By Andrew Hood
Ryder Hesjedal, the mountain bike pro who won the four-day, five-stage Volta Cataluyna de l’Avenir road race in mid-September, won’t be racing for the Canadians at the Zolder world’s. Hesjedal was expected to race in both of the under-23 events, but crashed during a stage of the Tour de Seine et Marne (Sept. 27-29) and was too banged up to come to Zolder.
Canadian team officials said Hesjedal didn’t break any bones but was seriously scraped up during the spill and wouldn’t be in top form for the worlds. Madrid to host 2005 road worlds
The mean streets of Madrid will be the site of the 2005 road cycling world championships. The executive committee of the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced Monday evening that Madrid was selected over Lucerne, Switzerland, to host the event. Plans call for the road course to wind through the streets of Madrid. The Vuelta a España typically ends in downtown Madrid, so the city is used to hosting cycling events. The last time Spain hosted the road worlds was 1997 in San Sebastian.
The UCI also voted that the 2005 world track championships will be held in Los Angeles, the city that hosted the 1984 Olympics. Los Angeles will also be the site of the junior world track championships in 2004. The 2005 mountain bike worlds were awarded to Livigno, Italy while Paris will host the 2005 BMX worlds.
The UCI also released the 2002-2003 cyclo-cross World Cup schedule
Nov. 24, 2002 Frankfurt, Germany
Dec. 22, 2002 Kalmthout, Belgium
Jan. 5, 2003 Lievin, France
Jan. 19, 2003 Weitzikon, Switzerland
Feb. 16, 2003 Hogerheide, Holland
Start lists for Wednesday’s races
American Tyler Farrar gets the penultimate start position for the junior men’s time trial race Wednesday. Farrer goes off second-to-last in the field of 70 riders in the 23.3-km race against the clock. Zakhary Grabowski heads out with No. 26 (with the last rider being No. 1). In the elite women’s 23.3-km time trial, American Amber Neben will be the seventh rider on course while Kimberly Bruckner will have race number 14. Racing legend Jeanie Longo-Ciprelli will be starting last. 2002 Road Cycling World Championships
Tuesday, October 08, 2002
Junior women’s individual time trial winner Anna Zugno, Italy
U23 individual time trial winner Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuania
Weather Cool, mostly sunny, windy with gusts up to 25 kph; more of the same expected for Wednesday.
What’s on deck for Wednesday
Noon — Junior men’s time trial, 23.3 km (14.4 miles)
3 p.m. — Elite women’s time trial, 23.3 km (14.4 miles)