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Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood: Ready or not, there he goes

So after signing a two-year contract, Tom Danielson is headed to Italy to with Fassa Bortolo, alongside 2002 Vuelta winner Aitor Gonzalez and this year's top grand tour sprinter, Alessandro Petacchi. In less than 18 months, the friendly 24-year-old from East Lyme, Connecticut, has grown from Fort Lewis college student/struggling NORBA pack fodder to emerging Euro’ pro. Along the way he’s won some big races — the Tour de Langkawi being the biggest — and learned what he could about European road racing from former Euro pros like Henk Vogels, Chris Horner, Jonathan Vaughters and Nathan

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After signing a two-year contract, Tom Danielson is headed to Italy to with Fassa Bortolo, alongside 2002 Vuelta winner Aitor Gonzalez and this year’s top grand tour sprinter, Alessandro Petacchi.

In less than 18 months, the friendly 24-year-old from East Lyme, Connecticut, has grown from Fort Lewis college student/struggling NORBA pack fodder to emerging Euro’ pro.

Along the way he’s won some big races — the Tour de Langkawi being the biggest — and learned what he could about European road racing from former Euro pros like Henk Vogels, Chris Horner, Jonathan Vaughters and Nathan O’Neill.

But for all of Tom’s achievements (largely in the hills and in time trials) there have been traces of dissention heard among domestic racers who feel he rose through the ranks too quickly, that he hasn’t paid his dues, doesn’t have the bike-handling skills and he won’t last in the bigs. Whether it is skepticism or jealousy, there are those out there that seem to want to see Danielson fail in Europe.

I asked Danielson about this a month ago, a few moments after he won the overall at the Cascade Classic in Bend, Oregon. Here’s what he had to say:

 

ON RESPECT WITHIN THE DOMESTIC PELOTON

“I think there’s a large percentage of people in the group that are real supportive of me, and know the jump I’m about to make next year, and how difficult it’s going to be, and I think they see me working hard, and doing my best. I’m definitely a polite, courteous rider, and I definitely have full respect for everyone in the peloton. I think for the most part, especially from the top hierarchy in the peloton, I think I have a lot of respect. Maybe from some of the young guys, they don’t like it as much.

“For example, wearing the leader’s jersey in Langkawi I got one-hundred percent respect from Stuart O’Grady, Munoz, all the top dogs in Europe, they didn’t bother me at all, where as here, when I’m in the leader’s jersey, I still have guys coming up to me, trying to fight me for the back of my train, which I think mainly, they’re just trying to mess with me, and see how inexperienced I am. It’s tough to say. Maybe it’s just them racing, and they feel that’s the front of the race and that’s where they need to be.”

ON MAKING THE JUMP TO EUROPE

“I would say psychologically I’m not prepared for it yet, but I need to get prepared for it. In Malaysia I was 100% not prepared for it, and the people around helped me. The things we’re looking for in a team for me next year is a team that will help me the same way that Saturn did. Just like Mercury the year before, there are some really big guys that opened up their arms and brought me into the family, and they’ve helped me. I try to pick the minds of people that have been there, done that, like Jonathan [Vaughters] and Chris [Horner] and Nathan [O’Neill]. It’s one of the things we’re talking a lot about.

“After I won Malaysia, who knows where I want to be now? I guess I’d like to win the Tour de France, or maybe the Giro. My goals have changed a lot over the year, but things are starting to come into light, and they’re working out.”

 

Well, Tom, I for one wish you the best of luck. It’s not going to be easy, but there’s not much in bike racing that is.

Let’s just remember that when Lance Armstrong won a world championship at 21 years old, similar complaints were registered, only in Europe: he’s too young, he’s a tri geek, hasn’t paid his dues. One thing people won’t be saying about the still relatively inexperienced Danielson is that he has the attitude of the young Lance; at only 130 pounds, Danielson is one of the nicest guys on the circuit and is well aware that he still has plenty to learn.

