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Tour of Germany- Leipheimer victorious- 08/23/05
Tour of Germany- Ullrich for the 8th- 08/22/05
Tour of Germany- 7th stage for Evans- 08/21/05
Tour of Germany- Success for Iglinskiy- 08/20/05
Tour of Germany- The 5th for Bennati- 08/19/05
Tour of Germany- Leipheimer OK- 08/18/05
Tour of Germany- Success for Bennati- 08/17/05
Tour of Germany- Success for Pozzato- 08/16/05
Tour of Germany- Tankink victorious- 08/15/05
Tour of Germany- Ullrich the favorite- 08/14/05
San Sebastian Classic- Zaballa Imposes Himself- 08/13/05

Tour of Germany- Leipheimer victorious- 08/23/05

The American Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) won the Tour of Germany in the general
classification after completing the 9th and last stage, linking Bad Kreuznach à Bonn
(168 km).  The stage was won in a sprint by Daniele Bennati (Lampre).

In the general classification, Leipheimer defeated the German Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile),
who did not attain his objective of winning the race, and the Austrian Georg Totschnig
(Gerolsteiner).

Ullrich, 2nd once again behind an American
The victory of Levi Leipheimer illustrated the failure of Jan Ullrich, incapable of winning
in his home country as the favorite.  With a victory greatly anticipated in the Tour of
Germany after the retirement of the American Lance Armstrong, Ullrich must be
contented with a mediocre 2nd place after racing 1510 kilometers in 9 stages, ironically
behind another American.

During the two mountain stages, the winner of the Tour de France in 1997 showed he
was having bad days, tired, gasping for breath and dominated by the slopes while
Leipheimer took off toward victory.  “I never have raced so much in the rain”, he stated,
pointing out he had a cold.  But “Ulle” is once again disappointed.

Tour of Germany- Ullrich for the 8th- 08/22/05

Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) won the individual time trial on Monday over 31.1 kilometers
between Ludwigshafen et Weinheim.  The German’s time was 36’56” over a fast course
with long portions on the autoroute (freeway) with an average speed of 50.5 km/h.  The
winner of the Tour de France in 1997 was always in front, continuously closing in on the
leader of the general classification, Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), who finished 3rd in
the stage.  He was ahead of the American by 13" after 9.6 km, 26" after 19.1 km, 43"
after 25.9 km and finally 54" at the completion of 31.1 km.

This victory in the eighth and next to last stage in the Tour of Germany permitted Ullrich
to climb up the ladder in the general classification, going from 5th to 2nd place.  He is
now only 31 seconds behind Leipheimer.

The profile of the last stage between Bad Kreuznach and Bonn over 168 kilometers,
however, should not allow him to catch Leipheimer and to win the Tour of Germany (his
objective for the end of the season).  The ninth stage could in fact turn into a parade
for his American rival, a bit like the finish on the Champs-Elysées in the Tour de France
where Ullrich saw his arch rival Lance Armstrong win for the seventh time.

Tour of Germany- 7th stage for Evans- 08/21/05

The Australian Cadel Evans (Davitamon) won the seventh stage of  the Tour of
Germany on Sunday, which took place between Singen and Feldberg.  The American
Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) remained head of the general classification and
extended his lead over Jan Ullrich by taking nearly 30” from the German.  The German
will have to fight in the last stages to make up time.

Taking place in rain and cold, the 7th stage was expected to be decisive in this Tour of
Germany:  and it was for Jan Ullrich, who was incapable of following the pace of Evans
and Leipheimer in the ultimate climb of the stage.

Ullrich dropped
Evans, eighth in the Tour de France 2005, confirmed that he has the makings of a
grand tour stage race winner:  neither Leipheimer nor the Swiss Fabian Jeker were able
to drop him in the last kilometer, and still less Ullrich, who fell off the pace with 3 km to
the finish.

The story of the stage was played out in the first bends of the Feldberg climb when the
escapees of the first hour of the race, including the Spaniard Ablerto Contador, were
caught by a group of ten riders, including the favorites.

Led by Fabian Jeker, the group became smaller and smaller as the road became
steeper, progressively reaching a grade of 12.3% in it’s steepest portion.  Jeker made
the decisive attack, fatal to Ullrich, while the yellow jersey wearer Levi Leipheimer was
content to let the sprint be taken by Evans who finished in front of the German Jorg
Jaksche and Jeker.


Tour of Germany- Success for Iglinskiy- 08/20/05

The American Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) held onto the leader’s jersey after a
nervous sixth stage of the Tour of Germany marked by incessant attacks.  The stage
was won in a sprint finish by the Kazakh Maxim Iglinskiy (Domina Vacanze) in front of his
eight escape companions, led by the Belgian Jürgen Van den Broeck (Discovery
Channel).  The peloton, led by the German Bjoern Schroeder (Wiessenhof), arrived 1’
34” later.

