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Road Racing News for 10/6/01 [infociclismo]
Road Racing News for 9/6/01 [infociclismo]

04.10.2001 04.10.2001 Paris-Bourges FRA 1.3 MEL
French cyclist Florent Brard (Festina) claimed victory today on Paris-Bourges by escaping the winning move with one kilometer to go. Brard completed the course in 4 hours, 37 minutes and 56 seconds with an average speed of 44.039 km/hr. He was followed two seconds behind by Belgian Nico Mattan and Australian Scott Sutherland.

"I know this route well, given that my wife Natalia was born in Bourges. Also one of my best friends is from Vignoux, the next town over", commented Brard after the race. "I had to win", concluded Brard.

1. Florent Brard (FRA/Festina) 4h37:56 at 44.039 km/h.
2. Nico Mattan (BEL) at 02
3. Scott Sunderland (AUS) at 02
4. Laurent Brochard (FRA) at 02
5. Nicolas Vogondy (FRA) at 02
6. Jean Michel Tessier (FRA) at 06
7. Jean Cyril Robin (FRA) at 18
8. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA) at 20
9. Filippo Pozzato (ITA) at 1:28
10.Michael Skelde (DEN) at 1:28

02.10.2001 05.10.2001 Giro della Provincia di Lucca ITA 2.3 MEL

Stage 2: Piotr Wadecki, from Team Domo, won the second stage of the Giro di Lucca, held between Altopascio and Capannori, over 195 kilómetros, and in the process took over the leader's jersey from Estonian Jan Kirsipuu. The stage was run in a circuit of 29 kms. The attacks began during the second lap, but it was not until kilometer 60 that there was breakaway that proved significant. Thirteen riders, including Wadecki, reached an advantage of over thirteen minutes with thirty kilometers to go. The peloton lost interest and eventually came in over sixteen minutes behind.

1. Piotr Wadecki (POL/Domo) 4h.32:24
2. Ludovic Turpin (FRA/AGR2) s.t.
3. Cristian Moreni (ITA/Mercatone Uno) s.t.
4. Paolo Bettini (ITA/Mapei) s.t.
5. Paolo Bossoni (ITA/Vini Caldirola) s.t.
6. Mario Aerts (BEL/Lotto) s.t.
7. Devis Miorin (ITA/Mobilvetta) s.t.
8. Thierry Loder (FRA/AGR2) s.t.
9. Danilo di Luca (ITA/Cantina Tollo) s.t.
10. Gianni Faresin (ITA/Liquigas) s.t.

G.C. after Stage 2:
1. Piotr Wadecki (POL/Domo) 8h.24:19
2. Ludovic Turpin (FRA/AGR2) at 2
3. Cristian Moreni (ITA/Mercatone Uno) at 4
4. Paolo Bettini (ITA/Mapei) at 5
5. Thierry Loder (FRA/AGR2) at 5
6. Devis Miorin (ITA/Mobilvetta) at 5
7. Paolo Bossoni (ITA/Vini Caldirola) at 5
8. Mario Aerts (BEL/Lotto) at 5
9. Gianni Faresin (ITA/Liquigas) at 5
10. Gian Mario Ortenzi (ITA/Mercatone Uno) at 5.

Stage 3: Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich continued his fine late season form by taking stage 3 of the Giro di Lucca. The stage held between Borgo a Mozzano y Castenuovo di Grafagnana featured 164 kilometers. Ullrich bested his breakaway companions, Michele Bartoli (Fassa Bartolo) and Eddy Mazzoleni (Tacconi) in a excellent show of strength, which should come in very useful in the upcoming World Championships. The second group, who also escaped the peloton, featured
Rabobank leader Michael Boogerd, who lost all hopes of triumph due to a fall in the last descent of this hilly stage.

Race leadership was taken over by belgian Mario Aerts (Lotto), who came in with australian Cadel Evans 21 seconds behind the winner. Aerts now holds a comfortable lead of over 7 minutes.

