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Road & Cyclocross Racing News for 11/23/01
The 2002 Giro d'Italia (85th edition) was presented in Milano last Saturday, here are some of the characteristics:

Stages: Totaling 3,344 kilometers. Including a Prologue and 20 stages. There are eleven flat stages, three in the middle mountain, four in the mountains and two against the clock.

Mountain finishes: Three (stages 11, 13 & 17).

Biggest ascent: 18.2 kms. The "Cima Coppi" (the highest mountain pass that the riders will face) will be the Passo Pordoi (2.239 m.), on the 16th stage.

Bonuses: At the finish lines (excluding the time trial). The first three finishers will get 12, 8 & 4 seconds respectively. Each "Intergiro" intermediate sprint) will award 6, 4 & 2 seconds for the first three riders.

Prize money: Total of 1,350,000 Euros (Approx US$1.2 million).

Participants: The Giro 2002 will have between 18 and 22 teams of 9 riders participating.

The Stages:
Prologue (11-05-2002): Groningen (NED), 6.5 km. ITT
Stage 1 (12-05-02): Groningen-Munster (GER), 215 km.
Stage 2 (13-05-02): Colonia/Ans-Liege (BEL), 199 km.
Stage 3 (14-05-02): Verviers-Esch Sur Alzette (LUX), 213 km.
Stage 4 (15-05-02): Esch Sur Alzette-Strasburgo (FRA), 210 km.
Rest Day (16-05-02)
Stage 5 (17-05-02): Fossano-Limone Piamonte, 143 km.
Stage 6 (18-05-02): Cuneo-Varazze, 181 km.
Stage 7 (19-05-02): Circuito della Versilia, 159 km.
Stage 8 (20-05-02): Capannori-Orvieto, 224 km.
Stage 9 (21-05-02): Tivoli-Caserta, 208 km.
Stage 10 (22-05-02): Maddaloni-Benevento, 151 km.
Stage 11 (23-05-02): Benevento-Campitello Matese, 136 km.
Stage 12 (24-05-02): Campobasso-Chieti, 201 km.
Stage 13 (25-05-02): Chieti-San Giacomo (Monti della Laga), 188 km.
Stage 14 (26-05-02): Numana, 30.3 km. ITT
Rest Day (27-02-05)
Stage 15 (28-05-02): Terme Euganee-Conegliano, 158 km.
Stage 16 (29-05-02): Conegliano-Corvara in Badia, 159 km.
Stage 17 (30-05-02): Corvara in Badia-Folgaria, 222 km.
Stage 18 (31-05-02): Rovereto-Brescia, 144 km.
Stage 19 (01-06-02): Cambiago-Monticello Brianza, 44.2 km. ITT
Stage 20 (02-06-02): Cantu-Milano, 142 km

The route of the 57th edition of the Vuelta a España, which will go from September 7-29 will be unveiled on December 13. The first stage will start and finish in Valencia. The race is said to include the mythical climb of "El Angliru" as a mountain finish and another one at "La Covatilla". Another novelty will be the finish in Madrid, where the Real Madrid Football team has convinced the race organizers to use their stadium as part of the Vuelta acts in celebration of their 100 years.

Lance Armstrong's 2002 season will begin in March. His first apparition could be at Paris-Nice or the Vuelta Murcia. Meanwhile his US Postal Team has already decided on the schedule for the preparation of the upcoming season. There will be a first meeting in Austin, where Armstrong lives in early December and the preparations will begin in earnest on January 10 in Arizona. In January 23 there will be a second training camp in Javea, Spain.

The new name for Team Saeco in 2002 will be "Saeco Macchine per Caffè - Longoni Sport". The Italian team, which is directed by Claudio Corti, will include the winner of the 2001 Giro d'Italia, Gilberto Simoni and the recent winner of the Giro di Lombardia, Danilo Di Luca. Longoni Sport has agreed to be the secondary sponsor for the next two years. Longoni Sport is a 21 store chain for sporting goods, which is based in Milano.

