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The Cycling Thread

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Purple Rainbow
04-06-2005, 01:05 PM
First of all I'm just curious if there are any other posters to whom cycling means more than Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France.
If there are, we can talk about the springtime classics which are currently going on. Anybody seen Boonen win the Tour of Flanders, that kid is going to be the real thing for quite some time! :yeah:
If there aren't any cycling fans out here, this thread will die a slow, yet peaceful death.
So, come on out, cycling fans! Wherever you are!

PennyThePenguin
04-06-2005, 01:09 PM
that would be erm....nope :o

SuperFurryAnimal
04-06-2005, 01:11 PM
I am a cycling fan! Boonen is on his way to be one of the greatest! :worship: But he'll be having some serious competition by Thomas Dekker in the coming years! :)
Also, did you see yesterday's stage in the Tour of Pays Basque? Too bad Pieter Weening was not strong enough to keep it up all race... Great victory for David 'The Dreamer' Moncoutié though! :yeah:

bad gambler
04-06-2005, 01:16 PM
yep major cycling fan here as well

fav is the big german jan ulrich, but the sooner he stays off the german chocolates the better his chances are to fufill his talents :o

Purple Rainbow
04-06-2005, 01:17 PM
I am a cycling fan! Boonen is on his way to be one of the greatest! :worship: But he'll be having some serious competition by Thomas Dekker in the coming years! :)
Also, did you see yesterday's stage in the Tour of Pays Basque? Too bad Pieter Weening was not strong enough to keep it up all race... Great victory for David 'The Dreamer' Moncoutié though! :yeah:

Yeah, I saw the finish of that stage yesterday. Too bad the last couple of meters were too steep for Weening, he was very close to victory!
Anyway, I am currently passively watching Gent-Wevelgem. Andreas Klier crahed when he was hit by a motorcycle, poor guy. Hopefully he will recover in time for Paris-Roubaix on sunday!

bad gambler
04-06-2005, 01:17 PM
also take an interest in an up and coming aussie called cadel evans - he will give a bit of cheek in the mountain stages in the both the giro and tour de france this year

SuperFurryAnimal
04-06-2005, 01:20 PM
Anyway, I am currently passively watching Gent-Wevelgem. Andreas Klier crahed when he was hit by a motorcycle, poor guy. Hopefully he will recover in time for Paris-Roubaix on sunday!

OMG! :awww: He was one of the guys to watch for Gent-Wevelgem... It remainds me a bit of the Kessler-crash in last years Tour de France... But maybe just because they're both German...

Any other news on Gent-Wevelgem so far? Or should I check cyclingnews.com (http://www.cyclingnews.com)? BTW, I'm hoping Steven de Jongh can show us what he's made of today! :yeah:

SuperFurryAnimal
04-06-2005, 01:24 PM
ahh... I see Flecha is in the first group as well... I like that guy. He rides totally un-Spanish, he attacks! Vamos Flecha! :yeah:

Purple Rainbow
04-06-2005, 01:28 PM
also take an interest in an up and coming aussie called cadel evans - he will give a bit of cheek in the mountain stages in the both the giro and tour de france this year

Yeah, I know the guy, yet I always though he was more of a sprinter. Maybe that is just because it is a rule of thumb that every Aussi cyclist is a sprinter? :)

And as for Ullrich, I don't think he has got what it takes to reach the absolute top. He has had many chances but hasn't been able to impress in the Tour, the only race that matters for him, in ages.

Purple Rainbow
04-06-2005, 01:42 PM
ahh... I see Flecha is in the first group as well... I like that guy. He rides totally un-Spanish, he attacks! Vamos Flecha! :yeah:

Once again, you are right Patrice! :yeah: Flecha made a jump 40km from the finish. He's leading the race alone now. Karsten Kroon is pretty strong too, and has been all week!

SuperFurryAnimal
04-06-2005, 01:46 PM
Once again, you are right Patrice! :yeah: Flecha made a jump 40km from the finish. He's leading the race alone now. Karsten Kroon is pretty strong too, and has been all week!

I guess I'm gifted when it comes to predicting... :angel:
As a Dutchwoman I'd of course like to see Kroon win, but on the other hand, Flecha is such an attractive rider to watch... Same type as Erik Dekker, Durand, Voigt, Piil... etc. Attack, you guys! :yeah:

Purple Rainbow
04-06-2005, 02:33 PM
Nico Mattan just won Gent-Wevelgem. He beat Juan Antonio Flecha in the closing meters. Flecha was the man who made the race, attacking mutiple times. Mattan's victory will be a bit disputed as he seemed to race in the slipstream of the team cars, and motorcycles in the last kilometer. This gave him just the edge to beat Flecha.
Anyway, it was a very thrilling race.

roisin
04-06-2005, 03:48 PM
i wish we got more cycling coverage over here...i love watching it!!
boonen is class, i like ivan basso too ;) and wee thomas voeckler

khyber
04-06-2005, 04:34 PM
First of all I'm just curious if there are any other posters to whom cycling means more than Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France.
If there are, we can talk about the springtime classics which are currently going on. Anybody seen Boonen win the Tour of Flanders, that kid is going to be the real thing for quite some time! :yeah:
If there aren't any cycling fans out here, this thread will die a slow, yet peaceful death.
So, come on out, cycling fans! Wherever you are!Well, the main thing they focused on here was how Lance was going to support George Hincapie's attempt to capture Flanders. Since they talked it up so much, I kept waiting for the team to make its move, of course they never did. ...

The classics are okay, but I prefer the longer races Tour/Giro/Veulta. I'm big on Thor this year. :worship:

Purple Rainbow
04-06-2005, 05:30 PM
Well, the main thing they focused on here was how Lance was going to support George Hincapie's attempt to capture Flanders. Since they talked it up so much, I kept waiting for the team to make its move, of course they never did. ...

The classics are okay, but I prefer the longer races Tour/Giro/Veulta. I'm big on Thor this year. :worship:

:lol: Monday I was at cnnsi.com, looking for Wertheims mailbag, when I saw a heading for the result of the Tour of Flanders. It read: "Armstrong finishes 26th in Flanders."
I was like, wtf? Not a word on the winner, I mean who cares about the #26 on a cycling race? Anyway, the obsession with Armstrong startled me a little.

maratski
04-06-2005, 06:16 PM
I like Ulrich and follow him during the Tour de France. Virenque is cool too. I'm not a diehard cycling fan, but always read about it on teletext and watch it if I have time.

I'll tell the belgian safin fans about this thread and then I'm sure it won't die ;)

Sandra
05-11-2005, 01:21 PM
Il Giro live now :bounce:I am really excited about this.I like this tour better than frace's one :)I just hope for Cunego to win again:woohoo:
Vai Damiano!

SuperFurryAnimal
05-11-2005, 01:41 PM
I hope our Dutch talent Thomas Dekker can show what he's made of in this Giro! Zet 'm op, Thomas! :yeah:

http://www.rabobank.nl/rabosite/afbeeldingen/wielersite/pics/seizoen04/nieuw5dekker2.jpg

Sandra
05-11-2005, 03:20 PM
Betini won.I really dont think that was fair of him to push that aussie cook like he did:(

I dream that one day i could go to italy and write on the street Vai Damiano or Damiano,sei il migliore!:)

Sandra
05-11-2005, 03:26 PM
Betini desrved to be disqualified.

Sandra
05-11-2005, 03:29 PM
Is Betini crying?

Purple Rainbow
05-11-2005, 03:46 PM
Surplrisingly anough, Petacchi is still empty-handed. I expected him to win most of the flat stages easily.

Sandra
05-11-2005, 05:51 PM
Well almost everyone expected that.it is not his tour.

HybridTheory
05-11-2005, 07:54 PM
Great thread!! :yeah:
Cycling rules! :cool:

joske
05-11-2005, 08:14 PM
not a real cycling FAN (shame on me I'm a Belgian :o ) but a fan of BOONEN? yus :worship: he's the man

SuperFurryAnimal
05-12-2005, 07:29 AM
Boonen is definitely the man! :yeah:

http://vnexpress.net/Vietnam/The-thao/2004/07/3B9D460C/tourto.jpg

bad gambler
05-12-2005, 09:07 AM
betini cut off baden cooke\'s run to the finish line - he was robbed :mad:

tennis4eva
05-12-2005, 03:45 PM
:) I always cheer for our other American talent Tyler Hamilton,even though one never hears about him because all the press cares about is Lance Lance Lance :o

:sad: Now he's been in alot of trouble because of the blood transfusions he had before he won his gold in Athens last year. It's a shame when any biker gets into trouble. Its not as though he used any drugs :shrug: and in one interview some doctors said that many bikers use this procedure to help with fatigue. I feel so badly about the whole thing really.

Sandra
05-12-2005, 06:02 PM
Di Luca wins again.well it is his and Betini's first week!From the next week i doubt we will see thwm cycling as now.Cunego rules!!!

Sandra
05-12-2005, 07:52 PM
Really does any one here acre about Il Giro?

khyber
05-12-2005, 09:29 PM
Really does any one here acre about Il Giro?I do :wavey: , but we only get tv coverage on the weekend and since LANCE (can't you hear the angels sing?) isn't in this race, the newspapers don't even print the daily results. So, I can't really comment on the race until I catch up later in the week. :D

Purple Rainbow
05-13-2005, 02:57 PM
Poor Petacchi, he's having a horrible Giro this year. Just 4 km from the finish line, he and a few of his Fassa Bortolo team mates were involved in a horrible fall.

Sandra
05-16-2005, 10:36 AM
Stefan,I see pettachi is your fav?
People please write in this thread.Il Giro rules!!

JCF_Passione
05-16-2005, 11:10 AM
Poor Petacchi, he's having a horrible Giro this year. Just 4 km from the finish line, he and a few of his Fassa Bortolo team mates were involved in a horrible fall.

yeah really poor Petacchi! :sad: Fassa Bortolo :worship: What do y'all think of Danilo di Luca? I think he's fab :cool:

Sandra
05-16-2005, 11:46 AM
Well i think di Luca's time has gone,now with the first week,so i dont expect to see much of him from now on.Anyway he will always have the white T-shirt ;)

JCF_Passione
05-16-2005, 01:43 PM
aha okay ;)

Sandra
05-16-2005, 06:17 PM
Well Petacchi finally won.I bet Stefan is happy :);):yeah:

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:33 PM
Cycling lovers come here!

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:35 PM
27.01.2006/ The 95th edition of the Berlin Six Days kicked off Thursday with T-Mobile manager and guest of honour Olaf Ludwig firing the starting shot.

The traditional event in the futuristic Berlin velodrome marks the final pro race for former magenta stalwart Rolf Aldag, who, together with his partner, Olympic track champion Robert Bartko, lies fifth after the first night.

Aldag prepared himself intensively for his final pro race during the T-Mobile Team's Mallorca training camp and proved to be in good form after making a complete recovery from a recent appendix operation. “The pain is gone”, claimed the 37-year-old, adding: “I want to win my last race”. (mf)

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:37 PM
30.01.2006/ Tom Boonen picks it up where he left it last season: Three days after his win at the GP Doha, the 26-year-old World Champion from the Belgian Quick Step team also took the Tour of Qatar’s opening stage.

After 131,5 km from Doha to Al Khor Corniche, Boonen beat Milram’s Erik Zabel and Robert Hunter (South Africa/Phonak) into second and third and slipped into the leader’s jersey.

”Tornado Tom” seemed to be slightly amazed at his impressive early form: „Two wins in two races – that’s fantastic", said a joyous Boonen.

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:38 PM
30.01.2006/ T-Mobile pro Marcus Burghardt won’t make his season debut as planned at the GP La Marseillaise. The 22-year-old Chemnitz-native caught a bad cold following the Mallorca training camp. Competing in the French one-day race and the subsequent stage race "Etoile de Bessèges" is out of the question.

"Marcus trained on Sunday fort he first time, but was very exhausted afterwards“, said T-Mobile sport and technical director Mario Kummer on Monday. "At the time being a participation wouldn’t make sense“.

Joining the Mallorca squad
The youngster will now enter the season with another magenta squad at the Tour of Mallorca, which kicks off with the Trofeo Mallorca on Sunday, February 5. "The Tour of Mallorca is a series of five single-races, where the riders can pick and choose the stages they will ride. That’s just the right thing for Marcus in order to get back into full swing after his sickness“, Kummer explained. (mf)

Sandra
01-31-2006, 07:39 PM
Vai Cunego :rocker2:

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:43 PM
01/01 - 31/12 Pro Tour 2006
17/01 - 22/01 Tour Down Under » Results
29/01 - 03/02 Tour of Qatar » Results
31/01 - 31/01 GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise » Results
01/02 - 05/02 Etoile de Besseges » Results
09/02 - 12/02 GP Internacional
19/02 - 26/02 Tour of California » Results
25/02 - 25/02 GP Chiasso
25/02 - 25/02 Omloop Het Volk
26/02 - 26/02 Clasica de Almeria
01/03 - 05/03 Vuelta a Murcia
04/03 - 04/03 Milano-Torino
05/03 - 12/03 Paris-Nice
06/03 - 06/03 Giro della Provincia di Lucca
08/03 - 14/03 Tirreno-Adriatico
15/03 - 15/03 Nokere-Koerse
18/03 - 18/03 Milano-Sanremo
19/03 - 19/03 GP Rudy Dhaenens
25/03 - 25/03 E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
25/03 - 26/03 Criterium International
26/03 - 26/03 De Brabantse Pijl
28/03 - 30/03 Driedaagse van De Panne
01/04 - 01/04 GP Miguel Indurain
02/04 - 02/04 Ronde van Vlaanderen
03/04 - 07/04 Vuelta al Pais Vasco
04/04 - 07/04 Circuit de la Sarthe
05/04 - 05/04 Gent-Wevelgem
09/04 - 09/04 Paris-Roubaix
12/04 - 16/04 Vuelta a Aragon
15/04 - 15/04 Tour du Finistere
16/04 - 16/04 Amstel Gold Race
18/04 - 21/04 Giro del Trentino
19/04 - 19/04 La Fleche Wallonne
23/04 - 23/04 Liege-Bastogne-Liege
25/04 - 30/04 Tour de Romandie
26/04 - 30/04 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon
01/05 - 01/05 Rund um den Henninger Turm Frankfurt
03/05 - 07/05 4 Jours de Dunkerque
06/05 - 28/05 Giro d'Italia » Results
12/05 - 14/05 Tour de Picardie
13/05 - 21/05 Course de la Paix
15/05 - 21/05 Vuelta a Catalunya
18/05 - 21/05 Circuit de Lorraine
24/05 - 28/05 Tour de Belgique
31/05 - 04/06 Euskal Bizikleta
04/06 - 04/06 GP Kanton Aargau
04/06 - 11/06 Criterium du Dauphine Libere
10/06 - 18/06 Tour de Suisse
15/06 - 18/06 Route du Sud
18/06 - 18/06 Eindhoven ITT
01/07 - 23/07 Tour de France » Results
30/07 - 30/07 HEW-Cyclassics
01/08 - 09/08 Deutschland-Tour
01/08 - 03/08 Paris-Correze
05/08 - 05/08 Giro del Lazio
06/08 - 09/08 Tour de l'Ain
06/08 - 10/08 Vuelta a Burgos
12/08 - 12/08 Clasica San Sebastian
15/08 - 15/08 Tre Valli Varesine
15/08 - 18/08 Tour du Limousin
16/08 - 16/08 Coppa Agostoni
16/08 - 23/08 Eneco Tour
26/08 - 17/09 Vuelta a Espana » Results
27/08 - 27/08 GP Ouest France - Plouay
27/08 - 27/08 Rund um den Sachsenring
29/08 - 03/09 Tour of Britain
31/08 - 09/09 Tour de l'Avenir
04/09 - 10/09 Tour de Pologne
09/09 - 09/09 Parijs-Brussel
10/09 - 10/09 GP de Fourmies
19/09 - 24/09 Salzburg 2006 WCH » Results
28/09 - 01/10 Circuit franco-belge
08/10 - 08/10 Paris-Tours
14/10 - 14/10 Giro Lombardia

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:45 PM
Quatar calendar


30/01 1 - Khalifa Stadium > Al Khor Corniche (141km) » Results

31/01 2 - Camel Race Track > Al Khor Corniche (173.5km) » Results
01/02 3 - Sealine Beach Resort > Khalifa Stadium (203.5km)
02/02 4 - Al Zubarah > Qatar Olympic Committee (151km)
03/02 5 - Al Thakhira > Doha Corniche (22.5km)

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:45 PM
30/01 1 - Khalifa Stadium > Al Khor Corniche (141km) » Results

1 Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step 2:56:34
2 Erik Zabel (GER) Milram +0:00
3 Robbie Hunter (RSA) Phonak +0:00
4 Fabian Cancellara (ITA) CSC +0:00
5 Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) Phonak +0:00
6 Aurelien Clerc (SUI) Phonak +0:00
7 Nick Ingels (BEL) Davitamon-Lotto +0:00
8 Sebastian Lang (GER) Gerolsteiner +0:00
9 Aart Vierhouten (NED) Skil-Shimano +0:00
10 Steven De Jongh (NED) Quick Step

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:47 PM
31/01 2 - Camel Race Track > Al Khor Corniche (173.5km) » Results
Riders Time Time Diff
1 Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step 03:31:06
2 Paride Grillo (ITA) Ceramiche Panaria +0:00
3 Erik Zabel (GER) Milram +0:00
4 Stuart O'Grady (AUS) CSC +0:00
5 Marcel Sieberg (GER) Team Wiesenhof +0:00
6 Rene Haselbacher (AUT) Gerolsteiner +0:00
7 Graeme Brown (AUS) Rabobank +0:00
8 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (NED) Skil-Shimano +0:00
9 Aitor Galdos Alonso (ESP) Ceramiche Panaria +0:00
10 Robbie Hunter (RSA) Phonak +0:00

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:53 PM
ProTour points system
Place Tour de France Giro und Vuelta Classics and other tours Other one-day races
1 100 85 50 40
2 75 65 40 30
3 60 50 35 25
4 55 45 30 20
5 50 40 25 15
6 45 35 20 11
7 40 30 15 7
8 35 26 10 5
9 30 22 5 3
10 25 19 1 1
11 20 16
12 15 13
13 12 11
14 9 9
15 7 7
16 5 5
17 4 4
18 3 3
19 2 2
20 1 1
hope you will understand....

casillas_girl
02-01-2006, 04:32 PM
TOM BOONEN!!!!! He'll be the best again this year! :rocker2:

rosespower
02-02-2006, 06:34 AM
01/02 3 - Sealine Beach Resort > Khalifa Stadium (203.5km)
1 Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step 3:34:50
2 Erik Zabel (GER) Milram +0:00
3 Mickael Breschel (DEN) CSC +0:00
4 Paride Grillo (ITA) Ceramiche Panaria +0:00
5 Robert Forster (GER) Gerolsteiner +0:00
6 Steven De Jongh (NED) Quick Step +0:00
7 Wouter Van Mechelen (BEL) Chocolade Jacques +0:00
8 Nico Eeckhout (BEL) Chocolade Jacques +0:00
9 Stuart O'Grady (AUS) CSC +0:00
10 Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Française des Jeux +0:00

Bolar Bolabi
02-02-2006, 06:52 AM
LETS GO ULLRICH AND T-MOBILE!

rosespower
02-03-2006, 05:43 AM
02/02 4 - Al Zubarah > Qatar Olympic Committee (151km)
1 Bernhard Eisel (AUT) Française des Jeux 3:23:46
2 Erik Zabel (GER) Milram +0:00
3 Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step +0:00
4 Fabrizio Guidi (ITA) Phonak +0:00
5 Stuart O'Grady (AUS) CSC +0:00
6 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (NED) Skil-Shimano +0:00
7 Sergio Marinangeli (ITA) Naturino +0:00
8 Graeme Brown (AUS) Rabobank +0:00
9 Christophe Detilloux (BEL) Française des Jeux +0:00
10 Hans Dekkers (NED) Agritubel

rosespower
02-03-2006, 05:45 AM
02.02.2006/ T-Mobile pro Jan Ullrich will continue his season preparations in South Africa. The 32-year-old rider flew from Frankfurt/Main to Cape Town, where he already worked on foundation fitness in December.

Originally, Ullrich had planned on a longer stay in Tuscany like every year. However, the better training conditions and most of all the more stable weather on the cape made the former Tour champ change his mind.

"Currently, winter has Italy in its grip. The snowfall and the freezing cold make it impossible to train efficiently. The risk of catching a cold is much too high“, said Ullrich, who thinks that he will be able „to do a more focused and intense training under the South African sun”.

The Team management backs the T-Mobile captain's decision. Olaf Ludwig is sure that no training day will be lost. "Jan will be able to train longer and harder at the cape than in Tuscany“, the team manager stresses.

Ullrich will be accompanied on his trip to the southern tip of Africa by his team mates Matthias Kessler, Andreas Klöden, the Italian Giuseppe Guerini as well as sporting director Rudy Pevenage and physiotherapist Birgit Krohme.

"Despite the long distance there’s no time difference to Central Europe. So we don’t have to deal with jetlag and can start training straightaway", said Pevenage, who coaches T-Mobile’s Tour team and is glad to be able to instantly redirect the group to another training spot.

A few days ago, Andreas Klöden, Serhiy Honchar (Ukraine), Michael Rogers (Australia) and Eddy Mazzoleni (Italy) were named to the Tour squad alongside captain Jan Ullrich. The other four spots in the Tour roster are still vacant – candidates are Lorenzo Bernucci and Giuseppe Guerini (both Italy), Sergej Ivanov (Russia), Oscar Sevilla (Spain), Matthias Kessler, Stephan Schreck, and Patrik Sinkewitz (all Germany).

Where and when Jan Ullrich will make his season debut, the 32-year-old hasn’t decided yet: "For the time being, I will continue to work and stay focussed to build up my form”. (mf)

rosespower
02-03-2006, 05:47 AM
02.02.2006/ Eleven further T-Mobile pros kick off their 2006 racing season at the Tour of Mallorca in Spain (Februar 5-9) on Sunday. Five magenta newcomers are also part of sporting manager Valerio Piva’s squad for the series of five one-day races on the Balearic island.

The Classics specialists Lorenzo Bernucci (Italy) and Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg), youngster Linus Gerdemann, allrounder Thomas Ziegler and Aussie Scott Davis will make their debut for the Bonn-based team at the UCI category 1.1 race. The Italian Piva expects Scott Davis in particular to make his mark on the race. "He and Bernhard Kohl are our GC riders". Included in the GC will be those riders who competed in all of the five races.

Gerdemann looking to test his legs
This comes a little too early for youngster Marcus Burghardt. Even though the 22-year-old he recovered from his cold, he was limited in training for the Spanish stage-race. "He will only race sporadically. The plan is for him to gain momentum again gradually”, said Piva.

Linus Gerdemann is looking ahead to his season debut. "I trained well. I will be sure to test my legs every now and then, even though I don’t expect too much yet”, said the 23-year-old, who switched to T-Mobile in 2006.

Classics hunters to check their form
Rounding out the T-Mobile roster are the Classics specialists Andreas Klier, Sergey Ivanov, Daniele Nardello and Steffen Wesemann. Piva: "The various stage profiles offer them perfect opportunities to put their form for the spring to the test“.

The tour kicks off with a flat stage, which starts and ends in Palma. The second day is also a sprinter’s affair, before Tuesday’s Trofeo Pollença will take the peloton to the mountains. "Especially the Spanish teams and riders will make their mark on this tour“, Piva suspects. In 2005 it was mainly Alejandro Valverde: The Spaniard from Illes Balears was unbeatable at two stages and thus claimed the overall victory. (mf)

The T-Mobile roster in brief:
Lorenzo Bernucci (26), Marcus Burghardt (22), Scott Davis (26), Linus Gerdemann (23), Sergey Ivanov (30), Kim Kirchen (27), Andreas Klier (30), Bernhard Kohl (24), Daniele Nardello (33), Steffen Wesemann (34) and Thomas Ziegler (25).