1.Jan Ullrich (GER/Telekom) 4 h 04:17
2.Michele Bartoli (ITA) s.t.
3.Eddy Mazzoleni (ITA) s.t.
4.Alexandre Botcharov (RUS) at 12 s.
5.Paolo Lanfranchi (ITA) s.t.
6.Michael Boogerd (NED) s.t.
7.Mario Aerts (BEL) at 21 s.
8.Cadel Evans (AUS) s.t.
9.Ivan Basso (ITA) at 25 s.
10.Sergei Gonchar (UKR) at 46 s.

G.C. after Stage 3:
1.Mario Aerts (BEL/Lotto) 12h29:02
2.Piotr Wadecki (POL) at 7:18
3.Ludovic Turpin (FRA) at 7:20
4.Thierry Loder (FRA) at 7:23
5.Devis Miorin (ITA) s.t.
6.Gianni Faresin (ITA) s.t.
7.Paolo Bettini (ITA) at 7:28
8.Paolo Bossoni (ITA) s.t.
9.Gian Mario Ortenzi (ITA) at 8:11
10.Bram de Groot (NED) at 8:15.

02.10.2001 04.10.2001 GP CTT Correios de Portugal POR 2.4 MEL

Stage 2:
1. Thomas Kaufamnn (GER) 4h.42:59
2. Fabian Wegmann (GER) s.t.
3. Saulius Sarkauskas (LIT) s.t.
4. Stefan Schumacher (GER) s.t.
5. César Quiterio (POR) s.t.

1. Iván Gutiérrez (ESP/ONCE) 8h.04:21
2. Isidro Nozal (ESP) at 8
3. Pablo Lastras (ESP) at 12
4. David Bernabeu (ESP) at 12
5. Goncalo Amorim (POR) at 28

Stage 3:

1. Eladio Jimenez (ESP) 3h38:27
2. Josep Juffre (ESP) at 56
3. Ignacio Gutiérrez (ESP) s.t.
4. Renato Silva (Por) s.t.
5. Vidal Fitas (POR) at 1:00

Final G.C.
1. José Iván Gutiérrez (ESP) 11h44:06
2. Isidro Nozal (ESP) at 9
3. Pablo Lastras (ESP) at 13
4. David Bernabéu (ESP) s.t.
5. Goncalo Amorim (POR) at 30


By Brian Stephens

2 members of the Australian Institute of Sport under-23 road squad signed professional contracts this week. Allan Davis signed for Italian division 1 team Mapei yesterday and Graeme Brown today signed for Italian division 2 team Panaria. It is very pleasing being that it is a very difficult time for new riders to join the pro ranks due to the cessation of some major teams at the conclusion of this season, which potentially 60 current professionals will be without teams.

ULLRICH NOTIFIED HE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. Jan Ullrich has been notified that he is under formal investigation as a result of the raids at the Giro this year. The Italian authorities took the opportunity of Ullrich's presence at the Giro Di Lucca to formally advise the German rider of their ongoing investigation.


HELP WITH LODGING IN LISBON: Nico van Aelstyn of San Francisco, California wrote to see if anybody can help him or direct him to a place where he can stay during the upcoming World Championships in Lisboa, Portugal. If you have any ideas or info, pleas answer this e- mail and I'll pass on the info to Nico.




The United States Postal Service Pro Cycling Team closed out what may have been its best season to date three days ago by placing three riders in the overall top seven at the season's third grand tour event, the Tour of Spain. Levi Leipheimer became the first American to reach the final podium of the Vuelta, placing third overall, while teammates Roberto Heras, the winner of last year's Tour of Spain, placed fourth and Jose Luis Rubiera seventh.

The previous top finish by an American at the Tour of Spain was Lance Armstrong's fourth place finish in 1998.

While the USPS team did not win a stage at the nearly 3,000 kilometer event, the team impressed many with Leipheimer, Heras and Rubiera, along with a second place finish in the team classification and 12 top-five stage finishes, including five by Leipheimer.

