If Stuart O'Grady's fairytale return to winning form is to be, he will have to pull off one of the mightiest coups of his career. His bid to win the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under stumbled Friday when he lost the leader's yellow jersey to Dane Nicolai Bo Larsen (CSC). In the 157km fourth stage from Unley to Strathalbyn, O'Grady (Credit Agricole) looked set to finish with the perfect result until eight kilometers to go. That’s when Bo Larsen attacked. And missing Larsen's move was a mistake that may cost O’Grady dearly unless he can turn the tables on the red headed Dane Saturday. Larsen
Cancer survivor. Texan. Professional cyclist. Look for a one-hour show focusing on the two-time Tour de France winner on A&E cable network Monday, January 22. The segment will air at 8 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific); check local listings or the network's site, www.AandE.com, for broadcast times in other regions.
A bitter two-year spell of misfortune that once threatened Stuart O'Grady's life, let alone his career as a cyclist, may be near its end. The proof for O'Grady’s (Credit Agricole) came yesterday when he took race leadership of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under. The South Australian realizes the 757km race is still a long way from him adding a second victory to the one he claimed in 1999. But the image of O'Grady on the podium and in the yellow jersey after the 165km second stage from McLaren Vale to Victor Harbor, which was won by Italian Alessio Galletti (Saeco), heralded an emphatic
Another castoff from the disbanded Specialized downhill team has landed. Kirt Voreis, 12th in the final World Cup standings last year, has inked a deal with the Haro-Lee Dungarees squad. Besides his strong overall finish in last year's World Cup, Voreis had three top-10 finishes, including a fifth at Maribor, Slovenia, and a sixth at Arai, Japan. The 26-year-old Californian’s first race with his new team will be at this year’s Sea Otter Classic in March.
Seven days after crashing his bike while trying to avoid an oncoming car, Fred Mengoni was listed in stable condition at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida. In the accident, which happened January 11, Mengoni broke his pelvis and several ribs, and suffered a severe concussion. At the time of this report, Mengoni was on a respirator in the intensive care unit. The 77-year-old New York City resident is considered one of American cycling’s greatest patrons. Some of the riders he’s helped develop include Lance Armstrong, Greg Lemond, George Hincapie, Steve Bauer, Mike McCarthy
Australian fans show their support during the third stage of the Tour Down Under.
Alessio Galletti wins the third stage of the Tour Down Under.
Nicolas Vouilloz is looking to dominate another speed sport.
With just two weeks left before the polls close on the Readers' Choice Awards, some of our contestants are in big trouble, while others are running away. Here’s a quick look at some of the early returns. In the battle between Phat and Fat relating to the upcoming season of Telekom's Jan Ullrich, Phat holds a commanding lead with 66 percent of the vote, while Fat has just 22 percent. Twelve percent of the voters abstained. On the question of who’s a scarier driver, Marco Pantani or your grandma, it’s no contest. Pantani has garnered nearly 70 percent of the votes, pulling away
Italian rider Fabio Sacchi held off Stuart O'Grady in a thrilling sprint finish to claim the overall lead in the Tour Down Under cycling race here Wednesday. But an investigation involving Australian Olympian Graeme Brown was garnering all the attention. Brown is one of several Australian riders named in an alleged incident with a car at last year's Noumea six-day track race. After losing the race lead in stage two of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, Brown (United Water) denied knowledge of the incident. But Cycling Australia confirmed it has received notice from the New Caledonian
Reigning Olympic champion and 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich's pre-season campaign has hit a bump after a briefcase containing his training plans for this year was stolen. The case was swiped from the German cyclist's trainer, Peter Becker, in Majorca, Spain. Papers detailing Ullrich's training plans for 2001, as well as a gold watch were in the briefcase. "I only hope that the program doesn't fall into the hands of the opposition. I don't care about anything else in the case," Ullrich said.