The one-day-races in brief:
February 5: Trofeo Mallorca (Palma - Palma, 100 km)
February 6: Trofeo Alcudia (Cala Millor - Cala Bona, 159,4 km)
February 7: Trofeo Pollença (Pollença - Mirador Des Colomer, 149,6 km)
February 8: Trofeo Soller (Sóller - Port de Sóller, 150,6 km)
February 9: Trofeo Calvia (Magalluf - Palmanova, 149,3 Km)

Roll of honour:
2005 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears
2004 Antonio Colom (Spa) Illes Balears Banesto
2003 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2002 Francisco Cabello (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2001 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
2000 Francisco Cabello (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
1999 José Luis Rebollo (Spa) ONCE - Deutsche Bank
1998 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Mapei-Bricobi
1997 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE
1996 Francisco Cabello (Spa) ONCE
1995 Alex Zülle (Swi) ONCE
1994 David García (Spa) Banesto
1993 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE
1992 Javier Murguialday (Spa) Lotus

rosespower
02-03-2006, 05:49 AM
01/02 - 05/02 Etoile de Besseges
Thursday, 2nd stage: Nîmes-Saint-Ambroix (Gard), 149 km
Friday, 3rd stage: "GP Pays Grand'Combien", Portes - Les Salles du Gardon, 140 km
Saturday, 4th stage: "GP Casino Les Fumades" in d'Allègre-les-Fumades, 151 km
Sunday, final stage: "GP de Bessège", Gagnières - Bessèges (Gard), 148 km

rosespower
02-03-2006, 05:56 AM
01/02 1 - Marseille - Marseille (126 km)
1 Frederik Willems (BEL) Chocolade Jacques 03:20:34
2 Preben van Hecke (BEL) Davitamon-Lotto +0:20
3 Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Bouygues Telecom +0:21
4 Michael Blaudzun (DEN) Team CSC +0:21
5 Ludovic Turpin (FRA) Ag2r +0:24
6 Mads Kaggestad (NOR) Credit Agricole +0:24
7 Glenn D'Hollander (BEL) Chocolade Jacques +0:28
8 Brian Vanborg (DEN) Team CSC +0:34
9 Sylvain Calzati (FRA) Ag2r +1:44
10 Kilian Patour (FRA) Credit Agricole +2:03


Thursday, 2nd stage: Nîmes-Saint-Ambroix (Gard), 149 km
1 Jaan Kirsipuu (EST) Credit Agricole 03:51:03
2 Stephane Bonsergent (FRA) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h +0:00
3 Aleksandr Usov (BLR) Ag2r +0:00
4 Olaf Pollack (GER) T-Mobile +0:00
5 Mattia Gavazzi (ITA) Team LPR +0:00
6 Alejandro Borrajo (ARG) Miche +0:00
7 Eric Baumann (GER) T-Mobile +0:00
8 Andre Greipel (GER) T-Mobile +0:00
9 Baden Cooke (AUS) Unibet.com +0:00
10 Mauro Gerosa (ITA) Miche

rosespower
02-05-2006, 06:18 PM
Armstrong: 'Ullrich will stroll 2006 Tour'
Jan Ullrich will win the 2006 Tour de France with ease, according to former arch-rival and record seven-times champion Lance Armstrong. "I predict that he'll win it by four to five minutes," Armstrong was quoted as saying in Thursday's Bild newspaper.

Armstrong, who retired after winning last year's tour, has long said his key challenger was Ullrich.

Ullrich, 32, won the world's greatest cycling race in 1997 but finished behind Armstrong the last seven years with six podiums.

"All our team planning and strategy in the past years concentrated entirely on how to neutralise Ullrich. Fortunately it always worked," the American said.

Armstrong, 34, said once again he would not come out of retirement to race in the Tour.

"I'm never going to race again. But that doesn't mean that I'll have nothing to do with it. It's a fantastic race and I'll always watch it."

Bild did not say where Armstrong made the remarks. He was in South Africa on Wednesday to launch a "Unite 4 Health" campaign and visited cancer patients in the Soweto township outside Johannesburg.

rosespower
02-05-2006, 06:19 PM
final results in quatar

Riders Time Time Diff
1 Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step 3:36:48
2 Erik Zabel (GER) Milram +0:00
3 Aurelien Clerc (SUI) +0:00
4 Bernhard Eisel (AUT) +0:00
5 Matti Breschel (DEN) +0:00
6 Robert Hunter (RSA) +0:00
7 Gorik Gardeyn (BEL) +0:00
8 Aurelien Clerc (SUI) +0:00
9 Stuart O'Grady (AUS) +0:00
10 Peter Wrolich (AUT) +0:00

rosespower
02-05-2006, 06:21 PM
03/02 3 - Portes-Chateau - Salles-du-Gardon (140 km)
1 Eric Leblacher (FRA) Francaise des Jeux 03:31:21
2 Sebastien Joly (FRA) Francaise des Jeux +1:20
3 Steven Cummings (BEL) Landbouwkrediet +1:20
4 Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Cofidis +1:22
5 Bert Scheirlinckx (BEL) Jartazi +1:22
6 Pieter Mertens (BEL) Davitamon-Lotto +1:26
7 David Le Lay (FRA) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h +1:28
8 Angel Castresana (ESP) Unibet.com +2:04
9 Pasquale Muto (ITA) Miche +2:04
10 Anthony Charteau (FRA) Credit Agricole +2:04

rosespower
02-05-2006, 06:23 PM
03.02.2006/ The countdown has started: part of the T-Mobile team is visiting South Africa these days to prepare for the new season. And even during their time in the training camp the athletes headed by team captain Jan Ullrich do not have to do without Audi support: the Audi Centre Cape Town spontaneously provided an Audi A4 to support them on their training rides.

Perfect partnership
The magenta riders will be spending a total of three weeks in South Africa, while some of their team-mates are already contesting the first races in Europe. Jan Ullrich, Andreas Klöden and other athletes continue to prepare themselves for the season highlight, the Tour de France, which is scheduled to start in Paris on July 1st.

AUDI AG is the official vehicle supplier to the T-Mobile team. The unbureaucratic support rendered in South Africa is another good example of the viability of this partnership. Apart from being supported with vehicles from Audi’s model range, the athletes regularly meet at the ultra-modern wind tunnel centre in Ingolstadt to test and optimise materials and new equipment in perfect conditions. (tmo)

rosespower
02-06-2006, 10:44 AM
final results Etoile de Besseges

Riders Time Time Diff
1 Jaan Kirsipuu (EST) CREDIT AGRICOLE 03:17:48
2 Stéphane Bonsergent (FRA) BRETAGNE-JEAN FLOC'H +0:00
3 Jimmy Casper (FRA) COFIDIS +0:00
4 Alexandr Usov (BLR) AG2R PREVOYANCE +0:00
5 Mattia Gavazzi (ITA) TEAM LPR +0:00
6 Olaf Pollack (ALL) T-MOBILE +0:00
7 Arnaud Coyot (FRA) COFIDIS +0:00
8 Anthony Geslin (FRA) BOUYGUES TELECOM +0:00
9 Tomas Vaitkus (LIT) AG2R PREVOYANCE +0:00
10 James Vanlandschoot (BEL) LANDBOUWKREDIET

rosespower
02-09-2006, 08:18 AM
Roberto Heras was handed a two-year ban for doping and stripped of his fourth victory in the Tour of Spain by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC), media reported on Wednesday.

Spanish media said sources at the RFEC had said the 32-year-old rider had been informed of his sanction by letter.

Heras tested positive for the banned blood-boosting substance erythropoietin (EPO) in the penultimate stage of last year's race when he was on his way to a record fourth triumph in the three-week tour.

EPO stimulates the production of red blood cells, increasing oxygen-carrying capacity and therefore improving endurance.

The official confirmation of the sanction means that Russian cyclist Denis Menchov will now be awarded victory in the race, with Spanish duo Carlos Sastre and Francisco Mancebo completing the podium.

Heras, who was suspended by his Liberty Seguros team when the news of the positive test was made public in November, will also be banned from competing for one of the elite ProTour teams for four years.

The Spaniard, a former team mate of seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong in the US Postal team, has protested his innocence, arguing first that there must have been a laboratory mix-up and then that the testing process for EPO was flawed.

He has a month to appeal against the decision.

its.like.that
02-09-2006, 09:40 AM
First of all I'm just curious if there are any other posters to whom cycling means more than Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France.
If there are, we can talk about the springtime classics which are currently going on. Anybody seen Boonen win the Tour of Flanders, that kid is going to be the real thing for quite some time! :yeah:
If there aren't any cycling fans out here, this thread will die a slow, yet peaceful death.
So, come on out, cycling fans! Wherever you are!

This Armstrong, is the guy who stepped on the moon, no? :scratch:

Bolar Bolabi
02-09-2006, 09:42 AM
This Armstrong, is the guy who stepped on the moon, no? :scratch:

:retard:

Betty
02-09-2006, 09:44 AM
This Armstrong, is the guy who stepped on the moon, no? :scratch:
of course Jim :clap2: :lol:

its.like.that
02-09-2006, 09:47 AM
LETS GO ULLRICH AND T-MOBILE!

:rolleyes:

When are you going to stop copying me Bolar?

:retard:

Betty
02-09-2006, 09:49 AM
:rolleyes:

When are you going to stop copying me Bolar?

:retard:
Jim i like yr new flag..but change the girl on yr avatar ;)

Bolar Bolabi
02-09-2006, 09:50 AM
:rolleyes:

When are you going to stop copying me Bolar?

:retard:

When did I copy you?

Bolar Bolabi
02-09-2006, 10:15 AM
A few days ago, Andreas Klöden, Serhiy Honchar (Ukraine), Michael Rogers (Australia) and Eddy Mazzoleni (Italy) were named to the Tour squad alongside captain Jan Ullrich.


The other four spots in the Tour roster are still vacant – candidates are Lorenzo Bernucci and Giuseppe Guerini (both Italy), Sergej Ivanov (Russia), Oscar Sevilla (Spain), Matthias Kessler, Stephan Schreck, and Patrik Sinkewitz (all Germany).


I will guess who the other 4 will be.

I don't want to go too old - so I'm afraid Guerini will miss out. We already have one 36 year old in the team.

I want Sinkewitz in there as a definate. I rate this kid.

The other 3 - Sevilla, Schreck and Kessler

Serhiy Honchar - 36
Jan Ullrich - 32
Eddy Mazzoleni - 32
Andreas Kloden - 31
Oscar Sevilla - 29
Stephen Schreck - 27
Matthias Kessler - 27
Michael Rogers - 26
Patrik Sinkewitz - 25

That's the team I'd like. I'm happy for Bernucci to be in there ahead of Kessler or Sevilla.

MariaV
02-09-2006, 10:56 AM
Jim i like yr new flag..but change the girl on yr avatar ;)
Betty, you don't like Nicole V? :o She's beautiful.

Betty
02-09-2006, 11:45 AM
Betty, you don't like Nicole V? :o She's beautiful.
i like her but i thought :secret: another girl

MariaV
02-09-2006, 11:46 AM
Oh, who then?

Betty
02-09-2006, 12:07 PM
Oh, who then?
:secret: his vgf :p

HybridTheory
02-09-2006, 12:20 PM
Great!! A cycling thread :D :woohoo:

MariaV
02-09-2006, 06:38 PM
:secret: his vgf :p
Oh Bets, now I got it. :D

rosespower
02-10-2006, 12:36 PM
KLODEN's interview


09.02.2006/ Since early January, T-Mobile pro Andreas Klöden, together with his team mates Jan Ullrich, Matthias Kessler and the Italian Giuseppe Guerini, has been preparing in South Africa for the 2006 season. Our editor Barbara Völkerding caught up with the 30-year old to talk about the conditions on site, his fitness level and expectations for the first races later in the month.

Andreas, the weather forecast for Capetown sounds good: 27 Celsius, hardly a cloud, a light breeze. You didn’t come to regret your decision to continue your training in South Africa instead of Tuscany?

Andreas Klöden: No, the training conditions here in South Africa are perfect. The weather is just fine, so we can get up on our bikes each day without worries and follow our training programme. That certainly wouldn’t have been the case in any other European training area.

You’ve been riding together now for almost ten days. Give us an idea about your training day.

Klöden: Mostly, we get on the bike at 9.30 am. We train between five and six and a half hours. Afterwards we get a massage from a physiotherapist. We have dinner together at 7 pm. After three training days we take a break. On these rest days, we just ride for an hour. Other than that, we relax, go for a brunch. Time just flies here.

In the Mallorca training camp you focused on improving your basic stamina. What are you currently working on?

Klöden: My focal point now is on building up my strength, the units get more intense. Together with my coach Thomas Schediwie, who is also with us here, we often take to the mountains. He analyses my training data, and based on that we develop my further training programme. I feel good, my form is getting better day by day.

Are you still limited by your hand injury you suffered at the 2005 Tour de France?

Klöden: I have no problems any more. After the physiotherapy treatment in the winter I am absolutely free of pain now.

When will you enter the season?

Klöden: Our trip home is scheduled for February 20. My first races will be the GP Chiasso and the GP di Lugano on February 25 and 26. These races should help me to gain momentum and to find out where I’m at. What’s important is getting well through the spring, finishing the races, in order to build up the form for the Tour de France.

Some of your team mates already have some races in their legs. Being so remote from European racing – how do you keep yourself in the loop?

Klöden: Well, thanks to T-Mobile, we’re perfectly equipped and keep ourselves posted about how our team mates are doing at the races via Blackberry or mobile.
Some of us have signed up for the newsletter or the SMS services. Of course, the first months of the year are usually dominated by the sprinters and Classic specialists. I see Tom Boonen and Paolo Bettini are already in great form.

its.like.that
02-10-2006, 01:32 PM
Jim i like yr new flag..but change the girl on yr avatar ;)

why don't you like Nicole? :angel:

:p

:ras::lol:

its.like.that
02-10-2006, 01:41 PM
i like her but i thought :secret: another girl

if you want, I can put your photo as my avatar? :hug:

:p

:angel::haha:

Betty
02-10-2006, 01:46 PM
if you want, I can put your photo as my avatar? :hug:

:p

:angel::haha:
an old lady on yr avatar :bolt: better a "very" young lady :p ;)

sadhbh
02-10-2006, 11:14 PM
Hey I'm new here, I love cycling too. My Fave rider is Jan Ulrich. I really hope he can do well in the tour and for the rest of the year too.

its.like.that
02-11-2006, 12:20 AM
Hey I'm new here, I love cycling too. My Fave rider is Jan Ulrich. I really hope he can do well in the tour and for the rest of the year too.

If you wish to be allowed back in this thread, please change your avatar.

Thanks in advance.

:wavey:

:secret: ps. if you're under the age of 18, watch out for Bolar Bolabi :scared:.

its.like.that
02-11-2006, 12:22 AM
an old lady on yr avatar :bolt: better a "very" young lady :p ;)

Old lady? :scratch:

I don't know any old ladies... :shrug::p

That's why I asked for a pic of a young italian girl. :angel::hug:

Bolar Bolabi
02-11-2006, 12:39 AM
If you wish to be allowed back in this thread, please chance your avatar.

Thanks in advance.

:wavey:

Don't tell him/her what to do.

:retard:

And it's "change", not "chance"

:retard:

its.like.that
02-11-2006, 01:13 AM
Don't tell him/her what to do.

:retard:

And it's "change", not "chance"

:retard:

If he/she wishes to have friends around here (unlike you :haha: ), then they will listen to what I tell them. ;)

And thanks for the advice, when I wish to think like a moron I'll get you to teach me.

Bolar Bolabi
02-11-2006, 01:16 AM
If he/she wishes to have friends around here (unlike you :haha: ), then they will listen to what I tell them. ;)

And thanks for the advice, when I wish to think like a moron I'll get you to teach me.

I've got friends around here.

It's quality that counts and not quantity and they're all quality. Can't say the same about your fellow :retard:groupies!

:wavey:

bad gambler
02-11-2006, 01:24 AM
roberto heras should be rubbed out for life, what a joke

its.like.that
02-11-2006, 01:33 AM
I've got friends around here.

It's quality that counts and not quantity and they're all quality. Can't say the same about your fellow :retard:groupies!

:wavey:

Refer to your thread Bolar - http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=67984

The quantity was 0, but I guess the quality can be whatever you want it to be. :lol:

Bolar Bolabi
02-11-2006, 01:35 AM
Refer to your thread Bolar - http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=67984

The quantity was 0, but I guess the quality can be whatever you want it to be. :lol:

Bec was 1

its.like.that
02-11-2006, 01:45 AM
Bec was 1

:rolleyes:

The joke's on you Bolar - you think she actually likes you? :haha:

:retard:

Bolar Bolabi
02-11-2006, 01:49 AM
:rolleyes:

The joke's on you Bolar - you think she actually likes you?


Yes!

its.like.that
02-11-2006, 01:54 AM
Yes!

Stupid, and naive. :lol:

Poor Bolar :sad::hug:.

Bolar Bolabi
02-11-2006, 02:00 AM
Course she does. She has no reason to lie!

its.like.that
02-11-2006, 02:02 AM
Course she does. She has no reason to lie!

:lol:

Whatever makes you sleep easy at night princess. :kiss:

Bolar Bolabi
02-11-2006, 02:07 AM
:lol:

Whatever makes you sleep easy at night princess. :kiss:

Why would she lie?

its.like.that
02-11-2006, 02:11 AM
Why would she lie?

:awww:

Maybe she has feelings for little ;) Bolar. :eek:

:hug:

Betty
02-11-2006, 06:12 AM
Old lady? :scratch:

I don't know any old ladies... :shrug::p

That's why I asked for a pic of a young italian girl. :angel::hug:
:lol: :kiss:

sadhbh
02-11-2006, 09:02 AM
Why do I need ot change my avatar I like Lleyton Hewitt and I'm not going ot change it, I've already got friends around here so I don't know what your talking about.
Oh yeah and stop being such a bossy bitch, were just here to chat not have an argument with you.

Bolar Bolabi
02-11-2006, 10:00 AM
Why do I need ot change my avatar I like Lleyton Hewitt and I'm not going ot change it, I've already got friends around here so I don't know what your talking about.
Oh yeah and stop being such a bossy bitch, were just here to chat not have an argument with you.

Good rep coming your way!

sadhbh
02-11-2006, 04:46 PM
Thanx, Glad you like Jan Ulrich too, after my own heart. :worship:

its.like.that
02-12-2006, 01:48 AM
Why do I need ot change my avatar I like Lleyton Hewitt and I'm not going ot change it, I've already got friends around here so I don't know what your talking about.
Oh yeah and stop being such a bossy bitch, were just here to chat not have an argument with you.

You don't have friends around here.

You shall do as I say.

No need for obscene language around here :rolleyes:, surely we are all educated enough to refrain from such blasphemy.

Hewitt blows, and you do too.

Game over.

:wavey:

its.like.that
02-12-2006, 01:50 AM
Good rep coming your way!

A lifetime of solitude coming your way.

:wavey:

Bolar Bolabi
02-12-2006, 02:24 AM
Hewitt blows, and you do too.



You blow!

Leave him/her alone!

its.like.that
02-12-2006, 02:55 AM
You blow!

Leave him/her alone!

Bolar - I rule.

This is common knowledge.

:rolleyes:

Bolar Bolabi
02-12-2006, 02:58 AM
Bolar - You rule.

This is common knowledge.



I know. Thankyou! :D

sadhbh
02-12-2006, 07:24 AM
I'll gladly let you know if you check around some of the player forums you will see I do have friends.

I will not do as you say as I don't take orders from idiots.

Bolar Bolabi
02-12-2006, 09:29 AM
I will not do as you say as I don't take orders from idiots.

YES!

GOOD ONE!

sadhbh
02-12-2006, 12:30 PM
Is their anyone here interested in womens cycling? If so who are your fave cyclists.

Tyler Hamilton's 2 year ban has been upheld.

Betty
02-12-2006, 02:36 PM
No need for obscene language around here :rolleyes:,
:

what's the problem? everyone can see it and judge her/him words

btw vamos Basso :banana:

sadhbh
02-12-2006, 04:33 PM
Its her

prima donna
02-12-2006, 07:43 PM
Why do I need ot change my avatar I like Lleyton Hewitt and I'm not going ot change it, I've already got friends around here so I don't know what your talking about.
Oh yeah and stop being such a bossy bitch, were just here to chat not have an argument with you.

Wow, always great to see that there are geniuses present on MTF.

Seriously and what class you conduct yourself with, you are the complete and utter definition of the word intellect.

Why do you waste your time on MTF, you should be busy inventing something or planning a flight to the moon, such brilliance and genius all going to a waste.

All jokes aside and to be completely serious, relax and try to maintain some sort of composure. You're being the bitchy one it seems, but hypocrisy and ignorance go hand in hand. Great job and welcome to MTF, enjoy your cycling chat.

sadhbh
02-12-2006, 08:40 PM
I do apologise for my out burst, I just don't like people telling me what to do for no reason.
Thanks for the welcome, and back to cycling chat! :wavey:

its.like.that
02-12-2006, 10:22 PM
I'll gladly let you know if you check around some of the player forums you will see I do have friends.

I will not do as you say as I don't take orders from idiots.

Good luck with the friends. :wavey:

And if you don't take orders from idiots, does that mean somebody else tells you what to do? :scratch:

its.like.that
02-12-2006, 10:25 PM
I do apologise for my out burst, I just don't like people telling me what to do for no reason.
Thanks for the welcome, and back to cycling chat! :wavey:

There is a reason, not that I have to tell you what it is - you're on a need to know basis... (I'm sure you know the rest).

Thank you for your contributions to the thread, and I was glad to learn that you're female and not male.

Here is a present for you - http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=3039777&postcount=1251

Enjoy. :hug:

sadhbh
02-13-2006, 10:09 AM
Did anyone go and see The Revolution at the weekend?

its.like.that
02-13-2006, 10:35 AM
Did anyone go and see The Revolution at the weekend?

what a stupid question.

please refrain from making such senseless posts in the future.

:rolleyes:

casillas_girl
02-13-2006, 05:36 PM
What's The Revolution and why is it a stupid question? :o

Dan's Racket
02-13-2006, 05:38 PM
Hi everyone. :wavey:
I am new, I am a big cycling fan too.

My faves are Lance (past), Vinokourov and Rasmussen

casillas_girl
02-13-2006, 05:40 PM
Hello Dan! :wavey: Nice to have you here!

I'm a fan of Tom Boonen! :D

Dan's Racket
02-13-2006, 05:41 PM
Hello Dan! :wavey: Nice to have you here!

I'm a fan of Tom Boonen! :D
Good sprinter, and winner of many one day classics :yeah:
England doesn't have many top cyclists atm. :lol:

casillas_girl
02-13-2006, 05:43 PM
Maybe in a couple years! You never know. ;)

Dan's Racket
02-13-2006, 05:48 PM
Yeah, I dont think we have the encouragement and the right training programmes for the sport in this country.

casillas_girl
02-13-2006, 05:50 PM
You have good tennis players and football teams, so that's already a good point! ;)

Dan's Racket
02-13-2006, 05:52 PM
Good football teams, yes. but we only have on decent prospect in tennis. You guys have Malisse, Rochus,Henin-Hardenne & Clijsters(sorry if i missed any).

rosespower
02-13-2006, 06:26 PM
Hi everyone. :wavey:
I am new, I am a big cycling fan too.

