Isaac G lvez’ body has been returned to Spain, where he will be cremated on Tuesday afternoon. Also,
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Isaac G lvez will be cremated in the Vilanova i la Geltr£ cemetery in Barcelona at 4:00pm on Tuesday afternoon. The rider’s body was flown to Spain early on Tuesday morning, after being released by authorities in Ghent. G lvez died early on Sunday morning while racing in the Ghent Six Day. The autopsy determined that G lvez died in action after he crashed into a barrier at over 50 km/h. The impact damaged his ribs and heart, and he died of internal bleeding. “The impact was comparable with a collision between a car and a wall, at 50 km/h without a seatbelt,” said Gent police spokesman Steven de Smet to Sporza. “Considering the slope of the track and the angle of the riders, it’s nearly impossible to crash against the barrier. This was a case of Murphy’s Law, a fatal occurrence.” De Smet also specified that “No rider was to blame for Galvez’ accident. This is just sport. Unfortunately, accidents sometimes happen.” Support for G lvez’ widow The organisers of the Ghent Six have started a support fund for G lvez’ widow, Davinia. “Our first concerns go to G lvez’ widow. All the proceeds from Sunday’s ticket sales will go into the fund. Whoever bought tickets and prefers to exchange them can still do that. We will leave the choice up to the spectators who were there on Saturday.” The riders taking part in the Ghent Six unanimously decided to donate all their prize money – €7,500 – to the fund. Contract news Italian sprinter Ivan Quaranta is returning to the peloton after a year’s absence. The 32 year-old will ride for Amore & Vita-McDonald’s in 2007. Quaranta last rode for Domina Vacanze in 2005, but hasn’t won a race since he took a stage of the Settimana Ciclista Lombarda in 2004. Early on in his career, he was noted for winning stages in the Giro d’Italia and wearing the maglia rosa. “I want to redeem myself,” Quaranta said to Tuttobiciweb. “To show that I am still worth it. I also know that words don’t mean anything any more, and I want to start work immediately. When is the first race? At Donoratico, this is certain.” Team CSC has signed Russian Alexandr Kolobnev to its squad for 2007. The 25 year-old has spent the last two years with Rabobank. This year, he won the Vuelta Valenciana and finished fifth overall in the Tour of Poland. “I am happy to have signed with Team CSC for the next two seasons,” he said. “It’s been my preferred team all along, because I think it’s a great place for me to improve as a rider. Being a part of Team CSC will be a new and very different experience for me, but I couldn’t wish for a bigger or better challenge. I’m very much looking forward to meeting my new teammates in South Africa soon.” Team manager Bjarne Riis commented, “I’ve watched Kolobnev from the sidelines since he became a pro and have considered him for the team for a long time now. He’s a young talent, who has achieved some good results – both in the smaller stage races, but also in a couple of the classics. I would describe him as an all-round rider, who still has the potential to develop and find his specialty.” Former T-Mobile director Mario Kummer will assume a similar position in Alexandre Vinokourov’s Astan team. The 44 year old will work with manager Walter Godefroot, and other directors Alexandre Shefer, Giovanni Fidanza and Adriano Baffi. Kummer is not the only ex-T-Mobile person to join the team in 2007. Andreas Klden, Matthias Kessler, Eddy Mazzoleni and Serguei Ivanov are all part of Astan ‘s rider roster. Procycling goes blogging The b-word has been buzzing around the buildings in Bath and Balcombe street. Yes, our bike blogs are go! Procycling’s hard working editor Pete Cossins has posted his first one at blog.procycling.com and you can see from it that he is definitely working hard. There will be more. You can navigate to our blog from the left hand side of the Procycling site. The only hard part is answering a challenging mathematical question when you wish to leave a comment.