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Monday morning news – 08/08/05

Herne Hill re-opens
Former pursuit stars Tony Doyle and Chris Boardman
line up with stars of the future

A host of former Olympians, British squad riders and top brass from local authorities and associations turned out on Friday to see Herne Hill re-opened for racing. For the past six months Herne Hill has remained closed. Future stars raced the first race of the new ‘regime’. Indeed many of the riders on display are those who will figure in the 2012 Olympics, so it was fitting that they should take centre stage.

The lease has been signed by British Cycling and secures the use of the site for the next three years giving the velodrome a good chance of future survival. VC Londres will run the facility as the ‘community club’. This means racing and training will resume and there is still plenty of racing left for 2005, although the Monday and Wednesday comps have been scrapped for this year. More on this story later…

Sigma Sport/Gizmondo South East Series 2005
Overall Points after 8 rounds:
1. Rob Hurd – Bioagrico Fabeler Selexion 426
2. Gary Dodd – Sigma Sport RT 234
3. Anders Christensen – VC Meudon 228
4. Yves Milliere – Kingston Wheelers 167
5. Chris McNamara – Tunbridge Wells RC 152
6. Duncan Urqhart – Viner Bikes Agisko 150
7. Tony Gibb – Team DFL 122
8. James Holland-Leader – agiskoviner.com 112
9. Simon Lawn – Sigma Sport RT 100
9. Ben Hallam – Team DFL 100
9. Andrew Rigg – Viner Bikes Agisko 100
12. Steve Gower – Pacific Racing (Vet) 95

Basso takes the Tour of Denmark
Italy’s Ivan Basso continued in a vein of form after his second in this year’s Tour de France, by winning four of the six stages in the Tour of Denmark and taking overall victory in the 15th Tour of Denmark. fellow Italian Paride Grillo won the fifth stage and the German Andre Greipel took the final stage in Copenhagen.

Greipel of Team Wiesenhof won the 165km stage from Lithuania’s Tomas Vaitkus of AG2R, with Grillo takin third place. In the GC Basso finished ahead of his team-mate Kurt-Asle Arvesen and Rory Sutherland of Australia.

Malt Loaf get their man
Leading fruited products brand Soreen has agreed a four-year sponsorship deal with Olympic, World and Commonwealth cycling champion, Chris Hoy MBE. The deal, which runs from now until March 2009, is a first for Soreen and is designed to endorse the core product range’s health and energy-giving credentials – especially the company’s successful fruity cereal GO bar.

Chris, 29, took Olympic gold in the 1km cycling time trial in Athens last year and currently holds the remarkable Grand Slam of Track Cycling having also won world and commonwealth titles in 2002 and 2003. He was voted BBC TV Scottish Sports Personality of the year in 2003.

Hoy and his fave snack

For Edinburgh-born Chris the deal has been very welcome. “Soreen refuels my body for sport. It is high in fibre, low in fat and convenient. It’s really moist and chewy and unlike most healthy snacks it tastes really good. I am looking forward to being an ambassador for the brand.”

Whilst in his teens, Chris would eat several Soreen loafs every week. We would visit our local supermarket and whenever the Soreen Loafs were on offer, we would load the freezer. Chris thought nothing about coming in from Cycling or Rugby or Rowing training and eating a whole loaf before he tucked in to his evening meal… he’s not the only one.

www.chrishoy.com

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