Archive for January 28th, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR – The orange train which is now known as CSF Group-Navigare from the previous Ceramica-Panaria are expected to dominate Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 following the inclusion of two of its top riders.

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As usual, the presence of the team led by the effervescent Roberto Reberveri have always had a positive impact on the annual cycling race series be it in the sprint or in the climb.

And this time round, it will be no different following the inclusion of sprint specialist Ruben Guillermo Bongiorno from Argentina as well as nippy climber Julio Alberto Perez from Mexico in the chase for the overall yellow jersey. Continue Reading »

KUALA LUMPUR – A team with strong Russian flavour, registered in Italy and sponsored by a cycling-mad Russian millionaire, Tinkoff Credit Systems will make their return to the 13th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from February 9 to 17, this time looking to be among the frontrunners for the overall crown.

Having finished an impressive seventh overall last year, young Russian climber Pavel Brutt returns with a squad that looks likely to be tucked firmly in battle in every stage of this year’s Tour, with Tinkoff lining up six men that can easily cause the biggest sensations in this year’s race.

Pavel Brutt

Many will remember that it was Brutt who delivered Tinkoff Credit Systems’ historic first win in Stage Nine of the LTdL from Putrajaya to Seremban on February 10 last year.

“It was a dream start of the year. The victory, my first one for the new team and actually the very first one of the team on the whole, was naturally a great inspiration. The race gave a good basis to dwell on, and had a very positive effect on the first half of the season, including the Giro,” said Brutt. Continue Reading »

Martin Garrido (Palmeiras Resort-Tavira) strengthened his hold on the leaders jersey when he stormed home to win stage three of his home event, the Tour de San Luis. He certainly laid down the challenge to all comers in the 19.8kms time trial. The event was held around the streets of San Luis paving the way for his success, not in the test but in the overall standings.
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Former world BMX and track cycling world champion Jamie Staff (GB) is on excellent form ahead of the UCI World Track Cycling Championships in Manchester – 26th to 30th March.

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The track sprinter from Ashford in Kent has come along way since he won the BMX world title in 1996 but the 34-year-old believes he is producing some of his best form ever on the track this season.

“I didn’t know how to train in my early years,” explained Staff: “There wasn’t a BMX coach years ago so you had to educate yourself and that took years of experimentation. It was very much trial and error. It is a little frustrating in some way that I was probably 28-years-old before I had a really structured training programme. My results have been a lot more consistent since then.” Continue Reading »

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: More than 5,000 participants are expected to take part in the “Kayuhan Le Tour de Langkawi” in Putrajaya on Feb 3.

The “Kayuhan LTdL” is a promotional event to generate further momentum ahead of the 13th edition of the cycling championships scheduled for Feb 9-17.

The event sponsored by Amanah Raya Bhd is expected to be graced by either Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also the patron of the Tour, or the Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said. Continue Reading »

Le Tour De Langkawi Twin Towers
Picture by John Pierce, PhotoSport International.

I will be joining Le Tour De Langkawi 2008 this year (9th Feb 2008 – 17th Feb 2008) as a Web support member for their official website, www.ltdl.com.my . Thanks to Marcus from CreativeAppetite for his invitation and sponsoring me. I’m not too sure if Tommy and John will be joining but it will be great for a small re-union. Stay tune…

-Jef

Action and interviews from the final stage of the Tour Down Under.
Featuring winner Andre Greipel, second placed Allan Davis, British rider Jeremy Hunt, and the voice of cycling Phil Liggett.

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Source: TDU Website

Germany’s Andre Griepel today won overall honours in the Tour Down Under and he did it in style claiming his fourth stage win of the six stage event.

Seventy thousand fans lined the Adelaide City Council street circuit in perfect summer weather for a thrilling finale to the opening UCI ProTour event of 2008.

” I’m really proud, and my team is proud of me,” said Greipel. “Everyone trusted me and I’m happy to be in Australia for the first time, and I’ve won the first Pro Tour race (here).” Continue Reading »