What's Cool In Road Cycling

Spanish Shorts

Offers For Oscar
The world champion, Oscar Freire could possibly be wearing new colours next year. Various teams have made offers, but Mapei have said nothing, the Spanish teams interested are ibanesto.com & ONCE. There is a lot for the rider and his manager to consider, but they want to know where he is going before the Tour de France, so he can have a ”tranquil” end of season.

No Dope at Paris – Roubaix (Control…that is..)
The French classic run a week last Sunday did not have a medical control, due to a administrative error by the Ministry of Youth and Sport. Fortunately this type of incident is quite rare as the services of the Ministry are used 7,500 times a year, 1,700 just for cycling.

Museeuw Stars On TV
The triumph of Johan Musseeuw in the 100th. Paris- Roubaix was also a success for the Belgian public TV station, TV1. 950,000 spectators watched the whole four and a half hours, 1.3 million watched the last 20 minutes. The classic received 69% share of viewers on the day.

Look Ma – No Glue or Pins!
Modern technology has taken another step forward in cycling, no not new frame materials or wheels with less spokes, but leaders jerseys with the numbers printed on them, they were introduced at the Vuelta a Aragon by the organisers, Unipublic, and they will be used in the Tour of Spain this year.

We Want A Ride.
The director sportif of the Portugues team Milaneza (ex Maia), Manuel Zeferino, has asked the Tour de France for a wild card entry for this years race, he said they are the top team from Portugal and at the moment are 20th in the UCI ranking for division 1, much better than Lampre or Gerolsteiner, there hasn’t been a team in the Tour, from Portugal, since Sporting/Raposeira in 1984.

Sick List.
Various teams started the tour of Aragon with only seven men, Mapei were down Pedro Horrillo, US Postal, Telekom and Euskaltel all started with seven instead of eight, but Joseba Beloki (ONCE) battled on with a lesion on his Achilles tendon, they say with a little rest and treatment he will be fighting fit in a few weeks.

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