My faves are Lance (past), Vinokourov and Rasmussen
Hi!

Dan's Racket
02-13-2006, 06:31 PM
Hello, pleased to meet you.

rosespower
02-13-2006, 06:32 PM
same here!:)

Dan's Racket
02-13-2006, 06:34 PM
Do you like cycling or are you just a chatty person?

rosespower
02-13-2006, 06:39 PM
i must admit i'm not an advanced watcher but since i watched this sport i'm in love with it.....

rosespower
02-13-2006, 06:40 PM
and if u have seen the previous posts they made you understand earlier my intentions...

Dan's Racket
02-13-2006, 06:45 PM
It's a great sport, I love watching the tour.

rosespower
02-13-2006, 06:54 PM
yes.... you nnow what is the paradox.... i don't now to ride a bicicle but i'd love to learn for the beauty of this sport.....

Dan's Racket
02-13-2006, 06:57 PM
yes.... you nnow what is the paradox.... i don't now to ride a bicicle but i'd love to learn for the beauty of this sport.....
i know what a paradox is. ;)
I am actually in the process of buying a new bike.

rosespower
02-13-2006, 07:01 PM
i know you know what it means but...just wanted to point mine....

rosespower
02-14-2006, 06:54 AM
12.02.2006/ The opening stage of the 52nd Ruta del Sol turned into a Spanish family matter with 26-year old Adolfo Garcia Quesada (Andalucia) and his older brother Carlos (Unibet.com) taking first and second in Sunday’s first 161,4 stage from Antequera to Otura Santa Clara. The two had jumped clear of a seven-man head group before.

The chase group including all T-Mobile pros and six further ProTour teams crossed the finish line more than half an hour behind. Thus, the number of candidates for the overall win is effectively reduced to only seven riders already after the first day.

Wind, fog and sleet made things hard for the peloton in the mountains of southern Spain. “At times, the visibility was very poor and the roads were wet. That’s why nobody in the main field wanted to take the risk of chasing down the breakaways“, said sporting manager Valerio Piva.

The breakaways knew how to use this to their advantage. They jumped clear already 20 km into the race, when the 98-man peloton was still “warming up”. On constant up and down terrain at almost 1.000 m the group build up an impressive 31-minute lead over the pack.

Quesada attack successful
The Quesada brothers attacked just at the right moment and fought out the stage win between them, 11 seconds ahead of Euskaltel’s Inaki Flores (Euskaltel) who came in third. At is season debut, T-Mobile pro Oscar Sevilla placed 29th, in the same time as the sprint stars Tom Boonen and Alessandro Petacchi.

Monday’s 157, 2 km second stage of the five-day UCI category 2.1 race takes the riders over undulating terrain from La Guardia de Jaén to Jaén. (tmo)
Participating teams (14)
Number Country Teams
7 Spain Andalucia-Paul Versan, Comunidad Valenciana, Euskaltel, Kaiku, Relax, Saunier Duval, 3 Molinos Resort
2 Belgium Quick Step, Unibet.com
1 France Agritubel
1 USA Discovery Channel
1 Italy Milram
1 Germany T-Mobile Team
1 Netherlands Rabobank

sadhbh
02-14-2006, 07:42 AM
What's The Revolution and why is it a stupid question?
I meant to say is anyone going. I don't know why it's a stupid question. The Revolution is a track racing weekend this one is Revolution 12, Revolution 11 was in Jan.

England doesn't have many top cyclists atm.
I know that the Isle of Man is coming out with some good cyclists like Mark Cavendish who used to belong to the same club as me.

rosespower
02-17-2006, 07:57 AM
16.02.2006/ The waiting is nearly over: The T-Mobile women’s team kicks off the 2006 racing season at high profile events in Australia and New Zealand.

The squad, including four-time USA champion Kimberly Baldwin and 2004 World Champ Judith Arndt from Germany, face a busy program down under: Their first race is the Geelong Tour in Australia from February 21-23. This is followed on February 26 by the first of 12 Events in this year World Cup series, also in Geelong. Afterwards the athletes move on to New Zealand, where they compete at the Tour of New Zealand (March 1-3) and the subsequent New Zealand leg of the World Cup (March 5).

Teutenberg looking forward to first race
"It will be a big challenge”, said sporting director Andrzej Bek. “It’s summertime in the southern hemisphere and the Australians are in excellent form. With the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne following shortly after these races, the competition will be very strong and in peak fitness".

Captain and ten-time German Champion Ina-Yoko Teutenberg remained confident: "It's the first race of the new T-Mobile Team, we are motivated and ready to race together as a team"!

The T-Mobile line-up is rounded out by four-time Canadian Champion Lyne Bessette, her compatriot Amy Moore and 2005 French National Champ Magali Le Floch. (mf)

The T-Mobile roster in brief:
Judith Arndt, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (both Germany), Lyne Bessette, Amy Moore (Canada), Magali Le Floch (France), Kimberly Baldwin (USA)

rosespower
02-17-2006, 07:58 AM
16.02.2006/ Austrian Bernhard Eisel took Thursday’s second stage of the 32nd Tour of Algarve. The Fdjeux pro won the mass sprint after 173,5 km from Vila do Bispo to Lagos by edging out Portuguese Manuel Cardoso (Carvalhelhos) and Belgian Nico Eeckhout (Chocolade Jacques).

Eisel now places second in the overall, in the same time as the leader, Italian Marco Zanotti (Unibet.com). T-Mobile’s Patrik Sinkewitz lies in 10th (+0’08), but lost his climbers jersey.

T-Mobile pro Eric Baumann landed in 10th place in the sprint finale. 200 m to the line the pedal of another bike got stuck in his front wheel causing two of the eight spokes to break. "Hadn’t it been for the crash, a podium finish would have been within reach for me“, a slightly annoyed Baumann commented post-race.

Sporting manager Frans van Looy was content with his his rider just the same: "Such a sprint finale is very dangerous. I’m glad that nothing happened to Eric and he could even fight his way to the finish", said the Belgian.

T-Mobile Team leads the peloton
Generally, van Looy was sitisfied about his team’s performance on the second day. It was the magenta riders, who again and again took the initiative in the peloton and reduced the gap to 2’00.

Hower, that wasn’t enough to keep Sinkewitz in the climbers jersey. The 25-year old dropped down to third place, having five points.

In the next two days, van Looy once again expects sprint finales. "The team is in good shape. We’ll see what happens", said van Looy.

Friday sees the third stage of the UCI category 2.1 five-day stage race – it’s a 198-km trek on undulating terrain from Castro Marim to Faro. (tmo)

The T-Mobile roster in brief:
Eric Baumann (25), Linus Gerdemann (23), Serhiy Honchar (35/Ukraine), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Jörg Ludewig (30), Stephan Schreck (27), Patrik Sinkewitz (25) and Thomas Ziegler (25).

The stages in brief:
15.02. – 1st stage: Albufeira - Tavira, 153,3 km
16.02. – 2nd stage: Vila do Bispo - Lagos, 173,5 km
17.02. – 3rd stage: Castro Marim - Faro,198,0 km
18.02. – 4th stage: Lagoa - Portimão, 174,5 km
19.02. – 5th stage: V. R. de Santo António - Alto do Malhão, 183,4 km

Previous winners:
2005 Hugo Sabido (POR)
2004 Floyd Landis (USA)
2003 Claus Möller (Dan)
2002 Candido Barbosa (Por)
2001 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita)
2000 Alex Zülle (Swi)

rosespower
02-17-2006, 07:59 AM
17.01.2006/ The T-Mobile Team have completed a very good two-week training camp under perfect conditions on Mallorca. In the first week the focus was on building up the basic stamina.

In order to do so, the riders train daily for five to six hours at low exercise intensity (average speed at appr. 30-32 km/h). In the second week, mainly for the Classic specialists the training was intensified by adding specific elements. Among others, important race situations like attacks or interval sprints were simulated. On the whole, the level of exercise was increased, for example by training behind a motorbike.

With the start of the season the first training phase ended for the riders. In the next two months, the classic hunters will prepare themselves in order to reach peak fitness with minor races in Spain, Italy and France. However, it is this very phase when serious injuries can occur. There are many reasons for that: The weather conditions can cause slippery roads or some riders try to compensate for their lack of fitness by hazardous manoeuvres.

"Most injuries affect the upper body”
According to a study by my colleague Carsten Temme, statistically speaking, fractures or lacerations occur very 58.000 kilometres in pro cycling. Most injuries affect the upper extremities. The most common fracture is a broken collarbone, followed by broken ribs. Most of the falls in the races are caused by colliding with opponents, at mass crashes in particular. During training, riders suffer injuries mostly by colliding with cars or due to rider error. Fortunately, thanks to compulsory wearing of helmets, the number of head injuries has been significantly declining in recent years.

Another interesting outcome of the study is, that following a serious injury a rider needs to refrain from racing for 35 on the average, while it takes the rider a total of 57 days after the injury occurred to get back to his former performance level. Depending on the point in time of the season, the season could be „over“ for a rider, before it even started. Mostly, however, the injuries suffered at a crash are not that serious and the riders only rarely need to be hospitalized.

So let’s hope we are spared heavy crashes this season

rosespower
02-17-2006, 07:59 AM
16.02.2006/ Aussie Michael Rogers is making his debut with the T-Mobile Team at the Tour of California, which starts on Sunday. The eight-day stage race (February 19-26) at the spectacular Pacific coast will make its way from San Francisco to Redondo Beach, along a demanding 1.000-kilometre course.

The prologue through the streets of San Francisco starts with the three-time time trial World Champion’s forte: A contre la montre. Starting by the Ferry Building at Pier 1, the 3,1-kilometre course will eventually bring the riders up the tight and steep climb through Telegraph Hill to the finish at Coit Tower.

"Michael trained well in the past weeks and should be able to aim for a top placing. However, it’s his first race this season, so one shouldn’t expect too much from him already”, said the sport and technical director Mario Kummer, who thinks his captain can also perform well at the third stage’s time trial (San José, 27,4 km).

Rogers ready for the real thing
Rogers himself is equally optimistic, but doesn’t feel pressure on him: “It’s my first competition. Although I did some riding in the wind tunnel at our sponsor Audi, I haven’t yet tested the bike to the max in practice”, the 26-year-old said.

Also taking the “California trip” are Rogers’ countryman Scott Davies, the young Dutchman Bas Giling, the strong climber Bernhard Kohl and youngster Frantisek Rabon.

Rounding out the magenta roster are Olaf Pollack, André Korff und André Greipel. The three fast men are expected to put their skills to good use in sprint finals and go for stage wins.

Lining up alongside T-Mobile will be a top class field. A total of eight ProTour teams take to the starting line at the UCI category 2.1 race.

Discovery Channel led by George Hincapie and Tom Danielson is looking to shine on home roads. No less ambitious are the Danish CSC team including captain Bobby Julich, David Zabriskie and Jens Voigt and Gerolsteiner, spearheaded by Deutschland-Rundfahrt winner Levy Leipheimer. Another candidate for the overall is the American Saul Raisin (Credit Agricole).

Holm: "A pretty intense race"
Thursday’s “queen's stage” from Monterey to San Luis Obispo follows scenic Highway 1 where the mountains run into the Pacific Ocean. At 210,7 kilometres, it is the longest stage of the 2006 tour and according to the organisers will take the riders more than six hours.

At the second stage, a 152-km trek from Martinez to San José, the Sierra Road climb east of the city center will be the first category one climb awaiting the peloton. On stage five, the riders will face the four-mile category one climb to San Marcos Pass before descending to a beachfront finish in Santa Barbara.

Sporting manager Brian Holm is full of respect for the profile: "Given that the season is still in its early stage, it’s a pretty intense race with numerous climbs. There’s no way you can call this a preparation race.”

The T-Mobile roster in brief:
Scott Davis (26/Australia), Bas Giling (23/Netherlands), André Greipel (23), Bernhard Kohl (24/Austria), André Korff (32), Olaf Pollack (32), Frantisek Rabon (22/Czech Republic), Michael Rogers (26/Australia).

The stages in brief:
19.02. - Prologue: San Francisco (ITT), 3,1 km
20.02. – 1st stage: Sausalito - Santa Rosa, 129,1 km
21.02. – 2nd stage: Martinez - San José, 152,7 km
22.02. – 3rd stage: San José (EZF), 27,4 km
23.02. – 4th stage: Monterey - San Luis Obispo, 210,7 km
24.02. – 5th stage: San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara, 169,5 km
25.02. – 6th stage: Santa Barbara - Thousands Oaks, 144 km
26.02. – 7th stage: Redondo Beach - Redondo Beach (10 Rd.), 123,1 km
Participating teams (16)
Country Starters Teams
France 1 Credit Agricole
Spain 1 Saunier Duval
Belgium 1 Davitamon-Lotto
Germany 2 T-Mobile Team, Gerolsteiner
Denmark 1 CSC
Switzerland 1 Phonak
USA 7 Discovery Channel
, Navigator Insurance, Healthnet, Jelly Belly, TIAA CREF, Colavita/Sutter Home, Kodak Gallery.com, Toyota-United Pro
Mexico 1 National team

rosespower
02-17-2006, 08:00 AM
16.02.2006/ Local hero Carlos Garcia Quesada (Unibet.com) was crowned overall winner at the 52nd Ruta del Sol in Andalusia after claiming the lead on the first stage and holding it until the finish. Second at the stage-tour through southern Spain was Rodrigo Garcia Reno (Kaiku) ahead of Adolfo Garcia Quesada (Andalucia).

At the end of the UCI category 2.1 five-day race, World Champion Tom Boonen celebrated another stage win. The Belgian edged out his rival Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) in a mass sprint to win the fifth 172-km stage from Olvera to Sevilla. The fast Italian had won the much anticipated sprinters battle on the two previous days. Briton Roger Hammond (Discovery Channel) crossed the finishing line in third.

Sevilla with solid performance
The best placed T-Mobile pro in both stage and overall classification was the Spaniard Oscar Sevilla (27th/22nd). The magenta classic specialists Steffen Wesemann, Andreas Klier and Lorenzo Bernucci were involved in crash, but apart from a few scratches got off lightly.

"Sevilla showed a solid performance at his first race. But also Klier’s, 'Wese’s' and Bernucci’s form is clearly on the rise with regards to the Spring classics. I’m glad they weren’t seriously injured today“, said a relieved sporting manager Valerio Piva.

Boonen and Petacchi battling it out
Two three category climbs on the way to the Andulisian capital of Sevilla weren’t enough for two breakaways to bring home the bacon. The sprinter teams, most of all Tom Boonen’s QuickStep, kept mercilessly pushing the pace.

On the last 50 km the main bunch swallowed the leading group and powered to the line. Although the final, pancake-flat kilometres, seemed to rather favour Petacchi than Boonen, “Tornado Tom“ could turn the tables on his Italian rival in the sprint. (tmo)

The T-Mobile roster in brief:
Lorenzo Bernucci (26/Italy), Marcus Burghardt (22), Sergey Ivanov (30/Russia), Andreas Klier (30), Daniele Nardello (33/Italy) – dropped out, Oscar Sevilla (29/Spain), Steffen Wesemann (34/Switzerland). Sporting manager: Valerio Piva.

The remaining stages:
14.02. – 3rd stage: Cabra - Cordoba, 174,1 km
15.02. – 4th stage: Ecija - Ronda, 162,1 km
16.02. – 5th stage: Olvera - Sevilla, 172,6 km

Roll of honour:
2005 Francisco Cabello (Esp)
2004 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Esp)
2003 Javier Pascual Llorente (Esp)
2002 Antonio Colom (Esp)
2001 Erik Dekker (Ned)
2000 Miguel Angel Pena (Esp)
1999 Javier Pasqual Rodriguez (Esp)
1998 Marcelino Garcia (Esp)
1997 Erik Zabel (Ger)
1996 Neil Stephens (Aus)
1995 Stefano Della-Santa (Ita)
1994 Stefano Della-Santa (Ita)
1993 Julian Gorospe (Esp)
1992 Miguel-Angel Martinez (Esp)
1991 Roberto Lezaun (Esp)
1990 Eduardo Chozas (Esp)
1989 Fabio Bordonali (Ita)
1988 Edwig Van Hooydonck (Bel)
1987 Rolf Gölz (Ger)
1986 Steven Rooks (Ned)
1985 Rolf Gölz (Ger)
1984 Julian Gorospe (Esp)
1983 Eduardo Chozas (Esp)
1982 Marc Sergeant (Bel)
1981 Adri Schipper (Ned)
1980 Daniel Willems (Bel)
1977 Dietrich Thurau (Ger)
Participating teams (14)
Number Country Teams
7 Spain Andalucia-Paul Versan, Comunidad Valenciana, Euskaltel, Kaiku, Relax, Saunier Duval, 3 Molinos Resort
2 Belgium Quick Step, Unibet.com
1 France Agritubel
1 USA Discovery Channel
1 Italy Milram
1 Germany T-Mobile Team
1 Netherlands Rabobank

rosespower
02-17-2006, 08:01 AM
Stage 4 - February 15: Ecija - Ronda, 162 km
Ranking Rider Nationality Team Time
1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram 4.07.11
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step - Innergetic
3 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
4 Carlos García Quesada (Spa) Unibet.com
5 Guido Trenti (USA) Quick Step - Innergetic
6 Iñaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
7 Luis Pasamontes Rodríguez (Spa) Unibet.com
8 Rodrigo García Rena (Spa) Kaiku
9 Lénaic Olivier (Fra) Agritubel
10 Ángel Gómez Gómez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir
11 Jesús Del Nero (Spa) 3 Molinos Resort
12 Roger Hammond (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
13 Koldo Fernández De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
14 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step - Innergetic
15 Adolfo García Quesada (Spa) Andalucia - Paul Versan
16 José Adrián Bonilla Bonilla (CRi) Comunidad Valenciana
17 Joseba Albizu Lizaso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
18 Marco Velo (Ita) Team Milram
19 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval - Prodir
20 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile Team
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46 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) T-Mobile Team
67 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) T-Mobile Team
69 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team
73 Sergey Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team
87 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team + 1.39

rosespower
02-20-2006, 07:58 PM
16.02.2006/ Winter in Central Europe is not exactly the cycling athlete’s best friend. He’s way too cold, too wet and too long. However, you have to come to terms with him somehow - especially when you’re preparing for your season debut in Australia like the T-Mobile riders.

Bek: "They are all in good form"
Sporting director Andrej Bek describes having to train in the European winter months as a handicap of sorts. Competitors spoiled by the sun seem to be better off than people like Judith Arndt, who has to put up with the stormy wind and rainy weather in Germany.

However, he is confident of his riders’ abilities: “They are all in good form, physically and mentally“. A few weeks after the Mallorca training camp and a few days before the first race, Bek says the team is ready and raring to go: “They are looking forward to their season debut”.

The first race for the T-Mobile women’s team will be the Geelong Tour in Australia from February 21-23, followed on February 26 by the first of twelve events in this year’s World Cup series, also in Geelong. According to Bek, for those athletes flying in from Europe, this experience comes as a little shock to the body. “We’ll definitely have good weather there - I guess between 30 and 35 degrees“.

The same, of course, goes for New Zealand, where the women will be on the starting line for the Tour of New Zealand (March 1-3). Originally, the new women’s team was to make their first outing in Europe after that, but the Primavera Rosa in Italy was cancelled. So now the team’s season debut in Europe will be at the famous and important Tour of Flanders on April 2. The March schedule has been changed, the team is now set to compete at several races in the USA.

Gearing up for a long season
Since the Mallorca training camp, where the team used the agreeable January temperatures to get as many kilometers in their legs as possible, the T-Mobile pros haven’t seen each other. Each rider went on to pursue her individual season preparation. Judith Arndt stayed on Mallorca for a few more days, before she headed home to Germany. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg flew back to Australia to benefit from the summer-like conditions down under.

Kimberly Baldwin had no reason to complain about bad weather, either. The four-time US Champ from Chicago trained a lot in sunny California and Arizona in the past few weeks. “That’s why you can expect Ina Teutenberg, Kimberly Baldwin and the other Canadian, Lyne Bessette, who just returned from the Cyclo-Cross Worlds, to be in top shape and form the core of our team in the first races”, said Bek.

As usual before any season kick-off, there’s some uncertainty mingled with the enthusiasm. “Of course we don’t know how the competition is doing“, says Bek, "So that’s a big question mark“. However, he expects the Aussies and the Canadians to be at the top of their game already, given the fact that they are preparing for the Commonwealth Games. “They take them very serious and will have trained accordingly”.

But Bek also stresses, that he doesn’t expect his riders to be in top shape so early into the season. “The season very long, it lasts seven months”, he says. “In September, the Worlds are on the menu, they probably would be too worn out by then”.

Fine-tuning the tactics
So at first it will be rather a matter of getting a picture of the competition and fine-tuning the tactics. After all, Bek knows what he has in his team. “At the one-day races and on flat terrain, I count on Ina Teutenberg, while Judith Arndt, Lyne Bessette and Kimberly Baldwin, who is also a good time trialist, focus on the stage-races“.

The respective race profile, according to Bek, is always something to consider as well. Kimberly for example, is able to shine, when it comes to tackling long and steep climbs, while Judith Arndt can show her abilities at “every kind of race”. Bek is convinced: “They will jump at every chance to win“. (ih)

rosespower
02-20-2006, 07:59 PM
19.02.2006/ Eric Baumann suffered the first setback in his young career following his crash at the Tour of Algarve on Saturday, in which he broke both the tibia and fibula. After his team mate Thomas Ziegler got him into position for the sprint at the fourth stage, Baumann touched his back wheel and took an unfortunate fall.

"It was a kamikaze finale. There were crashes shortly before already. Thommy led the sprint for me and suddenly had to swerve to avoid colliding with the rider in front of him. I then got stuck in his wheel and hit the curb hard. I guess that’s a sprinter’s lot“, said Baumann, who will travel back to Freiburg as soon as possible in order to undergo surgery at the University Clinic in Freiburg.

The 25-year old will be forced to the sidelines for several weeks. Baumann: "I have no experience with an injury like that. It’s the first time ever for me to break a bone. Our team doctor Andreas Blum said I won’t be able to train for approximately six weeks. I feel very bad now, especially since I was in good form these days”. (tmo)

rosespower
02-20-2006, 08:00 PM
20.02.2006/ Jan Ullrich is back from a three-week training camp in South Africa, where he had been preparing for 2006 season, together with his team mates Andreas Klöden, Matthias Kessler and Giuseppe Guerini. Sporting director Rudy Pevenage told our editor Dirk Wende, how the training camp on the cape went and what’s next on the plate for Ullrich.

Mr Pevenage, did moving the training camp from Tuscany to South Africa at short notice pay off?

Rudy Pevenage: Yes, absolutely so! Especially when you look at the weather in Europe in the past weeks – particularly in Italy. We had perfect training conditions with summer-like temperatures and a light breeze. Such a focused and intense preparation wouldn’t have been possible in Tuscany. Ice and snow aren’t the order of the day in Cape Town.

Can you give us an idea about the training?

Pevenage: We worked with three blocks of training, like on Mallorca. That means: Training intensely for three days, then taking a rest day, when the lads only went for a relaxed ride. But the training days were very demanding with between five to six and a half hours of rides each day. While in December and January we concentrated on improving the basic stamina, the focal point now was on building up strength.

How do you assess Jan Ullrich’s performance level?

Pevenage: I’m content. Everything is going to plan for Jan. On the cape, he clearly increased his training load compared to Mallorca. Sometimes I even had to hold back Jan a little in his enthusiasm. He was visibly motivated by the good weather – the same goes for Matse, Klödi and Beppe.

