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Cycling News Roundup - 30 May 2006
By Staff
Date: 5/30/2006
Cycling News Roundup - 30 May 2006

Cycling News Roundup - 30 May 2006 
Simoni wins starstudded Carate Brianza, Team News, Injury List, Davitamon/Lotto Transfer Season Signings,
Marco Polo's Fuyu Li First Chinese Victory in Europe, Tina Pic wins Kelly Cup, Sereina Trachsel win at Rund um die Rigi, Nevada Steps Up, Daniel Vanryckeghem, Fort William Downhil World Cup, OBRA Silverton RR.

Circuito di Carate Brianza
Yesterday evening five Lampre/Fondital cyclists took part in Circuito di Carate Brianza. Added to the athletes that had finished Giro d'Italia (Cunego, Tiralongo and Vila) there were Santambriogio and Napolitano; with Giro d'Italia second place Gutierrez Cataluna, and third placed Gilberto Simoni. The race roster included Danilo Di Luca, Davide Bramati and others cyclists for an interesting race with the rainy weather being the major obstacle.

Cunego finished 2nd, behind Simoni and preceding Di Luca
Photo c. Lampre

Fan Favorite Lampre/Fonditals Paolo Fornaciari "Funniest Cyclist."

Lampre-Fondital ended the Giro without a victory, but however was protagonist during the whole race. With the captain Cunego (4th in the overall standing) and team mates near to victory (we remember the action of Bruseghin, Vila, Tiralongo, Valjavec, Petrov) or obtained the support of the fans (in photo, Fornaciari awarded as the "most funny cyclist").
These are the Lampre-Fondital runners' positions in the final overall standing, with 2 athletes in the first 10 positions and 4 in the first 20:
4th Damiano Cunego at 18'16"
10th Patxi Vila at 27'34"
15th Paolo Tiralongo at 40'16"
19th Sylwester Szmyd at 49'47"
25th Marzio Bruseghin at 1h 00'51"
34th Tadej Valjavec at 1h 18'15"
57th Evgeuni Petrov at 1h 57'19"
59th Gorazd Stangelj at 2h 03'26"
126th Paolo Fornaciari at 3h 41'51"

Memorial Pantani Lampre Roster:
Sport director Giuseppe Martinelli, with te
am manager Saronni, communicated the list of cyclists for Memorial Pantani (176 kms from Cesenatico to Cesena) that will take place on Saturday the 3rd of June.
Lampre-Fondital team:
Alessandro Ballan
Daniele Bennati
Giuliano Figueras
Enrico Franzoi
Daniele Righi
Mauro Santambrogio.

Transfer Season
The transfer season is presently running at full speed, and the 2007 reinforcements for the Davitamon-Lotto take slowly form.
In first place, the "Espoirs" coming from our Flemish continental team Bodysol-Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen. Greg Van Avermaet, already winner of to races this year, and really strong at the Giro delle Regioni, has signed for two years with team.

An agreement existed since last year with T Belgian time trial champion Dominique Cornu. His start with the pros had been delayed by one year, but he will wear the Davitamon-Lotto colours next year.

An other promising fellow, Jürgen Roelandts, will remain with the up comers in 2007 with the Bodysol team. Jürgen has already won two stages this year at Tour de Normandie and at Tour du Loir et Cher, and is finished regularly within the Top 10! Once graduated from university he will joint the professional peloton in 2008.

As for Jelle Vanendert, nothing has been signed for the moment, in spite of what various media have announced.

Apart from the youngsters, a verbal contract exists with Leif Hoste. Leif has already been coached by Marc Sergeant, and he will join our team after two years with Discovery Channel.

Fuyu Li wins GP Westfalen - First Chinese victory in Europe!
Chinese Games golden medalist Fuyu Li from the Marco Polo Cycling Team is the first Chinese cyclist that wins a race in Europe. Last Thursday he won the GP Westfalen, a well know semi-classic in Dortmund, Germany.

Halfway the 135 KM race on a fast hilly circuit, Fuyu Li got away in a 17 men front group together with 2 other Marco Polo riders. In the last lap he forced another break with only 6 riders where also Chinese Yu Tong was part of. On the hill leading to the finish, Fuyu outsprinted the rest of the group with distance, taking this first European victory.

