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10/23/2001
+ RACING

18.10.2001 28.10.2001 Herald Sun Tour AUS 2.4 MEL

Official Website: http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/tour2001/

Stage 8: 40km (Bendigo Criterium)

Place Rider No/Name UCI No Team Time Margin Bonus Penalites
1 51 Jay Sweet City of Melbourne 0:00:00 0 0
2 58 Russell Van Hout AH Plant-Caffe Paesano 0:00:00 0:00:00 0 0
3 26 Bradley McGee Custom Fleet 0:00:00 0:00:00 0 0
4 70 Luke Roberts NSW Institute of Sport 0:00:00 0:00:00 0 0
5 71 Robbie McEwen Fitzroy Cycles 0:00:00 0:00:00 0 0
6 46 Olaf Pollack Ballarat*eureka 0:00:00 0:00:00 0 0
7 56 Baden Burke AH Plant-Caffe Paesano 0:00:00 0:00:00 0 0
8 14 Greg Henderson Australia Post 0:00:00 0:00:00 0 0
9 42 Rik Reinerink Southern Grampians 0:00:00 0:00:00 0 0
10 18 Tim Lenaers Fosters Lightice 0:00:00 0:00:00 0 0

*G.C after stage 8 remains unchanged:
Place Rider No / Name UCI No Team Time Margin
1 49 Peter Wrolich Ballarat*eureka 18 : 13 : 54 0:00:00
2 68 Steve Williams NSW Institute of Sport 18 : 14 : 28 0:00:34
3 3 Zbigniew Piatek Echuca-Moama 18 : 17 : 07 0:03:13
4 20 Peter Dawson Fosters Lightice 18 : 19 : 31 0:05:37
5 2 Remigius Lupeikis Echuca-Moama 18 : 19 : 51 0:05:57
6 30 Tomas Buchacek Custom Fleet 18 : 21 : 30 0:07:36
7 28 Trent Wilson Custom Fleet 18 : 21 : 42 0:07:48
8 22 Peter Milostic Active For Life 18 : 22 : 16 0:08:22
9 33 David McKenzie Jayco 18 : 24 : 08 0:10:14
10 39 Tommy Evans Latrobe City 18 : 24 : 14 0:10:20

* Riders threatened to strike if they had to ride the criterium route, which was though what they considered dangerous roads. Conditions were slippery due to the rain and since they are roads of high traffic, the high amount of grease on the pavement. In a compromise the judges decided to hold the race and award the prize money to the winner of the stage, although the stage would not count towards the overall classification.

Vuelta a Guatemala

Stage 2, 90.4 km:
1. Pablo Vargas (C.R.) 2:16:59
2. Franklin Chacon (C.R.)
3. Ismael Sarmiento (Colombia)

G.C.
1. Gregorio Ladino (Colombia) 4:35:48
2. Franklin Chacon s.t.


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+ NEWS

TOUR DE FRANCE TEAM PRE-SELECTION

According to UCI regulations, the first 10 classified teams at the end of the year get an automatic berth in the three Grand Tours. In the case of the Tour de France, one also needs to add the winner's team (Armstrong's US Postal), the team of the winner of the World Cup (Dekker's Rabobank) and the winner of the team classification in the three Grand Tours (Giro: Alessio; Tour: Kelme; Vuelta: iBanesto.com).

Following find the list of the 16 pre-selected teams for the 2002 Tour de France:

Top 10 classified teams: Fassa Bortolo, Telekom, Rabobank, Mapei, Lotto, iBanesto, Cofidis, ONCE, US Postal and Domo.

Winners of the Team competition at the Grand Tours: Alessio (Giro); Kelme (Tour) & iBanesto.com (Vuelta).

The rest up to 16 teams: Lampre, Tacconi, CSC & Euskaltel.


PANTANI IN THE NEWS

Italian Marco Pantani will be present on Thursday at the presentation of the 2002 edition of the Tour de France, which will be held in Paris. The reason why this particular item made the news is because Pantani and his team, Mercatone Uno were not selected to race the 2001 edition. "Il Pirata", who won the 1998 edition, criticized very strongly the Societe du Tour de France. Pantani's presence could be construed as a gesture of reconciliation from the Italian cyclist, who would very much like to take part in the race for the 2002 edition.

On related news regarding the Italian climber, today the Appellate Tribunal of Bologna was absolved of charges of sports fraud that he was facing. Pantani was under investigation because of the high hematocrit levels that were registered in blood tests after an accident that he suffered at Milano-Torino in 1995. The court decided that this event should not be considered a crime.


+ INTERVIEWS

Dr. Michele Ferrari
Translated by JJ Neufeld

LANCE CALLS ME FROM HIS BIKE

Danish journalists have had occasion to interview the somewhat controversial cycling doctor Michelle Ferrari at his regular
restaurant, 'La Chiocciola' (The Snail), 15km outside of his hometown Ferrara. By his own account it is Ferrari's first interview since 1994, arranged such that Ferrari had been sent a list of questions, which he replied to in writing before sitting down for an interview to go into greater depth on some of the issues.

Since 1984 Ferrari has worked with names such as Moser, Bugno, Argentin and Rominger, in addition to a certain Mr. Armstrong.