"The final balance of the Vuelta for our team is more than positive," said Johan Bruyneel, the USPS team's director sportif. "A spot on the podium, three riders in the top seven, second in the team GC, lots of top five placings and having been a determining factor in the race - full satisfaction.

"The fact that Levi reached the podium has been, for sure, a surprise, including for himself," Bruyneel added. "But he has been on a very good level the whole year, with a strong month of August. His first three-week stage race and a finish on the podium is maybe the real start of his career as a stage racer."

Leipheimer capped off an extremely consistent Vuelta with a second place finish in Sunday's final time trial in Madrid, good
enough to move up two spaces on the overall, from fifth to third.

Relaxed and satisfied, Leipheimer said he came to the race set on helping Heras win his second consecutive Vuelta.

"My primary objective was to show how valuable I could be to Roberto in the mountains and go for a result in the first time
trial," Leipheimer said. "I wanted to show everyone I had the ability to climb and then set tempo on the last climb - like I did at Lagos (de Covadonga, the first mountain stage of the race). Stage five was more than what I really hoped for. When I was done (setting tempo for Heras), I had dropped the yellow jersey and there were only eight or so guys left. I was very satisfied - I really wanted to show what I could do.

"Two days later was the long time trial (stage seven's 44 km race in Torrelavega) and I placed second. Then the next day was another mountain finish. I didn't plan on doing anything for myself but in the team meeting in the morning, Johan said I should try for the stage win. He was letting me do my own climb, as did Roberto. I then placed fourth and from there it changed; we had no need to control the race since we were not in the lead so Chechu (Rubiera), Roberto and I rode our own
race to keep all of us up there, to keep the strength in numbers."

Leipheimer added that since Heras did not have the lead and was not showing the same dominant form he displayed at last year's Vuelta, Bruyneel told Heras to attack in order to make up lost time. But when Heras simply could not ride away from the field, Leipheimer maintained the ability to ride his own race. "I was able to keep following and in a way, do my own race and stay strong, which helped me keep my placings."

"Roberto has been performing well, especially in the second half of the Vuelta, but his problematic Tour de France period made it impossible for him to be on his normal level," Bruyneel added. "Considering the circumstances, he has to be happy with his fourth place. For Chechu, I have nothing but good words. He supported Roberto and Levi whenever it was necessary, and when possible, he tried for a stage win. As usual with Chechu, nothing but top class."

Bruyneel was proud of the entire USPS team's efforts at the Vuelta. "Overall, we saw a very strong team performance," he said. "Julian (Dean), Benoit (Joachim), Victor (Hugo Pena), Chann (McRae), Matthew (White) and especially Antonio (Cruz), in his first big Tour, were there wherever the team leaders needed them. I would like to congratulate all nine riders and all the staff for such a great performance in the month of September. I feel really good about this season, since we've accomplished all of our goals - winning a classic (Gent-Wevelgem) with George (Hincapie) and winning the Tour de France
with Lance. We didn't win the Vuelta with Roberto but the team's performance compensated for that."

Leipheimer arrived at the Tour of Spain in great form after a solid month of August, having placed second at the Vuelta a Castilla-Leon and sixth at the Tour of Burgos. Plus, he said that he is finally becoming comfortable in his role as a more-seasoned professional. Leipheimer reminisced about his time as an American- based rider, riding in mainly criteriums and short stage races and how all that has changed.

"When I was on Saturn, I would ride strong and win all or most of the races that suited me," he added. "I wasn't a criterium rider at all, but when it came to races like the Tour de Beauce (a Canadian stage on the UCI calendar), a more European-style race, I would win (in 1998 and 1999), along with the time trial nationals (1999). When I came to this team (in 2000), it was a big change for me and naturally, I did not have much confidence going in. It took me a year to feel really comfortable and at ease and after the break in July, I came back with better results. Then my motivation and confidence grew. I knew I
needed to lose some weight, which I did, and gained the confidence and self assurance to go to my limit all the time, not being afraid to fail."