China Games Golden Medalist Fuyu Li from the Marco Polo Cycling Team with flowers after his victory in the GP Westfalen in Germany. Photo courtesy

Fuyu Li is training and racing in the strong European competitions under guidance of European staff to get the best possible preparation towards the Beijing Olympics 2008.

The GP Westfalen has a rich history of over 70 years. In the list of past winners you find famous riders like Erik Zabel, Bradley McGee and Stuart O’Grady. Let’s hope there is also a future like these riders have for Fuyu Li.

The Marco Polo Cycling Team is the first Chinese professional cycling team. Marco Polo Cycling signed a contract with the Chinese Cycling Association to develop the Chinese riders towards the Olympics in Beijing 2008.
More information:

Wiesenhof/Akud Start lists
Tour of Luxemburg -
Das Aufgebot: Gerald Ciolek, Artur Gajek, Steffen Radochla, Marcel Sieberg, Corey Sweet, Carlo Westphal, Gregor Willwohl

GP Schwarzwald / GP Aargau
Das Aufgebot: Tim Klinger, Christian Leben, Robert Retschke, Gerhard Trampusch, Lars Wackernagel

Injury List:
Björn Leukemans out for three weeks:

No operation for Björn Leukemans. There will be no operation for Björn Leukemans, after its fall in the tour of Belgium. A crack in the scapula was discovered, althoug near the crack another crack which Leuki had been operated on once before, earlier and this made a new intervention particularly difficult. Björn must rest now for  three weeks. Björn starts his rehabilitation at this point and his participation in the tour de France is uncertain at this time.

Health Net Presented by Maxxis riders on the mend.
Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis riders have been putting their Health Net insurance coverage to more use in 2006 than in previous years. While last year saw the team suffer only a couple of significant injuries (Tyler Farrar with a broken collarbone; John Lieswyn with a fractured hip), this year has taken a bit greater toll. But the affected riders are well on their way back.

New Zealander Greg Henderson has recovered from a fractured hip sustained in a crash during the McLane Pacific Foothills Road Race in March and will start the five-day Mt. Hood Classic in Oregon on Wednesday, May 31.

Garrett Peltonen, who returned from the recently completed Europe swing with a 10th place at the difficult Trophee des Grimpeurs on April 30, also came back suffering from a nasty saddle sore, as well as the after-effects of a cold and fever. According to team Directeur Sportif Jeff Corbett, Peltonen is being prescribed some R&R before resuming racing again in June.

Doug Ollerenshaw was also positioned for a top-10 finish at Grimpeurs before going down in the treacherous conditions and suffering an acetabulum, or hip socket fracture. There was some hope that he would return for his home-state Mt. Hood race, but he is still about three weeks out from racing, and is expected back for the Tour de Nez in June.

Alberto Tiberio also got caught up in a wreck during the Peace Race in the Czech Republic in mid-May, and sustained a fractured wrist. He is currently recovering in his native Switzerland and is tentatively scheduled to return to the U.S. to race the Nature Valley Grand Prix in mid-June.

Hayden Roulston continues to recover from a viral infection that came on shortly after his silver medal-winning performance in the points race at the Commonwealth Games, March 17. Doctors are continuing to monitor his recovery in his native New Zealand.

Kelly Cup - Bike Jam Tina Pic Wins
Colavita/Cooking Light wins Bike Jam

Tina Pic continued her winning ways with the help of her Colavita/Cooking Light teammates. Today’s racing took place in Patterson Park in downtown Baltimore and with the sun out and a strong breeze the weather was perfect for a Memorial Day weekend race. It seemed as if the wind and the long drive form Raleigh where some teams raced last night took some of the normal aggression away and the field stayed together for the majority of the race. The few attacks that did occur were immediately brought back by the Cola vita/Cooking Light Women. With 2 laps to go around the 1 mile course the Cola vita/Cooking Light Team went to the front and kept the pace high. The lead out went into full force on the backside of the course and Tina Pic took over as a few sprinters jumped early into the wind. Timing it perfectly Pic was able to cross the line in first followed by Jen McRae of Comex and Theresa Cliff-Ryan of Verducci Racing.