In the general classification, Levi Leipheimer holds a lead of 18 seconds over his
teammate, the Austrian Georg Totschnig, and 56” over the favorite, the German Jan
Ulrich (T-Mobile).  The decisive stages in the event will occur over the next two days.  
Sunday the finish will be at 1270 meters altitude after a 20km first-category climb, the
highest point in the Black Forest.  If Jan Ullrich thinks that this seventh stage will be the
start of “serious matters”, he can also steal the bacon at the individual time trial on
Monday.

Today the decisive escape took place at 105 km into the race and was instigated by the
American Bobby Julich (CSC).  The group of nine riders, including Julich and Iglinskiy,
built up a lead of three minutes over the main peloton.  With three kilometers to the
finish, the American took off and left the company of his escape companions, who
caught him again in the final kilometer.  The sprint was thus won by Iglinskiy to
everyone’s surprise.  The expected winner of the sprint, the Italian Alessandro Ballan
(Lampre), winner of a stage in the Three Days of la Panne and in the Tour of Benelux
in 2005, only managed a third place.

Tour of Germany- The 5th for Bennati- 08/19/05

The fifth stage of the Tour of Germany, which took the riders over 215 kilometers from
Solden to Friedrichshafen, was won by the sprinter of the Lampre team, Daniele
Bennati.  The Italian beat the Englishman Roger Hammond (Discovery Channel) and
the Australian Baden Cooke (FdJeux) at the line.  This is his second stage win of this
Tour of Germany:  he also sprinted to victory on Wednesday in the 3rd stage when the
finish was in Austria, at Kufstein.

Levy Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), winner of the fourth stage a day earlier in the Austrian
Alps, didn’t have to push himself to the limit on Friday in a stage set up for a sprint
finish.  The American thus kept the reins of the general classification in front of his
teammate, the Austrian Georg Totschnig, and the German Jan Ullrich.

This stage should have gone to one of the six escapees who left the peleton in the first
hour of racing.  The group was composed of Dario Cioni (Liquigas), Johann Tschopp
(Phonak), Jens Voigt (CSC), Cristian Moreni (Quick Step), Carlos Barredo (Liberty) and
Alessandro Bertolini (Dominica Vacanze), and had built up a lead of 5’30”.  But due to
the work of the Wiesenhof and Lampre teams, the peleton caught the escapees with
only 400 meters to the finish line, and Bennati did the rest.

Saturday another sprint is expected in the sixth stage in which the finish will be disputed
at Singen after 175 kilometers.

Tour of Germany- Leipheimer OK- 08/18/05

The fourth stage of the Tour of Germany, which took the riders from Kufstein to Solden
over 171 kilometers, was won on Thursday by Levy Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner). The
American also grabbed the lead in the general classification and took the psychological
edge over the German Jan Ullrich, who was 3rd.

The American, 6th in the Tour de France and 3rd in the Dauphine Libere this season,
wore out his adversaries with an elevated pace in the last kilometers of the stage, in
sunny weather,  in which the finish line was at the Tyroian ski area of Solden.

Only three men were able to stay with Leipheimer, his teammate Georg Tostchnig, Jan
Ullrich and the Australian Cadel Evans (Davitamon).  Ullrich tried hard to go on the
attack, but the Gerolsteiner duo led the debate without ever seeming to accelerate but
by maintaining a high tempo.

Leipheimer and Totschnig dropped Evans, left behind at four kilometers to the finish,
then Ullrich, who suddenly dropped off the pace at the 3 km kite.  The final result was
clear when the Austrian Totschnig fell slowed with one kilometer to the line, leaving the
victory and the yellow jersey to Leipheimer.

“Having 50 seconds over Ullrich is not enough, especially with the time trial on Monday
which will be to his liking”, predicted Leipheimer.

Jan Ullrich knows that he’ll have work to do to win the only stage race, besides the Tour
of Italy, in which he hasn’t tasted victory.  This won’t be the case for Bobby Julich (CSC)
or for Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) who were dropped on the final climb, and
certainly not for the Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) who abandoned.

Tour of Germany- Success for Bennati- 08/17/05

The Italian Daniele Bennati (Lampre) won the third stage of the Tour of Germany in a
sprint on Wednesday.  The stage was 227.3 km raced between Bodunmais and
Kufstein.  The Dutchman Bram Tankink (Quick Step), winner of the first stage, kept the
lead in the general classification.

Bennati, 24 years of age, beat out the winner of the second stage, the Italian Filippo
Pozzato, at the line in a mass sprint, as two escapees, the German Fabian Wegmann
and the Swiss Fabian Cancellara were caught with less than a kilometer to go until the
finish.  The German, Jan Ullrich, leader of the T-Mobile team, who has made winning
the Tour of Germany his principal objective for the end of his season, finished in the
main peleton and remains 23 seconds behind Tankink, leader of the general
classification since Monday.

For the winner of the Tour de France in 1997 (Ullrich), as for all the favorites in the
Tour of Germany, this 3rd stage, the longest of the event, was a transition day before
the highly anticipated stage on Thursday in the Austrian alps with the finish at an
altitude of  2670 meters.