A new bill introduced by Texas state senator Jeff Wentworth proposes to amend the state transportation code and make life very difficult for groups of cyclists riding on the roads of Texas. SB238 would require cyclists to ride single file on roadways, and would restrict groups of three or more from many small rural roads. The bill would also require cyclists to have a "slow-moving-vehicle emblem" when riding on roadways. The bill has been sent to the Texas senate's State Affairs Committee. The Texas Bicycle Coalition is urging that Texas cyclists write to their own state senators and
There's been a lot of celebratory back slapping by organizers of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under for signing up the world's number one team to race. So much so, some joked that they had beaten each other black and blue in the lead up to tonight's start to the 757km event, the stage one criterium in the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg. The 47km stage ended in a popular home win for the estimated 54,000-strong crowd that lined the tight 1.88km circuit. In balmy conditions that saw temperatures in the mid seventies, it was won by NSW's Graeme Brown (United Water). South Australia's Stuart O'Grady
National cyclo-cross championships were held throughout Europe on Sunday, and with the world championships just three weeks away, national teams for the world’s in Tabor, Czech Republic, began to take shape as well. In the Netherlands, Superprestige series winner and World Cup leader Richard Groenendaal easily won the Dutch championship as he prepares for the defense of his world title. In Belgium, two-time world champion Mario De Clercq took his first Belgian title, while the favorite, Sven Nijs crashed twice and could manage only a sixth place finish. Other winners on Sunday included
Australian cyclist Stuart O'Grady rates German rider Steffen Wesemann as the big threat in the Tour Down Under starting in Adelaide Tuesday. Wesemann, who rides for the German Telekom team, has been training in Australia since December 3 to give himself plenty of time to become accustomed to the Australian heat and conditions. And 1999 race winner O'Grady said the 29-year-old German, who won a stage of last year's Tour Down Under and finished third overall, was giving nothing away in the lead-up to the six-stage, 757km race. "As soon as I found out Steffen was coming over this early
Last week Prime Alliance unveiled its roster for a new Division III road team. Included on the roster were some heavy hitters, including Jonas and Jame Carney, Colby Pearce, Danny Pate, Mike Creed and NORBA national champion Steve Larsen. The day after the team was announced, VeloNews spoke with team owner and Prime Alliance CEO Tom Irvine, team director Ian Birlem and rider-manager Kirk Willett about how the team came about and what its outlook is for the coming season. VeloNews (to Tom Irvine): How did you get involved, and what’s the major thrust for Prime Alliance to get into
Petr Dlask won the Czech Republic’s national cyclo-cross championship on Saturday in Tabor, at the same venue where the world cyclo-cross championships will take place February 3-4. Saturday’s race was contested on a 2.85km course that was frozen and covered with snow. Fifth in the World Cup standings, Dlask beat out two other members of the Author Expandia team, Jiri Pospisil and Vaclav Jezek.
The International Sports Arbitration Tribunal (TAS) decided on a six-month suspension, but retroactive to November 24, 2000, and with three months of the sentence suspended, for French mountain biker Jérôme Chiotti. Chiotti admitted last April that he won the 1996 world mountain-bike championships while taking the performance enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO). The French cycling federation (FFC) had suspended Chiotti for one year beginning July 11, 2000, but the Union Cycliste International appealed that punishment to TAS in August. The UCI challenged the initial French sanction because it
Stop No 4. of the 2001 mountain-bike World Cup has been cancelled and there is no word yet on whether the event will be rescheduled. The season’s first triple — cross country, downhill and dual slalom races were all to be contested — was originally slated for July 7-8, in Whistler, British Columbia, but organizers backed out, citing financial concerns. The cancellation follows a complicated stream of events that according to event organizers TEAM Management, began when the UCI instituted a new rule in April of 2000, requiring first-time "triple" World Cup organizers to get their contract