Oscar Sevilla many in the pro peloton are courting Oscar Sevilla. Some of the teams that have had conversations with the young Spaniard have been Telekom, Mapei, US Postal and, with ONCE-Eroski being the most recent. At Kelme, they are aware of this and have been trying to renew him for a long contract. Mapei had offered him last year 400 million pesetas (US$2.1 million) for three years, of which part of the money would have to cover the "cancellation" clause in his contract with Kelme, which was set at 100 million pesetas (US$527,000). To prevent this, Kelme increased his contract by 75 million pesetas (US$395,000) and a cancellation clause of 200 million pesetas (US$1 million). That is his current contract.

Last July, Telekom sent a representative to talk to Sevilla. The meeting occurred at the start of stage 14. During the Vuelta a España, he was also approached by, just like the US Postal had done some time before. All these events, warned Kelme owner Jose Quiles, who asked Sevilla not to make any rushed decisions, because they were going to offer him a super contract. This October 24, he was offered an increase in his contract until 2005.

Sevilla is 25 and this season he finished seventh at the Tour de France, where he won the Young Rider Award. He also finished second at the Vuelta a España, where he wore the Golden leader's jersey for 12 days and finished eighth in the UCI rankings as the best ranked Spaniard. His ability as a climber, his improvement against the clock and his charisma make him a desired rider.

Mexican Victor Eladio Alvarez (24) will ride next season for Italian Team "Amore e Vita Beretta". His signing has come from the recommendations of Rodolfo Massi, who has been training together with Alvarez in Mexico.

October to December in NJ, MD, DE, VA, PA
Grassroots racing & UCI racing
$20,000 in cash prizes
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Vuelta a Chiriqui, Panama
Stage 1, 8.8 km ITT:
1. Jose Manuel Garcia (Mexico) 10:38.29
2. Nieves Carrasco (Costa Rica) 10:38.98
3. Gregorio Ladino (Colombia) 10:46.00
4. Ubaldo Mesa (Colombia) 10:52.00
5. Pablo Araya (Costa Rica) 10:59.00
6. Florencio Ramos s.t.

Stage 2: Suspended because of thunderstorms

Stage 3:
1. Jose Garcia (Mexico) 03.18.19
2. Nieves Carrasco (Costa Rica) 03.18.55
3. Jose Isabel Garcia (Mexico) 03.19.02
4. Gregorio Ladino (Colombia) 03.19.03
5. Ubaldo Mesa (Colombia) 03.19.09
6. Pablo Araya (Costa Rica) 03.19.13
7. Florencio Ramos (Mexico) 03.19.16
8. John Fredy Parra (Colombia) 03.19.18
9. Daiber Esquivel (Costa Rica) 03.19.19
10 Juan Pablo Magallanes (Mexico) 03.19.21

G.C. after stage 3:
1. Juan Pablo Magallanes México 01.49.59
2. José Manuel García México st
3. Paulo Vargas Costa Rica st
4. Víctor Martínez Zárate México st
5. Oscar Pineda Guatemala st
6. John Fredy Parra Colombia st

Stage 4, David to Dolega, 142.3 km:
1. José Manuel García (MEX) 06.53.41
2. Federico Ramírez (CRC) 06.54.11
3. Nieves Carrasco (CRC) 06.54.13
4. Ubaldo Mesa (COL) 06.54.23
5. Gregorio Ladino (COL) 06.54.25
6. Deiber Esquivel (CRC) 06.54.41
7. Juan Carlos Fonseca (COL) 06.54.45
8. Alvaro Lozano (COL) 06.54.47
9. José Luis Castel (MEX) 06.54.51
10. Julio César Rangel (COL) 06.54.52

G.C. After stage 4:
1. Federico Ramírez (CRC) 03.35.20
2. Ubaldo Mesa (COL) s.t.
3. Nieves Carrasco (CRC) 03.35.22
4. Víctor Hugo González (COL) s.t.
5. Alexis Rojas (COL) s.t.
6. Marconi Durán (CRC) s.t.
7. José Luis Castel (MEX) s.t.
8. Alvaro Lozano (COL) s.t.

