Nick Chenoweth, the point man for EDS's sponsorship of USA Cycling, was indicted this month in Texas on federal mail fraud and wire fraud charges in connection with the alleged misappropriation of $379,000 in funds intended the company's cycling program.
EDS ended its sponsorship of its team and individual riders, including Olympic champion Marty Nothstein, in 1999. The company also maintained a separate sponsorship with USA Cycling which it ended in 2000.
According to the indictment, Chenoweth, 46, submitted false reimbursement claims for bikes, equipment and for services that were
Davide Rebellin of Italy won the Tirreno-Adriatico cycle race here Wednesday after what amounted to a photo-finish with countryman Gabriele Colombo. Rebellin was given the same overall time of 29hr 41min 09sec for the eight-stage race as Colombo, but was adjudged the winner by a fraction of a second and on better stage placings.
The final stage over 161km along the Adriatic coastline went to another Italian, Endrio Leoni who clocked 4hr 28min 57sec. Rebellin, who grabbed the leader's white jersey in the seventh stage Tuesday, said that he never felt confident of winning the race until
She came to Redlands in top form, ready to act as team leader for the Saturn-Timex women's team in North America's road season opener. But on the second stage of the six-day event, Bessette gave a strong lead out to teammate Ina Teutenberg who then crashed at the line in front of her. Teutenberg suffered some serious cuts to her face, requiring 32 stitches. Bessette, meanwhile, broke her collarbone, putting a temporary halt to what could still be a very productive season.
We had a chance to chat with Bessette at the side of the road during the Sunset Road Race, the final stage at
Italian rider Davide Rebellin retook the overall lead of Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday after the 223km seventh stage of the race ended in Ascoli. But Rebellin was edged out for the stage win as the in-form Dutchman Michael Boogerd sprinted past at the line.
However, the 29-year-old Rebellin, who held the lead after Saturday's fourth stage but lost it the next day, will have to be on his guard in Wednesday's final 161km stage as Boogerd, second in the recent Tour of Valencia, trails by just three seconds in third place.
Rebellin, though, said he was confident he could hold on. "I have
Kona-Ford Focus has signed former Saturn road star Bart Bowen to its team. Bowen will make his debut at the Sea Otter Classic, in Monterey, California this weekend.
"Bart was looking to do less racing on the road on a full-on contract, high-pressure situation," said Kona team manager Mark Peterson. "The Kona team will be a much more relaxed atmosphere."
Bowen joins Geoff Kabush, Tracey Moseley, and Scott Beaumont headlining the 2001 team.
Bowen will also be part of Kona’s cyclo-cross team, which includes Dale Knapp, and Ann Grande.
"Cross is where we'll be getting serious," added
One face you didn't expect to see at Redlands this year was that of Jeroen Blijlevens. But there he was, taking part in the 17th edition of the Redlands Bicycle Classic. The Dutch sprinter was in California, because of a "slight delay" to the start of his 2001 season.
Though he has an impressive résumé that includes five stage wins at the Vuelta España, two stage wins at the Giro d'Italia and four at the Tour de France, Blijlevens has most recently gained attention for a fight on the last day of the 2000 Tour.
After finishing the final stage in Paris, Blijlevens charged at American Bobby