By Andrew Hood
Tom Danielson, who returned to European racing at the Tour of Portugal last week, will race in two of three one-day races next week in Italy for his Fassa Bortolo team.
Danielson returned to the United States for a mid-season break in July and raced in the tough 10-day Portuguese tour, finishing a solid seventh in the final day time trial en route to 31st overall. Danielson is building his form for a run at the Vuelta a España in September, which will mark his first three-week grand tour.
Fassa Bortolo for 84th Tre Valli Varesine, August 17: Dario Cioni, Massimo Codol, Tom Danielson, Dario Frigo, Volodimir Gustov, Roberto Petito, Fabio Sacchi and Matteo Tosatto
Fassa Brtolo for 58th Coppa Agostoni, August 18: Dario Cioni, Massimo Codol, Tom Danielson, Luca De Angeli, Mauro Facci, Dario Frigo, Volodimir Gustov and Gustav Larsson
Fassa Bortolo for 86th Coppa Bernocchi, August 19: Massimo Codol, Luca De Angeli, Mauro Facci, Gustav Larsson, Alberto Ongarato, Roberto Petito, Fabio Sacchi and Matteo Tosatto
Euskaltel hopeful on Pro Tour selection
Team officials from Euskaltel-Euskadi are still hopeful of earning a spot in next year’s UCI Pro Tour despite missing out on Thursday’s announcement of two more teams making the selection.
Team CSC and Saunier Duval were the latest to join 11 other teams already pre-selected to be part of cycling’s reorganization for the 2005 season. A total of 24 teams have asked to be in the Pro Tour, which could include up to 20 teams.
“There are still teams to select and I am sure that we will be in the next round of teams that are announced,” said team manager Miguel Madariaga to the Basque Country daily DEIA. “I am optimistic, because I have no reason to think otherwise.”
Teams already approved for the 2005 Pro Tour include: Illes Balears, Saunier Duval and Liberty Seguros (Spain), Phonak (Switzerland), Cofidis, FDJeux.com and Credit Agricole (France), Gerolsteiner and T-Mobile (Germany), Quick Step (Belgium), Rabobank (Holland), Team CSC (Denmark) and U.S. Postal Service/Discovery Channel (United States).
Arnould to take over at Bouygues Télécom
Dominique Arnould, a former road racer, mountain biker and cyclo-cross pro, will join the new French team Bouygues Télécom as a sport director for the 2005 season, the French sports daily L’Equipe reported.
Arnould will join team manager Jean René Bernaudeau and sport directors Christian Guiberteau and Christophe Faudot behind the wheel of the French team. Arnould won a stage in the 1992 Tour de France and the world cyclo-cross title in 1993, and was also a regular on the World Cup mountain-bike circuit in the 1990s.
“Jean René contacted me a few weeks and I already told him I was interested,” said Arnould, 38. “I like his profile and has a character that I’m very familiar with. His attitude toward the young riders and the values he stands for I like a lot.” Racing today: The final stage of the Tour de l’Ain, where Jerome Pineau (La Boulangère) holds the overall lead.