Archive for February, 2008

MILRAM’s  Alberto Ongarato also in the Top Ten

 27 February 2008 –  Erik Zabel, captain of the German ProTour team MILRAM won the second stage of the Volta a Valenciana (26.2-1.3/UCI 2.2).   The 178 km stage from Alzir to Xativa ended in  a mass sprint, giving the 37 year-old his first victory of the young season.  Mirco Lorenzetto (Lampre) and Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) took second and third
places.  MILRAM’s Albert Ongarato finished in eighth place, to top off the team’s good results.

„That was a very challenging final sprint, since it went uphill to the finish line and was pretty narrow,“ said MILRAM captain Erik Zabel. „So I am very happy with my first season victory.  As a team we worked very well today, especially in the last 20 km, when we forced the tempo and set up the mass sprint.“ Continue Reading »

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26 February 2008 – The opening stage of the Volta a Valenciana (26.2-1.3/UCI 2.2) was decided by a 24-man strong escape group.  On the last climb of the 157 km from Sagunto to Port de Sagunto, a group broke away from the peloton and was able to hold its lead until the finish.

The winner of the first of a total of five stages was the Spaniard José Iván Gutierrez (Caisse d’Epargne), ahead of his countrymen Ruben Plaza (S.L. Benfica) and Xavier Florencio (Bouyges Telecom).  The best MILRAM rider on the day was Erik Zabel.  The MILRAM captain won the sprint of the second group and finished 25th. Continue Reading »

The USA has confirmed a small but powerful team for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships 26th – 30th March in Manchester.

The American team will be encouraged by recent results in the final round of the World Cup in Copenhagen this month. Sarah Hammer took the bronze in Denmark in the women’s individual pursuit and her consistent form throughout the four World Cup events saw her finish second overall in the series. Continue Reading »

24 February 2008 – MILRAM’s Björn Schröder has finished the Volta ao Algarve as the best rider on the German ProTour team as 19th overall. After five days and a total of 790 km, the Berliner was 2:19 mintues behind the Belgian winner, Stijn Devolder of Quick Step.

The stage win on the last day of the 45th Volta ao Algarve went to Austrian Bernhard Eisel (High Road), who won the race out of a nine-man strong escape group.  Two Portugese riders, Rui Costa (Benfica) and Pinho Celestino (Barbot-Siper) were second and third, after the 194 km between Villa do Bispo and Portimão.  The three on the podium successfully escaped along with six other riders only 46 km after the start and were able to build up a lead of up to 4:40 minutes.  The main
peloton started chasing only in the end phase of the stage and cut the lead dramatically.  With seven km to go, the field was only 35 seconds back, but it was not able to catch the escapees. Continue Reading »

In a letter sent today to all professional teams, UCI President Pat McQuaid outlined the situation that has arisen as a result of the French Cycling Federation’s (FFC) decision to agree to ASO’s request to organise Paris-Nice as an event on the national calendar, under the exclusive jurisdiction of French law.

This measure is utterly irregular and will have far-reaching consequences for all parties involved.

The UCI wished it to be known first of all that, under the chosen format (event on the national calendar, under exclusive jurisdiction of French law), the UCI rules do not permit Paris-Nice to be considered an event on the French national calendar. Consequently, if the FFC insists on maintaining this position, the race will take place entirely outside the regulatory and organisational structure of the UCI. Continue Reading »

News an Pictures by John Pierce, PhotoSport International

24 February, 2008 – Emma Rickards (AUS) from Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team took second place in today’s UCI women’s World Cup kick-off in Australia, finishing shortly behind the day winner Katheryn Matthis (USA, Webcor Builders) in a total race time of 3:04:46.

Geelong Women’s Tour

The team Cervélo-Lifeforce dominated the race from the start to the end. Thanks to early attacks from Karin Thürig and Priska Doppmann, a group of 12 racers went away. The High Road team from Ina Teutenberg was in the defensive position and had to react.  With a hard work, they closed the gap but than the racers of the Cervélo-Lifeforce Team launched again, first Priska Doppmann and than the final attack from the 34-year-old Emma Rickards. Continue Reading »

There were dry breezy conditions in Tralee today as 97 riders took to the start for The Lacey Cup. The Senior C, Juniors, Ladies and Vets over 45 years of age had a 5minute advantage over the Senior B, and Vets Under 45 years with the scratch group a further 2 minutes behind.

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Early indications showed that the scratch group were going to have a hard day of it as they lost 1 minute on the very strong middle group after 20 kms of racing. Continue Reading »

The handicapper was no match for Martin O’Loughlin as he succeeded in notching up back-to-back wins yesterday in the Lacey Cup in Tralee yesterday.

This was the opening event of the cycling season and as per norm it is run on a handicap basis. Three groups averaging 36 went to the start line in Denny Street, Tralee with O’Loughlin as the defending champion in the second group three minutes behind the limit and two minutes ahead of the scratch group which included all the favourites. Continue Reading »

Pictures by John Pierce, PhotoSport International

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