Marco Rusconi Tragedy
Promising young rider Marco Rusconi died suddenly and without warning
The twenty four year old rider who rode for the amateur team Ceramiche
Pagnoncelli had been out for the evening celebrating a friend's birthday when he
appears to have suffered a heart failure in the centre of Villa Guardia (Como).
He was taken to the hospital of Sant`Anna in Como, but the medical staff were
unable to revive him.
Marco Rusconi was a promising amateur and was very likely to join the
professional ranks next season with the Quickstep team where his brother in law
Luca Paolini is a team member. He rode as a stagiare with Quickstep from
September this year.
He had started his career with the Calzolai team, rode as a junior with
Comense, and rode for the Frangi Auto before joining Ceramiche Pagnoncelli.
Marco was born in Tradate on the 14th November 1979. The Daily Peloton offers its
sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Lampre New Sponsor
In Belgium it is the battle of laminated floor sponsorship - Quickstep, king
of the Classics and Berry Floor, ruler of the Tours.
Now Saeco coffee machines in Italy have a rival for cycling fans' attentions
- Grimac coffee machines have decided to back arch rivals Lampre.
Still if Belli and Simoni once again have words, at least they will be able
to relax afterwards with a nice cup of expresso!
Lampre Press Release....
Tomorrow we will see Giuseppe Saronni, General Manager of team Lampre present
at the Grimac stand (the international show at Milan as HOST, the most important
international show for Coffee and Bar equipment aswell as restaurant.) Saronni
and Giancarlo Gardosi president of GRIMAC S.r.l. have come together on an
agreement for the sponsorship.
The brand name of GRIMAC, from the industry of Zola Predosa, citizenship of
Bologna, specialising in coffee machines, will be seen on the jerseys of team
This accordance of sponsoring for cycling has been going for a while with the
sponsoring of Fabiana Luperini, and now they have made it into the ranks of
professional cycling in the men's department as well.
Grimac S.r.l. started 31 years ago; it started out as an industry making
spare parts for the main coffee machines of Europe, then 10 years ago Grimac
decided that they had the potential to start their own line of coffee machines,
namely for bars, restaurants, and now also for the home use and office use.
Massimiliano Gardosi and Marco Lenzi, Marketing Director and Director of
production respectively for Grimac, will be presenting Saronni with the
positiveness of their decision for sponsoring Team Lampre. "This way they feel
they can be more present with the sport of cycling and with the victories of
Lampre they feel that they are victorious with their decision, to have our name
on an important team shirt like Lampre is a great pleasure for us".
Giuseppe Saronni added, "A great thanks to the Gardosi family, for the
decision made to sponsor our team, and we hope to bring great satisfaction to
them in 2004 for this decision made, commercially and personally for the
Raimondas Rumsas Suspended
Raimondas Rumsas has been suspended from cycling for 13 months starting from
17 July 2003. Rumsas will be barred from competing until the 18th of August
Rumsas tested positive for EPO during the 2003 Giro. In 2002 he had been at
the fore front of a doping scandal when his wife, Edita was arrested at a border
check point in possession of various doping products.
Wiesenhof-Leipzig - 2004
The German second division team Wiesenhof-Leipzig have completed their
transfers for the coming season. Manager Jörg Strenger will have 12 riders and
the road captain will be veteran and pink jersey wearer Jens Heppner. Now 39
years old it must surely be the Germans last season in the saddle.
The two mainstays of the team will again be Ralph Grabsch and Enrico
Poitschke. Eric Baumann leaves to join T-Mobile while Thomas Ziegler also moves
up a division to join Gerolsteiner. With an annual budget of 1,5 million euros,
Wiesenhof-Leipzig is now the third ranked team in Germany.
Ralph Grabsch (ALL)
Jens Heppner (ALL)
Christian Knees (ALL, Elite 2)
Roberto Lochowski (ALL)
Daniel Meinke (ALL, ComNet-Senges)
Martin Müller (ALL)
Rene Obst (ALL)
Carsten Podlesch (ALL)
Enrico Poitschke (ALL)
Björn Schröder (ALL)
Sebastian Siedler (ALL, Elite 2)
Lars Wackernagel (ALL)
Tour de Taiwan
Please visit the official site
The Tour de Taiwan will start out with a circuit race in the Baolai hot
springs district in Liukuei Township in Kaohsiung County on Nov. 19 and having
wended its way up the east coast through Taipei County and then to Taichung, it
will finish up in a circuit race around a section of Kaohsiung's Love River on
Nov. 26. In between, there will be some tough mountain sections which will
delight veteran Hong Kong racer Wong Kam-po, who picked up awards in the
individual and King of the Mountain categories last year and is the model for
Over 15 international teams are expected to participate in the Tour de Taiwan
this year, with star cyclists from BRC Kennemerland of Holland and Team Merrida
of Germany. Taiwan will be entering only one team.
"It is all about keeping up a very professional standard," Li said, "We only
want the best we can get, so we can't afford to consider local cyclists who are
below international standard."
Getting cycling up and running as a major sport in Taiwan has proved hard
work for Li, who shook his head over last year's debacle, which put a spanner in
the works of upgrading to a 2.5 grade on the international circuit this year. Li
said the current race is still listed as 2.6, a grading that is also due to the
relatively small purse that awaits the victors, a total of just over NT$1
"It is not enough to attract the very top riders," Li said, "but we are
working at it."
