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Tour de Georgia- Success for Danielson- 04/25/05
Liège-Bastogne-Liège- Victory for Vinokourov- 04/24/05
Tour of Georgia- Danielson on top- 04/23/05
Tour of Switzerland- Ullrich will be there- 04/23/05
Tour of Georgia- Double Victory for Landis- 04/22/05
Tour of Georgia- Armstrong Places- 04/21/05
Fleche-Wallonne- Di Luca Still There!- 04/20/05
Lance Armstrong to retire after the Tour- 04/18/05
Amstel Gold Race- Success for Di Luca- 04/17/05
Tour of Aragon: Final Success for Plaza- 04/17/05
Tour of Aragon and Tour du Finistere- 04/16/05
Tour of Aragon- Record for Petacchi- 04/15/05
Tour of Aragon- Success for Efimkin- 04/14/05
Hondo Fired- 04/14/05
Petacchi Obviously- 04/13/05
Veneberg at the Line- 04/13/05
Tour of Aragon- With Ullrich and Petacchi- 04/12/05

Tour de Georgia- Success for Danielson- 04/25/05

The American Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel team) won the Tour de Georgia in the United
States on Sunday, at the end of the sixth stage won in a sprint by the Canadian Gordon Fraser.  
Another American, Levi Leipheimer, (Gerolsteiner team) finished in second place overall at 4
seconds behind the victor.  As for Lance Armstrong, he came in fifth place in the general
classification.

The last stage of the week was particularly calm with only one escape attempt in the middle of
the race by the Italian Andrea Tafi, followed by Danny Pate, Dominique Perras and Sven
Krauss.  But these four were caught by the peleton with 10 km to the finish, allowing the teams of
the sprinters to take control over the 6 laps at the finish.  Fraser was faster in the sprint than him
teammate, Greg Henderson of New Zealand, who won the title as best sprinter.

Results of Stage 6 :
1. Gordon Fraser (CAN), over 201,5 km in 4h59'
2. Gregory Henderson (NZL) s.t.
3. Aurelien Clerc (SUI) s.t.
4. Danilo Napolitano (ITA) s.t.
5. Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA) s.t.
6. Rene Haselbacher (AUT) s.t.
7. Christian Muller (ALL) s.t.
8. Manuel Quinziato (ITA) s.t.
9. David O'Loughlin (IRL) s.t.
10. Christian Vandevelde (USA) s.t.
...
22. Lance Armstrong (USA) s.t.
29. Tom Danielson (USA) s.t.

Final Classification :
1. Tom Danielson (USA/Discovery Channel) 21h54'44"
2. Levi Leipheimer (USA) at 4"
3. Floyd Landis (USA) 9"
4. Bobby Julich (USA) 1'10"
5. Lance Armstrong (USA) 1'41"
6. David Zabriskie (USA) 3'04"
7. Marco Pinotti (ITA) 3'11"
8. Nathan O'Neill (AUS) 3'14"
9. Michael Blaudzun (DAN) 3'51"
10. Jose Azevedo (POR) 3'58"


Liège-Bastogne-Liège- Victory for Vinokourov- 04/24/05

The Kazak Alexander Vonokourov (T-Mobile team) won the King of the Classics, Liège-Bastogne-
Liège, in a sprint over the German Jens Voigt (CSC team) who was with the victor in an escape.  
Michael Booogerd (Rabobank team) took third place several seconds behind the leader.  The
Italian Paolo Bettini (Quick Step team) was 4th, and  the Australian Cadel Evans (Davitamon
team), 5th.

In this Classic season, Vinokourov took the first victory for his team, T-Mobile, who until now had
come up empty handed, despite having riders like Andreas Klier or Steffen Wesemann,
specialists in the springtime classics.  The Kazak, 31 years of age, thus won his second classic
victory, having previously  taken the Amstel Gold Race in 2003.  He adds to an already
impressive list of results including Paris-Nice (2002, 2003), the Dauphiné Libéré (1999), the Tour
de Switzerland (2003), and a third place in the Tour de France 2003.

