In today’s roundup of Euro related reports….. Skiing Simoni, Van Petegem Ahead Of The Game, Vandevelde Takes Liberty, Steels Serious About Track and RIP Michel Zanoli.
Simoni Hits The Slopes
Simoni began warming up for his training programme in preparation for the 2004 season with a 7.3km Cross Country Ski race. The Italian Giro champion headed out in the cold with more than 5000 other participants for the dash from Romeno to Fondo.
Van Petegem Checks Out Athens
Belgian classics star Peter Van Petegem has made his intentions clear for the forthcoming Olympic Games. The Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix Champion conducted a reconnaissance of the course for the road circuit and Belgian coach Jose De Cauwer agreed that “the parcours suited him” in an interview with VTM television.
Vandevelde Jumps To Heras’ Ship
Christian Vandevelde has followed Vuelta champion Roberto Heras to his new Liberty Seguros team. The 27 year old becomes the 19th member of the Spanish outfit and will be hoping for a fresh start after a few years of injury spoiled seasons.
Steels For The Track
Landbouwkrediet-Colnago rider Tom Steels looks to be serious about competing on the boards at this years Olympics. The Belgian cycling federation is set to meet with his team’s management to discuss the sprinters participation in Athens. Steels is riding the Six Days of Bremen which begins today.
Former Motorola professional Michel Zanoli has died at the age of 35 after a heart attack on December 29th. The Dutchman achieved 13 Professional victories in his career as well as the 1986 Junior World Championship.