Six Days of Munich, Germany
German Erik Zabel and Italian Silvio Martinello won early this morning the Six Days of Munich.
1. Erik Zabel/ Silvio Martinello (GER/ITA) 392 points
2. Bruno Risi/Kurt Betschart (SWI) 379
3. Scott McGrory/Matthew Gilmore (AUS/BEL) 372
4. Andreas Kappes/Andreas Beikirch (GER) 258
5. Robert Slippens/Danny Steam (HOL) 214
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CASERO IN TALKS WITH ONCE
Angel Luis Casero, winner of the last Vuelta a Espana, is currently in conversations with ONCE-Eroski for the next season. Casero is currently without a team and has been been talking to some of the bigger teams in the pro peloton like Saeco, Kelme, iBanesto.com, Lampre and Euskaltel.
Italian Andrea Tafi has renewed his contract with Mapei-Quick Step for one more year. Tafi, who has accumulated 31 victories in his 13
years a s pro, had an unlucky season due to a surgical procedure that he had to undergo in May to take care of two hernias he had in his
left leg. Tafi commented: "2001 has not been satisfactory because of the physical problems that have prevented me from riding consistently
to be able to be a player in the field. It's been bad, but not I'm anxious to get back on the road to take my place".
TEAM PHONAK'S NEW SIGNING
Swiss Team Phonak has signed Marco Fertonani for a year, a team which will be lead by Oscar Camenzind and is aiming at participation next
season at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España.
ADIOS VUELTA A MEXICO
The president of the National Commission of Sports (CONADE), Nelson Vargas, announced today the cancellation of the Vuelta Ciclista a
Mexico, which was scheduled to begin on November 19. Vargas explained that the Vuelta a Mexico had been cancelled because the Mexican
Cycling Federation didn't abide by certain commitments that were necessary for the event to go on.
FERRARI TO BE QUESTIONED
Italian doctor Michele Ferrari, who has been accused of allegedly providing doping substances to cyclists is in the middle of a legal
process in Italy and has been called in by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on November 21 to testify. Dr. Ferrari will have to explain his conduct and some documents that are in the head of CONI. Ferrari has been linked to riders like Toni Rominger, Axel Merckx, Ivan Gotti, Mario Cipollini, Fernando Escartin, Abraham Olano and Lance Armstrong.
SWEDE SIGNS FOR AMORE E VITA - BERETTA
Swede rider Jonas Ljungbland, who finished fifth at the Lisbon World Champions under 23 race has signed a two year contract with Italian
Team Amore e Vita Beretta.
MARSAL SAYS ADIEU
A great champion retires. French Cathy Marsal, twice winner of the women's Giro d'Italia has decided to retire.
LAMPRE UNDERGOES CHANGES
The team's three captains for 2001 are gone. Gilberto Simoni, winner of the Giro d'Italia has signed with Saeco Macchine per Caffè, Oskar Camenzind, after riding for Italian teams has decided to sign for Swiss team Phonak and Frank Vandenbroucke, who has not returned to his previous glory was released by the team and may end up riding for Pantani's Mercatone. But the exodus hasn't stopped there. South African Robert Hunter has left for Mapei, Della Vedova has joined Mercatone Uno, Sciandri and Algeri are leaving, but have not found a destination.
On the other hand, after four years at Mapei and a "lost" season at Mercury Viatel, Pavel Tonkov is returning to the team. The "Prodigal Son" returns to ride for Giuseppe Saronni, the man that launched his pro career ten years ago and conducted him to his win at the 1996 Giro d'Italia. Thirty three year old Tonkov will be a captain of a team, which could count on Lithuanian Raimondas Rumsas (5th at the 2000 Vuelta and winner of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco). After a two-year apprenticeship at Mobilvetta, Czech Milan Kadlec will join the team. Alessandro Cortinovis will come from Team Colpack. There will also be two neo pros joining: Alberto Loddo and Manuel Quinziato. This is the list of additional riders confirmed with the team: Luciano Pagliarini, Juan Manuel Garate, Raivis Belohvosciks, Zbigniew Spruch, Jan Svorada, Ludo Diereckxens, Johan Verstrepen, Sergio Barbero, Simone Bertoletti, Massimo Codol, Matteo Frutti, Gabriele Missaglia, Mariano Piccoli, Marco Pinotti & Marco Serpellini.
The signing of professionals have been slim in the Spanish peloton with a total of only 19, 11 of which are neo pros and 3 young Spanish riders coming back from Portuguese teams. The only foreign rider signed for 2002 was Italian Giampaolo Caruso, signed by ONCE. But the most attractive acquisitions have been made by iBanesto.com, with the signing of Juan Antonio Flecha (Relax), who accumulated five wins this season and Ivan Gutierrez (ONCE), a young rider (23) who became Spanish National Champion this year and was National Champion against the clock last season.
ONCE, Kelme & Euskaltel (with the exception of) have opted to bring in young riders, amongst them, the brothers of Beloki (Gorka) and
Zubeldia (Joseba). But the most promising of all is Alejandro Valverde (Kelme), Under 23 Spanish National Champion and winner of the Spain Cup. A future rider of Classics "a la Freire".www.infociclismo.com