Voigt took the lead at the beginning of the climb on the slopes of the Vecquee, 55 km from the
finish, and was joined shortly thereafter by Vinokourov.  The main peleton came as close as 30
seconds behind on the summit of the cote de la Redoute, at 32 km from Ans, before the two
leaders stretched out their lead to over a minute at the start of the last climb, the Saint Nicolas.

Vinokourov tried to drop Voigt on this last climb, but he then decided to wait for the sprint.  He
waited until the last turn, which preceded a straight line to the finish of 220 meters and then
launched his sprint.  The race was very animated and took shape at the start of the climbs
Stockeu and Haute-Levee, and it was here that the race favorite, the Italian Danilo Di Luca,
showed his first signs of weakness.  Di Luca, who finished more than three minutes behind, still
managed to keep his overall lead in the Pro Tour standings.

Tour of Georgia- Danielson on top- 04/23/05

The American, Tom Danielson, (Discovery Channel) took over the lead of the Tour of Georgia
on Saturday by winning the 5th stage.   The leader of his team, Lance Armstrong, is 1'41" back
overall.

At the summit of the highest point in Georgia, where the finish was located in this next to last
stage, Danielson beat out his compatriot Levi Leipheimer by 14 seconds at the end of 182 km of
racing.  Armstrong, the defending champion, was third on the podium at 59” behind the stage
winner.  In the general classification, Danielson has a 4 second lead over Leipheimer with one
day to go.

The decisive attack was launched by Armstrong, six time winner of the Tour de France, on one
of the last climbs of the day.  “On the second to the last climb, Lance attacked and pulled me up
the whole climb.  I stayed on his wheel the whole time and said to myself: ‘I cannot lose this
stage’”, stated Danielson.  “The team was incredible.  When Tom took off I knew that it was all
over”, explained Armstrong, who will give up his crown in the race this year.

Results of the 5th Stage
1. Tom Danielson (USA/Discovery Channel), over 182.4 km in 5h6'15"
2. Levi Leipheimer (USA) at 14"
3. Lance Armstrong (USA) 59"
4. Floyd Landis (USA) 1'09"
5. Bobby Julich (USA) 1'42"
6. Marco Pinotti (ITA) 1'55"
7. Trent Lowe (AUS) 2'10"
8. Saul Raisin (USA) s.t.
9. Michael Blaudzun (DEN) 2'33"
10. Andy Schleck (LUX) s.t.

General Classification
1. Tom Danielson (USA/Discovery Channel) 21h54'44".
2. Levi Leipheimer (USA) at 4"
3. Floyd Landis (USA) 9"
4. Bobby Julich (USA) 1'10"
5. Lance Armstrong (USA) 1'41"

Tour of Switzerland- Ullrich will be there- 04/23/05

Jan Ullrich will race in the Tour of Switzerland (11 to 19 June) before the Tour de France which
will start on July 2 at Fromentine.  The German, who was tempted to race in the Dauphine Libere
( 5 to 12 June), finally opted for the national tour of Switzerland which he won last year.

In his preparation for the Tour de France, the leader of the T-Mobile team plans to take part in
the Tour of Catalan, from the 16th to the 22nd of May, and then the Tour of Switzerland.  His
participation in his national championship (26 June) is not a given since the race circuit is flat
and doesn’t offer much climbing, which he needs to prepare for the Tour de France

Ullrich, the only German to have ever won the Tour de France (1997), has ended up second five
times.  With regard to some of Ullrich’s teammates, the Kazak Alexandre Vinokourov plans to
race in the Dauphine, and as for the German Andreas Kloden, surprisingly second in the Tour in
2004, no decisions have yet been made.