What does that mean?

Pevenage: We are on schedule. Jan’s form is getting better day by day. We’ll see at his first race what effect the training has.

When will that be?

Pevenage: That’s not fixed yet and will depend on the further course of the preparation. Jan will now continue his training in Tuscany. There we will decide together with Jan where he will ride his first season race.

rosespower
02-20-2006, 08:01 PM
19.02.2006/ Portuguese Joao Cabreira (Maia-Milaneza) triumphed at the 32nd edition of the Volta ao Algarve. The 23-year old won both the final 183,5 km stage and the overall classification.

Second was the Dutchman Robert Gesink, ahead of Cabreira’s compatriot André Vital Moreira. T-Mobile pro Kim Kirchen arrived at the summit finish at the Alto do Malhão in fifth place. His team mate Thomas Ziegler rounded off the good result for T-Mobile by finishing in fifth place on the GC.

T-Mobile on the offensive
"We have been on the offensive here and always mixed it at the front. That’s why I’m very satisfied with our performance", explained Frans van Looy, who was directing team affairs in Portugal. The only downer was Eric Baumann’s crash on Saturday, in which he broke both the tibia and fibula. On Sunday he was already on a plane back to Germany, where he faces the knife in the next days.

"Yesterday evening, we were all with Eric in the hospital until 11 pm. So today our mood was rather subdued. But we all pulled ourselves together once more and rode a great race“, said van Looy.

High pace on final stage
The remaining 142 riders set out on the final stage, which featured a total of four selective climbs – three of them of the third category. A small group led by Benjamin Noval grew impatient and managed to jump clear, which made the rain-lashed race at temperatures of only 8 degrees even more demanding.

"That was a very tough race. This leading group had been causing us a lot of trouble. It took us quite a lot of work in bad weather together with Gerolsteiner to reel them back in“, said van Looy.

The escapees were caught at 100 km into the race. A little later, a 50-man group led by Kirchen, Ziegler, Patrik Sinkewitz and Jörg Ludewig reached the foot of the final ascent. “Jörg worked very hard and long for us. Of course, he had to let go of the lead group. He, too, showed a strong performance here“, van Looy explained.

Alto do Malhão played kingmaker
As expected, the decision was brought about by the second category Alto do Malhão (525 m). On the final climb the underdog Cabreira proved to have the most staying power and celebrated the biggest win of his young career. (tmo)


The T-Mobile roster in brief:
Eric Baumann (25), Linus Gerdemann (23), Serhiy Honchar (35/Ukraine), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Jörg Ludewig (30), Stephan Schreck (27), Patrik Sinkewitz (25) and Thomas Ziegler (25). Bold: Dropped out.

Previous winners:
2005 Hugo Sabido (POR)
2004 Floyd Landis (USA)
2003 Claus Möller (Dan)
2002 Candido Barbosa (Por)
2001 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita)
2000 Alex Zülle (Swi)

rosespower
02-22-2006, 07:45 AM
20.02.2006/ Olaf Pollack claimed 2nd place in a thrilling sprint finish in the first ever road race stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Argentinian rider Juan José Haedo (Toyota-United Pro) edged out the T-Mobile rider to claim the stage win. Australia's Stuart O'Grady (CSC) placed third.

"It's a pity that Olaf couldn't quite edge it. The team did a great job for him and put him in a perfect position," quipped T-Mobile sporting director Brian Holm post-race.

The 131 KM stage began near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge in the town of Sausalito and ended in the scenic town of Santa Rosa, near the famous vineyards of Napa Valley.

The way to San Jose
T-Mobile's Austrian climbing specialist Bernhard Kohl retained the prestigious “King of the Mountains jersey earned in the race prologue on Saturday on the dramatic climb to Coit Tower in San Francisco.

Tuesday's 153 Km stage 2 contains the race’s toughest climb shortly before the stage finish in San Jose, where Kohl can expect hefty challenges for the climbers jersey from some big hitters like Gilberto Simoni, Paolo Salvedelli, Tom Danielson and others in the star-studded field. (gl)

The T-Mobile Team in brief:
Scott Davis (26/Australia), Bas Giling (23/Netherlands), André Greipel (23), Bernhard Kohl (24/Austria), André Korff (32), Olaf Pollack (32), Frantisek Rabon (22/Czech), Michael Rogers (26/Australia). Sportling director: Brian Holm.

Remaining stages:

21.02. - 2. Stage: Martinez - San José, 152,7 km
22.02. - 3. Stage: San José (EZF), 27,4 km
23.02. - 4. Stage: Monterey - San Luis Obispo, 210,7 km
24.02. - 5. Stage: San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara, 169,5 km
25.02. - 6. Stage: Santa Barbara - Thousands Oaks, 144 km
26.02. - 7. Stage: Redondo Beach - Redondo Beach (10 Rd.), 123,1 km

sadhbh
02-22-2006, 01:56 PM
What races are people going to see if any this year. I am going to Le Tour to watch Jan the man.

rosespower
02-22-2006, 06:55 PM
cool...
jan...and tour de france...i want...

sadhbh
02-22-2006, 09:10 PM
I have to get trained up though because the whole holiday will be cycling, cause there is no chance we will get to the stages in a car. I will make sure i get at least on pic on Jan and possibly learn to ask for one in German on the off chance.

rosespower
02-23-2006, 05:51 PM
sweet...i don't even know to ride a bicicle...
and please don't forget to post the pics...

rosespower
02-24-2006, 10:04 AM
Juan Jose Haedo became the Tour of California's first double stage winner, sprinting to a close victory in the race's longest stage on Thursday. T-Mobile's Andre Korff placed third in the finale, while Bernhard Kohl retained his climbers jersey.

rosespower
02-26-2006, 09:29 AM
Pollack wins first stage since 2004
Germany's Olaf Pollack sprinted to a first stage win since 2004 on Saturday, while American Floyd Landis remained on course for victory with one day remaining in the inaugural Tour of California.

sadhbh
02-26-2006, 07:49 PM
Landis is beginning to ride well as a team leader, it has taken a little while ot get out of Armstrongs shadow.

rosespower
02-28-2006, 06:52 PM
26.02.2006/ T-Mobile's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg outfoxed the competition to win the opening round of the UCI women's road cycling World Cup in Geelong, Australia Sunday.

After an eventful 119 Kilometres, the T-Mobile train, led out by Judith Arndt delivered their sprinter to an emphatic win on Geelong's waterfront.

"It doesn't get any better than winning the first World Cup race of the season,“ said the ten-time German champion after demonstrating more of the form she had shown earlier in the week at the Geelong Tour to outmuscle her key rivals in the bunch sprint finish.

Wood makes late attack
A bunch sprint finish had looked odds-on until a bold move by Nürnberger's Oenone Wood on the race's final climb set up a dramatic finale. Wood's jump sent her clear, but T-Mobile and several other sprinters teams responded, to close down the attack with two kilometres to go.

"Oenone did an amazing attack on the last lap, I mean she was just amazing going up the hill," quipped Teutenberg to Cyclingnews afterwards.

"It was just a little windy on the downhill and Univega and Judith (Arndt) pretty much rode her in until we got to the ocean road. Kate (Bates) just went a little too early and I could jump on her the last two hundred metres."

Mission accomplished
Teutenberg has been training Down Under since October and that looks to have paid dividends; today's World Cup victory was her fourth podium for the week, after the German sprinter recorded results of second, third and first during the three stages of the Geelong Women's Tour. It looks like mission accomplished for Teutenberg in Australia and another 3,000 Euro donation to UNICEF's Schools for Africa charity..

On a sour note, T-Mobile also suffered an early setback when Canadian Lyne Bessette, who was injured in a crash during the final stage of the Geelong Tour withdrew from the race, suffering the on-going effects of concussion. (gl)

rosespower
03-01-2006, 06:48 PM
05/03 0 - Issy-les-Moulineaux > Issy-les-Moulineaux (4.8km)
06/03 1 - Villemandeur > Saint-Amand-Montrond (193km)
07/03 2 - Cerilly > Belleville (200km)
08/03 3 - Julienas > Saint-Etienne (168.5km)
09/03 4 - Saint-Etienne > Rasteau (193km)
10/03 5 - Avignon > Digne-les-Bains (201.5km)
11/03 6 - Digne-les-Bains > Cannes (179km)
12/03 7 - Nice > Nice (135km)
the schedule for paris nice

rosespower
03-01-2006, 06:49 PM
26.02.2006/ T-Mobile newcomer Kim Kirchen demonstrated some fine form ahead of the spring classics, placing second in Sunday's GP di Lugano in Switzerland. There was no stopping Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step) on the hilly 174.3 km course however. The Olympic Champion attacked with 28 km to go, left the field for dead and streaked home with a convincing 52 second advantage.

Behind Bettini, the Luxembourger Kirchen edged out the Bulgarian Aliaksandr Kuschinsky (Ceramica Flamina) in the eight-up sprint for second place.

"I am delighted. We had a lot of riders in good positions in today's race, but Bettini was simply the strongest. When he attacked on the climb nobody could follow," said T-Mobile sporting manager Frans van Looy.

Good day for Quick.Step
With team mate Nick 'the sniper' Nuyens winning at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in Belgium, 'the cricket' Bettini's second season win made it a great day for Quick.Step all round. A strong team performance helped Bettini's winning effort.

"Our team was fantastic today," Bettini said. "At the bottom of the final ascent I had four other team mates around me. Scarselli, Wielinga, Vasseur and Van de Walle all did a fantastic job that I went on to finish. I'm in good form and must admit that I'm having a great start to the season. I am motivated and want to make the most of this and the great form that I am in, in order to try and get a few more victories under my belt."

Bettini's deadly attack on the Carona climb splintered the field and led to the formation of Kirchen's chasing group. With Bettini in inspired early season form however, the chasers were only left to sprint it out for second place. (gl)

The T-Mobile Team roster in brief:
Linus Gerdemann (23), Giuseppe Guerini (36/Italy), Serhiy Honchar (Ukraine/35), Kim Kirchen (Luxemburg/27), Andreas Klöden (30), Patrik Sinkewitz (25) and Thomas Ziegler (25). Sporting manager: Frans van Looy.

GP Lugano winners since 2000:
2006 - Paolo Bettini (Ita)
2005 - Rik Verbrugghe
2004 - Frédéric Bessy (Fra)
2003 - David Moncoutié (Fra)
2002 - Ruslan Ivanov
2001 - Luca Paolini (ita)
2000 - Tobias Steinhauser (Ger)

rosespower
03-01-2006, 06:50 PM
28.02.2006/ T-Mobile sport and technical director Mario Kummer discusses the team's start to the season with t-mobile-team reporter Barbara Völkerding and looks ahead to Paris-Nice, the first race on the 2006 ProTour calendar.

Mario, Olaf Pollack's wins in California and Kim Kirchen's second place at GP di Lugano made it a good weekend for the T-Mobile Team. What’s your view on the performances so far?

Mario Kummer: Positive overall. Olaf's stage wins and podium places by André Greipel, Kim Kirchen and Lorenzo Bernucci helped us achieve what we failed to do last year: keep our focus during the season’s opening races and nail some good results. We have succeeded in that this year.

Steffen Wesemann, Andreas Klier and the rest of the classics specialists got some tough racing in the legs at the weekened’s Belgian classics openers. Are they now in good shape for the big ones like Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders?

Kummer: Our core classics team have built up their form nicely in recent weeks. Daniele Nardello’s absence left us a bit short in Belgium however, but the lads still worked hard. It wasn't enough for a good race placing however. Anyway, with Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders in mind we need to keep up the hard work.

Newcomers André Greipel, Lorenzo Bernucci, Thomas Ziegler, Patrik Sinkewitz, Kim Kirchen and Linus Gerdemann have impressed in recent weeks...

Kummer: Yes, this is a pleasing development. We have been able to easily integrate the new riders, they have been quickly accepted into the team. Their offensive riding style is a breath of fresh air in the team - I like it. They trained well in the pre-season and now they are showing their form with strong rides like Kim's in Lugano or those by Patrik, Thomas and Linus in Portugal.

Paris-Nice is the first race in the 2006 ProTour series. The T-Mobile Team has won this tour on three occasions over the years. What can you do there this year?

Kummer: We are looking forward to this first big race of the season. At the Tour of California it was obvious that the competition has very strong early season form. CSC, Discovery Channel and Phonak were particularly impressive, but I also expect Gerolsteiner to get some good results in France. We have also set ourselves some high targets for Paris-Nice. For us the race is an indicator of where we stand. In Patrik Sinkewitz, Kim Kirchen and Linus Gerdemann we have three riders capable of aiming for the GC. I am anxious to see how we get on.

rosespower
03-02-2006, 06:41 PM
02.03.2006/ The new ProTour series kicks-off Sunday with the prestigious Paris-Nice (March 5-12). "We are looking forward to this first big race of the season," says T-Mobile sport and technical director Mario Kummer. "For us the race is an indicator of where we stand."

The star-studded international field assembled for the ‘Race to the Sun' and the tough race parcours will certainly pose some hard questions, but Kummer believes that in Patrik Sinkewitz, Kim Kirchen and Linus Gerdemann his team has three riders "capable of aiming for the GC".

Paris-Nice has been something of a happy hunting ground for magenta riders in past years - Alexander Vinokourov won back-to-back wins in 2002/2003, while Andres Klöden was overall winner in 2000, his break-out year. Sporting director Frans van Looy is not reading too much into past exploits however: "We have set ourselves high targets, but to be right up there in a race like Paris-Nice, everything has to run smoothly."

Mazzolini to make debut
Italian all-rounder Eddy Mazzolini makes his magenta debut in Paris. The 32-year-old was pencilled in to ride the GP di Lugano/GP Chiasso double-header last weekend, but knee problems forced his eleventh hour withdrawal.

Jörg Ludewig is another T-Mobile newcomer who is feverishly anticipating what he describes as his "first big season highlight". The German rider reckons he has an old score to settle there with the Dutchman Joost Posthuma, who "last year snatched victory in stage six from under my nose".

Kim Kirchen travels to France fresh off a second place at Sunday’s GP di Chiasso and the tricky terrain in the south of France is likely to suit the Luxembourg rider. Second-year pros Marcus Burghardt and Bas Giling and sprinter Thomas Ziegler round out the T-Mobile roster.

Strong competition in France
The in-form Floyd Landis returns to Europe after his impressive overall win at the Tour of California. Flanked by a strong Phonak outfit, he will be heard to beat. Yarsolav Popovyvh leads the Discovery challenge, while defending champion Bobby Julich demonstrated his strong early season form with third place overall in California and brings a strong CSC squad to France. World Champion Tom Boonen won't just be there to make up the numbers either.

After snow and ice forced the organisers to shorten many stages last year, the race route has been modified for this latest edition: "The Massif Central doesn't play such a big role in this year's race," says van Looy who hopes that curtailed and truncated stages will be a feature of this year's race.

The eight-day race starts Sunday with a 4.8km prologue in the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux and ends a week later with a lumpy 135 km trek through the hills about Nice and down to the Cote d'Azur. (gl)

The T-Mobile Team roster:

Marcus Burghardt (22), Linus Gerdemann (23), Bas Giling (23/Netherlands), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Jörg Ludewig (30), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Thomas Ziegler (25). Sporting director: Frans van Looy (55/Belgium)


The stages:

05.03 - Prologue: Issy-les-Moulineaux, 4,8 km (ITT)
06.03 - stage : Villemandeur - Saint-Amand-Montrond, 193 km
07.03 - stage2: Cérilly - Belleville, 200 km
08.03 - stage 3: Juliénas - Saint-Étienne, 170 km
09.03 - stage 4: Saint-Étienne - Rasteau, 193 km
10.03 - stage 5: Avignon - Digne-les-Bains, 210,5 km
11.03 - stage 6: Digne-les-Bains - Cannes, 179 km
12.03 - stage 7: Nice - Nice,135 km
Total: 1.276 km


Winners since 1990:

2005 - Bobby Julich (USA)
2004 - Jorg Jaksche (GER)
2003 - Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)
2002 - Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ)
2001 - Dario Frigo (ITA)
2000 - Andreas Klöden (GER)
1999 - Michaël Boogerd (NED)
1998 - Franck Vandenbroucke (BEL)
1997 - Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
1996 - Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
1995 - Laurent Jalabert (FRA)
1994 - Tony Rominger (SWI)
1993 - Alex Zülle (SWI)
1992 - Jean-François Bernard (FRA)
1991 - Tony Rominger (SWI)
1990 - Miguel Indurain (ESP)

sadhbh
03-03-2006, 02:41 PM
The World Anti-Doping Agency say they may investagate the doping claims made agains Armstrong.

rosespower
03-03-2006, 07:30 PM
thats a news...

rosespower
03-03-2006, 07:53 PM
02.03.2006/ Alejandro Valverde usually roars out the gate in February, clocking up the wins at the Mallorca Challenge and other early season Spanish races. The 2005 Valverde vintage has been something of a slow-burner however. And the question on every journalist’s lips was when is Spain’s Tour de France hopeful going to open his 2006 account?

He gave his answer Thursday in emphatic fashion at the end of a fast 172.4 km between Alcantarilla and Alhama De Murcia, where Valverde won a nine-up sprint ahead of Angel Vicioso (Liberty Seguros-Wurth) and Giuliano Figueras (Lampre). However, Vicioso was awarded the leader's jersey at the end of the day, despite sharing the same overall time with Valverde.

The day's main obstacles, including the Cat. 1 Alto De La Perdiz, proved too much too soon for big names such as Alexandre Vinokourov (Liberty Seguros), Denis Menchov and Michael Rasmussen (both Rabobank) and Iban Mayo (Euskaltel). Overnight leader Heinrich Haussler (Gerolsteiner), who won the opening-day sprint, also lost touch when the lead group formed on the final category one climb.

The group was able to build up a lead of 1'04 by the finish and Valverde was too fast for Vicioso in the sprint to the tape.

The race continues Friday with a 21.6km individual time trial. (gl)

Bolar Bolabi
03-05-2006, 11:38 PM
Sinkewitz was 24secs away from Julich in the Proluge.

Let's hope he has a big week!

rosespower
03-06-2006, 07:08 PM
04.03.2006/ Eric Baumann's recovery is going to plan: The T-Mobile rider has been released from the University Clinic in Freiburg and returned home to Leipzig, where he will continue his rehabilitation. The sprinter was successfully operated on two weeks agao after breaking his broken fibula and tibia in a spill at the Vuelta ao Algarve,

"The doctors have said that the wounds look good and the infection has gone down. This week I was able to do some nice and easy training on the ergometer - the power output was a whopping 50 Watt," said Baumann. (tmo)

rosespower
03-06-2006, 07:08 PM
06.03.2006/ World champion Tom Boonen surged to victory in Monday's flat first stage of Paris-Nice over 193 km from Villemandeur to St. Armand that also saw him and storm into the overall lead in the 'Race to the Sun'.

The Belgian super-sprinter easily out-muscled Australia's Allan Davis and Spain's Francisco Ventoso in the mass finish to take the yellow jersey off the shoulders of defending champion Bobby Julich, winner of the prologue on Sunday. It was Boonen’s third stage win in Paris-Nice and his eighth in a fruitful season to date.

"Two weeks ago, when I saw the roadbook, I had [stage one] marked down as one of my main goals," he said after the race. "It was a flat stage which suited me fine even though the conditions made it very hard. It was cold, it rained and I'm all the happier to have been able to win in such conditions."

Julich, who finished with the pack, is now second overall trailing the young Belgian sprinter by seven seconds. Andrey Kashechkin of Kazakhstan is in third overall eight seconds back. All T-Mobile riders finished safely in the pack.

Quick.Step reel in French breakaways
French riders Christophe Laurent and Stephane Auge broke away at 75 km, building up a lead that maxed out at ten minutes in the rainy flat-land of central France. But the French duo couldn't hold on and their break was shut down seven km from home after a strong chase led by Boonen's Quick.Step team.

The Quick.Step train then set up the sprint finish and delivered Boonen to another impressive win. (gl)

The T-Mobile Team roster:
Marcus Burghardt (22), Linus Gerdemann (23), Bas Giling (23/Netherlands), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Jörg Ludewig (30), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Thomas Ziegler (25). Sportling director: Frans van Looy (55/Belgium)

The stages:
05.03 - Prologue: Issy-les-Moulineaux, 4,8 km (ITT)
06.03 - stage : Villemandeur - Saint-Amand-Montrond, 193 km
07.03 - stage2: Cérilly - Belleville, 200 km
08.03 - stage 3: Juliénas - Saint-Étienne, 170 km
09.03 - stage 4: Saint-Étienne - Rasteau, 193 km
10.03 - stage 5: Avignon - Digne-les-Bains, 210,5 km
11.03 - stage 6: Digne-les-Bains - Cannes, 179 km
12.03 - stage 7: Nice - Nice,135 km
Total: 1.276 km

williaer
03-07-2006, 06:39 AM
wow i just found this thread... and WOOT! cycling is one of my favourite sports!!!
i watched the team CSC movie "overcoming" and absolutely loved it - has anyone else seen it?

rosespower
03-07-2006, 06:48 PM
hello and welcome!

sadhbh
03-07-2006, 08:07 PM
welcome, what happens in that dvd?

sadhbh
03-08-2006, 07:58 PM
FLoyd Landis won the paris-nice.

Purple Rainbow
03-09-2006, 10:03 AM
FLoyd Landis won the paris-nice.

He's taken a big step, but he still isn't halfway there yet.

rosespower
03-09-2006, 06:03 PM
yep...

rosespower
03-09-2006, 06:53 PM
09.03.2006/ T-Mobile captain Jan Ullrich is currently in Tuscany, Italy, getting ready for his first races in the 2006 season. "I finished a good training camp in South Africa in February and now I’m back in intensive training to build up my form," says Ullrich, who has been accompanied to Italy by T-Mobile sporting director Rudy Pevenage, and his physio Birgit Krohme.

"The snow chaos is the Alpine region made the journey a little complicated," reports long-time mentor Pevenage, who is however extremely satisfied with the conditions encountered during the first training rides. "It is dry here and with temperatures around the 15° Celsius mark, we’ve been able to go ahead with the training program as planned."

Team manager Olaf Ludwig travels down to Tuscany in the coming days to sit with Ullrich and Pevanage and hammer out a race program for his team captain. "Building up his form will be our main priority when we make this decision," says Ludwig.

According to team boss Ludwig the most important thing for Ullrich now is that he "uses his time in Italy to get more training miles in his legs and lay the groundwork for a good start to his racing season". (gl)

rosespower
03-09-2006, 06:54 PM
09.03.2006/ Belgian Tom Boonen sprinted to his third stage victory in four days in the Paris-Nice cycle race on Thursday, taking his season win tally to a whopping 10 in early March already. Australia's Allan Davis was best also-ran behind the world champion for the third time in the race. Italy's Danilo Napolitano rounded out the podium places.

American Floyd Landis, who went top of the overall standings when he came second on Wednesday, finished with the pack to retain the yellow jersey by nine seconds from Patxi Vila Errandonea.

Giling animates stage
Thursday's 193 km fourth stage from Saint-Etienneto Rasteau featured a Cat. 1 climb at the Colde la Repulbique 12.5km from the start, but was fairly flat the rest of the way, ending with a descent from the Cat. 3 Cote de Buisson. The course characteristics looked ready made for breakaway specialists. And it was T-Mobile's second-year pro Bas Giling who played a central in the break of the day.

Giling and Frenchman Eric LeBlacher (Fdjeux) jumped the pack at km 88, and grew their lead quickly as the bunch slowed down. The duo's lead topped out at 5'28, before Lampre and Quick.Step, scenting another chance for Boonen to strut his stuff, led a concerted chase that gradually reeled in the fugitives and shut down their break with 15km to ride.

