Tour Trash – Wednesday
Heres the latest stories from the Tour on the day of the team time trial, theres also some other news from the rest of Europe
54 Riders Blood Tested By UCI
Blood samples were taken from 54 riders from six teams (AG2R, Alessio, Gerolsteiner, Kelme, Quick Step and Vini Caldirola) on Wednesday morning by the UCI. All the riders were cleared to continue in the Tour.
New Start Ramp For TTT
The organizers of the Tour de France has borrowed a start ramp from the organizers of the Vuelta A Espana for today’s stage. In the past, the team time trial has begun with the riders lined up together on the road. The ramp arrived in Saint-Dizier from Spain last night and it was decorated in the appropriate colors and decals for the French event. (Courtesy of Letour.com)
Haselbacher Injured In Stage 3 Sprint but continues
Gerolsteiner’s Austrian sprinter Rene Haselbacher took his place in the team time trial on Wednesday after suffering a nasty crash on Tuesday. Haselbacher was more badly injured in the final sprint of Tuesday’s third stage than originally thought. It was first assumed that Haselbacher just had grazes and bruises, however on closer inspection by team doctor Alexander Iablounovski a deep wound to the elbow was discovered and he was sent immediately to hospital to have stitches inserted. Speaking of the accident Haselbacher said, “400 metres from the finish I was on Erik Zabels wheel and I knew I had to hold it, then I got a shove from Robbie McEwan and I hit Zabel’s rear wheel causing me to fall”.
Stitches Also For Boogerd
Michael Boogerd fell in the feeding zone during Tuesday’s third stage sustaining cuts to the left knee which needed several stitches last night.
New Handle Bars For Gerolsteiner
The Gerolsteiner team were displaying a new type of handlebars for Wednesday’s team time trial. Team manager Hans Michael Holczer demonstrated the new set up which has no central upturned horns but has wider arms rests and an upturned outer bar which is supposed to be more comfortable for the rider but the crucial advantage is that cornering is improved.
Hamilton Takes One Day At A Time
Tyler Hamilton will consider whether to continue in this years Tour after the conclusion of today’s team time trial. Hamilton is re-evaluating his collar bone injury every day but he has stated that he especially wanted to help the team in Wednesday’s team test against the clock and particularly overall contender Carlos Sastre, “Sastre busted his ass for me in races like Paris-Nice and the Tour of Romandie and I want to pay him back“. Meanwhile Tyler’s wife Haven has arrived on the Tour along with family dog “Tugboat.
IMAX Film Being Made of CSC During Tour
The CSC team are being filmed during the Tour by a film crew using the large format 70mm IMAX film cameras. The 40 minute film will not only show the Danish squad in the race but also the relationship between team manager Bjarne Riis and and the riders. Four IMAX cameras some mounted on a motorcycle and a helicopter are following CSC during the three weeks of the Tour.
Welcome in Lyon For Jean Delatour
The supporters club of the Jean Delatour team are planning a special party when the Tour arrives in Lyon on Friday at the end of stage 6. The Jean Delatour Jewellery firm are based in the southern French city and company boss Mr. Frety has called upon team fans to celebrate the teams performance in the first few days of the Tour which has included Jean Patrick Nazon taking the yellow jersey on Tuesday.
Cofidis Interested In Mayo, Dumoulin and Edaleine
The Tour de France is where the first transfer moves and speculation start for the following season. Cofidis director sportif Francis Vanlonderseele has repeated that the team priority signing for next season is Euskaltel’s Spanish star Iban Mayo who is out of contract at the end of this year. He also confirmed that he is interested in the Jean Delatour pairing of Samuel Dumoulin and Christophe Edalaine. Dumoulin has two wins this season taking the overall at the Tour of Normandie and the Tro Bro Leon.
Vodafone Espana signs sponsorship deal with Vuelta a Espana
The Spanish arm of the multinational mobile phone company Vodafone and Vuelta a Espana organisers Unipublic have reached a sponsorship agreement for this years race in September. The company, Vodafone Espana will be using the “Vodafone Live” logo during the race to advertise it’s mobile phones capable of receiving colour images and polyphonic sounds. As part of the sponsorship deal Vodaphone Live subscribers will be able to receive exclusive information and images from the Vuelta.
Hernandez set to sign for Saeco
Spanish elite 2 rider Aitor Hernandez is set to sign a two year deal to join the Italian Saeco team. Hernandez from the Basque country who has been riding for local team Debabarrena, said this week, “Everything has been decided only the contract needs signing”. Hernandez rode for the Italian team Maserati-Synclean in last weeks Bira stage race (UCI 2.6) as a guest finishing 12th overall, “The experience was good because it introduced me to what it will be like at Saeco and gave me a chance to learn a bit of the language”.