Shorts: Zaragoza, Giro, Lance
Zaragoza makes double major tour bid, Giro launch finally set for next month, Armstrong goes crossin
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE After recently been awarded the Universal Expo in 2008, the city of Zaragoza, in the north-east of Spain, is hoping to add two more big dates to the local calendar around that time. The city’s ruling council are already in discussions with Vuelta organisers Unipublic to host the start of that race in 2007, and next month they will also be sending a team to Paris to meet with Tour organisers ASO to discuss the possibility of hosting the start of the Tour in 2008. – RCS, organisers of the Giro, have finally set a firm date for the launch of next year’s race. After a number of false starts, the 2005 Giro is now set to be launched on the evening of January 20 in Milan. – Lance Armstrong made what is likely to be a final competitive appearance in a US Postal jersey over the weekend, when he was a surprise entrant in the Southern California Cyclo-Cross Cup event in Woodland Hills. Fellow Postie Antonio Cruz was also among the starters. Both were riding Trek X01 cross bikes. Armstrong won the race by some seconds and received congratulations from girlfriend Sheryl Crow. “I enjoyed the race and it was a good workout!” he said afterwards. The prize money won by Armstrong and Cruz, who finished fourth, is to be donated to charity.