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By Andrew Hood
The Domo-Farm Frites team has pulled out of the Giro d’Italia and will be replaced by the Colpack-Astro outfit, race director Carmine Castellano announced Tuesday.The line-up of 22 teams will be: Acqua Sapone (I), Alessio (I),Panaria (I), Selle Italia (Col), Colpack (I), Fassa Bortolo (I), Gerolsteiner(G), Alexia (I), Kelme (Sp), Lampre (I), Colnago (B), Lotto (B), Mapei (I), Mercatone Uno (I), Mobilvetta(I), Phonak (Swi), Rabobank (Nl), Saeco (I), Tacconi (I), Team Coast(G), CSC-Tiscali (Dk), Deutsche Telekom (G).Kelme, the only Spanish lineup committed to the Giro, will have Aitor Gonzalez as its leader. He will be backed up by Angel Vicioso, Isaac Galvez, Santiago Perez, Jesus Manzano, Juan Jose De los Angeles, Francisco Leon and Carlos Garcia Quesada. Kelme’s top riders – Oscar Sevilla and Santiago Botero – will start the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana instead of racing in the Italian stage-race.Meanwhile, iBanesto.com has announced which races it will compete since it decided earlier this month it would not start this year’s Giro because the race will not be televised in Spain. Instead, the team will race at Midi Libre (May 22-26) and the Tour of Luxembourg (May 30-June 2).In other Giro news, the 2003 Giro d’Italia will start next year in the velodrome in Lecce in southern Italy, officials announced Tuesday.The Giro start will be part of a renewal project for the once-mightyvelodrome which once hosted major events such as the 1976 worlds. It sincefell into disrepair, but local authorities are spending about $1.3 million to bring the velodrome back up to world standards. The Giro will, as always, end in Milan.Tchmil not ready for AmstelThe European wires reported that Andrei Tchmil (Lotto) will notstart Sunday’s Amstel Gold race in Holland. The veteran crashed at ThreeDays of De Panne earlier this month which put an end to his Spring Classics’campaign.Many of the Mapei riders that will start at Amstel Gold are hittingthe GP de l’Escaut in Belgium on Wednesday and the GP de Denain in Franceon Friday. Riders heading to those races include: Laszlo Bodrogi, FabienDe Waele, Paolo Fornaciari, Pedro Horrillo, Luca Paolini, Tom Steels andStefano Zanini. Meanwhile, many of the Mapei riders heading to theGiro will be racing in the Tour of Trentino. The lineup includes: ElioAggiano, Davide Bramati, Dario Cioni, Stefano Garzelli, Miguel Martinez,Luca Scinto, Gerhard Trampusch and Wegelius Charly.Tour of Castilla & Leon: Stage 1Saturn’s Catherine Marsal won the first stage of the Vuelta CiclistaFemenina a Castilla y León on Tuesday, 112 kilometers between Valladolidand Zamora, winning in 2 hours, 44 minutes.The French rider attacked at 101 km with a dozen other riders who openedup a small gap on the main bunch. The long, flat stage was fought overunseasonably warm conditions in northern Spain, where temperatures hitthe low 80s.The 120 riders taking the start stayed together until 71 kms when sixriders attacked Hemsley (Nurnberger), Zabirova (Figurella),Polikiviciute (Acca Due), Philips (Saturn), Ruthven (Cannondale)and Rutherford (Australia).There was a crash at 87 kms involving about 30 riders and two Germanriders abandoned. The attack was brought back and Marsal pulled away fromthe final break with 9 kms to go to finish alone 5 seconds ahead of thebunch. Racers hit the second of five stages Wednesday, 89 kms from Zamorato Villamayor.Stage 1 and overall GC:
