Archive for April, 2008

Further boosting the high quality of this year’s field, past race victors Chris Newton and Kristian House will return for another FBD INSURANCE RÁS campaign and spearhead a very strong Britain Team Stena Rapha Condor squad in the big 8 day international cycle race which starts in Navan in a little over two weeks time.

Newton, winner in 2003 and 2005, and 2006 champion House will be joined by Dean Downing, Rob Partridge and either Ryan Bonser or Dale Appleby, with the final place being determined closer to the event. They all have the potential to play a very big part in the outcome of the 2.2-ranked event.

The squad will be backed by Stena Ferry Line for the race, and team manager John Herety is determined to give them a good return. “The team would like to once again thank Stena for their sponsorship during the RÁS,” he stated. “We hope to be able to show off their brand along with those of our other sponsors by winning stages and getting involved with some aggressive racing.”

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CYCLING-Pezula’s Ciaran Power was back to winning ways in a 2.1 ranked Union Cycliste Internationale Event when he triumphed in the East Midland Classic at Molten Mambray close to the city of Nottingham yesterday.

The Pezula Boys dominated the ‘Classic’ throughout the 158kms of racing. “The team had their eyes and ears focussed on the big picture. We didn’t come to win primes and it worked out well for us. It was a team effort and this was clearly in evidence as we covered all the moves over a unique course in some ways like the Paris Roubaix,” said Ciaran.

From the off, Power, David O’Loughlin, Cameron Jennings and Kieran Page were always in the fray which included 11 sections of off road terrain. Continue Reading »

PHILADELPHIA – April 22, 2008 – In a recent announcement, organizers of the American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania presented by Highmark Healthy High 5®, named PA Lightning as one of twenty national and international six-man teams selected to compete in the six day, 450 mile race across the state from June 24 to 29.  Also named were international squads from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa and Sweden and American teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, New England, New York, North Carolina and New England.

The Pennsylvania Lightning, is an under age 25 cycling team whose mission is to promote competitive excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork, talent development and brand enhancement while competing in a full season of regional, national and international cycling events highlighted by the Tour of Pennsylvania. Continue Reading »

Putting in a sensational finish, Ren Chengyuan took out her second consecutive win at Houffalize. Even the World Champion, Topeak Ergon rider Erina Kalentieva (2nd) and Marie Helène Prémont (3rd) were powerless in the face of Chengyuan’s fiery finish.

With just four months left until the Beijing Olympic Games, the Chinese contingent once again proved that they will be in the running for an Olympic podium. One year ago at Houffalize, Ren Chengyuan took out a first World Cup victory for her country. Yesterday, the former Under-23 World Champion (in 2006) once again made a huge impression. Continue Reading »

The Olympic Champion, Julien Absalon, has won at Houffalize for the first time. It is the French rider’s 13th World Cup win and he logically takes the lead in the overall standings.

Nino Schurter made a big impression with his second place, the best result of his career. Christoph Sauser also put in a great performance to take third place.

You really need to search the history books to find a French victory at Houffalize. Indeed, since Christophe Dupouey’s win in 1999, no Frenchman has raised his arms in victory in the world’s cross-country capital. Continue Reading »

The Kellogg’s ‘Tour of Ireland Cycle Challenge’, takes to the highways and biways next month. Over 300 riders accompanied by 60 support staff will travel over 500 miles through the four provinces of Ireland.The Challenge starts in Lisburn, Co Down on Thursday 9th May and finishes in Lucan, Co Dublin on Monday 12th May. All proceeds from the event will go towards the National Council for the Blind of Ireland and the Irish Paralympic team. At the launch, Paralympic Cycling Ireland received a donation  of two competition standard bicycles that will be used in the upcoming Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Last year’s inaugural Challenge was a great success and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better. In 2007, 125 cyclists entered and the 2007 challenge was voted the best organised event of its type by the international cycling community. Continue Reading »

Returning after a strong showing last year, the line-up of the Dutch national team for the FBD INSURANCE RÁS has been announced. The 2008 selection has a distinct track racing background and, as proven by the British and teams in the past, will have a related turn of speed which could really shake up the eight day world ranked race.

Making the announcement Race Organiser Dermot Dignam said “I’m really pleased the Dutch are returning again this year, they are a great cycling nation, and with the experience gained last year will be favourites to defeat the pro teams from Iran, Norway, Ireland and Britain, and also the powerful amateur squads from Bulgaria, France and Germany and of course the best of our own county riders” Continue Reading »

A record field of more than 400 competitors will line up at the start of the first leg of the 2008 Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Olympic Cross Country competition this weekend.

Some 273 men and 130 women are expected on the start line in Houffalize, Belgium, on Sunday April 20. This represents a World Cup record both in numbers and in quality: the 60 top men and the 40 top women from last season (according to the 2007 World Cup classification) are registered to race. Absalon, Hermida, Sauser, Kalentieva, Prémont, Spitz, all the big names will be present.

The high quality turn-out is the result of an exceptional year, with Beijing and its Olympic Games providing the focal point. While some athletes are assured of their ticket to China, others have yet to qualify. The competition will therefore be fierce. Continue Reading »

Germany’s Andre Greipel (High Road) still leads the UCI ProTour standings after the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco but the big-name stage race and classics riders have closed in and are now breathing down his neck.

Greipel scored a total of 62 points thanks to dominating the Tour Down Under in Australia but Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Astana) is now second with 58 points after winning the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco. Contador scored 50 points for overall victory and picked up eight other points for two stage victories and second place on another. Continue Reading »

Two members of Italy’s paralympic cycling team trained at the World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland, this week.

Fabrizio Macchi and Fabio Triboli, who will compete in the individual pursuit at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in September, trained on the WCC’s track on April 9 and 10.

The two athletes have also qualified for the Paralympic Games in the road disciplines, and will compete in Beijing in both the road race and the individual time trial.

French para-cyclist, Sébastien Serrière, will train at the WCC from April 14th – 18th. Serrière, who competed in the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney and the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, aims to qualify for his third Paralympic participation.

The Paralympic Games in Beijing will take place from 6th – 17th September.