Tour of Georgia- Double Victory for Landis- 04/22/05

Excellent results for Floyd Landis.  The American (Phonak team) won the individual time trial of
29.9 km, raced in Rome, and took the lead in the general classification of the Tour of Georgia
ahead of three compatriots, David Zabriskie (19”), Christopher Baldwin (22”) and Bobby Julich
(28”).  Lance Armstrong found himself in a modest 9th position in the stage and 9th place overall
at 1’42” behind.

Racing in the rain, the six time winner of the Tour de France ceded 1’46” to his countryman and
ex-teammate, who crossed the line in 39’58”.  “Clearly very disappointing”, stated the soon to be
retired rider who announced on Monday that he will end his career after this year’s Tour de
France.  “I didn’t feel very well.  But I think I will do better.  Last year I really raised my form to a
new level.  This year I am behind.  But as I say: now I know what I need to do.”

Before a hilltop finish on Saturday, the racers will have more than 200km Friday (215km), with
several climbs that could change the overall classification and allow Armstrong to make up for his
relatively poor time trial.  “We have to be aggressive”, indicated Armstrong in speaking about his
team’s strategy (Discovery Channel team).  “Now the pace will be pushed by Phonak and CSC.  
We don’t have to do all the work.”

Third Stage Results :
1. Floyd Landis (USA/Phonak) for 29,9 km in 39'58.
2. David Zabriskie (USA) at 19".
3. Christopher Baldwin (USA) 22".
4. Bobby Julich (USA) 28".
5. Nathan O'Neill (AUS) 43".
6. Levi Leipheimer (USA) 50".
7. Tom Danielson (USA) 1'00".
8. Viatcheslav Ekimov (RUS) 1'21".
9. Lance Armstrong (USA) 1'46".
10. Brian Vandborg (DAN) 1'47".

General Classification :
1. Floyd Landis (USA/Phonak) 11h14'19".
2. David Zabriskie (USA) at 19".
3. Christopher Baldwin (USA) 22".
4. Bobby Julich (USA) 28".
5. Nathan O'Neill (AUS) 43".
6. Levi Leipheimer (USA) 50".
7. Tom Danielson (USA) 1'00".
8. Viatcheslav Ekimov (RUS) 1'21".
9. Lance Armstrong (USA) 1'42".
10. Brian Vandborg (DAN) 1'47".


Tour of Georgia- Armstrong Places- 04/21/05

The Australian Peter Wrolich won the second stage of the Tour of Georgia on Wednesday.  The
third place victory by Lance Armstrong in that stage leaves him in position to win the event.  The
Italian racer Manuel Quinziatto came in second.

The rider from Texas took a jump in the overall standings by moving from 16th place overall to
5th.  “I feel pretty good, but it has to be said that we haven’t had a difficult day yet. The first hard
stage is Thursday, so I’ll have a better idea about my conditioning tomorrow” added the
American, who won the 2004 edition of the event.

Results of the Second Stage, Fayetteville - Rome
1. Peter Wrolich (AUT/Gerolsteiner), for 197,5 km in 4h46'29"
2. Manuel Quinziato (ITA/Prodir-Saunier Duval) s.t.
3. Lance Armstrong (USA/Discovery Channel) s.t.
4. Ivan Fanelli (ITA/LPR) s.t.
5. Bobby Julich (USA/CSC) at 1"
6. Sven Krauss (ALL) s.t.
7. Tom Danielson (USA) s.t.
8. David Canada (ESP) s.t.
9. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG) s.t.
10. Tim Larkin (USA) s.t.
...

