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Monday morning news – 12/12/05

Results from Manchester

A great weekend of riding from Team GB.

Men’s Scratch
GOLD: RATAJCZYK Rafat POL
SILVER: GILMORE Matthew BEL
BRONZE: TAMOURIDIS Ioannis GRE

Women’s Points Race
GOLD: HAMMER Sarah USA
SILVER: LI Yan CHN
BRONZE: PASCUAL TORRECILLA Gema ESP

Men’s Keirin
GOLD: LEVY Maximilian GER
SILVER: ESCUREDO RAIMONDEZ José Antonio ESP
BRONZE: NG ONN LAM Josiah MAS

Men’s Individual Pursuit
GOLD: MANNING Paul RCU
SILVER: DYUDYA Volodymyr UKR
BRONZE: HEIMANS Levi NED

Women’s Sprint
GOLD: PENDLETON Victoria SIS
SILVER: TSYLINSKAYA Natallia BLR
BRONZE: GUO Shuang CHN

Men’s 1Km Time Trial
GOLD: HOY Chris GBR
SILVER: QUEALLY Jason SIS
BRONZE: VELDT Tim NED

Men’s Team Pursuit
GOLD: ALLEN Jason NZL GODFREY Hayden NZL GUDSELL Timothy NZL RYAN Marc NZL
SILVER: CAVENDISH Mark RCU HAYLES Rob RCU MANNING Paul RCU NEWTON Chris RCU
BRONZE: HEIMANS Levi NED MOURIS Jens NED STROETINGA Wim NED TERPSTRA Niki NED

Women’s 500m Time Trial
GOLD: TSYLINSKAYA Natallia BLR
SILVER: HIJGENAAR Yvonne NED
BRONZE: PENDLETON Victoria SIS

Women’s Individual Pursuit
GOLD: BATES Katherine AUS
SILVER: HAMMER Sarah USA
BRONZE: KLEINMANN Larissa GER

Men’s Sprint
GOLD: BOS Theo NED
SILVER: MULDER Teun NED
BRONZE: BOURGAIN Mickaël FRA

Men’s Points Race
GOLD: FULST Guido GER
SILVER: SCHEP Peter NED
BRONZE: BLAHA Martin CZE

Women’s Scratch
GOLD: VISSER Adrie NED
SILVER: BATES Katherine AUS
BRONZE: PASCUAL TORRECILLA Gema ESP Nicole Cooke signs for Raleigh, and then breaks collarbone

Nicole Cooke will be riding for Univega-Raleigh in 2006. Univega is a Swiss based team, and there’s also major backing from British bike manufacturer Raleigh. The third sponsor will be Newport based comapny Lifeforce.

It says on her website that Nicole is very happy with the team, and excited about helping bring more success to the Raleigh brand.

Sadly soon after the press conference she fell off broken her collarbone. The damage occured with two laps to go in qualifying for the points race at the Track World Cup in Manchester. She landed heavily on her shoulder after a touch of elbows with a Canadian rider. X-rays have revealed 2 hair line fractures. More later…

UCI and TdF at war
And the Vuelta and the Giro… It looks like Pat McQuaid has his work cut out for him as the latest president of the UCI. A storm has brewed up meaning that the organisers of the big Tours could leave the Pro Tour and start their own governing body.

This is deeply political and complicated but the result could be devastating for cycling. Although the UCI will dig in the Tour organisers could split the sport into two divisions. Pat McQuaid will have some busy meetings this week. The spat could mean a return to the pre 1996 days of a split UCI sanctioned riders and the Elite Pro class. It would end up being as farcical as the Darts and Boxing situation and look what it has done for their credibility. It could also mean riders like Bradley Wiggins being ineligable for the Olympics as they are under the UCI’s umbrella. This could also have further reaching consequences for British Cycling funding too. It’s a mess. The worst case scenario would see riders being forced to choose between races with money (Grand Tours) and those with prestige (Olympics).

Cycling.tv
Cycling.tv reached agreement for the exclusive global Internet Television Rights to the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse for the next three years. Cycling.tv will provide full live daily coverage of every stage in almost every territory in the world and then on-demand highlights of each stage.

The Tour de Romandie takes place between 25th – 30th April 2006 and the Tour de Suisse takes place 10th – 18th June 2006.

Cycling.tv MD Simon Brydon said: “We have an extensive live racing calendar agreed for 2006 with at least 50 days of live cycling and I am delighted to add these two fabulous races to our schedules for the next three years.”
Cycling.tv

Freddie ‘beer swilling’ Flintoff wins the BBC award
Another fantastic year for cycling and another snub by the review of the year. Boozy Cricketer wins and then celebrates by getting out for a duck. Cycling’s ‘World Class’ champions barely get a mention… I don’t know why I EVEN BOTHER WATCHING IT…

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