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April 7/98 7:53 am - B.C. News, UCI Rankings


Posted by Editor on 04/7/98
 

Victoria World Cup Update (courtesy the organizers)

20 countries representing five continents will participate in the three-day event at the Juan de Fuca Velodrome in Victoria, B.C., May 28-30, 1998. Track cyclists from Australia to the USA are coming to Victoria to compete at the second stop on the World Cup of Track Cycling series.

Host of the event, the Commonwealth Centre for Sport Development National Cycling Centre, will also be welcoming teams from Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Spain.

„The numbers say it all,‰ said Ken Shields, President of the CCSD. „The commitment we‚ve received from these countries will not only translate into an exciting, world-class competition, but it tells us that Victoria is on track to being internationally recognized as a major cycling centre.‰

Three Canadian athletes have already qualified for the event, the only one of its kind this year in North America. 1996 Olympic silver medallist Brian Walton (Delta, BC). 1994 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and 1993 World Champion Tanya Dubnicoff (Winnipeg) and 1996 National Champion Lori Ann Muenzer (North York, Ont). The remaining Canadian team will be selected at a training camp in Victoria, April 20-26.

While the final names of the riders do not have to be submitted until April 26, 20 countries have registered to compete. Each country is allowed a maximum of nine men and four women on a team.

The prestigious event is being hosted in conjunction with the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association, with assistance from the Victoria International Bicycle Race Society. The Centre is the training headquarters for the Canadian National Cycling Team and hub of a series of national, provincial and community programs. National coach Yury Kashirin is the Head Coach and Director of the Centre.

(Note: Canadian Cyclist will be bringing you live coverage from the event)


Comox Cup Road Race #2 set to go Easter Sunday.
(courtesy Ed Schum)

The popular Road Race series organised by the Comox Valley Cycle Club will see it's second event of the young season happen on Sunday, April 12. Sign-on starts at 10 AM, with race action getting under way at 11:00. This may be a great opportunity for mountain bikers to get in some extra racing miles after taking in Burnt Bridge on Saturday (and to try to beat up on the roadies...). The Comox Valley (Courtenay, Comox) is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Victoria. The race will take place on the proven Little River course, with the start on Ryan Road just one kilometer before the entrance to the CFB Comox Airbase. The event usually attracts some of the best racers from the island and sees very competitive riding. All categories of riders are welcome. Contact edschum@mail.comox.island.net for more information.


UCI Road Rankings (as of April 5th)

1 JALABERT, Laurent FRA ONC 2,328.00 points
2 BARTOLI, Michele ITA ASI 1,668.00
3 TCHMIL, Andrei BEL LOT 1,621.00
4 ULLRICH, Jan GER TEL 1,589.00
5 ZUELLE, Alex SUI FES 1,474.00
6 TONKOV, Pavel RUS MAP 1,403.00
7 MUSEEUW, Johan BEL MAP 1,224.00
8 ZABEL, Erik GER TEL 1,153.00
9 TAFI, Andrea ITA MAP 1,063.50
10 REBELLIN, Davide ITA PLT 1,057.00
11 VANDENBROUCKE, Frank BEL MAP 1,040.00
12 OLANO MANZANO, Abraham ESP BAN 1,038.00
13 ESCARTIN COTI, Fernando ESP KEL 1,016.00
14 VIRENQUE, Richard FRA FES 948.75
15 BORTOLAMI, Gianluca ITA FES 943.00
16 ELLI, Alberto ITA CSO 911.00
17 EKIMOV, Vjatceslav RUS USP 887.00
18 CASAGRANDE, Francesco ITA COF 863.00
19 ZBERG, Beat SUI RAB 856.00
20 DUFAUX, Laurent SUI FES 851.75

Canadians

264 LUKASCEWICZ, Cszelaw CAN MRO 126.00
300 ANAND, Mat CAN 107.00
363 WOHLBERG, Eric CAN 82.00
413 WALTON, Brian CAN SAT 66.00
488 FRASER, Gordon CAN 51.00
675 BARRY, Michael CAN 28.00
856 ROVER, Steve CAN MUT 15.00
943 LANDRY, Jacques CAN 12.00
1052 BERGERON, Fabien CAN 9.00
1077 HIBBARD, Mark CAN 8.00
1122 COJAN, Yannick CAN 7.00
1192 LAVALLEE, Alexandre CAN 5.00
1192 RANDELL, Andrew CAN 5.00
1264 BELZILE, Guillaume CAN 4.00
1327 NEPVEU, Michel CAN 3.00
1369 MAGGIACOMO, Daniel CAN 2.00
1408 PERRAS, Dominique CAN 1.00

Trade Team Standings

1 MAPEI - BRICOBI ITA 7,215.50
2 FESTINA - LOTUS FRA 6,569.50
3 TEAM DEUTSCHE TELEKOM GER 5,586.00
4 O.N.C.E. - DEUTSCHE BANK ESP 5,093.00
5 RABOBANK NED 4,447.00

Country Rankings

1 ITALY 9,217.50
2 FRANCE 7,557.25
3 BELGIUM 6,446.00
4 SPAIN 6,025.00
5 SWITZERLAND 5,929.75

11 U.S.A. 1,804.00

23 CANADA 504.00TRUSTMARK TOUR LEFLEUR, U.S.A. - April 4-5, Jackson, Miss.

PowerAde Road Race

Men, 135 miles

1. KIRK WILLETT (MERCURY), Pullman, Wash., 5:04:53
2. Scott Fortner (Saturn), Littleton, Colo., at 0:01
3. Paul Martin (Navigators), N. Royalton, Ohio, 0:03
4. Gord Fraser (Mercury), Ottawa, Ont., Canada, 0:04

 


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