PRESS RELEASE:
Countdown for "Tour of TURKEY"...
Everyone has started to count back for the Tour. The Tour will be run as a UCI 2.1 category in eight stages and totally 1212 kms starting in Istanbul on 12 April and finishing in Alanya on 19 April, 2009. Tour of Turkey will start with Stage 1 in Istanbul and take place in the Route between Izmir and Alanya, where the Mediterranean coast, historical places and our country's landmarks provide the backdrop for the tour. The Race will be staged at the Izmir, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye, Finike and Antalya. Tour of Turkey follows International Cycling Union protocols and as such will be run in accordance with UCI Competition Rules.

Press meeting will be on 1 April Wednesday in "Ciragan Palace Kempinski Otel, Balo salonu A". Details are listed below:

Date
Location
Time
Meeting
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1 April Wednesday 2009
"Çırağan Palace Kempinski Otel, Balo salonu A"
10.00 Registration and breakfast
10.30
The teams which will involve in the Tour are listed below:
 
- FUJI-SERVETTO
- KATUSHA
- MILRAM
- CONTENTPOLIS-AMPO
- SILENCE-LOTTO
- LAMPRE
- QUICKSTEP
- ELK HAUS
- CSF GROUP NAVIGARE
- MOKAMBO
- PSK WHIRLPOOL
- BARLOWORLD
- VORARLBERG-CORRATEC
- XACOBEO GALICIA
- STEGCOMPUTER
- BK LOBORIKA
- RABOBANK
- BOURGAS
- GERMANY NATIONAL TEAM
- TÜRKİYE NATIONAL TEAM


 
 
Tirreno-Adriatico: Longo Borghini shines in the queen stage
The longest stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, Civitanova Marche-Camerino of 235km, saw the victory on Italian Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni), who captured also the leder's jersey. Scarponi outdid Stefano Garzelli (Acqua&Sapone;) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas). Team Barloworld's Paolo Longo Borghini showed his aggressive style of racing with a long escape formed at km 20.

Today's stage six of the Tirreno-Adriatico was the toughets day of the Italian one-week race. Throughout the 235km up to Camerino, the riders had to face many ascents in a row, with two categorised mountains: Cingoli at km 74 and Sasso Tetto at km 192.

Paolo Longo Borghini tried his luck with an attack early in the stage together with Martinez (Euskaltel), Carrara (Vacansoleil) and Maaskant (Garmin). Their attack occured after 20km and they gained a maximum of 12 minutes over the peloton. "Today we wanted to be protagonist inspite of a veru tough stage. Longo Borghini is everything but a climber, but he's a brave rider and thanks to a good shape he shines during the stage", sports direcor Alberto Volpi said after the finish.

Unfortunately Longo Borghini was reeled in by the overall competitors along the Sasso Tetto climb, but Team Barloworld showed once more to be ever-present into the race.

British Steve Cummings withdrawn the race today.

Tomorrow the peloton will contest the final stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico. The 169km of the San Benedetto del Tronto circuit will be a race for the sprinters and Team Barloworld's Robert Hunter will compete for a good placement.

http://www.teambarloworld.com/news_view.php?l1=2&l2=3&id=742&l=1
Barloworld unlucky in Tirreno-Adriatico closing stage
Despite the stage profile looked suitable for a good sprint by Team Barloworld's Robert Hunter, bad luck once again erased his chances in the 7th, closing stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, 169 km around San Benedetto del Tronto, city where the Italian race always finishes in.

Hunter wanted to improve Friday's seventh place, helped by team mates Patrick Calcagni and Paolo Longo Borghini, but both of them suffered a puncture in the final kilometers. Finally, Hunter himself was stopped by another puncture, and had to give up any chance of winning. Brit Mark Cavendish (Columbia-High Road) was impressive in his winning sprint, ahead of Friday's winner Tyler Farrar (Garmin) and Vacansoleil's Baden Cooke.

Barloworld will be back on Italian roads on Saturday, for the first Classic of the season, Milano-Sanremo. Robert Hunter will definitely play his chance to compete in the finale, hoping in a bunch sprint. Be sure, anyway, that the whole Team Barloworld will race hard looking for victory.

http://www.teambarloworld.com/news_view.php?l1=2&l2;=3&id;=743&l;=1
Giro di Sardegna, Dall'Antonia 5th in the final sprint
Frapporti, very active on hilly terrain, got the Young Riders jersey

Another good day for team CSF Group-Navigare: Tiziano Dall'Antonia showed a good shape again, as he took 5th place in the bunch sprint, while Marco Frapporti was 9th just like yesterday. Finetto, Zen and Bisolti finished the stage in the first group too, while Pavarin and Richeze got to the finish line with some delay. In the stage, also the withdrawal of Ruben Guillermo Bongiorno.

