The Week That Was...

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03/15/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

be erected in memory of the late Italian hero, Marco Pantani.   The memorial is due to be placed on the Colle Fauniera, near Ciusesse


Heading stateside, it?s with great pleasure that we can announce the successful return to competition of Australian hard-man, Henk Vogels (Navigators) who suffered horrendous injuries in his crash at the Fitchburg-Longso Classic last year.
Vogels finished in the bunch at the race in

Wanzele, Belgium.  Meanwhile, besides his appearance in the inaugural Tour de Georgia, it has this week been confirmed that Lance Armstrong will be riding the Rocky Mountain Classic, Vail, from 4 th-5th September providing all his American fans with another opportunity to see their star in action.


Finally, opinion is split this week in the European peloton about the proposed UCI ban on earpiece radio transmitters.   UCI technical consultant, Jean Wauther said, "the riders have less say, it's as if they were robots. Many races remain closed because the team leaders have decided everything. And the riders are more easily distracted. The earpiece came for safety, but Kivilev still crashed when his transmitter worked. And team directors can no longer drive the cars because they are continually screaming instructions."   Patrick Lefevere (Quick.Step-Davitamon) told Belgian daily, Het Nieuwsblad that, "the earphones have to stay in cycling. We are against prohibiting the device; nobody wants it to go. It's not because they no longer allow the use of the earpieces in soccer that the same has to happen in cycling. The situation is totally different. In the race you are confronted more and more with roundabouts, dangerous points, narrow roads and so on. Compared to ten years ago, so many things have changed. There's no way back."   We?ll keep our ear to the floor on this one and keep you posted!


As always, keep your thoughts and opinion?s coming in to me.   We have some really exciting interviews lined up for readers of in the coming months but it?d be great to hear who you would like us to speak to.   Drop me a line at or send an email to

Don't forget to check out the great Spring fever sale going on at PerformanceBike (ends on the 18th) - and visit our other sponsors as well.


Till next week, keep it rubber side down.




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