Safety for the cyclists will this year be a major concern, but Li pointed out
that in a road race, there were too many variables, and Taiwan's drivers and not
used to making way for cyclists, even if they know a race is on.
"We will be closing off sections of road as the cyclists go through and will
hand out fliers to drivers are passing through, but that's the most we can do."
The stakes are high for the Chinese Taipei Cycling Association as there will
be a new lot of international monitors from International Cycling Union (UCI),
the main body behind international bicycle competition, to view Taiwan's
performance as host.
Local organizers are enthusiastic about the course, citing the many arduous
sections, especially sections such as the ascent to Tatachia, which stands
2,610m above sea level from the banks of Sun Moon Lake.
"This is comparable to anything in the Tour de France," Li said proudly. The
race will run a total of 1,031km over eight days (no rest day), and according to
Li is the longest yet held in Taiwan.
Another factor in the design of the racecourse has been the desire to
showcase major scenic locations around Taiwan.
"We have managed to include many of the locations that are being especially
promoted by the Tourism Bureau," Li said, a statement that does not sit
altogether well with his desire to create a truly unique international cycle
The circuit race at Shetou in Changhua and Kaohsiung's Love River have been
included to coincide with tourism promotions, and while this does not
necessarily invalidate them as good cycle routes, it reveals a dangerous lack of
focus on the requirements of the sport.
Even so, while Taiwan will still not be drawing major international names,
the field will include riders such as Holland's Francis de Jager, Ivor Bruin and
Rol Raymond, France's Denis Roudier and David Fouchet, and Germany's Juergen
Kottula. Taiwan's own team is sadly getting rather less publicity than Hong
Kong's Wong, whose success in last year's race has meant so much to people in
the local cycling community.
To read full report please click
Action from last year's Tour de Taiwan.
Photo courtesy of the Chinese Taipei Cycling Association.
Congratulations to Franco Pellizotti
Allesio rider Franco Pellizotti has become a father for the first time.
Claudia gave birth to Giacomo, kg 3.850! You can visit Franco Pellizotti's
website here. Best wishes to the
Save the "Drome"- Midwest Cross Event
Northbrook, Ill., Nov. 14--A special addition has been made to the Midwest
cyclocross calendar: an all-day benefit to help save the Northbrook Velodrome.
Set for Sunday, November 23, "Save the 'Drome Cross Madness" will combine
craziness and fun into a very unique fundraiser.
Sponsored by the Northbrook Bicycle Club and thanks to the extraordinary
efforts of a few dedicated racers who "cross" over from the Velodrome, the race
will feature no prize list save "glory" for the riders - all proceeds will go to
the Save the Velodrome Fund.
Races take place on a challenging course at the Anets Golf Course on Techny
Road in Northbrook, very near to the Velodrome. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and
closes 15 minutes prior to each event; mountain bikes are welcome without
The day opens at 9 a.m. with a planned "steeple cross" running race: a cross
country-style event on the same course as the cyclocross races. This is a
prelude to the cycling events: starting at 10 a.m. with the men's C class, a
full slate of races is scheduled.
Plans call for the day to close at 3:15 with the "Dirty Double Cross:" a
two-person, one-bike race format in which one member of a team rides while the
other runs, with bike exchanges at various points on the course. More
information and a race flyer is available at
About the Save the Velodrome Effort--The Northbrook Park District Ed Rudolph
Velodrome is in danger of closing after the 2004 season unless improvements are
made. The Northbrook Park District, which owns the facility, has offered to fund
half the project, charging the local cycling community with raising
approximately $150,000. The Northbrook Cycling Committee has created a reserve
fund for the effort, and CPA Doug Pence has donated his time to its accounting.
More information is available at
Lance Armstrong Foundation 2003 Peloton Project Top Honors
Peloton Members Honored at the Peloton Dinner--The
Peloton Dinner was a new addition to the Ride for the Roses Weekend calendar.
The event was held at a wild game ranch and the evening included a silent
auction, a performance by Lyle Lovett, and fun activities - a mechanical bull, a
trick roper and photos with a long horn to name a few! Our regional mentors were
recognized, as were the handful of individuals who have been raising funds for
the LAF since the inception of the Peloton Project, 6 years ago.
During the program Lance presented four special awards. Hodgkin’s survivor
and third-year Peloton member Paul Beck received the Foundation’s
2003 Peloton Messenger Award for
gathering the largest number of individual donations from more than 330
contributors. The LAF presented Robert Kukulka with the
2003 Peloton Challenger Award for
raising more than $40,000 during his first year in the Peloton. Jeff Rushton,
who raised more than $161,000, received the 2003 Peloton Champion Award as the top Peloton Project fundraiser. The
2003 Peloton Project Triumph Award, a
special award that the LAF created this year, went to Noreen Driscoll-Breslauer
for demonstrating a tremendous commitment to the Foundation’s mission and
serving as a model fundraiser for others.
Total Amount Raised: $4,381,020.81
Total Peloton Members: 6456
Total US States: All States Represented
Total Countries: 18
Fundraising Goal: $4,500,000.00
You can read the Daily Peloton's LAF representative account of the Ride for
the Roses weekend
to the Lance Armstrong Foundation)
There is a new internet cycling tv provider, appropriately called cycling.tv,
based out of London. They currently have some great BMX segments you can watch,
you can register for news from them and they will be broadcasting live events in
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We will broadcast to the whole world the most amusing clips and then the
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