Archive for February 1st, 2008

One day added, four new cities announced

Jefferson City, Mo. (Jan. 30, 2008)
– Twelve cities around the Show Me State have been selected as Start or Finish cities for the second edition of the Tour of Missouri, an elite, point-to-point cycling stage race to be held September 8-14, 2008.

The second Tour of Missouri has been extended from six to seven days after an extremely successful inaugural event in 2007, and will showcase some of the state’s most beautiful roads and rolling terrain, rich history, and diverse scenery, from the start in St. Joseph, site of the Pony Express, to Kansas City, to the Ozarks, to the bourgeoning wine country, culminating with a blockbuster weekend again with stops in historic St. Charles and the ultimate finish in St. Louis with the Gateway Arch as a backdrop.


“Missouri is a beautiful place to call home, filled with countless natural and historic sites of interest to visitors both near and far,” Gov. Blunt said. “Lt. Gov. Kinder and I took the initiative to bring this race to our state because we recognized the many benefits it could bring to Missourians and our economy. Our state is prospering with the pro-growth, pro-jobs initiatives we have enacted together with our commitment to tourism with new signature events like the Tour of Missouri.” Continue Reading »

Minister Brennan Announces Details of Irish Sports Council Budget for 2008

€11.91 million in core grants to national governing bodies allocated and €1.57 million in Women in Sport grants announced
The wide range of Irish sports, from angling to volleyball, gathered in Dublin today to hear the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr Seamus Brennan T.D. announce €13.5 million in funding for governing bodies for 2008.

At a special reception in Dublin for representatives of sports bodies the Minister announced a total of €11.91 million for fifty seven (57) governing bodies for the core grant. This is an increase of 4.5 % on the 2007 core figure of €11.4 million.
Additional Exchequer funding was made available to the Council late in 2007 which resulted in a number of governing bodies benefiting from an additional €1.329 in investment for specific programmes for last year..

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Dortmund, 01 February 2008. The German ProTour Team MILRAM finished off the Tour of Qatar /27.01 – 01.02, UCI 2.1) with an 18th place finish by Marco Velo. The sprinter teams controlled the sixth and last stage of the desert race, as expected. The day’s victory after 120 km went to overall winner Tom Boonen, who beat the Italian Alberto Loddo (Tinkoff) and the Brazilian Luciano Pagliarini (Saunier Duval) in the mass sprint in Doha Corniche.

We ended off this Tour with another typical flat stage. Early on a few riders were able to escape and Quick-Step kept things under control At least it wasn’t as hectic as the last few days. Overall it was good preparation for us, since we saw a lot of action,“ said MILRAM’s Ralf Grabsch, who is satisfied with his first race of the season. Continue Reading »

KUALA LUMPUR – Just when it started to look like an Alberto Loddo-Danilo Hondo showdown in the sun, French Pro Tour team Bouygues Telecom has upped the ante in Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2008 with the announcement of a team built around Swiss sprinter Aurelien Clerc.

The 27-year old Clerc has firmly established himself as a viable sprinter and classics rider with stage wins in the Tour of Picardy, Vuelta a Burgos, Clasica Alcobendas and the Circuit Franco-Belge.

Aurélien Clerc

He finished the 2007 season with second placed finishes in the Classic de l’Indre and Paris-Bourges, as well as a ninth place in the Paris-Tours. Continue Reading »

Highlights from Stage 5 of the 2008 Tour of Qatar.

The inaugural Tour of Missouri in 2007 generated 26.2 million [US] dollars of economic activity over its six days as announced at a press conference held Wednesday morning. Building upon last year’s success, the 2008 event, to be held from September 8 to 14, will grow by one day and stage and keep its spot on the calendar – this year between the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and the World Championships in Italy.

Alberto Contador in Tour of Missouri 2007, photo by John Pierce, PhotoSport International

“It was a great opportunity to showcase our state and what we call the ‘Show me’ state has to offer,” said Governor Matt Blunt after announcing the results of an economic study conducted by the University of Missouri in Columbia. Continue Reading »

Convincing performance by the MILRAM duo on the longest stage on the Persian Gulf

Dortmund, 31 January 2008.   The fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar (27.01.-01.02. / UCI 2.1) was again one for the sprinters around favorite  Tom Boonen.  Many riders tried their luck on the 170 kilometer longest stage between Al Khor Academy and Al Khor Corniche, causing an unsettled race.   But the peloton managed to hold things together until after 110 km a 42-rider strong group formed, among which were MILRAM’s Ralf Grabsch, Marco Velo and Alberto Ongarato.

Things were happening right from the beginning today.  There were constant attacks, and numerous small groups, who wanted to prevent another mass sprint finish, tried to get away,“ said MILRAM’s Ralf Grabsch.  „But the peloton didn’t let anyone really get away.  In the end I was in the big leading group with Marco Velo and Alberto Ongarato and we did  our share of the work.“ Continue Reading »