JULY 2005

Graciano Fonseca gana en Santa Elena y Javier Zapata recupera el liderato

Domingo, 31 julio

Tópico: Ruta

El boyacense Graciano Fonseca le entregó al equipo Lotería de Boyacá Coordinadora su segundo triunfo parcial de la Vuelta a Colombia, mientras que el antioqueño Javier Zapata llegó, nuevamente, al liderato. Sol... mucho sol La séptima etapa de la Vuelta a Colombia, la que marca el meridiano de la carrera, disputada entre Chinchiná y el corregimiento de Santa Elena, en Medellín, sirvió para que el lote "tomara" el sol, que llegó a los 35º C en la travesía por el Valle del río Cauca, entre La Felisa y La Pintada. Y también para que unos aventureros soñaran con ganar una etapa de lujo, con dos premios de montaña de primera categoría en el camino, el mítico Alto de Minas, y el ascenso a Santa Helena. La vida nos enseña que a veces de creer tanto en los sueños, éstos se vuelven realidad, y así le aconteció al boyacense Graciano Fonseca, quien soñó con volver a ganar una etapa en la Vuelta, luego de la obtenida en la edición 2002, y lo logró en una cabalgata de antología, superando el calor de la travesía por el cañón del Cauca, y el duro ascenso a Minas, el terreno plano en Medellín y el final, de infarto hacia Santa Elena, que se vistió de fiesta para recibir a los visionarios que recorren el país en bicicleta soñando un país mejor. Salida trepidante y muchos ataques La etapa salió muy rápida, y casi que sin control, hasta que se dio la fuga definitiva, en donde los protagonistas fueron el antioqueño Marlon Pérez (Selle Italia-Gobernación Norte de Santander), el guatemalteco Edgar Rodríguez (Frutidelicias Frugos), el antioqueño Jhon Fredy Parra (Aguardiente Antioqueño Lotería Medellin), el quindiano Leonel Bonilla (Gripofen Industriales del Quindio), y los boyacenses Fabio Gordillo, Victor Benitez y Emiro Mata (Indeportes Boyacá Conalmicros Alcaldìas Paipa y Cómbita), Graciano Fonseca e Iván Mauricio Casas (Lotería de Boyacá Coordinadora). Gracias a la calma del lote, y al trabajo coordinado de los fugados, la diferencia llegó a los 11 minutos a pie de puerto, y fue mantenida por los escapados, con la anuencia de un lote que se despreocupó de lo que ocurría adelante. Siendo así, los dos más fuertes, los boyacense Casas y Fonseca se marcharon, dejaron un reguero de escapados, que poco a poco fue absorvido por el lote, y trabajaron mancomunadamente para permitir que Fonseca llegara a pie del puerto de Santa Elena con todas las opciones de ganar... y lo lograron, pues arribó con más de 10 minutos al comienzo del último ascenso, a pesar del trabajo en la parte previa a la subida de los hombres de Orbitel. Pero pareciera que ninguno de los equipos en contienda tiene el podería absoluto para controlar de comienzo a fin la carrera, y esta vez fueron los boyacenses de la Lotería de Boyacá Coordinadora quienes apretaron el paso y descontaron segundos importantes con miras a la general, pues Libardo Niño llegó pisandole los talones a su compañero Fonseca, y descontó más de un minuto a los Orbitel Heberth Gutiérrez, Javier Zapata y Walter Pedraza. Gracias al juego de segundos al final, Zapata se viste de tricolor, dejando segundo a Gutiérrez, y tercero a un Niño que quiere demostrar que lo ocurrido en la Línea tan solo es un mal trago, en un mal día. La vuelta continúa con la etapa entre Medellín y Jericó, con tres premios de montaña, uno de ellos, el Alto del Morro, de Fuera de Categoría, a tan solo 2 kilómetros de la meta en el hermoso pueblo antioqueño. Resultados Séptima Etapa: Chinchiná-Medellín-Santa Elena (204.2 kms) 1.- Graciano Fonseca Coord. Lot. Boyacà 5.49.05 2.- Libardo Niño Coord. Lot. Boyacà a 37 seg 3.- Mauricio Soler Orbitel a 39 4.- Alvaro Sierra Orbitel a 1.07 5.- Vìctor Niño Cord.Lot. Boyacà a 1.16 6.- Alexis Castro Aguard. Antioqueño 7.- Alex Giraldo Aguard. Antioqueño 8.- Hernàn Buenahora Cabimas 9.- Javier Zapata Orbitel a 1.40 10.- Daniel Rincòn Orbitel a 1.52 11.- Hebert Gutièrrez Orbitel General Individual 1.- Javier Zapata Orbitel 31.36.44 2.- Hebert Gutiérrez Orbitel a 11 3.- Libardo Niño Coord. Lot. Boyacà a 41 4.- Alex Giraldo Aguard. Antioqueño a 42 5.- Walter Pedraza Orbitel a 51 6.- Hernan Buenahora Cabimas a 56 7.- Alvaro Sierra Orbitel a 2.33 8.- Vìctor Niño Coord. Lot. Boyacà a 2.35 9.- Mauricio Soler Orbitel a 2.35 10.- Juan D. Ramìrez Aguard. Antioqueño 3.16 Lider Volantes Inderhuila Josè Ibañez Indeportes Boyacà Lider Montaña Fondo Nacional de Ahorro Alvaro Sierra Orbitel Lider Novato Chocolate Corona Mauricio Soler Orbitel Líder Combinada Javier Zapata Orbitel Líder General Bancafé: Javier Zapata Orbitel