According to a tentative schedule posted on his Web site, two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will not compete in any French races prior to the start of the Tour on July 7. The 29-year-old, whose U.S. Postal team is at the center of a French judicial investigation into drug allegations, will steer clear of races in France, racing primarily in Spain and then capping his preparations with the Tour of Switzerland, June 19-28. Last season Armstrong participated in the prestigious Paris-Nice and Dauphiné Libéré in France as part of his build-up to his second straight Tour victory. But
On Thursday the USCF announced the National Racing Calendar schedule for 2001. Among the highlights of the 52-race schedule are eight new events, including the Manhattan Invitational in New York City on August 2 and the previously announced San Francisco Grand Prix, September 9. The other new events are the Housatonic Valley Classic in Danbury, Connecticut, June 24; the San Rafael Cycling Classic in California, September 8; the Irvine Cycling Grand Prix in California, September 24; the U.S. Open Cycling Champioinships in Columbus, Ohio, September 29; the Deland Cycling Grand Prix in Florida,
Richard Virenque has filed an appeal seeking to overturn a nine-month ban for doping with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, a court spokesman said on Thursday. Spokesman Mathieu Reeb, said the appeal was received via certified mail on Wednesday. Lawyers for Virenque, the five-time winner of the King of the Mountains competition at the Tour de France, must submit their written arguments within 10 days. The 31-year-old Virenque was given a nine-month suspension by the Swiss cycling federation after he admitted during the recent Festina trial that he had used
The Canadian Cyclist of the Year award for Best Newcomer has been renamed the Roger Sumner Award, in honor of long-time cycling mentor Roger Sumner, who passed away last December. The first recipient of award is Clare Hall-Patch, the junior woman who rode brilliantly to a bronze medal at the 2000 Road World Championships in Plouay, France. Sumner was particularly active in the coaching, managing and of newcomers to the sport, so the editors of Canadian Cyclist believe that this award is best suited to his memory. This award will be not be voted upon as part of the magazine's People's
Some of America’s top cycling stars, past and present, will gather together on Friday night in Denver for Wheat Ridge Cyclery’s 3rd annual Pro Night and Expo. The event benefits the Front Rangers Cycling Club and the Nicole Reinhart Foundation. Wheat Ridge Cyclery’s annual Pro Night expo gives the general public a rare opportunity to mingle in an intimate environment with the cycling industry’s most influential leaders. Throughout the night professionals will share their training and motivational expertise, cycling legends will tell their stories of the most exciting moments of the sport’s
The domestic men's road scene got another boost on Tuesday with theannouncement of a new UCI division III squad, the Boulder-based PrimeAlliance Cycling Team. On paper, the squad looks like it will be a bigplayer in the U.S. races. The roster includes Jame and Jonas Carney,Colby Pearce, John Walrod, Danny Pate, Michael Creed and Kirk Willett,who will also manage the team. In addition, NORBA national championSteve Larsen will race selected road events for Prime Alliance. The brainchild of Prime Alliance CEO Tom Irvine, the team did not decideto seek UCI status until December. After a fall
Officials from USA Cycling released the final roster of riders bound for Tabor in the Czech Republic to contest the world cyclo-cross championships, February 3-4. SuperCup cyclo-cross series winners Marc Gullickson (Mongoose) and Ann Grande (Kona-Voicestream) will head the eight-rider team. Dale Knapp (Kona-Voicestream) and Rachel Lloyd (Novo-Sycip) fill out the other spots in the U.S. elite squad offered by USA Cycling. Alan Obye and Josh Anthony will race in Under-23 event, while Jeremy Powers and Aaron Bradford will represent the U.S. in the junior men's race. Notably absent from the
VeloNews is once again accepting submissions of North American team rosters. These listings will appear on our website. The deadline for submission is February 28, 2001. Rosters sent after that date will not be accepted. Please include team name, sponsors, riders' names –listed alphabetically by last name and by category/class – and riders' ages . The format should be as follows: Team SupremeSponsors: Capitol Bike Shop, Washington Cleaners. Cat. I: BREYER, Steve, 61; GINSBERG, Ruth, 66; O'CONNOR, Sandy, 69; STEVENS, John, 79; Cat.II: KENNEDY, Tony, 61; REHNQUIST, Bill, 75;
Belgian cyclo-crosser Sven Nijs (Rabobank) continued his late-season charge on Sunday, winning the Grand Prix of the Netherlands, round five of the six-round World Cup series. Nijs beat Czech Petr Dlask and Dutchman Richard Groenendaal to take his second World Cup win of the 2000-01 season. Nijs, Dlask and Groenendaal jumped out to the early lead in Zeddam, opening up a gap on chasers such as Erwin Vervecken, Mario De Clercq and Gerben De Knegt. But with three laps remaining, Groenendaal fell back, victim of a mechanical problem. The world champion chased back, only to crash on the