MAC racing with a twist: Battle of the States
Mid-Atlantic Championship Cyclo-Cross Series (MAC)
Round 9: 2001 Regional Cup - East Coast Cyclo-Cross Championships -
November 24, 2001

After a weekend off, Mid-Atlantic Championship Cyclo-Cross Series racing returns but with a twist. Veteran's Park in Hamilton, New Jersey will be the site of the inaugural Cyclo-Cross Regional Cup. Riders from Maine to Virginia will line-up to represent their states and vie for the 2001 Cycle-Smart Regional Cup Championship trophy.

An idea conceived by Cycle-Smart and Monkey Hill Cycle Sports, the Regional Cup will be run in the same format as a World Cup event. Riders will represent their state, not their club or trade team, and at the end of the day, the state with the most points overall will lay claim to East Coast bragging rights (and the trophy). The promoters believe that offering this type of event will not only create a friendly rivalry between states and regions, it is also another step in the process of developing more riders capable of riding at the national and international level.

Although the race will eventually be a stand-alone event, this year it also serves as Round 9 of the 2001 MAC series. So besides state and regional-glory, MAC points are also on the line. And time is running out for those looking to make big moves in the standings as there are only four MAC races left in the 2001 series. After the double weekend of Chameleon Cross and Rockville Bridge, there were some interesting changes in the standings.

Kris Auer (LSV/Trek/VW) has claimed the lead in the battle for the Elite Men's title. Bill Elliston (Jaeger Wheelmen) moved up into second and Ryan Dewald (Beans Rheinhardt), who has led since Round 1, dropped back into third place. Greg Ferguson (Trek VW) holds onto fourth place but Sean Groom (Snow Valley) was bumped out of fifth place by Tim Johnson (Saturn). Groom now sits in sixth place with Szymon Niemotko (Evolution Racing) , Mike Yozell (Guys Bicycles), Ryan Leech (Monkey Hill CS/Aquafina) and Jason Moore (Beans Rheinhardt) rounding out the top ten.

The top three spots in the Elite Women's competition are unchanged. Josie Shew (First State Velo) still has the yellow leader's jersey, Thais DaSilva (Wissahickon) still sits in second place and Jennifer Leonard (Evolution Racing) remains in third. With back to back wins, Lyne Bessette jumped into fourth place and Jessica Peil (Snow Valley) squeaked past Katie Compton (Wooden Wheels) for fifth. Following Compton in seventh place is Jen Dial (Independent Fabrications). Remaining riders in the top ten are Kelly Yoder (, Sami Fournier (Snow Valley) and Tammy Ebersole (Evolution Racing).

Richard Mihills (First State Velo Sport) continues to lead the Masters 35+ field as does Randall Root (Snow Valley) in the Masters 45+ field. Adam Beattie (First State Velo Sport) has taken over the top spot in the Juniors field.

The team competition for the MAC Cup is becoming interesting. First State Velo Sport is in first place and has a comfortable lead. The tight race right now is for second. Wooden Wheels, the two-time defending Cup Champions, are currently in second place but Evolution Racing has been coming on strong. Only a 2-point difference separates second and third place going into Round 9.

