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Killington Stage Race cancelled

One of the staples of the summer racing season is no more. The Killington Stage Race, which was first run in 1987, has been cancelled due to financial problems. "It was just costing to much to do the race," said Tom Vinson, USA Cycling’s North Atlantic regional coordinator, who added that he was informed of the news by race organizers on Thursday. "I didn’t know it was coming, but it wasn’t a surprise either. It’s been a financial battle every year." The race, which was held over Labor Day weekend, made its debut 14 years ago as a two-day event. In its heyday it ballooned to a four-day,

Tafi set to ride Tour of Flanders

Italian rider Andrea Tafi will take part in this Sunday's Tour of Flanders, the second event in the World Cup season, alongside Mapei teammates Michele Bartoli and Paolo Bettini. The 34-year-old Tafi, who had been doubtful for the race due to intestinal problems, was finally declared good to go by his Mapei team Friday. The Tuscany rider, who already has four World Cup victories to his name, pulled out of this week's Trois jours de Panne last Tuesday. Copyright AFP 2001

Mattan wins De Panne; Postal gearing up

Cofidis’s Nico Mattan won the closing time trial at the Three Days of De Panne to overtake Lotto’s Hans de Clercq for the overall title in the three-day race in the western part of Belgium. Mattan jumped from ninth place to first on the strength of his time trial. The Belgian covered the 14km time trial course in 17:41, four seconds faster than runner-up Levi Leipheimer (U.S. Postal Service) and six seconds faster than third place Erik Dekker (Rabobank). In the overall standings, Mattan finished ahead of Dekker and Postal’s Viatcheslav Ekimov. Ekimov led a trio of Postals in the top five,

Mexican national team member joins RONA

Gabriela Gonzalez de Ferrat, a 28-year-old native of Mexico who now lives near San Diego, will don the colors of Team RONA and join Geneviève Jeanson and Manon Jutras in the three-day Tucson Bicycle Classic this weekend. At the Mexican national championships in 2000, Ferrat was second in the time trial and fourth in the road race. As a member of the national team, she wore her country’s colors at the 1999 world championships in Verona, Italy. This year Ferrat was 39th overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. At the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, she was 18th out of 68

Tour organizers unveil doping strategy

Tour de France organizers unveiled their version of cycling's Ten Commandments in Paris Thursday — a plan of action aimed at stamping out doping in the peloton this year and setting a precedent for the future. The 10-point plan, costing over 10 million francs ($1.4 million) over the next three years, focuses on banning riders who are caught doping from the start of the race, maintaining vigilance throughout the three-week event, and promoting "clean" sports practices in the future. The measures are aimed at assuring the skeptical, and preventing a fiasco similar to that which nearly

CBS to air 2001 HP Women’s Challenge

The HP Women's Challenge cycling race will return to network television when CBS Sports broadcasts the 2001 race on Saturday, July 14. The one-hour telecast will highlight all 13 stages of the 12-day race, including the grueling mountain climbs. Organized by Women's Challenge, Inc. and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company through 2002, the event is one of the world's toughest races both for the caliber of competitors and the demanding nature of the courses. The 2001 race will be run from June 13-24 and will cover over 688 miles of tough Idaho terrain. The 2001 HP Women's

Specialized duo heats up at Sizzler

Continuing their tour of the Golden State, Specialized teammates Barbara Blatter and Bas Van Dooren dominated the 13th Annual Sizzler Mountain Bike Classic, April 1, in San Jose, California. After finishing second in the overall at Sea Otter in Monterey a week earlier, Blatter dominated the Sizzler, winning by 3:05. "It was like a fast training session," said Blatter, who is now getting ready for the World Cup opener this weekend at Napa. "I had a flat tire, but it was good practice. My coach said I shouldn’t go 100 percent." Mary McConneloug was second, while Willow Koerber (Cane Creek)

Wenzel denies charges

Former U.S. Junior national team coach René Wenzel has formally denied charges that he doped his riders 11 years ago in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado, in response to a lawsuit filed against him by Greg Strock, a one-time member of the team. Wenzel is also seeking damages from Strock and a U.S. Olympic Committee official for public statements they made in connection with the case. In a lawsuit filed late last year against Wenzel and USA Cycling, Strock outlined a series of charges, including allegations that Wenzel and another coach had on several occasions in 1990 injected

Three Colombian cyclists charged with doping offenses

Three cyclists with the Italian-Colombian cycling team Selle Italia have been placed under formal investigation by Modena magistrates after doping products were discovered in the team's car, judicial sources said Tuesday. The riders are José Gonzalez, Freddy Gonzalez, and Ruber Marin. Team manager Gianni Savio, sporting directors Fabio Becherini and Enzo Erluison, and team doctor Nino Alberto Beltran, who was driving the car, have also been charged. On March 22 the car was stopped for a routine police check but the officers found chemical products including anabolic steroids, corticoids