Kelly Cup/Bike Jam
1) Tina Pick Colavita/Cooking Light
2) Jen McRae (Comex)
3) Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci)

4) Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine)
5) Laura VanGilder (Team Lipton)

6) Laura Yoisten (Victory Brewing)
7) Sarah Caravella (Team Lipton)
8) Catherine Powers (Aarons)
9) Anna Webb (Karl Strauss)
10) Meshy Holt Colavita/Cooking Light
report courtesy of Jim William Colavita/Cooking Light

Sereina Trachsel Comeback win at Rund um die Rigi
Swiss Road champion Sereina Trachsel gave today a great comeback after a long time of the bike, do to her examines. She celebrate an impressive victory at today`s Rund um die Rigi race in the Centre of Switzerland.

The Univega success was completed due to a great performance of track U 23 Track European Champion Pascale Schnider who won the sprint of the chasing group an took place 4. in front of N. Cantele, and Andrea Thürig did her first bike race in Switzerland ever and took place 7th.  Team Univega is pleased with Seriena's  great performance! Nevada report
Raleigh, NC (May 26, 2006) - Martin Gilbert of the Nevada Pro Cycling Team scored the team's first National Racing Calendar victory of the season at this evening's Leith BMW Criterium in downtown Raleigh.

Racing in treacherous conditions - at night and in the rain - Gilbert bridged up to Toyota-United's Ivan Stevic midway through the 50-mile race, and they were soon joined by Frank Travieso (AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork).

The multinational trio - representing Canada (Gilbert), Cuba (Travieso), and Serbia (Stevic) - stayed together until the finish, where Gilbert comfortably took the sprint. Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney commented that, "Martin was really impressive tonight - not just winning the race, but beating a really crafty rider like Stevic who's won a ton of races, and a sprinter like Travieso. For Nevada, this is a big win and it's exactly how we wanted to get started with this set of races."

After representing Canada on the world track cycling circuit throughout the spring, Gilbert has hit the ground running in his road campaign with Nevada, which has high hopes for its young French Canadian sprinter.

Tour of Sommerville
In reference to a Memorial Day weekend that began with the team's first NRC win of the season and concluded with a well executed team chase and leadout to place Dan Schmatz third at today's Tour of Somerville, Nevada Racing Manager Jonas Carney said, "We took a big step forward as a team this weekend."

Indeed, Martin Gilbert's win at the Leith BMW Downtown Raleigh Criterium on Friday night was just the beginning of Nevada's successful buildup to Somerville, the 66-year-old New Jersey classic that Carney himself won five times.

Late in the the 50-mile race, Nevada's Jackson Stewart found himself in a six-rider breakaway but, as Carney said, "it was not a good combination for us and Jackson didn't make the split."

So, with two capable sprinters in Schmatz and Gilbert, the team went to the front and and began the chase in earnest to close down the break's lead of 25 seconds with five laps to go.

Although Nevada's chances for the win took a major blow when they lost Gilbert to a mechanical with four laps left, they continued the chase, caught the leaders, and set up Schmatz for the finish, where he led out the sprint but was passed by winner Juan Jose Haedo (Toyota-United) and Kyle Wamsley (Colavita-Sutter Home).

Raleigh Criterium Result:
1 Juan Jose Haedo (Toyota-United)
2 Kylle Wamsley (Colavita-Sutter Home)
3 Dan Schmatz ( Nevada)

Still, it was an powerful ride by the team and an impressive result for Schmatz, who just over five weeks ago survived a serious run-in with a vehicle while training near the Ford Tour de Georgia.
"I'm not feeling any pain or injuries still, but I am missing some fitness from the time off the bike. So I'd say I'm about 90%," he said. "Maybe if I was 100% or if we had Martin for the finish, we would have come out a little higher up on the podium. But the team did an awesome job today of executing the plan and setting it up for me at the finish."

Jason Allen - Kelly Cup
On Saturday at the Kelly Cup in Baltimore, Nevada was represented in all the major breakaways of the day, including the winning move that featured Jason Allen and barely held off the field at the finish. Allen finished fourth behind Wamsley, Hilton Clarke (Navigators Insurance), and Alejandro Acton (Targetraining).

