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News briefs: Bro Tour, new pro team, Sheehan update

Following the USPRO Criterium Championship and the USCF elite women’s criterium championship, Navigators’s Vassili Davidenko and Diet Rite’s Tina Mayolo-Pic lead the VeloNews Bro Tour criterium rankings. Four events remain: this weekend’s Chris Thater Memorial, the San Rafael Cycling Classic, the Miami Cycling Classic and the Michelin Classic. VeloNews Bro Tour: criterium(after 6 of 10 events)Men1. (1t) Vassili Davidenko, Navigators, 982. (1t) Gord Fraser, Mercury, 823t. (3t) Dave McCook, Prime Alliance, 523t. (3t) Jonas Carney, Prime Alliance, 525. (9) Ivan Dominguez, Saturn, 436. (-)

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By Bryan Jew, VeloNews Senior Writer

Following the USPRO Criterium Championship and the USCF elite women’s criterium championship, Navigators’s Vassili Davidenko and Diet Rite’s Tina Mayolo-Pic lead the VeloNews Bro Tour criterium rankings. Four events remain: this weekend’s Chris Thater Memorial, the San Rafael Cycling Classic, the Miami Cycling Classic and the Michelin Classic.

VeloNews Bro Tour: criterium
(after 6 of 10 events)
Men

1. (1t) Vassili Davidenko, Navigators, 98
2. (1t) Gord Fraser, Mercury, 82
3t. (3t) Dave McCook, Prime Alliance, 52
3t. (3t) Jonas Carney, Prime Alliance, 52
5. (9) Ivan Dominguez, Saturn, 43
6. (-) Kevin Monahan, 7UP-Nutra Fig, 42
7t. (-) Henk Vogels, Mercury, 41
7t. (5) Alex Candelario, Prime Alliance, 41
9. (6) Greg Henderson, 7UP-Nutra Fig, 35
10. (7) Graeme Miller, Mercury, 34

Women
1. (1) Tina Mayolo-Pic, Diet Rite, 104
2. (4) Becky Conzelman, Freddie Fu, 86
3. (2) Tania Duff-Miller, Freddie Fu, 69
4. (7) Laura Van Gilder, Trek Plus, 63
5. (3) Ina Teutenberg, Saturn, 60
6. (5) Emily Gloeckner, Veritas, 46
7. (-) Nicole Freedman, Rona, 45
8. (-) Suzanne Sonye, Saturn, 43
9. (6) Rebecca Quinn, Red 5 Racing, 42
10. (-) Sarah Uhl, IF-Dansko, 41

7UP’s Sheehan takes a break
Saying he’s felt extremely tired this season, 7UP-Nutra Fig’s Clark Sheehan confirmed with VeloNews that he is taking a long break from racing, although he stopped short of saying he’s retiring. “I need to take a bunch of time off and regroup, and see how my body responds,” he said.

“I’m just old and tired,” said Sheehan. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years now, and I’m just unable to compete right now.”

Sheehan said he’s been consulting with doctors to try to figure out what’s at the root of his problems. In the meantime, he says, “I’m still very passionate about the sport and want to keep contributing to the sport and the [7UP] team and help the guys out.

“My head and my heart want to be out there helping out my boys,” he said, “but my body’s been unable to do that.”

New U.S. pro team for 2003?Earlier this week, Bolla Wines and Breakaway Sports, a new sports management company, announced that Bolla Wines would be sponsoring a new “Italian-themed” U.S. professional cycling team in 2003.

Breakaway president Ken Erdelyi said Bolla is currently the title sponsor, and that he hopes to add two or three more high-level sponsors in the upcoming months. Plans are for a Division 3 team, with a roster of nine to 11 riders.