf Pollack (32)
Michael Rogers (26/Australia)
Oscar Sevilla (29/Spain)
Sporting director: Rudy Pevenage (51/Belgium)

The stages:
21.03 – 1st semi-stage: Riccione - Riccione, 95.2 km
21.03 – 2nd semi-stage: Misano - Misano, 11.8 km, (TTT)
22.03 Stage 2: Cervia - Faenza, 199.3 km
23.03 Stage 3: Scandiano – Fiorano Modenese, 165.6 km 
24.03 Stage 4: Carpi – Finale Emilia, 184.4 km
25.03 Stage 5: Castellarano – Sassuolo, 163.6 km
Total: 820 km

Cunego Ready for Milan - San Remo
Great success yesterday afternoon for Cunego's presence at Lampre's stand in Fiera di Bologna.

The Italian racer, with Giuseppe Saronni and Giuseppe Martinelli, was guest of Galbusera family and met many fans, signing autographs and taking pictures with them.

Damiano also talked about his first participation in Milano-San Remo: "This debut is important to me for two reasons: it will be good to feel the race atmosphere after some weeks have passed since my last race and training alone; but it is also important for me to compete in the race several times, keeping in sight the goal of gaining in experience in the race with possible future ambitions of victory".

Also the Juniors squad of  under the Lampre name has begun its season in best of the ways: the riders of the Cycling Team Vangi Di Nardo Lampre have done well in competition in the first junior race for their group: 15th Trophy Machi Battista, with the victory of Davie Apollonio, second Matteo Belli, the third place with Enrico Maggazini and fifth with Mirko Piccioni.

Grande entusiasmo ieri pomeriggio per la presenza di Damiano Cunego presso lo stand della Lampre alla Fiera di Bologna. Il corridore veronese, accompagnato da Giuseppe Saronni e Giuseppe Martinelli, è stato ospite della famiglia Galbusera e ha incontrato i numerosi tifosi accorsi, firmando loro autografi e facendosi ritrarre con loro in foto.

Damiano ha colto l'occasione per parlare della sua imminente prima partecipazione alla Milano-Sanremo: " Questo esordio ha due scopi, uno legato al presente e uno in chiave futura. Per il presente, partecipare alla Sanremo mi servirà per riassaporare l'atmosfera della corsa dopo alcune settimane di soli allenamenti. Inoltre potrò provare per la prima volta questa corsa particolare, in maniera tale da cominciare a fare esperienza in vista di possibili ambizioni di vittoria nei prossimi anni".

Anche la squadra Juniores che porta il nome Lampre ha iniziato nel migliore dei modi la sua stagione: i corridori del Cycling Team Vangi Di Nardo Lampre hanno sbaragliato la concorrenza nella prima uscita stagionale al 15° Trofeo Marchi Battista, conquistando la vittoria con Davie Apollonio, la seconda piazza con Matteo Belli, il terzo posto con Enrico Magazzini e il quinto con Mirko Piccioni.
Già un altro appuntamento di prestigio attende il Cycling Team Vangi Di Nardo Lampre: si tratta del 62° Gp d'Apertura "Sulle strade della Sanremo" che si correrà in concomitanza con la Milano-Sanremo.

OLN Adds Four Cycling Events to the 2006 Schedule:
Cyclysm Sundays to Feature More Spring Races Leading up to The Tour de France

STAMFORD, CT (March 17, 2006) – OLN®, the home of professional cycling, today announced the addition of four new events to its weekly Sunday line-up of major cycling races, including the Tour of Flanders, the Ford Tour of Georgia, Dauphine Libere and Tour de Suisse. Cyclysm Sundays, the network’s weekly show dedicated to the sport’s top races, athletes and teams, kicked-off Sunday, March 5 at 5 p.m. ET with the Paris-Nice. OLN’s cycling coverage is hosted by its seasoned team of cycling experts – Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll.

With seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong absent from competition, the biggest and most prolific cycling race of 2006 is anybody’s game, and many of the world’s top cyclists will look to get a pedal up on the competition with events such as the Paris-Roubaix and the Giro D’Italia in preparation for the Tour.

Who will be Lance’s successor at the Tour de France and the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team’s key player? Will an American make it from the peloton to the podium? Cycling enthusiasts remain unclear, but keep their eyes on several riders, including Team Phonak’s Floyd Landis, coming off his recent win at the Paris-Nice and Discovery’s George Hincapie, Stage 15 winner in last year’s Tour as possible American successors to Armstrong. The U.S. still has high hopes knowing the Discovery Team will continue under Armstrong’s guidance, expertise and coaching.

