When most people think of Holland, they think cheese, windmills and tulips. Maastricht is all that, plus some surprisingly tough hills, that, when packed in tight make for a formidable challenge for the 36th Amstel Gold Race on Saturday, the fifth leg of the 2001 World Cup.
While the hills, or beklimmingen in Dutch, at only a few hundred meters each hardly rival the giants of racing lore, 29 climbs over the 254km (152-mile) course at breakneck World Cup speed can prove punishing.
In the tradition of the spring classics, weather forecasts call for a cold, blustery day with a chance
Jamie Paolinetti thanked all the right people after his win Friday at the First Charter Criterium in Shelby, North Carolina. His sponsors were great. His teammates did their jobs. And, oh yeah, the Saturn team helped out quite a bit too. See, for all but the first few laps, plus the one that counts the most -- the last one -- a Saturn rider was near the front pushing the pace.
"Having Saturn up there forced Mercury and Prime Alliance to chase all day," said Paolinetti, who rides for NetZero. "There’s no question that helped at the end because they weren’t around."
And at the end it was
A criterium after the Tour of France, in which Lance Amstrong and about sixty American professional racing cyclists will take part, will be organized for the first time in New York in August.
This 100 km criterium, informally baptized "The Tour of New York," will be contested on a loop of three streets in lower Manhattan on August 4 and will have a prize list of $50,000 dollars shared among the first 20 finishers.
This race, intended like all post-Tour criteriums to appeal to spectators, "will be a great addition to the many sporting events that New York welcomes each year," commented mayor
For the first time in three years, the Navigators program will contest a European spring campaign, consisting of races in Belgium, France and Italy. Six members of the team left for Europe on Monday, and they will begin racing Thursday at the Circuit des Mines, April 26-May 1, in France. Following the Shelby and Athens criteriums, five more members of the team will fly over for the remainder of the European schedule: Cras Avernas in Belgium, May 6; Giro d’Abbruzzo in Italy, May 8-13; and GP Stad Vilvoorde in Belgium, May 13, as well as a couple of smaller races in Belgium.
Among that second