Round one of the 2001 New Zealand Mountain Biking national championship series got going January 6-7, in Levin. Downhill opened the competition, as riders tackled a steep 2km course that was smooth, fast, and very dusty. In the women’s race Sheryl MacLeod (Haro) came down in a flurry, posting a time of 3:30.70 to claim her first win of the season. Current European champion Tracy Mosely (Kona-Ford Focus) finished second, four seconds back, while Vanessa Quin (Giant) was third. On the men’s side, 2000 series’ winner Glenn Sisarich wasn’t around, meaning the race was wide open. Nathan Rankin
It’s taken a bit of scrambling, but it looks like Dave Cullinan will be riding a Diamondback this year. Word is a verbal agreement has been reached and it’s just a matter of pushing the paperwork through. The deal — assuming it happens — will provide much relief for the 31-year-old gravity rider, who unexpectedly found himself without a team in late December when Schwinn dumped him in favor of 20-year-old Frenchman Mickael Deldycke. Cullinan had been with Schwinn for nearly four years. "If I get through all this, racing will be easy this year," said Cullinan, who added that he wasn’t
Facing a "serious budget shortfall," USA Cycling has eliminated both its endurance track and women's road programs as well as eliminating nearly 20 percent of its total work force. The organization's staff and administration met Thursday afternoon to review a series of personnel and program cuts designed to lower costs in what USA Cycling CEO Lisa Voight attributed at least in part to "a post-Olympic reduction in sponsorship dollars." Hardest hit, in what chief operating officer Steve Johnson referred to as a "reorganization," was USA Cycling's athlete performance department. Several coaching
With budget concerns limiting USA Cycling's support of a national cyclo-cross team at world championships in Tabor, Czech Republic, February 3-4, the American Cyclo-cross Foundation has launched a last-minute drive to raise enough money to field an eight-person squad. USA Cycling is funding trips for five riders: one elite man, one elite woman, one under-23 man, and two juniors. The ACF is attempting to raise enough money for three additional riders, at an estimated cost of $1500 per rider. The American Cyclo-cross Foundation is a private group set up to funnel donations from
Genevieve Jeanson will head a new Canadian women's team that will contest the major road events in North America. Jeanson, who won the Tour de Snowy and the Flèche Wallonne World Cup in her first season as a senior, will be joined on Team RONA by five other Canadian women: Amy Jarvis, Manon Jutras, Raphaele Lemieux, Melanie McQuaid and Melanie Nadeau. Among the races on the schedule for Team RONA are Redlands, the Montreal World Cup, the First Union Liberty Classic, Fitchburg-Longsjo, the Grand Prix of Quebec and the Killington stage race. Jeanson will continue to race for the Canadian
When the U.S. Postal Service submitted its paperwork to the UCI at the end of last month, an unexpected name appeared on the team's official roster, former Saturn sprinter Robbie Ventura. The move was part of an effort by the team to solidify its presence on the home front. Director of operations Dan Osipow said, "We were looking for some speed in criterium racing, which we've lacked in the last couple of years, in American-style events." Osipow said that the team's U.S. schedule will resemble that of recent years -- including Redlands, Sea Otter, the BMC series, Clarendon Cup
Rabobank's Sven Nijs proved Sunday's edition of the Superprestige cyclo-cross series in Diegem, Belgium, belonged to the hometown favorites. Nijs finished at the top Belgian sweep of the top five spots. Hey, maybe his teammate, Richard Groenendaal isn't invincible after all. Don't bet on it ... even after the man who has dominated the 2000-2001 cyclo-cross season finished sixth, giving the Dutchman the day's top non-Belgian spot in the seventh race in the eight-race series. While Groenendaal had a tougher time than usual -- finishing in a group, 1:20 behind Nijs -- he remains in charge of
Editor's note: He's back. There, not here, that is. American cyclo-cross racer Alex Candelario returned to Belgium last week to continue his season of 'cross racing where it matters. Candelario started his season in Europe, then came home to contest the U.S. national championships in December (where he finished 10th) and is now back in Belgium for the remainder of the season. He checked in on Tuesday with this latest account of the Belgian 'cross chronicles. On Christmas day, I left the comforts of family and the loved one to venture back to the snowy fields of Belgium.