Boonen's hat-trick
A number of other riders tried to luck on the third category Cote de Buisson 10 km from home, but the Quick.Step boys were able to get things back together again and set up a final bunch dash for their captain in Rasteau.

In the end it was a complete repeat of stages one and two, with Boonen and the plucky Davis squaring up again. When Boonen, coming around the final bend, slipped a gear mid-sprint it looked like Davis might be able to sneak it, but the Flying Flem was able to get it going again and power clear of the Australian.

The ‚queen stage’ is on the program Friday - the 201.5 km trek from Avignon to Digne-les-Bains features two first category climbs that are sure to give the CG standings another hard shake. (gl)

The T-Mobile Team roster:
Marcus Burghardt (22), Linus Gerdemann (23), Bas Giling (23/Netherlands), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Jörg Ludewig (30), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Thomas Ziegler (25). Sporting director: Frans van Looy (55/Belgium)
Bold: abandoned

The stages:
09.03 - stage 4: Saint-Étienne - Rasteau, 193 km
10.03 - stage 5: Avignon - Digne-les-Bains, 210,5 km
11.03 - stage 6: Digne-les-Bains - Cannes, 179 km
12.03 - stage 7: Nice - Nice,135 km
Total: 1.276 km

Sandra
03-09-2006, 07:05 PM
Vai Vai Vai Damianooooooooooooooooooo

Purple Rainbow
03-09-2006, 07:43 PM
Tom Boonen, what a legend he is already! :hatoff:

Bolar Bolabi
03-10-2006, 02:20 AM
Sinekwitz is currently 26th, 4:07 behind.

As mentioned previously in the thread, I rate this kid.

:cool:

rosespower
03-10-2006, 08:24 PM
10.03.2006/ Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez crossed the line solo to win the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race over 201.5 km from Avignon to Digne-Les-Bains on Friday. Dutchman Joost Posthuma finished second, 18 seconds behind, with France's Jerome Pineau third, 36 seconds off the pace.

American Floyd Landis finished the tricky mountain stage in the first chasing group to retain the overall leader's yellow jersey by nine seconds from Spain’s Patxi Vila (Lampre). T-Mobile's Linus Gerdemann led home the second chasing group and now lies 28th overall (+5'21).

Queen's stage
With three category climbs on the program, today’s stage was the longest and toughest in the eight-day race. Notable absentees when 144 riders started the stage in sunny but breezy conditions were fast-men Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros) and Danilo Napolitano (Lampre), perennial podium finishers in the first stages. Three second places behind ‘Tornado Tom’ were probably frustrating enough for Davis, while Napolitano’s disqualification from third place on Thursday couldn’t have helped his morale.

Eventual stage winner Rodriguez (Illes Balears) was first over the category one Col du Corobin at 1,211 metres, 20 kilometres from home. The peloton arrived at the base of the 7.8km climb some two minutes down on a group of nine riders (Moncoutié, Mourey, Posthuma, Rodriguez, Contador, Portal, Aerts, Pineau, Clement) who had jumped clear during the first hour of racing.

T-Mobile’s Gerdemann attacked the main group on the climb, but couldn’t get clear and was eventually dropped. "The final climb was a real killer. Gerdemann attacked it a bit too aggressively. He was too cooked then to stick with the Landis group to the top of the climb," said T-Mobile sporting director Frans van Looy.

Rodriguez opens up lead
At the summit, Rodriquez, who won the KOM jersey at the 2005 Vuelta had opened up a twenty second lead on Posthuma, who was caught on the twisty and dangerous descent by the Frenchman David Moncoutié and the Spaniard Alberto Contador.

Moncoutié, who won a Tour de France stage into Digne-Les-Bains last year on France's national holiday, and Contador were caught in the final kilometres by Landis' fast finishing chasing group. Rodriquez and Posthuma, however, managed to hold on to their gaps to solo to first and second respectively..

For Rodriguez, 26, it was a second stage win at Paris-Nice, three years after he won a stage into Cannes. Last year the Spaniard finished second in the Clasica San Sebastian.

Saturday's sixth stage of the ‘Race to the Sun’ takes the riders from Digne-les-Bains 179 kilomtres over hilly terrain to Cannes on the Mediterranean coast, before the race concludes Sunday with its traditional finale in Nice. (gl)

The T-Mobile Team roster:
Marcus Burghardt (22), Linus Gerdemann (23), Bas Giling (23/Netherlands), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Jörg Ludewig (30), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Thomas Ziegler (25). Sporting director: Frans van Looy (55/Belgium)
Bold: abandoned

Remaining stages:
11.03 - stage 6: Digne-les-Bains - Cannes, 179 km
12.03 - stage 7: Nice - Nice,135 km
Total: 1.276 km

lizzard
03-10-2006, 08:33 PM
Finally a thread about cycling :woohoo:

I love Boonen !!!!

williaer
03-11-2006, 08:10 AM
who do you guys think will win Le Tour this year?
im going with jan ullrich, although i love boonen, basso and "big george" hincapie

sadhbh
03-11-2006, 09:19 AM
I'm going with Jan, I can't wait till the tour I'm going ot see it!!!!!
Boonen has been doing real well recently he could well be in with a chance.
Don't forget Vino he has moved teams so he is in with a good chance.
I don't think Hincapie will get anywhere near he just hasn't got the speed and stamina.

lizzard
03-11-2006, 09:29 AM
who do you guys think will win Le Tour this year?
im going with jan ullrich, although i love boonen, basso and "big george" hincapie


Boonen and Hincapie doesn't have a chance :lol:

I hope Jan doesn't win :rolleyes:

I hopr for Haimar Zubeldia :hearts:


But my pick goes to Basso , he has a strong team and if he can mentaly handles it he will win

williaer
03-11-2006, 09:33 AM
Boonen and Hincapie doesn't have a chance :lol:

I hope Jan doesn't win :rolleyes:

I hopr for Haimar Zubeldia :hearts:


But my pick goes to Basso , he has a strong team and if he can mentaly handles it he will win
well i doubt zubeldia will win it. lol
ivan does have a great chance but jan looks to be in great physical shape (aka. not fat :lol:) and im sure he'll be doing heaps and heaps of climbing training so i think he'll win it, although it'll certainly be a hot race - i imagine jan and ivan will be very close.

sadhbh - how awesome that you're going to watch!! are you going to follow the race for all the 23 days, or are you going to be watching only a few stages. i'm sure you'll have the best time!

lizzard
03-11-2006, 10:23 AM
Haimar can win it if he gets the lead of the team instead of stupid Iban Mayo :S

sadhbh
03-11-2006, 05:46 PM
sadhbh - how awesome that you're going to watch!! are you going to follow the race for all the 23 days, or are you going to be watching only a few stages. i'm sure you'll have the best time!

I will be in France from the 5th to the 19th, following on our bikes with our tents.

lizzard
03-11-2006, 06:55 PM
I will be in France from the 5th to the 19th, following on our bikes with our tents.


Cool !!! Last year a saw the finish or the eneco tour but the tour de france is just :eek: :eek: I hope you will have a great time and I want pictures !!!

rosespower
03-12-2006, 04:56 PM
11.03.2006/ The Kazakh Andrey Kashechkin took the the sixth stage of Paris-Nice after a solo ride making it his third pro win to date. Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel finished in second place, 1’06 behind Kashechkin and barely ahead of the first chasing group led by his countryman Sandy Casar.

The best T-Mobile pro was Linus Gerdemann who crossed the finish line in Cannes after 197 km in the second chasing group. The final climb of the demanding stage, which kicked off in Digne-les-Bains, saw the chasing field split into many small groups.

:: Slideshow

The GC remained the same with American Floyd Landis (Phonak) leading ahead of the Spaniards Patxi Vila (Lampre/+ 0’9) and Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel/+ 1’13).

Mazzoleni and Giling drop out
With both Eddy Mazzoleni and Bas Giling calling it quits, the T-Mobile squad was decimated even further on the penultimate day. No more than four magenta riders were on the starting line in Nice. Kim Kirchen and Thomas Ziegler had dropped out of the “race to the sun” already on Wednesday.

"Bas Giling came to France with back problems, which also affected the left leg. Consequently, Bas increased put more strain on his right leg. Now he suffers from an inflammation of the right hamstring“, explained team doctor Stefan Vogt.

Italian Eddy Mazzoleni, who did a lot of pace work early into the race, was dropped by the pack and dropped out eventually.

Roller coaster ride at the Cote d'Azur
Seven climbs at Saturday’s penultimate stage of the first ProTour race made for a real roller coaster ride, tackled by the remaining 135 riders.

The ascents – ranging from three to seven km in length – forced the riders to repeatedly change their rhythm. A 20-man leading group led by CSC pro Jens Voigt dominated the race at first.

At the toughest ascent, the category one de Bourigaille at 1150 m, Russian Evgeni Petrov (Lampre) got clear of his former companions. While the Cofidis team was pushing the pace in the main field and swallowed more and more escapees, Petrov stayed at the front of the race.

Kashechkin storms to the front
At the day’s final obstacle, the second category Col du Tanneron at 1590 m, Petrov had 40 seconds over his chasers. However, on the remaining 20 km to the finish in Cannes, the Russian was caught and dropped by Andrey Kasheckin.

The young Kazakh brought home the bacon on the windy and flat finale, celebrating his biggest win as a pro to date.

In keeping with tradition, the "race to the sun“ ends on Sunday with a hill-ridden final stage around Nice, where Landis needs to be at the top of his game once more in order to bag his second yellow jersey in 2006. (hr/mf)

The T-Mobile Team roster:
Marcus Burghardt (22), Linus Gerdemann (23), Bas Giling (23/Netherlands), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Jörg Ludewig (30), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Thomas Ziegler (25). Sporting director: Frans van Looy (55/Belgium)
Bold: abandoned

Final stage:
12.03 - stage 7: Nice - Nice,135 km
Total: 1.276 km

rosespower
03-12-2006, 04:57 PM
08.03.2006/ With two local ProTour teams, the Deutschland-Tour gaining a reputation as one of the most prestigious national tours, and an ever expanding fan enthusiasm from the North Sea coast down to Lake Constance on the Swiss border, the German cycling boom, which mushroomed almost overnight following the success of Team Telekom and Jan Ullrich’s 1997 Tour triumph, is still going strong.

The Germans belong with the best in the world when it comes to love of cycling. Almost 26 percent of the population classify themselves as cycling afficionados, according to market researcher Sport+Markt. Nearly half of the Germans use their bike – of these 40 million, seven million even do it competitively.

“D-network“: More than 10000 km of cycling routes
And the growing number of cyclists never had it so good in Germany: The German Cycling Federation (ADFC) is in the process of linking all major cycling routes together to form a nation-wide network, the so-called "D-network“. The twelve existing national routes, total length 10,000 km, make sure that cyclists – from serious racers and weekend warriors to cycling families - can already take their bike for a long and pleasant ride in Germany.

For example, the 839-km route D5 runs alongside the rivers Saar, Mosel and Main. Religious-minded cyclists may devote themselves to following the so-called “Pilgrims Route”, an 850-km section of the way to Santiago de Compostela, while route D11, the longest at 1,250 km, stretches from Upper Bavaria in the south all the way to Rostock on the Baltic coast. But of course cycling fun pays no heed to national borders. After all, the D-routes are all part of the Euro-Velo; an international bike route network supposed to cover more than 60,000 km and linking all European nations, from Athens to the North Cape, from Sagres to Tallin.

Triumphant Tour visit
German cycling enthusiasm knows no limits: 700.000 fans welcomed the 2005 Tour de France to Germany during its seventh stage excursion from Luneville to Karlsruhe. "I know from talking to outgoing Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc and Christian Prudhomme, how much they like coming to Germany, because of the great atmosphere and excellent organisation,“ BDR president Rudolf Scharping told the cycling magazine "Procycling“. So it should hardly come as a surprise to learn that the Tour will pay a visit, albeit flleeting, to Germany again this year.

According to T-Mobile Team manager Olaf Ludwig, the German fans’ enthusiasm easily matches that of Italy’s tifosi and the French supporteurs: "Ask any cyclist and they'll tell you how great it is to ride in front of the German public, whether it is a stage of the Tour de France or a stage of the Bayern-Rundfahrt, Regio-Tour or Deutschland-Tour“.

Raised profile
That impression is confirmed by Gerolsteiner’s Davide Rebellin, who even thinks Germany is catching up with his native Italy as a cycling nation. “In Germany you even get lots of enthusiastic spectators at the smaller races - you don't see that so much in Italy,“ he says.

Other events, too, indicate this remarkable rising trend: The city of Freiburg hosted the 2005 Indoor Cycling World Championships, in 2006 this honour goes to Chemnitz. In 2007, Stuttgart will host the Road Championships – not to mention a host of other World Championships like the Cross Worlds, which take place in Germany. No wonder, then, that fans, organisers and the BDR alike hope the raised profile will soon be reflected in more German ProTour events. So far, the International Cycling Union (UCI) has only granted this status to the Hamburg HEW-Cyclassics and the Deutschland-Tour.

2005 D-Tour: A tour comes of age
Speaking of which: Seven years after its relaunch in 1999, the country's national tour has really come of age. The 2005 edition of the nine-day spectacle boasted more money – the budget was raised by 20 percent to 4,2 million Euro - more top athletes and more TV coverage: 32 countries broadcasted the event, with German television airing a total of 30 hours.

Mind you, the organisers are no means modest about their goals: "We want to become number two behind the Tour de France", quips race director Kai Rapp. According to „Cycle Sport“, the D-Tour is well on its way to eclipsing the Spanish Vuelta. “[…] you would have been hard pushed to find a more dramatic and absorbing race in 2005 than the Tour of Germany“, it says in the current February edition. "[It] had it all: a dramatic course, a nail-biting climax, and fortunes in constant flux“.

In the end Gerolsteiner’s Levi Leipheimer came out on top, narrowly edging out an unlucky Jan Ullrich, who finished the race 31 seconds behind the American. Which goes to show that in recent years the Gerolsteiner team has emerged as a serious domestic rival to the T-Mobile Team.

German cycling’s golden sixties
German road cycling enjoyed its first heyday already in the sixties: Hennes Junkermann, Rudi Altig, Rolf Wolfshohl and Karl-Heinz Kunde held the best German Tour record before the mid-90s, when the Team Telekom got the ball rolling: The first green jersey, ten stage wins and 24 days in yellow shaerd by three different riders.

In the 70s Dietrich “Didi“ Thurau sparked a previusly unknown Tour enthusiasm in Germany, when he donned the yellow jersey for two weeks during his 1977 Tour debut.

Life after Ullrich
However, according to BDR president Rudolf Scharping, the state of road cycling in his country has never been better. “After all, there's now a structure which is more sustainable than anything we ever had before“. A total of about 30 German cycling pros in different teams in the peloton, three German ProTour teams, 4th place in the ProTour’s nation ranking and emerging talents like Patrik Sinkewitz and Linus Gerdemann all indicate,according to Olaf Ludwig, that German road cycling will be on a roll for a long time to come. Even in the post-Ullrich era. (mf)

Factsheet Germany:
National association: Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (BDR)
Founded in: 1884
Members: 150.000
Clubs: 2.500
ProTour races: HEW-Cyclassics (July 30), Deutschland-Tour (August 1-9)

lizzard
03-12-2006, 06:57 PM
Zberg :yeah: Altough I like his brother more it was a great victory :D

rosespower
03-13-2006, 08:49 AM
12.03.2006/ American Floyd Landis was crowned overall winner at the 64th edition of the Paris-Nice stage-race. The Phonak captain brought home the bacon at the final stage making it his second stage-race win this season. Second and third on the GC were the Spaniards Patxi Vila (Lampre) and Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) who knocked Euskaltel’s Samuel Sanchez off the podium by finishing the day in fourth.

The final 135 km stage, which started and ended in Nice, was taken by Gerolsteiner’s Markus Zberg. The Swiss had the fastest legs in a four-man sprint edging out the Russian Evgeni Petrov (Lampre) and the Spaniard Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros). "Most of all, I'd like to thank my team mates for defending my narrow lead in a great manner today," said overall winner Landis post-race. He added: "We've been very focused this week."

:: Slideshow

Best-placed T-Mobile pro both of the day (9th) and on the GC (21st/+ 5’21) was Linus Gerdemann. “Linus scored a remarkable result. Hitting the top ten on the last day of a ProTour race and placing fourth in the young riders’ classification – that’s a real feat,” said sporting director Frans van Looy.

Tom Boonen drops out
Reduced to a quartet consisting of Marcus Burghardt, Linus Gerdemann, Jörg Ludewig and Patrik Sinkewitz, the T-Mobile Team took to the final stage around Nice. The peloton, too, was considerably reduced in size: Only 120 out of originally 168 riders were still competing on Sunday – the list of non-starters included last year’s winner Bobbby Julich.

No less than three one category climbs had to be tackled at the final day of the season’s first ProTour race. Three time stage winner Tom Boonen refrained from these exertions by calling it quits early into the race. Presumably the World Champion prefered to rest himself for the upcoming Milan-San Remo classic.

In the first half of the race an eight-man leading group led by the Spaniard Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) formed; the same rider who already broke away with Alexander Vinokourov in the 2005 race, but was caught shortly before the finish in Nice. T-Mobile young gun Markus Burghardt was also among the escapees until the first category mountain, where he was dropped on the tough ascent.

Moment of shock for Landis
In the main field the team mates of leading man Landis had everything under control. However, not all went according to plan for the successful American: Landis crashed at km 40, but was able to continue unscathed after a few moments of shock. "There was some gravel downhill," he said post-race. "There have been some dangerous downhills in this race and I'm happy that I crashed only once."

In the finale the head group was reduced to five riders led by the subsequent winner Zberg, who had half a minute over the chase group including magenta pro Linus Gerdemann.

The Swiss Zberg proved to have the fastest legs in the sprint of the four-man group and beat Petrov into second. The sprint of the chasers for the fifth place was won by Frenchman Sandy Casar, while Gerdemann managed to hit the top ten of the GC on the final day.


“Even tough I’m content with the performances of our riders, I expected a bit more on the whole,“ said van Looy after the first of 27 ProTour races. However, the Bonn-based team had to cope with the fact of four riders ending the stage-race prematurely. “It’s too bad our captain Kim Kirchen had to abandon the race due to back problems.” (hr/mf)

The T-Mobile Team roster:
Marcus Burghardt (22), Linus Gerdemann (23), Bas Giling (23/Netherlands), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Jörg Ludewig (30), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Thomas Ziegler (25). Sporting director: Frans van Looy (55/Belgium)
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sadhbh
03-13-2006, 04:37 PM
What cycling magazines if any do people get?

We just get cycling weekly.

rosespower
03-13-2006, 07:27 PM
13.03.2006/ It's official - T-Mobile captain kicks-off his racing season at the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe on April 4th. That was the chief outcome of Ullrich's weekend meeting with sporting director Rudy Pevenage and team manager Olaf Ludwig at the former Tour winner’s training base in Tuscany.

"Jan has started his season at the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe in previous years and it has worked out well for him," says Ludwig. "It's a race that features some rolling terrain. A time trial is also planned, so Jan will have a chance to acquaint himself with the competition again."


Rogers and Honchar to France also
Ullrich also made his first race appearances in 2003 and 2005 at the four-day tour in western France. "It is a good race to get the ball rolling," says Ullrich. "It's not too tough, but you still have to roll along nicely if you want to stay in touch. I can put a few things to the test, especially my time trialing."

Time trial specialists Serhiy Honchar (Ukraine) and Michael Rogers (Australia), two top candidates for a place in the Tour roster alongside Ullrich, will also ride the race, which takes the peloton from the French Atlantic coast to Le Mans.

Between now and then Jan Ullrich will continue getting training kilomtres into his legs to shape-up for his first race. "The conditions in Tuscany are perfect and the training is going well," reports Olaf Ludwig, who checked-in on his captain’s progress in training while travelling back from "Tirreno-Adriatico".

No Spring Classics
Ullrich is currently training solo. "Giuseppe Guerini and Serhiy Honchar will join him on training rides in the coming days," says Ludwig. Ullrich also had Guerini for company at the training camp in South Africa in February.

The rest of Ullrich's race programme is still to be plotted. Ludwig: "The only sure thing is that he won't be riding any Spring classics." (gl)


LESS THAN A MONTH yeeeeeeee!!

Bolar Bolabi
03-14-2006, 02:17 AM
Basso won't win the Tour de France this year. He's not a time trialist. Have a look at the course and you will see it suits Ullrich to the core. Plus he has a much stronger team around him this year with the addition of Rogers.

Vino is in with a huge chance - especially with his fellow countryman Kasheckin(sp) with him.

Purple Rainbow
03-14-2006, 02:48 PM
So, the main stage was cut short because of bad weather.
So, time trialist had an unfair advantage in the Tireno Adriatico.
Don't take anything away from the kid who won it all. Yes, the kid! Being a mere 21 year old, Dutch prodigy Thomas Dekker won his first multiple stage course as a pro. He beat the likes of Basso, Leipheimer and Hincapie in doing so and showed the world what things he will be able of in the bright future that's ahead of him!
Thomas Dekker! :worship:

Betty
03-15-2006, 06:56 AM
Basso won't win the Tour de France this year. He's not a time trialist. Have a look at the course and you will see it suits Ullrich to the core. Plus he has a much stronger team around him this year with the addition of Rogers.

Vino is in with a huge chance - especially with his fellow countryman Kasheckin(sp) with him.
i hope basso will win :p

lizzard
03-15-2006, 11:04 AM
Who do you think is going to win Milaan-San Remo ???


I think Boonen , he has a great shape and with a great team I think he has a chance

rosespower
03-15-2006, 05:53 PM
14.03.2006/ Thomas Dekker, the next biggest-thing in Dutch cycling, is starting to live up to all the hype. After showing so much promise as junior the swashbuckling young Dutchman has now confirmed his potential as a stage race champion with his overall win at Tirreno-Adriatico Tuesday - his first major stage win at the ripe old age of 21. The quality of the oppposition he beat on his way to the race crown will also have impressed his Rabobank minders and cycling observers.

The powerful Dutchman’s third place in Sunday's time trial, a discipline he excels in saw him take the leader's jersey from his team mate Oscar Freire, and though a late mechanical caused some Dutch hearts to flutter, Dekker finished the final stage in the main bunch to maintain his 14-second lead over Joerg Jaksche. He is now the second Dekker to win the 'race of the two seas', team mate and namesake Erik, won out in 2000.

Petacchi shows his class
Today's flattish stage over 166 km from Campli to San Benedetto del Tronto was not a day for breakaways - with Rabobank and the sprinters team controlling things it was gruppo compatto going into the final laps. A bunch sprint showdown loomed and when it arrived it was Alessandro Petacchi who showed again that he is the best in a classic, wide-open sprint mano a mano, flat field finish.

Ale-jet's new Milram sprint train blew up a head of steam in the final kilometres, delivering the Italian to the front of affairs. And after a perfect lead out by his new disciple Erik Zabel, Petacchi could easily outmuscle his way past McEwen to finish off the good team work.

"My team-mates worked perfectly and I started my sprint at 180 meters from the finish," said Petacchi after his win. "I thank my team-mates - Knees and Poitscke lead the bunch in the circuit. Cortinovis accelerated. Sacchi, Velo and Zabel got me to the last 180 metres," he explained.

Petacchi Saturday's favourite?
Petacchi's feat at last year's Milan-Sanremo, where he finally killed the view that he was just a flat-track bully, combined with the form he displayed today and Milram's impressive teamwork, should now see him installed as favourite to win his second 'Primevera' Saturday.