"The team started working very soon, alongside with Diquigiovanni-Androni - the director Lanzoni explained - in order to chase a very dangerous 24-man breakaway. Then, Frapporti attacked on Santu Lussurgiu climb, then Francesco Masciarelli joined him and I think they could be clear until the finish line if able to stay away on the KOM. On the contrary, with only 100 metres to go for the top of the climb, the bunch caught them and we had another quite confused sprint, in which we performed well anyway. It's just a pity to have lost the KOM jersey, formerly held by Finetto, but on the other side now we have the one for the best Young Rider, with Frapporti himself". Dall'Antonia is now 6th in the GC, and Frapporti is 7th.
Milano-Sanremo'09: The Latest From The Startline!
The 100th Edition of Milan San Remo is today. The final team meetings are over and the riders know their job for the day. At 9:00am this morning, all that remained for the riders to do was roll to the sign-on and run the gauntlet of spectators, autograph hounds and the four-pronged, PEZ San Remo Attack: If Ed doesnt get you, Matt, Ale or Martin will.

As the team busses rolled in alongside Milans Castello Sforzesco, the crowds moved in for what would be a lengthy wait before the riders ventured out into the sunny, but very cool spring morning.

Team Garmin-Slipstream had just finished up an excellent week's work at Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris Nice, and sports director Matt White was confident the squad could put on a good show for the years first Classic.

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id;=6878&status;=True&catname;=Latest%20News
News from the training camp of Tenerife Teide Volcano
Is about to complete the trial camp of our athletes (Cunego, Santambrogio, Tiralongo and Marzano) at Teide Volcano, is scheduled for Thursday evening, the return of the staff in Italy.

The runners were able to run the program to better target, and all components of Team are really happy with the trial camp in share.

"We found a right environment for our work program, supported by a mild climate during the day to perform the training and cool during the night to have better sleep.

Even the organization of our hotel was excellent, being equipped fully for such shipments" these the impressions of the DS Copeland.

The athletes have done a program based on 2 weeks divided into 2 parts, the first 3 days of work and 1 of rest, and the next part 2 days of work and 1 of rest.

Were also conducted training sessions that included 3 hours in the morning with the traditional bike and 2 hours with the time trial bike in afternoon .

The only problem encountered by the riders was the lack of opportunity to work behind the car on the roads in that area, but within 2 days after the return home it will be conduct on our territory.

In total the 4 Lampre-Ngc's riders will come back with a workout of approximately:
- 27,000 meters in altitude;
- 55 hours of training in the legs;
- 1300 km.

"We are confident that the work will give good results in view of future races like Lige, we have also done specific works suitable for that kind of races, but we know that in the days immediately after our return is possible that the runners should be readapt and unlock after the workload", this is the final comment of Copeland DS.

Robert Frster sprints to fifth place in Qatar MILRAM youngster Dominik Roels marks stage with long Escape
Dortmund, 4 February 2009. MILRAM newcomer Robert Frster sprinted to fifth place on the fourth day of the Tour of Qatar (February 1- 6/UCI 2.1). The once-again extremely windy stage was marked by a 75 kilometer long breakaway by a group around MILRAM youngster Dominik Roels. Stage winner after 141 kilometers from Doha Old Souq to Madinat Al Shamal was Briton Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia), who beat Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo) and overall leader Tom Boonen (Quick Step).

" Overall we can be very satisfied with our performance today," said Christian Henn, Team MILRAM's Directeur Sportif. " We had some plans for this stage and were able to implement them. We were very active and always represented in the right groups. Unfortunately we also got caught up in the many crashes, so that at the end, Robert Frster was alone. Fortunately there weren't any serious injuries. "

Team MILRAM helped control the fourth stage of the race for a long time. After 40 kilometers, a seven-man group including Dominik Roels had formed, and built up a comfortable advantage of 5:40 minutes. As the stage went on, the lead melted and the group was caught with about 24 kilometers to go. The last 20 kilometers were overshadowed by numerous crashes. In the end, Robert Frster proved to be in the right group and made his first big finish in a MILRAM jersey.

The fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar on Thursday, February 5, runs 147.5 kilometers from the Camel Race Track to the Qatar Foundation in Doha. This stage, like all the others, has a flat profile and also expects a mass sprint finish.

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Longo Borghini shines in the queen stage..
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Barloworld unlucky in Tirreno-Adriatico closing stage..
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Giro di Sardegna, Dall'Antonia 5th in the final sprint..
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News from the training camp of Tenerife Teide Volcano..
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Robert Frster sprints to fifth place in Qatar..
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Interview
Feyzi
AÇIKALIN
After The 44th Presidential Cycling Tour
As I had promised before the tour, we’re together again analizing the race. We propose that you read this analysis, in which the organization is evaluated under different topics, by comparing it with the first one.

OverAll Standing
Individual
1st
GARCIA David
KGZ
2nd
BENITEZ Jose
SDV
3rd
JACOBS Pieter
SIL
In Total:
1031,0 km
Av. Speed:
40,1 km/h
44th Presidential Tour of Turkey Results