Tour of Germany- Success for Pozzato- 08/16/05

The Italian Filippo Pozzato (Quick Step) on Tuesday won the second stage of the Tour
of Germany, raced over 199.3 km between Pegnitz et Bodenmais.  The Dutchman Bram
Tankink (Quick Step), winner of the first stage a day earlier, kept his lead in the general
classification.

Pozzato, 24 years of age, beat the German Jorg Jaksche at the finish which came after
two 2nd category climbs and which took place in a drizzle.  The German Jan Ullrich,
leader of the T-Mobile team, finished with the favorites in a group several seconds
behind the winner of the stage.  “I’m pleased to have finished in the group with the
favorites.  I haven’t lost any time to them even though I’m still held back by a cold”,
declared Ullrich at the end of the stage.

Ullrich, 31 years of age, who has made the Tour of Germany his main goal for the end
of his season, found himself isolated, without teammates in the last kilometers of a
stage in which Jaksche (Liberty Seguros) continued to attack.  The Kazakh Alexandre
Vinoukourov, the principal lieutenant of Ullrich, was dropped on the first climb with 20
kilometers to the finish.


Tour of Germany- Tankink victorious- 08/15/05

The Dutchman Bram Tankink (Quick Step) on Monday won the first stage of the Tour of
Germany, raced over 164.2 km between Altenburg and Plauen.

Tankink, 26 years of age, took the lead in the overall classification at the end of a stage
raced in large part under a beating rain and at a temperature of 15 deg. C (59 deg. F).  
Credited with winning his first prestigious stage race since he became a professional in
2000, the Dutchman won by over a minute in advance of his fellow escapees, the
Spaniard Jose Cobo Acebo and the Austrian Bernhard Eisel.

The German Jan Ullrich, leader of the T-Mobile team and the favorite in the Tour of
Germany, which is being held in August rather than June for the first time, finished in
the main peleton at more than three minutes behind the stage winner.  Ullrich, 31 years
of age, who is suffering from a cold, has made the Tour of Germany his main objective
for the end of his season.

Tour of Germany- Ullrich the favorite- 08/14/05

The German Jan Ulrich (T-Mobile) will depart as the favorite in the Tour of Germany,
starting from Altenburg on Monday.  The course will be to the liking of the 1997 winner
of the Tour de France with two mountain top finishes in Austria and an individual time
trial.

At 31 years of age, the German will race in his own country in the Tour of Germany,
and will make winning this race and the World Championship road race in Madrid be the
goals of his season.  After a disappointing 3rd place in the Tour de France in 2005 and
the retirement of Lance Armstrong, Ullrich seems to want to start anew.

“I have an ambition to win all the big stage races of the season at least once.  So the
Tour of Germany, along with the Giro, is a race that I’ve never won”, indicated the
leader of the T-Mobile team.  In any case Ullrich, who finished the TEAG-Hainleite
around Erfurt in the peleton at 18 minutes behind the winner, was suffering from a slight
chill according to his teammates..

But the new calendar for the Tour of Germany, which will be held in August for the first
time instead of in June, seems to work to his advantage.  “This is better for me:  I am
always in very good condition after the Tour de France” stated Ullrich, who will be
working with Alexander Vinokourov for one of the last times.  The Kazakh, who already
won the Tour of Germany in 2001, will join the Spanish Liberty team next season.

Over 1510 kilometers in nine stages of the event, the German Gerolsteiner team with
the American Levi Leipheimer and the Austrian Georg Totschnig will not make it easy
for him, nor will the Discovery Channel team even without Armstrong or George
Hincapie.  And don’t forget the German Patrik Sinkewitz (Quick Step team), winner of
the 2004 event, who could reproduce his form of last year in the mountains, notably in
the 4th stage on Thursday between Kufstein and Solden in Austria with the finish at
2,684 meters of altitude.

The mountainous profile could also be to the liking of the Dane Michael Rasmussen
(Rabobank), but the top climber in the 2005 Tour de France might suffer in the time
trial on August 21, which will be held the day before the final finish in Bonn and which
will be decisive.  

San Sebastian Classic- Zaballa Imposes Himself- 08/13/05

The Spaniard Constantino Zaballa (Saunier Duval) won the 25th San Sebastian
Classic, the 20th event of the Pro Tour, raced over 227 km on Saturday.  Joaquin
Rodriguez, teammate and compatriot of Zaballa with Saunier Duval, took second place,
20 seconds in front of the Italian Eddy Mazzoleni (Lampre).  David Moncoutié (Cofidis)
came in 6th.  The Italian Dani Di Luca (Liquigas) held onto the reins of the Pro Tour.

Zaballa took the opportunity to run away from a group of nine escapees with 3 km to
the finish and took the decision with a lead of 31 seconds over his pursuers, and he
thus adorned himself with the famous Basque beret.  Zaballa finished 3rd in the last
Paris-Nice and won a stage in the Tour of Spain in 2004, as well as another in the Tour
of Aragon in the same year.
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