Kelly Cup Results:
1 Jason Allen ( Nevada)
2 Kylle Wamsley (Colavita-Sutter Home)
3 Hilton Clarke (Navigators Insurance)

4 Alejandro Acton (Target Training)

For Allen, it was his best result with Nevada since returning stateside in late April after his winter racing season with the New Zealand national track program. Back in the Bay Area on Sunday, Ben Jacques-Maynes, who won the ST Bikes Cat's Hill Classic on May 13, took another victory in a NorCal classic at the Five Wire Inc. Mt. Hamilton Road Race. After wining the KOM at the top of the 20-mile, 4,500-foot climb and closing down numerous attacks in the closing miles, Jacques-Maynes took the sprint ahead of Lombardi Sports' Billy Innes out of an 8-rider group.

Happy Birthday to Daniel Vanryckeghem
Date of birth: May 29, 1945  The Belgian rider began his career in 1966 with Leroux - Terrot (Belgium) and retired from pro cycling in 1973 spending his last year as a pro with Novy - Romy (Belgium).
Palmares (Highlights):
1966: 1º in GP Briek Schotte a) (BEL)
1966: 1º in Stage 3 Tour du Nord (FRA)
1967: 1º in Brussel (Berchem) - Ingooigem (BEL)
1967: 1º in Dwars door Vlaanderen/Dwars door België (BEL)
1967: 1º in Kuurne - Brussel - Kuurne (BEL)
1967: 1º in Ruddervoorde (BEL)
1967: 1º in Stage 1 Tour de Suisse (SUI)
1967: 1º in Stage 2 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (ESP)
1967: 1º in Stage 5 part a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (ESP)
1967: 1º in Stage 8 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (ESP)
1967: 1º in Wortegem (BEL)
1967: 1º in Rund um den Henninger Turm (GER)
1967: 1º in Stage 1 Deux Jours de Bertrix (BEL)
1968: 1º in Arras (FRA)
1968: 1º in Beernem (BEL)
1968: 1º in Gavere (BEL)
1968: 1º in Stage 1 Quatre jours de Dunkerque (FRA)
1968: 1º in Stage 11 Tour de France, Pau (FRA)
1968: 1º in Stage 8 Tour de France, Royan (FRA)
1968: 1º in Stage 3 part a Tour de Suisse (SUI)
1968: 1º in Stage 9 part a Tour de Suisse (SUI)
1968: 1º in Omloop van het Zuidwesten (BEL)
1968: 1º in Moorslede criterium (BEL)
1969: 1º in Circuit des Frontières (BEL)
1969: 1º in Deinze (BEL)
1969: 1º in Leeuwse Pijl (BEL)
1969: 1º in Omloop van Oost-Vlaanderen (BEL)
1969: 1º in Stage 5 Tour du Nord (FRA)
1969: 1º in Hooglede, Cyclocross (BEL)
1970: 1º in Stage 1 Circuit des Six Provinces (FRA)
1970: 1º in Stage 1 Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré (FRA)
1970: 1º in Dwars door Vlaanderen/Dwars door België (BEL)
1970: 1º in E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (BEL)
1970: 1º in Elfstedenronde (BEL)
1970: 1º in Nationale Sluitingsprijs (BEL)
1971: 1º in GP Isbergues (FRA)
1971: 1º in Ruiselede (BEL)
1971: 1º in Lokeren (BEL) 

Fort William Down Hill World Cup
Sam Hill Iron Horse Mad Catz rules - leads the W.C.

Greg Minnaar of Team G Cross Honda finished in 3rd place today at Round 2 of the UCI World Cup Downhill Series in Fort William, Scotland, after qualifying fastest in the Semi Final. Minnaar, who crashed heavily at Round 1 and required subsequent treatment for a head injury, returned to his usual form today when he set the fastest time in the Semi Final, and followed that result with a solid podium performance in the Final.

In fact, it was also a strong return to form for Greg's team mate Matti Lehikoinen who finished 9th after a disappointing opening round 3 weeks ago. Matti now feels he is back to 100% race form.

The course in Fort William is one of the toughest and longest on the World Cup circuit, and today the riders not only faced the challenge of the notorious rocky and fast course, but super strong winds, single digit temperatures and intermittent rain showers.

