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    Final Division 1 team lineup

    Kelme, Domina Vacanze out of Division I

    The UCI and the Professional Cycling Council (PCC) announced Friday the final Division I team registrations for 2004, which notably do not include Kelme and Domina Vacanze. The final three teams to complete the required documentation for Division I were US Postal Service-Berry Floor, Alessio-Bianchi, and Milaneza Maia. Filling the two vacancies will be Palmans-Collstrop and Relax-Bodysol.

    Per UCI regulations, if Domina Vacanze and Kelme can provide meet the conditions necessary to proceed by January 15, they will be granted Division II status.

    The full Division I list for 2004:

    Ag2R-Prévoyance
    Bianchi-Alessio
    Bankgiroloterij Cycling Team
    Brioches La Boulangère
    Crédit Agricole
    Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf
    Cofidis Le Crédit par Téléphone
    Team CSC
    De Nardi
    Euskaltel-Euskadi
    Fassa Bortolo
    FDJeux.com
    Gerolsteiner
    Illes Balears-Banesto
    Lampre
    Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
    Lotto-Domo
    Liberty Seguros
    Milaneza Maia
    Palmans-Collstrop
    Phonak Hearing Systems
    Quick.Step-Davitamon
    Rabobank
    RAGT Semences-MG Rover
    Relax-Bodysol
    Saeco Macchine per Caffe
    Saunier Duval-Prodir
    T-Mobile
    US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
    Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie

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    opps Laggard you beat me by one minute!

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    First time I ever outsprinted anyone!

    This is fairly huge news.

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    I wonder if Kelme might be at their end? I'm guessing this would make the Kelme and Domina riders want to jump ship as soon as possible? (their top riders, atleast)

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    I'm guessing that Giovanni Lombardi is elated that he left Domina for Fassa Bortolo. Not only does he get to race division I but he's out of Cipos shadow. Then again, he's now under the shadow of Petacchi.

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    Palmans

    Good to see Palmans-Collstrop make Div1. I think this will be Roger Hammond's first year on a Div1 team.

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    Can div. 2 teams be invited to HC, world cup, or grand tour races?

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    yes

    Quote Originally Posted by brent_dube
    Can div. 2 teams be invited to HC, world cup, or grand tour races?
    Yes, Div2 teams are routinely invited to HC, WC races, and 2 of the Grand Tours, the Giro and the Vuelta. Especially if the team is from the country the race is in. Rarely do they get invited to the TDF. Palmans-Collstrop is a regular participant in the Belgian Classics.

    Here is a photog of Erwin Thijs during his 210km break, of which 80km was solo, in the Tour of Flanders:
    Last edited by don d.; 01-10-04 at 11:50 AM.

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    Van Dyck

    Here is a photog of Collstrop-Palmans rider Herman Van Dyck with Fred Rodriguez in the 2002 Ghent-Wevelgem race when he finished in a break with Mario Cipollini, George Hincapie, and Fred. Mario won the sprint.

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    Div2 in Vuelta

    Here is a photog of Felix Cardenas from the Div2 team Labarca. He won the KOM competition in the 2003 Tour of Spain.

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    Domina was a Division II team last year anyways.

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    I believe the Belgian rider, pictured above, riding with Fred Rodriguez, is Hendrik Van Dyck.

    Kelme has provided the sport with longevity and the greatest stage-race entertainers of our time. Let us hope this never ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingRene
    I believe the Belgian rider, pictured above, riding with Fred Rodriguez, is Hendrik Van Dyck.
    Correction acknowledged. I was trying to hard to spell his last name right, and overlooked his first.

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    Does anyone know where I could find a list of confirmed and possible riders for all them thar teams? I just found out the Tyler is off CSC (must pay more attention), and I find myself wondering who else has gone where.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny B
    Does anyone know where I could find a list of confirmed and possible riders for all them thar teams? I just found out the Tyler is off CSC (must pay more attention), and I find myself wondering who else has gone where.
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/?id=2003/transfers03

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    Those were the transfers, and here's the 2004 Teams Database, from cyclingnews.

    You missed Hamilton's jump to Phonak? Surely we don't need to tell you about Jan's whereabouts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by girl27
    Surely we don't need to tell you about Jan's whereabouts...
    Taking ex and hanging out with German supermodels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard
    Taking ex and hanging out with German supermodels?
    Haa! I knew he must've had a good reason to miss training... but T-Mobile called it "influenza".

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    Valencia (government of) has indicated that they will step in and support the Kelme team if necessary in order to keep the members employed.

    Cheers...Gary

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    ...from www.cyclingnews.com

    The embattled Kelme team should be able to continue and race in Division II this year, after a rescue package has been put together by the Generalitat Valenciana and Kelme management. Valencia's secretary of Culture, Education and Sport, Esteban González Pons, and Kelme team manager Pepe Quiles signed an agreement on Thursday which will ensure the future of the team. The Generalitat Valenciana will contribute €1.8 million as the main sponsor and the team will be known as Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme.

    The UCI said that it is unlikely to decide before the end of the week which teams will qualify for Division II.

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