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Tour of Spain- Heras hits hard-09/01/05
Tour of Spain- The fifth for Hushovd- 08/31/05
Tour of Spain- Petacchi doubles- 08/30/05
Tour of Spain- Petacchi takes the sprint- 08/29/05
Tour of Spain- Success for Bertagnolli- 08/28/05
GP de Plouay : Hincapie imposes himself- 08/28/05
Tour of Spain- Menchov imposes himself- 08/27/05

Tour of Spain- Heras hits hard-09/01/05

The sixth stage, the first in the mountains, was won without surprise at Valdelinares by
Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros).  The Spaniard attacked on the last climb, a first category
col (mountain pass), and detached himself from Denis Menchov (Rabobank).  Heras
dropped the Russian in the last three kilometers to win the stage.

In the general classification, the two men did very well since they took command of this 60th
edition with Heras in front of Menchov.  It was notable that during this stage the American,
Floyd Landis (Phonak) abandoned.

Tour of Spain- The fifth for Hushovd- 08/31/05

The fifth stage which took the peleton over 175 kilometers from Alcazar San Jaun to Cuenca,
was won in a sprint by Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole).  The Norwegian beat the Spaniards
Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Phonak) et Josep Jufre (Relax-Bodysol) at the line.

As for the Australian Bradley McGee (Française des Jeux), he came in sixteenth in the stage
and kept the leader’s jersey in the general classification.

Tour of Spain- Petacchi doubles- 08/30/05

The fourth stage, which took the riders from Ciudad Real to Argamasilla de Alba over nearly
220 kilometers was won in a sprint by Alessandro Petacchi.  The sprinter from the Fassa
Bortolo team beat out the German Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) and the  Norwegian Thor Hushovd
(Crédit Agricole) at the line.  Already a winner yesterday at Puertollano, the Italian thus takes
his second victory in this Vuelta.

For his part, the Belgian Tom Boonen (Davitamon) could only manage eighth place.  In the
general classification, the Australian Bradley McGee (Française des Jeux) remains the
leader.

Tour of Spain- Petacchi takes the sprint- 08/29/05

The Italian rider Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) won the 3rd stage of the Vuelta in a
sprint on Monday.  The race was run over 153.3 kilometers between Codoue and
Puertollano.  The German Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) finished second with third place going to the
Belgian Tom Boonen (Quick Step). The Australian Bradley McGee (Française des Jeux)
kept the leader’s jersey.

Winner of four stages in the 2004 edition, Alessandro Petacchi reminded his rivals that the
sprint is his specialty in crossing the finish line first at Puertollano.  Two riders abandoned
the event during this stage, the Norwegian Jussi Veikkanen (Française des Jeux) and the  
Italian Angelo Furlan (Domina Vacanze). Three other riders who crashed were able to
continue the race: the Frenchman Franck Rénier (Bouygues Telecom), and the German
Rolf Aldag (T-Mobile) had a spectacular crash at the 68th kilometer.  The Spaniard Quique
Gutierrez (Phonak) also crashed in the back of the peleton at km 127.

Tour of Spain- Success for Bertagnolli- 08/28/05

In a scorching heat with the temperature about 40 degrees C. (104 degrees F), Leonardo
Bertagnolli (Cofidis) won the second stage of the Tour of Spain, disputed on Sunday
between Grenada and Cordoue (189.3 km).

The Italian created a surprise by beating out a small group of escapees in a sprint.  Second,
the Australian Bradley McGee (La Française des Jeux) took possession of first place in the
general classification.  The Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo) came in third.  
The latter kilometers of the stage saw a group crash including the Spaniard Ivan Gutierrez
(Baléares), his compatriot Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak),  the Portugese  José Azevedo
(Discovery Channel) and the German Andreas Klier (T-Mobile).  Several kilometers farther
on, during the descent of the col San Geronimo (2nd category), the Spaniard Pablo Lastras
(Baléares) also fell.

GP de Plouay : Hincapie imposes himself- 08/28/05

The prestigious Grand Prix de Plouay, 23rd of the 27 events of the Pro Tour, was decided in
a sprint and it was George Hincapie (Discovery Channel), 32 years of age, who showed
himself to be the fastest on Sunday on the Brittany circuit.  After 15 laps around a 14.1
kilometer circuit, the American beat out the Belorussian Alexandre Usov (AG2R) et the Italian
Davide Rebellin (Geroslteiner) at the line.

Tour of Spain- Menchov imposes himself- 08/27/05

It’s Denis Menchov (Rabobank), an excellent rider, who put on the first leader’s jersey in this
60t edition of the Tour of Spain.  The Russian of 27 years, who took his first victory of the
year, won the first stage, an individual time trial of 7 kilometers disputed in the streets of
Granada, and which didn’t have any major obstacles.  He beat out the Belgian Rik
Verbrugghe (Quick Step) by a single second.  The Australian of the Française des Jeux
team, Bradley McGee, a specialist in this discipline, came in 3rd, 3 seconds behind.

Fedrigo, the leading Frenchman
The first Spaniard, Carlos Sastre (CSC) came in 4th at 7 seconds behind.  The defending
champion, three-time winner of the event (2000, 2003, 2004) and who is looking for a fourth
win this year, Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros), a mediocre time trialist, limited his losses by
finishing in 7th place at 15” behind Menchov.  Among the other potential favorites, the
Colombian Santiago Botero (Phonak) finished 9th (at 18”) while the Spaniard Francisco
Mancebo (Iles Baléares), 4th in the last Tour de France, finished 21st (at 26”).  A noteworthy
10th place was accomplished by the Italian Gilberto Simoni (Lampre), normally reputed to be
a much better climber than time trialist.  The top Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues
Telecom) finished in 26th place (at 28”).  The second Frenchman, Fédéric Finot (La
Française des Jeux), 30th, is not far behind Fedrigo.

Two incidents occurred in this first race. Ivan Gutierrez (Baléares) and Joseba Beloki
(Liberty) both had crashes.  Gutierrez recovered quickly and didn’t lose muich time, Beloki,
wounded in the elbow and his collarbone, had to change bikes and finished more than a
minute and a half behind Menchov.  Beloki, who along with Roberto Heras are the leaders of
their team in this Vuelta (short for Tour of Spain), is trying to get back to his level of 2003.