All training sessions during the week were held in wet weather and cold temperatures making life for the two riders difficult as they had to contend with holes on the course that grew bigger each day, wet and cold conditions, and difficult visibility. One of the main advantages of the Honda RN01's internal transmission is the reliability factor in such muddy and wet conditions, and both riders were able to get the maximum amount of training necessary to arrive at the Semi Finals confident of a good result.

As the holder of the number 1 number plate, Greg started first in the Semi Finals, and set the fastest intermediate time of the morning before going on to post a time at the finish line that was not beaten. Matti rode a little conservatively in the Semi Final but used a unique line in the rock section that was a real crowd pleaser. That line however had Matti a little nervous about using it again for the final, due to it being a little too risky.

The win in the Semi Final was a great confidence boost for Minnaar who is now feeling more at ease about his riding after having a terrible start to the season. Picking up 50 valuable points in the Semi Final was the goal, and going into the Final, Greg was chasing maximum points to recover from his 16th place in the overall standings. Starting last, with Sam Hill (Iron Horse Madcatz) already getting comfortable in the hot seat, the crowd went wild when they learned that Greg had the same split time as Sam, 2mins into the race. A small mistake in the woods section, further down the course, where Greg slipped off a rock and went off line, did cost him time and he eventually crossed the line in a satisfying 3rd place. Earning a total of 190 points, Greg now moves up to 7th in the overall standings, within reach of the top 5.

Matti also improved his ranking up to 12th overall after finishing with a time that was 4 seconds quicker than his Semi Final time.

Greg Minnaar (3rd Place)
"I'm really happy with this result. It's never good to have a crash in a final, but to do it at Round 1; well that almost kills your season. But my goal today was to try and get some solid points and return to the top 10, so I'm really happy to be back on the podium, and running fast with the top guys. It was close with Sam and I today, and after his bad luck here last year, I guess it was his turn for some good luck, he deserved the win today. I'm now really looking forward to Willingen where I had a good win last year, and to build on my points chase for the overall title."

Matti Lehikoinen (9th Place)
"That's a huge relief to be back in the top 10! I worked hard between Vigo and now to get in more downhill runs and local racing, and I'm starting to feel really comfortable again. I had this wicked line that I used in the Semi Final, but it was so risky, and as I was going up in the chairlift for the Final I was thinking about whether or not I should do it. I spoke to my coach at the top to get his advice, and as I arrived at that section I decided not to risk it, and maybe crash, so it was better to go for a strong finish. I'm super happy to be fit and chasing the points again."

Team Director Martin Whiteley
"A much better weekend, and a great confidence booster for the whole team as we go into Round 3. I'm really happy to see both Greg and Matti climbing up the rankings and getting the sort of results we were having regularly in 2005, as well as now being the number 1 team on the ranking. The bikes were great in the muddy conditions and I know there's a lot more to come for this year."

Semi Final Results:
Pos. No. Name Team Time
1 1 Greg Minnaar Team G Cross Honda 4:28.30
2 2 Sam Hill Iron Horse Mad Catz 4:29.04
3 12 Fabien Barel Kona Les Gets 4:29.52
4 3 Steve Peat Santa Cruz Syndicate 4:30.41
5 5 Gee Atherton Team Animal/Giant 4:30.88
13 11 Matti Lehikoinen Team G Cross Honda 4:36.32

Final Results:
Pos. No. Name Team Time
1 2 Sam Hill Iron Horse Mad Catz 4:25.33
2 7 Cedric Gracia Team Commencal 4:26.59
3 1 Greg Minnaar Team G Cross Honda 4:27.64

4 3 Steve Peat Santa Cruz Syndicate 4:27.68
5 5 Gee Atherton Team Animal/Giant 4:27.77
6 6 Marc Beaumont Team MBUK Santa Cruz 4:29.20
7 12 Fabien Barel Kona Les Gets 4:29.73
8 4 Nathan Rennie Santa Cruz Syndicate 4:30.91
9 11 Matti Lehikoinen Team G Cross Honda 4:32.34
10 10 Mickael Pascal Q Bikes 4:35.17