Racing starts on Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 10:30am. The Elite Women's race starts at 1:15pm and the Elite Men's race follows at

The MAC series is the region's most prestigious cyclo-cross series and includes events in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information go to

Remaining 2001 Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series Races

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001 Regional Cup Hamilton, NJ
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001 Phelps School Cross Malvern, PA
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001 First State Velo Fair Hill, MD
Sunday, Dec.30, 2001 Cocoa Cross Hershey, PA

Current MAC Standings:
Elite Men
1 Kris Auer LSV/Trek/VW
2 Bill Elliston Jaeger Wheelman
3 Ryan Dewald Beans Rheinhardt
4 Greg Ferguson Trek VW
5 Tim Johnson Saturn
6 Sean Groom Snow Valley
7 Szymon Niemotko Evolution
8 Mike Yozell Guys Bicycles
9 Ryan Leech Monkey Hill CS/Aquafina
10 Jason Moore Beans Rheinhardt

Elite Women
1 Josie Shew First State Velo Sport
2 Thais DaSilva Wissahickon
3 Jennifer Leonard Evolution Racing
4 Lynne Bessette Saturn
5 Jessica Peil Snow Valley
6 Katie Compton Wooden Wheels
7 Jen Dial Independent Fabrications
8 Kelly Yoder
9 Sami Fournier Snow Valley
10 Tammy Ebersole Evolution Racing

Masters 35+
1 Richard Mihills First State Velo Sport
2 Gunnar Shogren Allegheny Cycling Association
3 John Lux FCV
4 Eric Schlauch Somerset Wheelmen
5 Kurt Dodds Wissahickon Cyclery / Comcast
6 Martin Jones Somerset Wheelmen
7 Blair Saunders First State Velo Sport
8 Charles McDaniel Wooden Wheels
9 Steve Caffrey First State Velo Sport
10 Rob Lyon FCV

Masters 45+
1 Randall Root Snow Valley
2 Bernard Klees Evolution
3 Kevin Breckenmaker Team Harrisburg
4 John Hartman Main Line Cycling
5 Marshall Sacks Team Harrisburg
6 Don Morrison Wissahickon Cyclery / Comcast
7 Darrell Vreugdenhil Snow Valley
8 Joe Saling Somerset Wheelmen
9 Leo Pizzini Team Delaware
10 Nunzio Dibiasi Team Harrisburg

Men B
1 Ignatius Baran Artemis
2 Joe Reynolds Wissahickon
3 Brent Biddle First State Velo Sport
4 John Peake Wissahickon
5 Mark Sypher NCVC
6 Andrew Frey Petrol
7 Jeff Tanski Bike Doctor
8 Brendan Marshall Team Beacon
9 Chris Hensel RC Cola / Cheerleaders
10 Joey Thompson Wooden Wheels

Women B
1 Karen Minor Wooden Wheels
2 Karrie Mitchell First State Velo Sport
3 Laura Hanlon Fuji
4 Pam Kollar Guys Bikes
5 Brigit Kovacs unattached
6 Elizabeth Whitney Somerset Wheelman
7 Lyn Shaffer Wooden Wheels
8 Sami Fournier TSV
9 Amber Itle Upenn
10 Karen Hanby unattached

1 Adam Beattie First State Velo Sport
2 Ethan Townsend Wooden Wheels
3 Joey Thompson Wooden Wheels
4 Christopher Consorto First State Velo Sport
5 Syd Lea Fuji
6 Chris Kohl Gettysburg
7 Mike House Go Mart
8 Greg Wittwer CRC
9 Matt Crane Coyote Hill
10 Adam Crane Coyote Hill

1 First State Velo Sport
2 Wooden Wheels
3 Evolution
4 Wissahickon
5 Snow Valley

Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championships, Lake Villa, IL
Event Date: 11/11/2001
Race #5 of the WCA Bianchi Cyclo-Cross Series

Category A/Advanced
1. Dierking/Frank T ; WI
2. Sargent/Andrew; Alberto's Sport ; IL; Illinois State Champion
3. Miller/Todd;Great Dane Velo Club;WI
4. Davies/Zachary; Great Dane Velo Club;WI
5. Roberts/Mike J; Team Mongoose;IL; Silver Medal Winner