1. Catherine Marsal (Saturn) 2h.44:43.
2. Angela Brodtka (German national team) at 5 seconds.
3. Petra Rossner (German national team) at same time.
4. Monica Valen (Team Sponsor) at same time.
5. Olga Slyusareva (Itera Team) at same time.
6. Hanka Kupfernagel (Nurnberger) at same time.
7. Diana Ziliute (Acca Due) at same time.
8. Regina Schleicher (German national team) at same time.
9. Sylvie Riedle (Mantes La Ville) at same time.
10. Rosa María Bravo (Spanish national team) at same time.SEVILLA: The Tour is TopsSpanish phenom Oscar Sevilla is hoping to finish higher thisyear in the Tour de France than his impressive seventh-place debut in 2001.Sevilla is just getting his season started, with the Tour and the Vueltaa Espana the top goals for the 25-year-old Kelme revelation.“The Tour will be my top objective for the year,” Sevilla told the Spanishsports daily MARCA. “I have various defects that I have to work on, forexample, I have to improve my position in the race, the flat time trialsand plus learn to control my nerves. I learned a lot last year at the Vuelta.”Sevilla held the overall lead in last year’s Vuelta going into the finalstage, where he lost to overall winner Angel Casero in a final time trialin Madrid. Sevilla is known to peak at the right time and didn’t starthis season too early. He finished sixth overall Sunday at the Vuelta aAragon, his first major race of the season.“I will arrive at the Tour with some 22 days of racing in my legs. AfterAragon, I will race at Asturias, Castilla y Leon and Criterium Dauphine.It’s better to start a little later because you could peak too soon,” Sevillasaid.Sevilla says Lance Armstrong is “top favorite” and says Jan Ullrich“is a little bit better than the rest of the field,” but adds he wantsto be with “the front group, with Beloki, Gonzalez de Galdeano and Herasto add to the battle between the American and the German.”Sevilla admits he’s concerned about the long, flat time trials.“It’s too bad they don’t have a climbing time trial because it’s notgood for me to have such flat time trials. The only good thing is thatI will have a point of reference for future Tours,” Sevilla said.
Espoirs roll into EuropeIt’s not all about the big-time pro teams in Europe. USA Cycling sentus this report: The U.S. Postal Service-USA Cycling Espoir National Teamreturned to action April 20-21 with two Euorpean races. Kicking off theweekend was the ZLM Tour, April 20, in the Netherlands.Sterling Magnell (Occidental, Calif.) took home top honors forthe Americans, finishing 32nd. Mark Fitzgerald (Norfolk, Va.) andCorey Steinbrecher (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) came in together at 81st and82nd, respectively. The race was the first European competition forMagnell and Steinbrecher this year. Earlier in the season, Magnell tookeighth at the McLane Pacific Bicycle Classic in Merced, Calif. Most recently,Fitzgerald finished sixth at the G.P. de Momignies in Belgium.On Sunday, the Zellik-Galmaarden went down in Belgium. Jon Retseck(Boulder, Colo.) put in an impressive 19th-place finish for the topAmerican placing. The trio of Pat McCarty (Allen, Texas), WalkerFerguson (Norwood, Colo.) and Mike Creed (Colorado Springs,Colo.) finished nearly together in the 60s and 70s.Only a third into the 2002 season, the USPS-USAC squad has put togethersome solid results. In addition to Fizgerald’s sixth place at Belgium’sG.P. de Momignies, McCarty snagged sixth at Belgium’s Le Triptyque desMonts et Chateaux. Retseck took eighth earlier this year at the G.P. deWaregem in Belgium.ZLM Tour, The Netherlands, April 20, 2002
Results – 196 km
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs
2 Geert Omloop (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
3 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Rabobank Espoirs
4 Bjorn Cornelissen (Ned) Axa-VvZ
5 Martin Van Steen (Ned) Van Hemert Groep Cycling Team
6 Danny Daelman (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
7 Allan Davis (Aus) Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs
8 Walter De Kok (Ned) CT Tegeltoko
9 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs
10 Arthur Farenhout (Ned) Dermar-Concorde
32 Sterling Magnell (USA) USA National Team
81 Mark Fitzgerald (USA) USA National Team
82 William Steinbrecher (USA) USA National TeamZellik-Galmaarden, Belgium, April 21, 2002
Results – 167 km
1 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Domo-Latexco Retie
2 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
3 Bart Dockx (Bel) Domo-Latexco Retie
4 Bart Oegema (Ned) Bert Story-Piels
5 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Domo-Latexco Retie
6 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Rdm-Bianchi Team Baardegem
7 Kristof De Zutter (Bel) Wieler-Promotie-Team
8 Ruud Verspaandonk (Ned) Rdm-Bianchi Team Baardegem
9 Peter Schockaert (Bel) Abx Go Pass Slagino
10 Michael Simms (Aus) Cycling Team 2002+ VZW
19 Jonathan Retseck (USA) Usa National Espoir Team
33 Brian Fagan (USA) R. Antwerp B.C. Competition VZW Deurne
68 Patrick Mccarty (USA) Usa National Espoir Team
76 Walker Ferguson (USA) Usa National Espoir Team
77 Michael Creed (USA) Usa National Espoir Team