World Cup Overall Standings:
Pos. No. Name Team Points
1 2 Sam Hill Iron Horse Mad Catz 352
2 3 Steve Peat Santa Cruz Syndicate 330
3 7 Cedric Gracia Team Commencal 292

4 2 Mick Hannah Cannondale The Cut 274
5 4 Nathan Rennie Santa Cruz Syndicate 266
6 5 Gee Atherton Team Animal/Giant 253
7 1 Greg Minnaar Team G Cross Honda 248
8 6 Marc Beaumont Team MBUK Santa Cruz 245
9 12 Fabien Barel Kona Les Gets 209
10 9 Mickael Pascal Q Bikes 169
12 11 Matti Lehikoinen Team G Cross Honda 140

The team is now ranked as the leading team in the Men's Downhill competition, and will now head to Willingen, Germany, for Round 3 of the World Cup on June 4th.
report courtesy Martin Whiteley

Regional News:
OBRA Silverton Road Race

Portland, Oregon
Pro 1/2
1 Omer Kem, Salem
2 Reny Townsend,
3 Robert Campbell, Olympia
5 Andrew Fischer, Bend

Women 1/2/3
1 Kori Kunz, Eugene
2 Kay Bork, Eugene
3 Sirikit Valentin, Portland
4 Allison Schaub, Portland

Masters Women
1 Jennifer Slawta, Medford
2 Kathleen Kolman, Salem
3 Jan Moss, Portland
4 Barbara Thiele, Hillsboro
5 Debra Stolt-Krichko, Gresham

Junior 16-18
1 Christopher Woods
2 Cameron Sparr, Beaverton
3 Richard Suditu, Beaverton
4 Coby Hutzler, Lyons
5 Carl-Bjorn Kjellstrand, Portland

The Appalachian Classic Mountain Bike Festival
The Appalachian Classic Mountain Bike Race & Festival will introduce Family Fun Rides on Saturday, June 17th, as part of it's event package. The rides will take off from the Calhoun County Park at 11 a.m..

One ride will be a loop of approximately 13 miles on chip & tar, gravel, and dirt roads. The other ride will be approximately a 30 mile loop - all on paved roads, except for a short portion of chip & tar road at the end of the loop. Meanwhile, back at the park, we will have experienced Mountain Bikers available to take beginners on short, guided mountain bike trail rides and provide pointers on various technical riding conditions.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunches and to hang around after the rides to enjoy the Kids Bike Races at 3, and the infamous Pond Jump at 4. Camping at the park is free, so families can make a weekend of it and join in the Cross Country MTB Race at noon on Sunday. In addition to the WV Mountain Bike Association's many race classes, The Appalachian Classic adds a number of 1 lap (7.2 mile) classes - Law Enforcement (free!), Physically Challenged, Grand Master 55+, and a number of age grouped beginner classes.

The Kid's Races are non-gender age appropriate courses for the 12 and under set - the classes are 6 and under, 7&8 years old, 9&10 years old, and the 11&12 year olds. In past years, we have had 3 year olds participating in this fun-filled event. Depending upon age, the kids race on a marked course on Calhoun County Park's golf course, race on part of a walking trail, and the older kids can take in a little single track.

The Pond Jump involves a hill, a ramp, and a pond - participants hop on our brakeless beater bike which is fully swathed with flotation, zoom down the hill, off the ramp, and into the pond. Some jumpers simply go for the splash, while others have engaged in gymnastic displays before hitting the water! Great fun for the young at heart, and even more fun to watch!

Both the Kid's Races and the Pond Jump are free; Family Fun Ride participants are encouraged to make a $10 donation to help support the Calhoun County Park.

For more information, xc race fees and directions to the park, visit the Classic's web site at, or e-mail questions to

The Classic is sponsored by the Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Calhoun Banks, CytoSport, Charleston Bicycle Center, Maxxis, PricePoint, Rob Clothier Wood Bowls, Ace Adventure Center, Ahearne Cycles, Lyte-n-Go, Morningstar Tools, Kryptonite Locks, RJ Morris Oil & Gas, Cain Oil & Gas, Loren Howley Attny at Law, the WV Army National Guard, and The Shirt Factory of Parkersburg.


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