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Riding for the Canadian national road team — alongside Lyne Bessette, Sue Palmer-Komar and Manon Jutras at last weekend’s women’s World Cup in Plouay, France — was none other than Subaru-Gary Fisher’s Chrystina “Chrissy” Redden, who finished a respectable 51st, just 1:29 back of winner Nicole Cooke.

Redden finished second-overall in the NORBA cross-country series and third-overall in the short track. She’s currently ranked 14th in the UCI’s XC standings and looks to be working her way on to a spot on the stacked Canadian national road team for Hamilton.

One Canadian rider not racing in Plouay was RONA-Esker’s Geneviève Jeanson. In a statement released last week, team director André Aubut explained the decision.

”I had some tough choices to make,” Aubut said. “A women’s cycling team is limited to six riders and I had constraints. For our first races in France, Catherine (Marsal) and Magali (Le Floc’h) were inevitable choices, obviously. As for the four others, they absolutely had to ride in these races, either because I had already committed myself when I negotiated their contract this year, or else because they have to maximize their chances of gaining an entry into the worlds. As Canadian champion, Geneviève is automatically guaranteed a spot on the Canadian team, but other girls on the team have a good chance of being chosen by their respective national cycling formations. I owe them this opportunity to stand out in these races where they can really demonstrate their potential.”

The statement went on to explain that Jeanson is taking it all philosophically. “My teammates have worked very hard for me since the start of this season,” Jeanson said. “If the best way to help them now is to keep out of these races and give them a break, I’m glad to do it.”

Jeanson will instead take part in the far-less-significant Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont, August 29 – September 2. It’s a situation that has to be frustrating for Jeanson, but equally as well for her future Canadian national teammates.

Speaking with Bessette last month, the Saturn rider told me, “We’re trying to get Genevieve to come and race with us in Europe, to try and get Manon, me and her to get a team going. It’s the only way we’re going to win – or at least get a chance to win – is if we work together.”

According to Bessette, the invitation was left open. Jeanson sounded interested, Bessette said, but had to run it past team management (i.e. Aubut). Obviously there would be a conflict of interest to have Jeanson racing against her RONA teammates in Europe, but instead, Jeanson will outclass a lesser field at Green Mountain and miss out on the chance to gain team experience alongside a squad that has arguably the best shot of winning the rainbow jersey, on its home turf.

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U.S. Postal Service star George Hincapie will join cyclists from throughout the country to raise research funds to find a cure for juvenile (type 1) diabetes, the most serious and devastating form of the disease. Some 400 enthusiasts — competitive cyclists, Sunday riders, and novices alike — will ride in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ride to Cure Diabetes 2003 amid California’s Death Valley National Park during two Rides to be held October 23-26 and October 25-28. The goal of the rides is to raise a total of $1.2 million.

Hincapie, a seven-time Tour de France veteran and winner in 2001 of both Gent-Wevelgem and the San Francisco Grand Prix, will participate in the latter Ride to Cure Diabetes

“Juvenile diabetes is one of the fastest growing illnesses among children,” Hincapie said, “and events like this raise important research dollars to help find a cure. I’m proud to do my part to support such a worthy cause.”

Organizers encourage anyone at least 18 years old (must have turned 18 by May 31, 2003) who is interested to sign up. Younger participants between ages 13 and 18 must have a signed parental consent and be accompanied by an adult at all times. For more information about the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, visit www.ride.jdrf.org, or call (800) 223-1138, ext. 640.

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Speaking of the San Francisco Grand Prix — err, I mean the T-Mobile International — the preliminary start list has been released, and has raised a few eyebrows, both for who is scheduled to attend and who is not.

Expected at the September 14 event is last year’s winner, Charles Dionne (Saturn), as well as Euro pros Lance Armstrong, Tour of Switzerland winner Alexander Vinokourov (Team Telekom), Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola), and two-time Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni (Saeco-Longoni Sport).