As the cycling season gets underway, viewers can turn to OLN for race-to-race updates on training efforts, race results, and Discovery Channel Team news, as well as coverage of the National Racing Calendar, a U.S.-based cycling series in which the top domestic cyclist is crowned at the end of each season. The Sunday race schedule for Cyclysm Sundays follows, with new additions in bold (same-day unless indicated; subject to change):

March 19 Milan San Remo/Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy) 5 p.m. ET
March 26 Criterium International (France) 5 p.m. ET Same-Day Delay
April 2 Tour of Flanders ` 5 p.m. ET Same-Day Delay
April 9 Paris-Roubaix (France) 5 p.m. ET
April 23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege/La Fleche Wallone (Belgium) 5 p.m. ET
April 30 Ford Tour of Georgia 5 p.m. ET
May 7 & 14 Giro D’Italia (Italy) 5 p.m. ET
May 21 & 28 Giro D’Italia (Italy) 5 p.m. ET
June 4 & 11 Dauphine Libere (France) 5 p.m. ET Same-Day Delay
June 18 Tour de Suisse 5 p.m. ET Same-Day Delay
July 1 – 23 Tour de France TBA
In addition, OLNTV.com will be a key component of the network’s cycling coverage this season, with more on-demand video highlights than ever before, including an exclusive option to view streaming, live world feed of Monday through Saturday stages of the Giro D’Italia. Access and pricing information will be released as details become available.

OLN is the leader in competitive and adrenaline-charged content. Now in more than 63 million homes, OLN is the cable home of the National Hockey League and best-in-class events like The Tour de France, The America’s Cup, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Boston Marathon and USSA Skiing. The network offers unique programming in four primary areas: Action Sports, Field Sports, Bulls & Rodeo and Awe-Inspiring Series, and is the exclusive home of Survivor in syndication. OLN, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

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Velo Bios launches website:
Start-up company produces new service in professional cycling! Velobios.com fills the information void for professional cycling teams and their athletes throughout North America. This is the ultimate website for fans, journalists, team managers, and event organizers. Velobios.com combines information for the UCI North American Men's teams in a central location.

Visitors will be able to access information about athletes, peruse services or merchandise offered by the various teams, listen to rider audio files, print out trading cards, and compare teams and riders--all without ever having to leave the website. Wanna' know how Gord Fraser (HealthNet/Maxxis) did in this year's McLane Pacific Downtown Criterium? Or maybe what his results were for the McLane Crit in 2002? See it here plus listen to a 2005 interview with Fraser from the audio files of race announcer, Dave Towle: www.velobios.com/riders.healthnet.fraser.htm

"Velobios.com will be the most efficient tool for anyone seeking detailed, current information about North American pro racers," said Chris Spaeth, creator and developer for VELOBIOS.com. "For example, someone writing a news article on deadline will be able to get a quantity of biographical facts quickly and can then produce a sharper story with greater integrity. VELOBIOS.com will help revolutionize the flow of information for North American pro cycling."

About VELOBIOS.com
Chris Spaeth, creator and innovator of VELOBIOS.com, spent over 17 years in cycling as both a competitor and then as an event coordinator for the Pro Cycling Tour from 1999-2005. During his time with the Pro Tour, Spaeth found an often frustrating lack of information available to the general public for North American cycling teams. The idea for VELOBIOS.com grew from his desire to fill an obvious information void for North American professional cycling teams and their athletes. As a result, VELOBIOS.com was created to become "America's number one cycling reference guide." VELOBIOS.com strives to produce reliable, accurate, and up-to-date information on more than 236 athletes. VELOBIOS.com serves the most current information available in addition to tracking rider palmiers, team transfers, and results dating back five years. For more information visit www.velobios.com

Race News:
Isle of Man International Jr. Tour

Famous sports clothing brand Le Coq Sportif confirmed that they will sponsor the Points Competitions of the Tour by providing the leaders/winners jerseys. The company whose rich heritage includes supplying leaders jerseys for the Tour de France will have a presence at the event with their UK & Ireland distributors Hedgehog Sports.

With over 100 entries received to date and a little under a month to go until the closing date, the Isle of Man International Youth & Junior Tour is set to be a real classic event.
Organisers of the Tour are also in talks regarding possible TV coverage of the event which takes place 28 - 30 April. Its hoped a local firm will film the Tour with it being screened later in the year on TV.

For special travel and accommodation rates for competitors and their supporters along with entry forms go to www.youthtour.co.uk

The Tour is sponsored by Sleepwell Hotels, Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure, Le Coq Sportif & Clerical Medical International.
Entries close April 9.


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