Archive for January 30th, 2008

Source: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The 13th edition of the Tour of Langkawi (LTdL) will see the return of the Tinkoff Credit Systems team.

The team, who finished seventh overall last year, aim to be among the frontrunners for the overall crown of the championships scheduled for Feb 9-17.

Their young Russian climber, Pavel Brutt, is returning with a squad and he is ready for battle in every stage of the Tour. Continue Reading »

Youngster Niki Terpstra pushes himself into the Top Ten of the Best Young Rider Ranking

Dortmund, 30 January 2008. MILRAM’s Niki Terpstra rode into the top ten in the Best Young Rider ranking with an admirable peformance in the fourth stage of the Tour of Qatar (UCI 2.1). About 12 kilometers before the finish line, Terpstra made a brave escape out of the leading group, but the Quick-Step team around overall leader Tom Boonen wouldn’t let the young Dutchmen get away. In a surprise finish, the Italian Alberto Loddo (Tinkoff Credit Systems) took the sprint after 131,5 km between Khalifia Stadium and Al Khor Corniche. Overall leader Tom Boonen finished second, defending his lead, with the German Sebastian Siedler (Skil-Shimano) coming in third.

Picture above: Niki Terpstra

The best MILRAM rider was Marco Velo in 20th place. Terpstra came in shortly thereafter in 31st place, moving himself up to eighth in the Young Rider Ranking. The young Dutchman is currently 25th overall. Continue Reading »

German ProTour Team sends ten youngsters to five-part race in South Africa


Dortmund, 30 January 2008.  Team MILRAM riders with an average age of 23.5 years will take on the Intaka Tech World’s View Challenge (February 2-7,  UCI 1.1) as of this coming Saturday.   Directeur Sportif Jochen Hahn will lead ten MILRAM riders, including all seven newcomers, in the five-part race series in the Pietermaritzburg area.


„Our newcomers will start their season in South Africa,“ said team manager Gerry van Gerwen.  „We will be concentrating even more in the future on young riders.  They will be gathering their first race kilometers under the watchful eye of Jochen Hahn and preparing themselves carefully for the coming season.“ Continue Reading »

Highlights from the third stage of the 2008 Tour of Qatar.

Picture by John Pierce, PhotoSport International.

left to right: Ruben Guillermo and Pagliarini

Sprint specialist Ruben Guillermo Bongiorno from Argentina had taken five stages in LTdL including back-to-back wins of the traditional Kuala Lumpur Criterium in 2003 and 2004. Coming soon….

Dortmund, 29 January 2008. Team Milram came in to the finish with the first large group in the third stage of the Tour of Qatar. The stage win went again to Belgian Tom Boonen (Quick-Step), who will continue to wear the leader’s golden jersey. He won in a mass sprint ahead of Italian Danilo Napolitano and teammate Steven de Jongh. Best MILRAM rider was Marco Velo in 26th place.

“We were near the front of the field all the way up to the finish, but had some bad luck with the wind, which cost us our chance in the sprint,” said MILRAM’s Christian Knees. “I am satisfied with the first days. We are working together well as a team and gathering important race kilometers for the Spring Classics.” Continue Reading »