The Week That Was...

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06/11/2003| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian Melvin comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

Last week was another sad week for bike racing as another rider was lost from the sport following the earlier deaths of Denis Zanette and Andrei Kivilev this year.  23-year-old French Professional Fabrice Salanson (Brioches la Boulangere) died in the early hours of Tuesday 3rd June in his hotel bed in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
.  He was found by his team and room mate Sebastian Chavanel.  It is reported that Salanson seemed fine the previous night and retired to his room to rest at around .  Findings from the initial autopsy proved inconclusive but did determine that the rider passed away between the hours of 2.30 and .  As a mark of respect his Brioches la Boulangere team withdrew from the Tour of Germany in which they'd been competing.  Further tests were carried out at the IOC accredited lab in
Kreischa, Germany, to test for any banned substances.  These tests came back negative and it appears that Salanson died a natural death.  It is suspected that his heart was enlarged and that the coronary arteries failed to pump enough blood. It really doesn't seem right that a young guy, doing his job, doing what he loves to do, should have to pay the highest price for it - his life.  May you rest in peace Fabrice Salanson. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

Also at the Tour of Germany, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (ONCE) crashed out of the 6th stage of the event.  Galdeano, like all his other teammates will soon have to start searching for a new team after it has been announced that after 15 years of continuous sponsorship, ONCE are withdrawing their backing of the team at the end of 2004.  Manolo Saiz has said he will look to keep his team together if he can attract a new title sponsor.  A good place for him to start impressing would be sponsors is this years Vuelta Espana, where the chance of overall victory has slightly increased following the news that last year's victor, Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo), would not return to defend his title.

July is less than a month away now but still Marco, is searching for a team.  It's been confirmed that he won't ride for the newly formed Bianchi team but rumors still abound of a possible mid-season transfer to Vini Caldirola - Sidermec where he would finish the season with them and not just ride the TdF.  "It may be tricky having two leaders (Stefano Garzelli being the other) in the team, but we're not ruling anything out" said a spokesperson for the team.

One team already trying to get in to the action before the tour starts is US Postal.  As if having the winner of the previous four events and red-hot favorite for this year isn't enough, they've now gone and signed another co-sponsor in their attempt to win the category for the team with the most sponsors on their jerseys.  The latest addition is Bissell Homecare Inc - makers of carpet deep cleaners.

The Posties are presently busy in

at the Dauphine Libere event


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