I hope we will have the same finish as last year. I hope I can counter the attacks on Cipressa and Poggio but I have a very strong team which has other alternatives to win." (gl)

Previous winners:
2006 Thomas Dekker (NED)
2005 Oscar Freire (ESP)
2004 Paolo Bettini (Ita)
2003 Filippo Pozzato (Ita)
2002 Erik Dekker (Ned)
2001 Davide Rebellin (Ita)
2000 Abraham Olano (Esp)
1999 Michele Bartoli (Ita)
1998 Rolf Jaermann (CH)
1997 Roberto Petito (Ita)
1996 Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
1995 Stefano Colage (Ita)
1994 Giorgio Furlan (Ita)
1992 Rolf Sörensen (Den)
1991 Hermino Diaz Zabala (Esp)
1990 und '89 Tony Rominger (CH)

rosespower
03-15-2006, 05:54 PM
15.03.2006/ Spring has nearly arrived and the professional cycling season begins in earnest on Saturday with the prestigious Milan-San Remo, the longest one-day race on the season calendar. It is the race the Italians call "la Primavera" or "la Classicissima" - the Classic of Classics - and this year's edition is one of the most eagerly anticipated of recent years.

For the seven hour slog over the gruelling 294km course the T-Mobile Team has nominated a platoon of proven classics specialists; Lorenzo Bernucci, Andreas Klier, Sergey Ivanov, Stephan Schreck and Steffen Wesemann arrive in Milan fresh off competing in the eight-day Tirreno-Adriatico. They will be joined in Italy’s Lombardy region by Marcus Burghardt, Linus Gerdemann and Patrik Sinkewitz who warmed-up for the event at last week's 'Race to the Sun' in France.

T-Mobile sport and technical director Mario Kummer believes his team are going into this year's race as underdogs, however. In recent years the tendency has been for the race to be decided in a mass sprint on the Via Roma in San Remo, and Kummer doesn’t believe he has the hardware to challenge in a wide open bunch showdown: "Without a Petacchi, Freire or Boonen in our ranks, we don’t have the firepower."

Kummer is looking more towards a cohesive team performance from his eight and says: "We are a compact team overall and we have options." Sporting director Valerio Piva will base the team strategy and tactics on the crunch Cipressa (km 272) and Poggio (km 288) climbs, where the race can often be won or lost. Attacks are expected and T-Mobile will be probing for chances and working hard to get a rider into any moves.

Bernucci on home turf
'Las Primavera' is the race every Italian cyclist dreams of winning and Lorenzo Bernucci is one of T-Mobile's strongest cards. According to Piva, the Tuscany-native showed at Tirreno-Adriatico he is "in good shape" and has been riding his way into ‘the right condition’ for the epic classic. Together with Schreck and Wesemann, the Italian put in an extra training shift after stage four, and the trio also put in some extra training before Sunday’s time trial.

This year a grand showdown in San Remo is expected between two of cycling's biggest names, Alessandro Petacchi and Tom Boonen. Petacchi and his Milram train were firing-on-all-cylinders Tuesday at Tirreno-Adriatico and they'll be hard to beat come Saturday on Via Roma. Meanwhile 'Tornado Tom has been in devastating form at Paris-Nice, where he brought his season wins tally to ten.

Sparks are sure to fly and the outcome of this Petacchi v. Boonen clash could set the tone for all subsequent sprints in 2006. For Piva, however, one thing is clear: "If we get the chance to stop this race ending in a bunch sprint then we should take it." (gl)

The T-Mobile roster:
Lorenzo Bernucci (26/Italy), Marcus Burghardt (22), Linus Gerdemann (23), Sergey Ivanov (31/Russia), Andreas Klier (30), Stephan Schreck (27), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Steffen Wesemann (35/Switzerland). Sporting director: Valerio Piva


Previous winners:
2005 - Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)
2004 - Oscar Freire (Esp)
2003 - Paolo Bettini (Ita)
2002 - Mario Cipollini (Ita)
2001 - Erik Zabel (Ger)
2000 - Erik Zabel (Ger)
1999 - Andrej Tchmil (Bel)
1998 - Erik Zabel (Ger)
1997 - Erik Zabel (Ger)
1996 - Gabriele Colombo (Ita)
1995 - Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1994 - Giorgio Furlan (Ita)
1993 - Maurizio Fondriest (Ita)
1992 - Sean Kelly (Irl)
1991 - Claudio Chiappucci (Ita)
1990 - Gianni Bugno (Ita)
1989 - Laurent Fignon (Fra)
1988 - Laurent Fignon (Fra)
1987 - Eric Maechler (CH)
1986 - Sean Kelly (Irl)
1985 - Hennie Kuiper (Ned)
1984 - Francesco Moser (Ita)
1983 - Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)
1982 - Gomez (Fra)
1981 - DeWolf (Bel)
1980 - Gavazzi (Ita)
1979 - Roger de Vlaeminck (Bel)
1978 - Roger de Vlaeminck (Bel)
1977 - Jan Raas (Ned)
1976 - Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1975 - Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1974 - Felice Gimondi (Ita)
1973 - De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1972 - Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1971 - Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1970 - Dancelli (Ita)
1969 - Eddy Merckx (Bel)

rosespower
03-15-2006, 05:55 PM
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Fast facts
Edition 97th
UCI-Category ProTour
First held 1907
Total distance 294km
Start Milan
Finish San Remo

rosespower
03-15-2006, 05:57 PM
Milano - Sanremo , 1: Start list
T-Mobile Team Lorenzo Bernucci (ITA)
Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Marcus Burghardt
Andreas Klier
Stephan Schreck
Linus Gerdemann
Steffen Wesemann (CH)
Patrik Sinkewitz
AG2R Sylvain Calzati (Fra)
Cyril Dessel (Fra)
Samuel Dumoulin (Fra)
Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr)
Laurent Mangel (Fra)
Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra)
Mark Scanlon (Irl)
Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu)

Acqua & Sapone







Bouygues Telecom Walter Beneteau (FRA)
Olivier Bonnaire (FRA)
Andy Flickinger (FRA)
Xavier Florencio (ESP)
Anthony Geslin (FRA)
ALexandre Pichot (FRA)
Franck Renier (FRA)
Thomas Voeckler (FRA)

Cofidis Leonardo Bertagnolli (ITA)
Jimmy Casper (FRA)
Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)
Bradley Wiggins (AUS)
Arnaud Coyot (FRA)
Cristian Moreni (ITA)
Staf Scheirlinckx (BEL)
Thierry Marichal (FRA)
Credit Agricole Francesco Belotti (ITA)
Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA)
Sébastien Hinault (FRA)
Thor Hushovd (NOR)
Saul Raisin (USA)
Christophe Le Mevel (FRA)
Mark Renshaw (AUS)
Yannick Talabardon (FRA)

Davitamon - Lotto Nico Mattan (BEL)
Robbie McEwen (AUS)
Christophe Brandt (BEL)
Henk Vogel (AUS)
Johan van Summeren (BEL)
Leon van Bon (NED)
Mario Aerts (BEL)
Wim Vansevenant (BEL)
Discovery Channel Michael Barry (Can)
Vladimir Gusev (Rus)
Roger Hammond (GBr)
Leif Hoste (Bel)
Benoît Joachim (Lux)
Pavel Padrnos (Cze)
Max van Heeswijk (Ned)
Matthew White (Aus)

Euskatel David Herrero (ESP)
Samuel Sanchez (ESP)
Joseba Albizu (ESP)
Iñaki Isasi Flores (ESP)
Benat Albizuri (ESP)
David Lopez (ESP)
Ruben Perez (ESP)
Unai Etxebarria (ESP)
Francaise des Jeux








Gerolsteiner Stefan Schumacher
David Kopp
Heinrich Haussler
Andrea Moletta (ITA)
Davide Rebellin (ITA)
Fabian Wegmann
Peter Wrolich (AUT)
Markus Zberg (CH)
Illes Balears








Lampre Caffita Giuliano Figueras (ITA)
Damiano Cunego (ITA)
Matteo Carrara (ITA)
Paolo Fornaciari (ITA)
Claudio Corioni (ITA)
Alessandro Ballan (ITA)
Danilo Napolitano (ITA)
Gorazd Stangejl (SLO)
Liberty Seguros Allan Davis (AUS)








Liquigas Bianchi







Milram Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)
Erik Zabel (Ger)







Naturino-Sapore di Mare






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Phonak Aurélien Clerc (CH)
Martin Elmiger (CH)
Fabrizio Guidi (ITA)
Robert Hunter (SA)
Bert Grabsch
Miguel A. Martin Perdiguero (ESP)
Gregory Rast (CH)
Uros Murn (SLO)
Quick Step Paolo Bettini (ITA)
Tom Boonen (BEL)
Wilfried Cretskens (BEL)
Kevin Hulsmans (BEL)
Filippo Pozzatto (ITA)
Nick Nuyens (BEL)
Matteo Tossatto (ITA)
Guido Trenti (USA)

Rabobank Oscar Freire (ESP)
Erik Dekker (NED)
Thomas Dekker (NED)
Pedro Horrillo (ESP)
Bram de Groot (NED)
Mathew Hayman (AUS)
Juan-Antonio Flecha (SPA)
Marc Wauters (BEL)
Saunier Duval Gilberto Simoni (ITA)
Manuele Mori (ITA)
Rubens Bertogliati (ITA)
Angel Gomez (ESP)
Marco Pinotti (ITA)
Guido Trentin (ITA)
Riccardo Ricco (ITA)
Luciano Pagliarini (Bra)

Team Barloworld Igor Astarloa (SPA)
Giosue Bonomi (ITA)
Gianpaolo Cheula (ITA)
Mads Christensen (DAN)
Enrico Degano (ITA)
Alexander Efimkin (RUS)
Mauro Facci (ITA)
Hugo Sabido (POR)
Team CSC Andrea Peron (ITA)
Fabian Cancellara (CH)
Kurt Asle Arvesen (NOR)
Karsten Kroon (NED)
Marcus Ljungqvist (SWE)
Jens Voigt?
Allan Johansen (NOR)
Frank Schleck (LUX)

rosespower
03-16-2006, 08:44 PM
16.03.2006/ The Commonwealth Games kicked-off in Melbourne Thursday – and with a full program of cycling events running through the ten day multi-sport extravaganza, it's promises to be very exciting.

Though many elite pros haven’t been released from their teams to travel to Melbourne, athletes from seventy-one countries will participate in the Games and the level of competition in cycling, track and road, will be very high.

Four British riders from the T-Mobile Development Programme, a feeder system that aids young riders to make the bridge from junior to pro ranks, will be action in Melbourne - for three different countries; England, Wales and the Isle of Man!


Ed Clancy (England) - track, road and TT

Ed has been based in Australiafor a short while now where he admits the better weather does help in his training. "It's good to be able to acclimatise and get in the right time zone well before the Games. The track at Bankstown is pretty good for us and we've been able to use it to prepare for the Sydney World Cup as well. The roads around here though aren't so great but there are a couple of decent roads around the national park - they just get a bit repetitive after a while!"

Ed has also been getting some race miles into his legs during the build-up to the Games: "We have been doing a few of the local club level crits out here some evenings. We use them purely for training really, but they are good fun. Since Christmas I've had two good camps in Majorca with the GB team and my form was looking pretty good on the road."

Ed still admits to being a little nervous about riding in the Commonwealth Games. "I'm like that for every big event I do" he says. "But now I've done a few World Cups and the World Champs, I think I can deal with the nerves better".


Ian Stannard (England) - track, road and TT

Ian Stannard from Milton Keynes was competing in the World Junior Track Championships this year and was part of the team pursuit quartet that was favourite as fastest qualifiers to win the World title until a touch of wheels took them out of the ride off for Gold. Being selected for the Commonwealths at such a young age is recognition of his great talent.

Ian Stannard won gold in the men's time trial at last year's Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo

Mark Cavendish (Isle of Man) – track, road and TT

It may only be a small Island but by heck the Isle of Man sure can turn out some good riders – ace sprinter Mark Cavendish is the pick of the bunch.

Mark will ride Scratch and Points races on the track at the Games before he switches to the road for the Road Race. Mark is certain to threaten for a medal and his form at the recent Tour of Langkawi, where he had a number of podium places in bunch sprints, shows that on the flattish course over a reasonable distance, there are few riders if any riders quicker in a sprint.

Despite duelling with, and beating, some top Europe pros at last year’s Tour of Britain, Mark also admits to nervousness about his first taste of 'Games' life. "Only since being in Oz have I got nervous" Mark replied. "The reality of how close the Games are hit me when I arrived and looked at the programme."

Mark is based in Sydney and has been since the Tour of Langkawi finished. He recently competed at the Sydney track World Cup. Asked how the preparation is going, he says "the weather definitely makes it more enjoyable, and the place we're staying at - Cronulla, South Sydney - keeps the morale high as it's such a laid back place."


Geraint Thomas (Wales) – track and road

Geraint will be riding the Points and Scratch races on the track at the Games and he says "these are my two main objectives and, hopefully, I'll come away with a medal from either or both."

Geraint will also be riding the road race at the Games. "My highlights since Christmas have been the Tour of Langkawi which I used get some form and I was riding hard in the finale each day to try and set up Cav (Mark Cavendish) for the sprint. I got stronger as the race went on and even though we didn't get a stage win, which I think we deserved after coming close a good 3 or 4 times, I came out of the race with good form and morale."

"I was also in Majorca for three weeks prior to this with the GB team and also had a stint at the T-Mobile team's training camp. This was really good as it boasted my morale further and really got me working hard to achieve my goals for the Games. To be riding and chatting with the pros was really good and I learnt a lot about how to prepare off the bike as well as on it." (gl)


T-Mobile Development Programme
The initial goal of the programme is to develop a talented group of international riders and support them with the planning, supervision and monitoring of their training activities. The program's long-term goal is the rider’s integration into a pro team, ideally the T-Mobile Team.
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rosespower
03-18-2006, 06:07 PM
Italy's Filippo Pozzatto stunned 2005 winner Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) with a breakaway at the Poggio to take a shock sprint win at the 97th Milan-Sanremo classic. Luca Paolini (Liquigas) rounded out the podium to make for the 34th Italian 1-2-3 at the Primavera.

World champion Tom Boonen crossed the line in fourth and threw his hands in the air in victory simultaneously with his Quick Step teammate when Pozzato crossed the line first in a surprising upset.

The Italian rider timed a counter-attack perfectly after Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), made a move six kilometres from the end of the 294km classic, the first spring classic of the young UCI season.

Pozzato stayed with Ballan up the final climb of the day, the historic Poggio ascent, and down the descent to place himself in prime position to control the final sprint. Pozzato and Ballan were joined by Igor Astarloa (Barloworld), Rinaldo Nocentini (Acqua e Sapone), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel), Frank Schleck (CSC).

Just 300 metres from the finish Pozzato blasted away from the pack, the sole survivor from an original breakaway group of six at the Poggio.

The victory was certainly the biggest of the 24-year-old Pozzato's career, ahead of his 2004 win in the Tirreno Adriatico, as he described it was "the most beautiful moment of my life."

EARLY BREAK
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The 294km race was run mostly with eight riders in front, as Daniele Contrini (LPR), Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel), Staf Scheirlinckx (Cofidis), Ludovic Auger (Française des Jeux), Kjell Carlström (Liquigas), Mirko Allegrini and Sergiy Matveyev (Panaria), and Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld) took the fore 30km into the race.

But the lead group was caught prior to the Cipressa climb at the 266km mark.

On the approach to the Poggio a four-man group of Koos Moerenhout (Phonak), Guido Trenti (Quick.Step), Frank Schleck (CSC), and Vicente Reynes (Caisse d'Epargne) made a second attack, which soon fell apart.

Though Schleck stayed with the front group, it was Balan, and ultimately Pozzato, who dictated the final pace.

rosespower
03-18-2006, 06:12 PM
18.03.2006/ Italian Filippo Pozzatto pulled off a surprise win at Saturday's fast and action-packed Milan-San Remo race. He held off the charging bunch led by his countryman Alessandro Petacchi with a powerful late surge to hang on and win. Third was another Italian, Luca Paolini (Liquigas), as reigning World Champion Tom Boonen placed fourth, rounding off Quick.Step’s impressive team performance.

T-Mobile’s sporting director Valerio Piva was satisfied with the team’s performance: "The team worked well the whole day long mixing it at the front. Too bad, this doesn’t show in the results. The team would have deserved a top placing”.

Gerdemann: "A stressful race"
“It’s a very tough and stressful race”, said T-Mobile newcomer Linus Gerdemann about his first “Primavera”. “The Poggio was steeper than I expected. I slipped out of the pedal there and lost a few metres”. He crossed the finishing line on the Via Roma in the second chase group.

The first half of the race in cool, spring conditions was dominated by an eight-man breakaway group, which formed at km 27. Daniele Contrini (LPR), Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel), Staf Scheirlinckx (Cofidis), Ludovic Auger (Française des Jeux), Kjell Carlström (Liquigas), Mirko Allegrini, Sergiy Matveyev (Panaria), and Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld) gained a maximum lead of 11'30 over the field. This in turn caused the favourite teams Milram (Petacchi/Zabel) and Quick.Step (Boonen/Bettini) to react – the lead began to drop slowly.

Wesemann drops out
Meanwhile, a bad cold forced T-Mobile’s Steffen Wesemann dropped out of the race prior to the finale on the Cipressa climb. His team mate Stephan Schreck suffered from stomach problems, and didn’t make it to the finish. Piva: "The dropouts came as a blow to us. Okay, we still had Andreas Klier, Linus Gerdemann and Patrik Sinkewitz in the front group. But they are no sprinters after all“.

30 km to the line, shortly behind the village of Imperia, the escapees were finally reeled after a 240 km break. Expectedly the race was neutralised on time for the big showdown. Quick.Step and Lampre took over reigns at the Cipressa, with Linus Gerdemann, Andreas Klier and young gun Marcus Burghardt among others mixing it at the front.

"Unfortunately my bike got hit in the finale, which forced me to brake in order to avoid a fall”, Klier said post-race. "If I hadn’t been dropped as a consequence, a better placing would have been possible. However, I was content with my form today”.

Opposed to the notorious headwind in previous years, an unusal tailwind between the Cipressa and Poggio climb played into the hands of the breakaways. However, the sprinters were keen to seek their chance just the same. As Pozzatto’s team mate Boonen put it before the race: "I changed my training programme to be in top form now already – and not only at Paris-Roubaix in April. I’m in excellent shape and stronger than in 2005, when I was only eighth.

Many attacks – the last one succeeded
An attack by the knee-injured Paolo Bettini tore the field apart. However, the Olympic Champion had his chasers constantly breathing down his neck. Another escape attempt launched by Phonak’s Koos Moerenhout 12 km to the line, caused a big group including the top sprinters to get dropped temporarily. The new head group with Moerenhout, Luxembourg’s Champion Frank Schleck (CSC), and his team mate, fastman Guido Trentin, defended a small lead to the steep Poggio.

However, the field with Tom Boonen and co., led by Rabobank, was hot in pursuit. 5 km to the finish Lampre pro Alessandro Ballan launched a counter-attack, assisted by ex-World Champion Igor Astarloa. So on the 3,2 km descent a six-man leading group formed, of which Pozzato was the only member to escape at the top of the Poggio and survive to the finish.

"I can’t put he blame on any of our riders. Alessandro pulled off a great sprint“, said Milram’s manager Jan Schaffrath. "Erik had tried to close the gap. But Pozzato didn’t work in the leading group before, so he still had enough strength. We put up an excellent fight“.

Pozzato: “The best day of my life”
An overjoyed winner Pozzato, surrounded by a crowd of journalists and screaming tifosi, declared: ”I have to thank the team and all the people that have supported me. My fan club is here today and my fiancée Chiara and my parents. So this is a dream...a race I've always dreamed of winning. I couldn't believe it at first, but now it's sinking in. Today is the best day of my life".

Speedster Petacchi, who was expected to be part of a grand showdown with World Champion Tom Boonen, commented post-race: "The team did a great job today; we were on the front all day. We had the responsibility on our shoulders today; I won last year and we were racing to win today and did as much as we could”. He concluded: “To win at San Remo, you need great condition and some luck too”. (mf)

The T-Mobile roster:
Lorenzo Bernucci (26/Italy), Marcus Burghardt (22), Linus Gerdemann (23), Sergey Ivanov (31/Russia), Andreas Klier (30), Stephan Schreck (27), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Steffen Wesemann (35/Switzerland). Sporting director: Valerio Piva

sadhbh
03-19-2006, 01:24 PM
Yay for Mark we are all so proud of him here in the Isle of Man!!!!
Hopefully Jonny Belis can do well in his races too and the two Andy's.

rosespower
03-19-2006, 02:40 PM
Scotland beat old rivals England in a blistering men's team sprint final at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday. The Scottish trio of Chris Hoy, Ross Edgar and Craig MacLean won in a time of 44.282 seconds to foil the efforts of England's Matt Crampton, Jamie Staff and Jason Queally.

England clocked 44.309 secs.

The trio improved on their Manchester 2002 performance where they won bronze. Queally and Staff were in the England team who also took silver four years ago.

Australia's powerhouse team of sprint and keirin gold medallist Ryan Bayley, Shane Kelly and Shane Perkins missed out on qualification for the final by three hundredths of a second.

They made partial amends by beating New Zealand in the bronze race-off with a time of 44.719 secs.

sadhbh
03-19-2006, 02:46 PM
It's a shame all the big names in Aus didn't compete, they could have done excellently.

rosespower
03-21-2006, 06:59 AM
Young Milan-Sanremo champion Filippo Pozzato is already looking to future successes in the upcoming northern classics. "I want to be a protagonist in the North: Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem, and Paris-Roubaix," said the 24-year-old.

The Three Days of De Panne on March 28 is the first of the upcoming classics followed by Tour of Flanders on April 2, then Gent-Wevelgem three days later and Paris-Roubaix on April 9.

"Pippo" as he is called has aspirations that go beyond the 2006 season. The Italian has had enough of working for fellow riders. Speaking to Bicirace, he said: "I hope to be a leader of a big team in the future, I don't know, maybe next year."

At present, Pozzato is still a go-getter for Quickstep leaders Tom Boonen and Paolo Bettini but has been highly praised by Italian national selector Franco Ballerini and may pass him the commands of the Italian national team.

"A dream of mine is to someday win the Worlds and then race in the rainbow jersey," said Pozzato. "Sanremo, along with the Worlds, has always been a dream of mine. In 2004 I had to give my all for a Petacchi sprint, then last year I was ill.

"This year I did not want to make the race an obsession, but those who saw me knew that I was very concentrated. The win was a good response to all of my critics."

BOONEN PRAISES

"I won the Flanders in Belgium, and I can only imagine what must be like for Pippo to have won the most important race for an Italian," said team-mate Tom Boonen, sympathizing with Pozzato.

"I consider him one of the strongest riders in the world. All he needed to do was to unblock himself."

