The Week That Was...

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12/20/2005| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

up for his own home tour.

"Petacchi has not yet decided against a start in the Giro, a race that he likes very much and that has given him very much, but which in the coming year has very few stages for sprinters,"

Having seen the route for the 2006 race, Petacchi himself declared the race too hard for sprinters and that he would consider riding the Tour de France instead.   This raised many eyebrows as most had assumed that while Petacchi raced the Giro, the teams other sprinter, Erik Zabel, would ride the Tour.

Stanga went on to insist that all was harmonious in the team and that there would be no conflict between the two fast finishers.   "Both are very enthusiastic about riding together. They will support each other. They will both have precise goals, even by the Spring Classics."

Navigators Insurance expands for 2006

The Navigators Insurance team, one of the powerhouses of North American cycling for several years now have announced the line up of their 2006 squad.   Director, Ed Beamon, has assembled his largest team ever with 17 riders.

Long time campaigners such as Vassili Davidenko, Marty Nothstein and David O'Loughlin remain.   Next year they will be joined by 2003 U23 World Champion, Sergey Lagutin from
, Australians Glen Chadwick and Ben Brooks, and Ukranian national champion Valeriy Kobzarenko.  

The expanded roster will allow the team to maintain its interest in both Domestic, European, Asian and Oceanic competitions.   The full line up is:

Ben Brooks (Aus), 27, Siro Camponogara (Ita), 29, Glen Chadwick (Aus), 30, Hilton Clarke (Aus), 27, Vassili Davidenko (Rus), 36, Cesar Grajales (Col), 33, Oleg Grichkine (Rus), 31, Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr), 29, Sergey Lagutin (Uzb), 25, Shawn Milne (USA), 25, Marty Nothstein (USA), 35, David O'loughlin (Irl), 28, Ciaran Power (Irl), 30, T. Burke Swindlehurst (USA), 33, Bernard Van Ulden (USA), 27, Mark Walters (Can), 30, and Phil Zajicek (USA), 27.

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