General Classification :
1. Robert Hunter (AFS/Phonak) in 10h34'11"
2. Peter Wrolich (AUT/Gerolsteiner) s.t.
3. Manuel Quinziato (ITA/Prodir-Saunier Duval) at 4"
4. Ben Brooks (AUS/Jelly Belly-Pool Gel) at 4"
5. Lance Armstrong (USA/Discovery Channel) at 6"
...
10. Bobby Julich (USA) at 10"

Di Luca Still There!- 04/20/05

Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas team) scored a nice double.  Three days after having won the Amstel
Gold Race, the Italian carried the 69th edition of the Fleche Wallonne, where the finish is located
at the top of the mur de Huy in Belgium, after 201.5 km of racing.  Kim  Kirchen, champion of
Luxemburg, and the Italian Davide Rebellin, the winner in 2004, made up the rest of the podium.  
The Spaniard David Etzebarria came in 4th in front of his compatriots Oscar Freire, and the
reigning world champion, Angel Vicioso.

More good news for Danilo Di Luca:  in winning this race he took over the lead of the general
classification of the Pro Tour.  Last year he lost a duel against Davide Rebellin at the summit of
the mur de Huy, a climb of 1 km which is extremely steep, at 19% grade.

The Race
The peleton arrived in a group at the start of this last climb after a failed escape attempt led by
the German Jens Voigt, survivor of a group that leapt from the peleton during the first hour of the
race at the instigation of the Frenchman, Frederic Finot.  Voigt left his companions (Poilvet,
Bramati, Kaisen, Van de Wouwer, Finot) at 60 km before Huy, before dropping the Belgian Jef
Peeters, the last person to stay with him.

Nursing a lead of one minute 20 seconds at 20 km from the finish line, the German was caught
with only 4 km to go after several teams took up the chase (Liquigas, Gerolsteiner, Baleares,
Liberty, Lampre) led by a small group (Kaschechkin, Pineau, Pereiro, Chavanel) at the beginning
of the Huy climb.

29 years of age, Danilo Di Luca is trying to match what Davide Rebellin accomplished last year
by winning three of the classic races in the Ardennes region, of which the final one, Liege-
Bastogne-Liege will take place on Sunday. “Liege, that’s the race that I like the best.  I hope to
win”, stated the day’s winner after the finish.

Lance Armstrong to retire after the Tour- 04/18/05

During a press conference on Monday, the American, Lance Armstrong, six-time winner of the
Tour de France, announced that he will retire after the 2005 event which will start next July 2.

“The Tour de France will be my last race as a professional, whether I win or I lose” stated the
Texan.  “Having said that, I am totally motivated for winning a seventh Tour”.  At 33 years of age,
Armstrong is undefeated in the Tour since 1999.

As a professional since 1992, Lance Armstrong made an impact the following year by winning a
stage in the Tour de France (Chalons-Verdun) and above all by winning the world
championship.  This was followed by successes in the Classic San Sebastian (1995) and the
Fleche Wallonne (1996), as well as another stage victory in the Tour (Montpon-Limoges in 1995).

But in 1996, at the age of 25, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer which caused him to miss
the entire season.  He underwent aggressive treatment and he finally succeeded in being
declared free of cancer.  He then returned to competition and performed astoundingly well.

In 2004 Armstrong won his 6th  consecutive Tour de France, passing five time winners Jacques
Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain.  His total stage victories in the Tour
are now 22, (including one team time trial victory).  Since his return to competition in 1998 he
also won the Grand Prix of nations, the Dauphine Libere (twice), and the Grand Prix du Midi
Libre.

“The hardest thing for me, when I am in Europe, is being separated from my children who are in
Texas” stated the American several weeks ago.  “These repeated absences and the long
distance from them make me come to the point where I just want to say stop, and go home to be
near them.”

“Certain people tell me that I can continue to compete, but others tell me that’s it’s time to hang it
up and go home”, he affirmed on Monday, describing the influence of his three children on his
life.  Divorced since 2003, he now lives with the singer Cheryl Crow.

“I am 100% sure that this is the right decision” continued Armstrong.  “This is a final decision and
won’t change.  I think our team can develop another winner of the Tour de France.”

The six time winner of the Tour also added that he might participate in some amateur mountain
bike races in the future.