Add to that list a few our own strongest domestic racers — Gord Fraser (Health Net), Chris Horner (Saturn), David Clinger (Prime Alliance) and Steve Larsen (Webcor), and we’re looking at one hell of a race, sports fans.

With the event scheduled during the Vuelta a España, Domina Vacanze again will toe the start line in their Castro District-ready zebra suits without world champion Mario Cippolini. Massimo Guinti, third-place finisher last year, is expected to lead the team. 2001 SFGP winner George Hincapie will also be at the Vuelta, riding in support of Roberto Heras.

Saturn’s “youth-of-today” squad of Danielson, Phil Zajicek and Will Frischkorn (seventh in SF last year, one spot behind Armstrong) will be returning from the Tour de l’Avenir (September 4-13) and aren’t scheduled to start.

Also noticeably absent from the list are Aussies Henk Vogels (second last year to Dionne) and strongman Nathan O’Neill, who would have been perfectly suited for a difficult course such as San Francisco. Both men suffered potentially life-threatening spinal injuries during domestic stage racing and while expected to make full recoveries, are out for the remainder of the season.

Here’s a look at the preliminary start list:

SATURN
1 Charles Dionne, CAN
2 Ivan Dominguez, CUB
3 Chris Horner, USA
4 Tim Johnson, USA
5 Trent Klasna,USA
6 Mark McCormack, USA
7 Viktor Rapinski, USA
8 Eric Wohlberg, CAN
D.S. T. Schuler

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
11 Lance Armstrong, USA
12 Viatcheslav Ekimov, RUS
13 Steffen Kjaergaard, NOR
14 Guennedi Mikhalov, RUS
15 Pavel Pardnos, CZE
16  Victor Hugo Pena, COL
17 Matthew White, AUS
18 Antonio Cruz, USA
D.S. L. LaPage

TEAM TELEKOM
21 Alexander Vinokourov, KAZ
22 Giuseppe, Guerini, ITA
23 Dirk Reichl, GER
24 Stefan Schumacher, GER
25 Sergei Yakovlev, KAZ
D.S. B. Holm

DOMINA VACANZE ELITRON
31 Massimo Guinti, ITA
32 Lorenzo Cardellini, ITA
33 Gabriele Colombo, ITA
34 Alexander Kolobnev, RUS
35 Ruben Elvira Lobato, ESP
36 Mario Scirea, ITA
37 David Garbelli, ITA
D.S. M. Bolletta

NAVIGATORS
41 Chris Baldwin, USA
42 Siro Camponogara, ITA
43 Vassili Davidenko, RUS
44 Jeff Louder, USA
45 Ciaran Power, IRL
46 Burke Swindlehurst, USA
47 Chris Wherry, USA
48 Mark Walters,CAN
D.S. E. Beamon

PRIME ALLIANCE
51 Jonathan Vaughters, USA
52 Alex Candelario, USA
53 Jonas Carney, USA
54 David Clinger, USA
55 Matt DeCanio, USA
56 Jonathan Page, USA
57 John Peters, USA
58 Svein Tuft, CAN
D.S. K. Willett

VINI CALDRIOLA/FORMAGGI PINZOLO
61 Stefano Garzelli,ITA
62 Eddy Mazzoleni, ITA
63 Dario Andriotto, ITA
64 Steve Zampieri, SUI
65 Uros Murn, SLO
66 Massimiliano, Mori, ITA
67 TBD
D.S. R. Magrini

7UP-MAXXIS
71 John Lieswyn, USA
72 Hayden Godfrey, NZL
73 Doug Ziewacz, USA
74 Kevin Monahan, USA
75 Jason McCartney, USA
76 Brice Jones, USA
77 Greg Henderson, NZL
78 Chris Pic, USA
D.S. J. Corbett

