Albury triumphs in Riyadh Wheelers cycle event

Updated 24 March 2016
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Albury triumphs in Riyadh Wheelers cycle event

RIYADH: The major event of the Riyadh Wheelers season, the 100km road race was held at the weekend on a cool and breezy morning to the east of the city. The Wheelers’ major sponsor, ITEA International Ltd, again stepped up and provided prizes to the winners in all categories including the top three.
Brothers Edoardo and Luigi Lando from ITEA, also competed in the event and revealed their passion for cycling.
After a short race brief from soon to be retiring Chairman Rob Patrick, 55 riders were sent on their way on the first of 6 laps of a tough circuit.
The first 10km was enjoyed at tempo pace, during which Rodel Flores made his now trademark attack, so it was left to Chad Albury to make the first serious move followed by young Saudi Omar Al Jarallah, who was not able to live with the pace the Bahamas International rider was setting. Behind a chase pack of around 20 riders formed, which reduced with each passing lap.

Going into the final lap, the chasers had still not reeled in Albury, so a sprint for second looked inevitable, with Gareth Gallagher, Tom Dzurilla, Thierry Mathy and Kris Ahlin keeping the pace high which further reduced the numbers, including some of the feared sprinters.
Albury was already savoring his victory as the final kilometer approached for the chasers, riding into a strong head wind and also uphill, a perfect setting for the stronger ëpunchyí rider. Right on cue, Club Champion Mathy attacked and made no mistake holding off a late challenge from Ahmed Al Qumizi, who in turn held off Ahlin, Tomas Van Dop, Gallagher, Jeff Roetter, Patrick, Dzurillz and Geron Guanlao.

RESULTS:
1 Chad Albury; 2 Thierry Mathy; 3 Ahmed Al Qumizi; 4 Kris Ahlin; 5 Thomas Van Dop; 6 Gareth Gallagher; 7 Jeff Roetter; 8 Rob Patrick; 9 Tomas Dzurilla; 10 Geron Guanlao; 11 Graham Bell; 12 John Adams; 13 Bruno Syfrig; 14 Bryan Dimacali; 15 Rida Qahaali; 16 Lars Olvein; 17 Jiri Kuba ; 18 Greg Wilson; 19 Ralf Chan; 20 David McNamara; 21 Kevin Walsh; 22 Roy Delos Santos; 23 Sylvain Girardeau; 24 Sergey Yurchenko; 25 Jaime Sunga; 26 Gordon Lawrie; 27 William Tolentino; 28 Jose Altavas; 29 Patrick Can Daele; 30 Percival Soliman; 31 Yezith Forero; 32 Abdulmahsin Alhashim; 33 Edoardo Lando; 34 Jessie Javier; 35 Ahmed Hamidalddin; 36 Thomas Brackmann; 37 Rurik Santos; W-1 Veronique Mathy; 38 Jeffrey Portem; 39 Bernard Detomal; 40 Sergey Yurchenko; 41 Richard Mendoza; 42 Benedict Ella; 43 Luigi Lando.

Categories:

Open: Tomas van Dop.
Veteran: Kris Ahlin
Master: John Adams
Senior: Rob Patrick
CAT B: Vero Mathy


Bert van Marwijk confirmed as new UAE boss

Updated 20 March 2019
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Bert van Marwijk confirmed as new UAE boss

  • Former Saudi Arabia coach given task of guiding the UAE to their first World Cup since 1990.
  • To be presented to the fans just before the UAE take on the Green Falcons on Thursday.

LONDON: The UAE FA has confirmed that Bert van Marwijk is to be the national side’s new coach.
The former Saudi Arabia manager arrived in Dubai on Wednesday to thrash out terms and has agreed to a deal that sees him potentially stay in the dugout through to the 2023 Asian Cup.
The Dutchman becomes the new UAE coach with the national side in a state of flux. The much-heralded “Golden Generation” failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup and underwhelmed on their way to the Asian Cup semifinals on home soil in January.
He replaces Alberto Zaccheroni whose defensive tactics both failed to find success and inspire the fans. The Italian left the job after the last-four exit at the Asian Cup.
Thanks to his track record with Saudi Arabia Van Marwijk was reportedly the UAE’s first choice to take the side into World Cup qualifying, which starts in September — his first task being to get the Whites to their first World Cup since 1990.
The 66-year-old guided the Green Falcons to the Russian World Cup — the Saudis’ first appearance at the showpiece for 12 years — during a two-year stint which ended in September 2017 after contractual negotiations broke down.
The UAE face his former side in a friendly on Thursday, with a friendly against Syria set for next Tuesday. Van Marwijk will be in the stands for those matches with interim boss Saleem Abdelrahman in charge of the players on the pitch.
The Dutchman will be presented to the public and media shortly before Thursday’s friendly against the Green Falcons.