Category B/Intermediate
1. Tober/Brian;Velo Force;IL; Illinois State Champion
2. Ericsson/John; Brazen Dropouts; WI
3. Furio/Brooke;Northbrook Bicycle Club;IL; Silver Medal Winner
4. Setter/Chris T;UW- Whitewater; WI
5. Hebard/Matthew;Just Pedal Faster; WI
6. Smott/Rich; Columbus Schwinn; IL; Bronze Medal Winner
7. Ham/Carl K; WI
8. Nowak/James;Arlington Flyers; IL
9. Harris/Mark L; Northbrook Bicycle Club; IL
10. Goodlund/Travis;Stoton Cycles; WI

Category C/Beginner
1. Bender/Gary; IL
2. Lawn/Tom; IL; Illinois State Champion
3. Evans/William; La Bicicletta; IL; Silver Medal Winner
4. Tokarczyk/Thomas M; Team Oakley Azonic WB; IL; Bronze Medal
5. Heise/Warren; Team Alterra; WI
6. Baadtte/Brian; IL
7. Lawn/Chris; IL
8. Zimmer/Brian; IL
9. Crady/Troy; WI
10. Garvey/Andrew; IL

Junior Males
1. Bender/Thomas; IL
2. Kuttler/Kristopher; Northbrook Bicycle Club; IL; Illinois State
3. Streubing/Paul; Team Mack; IL; Silver Medal Winner

Male Masters 35+
1. Gregg/Andrew; XXX Racing; IL
2. Haines/Ken; Midwest Cannondale; WI
3. Rozman/Bob; Team Ochsner; WI
4. Warren/Randall; XXX Racing; IL; Illinois State Champion
5. LeRoy/Tim; Just Pedal Faster; WI
6. Hines/Andrew; Team Mack; IL; Silver Medal Winner
7. Steinbrecher/Rich; Active Endeavours; IL
8. Theobald/Timothy; WI
9. Hittman/Thomas; IL

Male Masters 45+
1. Youngen/Greg; Kickapoo MTB Club; IL; Illinois State Champion
2. Hayssen/Robert; WI
3. Clark/Terry; Alberto's Sport; IL; Silver Medal Winner

Senior Women
1. Hartmann/Faye A; Brazen Dropouts; WI
2. Kaufmann/Patricia; WI
3. Cleveland/Rebecca; Team Bike Hub; WI
4. Chavez/Francine; Alberto's Sport;IL; Illinois State Champion


Q. What do you know of your future?

A. Nothing right now. There are a few people trying to put a team together, but nothing concrete. There could be a team coming out of Euskadi (Vasque Country) in the next few days. Time is against me, but I don't lose hope.

Q. And there are no offers from other teams?

A. Yes, there are some, but they don't convince me. Interest has dropped in Italy due to the doping problems at the Men's Giro. The
salaries offered are a joke, because there are good great riders making 2 or 3 million pesetas (US$10,000 or US$15,000).

Q. So how much does a champion make?

A. I don't think that anybody is making more than 10 million pesetas (US$52,700).

Q. How much money would it cost to create a new team?

A. With a team like Alfa Lum, contributing their resources, about 50 million pesetas (US$264,000).

Q. Are you frustrated with the situation?

A. Yes, I feel a bit frustrated, because it isn't normal that at this point in the year, I won't know about my future.

Q. Have you thought about retiring?

A. Yes, I have thought about retiring. When I was younger, I didn't mind riding for little money, because there was the dream of the future, a drive to improve… I could do it before, but now thre has to be an extra financial motivation. After winning two Giros and two Tour, I have to say, enough! Does it make sense to continue to suffer? I'm not going to continue for two cents. I think that it would depreciate me and I have my pride.

Q. Why don't companies want to come into cycling?

A. I don't know. I do know that in Italy, doping has caused a lot of damage. Team Junkers has disappeared in Spain, their director told me that the September 11 events have slowed investments.

Q. How is it possible, that Casero and you, the only two Spaniards to have won big, are still without a team?

A. I don't know, but it doesn't seem fair.

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