Looking ahead, Leipheimer said he will never had the same expectations he once did. "I will always want more now," he
said. "I have been a consistent person in sports, that's how I am. My personality is pretty consistent and it showed after three weeks. I'm not an explosive rider. For me, it's always about being there, never cracking and being strong. It adds up after three weeks."

Leipheimer will close out his season at the World Championships in Portugal later this month, competing in the time trial on the 11th and the road race on the 14th.

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TEAM NAVIGATORS: Vassili Davidenko

It is with shock and surprise that we acknowledge the report of sanctions taken against Vassili Davidenko following a medical control test conducted on April 7th. A routine urine test administered by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency USADA) was found to contain a substance that is on the banned-substance list of the UCI.

The Navigators Team has full confidence that this result was due to the ingestion of an over-the-counter herbal food supplement that did not have a full accounting of the ingredients on the label. Acting on his own, and without the knowledge of the team's management, nutritional experts or doctor, Vassili purchased this nutritional food supplement based strictly on the ingredients listed on the label. An analysis of the supplement by an independent laboratory confirmed the presence of a metabolite of a banned substance, as initially reported by USADA. However, the presence of a banned substance is not necessarily a "positive result" based upon certain limits, methods of introduction to the athletes' body, and other extenuating and/or medical circumstances. It is important to note that Vassili has undergone medical control tests prior to April 7th and several times since that date in the U.S. as well as in France and Italy, all with negative results.

Although we fully support the efforts that are being undertaken by the national and international bodies of sport, perhaps this incident should serve as a call to protect the athletes from being falsely sanctioned for unknowingly ingesting miss-labeled food products. In the past year, more than 300 "false positives" have been documented by international sports federations, stemming from seemingly innocuous over-the-counter supplements. It is interesting to note, that on September 27, 2001, the International Olympic Committee issued a statement regarding their own testing of food supplements. They have found that 20% of the products purchased from shop shelves would unknowingly create a positive test result if ingested by an athlete. We want to reiterate our complete opposition to the intentional use of banned substances and our concern for the safety and health of our athletes. We hope that this incident will serve as a lesson for all athletes that they need to be extremely diligent with all of their nutritional choices to protect themselves from becoming innocent victims in the fight to eradicate doping in sports. We believe that the efforts by the international federations to
catch cheaters should also be directed toward the regulation of the supplement industry, athlete education and stricter guidelines for differentiating between cheating and personal well-being.

# # #


Bradley Wiggins at Sigma Sport
The former World Junior Pursuit Champion has signed a lucrative contract with French giants Francaise des Jeux for 2002, but is delighted to be involved with Sigma Sport for the winter.

Britain's biggest bike team is working with the Sport & Publicity network to support Bradley over the winter until he joins up with his new French teammates next year. "It's great to be involved. The Sigma bikes are so nice, so it was an easy decision," said Bradley. "They're really pleased for me getting the deal with FDJ too, so it's good to be involved with such an understanding and helpful bunch."

Sigma Sport have come in alongside Sport & Publicity, who have been Bradley's patrons since he began his career. Bradley is off to hospital next week, hoping to have the cast removed from his broken wrist. Despite the fracture, Bradley still returned from last week's World Championships in Antwerp with a silver medal from the Team Pursuit. The GB quartet just missed out to the all-conquering Ukraine foursome in the final. That was an improvement on last year, when Bradley was part of
the team that won bronze at both the World Championships in Manchester and also at the Sydney Olympics.

Bradley is building a cast-iron reputation as one of the best track riders in the world, even though he is still only 21. He has already become the youngest professional in history to break into the hallowed circuit of six-day track races that keeps Europe cycling-mad through the cold winter months. But now it is time for Bradley to prove himself on the road with a top team... he should have no problem, having ridden brilliantly to catch the eyes of the top bosses in April's Circuit des Mines in France.

"We're very pleased to be able to help Bradley, and it's fantastic to think that he could be doing some of the biggest races next year with FDJ," said Sigma Sport's Dom Stewart. "Speak to anybody in cycling and they will tell you the same thing: Bradley Wiggins is the future of British cycling."

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