Full of promise: Strock had an amateur contract with Banesto
The juxtaposition of the Festina drugs trial going on in Lille and the announcement Thursday in Paris of next year’s Tour de France route was not lost on race director Jean-Marie Leblanc. In a 5000-word speech, Leblanc made one reference to the trial that is dredging up the Festina team’s exclusion from the 1998 Tour because of its systematic drug use. Leblanc said, "After being brought down by dubious hands — as the Lille trial is showing right now — cycling … has suffered so much and worked so hard to correct things over the past two years, that it will end up with its head held high.
When Greg Strock looks back at what could have been an outstanding pro cycling career, he says he feels more than nostalgia. Along with the good memories is a mix of frustration, disenchantment and even anger. In 1990 Strock hit Europe as a 17-year-old racer and began tearing up the roads in Spain. By April of that year, he traveled to Brittany, France, joined up with the U.S. national junior squad and started down a path that he now says stopped his career in its tracks. Not long after moving into the senior ranks -- with a spot on the U.S. national team's A squad and an amateur deal
Can you name the largest "investor" in American bike racing? Hint: It's the folks who deliver cycling fans' "must see TV" on Thursday nights. That's right, Outdoor Life Network. In 2001, VeloNews estimates that the sports cable television broadcaster will invest approximately $7 million in broadcasting, marketing, and promoting major bicycle events such as the Tour de France, Sea Otter Classic, Giro d'Italia and the NORBA NCS Series. Since its founding in 1995, OLN has made a steadily increasing commitment to bike racing. It's spending $3 million for rights fees alone for the Tour de
Frankie Andreu, a teammate of two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, has announced his retirement from professional cycling. "After racing nine Tours de France and spending eleven years as a European professional I have decided to retire," Andreu announced Saturday, posting a statement on his personal website. Andreu has spent much of the fall season considering his options after his U.S. Postal contract wasn't renewed. "After the highlights of the last two years my thoughts were that I should retire while I'm still at the top. As much as I will miss racing I am looking
It was a question that wasn't exactly answered at cyclo-cross nationals in Overland Park, Kansas. There were a few automatic slots opened for the winners, but a lot of it rests on that ever-popular "coach's discretion," and this year, more than usual, a lot seems to depend on rider's discretion. As newly crowned men's elite champion, Tim Johnson is a shoo-in for a trip to Tabor in the Czech Republic in February. The man from Middleton, Massachusetts, has been a fixture on the world's squad ever since he first qualified in 1995, even showing up to lend a hand to the team last year when a
Hard to believe, but that December 17, SuperCup final in Overland Park, Kansas, was the last time Bart Bowen lined up for a race in a Saturn jersey. The 10-year road pro has been a fixture on the squad since 1994 -- just a year after the team moved from the amateur ranks up to professional. But at the end of 2000, his contract was set to expire. Bowen shrugged when asked why he wasn't riding for the team in 2001. "We just never got an agreement," he said. "I'm not all that sure what happened." Frustrating as it might be, Bowen said he is not fixating on what might have been.