Archive for January 25th, 2008

About 2 years ago, one of the most shocking news in the world of sports was during the Soccer World Cup 2006 final match between France and Italy. French captain Zidane headbutts Italian defender Materazzi in extra time and eventually France lose 5-3 in the following penalty shootout.

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Source: Turkeypress

Tour Down Under chief commissaire Michael Robb described the headbutt by Italian Elia Rigotto which put Australian cyclist Mathew Hayman out of the race Friday as the most vicious he had seen in a long time.

Rigotto knocked Hayman off his bike with 300 metres (980 feet) of the 134 kilometre (80 mile) fourth stage remaining, although a teammate of the Australian said he thought it was accidental. Continue Reading »

Source: Yahoo News

ADELAIDE, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Italian cyclist Elia Rigotto was disaqualified from the Tour Down Under on Friday for causing an accident that left Australia’s Mathew Hayman with a broken collarbone.

Race officials accused the Italian of “headbutting” the Australian in a frantic sprint to the finish line. He was disqualified from the race and fined, although he insisted it was an accident and Hayman accepted his apology. Continue Reading »

Source: TDU Website

Tour Down Under Race Doctor Peter Barnes has advised that Rabobank rider Mathew Hayman, who crashed today in the final 300 metres of the sprint into Strathalbyn at the end of Stage 4, has undergone successful surgery to repair his fractured left collar bone. Continue Reading »

Highlights by ABC News:

This video has footage from the controversial crash at the end of the race that led to the disqualification of Elia Rigotto after he headbutted Matthew Hayman. It also includes comment from Phil Liggett, overall leader Mark Renshaw, and stage winner Andre Greipel. Continue Reading »

Murata Boy, a cycling robot, measuring 50cm tall and weighing about 5kg, can ride a bicycle and balance itself on the two-wheeler.

Murata Boy

The electronic invention was created by Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd.

According to Murata Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd managing director Osamu Onishi, the robot is able to stabilise itself using a rotating disc built into its body. Continue Reading »

Action and interviews from the Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under.

Featuring comment from Phil Liggett, stage winner Allan Davis, overall leader Mark Renshaw, and Brit rider Jeremy Hunt.

Source: TDU Website

By Gerard Knapp

After a flurry of atttacks heading out of Mannum, a group of three managed to break free form the peloton 11km into the stage: Nicki Sorensen (Den) from Team CSC, Mathieu Perget (Fra) from Caisse D’Epargne and Simon Clarke (Aus) of UniSA – Australia.

They were joined by Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) from Saunier-Duval Scott and they have been working well to hold a lead of up to 35 seconds, but then a chase group left the main field and is closing in on them after 24km into the stage. This lead group of four was caught at 26km. Another trio tried to get away but it was reeled in after a few km’s. The main field split in two, trying to chase down that first break, but after 37km, the second group got back on to the front group, and the field came back together – for now – as the attacks kept coming. Continue Reading »

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Viktor Folkesson from Sweden and now representing the An Post/ M. Donnelly/Sean Kelly team proved best yesterday of the Irish outfit in the Tour de San Luis in Argentina He finished in 70th place on equal time with Team CSC’s Juan Jose Haedo. Also was in the main along with the winner were Isaac Speirs and Christian Muller.

The remaining trio of the Irish outfit, Stephen Gallagher, Paidi O’Brien and Mark Cassidy were less fortunate finishing over three minutes in arrears. Continue Reading »