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Scroll down to read these articles from the web site of L'Equipe.  Translated by Walt
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Paris- Brussels- Success for McEwen- 09/10/05
Tour of Spain- Sanchez the opportunist- 09/09/05
Tour of Spain- Petacchi strikes again- 09/08/05
Tour of Spain- The eleventh for Laiseka- 09/06/05
Tour of Spain- Mancebo carries the stage- 09/05/05
Tour of Spain- Double coup for Menchov- 09/04/05
Tour of Spain- 3rd Success for Petacchi- 09/03/05
Tour of Spain- Van Heeswijk takes the victory- 09/02/05

Paris- Brussels- Success for McEwen- 09/10/05

The Australian Robbie McEwen (Davitamon) won the Paris-Brussels classic in a sprint,
beating out the Dutchman Stefan Van Dijck (MrBookmaker) and the Frenchman Jean-
Patrick Nazon (AG2R) on Saturday.  McEwen thus took his second victory in the Belgian
classic, having already won the race in 2002.  The sprinter of the Davitamon team won his
24th bouquet of the season.  He is therefore sharp, and with two weeks to go before the
World Championships on September 25 in Madrid, he will be one of the big favorites.


Return to the race
MeEwen took advantage of the work of his team which set the cadence at the end of the
race.  With 15 kilometers to the finish line, the peleton caught four escapees who had
animated the event having gained up to 14 minutes advance over the peleton.  The group
was composed of the Dutchman Matthe Pronk, the Frenchman Sébastien Bergès, the
Italian Berghini Longo and the Pole Sbigniew Piatek

Tour of Spain- Sanchez the opportunist- 09/09/05

The Spaniard Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) won the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain on
Friday, which took place between Burgos and Ampuero.  The Russian Denis Menchov
(Rabobank) held onto his first place position in the general classification.

Sanchez took advantage of a huge error by the Columbian Mauricio Ardila.  This rider, by
far the best sprinter among the lead riders, raised his arms in a victory gesture under the
banner signifying the end of the climb (3rd category), with about a hundred meters still to
go until the finish line, believing that this banner was the one indicating the finish line.

Sanchez passed him and raised his arms in victory several meters farther on, this time at
the right place.  A lot of riders fell down on Friday.  The Belgian Tom Steels was
unconscious after his crash and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.  Also, the route
of the 13th stage was modified.  The climb of the col de la Sia (1st category) was cancelled
due to a broken down truck that was blocking the road.

Tour of Spain- Petacchi strikes again- 09/08/05

The 12th stage, which took place under cloudy skies between Logrono and Burgos over
148 kilometers, was won by Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) in a sprint.  The Italian
sprinter beat out the German Erik Zabel at the finish line.  In the general classification
there is no change as the Russian Denis Menchov (Rabobank) kept the yellow jersey in
front of Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros).

During this stage Heras was injured on the left thigh due to a group crash in the peleton.  
He was able to get back into the race, but he was taken to an infirmary after the finish.  
According to Dr. Lara, Heras has two wounds on his left knee that required stitches.

This crash made it necessary for the Dane Jacob Piil (CSC) to abandon.  Piil was 14th in
the general classification.  He remained on the ground a long time without moving,
although he was conscious.  He was then taken to a hospital in an ambulance.  Friday, the
13th stage leads the peleton from Burgos to Sanctuaire de la Aparecida over 196
kilometers.


Tour of Spain- The eleventh for Laiseka- 09/06/05

The eleventh stage, which took the riders from Andorra to Aramon Cerler over 192
kilometers, was won by Roberto Laiseka (Euskatel).  The Spaniard, who arrived alone at
the summit, was fifteen seconds ahead of a group of six which was composed of the main
leaders in the field.

In the general classification, Denis Menchov (Rabobank) held onto his first place position.

Tour of Spain- Mancebo carries the stage- 09/05/05

The Spaniard Francisco Mancebo (Baléares) won the 10th stage of the Tour of Spain on
Monday which took place between La Vall d'En Bas et Ordino-Arcalis, over 206.3 km.  The
Russian Denis Menchov (Rabobank) kept his first place position in the general
classification.

“Paco” Mancebo was among the lead group at the beginning of the last climb of the day,
an out-of-category col of 17.3 km, with the summit at 2220 meters of altitude at the ski
resort of Ordino-Arcalis.  After a little bit more than five and a half hours of racing, Macebo
took the race in front of Reberto Heras, the big favorite of the event, and Denis Menchov,
the leader.

This very difficult stage featured a second category climb, two of first category, and one
out-of-category, and it caused a lot of damage.  The Spaniard Angel Luis Casero, winner
of the Vuelta in 2000, and his compatriot Isidro Nozal, 2nd in 2003, were the notables who
abandoned.  Casero, 51st in the general classification at 12’37” behind Menchov on
Sunday evening, abandoned at km 110, as did Nozal, 56 km later.

Tour of Spain- Double coup for Menchov- 09/04/05

The Russian Denis Menchov (Rabobank) won the 9th stage, an individual time trial of 48
km which took place around Lloret de Mar, and at the same time took over first place in the
general classification.

Tour of Spain- 3rd Success for Petacchi- 09/03/05

The Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) won the 8th stage of the Tour of Spain on
Saturday which took place over 189 km between Tarragone et Lloret de Mar.

It’s his third stage victory in the Veulta after having won in Puertollano in the 3rd stage and
at Argamasilla de Alba the next day in the 4th stage.

Petacchi thus confirms that he is king of the sprints in distancing by a good length the
Norwegian Thor Hushovd and the Italian Paolo Bettini

The Spaniard Roberto Heras (Liberty) held onto the lead in the general classification.

Tour of Spain- Van Heeswijk takes the victory- 09/02/05

The Dutchman Max van Heeswijk (Discovery Channel) on Friday won the 7th stage of the
Tour of Spain which took place over 212.5 km between Teruel and Vinaros.  The Spaniard
Roberto Heras (Liberty) held onto first place in the general classification.

The sprinter of the American team sprinted past the German Eric Zabel who is having an
admirable Vuelta and is still looking for a stage victory, and the Italian Alberto Ongarato.
The Italian Alessandro Petacchi, winner of two of the three stages reserved for the
sprinters up until now, punctured in the last kilometers.

His compatriot Paolo Bettini, Olympic road race champion, tried to take the victory by
attacking by himself with 10 km to the line.  He was caught with 5 km to the finish.

Roberto Heras is still holding on to the leader’s jersey, and extended his lead over the
Russian Denis Menchov to 12 seconds (against 6 at the start of the stage) thanks to time
bonuses.
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