Vancouver-

Gord Fraser de ottawa,fue el ganador del TOUR DE GASTOWN 2005

Grain and Fraser 2005 Gastown Champions Vancouver, BC (July 20, 2005) HealthNet's Gord Fraser and Victory Brewing's Gina Grain won the 2005 edition of the Tour de Gastown in front of 30,000 fans. On a perfect summer evening in downtown Vancouver, both riders won close sprint finishes after catching dangerous breakaway moves that characterized the men's and women's races. Gina Grain duelled with Quark's Sarah Uhl in a two-woman sprint, while Gord Fraser came from the pack on the last lap to take his second Gastown victory. "No other race compares," said an emotional and out of breath Fraser holding his son Angus in his arms. "It's such a special event with so much history and it inspires all the riders who come here." The men's race was dominated by breakaways with HealthNet, Navigators, and Symmetrics active in all moves. An early group of Svein Tuft (Symmetrics), Hilton Clarke (Navigators), Gord Fraser (HealthNet), and Derek McMaster (Team Coastal) looked dangerous and put 10 seconds on the pack by the 7th of 50 laps of the 1.2km cobbled circuit. The group dangled out front, working together taking primes in front of a strung-out pack of over 120 riders. McMaster and Fraser would drift back to the pack, leaving Clarke and Tuft who were then joined by the HealthNet pair of Doug Ollerenshaw and Tyler Farrar, Navigator Siro Camponogara and Symmetrics Jake Erker. The six rider break had plenty of horsepower and opened up a gap of 16 seconds by the mid way point of the race. Back in the peloton, Subway and Jittery Joes chased, having been left out of the major move of the evening. With 16 laps to go, North Vancouver resident Kirk O'Bee (Navigators) launched a massive attack at the start/finish, taking advantage of the slight incline up to the hairpin turn at Water and Cordova in an attempt to bridge up to the lead group. Ryan Mackenzie (Subway) tried to go with O'Bee, but would not be able to hold his wheel. In a space of three laps O'Bee bridged up, stacking the odds in favour of the Navigators now with three riders in the lead group of seven. Subway riders Cameron Hughes and Todd Cornelius took over the chase and worked hard to lessen the gap to the lead seven. With 10 laps to go, the lead had shrunk to 10 seconds. A big prime with 9 laps to go taken by Tim Johnson (Jittery Joes) brought the gap down another 5 seconds and over the next lap, the breakaway looked like it had all but given up. In a never-say-die gesture Clarke, Tuft, and Ollerenshaw countered as their group was being absorbed and proceeded to put 12 seconds on the pack in the next two laps, as Jittery Joes Even Elken, Ital Pasta's Nat Faulkner and Brandon Crichton worked hard to shut it down. Then with 3 laps to go, Seattle resident Kenny Williams (FirstRate Mortgage) emerged from the pack at the start/finish, in a last minute attempt to steal the pro's glory. With two laps to go, Williams had bridged to the lead group to make it a four-man sprint. A $2000 crowd prime with two laps to go was won by Ollerenshaw, leaving Clarke, Williams, and Tuft to jockey for position on the last lap with the pack bearing down only 4 seconds behind. It was at that point, just after the hairpin turn on Cordova that Tyler Farrar started his one-lap lead out for Gord Fraser, ramping up the pace to 60kmh, stringing out the pack and blowing by the lead group as they came onto the final straightaway down Water St. From there, Fraser took over, unleashing a trademark sprint that has won him more bike races than any other Canadian cyclist, beating the hard-charging Australian Jeff Hopkins (Jittery Joes) and Navigator Vasili Davidenko Describing the last two laps, Fraser said "We had Doug up the road and he's really not a sprinter. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to catch the group, but Tyler and I found each other at the right moment. It's so loud here, I was screaming at Tyler at the top of my lungs to start it up a little earlier so we could catch the break on the back stretch. Somehow he heard me and just did an incredible lead-out. He hit it so fast, I could barely hold his wheel." Fraser, who won the race in 2003, said about his future plans "As long as there's a Gastown and as long as I'm still racing, I'll be here." The women’s race started with an emotional tribute to the fallen Australian rider Amy Gillett who was killed in Germany during a training ride accident. Australian Helen Kelly and the rest of the women’s riders sported black armbands in honour of the rider and her teammates. The women's race saw the largest turnout of riders since the race returned to Gastown in 2001, with over 50 competitors. The 30 lap race started fast with Lyne Bessette (Sports Experts - Louis Garneau), Erinne Willock (Webcor), and Helen Kelly (Quark) all setting the pace early. Gina Grain (Victory Brewing) took a prime at the 12 lap mark of the race and continued her acceleration up Water St, causing a chase from Helen Kelly and Alison Testerote (Team Alberta). The two riders caught Grain and the three worked together over the next 5 laps to put a lead onto the group of 10 seconds. Marni Hambleton and Mandy Poitras (Symmetrics) lead the chase until Sarah Uhl (Quark) attacked from the peloton in an attempt to bridge to her teammate Kelly in the lead group. Uhl closed the gap, making a lead group of four riders. "If they stayed away I didn't know how it would go down with Helen and Gina, so I decided I'd try to get across," said Uhl. "I got across and was pretty excited as I haven't had too much of a history of bridging to breaks!" With Uhl, winner of the Tour de Delta the weekend previous, up the road and her teammate Kelly working for her, Grain attacked the break to force a split. At the same time, Bessette and Testroete worked the front of the main field. The break was caught on the next lap and it was all together with 10 laps to go. Prime sprints taken by Grain and Poitras punctuated a few tentative laps with the pack all together until the crowd prime at 2 laps to go was announced. With $1000 on the line, Lyne Bessette tried her luck and attacked to take the cash and put a few seconds on the pack. "I thought I might be able to stay away," said Bessette. "When I was on the other side [Cordova] I had a good little gap, but Quark really wanted it and chased me down." "Lyne had a really good gap on us when she went for that prime and it's actually the best thing that could have happened for us as it kept the pace high on the last lap," said Grain. "I like it fast, so the faster the better." Kelly chased hard down the back straight on Cordova catching Bessette and setting up the sprint for teammate Uhl. Onto the final straightaway, Uhl lead out the sprint with Grain on her wheel. Grain came around with 50 meters to go, taking a close sprint from Uhl. "On the last corner, I was in third position, wound it up and pounded it into the finish," said Grain, the 31 year old from Victoria. Two bike lengths behind, Canadian Junior National Team member Joelle Numainville took third place. Fresh off her wins as the Junior Road and Time Trial Champion at the National Cycling Championships in Kamloops, the 17 year old Numainville considered her third place to be a significant accomplishment. "The manager of the team said he wanted one girl on the team on the podium and I was like... ha, you are crazy!" said an excited Numainville at the end of the race. "But I felt good all race and jumped onto Gina's wheel on the last lap, but they [Uhl & Grain] are so fast! I finished great and I'm very happy." Bessette was equally complementary of the upstart from Quebec. "Joelle had a really great race! She was in a perfect spot when she had to be on that last lap and I'm really happy for her." Quark's Kelly, an Australian, dedicated her race to her friend Amy Gillett who was tragically killed in an accident when a car went out of control hitting her and her teammates during a training ride in Germany on Tuesday. "Today's a tribute for Amy," said Kelly. "We tried to do a good race for her."


BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND CAP’S BICYCLE SHop BRINGING BC CYCLING MEMORABILIA TO STORYEUM FOR TOUR DE GASTOWN

VANCOUVER, BC (July 14, 2005) - The riders coming to Gastown for the Tour de Gastown on July 20 may be the fastest in North America, but they’ve never ridden anything like the Schwinn Red Devil that Alfred Letourner rode to a record speed of 174 km/h in 1941. The Red Devil is part of the cycling memorabilia that Storyeum, Vancouver’s newest entertainment attraction, will have on display in its Water Street lobby during July to celebrate the 25th Tour de Gastown and BC Superweek. The items have been provided by the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and Cap’s Bicycle Shop. “Storyeum tells the spectacular stories of BC’s rich history and the people who made this province what it is today,” said Storyeum founder Danny Guillaume. “The Tour de Gastown may have started in 1973, but Gastown’s rich cycling history actually dates back to 1887 when the first bicycle race in Vancouver was run right here on Water Street between two Penny Farthings. We ’re delighted to give everyone a chance to check out the amazing items that have been provided by the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and Cap’s Bicycle Shop.” Among the displays will be an 1885 Elliott Hickory “Scorcher” with wooden spokes, built before the advent of inner tubes; a turn-of-the-century Penny Farthing; a 1929 CCM track bike raced by the great Torchy Peden; and one of the bikes used by the legendary long distance rider John Hathaway. For more information on Cap’s Bicycle Shop, visit www.capsbicycleshop.com. For more information on the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, visit www.bcsportshalloffame.com. Storyeum is Vancouver’s newest entertainment attraction, a theatrical adventure under the streets of historic Gastown.. Its new season show is a 65-minute journey through British Columbia’s history featuring dozens of performers, state-of-the-art visual effects, seven elaborate sets and two of the world’s largest passenger lifts. For more information, visit www.storyeum.com Selected cycling memorabilia on display at Storyeum: Penny Farthing Bicycle The Penny Farthing, also referred to as the 'High' or 'Ordinary' bicycle, was first invented in 1871 by British engineer, James Starley. The Penny Farthing was the first really efficient bicycle, consisting of a small rear wheel and large front wheel pivoting on a simple tubular frame with tires of rubber. Elliott Hickory “Scorcher”, 1885 A beautifully preserved bike with hard rubber tires and wooden spokes that pre-date the advent of inner tubes. Torchy Peden’s CCM Racing Bicycle, 1929 Ridden by William ‘Torchy’ Peden in a variety of local cycling races around Victoria and Vancouver in late 1920s. Torchy later turned professional and joined the lucrative six-day cycling race circuit that competed all over North America. Over his career, he won 38 six-day events, often teaming with this brother, Doug Peden, one of BC’s best all-round athletes ever. Schwinn Red Devil, 1941 Alfred Letourner rode this unique bicycle to a record speed of 174 km/h in 1941. It featured the finest steel tubing from England and a chain drive with a remarkable gear ratio of 9 ½ to 1 and a 252” gear. John Hathaway’s Witcomb Bicycle, 1980s A legendary long distance rider, John Hathaway rode more than 300,000 kms in his lifetime. He set a cross-Canada record in 1956 (24 ½ days) and on one of his trips, rode this bike 48,000 kms through 48 US states in 23 months. The BC Randonneurs Cycling Club’s “Iron Butt” Award is named in his honour. O.B. Allan Trophy Awarded to the winner of the Vancouver Bicycle Club Annual Road Race from 1926 to 1983. Prominent winners of this trophy include Lorne ‘Ace’ Atkinson (1939) and Jim Davies (1948, 1957), both BC Sports Hall of Fame inductees.


JULY 2004

TOUR GASTOWN 30,000 CYCLING FANS ATTEND TO SEE THIS FREE EVENT

Jonas Carney (JellyBelly) wins his second Tour de Gastown, 14 years after winning his first Gastown, edging out Tyler Farrar (HealthNet) and Marty Nothstein (Navigators).Manon Jutras (Quark) wins in a solo break with teammate Sarah Uhl (Quark) taking the pack sprint over third place rider Sara Neil (Trek/VW)

Entre los participantes a este encuentro internacional de ciclismo se encontraban los ciclistas de Costa Rica Carlos Zalazar Campeón nacional, Pablo Araya ganador de la medalla de plata del campionato Nacional de Costa Rica.. Otro pedalista Latinoamericano de gran experiencia en el ciclismo es el MISIL: Ivan Domínguez de la república de Cuba, quien entra a la meta en octava posición en el Tour de Gastown.

Julio Cesar Lara entrevistando a Ivan Dominguez momentos antes de dar inicio la carrera del TOUR DE GASTOWN .

Photos by Julio Cesar Lara (MYL, NEWS.)

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