Shorts: Saunier, O'Grady, McQuaid, Lampre
Saunier Duval open their training camp to all comers, O’Grady confident after good start in Denmark,
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Fancy seeing what the pros get up to on training camps? Saunier Duval are giving fans the chance to do exactly that at a team-run camp in the Tuscan town of Donoratico from October 15-22. All of the professional infrastructure will be available to participants, with riders, mechanics and coaches offering their advice to help improve performance. The trip also offers the chance to sample some of the many delights of Tuscany. To find out more go to www.procamps.bicirace.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Stuart O’Grady put himself in a good position for overall victory at the Tour of Denmark when he finished third on the opening stage behind fellow breakaways Aitor Galdos (Panaria) and Ren Haselbacher (Gerolsteiner). The trio escaped on the closing laps on the finishing circuit in Viborg. “I felt the time was right and went for it, when the attack came towards the end,” said O’Grady. “The team worked really hard for me the entire day – especially when I had a flat at a very critical moment. Of course I would’ve liked to start out with a win, but when we couldn’t agree on who should take the lead I just gave everything I had to at least stay ahead of the peloton. I look forward to tomorrow (Thursday), where I’m expecting the peloton to split because of a climb at the end, and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to capture the jersey.”
The day didn’t go so well for Davitamon-Lotto’s Peter van Petegem, who quit with a saddle sore.
– Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco has written an open letter to International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid calling for the structure of the sport to be changed in order to reduce the threat of future doping scandals. “I ask you to take some time to reflect on this. Leave behind the rigid position assumed by the UCI and try to end the conflict that exists between the different parties in international cycling,” Di Rocco writes in his letter.
Di Rocco describes the sport’s existing structure as “not working”, and backs this up by citing the suspension of nine riders prior to the Tour de France. Di Rocco’s letter comes on the back of comments made by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, who suggested that the degree of difficulty of races such as the Tour and Giro should be reduced.
– Lampre have taken on two Chinese riders as stagiaires for the rest of the season following a recommendation by the team’s frame supplier, Wilier. Wu Kin San, 21, is regarded as a promising climber, while Anche Xu Gand, 22, is said to be a lead-out man in bunch sprints.