Shorts: Giro, CSC tsunami appeal

Giro launch put back again, CSC auction jersey and bike for tsunami appeal, Italian dates changed, P

Giro launch put back again, CSC auction jersey and bike for tsunami appeal, Italian dates changed, P
PICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM The launch of the 2005 Giro has been put back once again. Initially planned for December, then put back to January 20, it will now take place at 5.30 in the afternoon on January 22 in the Palacio Mazda in Milan. The race is still programmed to start in Reggio Calabria on May 7 and finish on May 29 in Milan. - Team CSC is getting behind the international drive to support the victims of the recent South-East Asian tsunami by donating a jersey signed by team manager Bjarne Riis and all 27 of the team's riders plus Kurt-Asle Arvesen's team bike for auction. The auctions are being held through two Danish websites. Details on the jersey can be found at http://my.qxl.dk/accdb/viewItem.asp?IDI=15667569 Details on the Arvesen team bike can be found at the Denmark radio site at http://www.lauritz.com/s_j/4.asp?itemid=407327&lang=1 Both sites are in Danish and prices are in Danish kroner (1 Euro = 7.44 Danish Kroner). - Giro organisers RCS have announced some significant changes to some of the other races they back on the Italian calendar. The most significant change is the move of the Milan-Turin semi-classic from its traditional early October date to March 5. The Tour of Reggio Calabria, which was due to take place on March 5, has been pulled forward to February 26. The Pantalica Trophy, due to take place on March 6, has been cancelled due to a clash with the Tour of Etna, while the four-day Tour of Lucca (February 22-25) has been cut to a one-day event taking place on March 7. - Phonak have confirmed the appointment of Juan Fernandez as their new directeur sportif. The Spaniard will work alongside Frenchman Jacques Michaud and the Swiss Ren Savary. The Swiss team's first training camp of the year takes place in Majorca from January 10-20. - The organisers of the Six Hours of Euskadi track event have called off this year's meeting because of damage to San Sebastian's Anoeta track caused by a hailstorm last September. The event was scheduled to take place on February 12 but repairs to the roof of the building will not have been completed by that time. According to event organiser Jaime Ugarte, the hailstorm left the roof of the arena looking like "an enormous colander". The traditional six-hour track event is expected to take place again next year.
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