Shorts: Amstel, Dekker, Trentino
Fog causes financial losses at Amstel, Dekker set for another year, Giro dispute under discussion to
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The heavy fog that prevented live TV coverage being shown of last weekend’s Amstel Gold Race except for the climbs up the Cauberg upset the calculations of the cycling sponsors, not least Dutch home ground favourite team Rabobank. According to a business manager from the Dutch bank, the lack of live footage cost the company about a couple of hundred thousand euros’ worth of advertising.
The management of the bookmaking company Mr. Bookmaker was also pretty frustrated about the lack of TV since they had Erwin Thijs sitting in a break for most of the day. “We have a rider in the front and then the fog sees to it that there is no TV coverage. That’s a real shame. This is a window for everybody, but especially for the smaller teams,” a frustrated MrBookmaker managing director Koen Terryn told the Gazet van Antwerpen.
– Erik Dekker is ready to ride another year in the pro ranks. The 34-year-old Rabobank rider has decided that unless something unforeseen happens it’s too early to call it quits, and he expects to be part of the pro peloton again in 2006. Once his active career is over the Dutchman hopes to get a job that’ll keep him in the cycling environment. The honorary functions have already begun, though. On Monday, Dekker officially had a street named after him. It’s in the Dutch town Landgraaf, and it’s now possible to cross the Erik Dekker Passage.
– The dispute between Giro organisers RCS and most of the 20 ProTour teams over the size of payment wanted by the teams for competing in next month’s Giro is likely to be resolved at a meeting today (Wednesday). Giro boss Angelo Zomegnan is due to meet representatives from the teams after Flche Wallonne with the aim of a compromise being reached. The Giro wants to pay each team 30,000 euros, the teams are demanding 60,000 each. Last year the Giro paid out slightly less than a million euros to the teams competing.
– Polish rider Przemyslaw Niemec was a surprise winner of the first stage of the Tour of Trentino, holding off a number of the race favourites on a rainy uphill finish at Ronzo Chieni.
Stage 1, Mori-Ronzo/Chieni
1 Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol) Miche 165km in 4.20.35 (37.99kph)
2 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Naturino 0.03
3 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Panaria
4 Peio Arreitunandia (Spa) Barloworld
5 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze
6 Andrea Noe (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi
7 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Team LPR
8 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo
9 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita
10 Charly Wegelius (GB) Liquigas-Bianchi