Success for Di Luca- 04/17/05

The Italian Danilo De Luca (Liquigas team) won the Amstel Gold Race in a sprint, the eighth
event of the new Pro Tour circuit, which was raced on Sunday between Maastricht and
Valkenburg.  The Dutchman Michael Boogerd (Rabobank team) took second in this classic in the
Ardennes, which will be followed by the Felche Wallonne on Wednesday, and Liege-Bastogne-
Liege, to be held next Sunday.

The Amstel Gold race took place in wet and foggy weather and was won in the last climb.  Di
Luca obtained his first victory in this race by edging out a group who escaped prior to the summit
of the Cauberg climb, where the finish was located.  The defending champion, the Italian Davide
Rebellin, finished fourth.

His Second Trophy in a Week
Beforehand, an escape of four riders was launched in the early kilometers by a group composed
of Christophe Moreau, Erwin Thijs, Alain Van Katwijk and Andriy Grivko. This group held a lead
over the peleton until the final hour of the race.  Moreau and the Belgian Thijs held on until
Gulpergerg, at 28 km from the finish line, where Leon Van Bon and Steffen Wesemann and then
David Etxebarria, Karsten Kroon et Marc Lotz leaped away from the peleton.

Wesemann, Etxebarria, Kroon and Lotz, who were not able to build a gap greater than 30
seconds, ended up being caught at the entrance to Valkenburg, two km from the finish.  This
final section favored the man in the best condition, Di Luca, (3rd in 2003 and 4th in 2004) having
already won an event of the Pro Tour last week by winning the Tour of the Basque Country.

Tour of Aragon: Final Success for Plaza- 04/17/05

In the lead since his victory in the time trial on Saturday, the Spaniard Ruben Plaza (Valence
team) won the 42nd edition of the Tour of Aragon on Sunday.  The fifth and last stage, raced on
Sunday over 139 km between Borja and Illueca, was won by the Australian, Allan Davis (Liberty
team).

A Double Victory for Plaza- 04/16/05

The Spaniard Ruben Plaza (Valence team) took the lead in the general classification in the Tour
of Aragon from the Russian Vladimir Efimkin (Barloworld team) by taking the victory Saturday in
the 4th stage of the event.  He had the best time in the individual time trial of 11.2 km which took
place between Herrera de Los Navarros and Vitgen de la Sierra de Herrera.

Success for Gerrans- 04/16/05

The Australian Simon Gerrans (AG2R team) won the 20th edition of the Tour of the Finistere
(region in north-west France) on Saturday in Quimper.  In a sprin the Frenchman David
Moncoutie (Cofidis team) and the Russian Yuri Orofino (Dynamo Moscow team).
Results:
1. Simon Gerrans (AUS/AG2R) 175.3 km in 4h18'27" (40.696 km/h)
2.
David Moncoutié (FRA) s.t.
3. Yuri Trofimov (RUS) s.t.
4.
Anthony Charteau (FRA) s.t.
5. Benoît Vaugrenard (FRA) 04" behind


Record for Petacchi- 04/15/05

Already the winner of the first stage on Wednesday between Alcala de la Selva and Valderrbres,
the Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo team) won the third stage on Friday of the Tour of
Aragon, raced over 173.5 km between Sabinanigo and Saragossa.  Victorious in the second
stage on Thursday, the Russian Vladimir Efimkin (Barloworld team) kept the overall lead in the
general classification.

Already the winner this year of Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Valence, and the Trophy Luis Puig,
the unsurpassable Petacchi now holds the record of success in the Tour of Aragon with seven
victories, ahead of his compatriot Mario Cipollini.


Success for Efimkin- 04/14/05

Le Russian Vladimir Efimkin (Barloworld team) won the second stage of the Tour of Aragon on
Thursday, raced over 206.5 km between Alcaniz and Sabinanigo, and thus took over first place
in the general classification.

