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Friday news briefs: CSC on Cervélo; ‘cross in the dark and Dickey off his bike

Though the team has already been using its time trial bikes unofficially,CSC-Tiscali has formalized its relationship with Canadian bike manufacturerCervélo and signed a full sponsorship agreement for the 2003 season.The Danish team will be using the full roster of Cervélo bikes onthe road, in time-trials and on the track next season.Cervélo is regarded as one of the most innovative bike manufacturersthe sport has seen in years. This innovation and a focus on performancehas been the strength behind its continued success, initially in the timetrial market and more recently in the road

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Though the team has already been using its time trial bikes unofficially,CSC-Tiscali has formalized its relationship with Canadian bike manufacturerCervélo and signed a full sponsorship agreement for the 2003 season.The Danish team will be using the full roster of Cervélo bikes onthe road, in time-trials and on the track next season.Cervélo is regarded as one of the most innovative bike manufacturersthe sport has seen in years. This innovation and a focus on performancehas been the strength behind its continued success, initially in the timetrial market and more recently in the road market.”It was this focus on performance that attracted our attention,” saidBjarne Riis in announcement released earlier this week. “The combinationof bike models Cervélo offers allows us to achieve optimal resultsin all types of racing, from the classics to climbing stages to time trials.”We have a lot of new projects in the works, and lots of new ideas,”said Cervélo co-founder Phil White. “Combining that with the ideasand experience of a former Tour winner and one of the most meticulous cyclistsof all time will enable us to continue to push the envelope in design andexcite our customers with new and improved bikes on a regular basis. Andwe are thrilled that Bjarne runs one of the most international teams inthe peloton, with some of our favorite riders like Tyler Hamilton, CarlosSastre and for next year Andrea Tafi.”The team will use the Cervélo P3 and P2K for time trials, theSoloist and Prodigy in road races, and the P2T on the track. Cervéloalso intends to release a new road bike soon and that, too, will be madeavailable to the squad.Cyclo-cross under the lights in Redmond
K2 and Widmer Brothers Brewing have agreed to co-title sponsor Star-CrossedCyclo-cross at the Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington, on September 28th.Star-Crossed will be a new and unique event on the United States bicycle-racingcalendar for 2002, the nation’s first twilight cyclo-cross race.
The event will kick of the 2002 cyclo-cross season in style under thelights at the Marymoor Velodrome on a fast and spectator friendly coursesurrounded by a festive atmosphere.Race festivities will feature the Widmer Brothers Beer Garden, freeraffles for spectators and a DJ pumping out tunes while the crowd seesthe entire race unfold in front of them on the challenging floodlight litcourse. K2 will be offering a top-of-the-line Enemy cyclo-cross frame duringthe raffle.Races for beginning and intermediate riders start the day at 4:30 PMwith the headlining Senior Men’s race at 7:30 PM. The Senior Men’s racewill feature Northwest cyclo-cross superstars Dale Knapp of Kona/Voicestreamand Jonny Sundt of K2 Bikes.Dickey suspended for triple drug violation
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Friday the decisionby a three-member panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA)/NorthAmerican Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitrators finding DuaneDickey of Plymouth, Minn., an athlete in the sport of cycling, committeda doping violation involving three prohibited substances.
 
Dickey, 33, tested positive at the 2001 Tour of Guatemala on Oct. 28,2001 for boldenone, nandrolone and phentermine, which are prohibited substancesunder Union Cycliste International (UCI) rules. UCI is the internationalfederation for cycling.
 
Boldenone and nandrolone are anabolic agents, while phentermine isa stimulant under UCI rules.
 
He was suspended through Sept. 1, 2003, and will be disqualified fromhis 19th place finish at the 2001 Tour of Guatemala.