Until the classics start up, Pozzato may be seen cruising on the roads of Vincenza in a brand-new Ferrari F430 F1 ordered in September. Pippo just loves that pedal.

rosespower
03-21-2006, 07:00 AM
17.03.2006/ 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 fine-tune their 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. (mf)

The T-Mobile 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) and Oscar Sevilla (29/Spain). Sporting director: Rudy Pevenage (51/Belgium).
The stages in brief:
21.03 – 1st semi-stage: Riccione - Riccione, 95,2 km
21.03 – 2nd semi-stage: Misano - Misano, 11,8 km, TTT
22.03 – 2nd stage: Cervia - Faenza, 199,3 km
23.03 – 3rd stage: Scandiano – Fiorano Modenese, 165,6 km
24.03 – 4th stage: Carpi – Finale Emilia, 184,4 km
25.03 – 5th stage: Castellarano – Sassuolo, 163,6 km
Overall length: 820 km

Roll of honour:
2005: Franco Pellizotti (Ita)
2004: Giuliano Figueras (Ita)
2003: Mirko Celestino (Ita)
2002: Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
2001: Ruslan Ivanov (Mda)
2000: Paolo Bettini (Ita)

rosespower
03-21-2006, 05:54 PM
21.03.2006/ CSC edged out the T-Mobile team to win Tuesday’s afternoon team time trial at the Settimana Ciclista Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali race in Italy. The team spearheaded by three-time world time trial champ Michael Rogers, clocked a time of 12’54 on the 11.8 km course in and around the Missano course.

CSC, led by Tour time trial winner Davis Zabriskie, posted a time of 12’49 to win the day’s second half-stage, with Gerolsteiner taking the third spot. Zabriskie is also the new race leader.

“The team worked very well together,” said sporting director Rudi Pevenage”. “Five seconds is frustrating, but today’s result shows that the riders have been training hard.”

Pollack impresses
The Belgian was particularly impressed by the performance of Olaf Pollack. The sprinter, together with specialists Rogers and Serhiy Honchar, was very much the ‘driving force’ in today’s effort.

Earlier Olaf Pollack, starting his first race since winning two stages at the Tour of California in February, placed fifth in the morning opener.

The 95.2 half-stage, starting and finishing in the seaside resort of Ricccione, was one by Italy's Danilo Napolitano in a bunch sprint finish. The Lampre rider edged out compatriot Elia Rigotto (Milram) and the Brazilian Murilo Fischer (Naturino Sapore di Mare) to successfully follow up his impressive fifth place at Milan-San Remo.

"It was a close call for Pollack. With just a bit more luck he could have made the podium," says sporting director Rudy Pevenage.

Hilly stage Wednesday
Wednesday’s second stage takes the riders over 199.3 km from Cervia to Faenza through some of the Adriatic coast’s hilly hinterland – stage climax is the climb up Monte Trebbio (km 174) at 400 m altitude, then it’s all downhill for the last 15 km to the finish in Faenza.


"The final climb is hard. On the final kilometres we will see what kind of shape Michael Rogers is in. Maybe he can make a move on the climb," says Pevenage. (gl)

The T-Mobile 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) and Oscar Sevilla (29/Spain). Sporting director: Rudy Pevenage (51/Belgium).


The stages in brief:
21.03 – 1st semi-stage: Riccione - Riccione, 95,2 km
21.03 – 2nd semi-stage: Misano - Misano, 11,8 km, TTT
22.03 – 2nd stage: Cervia - Faenza, 199,3 km
23.03 – 3rd stage: Scandiano – Fiorano Modenese, 165,6 km
24.03 – 4th stage: Carpi – Finale Emilia, 184,4 km
25.03 – 5th stage: Castellarano – Sassuolo, 163,6 km
Total distance: 820 km

rosespower
03-21-2006, 05:56 PM
21.03.2006/ Bad luck for T-Mobile pro Andreas Klöden: The 30-year-old rider has suffered a shoulder injury after crashing on a training ride near his home in Switzerland on Tuesday afternoon.

The German rider is currently in Rheinfelden where he is being examined by T-Mobile Team doctor Carsten Temme to find out the full extent of his injuries. An exact diagnosis is expected later on Tiesday evening.

Klöden, who crashed out off the 2005 Tour, returned to competition earlier this month at Tirreno-Adriatico and planned to ride ths weekend's Criterium International in France. (gl)

rosespower
03-21-2006, 05:56 PM
this is a bad news for t-mobile fans

rosespower
03-21-2006, 06:00 PM
and a good news for jans fanshttp://www.t-mobile-team.com/cms/tmoteam/property=blobBinary/id=88220


21.03.2006/ T-Mobile Team captain Jan Ullrich's training camp in Tuscany is running smoothly. "I am ready to start racing," says the 32-year-old, who plans to starts his engines at the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe in France on April 4.

Ullrich has been in Italy since early March to get more training kilometres into the legs and hone his form, under the supervision of sporting director Rudy Pevenage. "Jan is on track and can apply his training plan here perfectly," reports Pevanage

Ullrich to test his legs at Giro
In Tuscany, Ullrich was joined on training rides by Italian T-Mobile stalwart Giuseppe Guerini, who has since moved on to take his place at the Settimana Cyclistica, which started Tuesday. "Having him for company on the training rides made a nice change."

Compared to other years, the former Tour champion feels his progress in training is "more advanced. I started training in November already, so I've done more than in other years".

Though the rest of Ullrich's race program has yet to be fully finalised, the Giro d'Italia is still likely to be a major component in his Tour preparations. "I'll be testing my legs on a few stages. I will not be concentrating on the GC however." (gl)

sadhbh
03-22-2006, 07:47 AM
Will Kloden be ok for the tour do you know, I'm glad Jan has decided to do the Giro.

Who does everyone think will win it?

rosespower
03-22-2006, 07:52 AM
jan said that he will only go to the giro for practice.... but you never know

sadhbh
03-22-2006, 11:47 AM
Do you know if Simoni is racing, if he is I rekon he will win.
Is there any entry list?

rosespower
03-22-2006, 11:53 AM
i'll search...

alfonsojose
03-22-2006, 05:27 PM
cycling bulges :drool:

rosespower
03-23-2006, 01:07 PM
good news about kloden


22.03.2006/ A day after crashing and dislocating his shoulder T-Mobile rider Andreas Klöden is already looking to the future with confidence. "The shoulder operation on Wednesday went well. I will be able to train again on the rollers very soon," says the 30-year-old.

Klöden crashed on wet roads while training near his home in Switzerland on Tuesday afternoon, injuring his shoulder.

Back on bike in April
"Andrea tore ligaments in his right shoulder," explains Temme, who together with Dr. Wolfgang Birkner, operated on Klöden. "We reckon that Andreas can start intensive road training again in April. If he heals well, then we reckon that there is still enough time for him to prepare properly for the Tour de France."

Team support
Andreas Klöden has been getting plenty of moral support from his team mates via mobile and blackberry. "Jan has been in touch from his training camp in Tuscany. That gives me a lift," says Klöden.

Klöden injured his hand at last year’s Tour and missed the rest of the 2005 season. He returned to competition earlier this month at Tirreno-Adriatico and planned to start at Criterium International on Saturday next. Now he faces a probable five-day stay in hospital before returning home. (gl)
i didn't find anything about the giro yet..

rosespower
03-23-2006, 07:03 PM
finnaly i found something i found the list with the teams who will participate at the giro
The Italio-Irish team Panaria and the Columbian team Selle Italia were the last two teams invited to the Giro D'Italia on Tuesday. The Giro will start from Seraing, Belgium and run from May 6-28 with 20 teams from the UCI pro tour. Read the full list here:

Teams for the 2006 Giro D'Italia:

Gerolsteiner (GER)
T-Mobile (GER)
Davitamon (BEL)
Quick Step (BEL)
Selle Italia (COL)
CSC (DEN)
Caisse d'Epargne/Baléares (ESP)
Euskaltel (ESP)
Liberty Seguros (ESP)
Saunier Duval (ESP)
Discovery Channel (USA)
AG2R (FRA)
Bouygues Telecom (FRA)
Cofidis (FRA)
Crédit Agricole (FRA)
Française des Jeux (FRA)
Panaria (IRL)
Lampre (ITA)
Liquigas (ITA)
Milram (ITA)
Rabobank (NED)
Phonak (SUI)

rosespower
03-23-2006, 07:04 PM
this are the words of jan himself about what i said earlier about his participation at the giro

"I won't be riding the Giro to try and win outright, but as preparation for the Tour de France", Ullrich told Austrian journalists in Vienna. "But if I have the legs, I will show myself on one or two stages."

rosespower
03-23-2006, 07:08 PM
the standings till now in the uci pro tour
Players Team Points
1 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak 52
2 Thomas Dekker (NED) Rabobank 51
3 Filippo Pozzato (ITA) Quick Step 50
4 Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Milram 47
5 Alessandro Ballan (ITA) Lampre 45
6 Patxi Vila (ESP) Lampre 43
7 Jörg Jaksche (GER) Liberty Seguros 40
8 Tom Boonen (BEL) Quick Step 39
9 Antonio Colom (ESP) Illes Balears 35
- Luca Paolini (ITA) Liquigas 35
11 Samuel Sanchez (ESP) Euskaltel 31
12 Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Discovery Channel 30
13 Erik Dekker (NED) Rabobank 15
- Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Lampre 26
15 Franck Schleck (LUX) CSC 25
- Michael Boogerd (NED) Rabobank 25
17 Oscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank 24
18 Leonardo Bertagnolli (ITA) Cofidis 23
19 Jose Azevedo (POR) Discovery Channel 20
20 Ivan Basso (ITA) CSC 15
- Stefano Garzelli (ITA) Liquigas 15
22 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 10
- Pietro Caucchioli (ITA) Credit Agricole 10
24 Allan Davis (AUS) Liberty Seguros 6
- Paolo Bettini (ITA) Quick Step 6
26 Karsten Kroon (NED) CSC 5
- Jose Luis Rubiera (ESP) Discovery Channel 5
- Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ) Liberty Seguros 5
- Martin Elmiger (SUI) Phonak 5
30 Fabian Cancellara (SUI) CSC 3
31 Thor Hushovd (NOR) Credit Agricole 4
- Erik Zabel (GER) Milram 4
33 Markus Zberg (SUI) Gerolsteiner 3
- Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP) Illes Balears 3
- Bobby Julich (USA) CSC 3
36 Christopher Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto 2
- Evgeni Petrov (RUS) Lampre-Fondital 2
- Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Cofidis 2
- Joost Posthuma (NED) Rabobank 2
- Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 2
- Robbie McEwen (AUS) Davitamon 2
- Leif Hoste (BEL) Discovery Channel 2
- Riccardo Ricco (ESP) Saunier Duval 2
- Matteo Carrara (ITA) Lampre 2
45 Alberto Contador (ESP) Liberty Seguros 1
- Sandy Casar (FRA) Francaise des Jeux 1
- Jerome Pineau (FRA) Bouygues Telecom 1
- Stefan Schumacher (GER) Gerolsteiner 1
- Francisco Ventoso (ESP) Saunier Duval 1
- Bradley McGee (AUS) Francaise des Jeux 1

Purple Rainbow
03-23-2006, 07:45 PM
Thomas Dekker, the kid is only 21 years old! :)

rosespower
03-24-2006, 04:33 PM
Alexandre Vinokourov won his first stage-race with new team Liberty Seguros, clinching the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon on Friday with a stage win. With his season's first victory secure, Vino came out of nowhere to sprint past Aketza Pena in the last 100 metres to win the race's final stage.

Tour de France contender Alexander Vinokourov confirmed his strong early-season form with victory in the five-day race.

The 32-year-old Kazak, one of the favourites to win the Tour following the retirement of seven-times champion Lance Armstrong, won the fifth and final stage, and the race.

Turning on the power in the final 100 metres of the 147.1-km stage between La Granja and Segovia, the Liberty Seguros rider outpaced Spain's Aketza Pena to ease to the stage victory.

Vinokourov finished 21 seconds ahead of team mate Luis Leon Sanchez and 26 clear of Discovery Channel rider Jose Luis Rubiera in the overall standings.

He will next defend his title in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic in Belgium in April. His only other race before the Tour will be the Dauphine Libere stage race in early June, an event he won in 1999.

A former team mate of 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich of Germany, Vinokourov quit the German's T-Mobile team last year to join Liberty Seguros.

The Tour de France prologue takes place on July 1.

rosespower
03-25-2006, 06:24 PM
23.03.2006/ Kim Kirchen leads the T-Mobile Team at the 78th edition of the two-day Critérium International (UCI-Cat: 2.HC) in the French Ardennes this weekend.

Kirchen returns to competition after a two and a half-week break - back pain forced him to climb off his bike and into the team car during stage three of Paris-Nice. The Luxembourger has been back in intensive training in the last few days, however, and hopes to rediscover the good form that saw him place second behind Paolo Bettini at the GP di Lugano in late February.

Klöden misses out
Linus Gerdemann goes to north-east France in bullish form, after a strong showing at last weekend's Milan-Sanremo, his first ride at ‘La Primavera’. The young German was in the lead group until the Poggio, where a pedal slip caused him to lose touch. He recovered though, to cross the line in the first chasing group and now feels he has the legs to mix it in the Ardennes.

After recovering from a cold Andreas Klöden was expected to return to competition at Critérium International – that’s until he dislocated his shoulder in a crash on Tuesday. Following surgery Wednesday, the 2004 Tour runner-up will now spend a lengthy time on the sidelines and scratches all races in March and April. Jörg Ludewig is, however, fit to ride in France. Ludewig hit the tarmac at Wednesday's "Dwars Door Vlaanderen", but only suffered light injuries to his knee.

Holm: "Solid team"
"In Andreas' absence we've had to rethink our selection, as we have rosters at a few other races as well. But I’m convinced that we are starting this race with a solid troop of riders," says sporting director Brian Holm. Eddy Mazzoleni, Thomas Ziegler, Bernhard Kohl, Bas Giling and neo-pro Frantisek Rabon round out the eight-man T-Mobile roster.

The Criterium International has been based in Charleville-Mézières in the French Ardennes since 2001. Since then the race format has remained the same and the parcours has changed very little. The race gets underway on Saturday with a long, predominantly flat first stage covering 187km from Sedan to Charleville-Mézières.

The second and final day - Sunday - will surely decide the winner. A tough 101 km morning stage over lumpy parcours through the Ardennes is followed by 8.3 km individual time trial on flat terrain in and around Charleville-Mezieres.

Time trial to decide
Sunday morning's second stage is very tough. The riders will have to do a lot of climbing over the short 100 kms," says Holm, who believes however that the GC outcome won’t be decided until after the afternoon time trial. "That was also the case last year when Bobby Julich come out on top."

Julich (CSC) is one of the favourites again this year, but he can expect to be pushed all the way by a strong field that includes the likes of Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Paris-Nice and Tour of California winner Floyd Landis (Phonak) and Jörg Jaksche, who placed second at last week's Tirreno-Adriatico (Liberty Seguros). (gl)

The T-Mobile Team roster:
Linus Gerdemann, (23), Bas Giling (23), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Bernhard Kohl (24/Austria), Jörg Ludewig (30), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Frantisek Rabon (22/Czech), Thomas Ziegler (25). Sporting director: Brian Holm (Denmark)

Stages in brief:
25.03. - 1. Etappe: Sedan - Charleville-Mezieres, 192 km
26.03. - 2. Etappe: Les Vieilles Forges (Les Mazures) - Montherme, 101 km
26.03. - 3. Etappe: Charleville-Mezieres - Charleville-Mezieres, EZF 8,3 km


Winners since 1995:
2005 - Bobby Julich (USA)
2004 - Jens Voigt (GER)
2003 - Laurent Bochard (FRA)
2002 - José Martínez (ESP)
2001 - Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)
2000 - Abraham Olano (ESP)
1999 - Jens Voigt (GER)
1998 - Bobby Julich (USA)
1997 - Marcelino Gargia (ESP)
1996 - Chris Boardman (GBR)
1995 - Laurent Jalabert (FRA)

rosespower
03-26-2006, 09:35 AM
25.03.2006/ Dutch veteran Erik Dekker took the first of three stages which make up the French ”Criterium International". After a 192 km trek from Sedan and Charleville-Mezieres, the 35-year old Rabobank rider outsprinted Tour runner-up Ivan Basso (CSC) and Ukrainian Andrey Grivko (Milram).

The best-placed T-Mobile rider was Linus Gerdemann in 12th., who – like his team mate Thomas Ziegler – came in with the second chase group. "At the end, Thomas tried everything. Linus didn’t hide in the peloton either and rode a courageous race. Too bad they didn’t make it to the very front”, said Brian Holm, who is directing team affairs in France.

Kirchen on the offensive
Early into the race, before the Côte de Stonne (km 37) 17 of the 159 riders jumped clear, with T-Mobile’s Kim Kirchen in the mix. The Luxembourger, who dropped out of Paris-Nice due to back problems recently, rode an active and determined race straight from the gun.

In temperatures of around 12 degree, three mountain and three sprint bonuses were up for grabs on the 192 km trek. Hafway into the race, the front group was thinned down to eight riders, among others consisting of Kirchen, Jens Voigt, Spanish fastman Constantino Zaballa (Illes Balears) and Russian Vladimir Efimkin (Barloworld).

Dekker showed his experience
Thanks to the efforts of CSC and Rabobank the breakaways were caught again. Soon after, a group of 30 riders split off the front including Floyd Landis (Phonak), Ivan Basso, Bobby Julich, Frank Schleck and Jens Voigt (CSC), Erik Dekker (Rabobank), Paco Mancebo (AG2R), Gutierrez and Zaballa (Caisse d'Epargne), McGee (FDJ), and Igor Astarloa (Barloworld). Also part of the head group were T-Mobile’s Thomas Ziegler and Linus Gerdemann.

In pouring rain on the two final climbs Basso, Igor Astarloa (Unibet.com), Grivko and Dekker went clear of the rest of the break, having a 15 second-lead over the chasers. While ex-World Champion Astarloa crashed on the final kilometres, experienced Dekker left both Basso and Grivko trailing in his wake to celebrate his first season win.

Two semi-stages on Sunday
Traditionally, the competition is decided on the second and final day – Sunday. The peloton awaits a demanding 101 km morning semi-stage through the Ardennes, followed by an 8.3 km ITT on flat terrain in and around Charleville-Mezieres.

Holm: "Tomorrow is going to be another real tough day. It will give us the chance to attack once more. In this form and being a strong time trialist, of course, Dekker is now the favourite for the overall win". (mf)

The T-Mobile roster in brief:
Linus Gerdemann, (23), Bas Giling (23/Netherlands), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Bernhard Kohl (24/Austria), Jörg Ludewig (30), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Frantisek Rabon (22/Czech Republic), Thomas Ziegler (25). Sporting director: Brian Holm


The remaining stages in brief:

26.03. - 2nd stage: Les Vieilles Forges (Les Mazures) - Montherme, 101 km
26.03. - 3rd stage: Charleville-Mezieres - Charleville-Mezieres, ITT, 8,3 km

Roll of honour:
2005 - Bobby Julich (USA)
2004 - Jens Voigt (GER)
2003 - Laurent Bochard (FRA)
2002 - José Martínez (ESP)
2001 - Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)
2000 - Abraham Olano (ESP)
1999 - Jens Voigt (GER)
1998 - Bobby Julich (USA)
1997 - Marcelino Gargia (ESP)
1996 - Chris Boardman (GBR)
1995 - Laurent Jalabert (FRA)

rosespower
03-26-2006, 09:36 AM
25.03.2006/ Belgian Tom Boonen edged out his breakaway companion Alessandro Ballan in a two-man sprint to win his third consecutive "E3 Prijs Vlaanderen" in Harelbeke. Dutchman Aart Vierhouten (Shimano) came in third, beating Belgian Bert de Waele (Landboukrediet) into fourth.

The T-Mobile Team showed an aggressive race, in which last year’s runner-up Andreas Klier (17th) and young gun Marcus Burghardt (28th) proved particularly active. Both were already in the first breakaway group mixing it at the front for a long time in the 200 km race. The 2000 winner Sergey Ivanov finishished in 20th, rounding off the good team performance.

"We planned on being represented in a group early into the race. We accomplished that very well”, said Valerio Piva, who directed team affairs in Belgium.

T-Mobile trio in the mix
Except for the Spanish ex-World Champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) all major Classic specialists were lining up on the starting line at Harelbek on Saturday morning.

Apart from twelve sharp climbs with a maximum 12,5 gradient in the second half, the race featured 15 selective cobble sections. Strong southwesterly wind had blown all the overnight rain away, but made the competition even tougher.

Already at 15 km into the race, a 26-man group got clear, led by the magenta riders Andreas Klier, Stephan Schreck and Marcus Burghardt. Going at an average speed of 47 km/h, the escapees gained a one-minute lead over the chase group including top favourite Tom Boonen.

Successful chase
The ascents began to take their toll on some of the breakaways like Wiesenhof pro Lars Wackernagel, who couldn’t cope with the pace and were dropped. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile trio worked hard to keep the chasers at bay. For a while Burghardt, who jumped clear at the Boigneberg (km 130) together with Perez and van den Broeck, was at the front.

At km 147, the leading group consisted of Klier, Burghardt, Mengin (FDJ), Devolder (Discovery), Cretskens (Quick.Step), Geslin (Bouygues), Perez and Murro (Tenax), while Boonen was pushing the pace in the chase group.

Right on time for the finale - 40 km to the finish – the chasers reeled in the head group. Only Burghardt put up a longer fight, but eventually his fate was sealed, too. "Marcus supported Andreas in an excellent way. Great to see him mix it at the front in the race’s tougher second part", Piva praised the 22-year old.

The key moment came on the Paterberg at km 160, when both Ballan and Boonen attacked, opening up a big gap over the top. "At the Paterberg Klier held McEwen’s wheel. When he noticed Ballack’s attack, he was slightly too far away and there suddenly was a 20 m gap. That proved to be too long a distance to the leading duo, when you’re on your own. Just the same, Andreas rode a great race here“, Piva said.

Boonen/Ballan bring the bacon home
In the chase group, Klier, together with team mate Sergey Ivanov, was digging deep, but in vain: The Belgian-Italian duo reached the final Tiegemberg climb at km 184 with 1’25 on the peloton.

Hoste (Discovery), Vierhouten (Shimano) and van de Waele (Landbouwkrediet) eventually managed to jump clear of the chasers. However, they were no threat for the two leading men any more. At the front, Boonen sprinted to victory marking himself as a favourite for the Tour of Flanders on April 2.

It is also the next Classic for the magenta riders to tackle. Piva looks forward to “de Ronde”: „We have a strong and balanced team”. (mf)

The T-Mobile roster in brief:
Lorenzo Bernucci (26/Italy), Marcus Burghardt (22), André Greipel (23), Sergey Ivanov (31/Russia), Andreas Klier (30), Bram Schmitz (28/Netherlands), Stephan Schreck (27), Steffen Wesemann (35/Switzerland).
Sporting director: Valerio Piva (47/Italy)

sadhbh
03-28-2006, 10:26 AM
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rosespower
03-29-2006, 06:34 PM
BAD NEWS!
29.03.2006/ Jan Ullrich has been forced to cancel his planned race appearance in France at next week’s Circuit de la Sarthe (April 4 to 7). The cause of the T-Mobile Team captain’s withdrawal is an irritation in the right knee, „which, on medical grounds, rules out racing,“ says team doc Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmid following tests at Freiburg’s Uni-Clinic on Tuesday.

The injury is „not uncommon among athletes,“ explains Schmid, referring to the previous experiences of Andreas Klöden und Rolf Aldag. According to Schmid, however, Ullrich’s current problems are not related to his injury and subsequent operation in 2002.

In early March Ullrich first felt „a small twinge in the knee“, and the diagnosis was an irritation. A few days with a reduced training load followed, so Ullrich could train without experiencing pain. However, recent intensive training in preparation for his planned season start caused the injury to return. „I will be paying more attention to ensure the irritation heals fully, then I can start to progressively increase the training load,“ says Ullrich, who is „disappointed“ not be starting at Sarthe: „I was really looking forward to my first race start“.

