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April 26/03 1:08 am - Georgia Stage 4 Update, Trentino, Canadians in West Indies, UCI News


Posted by Editor on 04/26/03
 

Tour de Georgia Update

Approximately halfway into the 197 kilometre fourth stage there is a break of five nearly 4 minutes up the road. There are two Canadians in the front group, which is made up of Floyd Landis (US Postal-Berry Floor), Dominique Perras (Flanders-Iteamnova), Phil Zajicek (Saturn), Peter Knudsen (Schroeder Iron), Aaron Olsen (Schroeder Iron) and Svein Tuft (Prime Alliance).


Giro del Trentino - Italy

Stage 3 - Fondo to Levico Terme 165 km

1 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave 4:08:31
2 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
3 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
4 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre all s.t.
5 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval at 0:08
6 Biagio Conte (Ita) Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave
7 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Scanavino
8 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big.Mat-Auber 93
9 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Tenax
10 Plamen Stoianov (Bul) Big.Mat-Auber 93 all s.t.

GC

1 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Team Saeco 13:48:42
2 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval at 0:09
3 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo 0:24
4 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Team Saeco 1:18
5 Graziano Gasparre (Ita) De Nardi-Colpack 1:50
6 Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
7 Felix M. Garcia Casas (Spa) Big.Mat-Auber 93 both s.t.
8 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Mercatone Uno-Scanavino 1:55
9 Jose Joaquim Castelblanco Romero (Col) Colombia-Selle Ita 1:57
10 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo 2:00


Canada in Trinidad
Courtesy Glen Rendall

Here is The West Indies vs the World cycling series in Trinidad,Tobago and Barbados update for all those wondering...

The only thing slower than Keith's riding here at the West Indies vs the World cycling series is his typing, since his arm is in a sling and he is unable to get on his bike. While there are no style points to be earned in cycling, from my perspective Keith would have 9.9's across the board from his attempt at the triple back flip after torpedoing the Swiss rider in the keirin. Therefore I am going to send in my perspective of things while he heals.

Last year the World beat up on the West Indies, so to make up for that the organizers have decided to include Cuba as temporary members of that chain of islands. Since this team has come fresh off high World Cup placings, they have been helping the West Indies dominate the series. In most races they are taking all the podium spots, however, there are a few breakthroughs that stop the domination. Both Alex (Cloutier) and I have managed podium placings. Alex managed a third in an unknown distance race in a bunch sprint that was super sketchy.

I am finding myself in the moves but I am always outnumbered so I have resorted to attacking them as much as I can. It has landed me just off the podium more than a few times and has impressed afew people down here.So there you go, Canada has a couple of top-5 placings, a couple of breaks that got caught in the last lap and are definitely not getting rich but are getting faster and maybe a little sun burnt too.


UCI Presidents Meeting
Courtesy UCI

Mr. Vittorio Adorni, President of the Professional Cycling Council, met today (April 26, 2003) in Brussels with the Presidents of the PCA, Mr. Francesco Moser, the AIOCC, Mr. Jean-Marie Leblanc, and the AIGCP Mr. Manolo Saiz.

During this work meeting, which was also attended by the President of the International Cycling Union Mr. Hein Verbruggen, the Presidents of the Associations particularly discussed professional cycling‚s reform and making the wearing of helmets by professionals obligatory.

Concerning the future of the professional cycling, the creation of a system guaranteeing the stability and economic continuity of the movement, based on a principal of a series of competitions reserved to the best teams, was evoked.

Details and deadlines of this option are still to be decided, and therefore the PCC will take care of ensuring the development and follow-up in the coming months.

The Presidents of the Associations then confirmed their adhesion to the UCI‚s initiative which is to render mandatory helmets for professional riders.

The consensus as expressed today by the members of the PCC present in the meeting should enable their reach the goal - which is to establish this rule before the start of the next Giro d‚Italia.

 


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