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Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood: Lance, Henk, Danielson’s class act and an invitation I’d like to deliver

Well, it’s officially July, and I think we all know what that means. Yep, that’s right, in a matter of weeks I’ll be moving into a stylin’ new loft in downtown Boulder, Colorado, courtesy of the county’s affordable housing program. Okay, I admit it. July probably means something else to most of you. By now most of you have probably figured out which TV you’ll be spending your July mornings in front of. Me, I’ll be watching right here in the conference room of VeloNews global headquarters. Come to think of it, in the spirit of the upcoming Tour de Lance maybe I should have Comcast drop by

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By Neal Rogers

Does she live near Boulder??????

Does she live near Boulder??????

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Well, it’s officially July, and I think we all know what that means. Yep, that’s right, in a matter of weeks I’ll be moving into a stylin’ new loft in downtown Boulder, Colorado, courtesy of the county’s affordable housing program.

Okay, I admit it. July probably means something else to most of you. By now most of you have probably figured out which TV you’ll be spending your July mornings in front of. Me, I’ll be watching right here in the conference room of VeloNews global headquarters.

Come to think of it, in the spirit of the upcoming Tour de Lance maybe I should have Comcast drop by the new crib for a cable installation — I can probably schedule it for the same day I have my kitchen done by Berry Floor, right before I load up my Subaru with PowerBars and then go stomp on a bunch of roadies with my mountain bike…

Whoa, I got a little carried away there.

Well if I did have cable I’d be sure to watch the upcoming SportsCentury show on ESPN Classic, dedicated to Lance and his quest for a fifth Tour victory. The show’s producer Chip Rives spent six months working on this hour-long program, interviewing everyone from Eddy Merckx and Laurent Fignon to hack cycling journalists acting like they have a clue.

The show is set to air Monday, July 7 and Friday, July 11 at 8 and 11 p.m. ET.


As you’re reading this, Navigators’ strongman Henk Vogels is lying in a UMASS intensive care unit, immobilized with a broken left ankle and cracked C-7 vertebrae after his wreck at Fitchburg. If you’re the type to believe in miracles, you’ll have to qualify Henk’s survival as touched by some sort of divine intervention after he lost control on a high-speed descent and barreled head first into a guard rail, shattering his helmet and knocking him unconscious.

Navigators’ management has been in and out of the hospital since the wreck, and Vogels’ good friend and teammate Chris Wherry is contemplating a visit out to Massachusetts before heading back to Oregon to defend his title at next week’s Cascade Classic.

After Fitchburg’s final stage was wrapped up, the Saturn, Health Net and Navigators squads went to pay Vogels a visit.

“He hasn’t lost his sense of humor, that’s for sure,” said Navigators’ general manager Ray Cipollini. “The whole team stopped by [Sunday] night, and Henk was definitely his usual ornery but comedic self. He’s lucky to be alive. It must be that thick Aussie skull that saved him.”

Word is that Vogels was last heard recruiting friends to smuggle him in some beer.


Tom Danielson’s recent victory in the 2003 Iron Horse Classic in Durango was more than a personal success.

With a finishing time almost three minutes ahead of the field, Danielson won a $2000 prize for breaking the seven year-old record set by Jonathan Vaughters in 1996. But instead of stashing it away, the Saturn star made a point of acknowledging his collegiate cycling roots by donating his winnings to his nearby alma mater to start a scholarship fund for prospective Fort Lewis College riders. Durango residents Ed Zink, Don Mapel, Bob Dolphin and other local businesses have since contributed to the fund bringing the total to nearly $10,000.

Behind Danielson’s recent fame and growing success lies a past in collegiate cycling. Having raced for Fort Lewis throughout his years in college, he attributed much of his success to the school’s cycling program and its coach, Rick Crawford, saying, “This was my chance to give back to what made me successful.”


With New Zealand’s World Cup track racer Sarah Ulmer sitting in on a guest ride, first-year women’s team TDS-High Speed has had a breakthrough June, with Ulmer taking fourth overall (and the sprinters jersey) at Nature Valley and fifth overall at Fitchburg.

Ulmer’s priority is training for the world track championships, but team director Karl Heidgen couldn’t have been happier to have her aboard. “Sarah’s such a top-notch rider and person,” Heidgen said. “Bringing a rider like that into the team really brings up the whole group.”

Ulmer reported to have had a good time herself. “It was good fun,” she said, “They’re really a good bunch of chicks.”

TDS-High Speed is sending four riders to Europe for the first half of July to ride on composite teams. Anne Samplonuis will travel to France to participate in the Tour de Brittany as a member of the Canadian national team. Three other riders will be traveling to Italy to race the Giro d’Italia Femminile: Helen Kelly will be racing with Danish Team S.A.T.S, and Joan Wilson and Shawn Heidgen will be racing for Italian-based Fanini Systemdata. Although Wilson has previously raced the Giro, this will be Kelly and Heidgen’s first attempt at a European stage race.

“We see this as a chance of a lifetime,” said Heidgen, “To gain some valuable race experience before returning to the U.S. for the last few months of the race season.”


Speaking of women’s racing, the word on next week’s Cascade Classic is that the women’s stage race is definitely happening.

“Two weeks ago we considered canceling it because it was looking like the attendance was going to be way down,” said race director Brad Ross. “After a weekend of heavy e-mailing, we got a huge response and now it’s looking real good.”

Word of the change didn’t reach Saturn’s Giana Roberge quickly enough to field an entire squad, so she’ll be sending just two riders, Lyne Bessette and Jessica Phillips. “All my girls need a break right now anyways,” Roberge explained.

After Katie Mactier’s back-to-back wins for Saturn at Nature Valley and Fitchburg, the rest of the women’s peloton might breathe a collective sigh of relief on hearing that bit of news, until they remember that in the past month an on-form Lyne Bessette won the Liberty Classic and the Canadian national time trial championship, and finished a close second-place at the Tour of Montreal and Canadian road nationals.


And now for a slight change of subject. I saw this ad for a women’s “Razor Heart” jersey and shorts in the new Performance Bicycle catalogue.

My question: Who is this woman, and why have I never seen her on any of my rides? If anyone knows her, please let her know I’ll be having a housewarming party soon…



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