According to Ferrari, he is in daily contact with Armstrong when Lance is racing. The calls are not made at a predetermined time, but whenever and wherever. And at times the calls are made in the course of a stage.

"For example, during the Tour de France in 2000, Lance called me in the course of the stage that finished in Courchevel, where Marco Pantani attacked before withdrawing from the race the next day. Pantani's attack was a good distance from the finish and I advised Lance to take it easy and let him go." According to Ferrari, he was in contact with Lance in this manner 2-3 other times during the 2000 Tour. The direct telephone connection is established by US Postal's directeur sportif, Johan Bruyneel.

Ferrari currently has charges related to doping hanging over his head. Until four months ago, when The Sunday Times got word of Armstrong's work with Ferrari, there was little attention surrounding the latter's engagement in professional cycling. "It was not a secret in the cycling world nor among Italian journalists. But nobody wrote about it, because it would be too much praise for a naughty boy like me."

Armstrong confirmed his collaboration with Ferrari to the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport after being confronted by
the 'revelations' in the English paper. Armstrong made a point of emphasizing that Ferrari is a good coach and that doping has never been a part of their relationship.

Ekstrabladet: "How do you feel about Armstrong disclosing your work together?"

Ferrari: "I was not happy about it. Not for my own sake, but for Lance. It could place unnecessary stress on him during the Tour de France, which was about to begin. But he is mentally fit, strong. A real American."

According to Ferrari, "I never tell anyone who I am working together with. It does not help anything and the riders risk a bad image."

The Italian 'health police', NAS have conducted 3 searches in Ferrari's home. The first was 12. August 1998, since which time they have visited him once annually, confiscating papers that could document that he has been working together with at least 20 different elite riders.

Ferrari himself says that in addition to Lance Armstrong he is the personal coach for two other top riders who are on a level just beneath Armstrong. But he will not mention them by name.

Ekstrabladet: "Is Armstrong's present teammate at US Postal, Tyler Hamilton, one of them?"

Ferrari: "No, but I know Hamilton quite well, because he has often been together with Lance when we have trained together in the French mountains."

Ekstrabladet: "How much credit do you deserve for Armstrong's three Tour victories?"

Ferrari: "I am one of several instruments that Armstrong has to play."

According to Ferrari, he began working with Armstrong in 1996, at which time the Texan was a different type of rider, preferring day races instead of the long stage races. "I was only able to work with him for a few months before he was diagnosed with cancer in September 1996. When he decided to resume his cycling career some 1½ years later he gave me a call and our work together since that time has been more serious. It takes around one year to achieve the optimal
results with a rider. You must know everything about him, his family, his habits, his psyche. In 1999, when he won the Tour for the first time, our work together was optimal. Nevertheless his victory really surprised me - everyone was surprised."

Ekstrabladet: "How do you explain Armstrong's transformation from a one-day racer to a Tour winner?"

Ferrari: "His genetic profile has always meant that he is better fit to ride the long stage races in high mountains and long TT's. Before his bout with cancer, however, he had problems nurturing these abilities because he weighed too much and was not sufficiently focused on his training methods and lifestyle. After the cancer he went from 80-82kg to 73-74kg and he acquired a new approach to life in general. The period of illness turned him into an entirely different athlete physically as well as psychologically."

Because of his reputation, Ferrari feels that it is best for him to stay away from the Tour de France and the other races that his riders participate in. Contact is limited to the telephone during races. "If Lance calls me and asks me to come to Tucson, Texas for three weeks, I come. We negotiate my wage from time to time, dependent on the effort required. There are some riders who forget to pay, but then they also know that I will not help them the next time they call."

Ekstrabladet: "Have you earned a lot of money on this?"

Ferrari: "That is another one of the lies that is told about me - that I am a rich man."

Ekstrabladet: "Is it not true that you have secret bank accounts in Monte Carlo or Switzerland?"

Ferrari: "You cannot become rich this way. You earn more money with a normal medical practice."

Ekstrabladet: "How much does a doctor for a professional cycling team earn?"

Ferrari: "I don't know. But when I started as a team doctor in 1984, I did not earn more than $6000 pr. year. Today it is only crazy doctors who work as team doctors, thereby assuming the responsibility for all of the team's riders' consumption of medicine. I would never take a job like that again, because you cannot monitor a rider 24 hours a day."

+ RANKINGS

Courtesy of UCI's Official Website at: http://www.uci.ch

Road Rankings - 21.10.2001
Individual Men: top 100

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7 10 NED19720528 BOOGERD Michael RAB NED 29 1,522.00
8 9 ESP19760929 SEVILLA RIBERA Oscar KEL ESP 25 1,493.00
9 8 ITA19740401 BETTINI Paolo MAP ITA 27 1,491.20
10 6 ITA19700914 CASAGRANDE Francesco FAS ITA 31 1,416.00
11 11 ITA19730918 FRIGO Dario ITA 28 1,251.00
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21 20 FRA19681130 JALABERT Laurent CST FRA 33 945.00
22 21 ESP19731101 GONZALEZ DE GALDEANO ARANZABAL Igor ONC ESP 28
924.00
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27 25 FRA19700918 ROUS Didier BJR FRA 31 880.00
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