SAECO LONGONI SPORT
81 Gilberto Simoni, TBD
82 Leonardo Bertagnoli, iTA
83 Damiano Cunego, ITA
84 Alessando Spezialetti, ITA
85 Andrea Tonti, ITA
86 TBD
D.S. G. Bontempi

JELLY BELLY-CARLSBAD CLOTHING
91 Brent Dawson, AUS
92 Ben Brooks, AUS
93 Kirk Albers, USA
94 Tyler Farrar, USA
95 Mariano Friedick, USA
96 Adam Bergman, USA
97 Remi McManus, USA
98 Derek Wilkerson, USA
D.S. D. VanHaute

WEBCOR
101 Steve Larsen, USA
102 Lionel Syne, BEL
103 Dario Falquier, USA
104 Mike Taylor, USA
105 Greg Drake, USA
106 Ted Huang, USA
107 Marc Hagenlocher, USA
108 James Mattis, USA
D.S. F. Scioscia

COLAVITA BOLLA
111 Tyler Wren, USA
112 Karl Bordine, USA
113 Gregory Wolf, USA
114 Roger Rilling, USA
115 Sebastian Alexander, ARG
116 Juan Jose Haedo, ARG
117 Nathan Russell, USA
D.S.

JITTERY JOE’S COFFEE-KERLEY INK
121 Jeff Hopkins, AUS
122 Cesar Grajales, COL
123 Chad Hartley, USA
124 Jonny Sundt, USA
125 Jake Rosenbarger, USA
126 Jesse Lawler, USA
127 Kurt Garin, USA
D.S. M. Rice

LEMOND FITNESS-CAPT’N CRA Z SOAP
131 Cameron Hughes, GBR
132 Nic Brown, AUS
133 Bill Innes, USA
134 Leigh Palmer, USA
135 Eneas Freyre, USA
D.S. G. Avon

SCHROEDER IRON
141 Gordon McCauley, NZL
142 Miguel Meza, MEX
143 Jacob Erker, CAN
144 Peter Knudsen, USA
145 Adam Livingston, USA
146 Jason Bausch, USA
147 Aaron Olsen, USA
148 Rigoberto Mesa, MEX
D.S. F. Schroeder

SIERRA NEVADA-CLIF BAR
151 Adham Sbeih, USA
152 Matt Dubberly, USA
153 Ben Jacques Maynes, USA
154 Andy Jacques Maynes, USA
155 Troy White, USA
156 Neiko Biskner, USA
157 Jason Klikna, USA
158 Sterling Magnell, USA
D.S. M. Neel

OFOTO-LOMBARDI SPORTS
161 Erik Saunders, USA
162 Peter Lopinto, USA
163 Jackson Stewart, USA
164 Tim Larkin, USA
165 Russell Hamby, uSA
166 Andrew Radjadali, USA
167 Saul Raisin, USA
168 Jonathan Erdelyi,USA
D.S. R. Zellner

SPORTSBOOK.COM
171 Josh Beck, USA
172 Matthew Svatek, USA
173 Larry Perera, USA
174 Adam Hodges Myerson, USA
175 Ryan Dewald, USA
176 Ronald Hudson, USA
177 Ben Haldeman, USA
D.S. B. Laudien

WEST VIRGINIA CYCLING
181 Scottie Weiss, USA
182 Paul Martin, USA
183 Mike Jones, USA
184 Dave Wenger, USA
185 Robbie Yost, USA
186 Ben Sharp, USA
187 Scott Edge, USA
188 Brian Sheedy, USA
D.S. C. Slaughter

HEALTH NET
191 Micahel Sayers, USA
192 Gordon Fraser, CAN
193 Todd Herriott, USA
194 Chris McGover, USA
195 Alex Kozlov, BLR
196 Jason Lokkesmore, USA
197 John Hunt, USA
198 Doug Ollerenshaw, USA
D.S T. Attias
 
MEXICAN NATIONAL
To Be Determined