T-Mobile manager Olaf Ludwig also considers it „a pity that Jan has to cancel Sarthe. I would like to have seen him in competition, especially as he’s been training solidly in the last few months and had been spared from illnesses“. For Ludwig, it’s another example of his team’s poor run of luck so far this season, referring to the injuries suffered by Bram Schmitz (broken foot), Eric Baumann (broken tibia and fibula) and Andreas Klöden (dislocated shoulder) as well as the many riders who fell ill at the start of the season. The former sprinter knows from personal experience, however, that „it would be downright negligent for Jan to race in the coming weeks and risk aggregating the injury through some miscalculated enthusiasm.“

To prevent this, the medical team in Freiburg have prescribed Ullrich a reduced training workload, building up to more intensive blocks. The former Tour champ will also undergo intensive physiotherapy to help the healing process. „There’s no point complaining. I want to put this knee trouble behind me and get on with a structured build-up to the Tour,“ says Ullrich.

Ullrich’s program now depends on how well his knee heals. The current plan is for him to continue training in the coming weeks (Switzerland, Tuscany) in preparation for a competitive start at Tour de Romandie (April 25 - 30).

sadhbh
03-29-2006, 07:28 PM
That's not good, I hope that doesn't stay around too long.

rosespower
03-31-2006, 05:22 PM
George Hincapie will lead Discovery against an on-form Tom Boonen at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, and the American told Eurosport his team's formula for victory over the world champion.

"Tom has had an amazing year, he's an amazing cyclist, but he's not unbeatable," Hincapie told www.eurosport.com on the eve of the race.

"We don't go into a race thinking that anybody's unbeatable, so we're just happy with the way the team is riding, and we're going to ride our own race."

While the 12-year-veteran believes he will be riding with the strongest Discovery team in years, Hincapie acknowledges that Boonen is the best sprinter in the world right now.

"We're just to try not to arrive at the finish with him, because he's probably the fastest guy in the world," Hincapie said.

"So the best option is, if you're in a break with him, to have more than one guy from the team there with you, and just attack, that's really the only thing to do."

Discovery Team Manager Dirk Demol says Hincapie is the outright leader, but the 32-year-old Hincapie will have a strong supporting cast.

"George is our biggest guy, on Sunday he's our real leader, and also we're going to protect three other guys," Demol told Eurosport. "Leif Hoste, Stijn Devolder and also [Vladimir] Gusev, because don't forget that Gusev can be also a challenger."

Hoste is coming off of a big victory in the Three Days of De Panne, having won the race and taken the final stage in a Discovery 1-2-3 in front of Hincapie and Devolder.

"The win of the Driedaagse Van de Panne will be a big thing for him, because in the past the problem for him has always been self confidence in the right moments," Demol said. "It looks like now he found that."

Hoste finished second at the Tour of Flanders in 2004, a victory Demol called the biggest "the biggest of the whole season."

Though Hincapie acknowledges the potency of the squad Discovery is sending to Flanders, calling it "our best team ever," George is still the clear leader.

"I'm probably the leader just because I have the most experience, but we have some guys that are riding very well, probably as well as I am," Hincapie said.

"So we've got lots of cards to play."

sadhbh
04-03-2006, 07:44 AM
Boonen won the tour of Flanders yeserday.

rosespower
04-03-2006, 08:48 AM
thanks for the news!

lizzard
04-03-2006, 09:15 AM
Boonen :woohoo::woohoo: We love you :D

Purple Rainbow
04-03-2006, 09:34 AM
Expect Belgium to explode in an orgie of festive drunkenness if Boonen manages to repeat his Paris-Roubaix victory too.

lizzard
04-03-2006, 09:47 AM
Expect Belgium to explode in an orgie of festive drunkenness if Boonen manages to repeat his Paris-Roubaix victory too.

That would be great !! Maybe he can go for : E3 - Tour of Flandres - Gent-Wevelgem - Paris-Roubaix :D And then Luik-Bastenaken-Luik :haha:

rosespower
04-03-2006, 08:32 PM
Illes Baleares leader Alejandro Valverde pipped three-time world champion Oscar Freire by the narrowest of margins in the 130km Stage 1 of the Tour of the Basque Country in and around Irun Monday. "I did not realised that I was the winner at first," admitted a delighted Valverde after a nervy finish

After a series of steep Cat.2 and Cat.1 climbs, and a hair-raising 12km descent from atop the Jaizkibel to the finish, a fraction of a wheel's inner tube length was the difference as Valverde threw his bike over the line.

"It was a incredible finish to the stage," said the winner of one stage on the Tour of Murcia earlier this year. "Me and Freire were waiting for the decision of the race commissioners because it was not clear."

Valverde, who insisted before the day started that he was not in the hunt for the overall victory, nonetheless that he knows the first two stages particularly well:

"I came here with the idea of win a stage and this is great. Now, we'll see how I feel in the coming days"

"There's a big time trial on the last stage which doesn't favour me, but I've definitely felt better than I expected today," the 24-year-old Illes Balears rider said.

Purple Rainbow
04-04-2006, 09:02 AM
That would be great !! Maybe he can go for : E3 - Tour of Flandres - Gent-Wevelgem - Paris-Roubaix :D And then Luik-Bastenaken-Luik :haha:

He is not competing in Luik-Bastenaken-Luik, he is only human after all! ;)

rosespower
04-05-2006, 08:35 AM
03.04.2006/ There's no let-up for the T-Mobile’s cobbled specialists - fresh off Sunday's gruelling Tour of Flanders, the hardy men square up to the next ProTour challenge on Wednesday - the 67th edition of the Belgian semi-classic Ghent-Wevelgem.

Sporting director Valerio Piva can only send a depleted squad of seven riders maximum to the start line in Belgium, however. Steffen Wesemann, who already scratched the Tour of Flanders as a result of breathing difficulties, is still not 100 percent fit and with one eye on Paris-Roubaix, the veteran will be rested on Wednesday.

Bram Schmitz, after a gold-star support performance in Sunday's Ronde, is now suffering from back trouble and is a doubtful starter in Gent. A decision will be made on the Dutchman’s well-being later this evening.

With two rosters already in action at the Basque Country and Sarthe, Piva has nowhere to turn for reinforcements: "With our injury list and the races in the Basque Country and Sarthe, we're down to the bare bones, so I can’t call up any riders," says the Italian.

Klier hoping for a repeat of 2003
Despite the team’s personnel problems, Andreas Klier is bullish about his chances in the 210 Km race. The German won the prestigious race in 2003, and after a solid ninth place at the Tour of Flanders, he is eager to get back o the podium in Wevelgem.

Klier’s relationship with the Tour of Flanders’ little sister has been bitter-sweet, however. Last year, in contrast to his 2003 heroics, the Munich-born rider suffered concussion and a knee injury after colliding with a race motorbike in the feeding zone.

Lining up alongside Klier on the cobblestones of West Flanders are Lorenzo Bernucci, Marcus Burghardt, André Greipel, Sergey Ivanov and Stephan Schreck. "In our situation the team spirit will be more important than ever. The team already showed on Sunday that they are capable of working very well together" says Piva.

The depleted T-Mobile roster certainly won't have an easy ride on Wednesday; "At Oostende, there's often headwind, which can be energy-sapping. After that the crosswinds are likely to tear the peloton apart," warns Piva.

The 10-percent grade, cobbled Kemmelberg, which the riders have to climb twice, could also prove decisive – indeed it was there that Andreas Klier made his winning move in 2003. (gl)

The T-Mobile roster:
Lorenzo Bernucci (26/Italy), Marcus Burghardt (22), André Greipel (23), Sergey Ivanov (31/Russia), Andreas Klier (30), Bram Schmitz (28/Netherlands), Stephan Schreck (27).
Sporting director: Valerio Piva (47/Italy)


Winners since 1980:
2005 - Nico Mattan (Bel)
2004 - Tom Boonen (Bel)
2003 - Andreas Klier (Ger)
2002 - Mario Cipollini (Ita)
2001 - George Hincapie (USA)
2000 - Geert van Bondt (Bel)
1999 - Tom Steels (Bel)
1998 - Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1997 - Philippe Gaumont (Fra)
1996 - Tom Steels (Bel)
1995 - Lars Michaelsen (Den)
1994 - Wilfried Peeters (Bel)
1993 - Mario Cipollini (Ita)
1992 - Mario Cipollini (Ita)
1991 - Djamolidine Abduschaparov (Usb)
1990 - Herman Frison (Bel)
1989 - Gerrit Solleveld (Ned)
1988 - Sean Kelly (Ire)
1987 - Teun Van Vliet (Ned)
1986 - Guido Bontempi (Ita)
1985 - Eric Vanderaerden (Bel)
1984 - Guido Bontempi (Ita)
1983 - Teun Van Vliet (Ned)
1982 - Frank Hoste (Bel)
1981 - Jan Raas (Ned)
1980 - Henk Lubberding (Ned)

rosespower
04-05-2006, 08:36 AM
04.04.2006/ Patrik Sinkewitz looked comfortable crossing the line after Tuesday's bumpy 155 km second stage of the Basque Tour. Riding within himself the T-Mobile newcomer placed fourth, sandwiched between big-hitters Alejandro Valverde and Davide Rebelin to stay well in contention on GC.

After a hectic day's racing, with attacks and counters on the many climbs, Spain's Samuel Sanchez stole a march on the overnight leader Valverde to take the stage win and snatch the yellow jersey. Alberto Contador placed seconds, two seconds ahead of the 15-rider group led by Valverde.

Sinkewitz’s strong ride puts him up to seventh on GC, two seconds adrift of Sanchez. Team mate Bernhard Kohl also made the selection to place 16th on the day and 15th overall, also two seconds adrift of the yellow jersey.

"Patrik showed already during yesterday’s opener that he's been diligent in training and can match the climbers when the road goes up. He missed the podium today, but he will try again in the coming days," said sporting director Frans van Looy.

For Euskaltel-Euskadi, it was a first season win in 2006. "Of the 100 times I've tried this season, I only win once, but this was worth all the effort," Sanchez said.

Hectic day in spring sunshine
The peloton were able to enjoy spring sunshine over the race route from Irun to Segura, which included 12 categorised climbs - six third category, five second and one first. The early part of the race was dominated by a four man breakaway. The quartet, who enjoyed a maximum lead of 5 minutes, were in time reeled in by the Iles Balears controlled peloton.

The real fireworks started at 40km to go when the Saunier Duval duo of Angel Gomez and Ruben Lobato attacked the field. The duo’s advantage was quickly shut down, but the attacks upped the tempo and Valverde's Black Train gradually lost their grip on the race.

On the day's final climb Contador escaped with Liberty Seguros team mate Osa. Sanchez countered. Sensing the danger, Davide Rebellin and Piepoli drove the pace in the chasing group, as the isolated Valverde looked to be suffering. Meanwhile, Sinkewitz, riding within himself, sat in third and fourth wheel, watching and waiting as the group was whittled won to 15 riders.

The two Liberty riders crested the final climb with a 13 second advantage on the chasing group – Sanchez was in between and briged across to the leaders on the descent and dove the pace over the rolling 8 km run-in.

After Osa was dropped, Sanchez and Contador went head-to-head in Segur, with the Euskatel rider having the strongest legs. Breathing down their necks were the chasing group with Valverde edging out Sinik to round out the podium places. (gl)

The T-Mobile roster:
Giuseppe Guerini (36/Italy), Matthias Kessler (26), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Bernhard Kohl (24/Austria), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Oscar Sevilla (30/Spain), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Thomas Ziegler (25).
Sporting diorector: Frans van Looy (55/Belgium)


Stages in brief:
05. April - 3. Etappe: Segura - Lerin, 170 km
06. April - 4. Etappe: Lerin - Vitoria, 172 km
07. April - 5. Etappe: Vitoria - Zalla, 178 km
08. April - 6. Etappe: Zalla - Zalla, 24 km (EZF)
Gesamt: 829 km

rosespower
04-06-2006, 08:20 PM
American Credit Agricole rider Saul Raisin has slipped into a "critical coma" after crashing on the first stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe race, his team announced on Thursday. The 23-year old native of Dalton, Ohio is suffering from a brain haemorrage after losing consciousness in the fall.

Raisin was able to speak to team director Roger Legeay who visited him at Nantes Teaching Hospital on Wednesday, but the American's condition deteriorated Thursday morning when the blood clot grew.

"After the doctors detected a haemorrhage, they attempted surgery which turned out to be impossible to conduct. He is in a coma and we are very concerned," Credit Agricole team official Michel Laurent said.

According to other riders, the 23-year-old Raisin was on his own when he fell from his bike towards the end of Tuesday's Circuit de la Sarthe's stage.

Doctors have not given a prognosis, according to the French outfit.

HUSHOVD: "HE ALWAYS GIVES 100%"

Raisin is one of the rising stars of American cycling. After turning professional in 2003, he joined Credit Agricole one year later.

A good climber, Raisin won a stage back in February in the Tour of Langkawi and performed strongly in the Tour of California.

"It's really hard for us because it can happen to anybody, and this time it's happened to him," Wednesday's winner of Gent-Wevelgem Thor Hushovd told us Thursday after a reconnaissance run of next Sunday's Paris-Roubaix course.

"I just hope he will be fine and come back to normal. Saul is a good guy, he is talking a lot, saying jokes, he's a really, really funny guy. On the bike and on our team he's always given 100 percent, we tell him to do something and he is doing the job 100 percent."

sadhbh
04-07-2006, 07:41 AM
That so horrible, one of my friends died recently in a crash on his bicycle. i hope he's ok, fingers crossed.

rosespower
04-07-2006, 08:30 AM
i'm sorry for your friend...

rosespower
04-07-2006, 07:06 PM
07.04.2006/ Late changes to T-Mobile's Paris-Roubaix roster; Lorenzo Bernucci has not recovered fully from the after-effects of his fall at the Tour of Flanders. Andre Korff is the man with the job of replacing Bernucci at the Hell of the North.

Despite the intensive medical care Bernucci has received since Sunday, the Italian's badly gashed shin rules him out of contention for the race that includes more than 50km of cobbled roads.

Korff, who was a also a late replacement for Steffen Wesemann, at the Ronde van Vlaaanderen, is currently in competition at the Circuit Sarthe in France, which finishes Friday.

The other change involves Sergey Ivanov – the Russian Champion skips Paris-Rouabix to concentrate on honing his form for the Amstel Gold Race on Easter Sunday.

Dutchman Bas Giling steps in to replace Ivanov. The 23-year-old Giling is no stranger to France's biggest classic, however. Last year he won a late call-up to replace Andreas Klier, and he placed second in the U23 event here in 2004. So he knows how it feels to be rattled along the feared cobbles at a high tempo. (gl

rosespower
04-07-2006, 07:09 PM
04.04.2006/ Not quite two weeks after his crash on wet roads while training near his home in Switzerland, T-Mobile rider Andreas Klöden is ready to do light sessions on the trainer again.

“The stitches will be removed on Wednesday," said the 30-year old, who was operated on by team doc Carsten Temme and Dr. Wolfgang Birkner only 24 hours after the crash. "I'm doing pretty well. I've been receiving physical therapy for five days and don't have any pain in normal movement. I'm ready to start training on the roller."

Focus still on Tour de France
In order to relieve any pressure on the injured shoulder, a large gymnastic ball has been mounted on his trainer, between the handlebars and the seat.

According to team doc Temme, it’s depends on the healing process where and when the 2004 Tour runner-up will race again. Andreas Klöden: "Naturally I have not lost sight of my season goal - the Tour de France". (mf)

rosespower
04-08-2006, 05:24 PM
Young Spaniard Jose Angel Gomez Marchante swept aside the favourites to win the 2006 Tour of the Basque Country on Saturday.

The Saunier Duval-Prodir rider's six second winning margin in the final stage, a 24km time trial at Zalla, catapulted him into first place overall.

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde of the Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears squad was second on the hilly stage with compatriot and team-mate Antonio Colom third.

The two finished in the same positions overall, both seven seconds down on the winner.

Gomez Marchante's victory was the second of the 25-year-old's career and the first Protour league win of the season for his team.

The third-year professional, who trailed Valverde by five seconds half way through the time trial, said he was "as surprised as anybody that I won."

"I thought I could get on the final podium at best but the route suited me well, I chose the right gears, and I kept back some strength for the finale," he said.

"Plus our team did a lot of research on time trial positions in wind tunnels in California over the winter. I've won because of all those factors."

Spaniard Samuel Sanchez, the leader for the previous four stages and main favourite, recognised he had ridden below-expectations in the time trial.

"It all got too much for me. Just when you're going to win, it gets snatched away. But life goes on," he said.

Cycling's ProTour league continues on Sunday with the one-day Paris-Roubaix Classic in France. Belgian Tom Boonen is the current leader.

rosespower
04-09-2006, 04:10 PM
Fabian Cacellara (CSC) made a dramatic breakaway at the Carrefour de L'Arbre to stun a lead group which included race favourite Tom Boonen and win Paris-Roubaix on Sunday.

WELL DONE!:yeah:

rosespower
04-10-2006, 09:34 AM
Belgium's Tom Boonen has played down his failed bid to become the first rider to win both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in successive years. "I don't want to look for any excuses, some riders were just better than me," Boonen told French sports daily L'Equipe in an interview on Monday.

Boonen initially finished fifth in Sunday's 259 km Paris-Roubaix but was promoted to second behind Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara after three riders were disqualified for passing through a lowered train barrier.

Despite his promotion, the Quick Step rider was unhappy with the disqualifications.

"It was the job of the stewards to stop them. I also would have crossed the barrier," he said.

Boonen, who has revived passion for the sport in his native country, had no regrets after failing in his bid to achieve a unique double victory in successive years.

"Some people seem to think Tom Boonen has no right to be tired. But there is no shame in being tired. I'm not superman," he said.

Boonen is now setting his sights on the Tour de France in July, where he hopes to vie for the green jersey awarded to the points competition winner.

"I had to retire from the Tour last year and it's still stuck in my throat," the 25-year-old added.

"I now dream of winning stages and the green jersey.

"When I was in the velodrome at the end of the Paris-Roubaix, I was already thinking of the Tour de France."

rosespower
04-11-2006, 07:13 PM
Davitamon-Lotto are protesting Peter Van Petegem's disqualification in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix as the train controversy continued on Tuesday.

The Belgian Van Petegem would have finished third at Paris-Roubaix had he not been disqualifed, along with compatriot Leif Hoste and Russian Vladimir Gusev (respectively second and fourth across the line), for passing a downed train crossing.

"Several mistakes have been clearly done by various parties during and after the race, with the result that Peter Van Petegem has lost a fine place on the podium," Davitamon said on their official website.

"Davitamon-Lotto has decided this afternoon to lodge an official written protest by the UCI against the result of yesterdays Paris-Roubaix."

Van Petegem, who won the race in 2003, said both he and the race organisers were at fault.

"I know all too well that you have to stop when you are in front of a closed red-light railway crossing," the Van Petegem told Belgian newspaper De Morgen.

"I myself hit the brakes, but Hoste kept on going, Gusev followed and what does one do in a situation like that but follow? What if Cancellara had been in front of the closed railway passage and lost the race because of it?"

"I agree we made a mistake, but the organisers are not without fault either," he added.

Davitamon's website specifically mentioned the points the team would be cost as one reason why it decided protest after reviewing tapes of the race.

"Besides the individual Pro Tour points lost by Peter," Davitamon said, "these decisions also influence the teams classification, and the position of the coaches for the coming Pro Tour events.

World champion Tom Boonen, who finished in second at Paris-Roubaix thanks in part to the ruling, questioned the bizarre appearance of the train on Sunday, and Van Petegem echoed those sentiments to the Belgian paper.

"I think it's strange that we have to cross a railway so close to the finish," Van Petegem said. "At that moment we were still riding flat out chasing for the victory - Cancellara was not outside of our reach as yet."

"To take a decision like that after six hours of racing is hard. On top of that we didn't put anyone in danger; not ourselves, not others."

rosespower
04-11-2006, 07:14 PM
Ullrich back on the bike
Jan Ullrich has returned to training after a knee injury delayed his season opener, setting a new start date for the Tour of Romandie


GOOD NEWS AT LAST!

rosespower
04-11-2006, 07:22 PM
11.04.2006/ T-Mobile pro Jan Ullrich is back on track after his minor knee injury and continues his season preparation in Tuscany with immediate effect. The 32-year old has increased his training intensity since last Thursday in his Swiss home town of Scherzingen without experiencing pain.

An irritation in the right knee put paid to Ullrich’s plan to enter the season at last week’s Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Following tests at Freiburg’s Uni-Clinic, team doc Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmid prescribed Ullrich a reduced training workload as well as intensive physiotherapy.

Team manager Olaf Ludwig said he was content with Ullrich’s healing process: "Jan is pain-free now and will progressively intensify the training load in the coming days, in order to be prepared for the Tour of Romandie“, said the former world class sprinter. He added that the six-day ProTour race (April 25-30) was “no easy entry“ into the season.

During his stay in Tuscany, Jan Ullrich will be accompanied by sporting director Rudy Pevenage and physiotherapist Birgit Krohme. "Jan is going to be perfectly taken care of in Italy and the weather conditions, too, are ideal“, said Ludwig who is optimistic that the T-Mobile captain will be “in good form” at his season debut in Switzerland at the end of April. (mf)

sadhbh
04-12-2006, 08:57 AM
Woot some good news at last. I hope he doesn't do it again or I'll have to go over there and force him on his bike.

rosespower
04-12-2006, 09:53 AM
:)

rosespower
04-12-2006, 04:36 PM
11.04.2006/ The ProTour carnival moves north to the Netherlands this weekend for the 41st running of the Amstel Gold Race, the race that disproves the perception that the Netherlands are entirely flat. The T-Mobile Team has nominated a solid and experienced line-up of classics' specialists and all-rounders to the hilly event, though none of the top-favourites will be wearing magenta.

"It is a well-balanced and there is a lot of potential there," says sport and tecnhical director Mario Kummer, who believes the inclusion of Patrik Sinkewitz, Steffen Wesemann and Sergey Ivanov gives the team options depending on how the race unfolds. "All three have shown in recent races that they have the form to do something."

This lead trio will be joined by experienced classics specialists Andreas Klier, Bram Schmitz, Matthias Kessler, Kim Kirchen and Eddy Mazzoleni on the 251 km route that criss-crosses Limburg, the hilly southern region sandwiched between Germany and Belgium.

Amstel Gold Race doesn't have the cobbled mystique of the other Northern Classics, but what it lacks in cobbles it makes up for in short poisonous climbs. It is the cumulative effect of 31 small ascents, none longer than 2.1 kilometres and none with a gradient steeper than one in seven, which dictates the pattern of the race. Unsurprising, the Amstel Gold Race is usually won by an all-rounder who outlasts his fellow breakaways on the final series of killer climbs.

"There's hardly five kilometres of flat road on the route and that's what makes it so difficult," says T-Mobile sporting director Valerio Piva.

The best known climb is the one-in-seven drag up the finishing hill, the Cauberg, which is usually the decisive point in the race and the focal point for fans. The race takes the riders up this hill three times.

"The constant changes of direction make it difficult for the riders to know where the wind is coming from. But they have to stay focussed, so that they still have enough in the tank for the last assault on the Cauberg," continues Valerio Piva, who lives in Maastricht.

Thick fog turned last year’ Amstel Gold into something of a ‘phantom race’ for both the fans on the roadside and the TV viewers, who were deprived of pictures. In the end, Danilo di Luca (Liquigas) emerged from out of the mist to win the 30-rider sprint up the Cauberg. (gl)


The T-Mobile roster:
Sergey Ivanov (31/Russia), Matthias Kessler (26), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Andreas Klier (30), Eddy Mazzoleni (32/Italy), Bram Schmitz (28/Netherlands), Patrik Sinkewitz (25), Steffen Wesemann (35/Switzerland).