Recently, PEZ caught up with Tom Danielson on two fronts and got more than a little bit from one of the big hopes in American cycling. Danielson seems on the cusp of a banner year and is taking care of the business over the winter to ensure that 2007 will see the climber's real arrival. In Part One of a two part interview, Tom takes us through his career up till last season.
The head honcho at Saunier Duval is a man who knows a little bit about cycling - he was a pro for 17 seasons, rode for 9 teams and won 17 races, including The Tour of Britain, LBL, the Amstel Gold, and came oh so close to a Worlds win in Lugano in 96 - only a rampant Museeuw denied him. Doing his best to ignore the brace of constantly ringing cell phones he totes (one for personal calls and one for business calls) he settled down with a tonic water to answer our questions.
They’ve got the big-time GC guys, the mountain goats and the chrono-men; yeah, yeah – but have they got a sprinter? He’s tall, good looking, has the bracelets, the big watch, the stubble, doesn’t like hills and last year he cracked the big league with a Vuelta stage win; meet Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi.
One Legged Wonder... The dual Paralympic champion (Sydney & Athens) and multiple World Champion is a great inspiration to many around the world and was happy to chat at the Surfers Paradise International Criterium about riding with a disability and toughing it out in the harsh world of Professional bike racing.
Colavita-Sutter Pro Cyclist Tyler Wren is set for a “breakthrough” year according to his CTS coach Jim Lehman. Wren is known on the domestic circuit as “Wrenegade,” a name given to Wren by Health Net Pro and soon to be Jelly Belly rider Mike Jones. A veteran like Jones wouldn’t give Tyler such a tough name if he didn’t deserve it. Let’s find out what makes this Princeton Graduate and Economist tick.
A race filled with crashes, fast racing and controversy was played out in Surfers Paradise alongside one of Australia’s most famous beaches over the weekend. Rising above the controversy was Davitamon-Lotto’s top domestique, Nick Gates who managed to take the win ahead of Unibet’s Matt Wilson and Baden Cooke.
What do you get when you cross some of the best Aussie pro riders racing in memorial of a lost mate, big prize money, a hot summer’s day and tight racing around an Oceanside beach resort? The Salt Resort Darren Smith Memorial of course and this year was one of the fastest and hardest races ever.