Efimkin beat the Spaniard Luis Perez in a sprint.  The two men, who together escaped at 17 km
to the finish line, finished 14 seconds ahead of the main peloton.  In the general classification,
Vladimir Efimkin has a 4 second lead over Luis Perez and 15 seconds over the Australian Allan
Davis.

A very bad accident occurred at kilometer 14.  The Spaniard Efrain Gutierrez (Andalucia team)
smashed into a parked car on the left side of the course.  Evacuated by helicopter to a hospital
in Saragossa, he suffered a ruptured spleen and a fractured femur, according to the Spanish
television channel TVE2.

Friday the riders leave from Sabinanigo and arrive in Saragossa after 173.5 km.

Hondo Fired- 04/14/05

The German team Gerolsteiner announced in a press release on Thursday, that effective
immediately it had terminated the contract of Danilo Hondo as a result of a positive test on his
second sample for carphedon.

Second in Milan-San Remo on 19 March, Danilo Hondo, whose contract with Gerolsteiner was to
run until 31 December, 2005, tested positive twice for this stimulant resulting from urine tests
taken during the Tour de Murcie where he was the winner of the first two stages.  He had been
on suspension after the first test while awaiting the results of a second sample.  

Petacchi Obviously- 04/13/05

The Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo team) took the first stage of the Tour of Aragon
on Wednesday, raced over 167.7 km between Alcala de la Selva and Valderrobres (Spain).

Veneberg at the Line- 04/13/05

The 93rd edition of the Grand Prix of l’Escaut, which counts toward the European circuit, was
contested on Wednesday over 200 km and won in a sprint by the Dutchman Thorwald Vineberg
(Rabobank team).

Veneberg took the victory from his break-away companion, the champion of Lithuania, Tomas
Vaitkus.  The two men led the race from the 57th kilometer.  Thorwald Veneberg thus won his
first race as a professional at age 27.  The Italian Simone Cadamuro took third place about 5
minutes behind by beating the Belgian Tom Boonen by a few seconds.  Boonen, who came in
4th, was the recent winner of Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.


Tour of Aragon- With Ullrich and Petacchi- 04/12/05

The German Jan Ullrich and the Italian Alessandro Petacchi will be at the top of the list for the
Tour of Aragon which will begin on Wednesday and which has been won by an Italian for the last
three years.

Petacchi, who won the last three stages last year, can therefore legitimately dream of
succeeding his compatriot Stefan Garzelli, winner in 2004.  But he has to watch out for Galvez,
Davis, and Pagliarini, who are also racing this week in Spain.

As for Jan Ullrich, who competed in his first race of the season last week in the Circuit of la
Sarthe, he would just like to continue his training.  His biggest chance to win during the week will
be on Saturday, with an individual time trial of 11.2 kilometers.

Thirteen teams will compete in this second category race, including Cofidis, the French team
which will feature Cedric Vasseur.

The Stages :
Wednesday - 1st stage - Alcala-Valderrobres (167.7 km)
Thursday- 2nd stage - Alcaniz-Sabinanigo (206.5 km)
Friday- 3rd stage - Sabinanigo-Saragosse (173.5 km)
Saturday- 4th stage - Herrera-Virgen (11.2 km, itt)
Sunday- 5th stage - Borja-Illueca (139 km)

The Teams :
Euskaltel, Baléares, Liberty, Valence, Relax, Kaiku, Orbea, Andalucia, Cofidis, T-Mobile, Fassa
Bortolo, Liquigas et Barloworld.

The Last Five Winners:
2000 : Leonardo Piepoli (ITA)
2001 : Juan Carlos Dominguez (ESP)
2002 : Leonardo Piepoli (ITA)
2003 : Leonardo Piepoli (ITA)
2004 : Stefano Garzelli (ITA)

The Podium Last Year :
1. Garzelli (ITA)
2. Menchov (RUS) s.t.
3. Piepoli (ITA) à 6".
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