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Scroll down to read these articles from L'Equipe.  Translated by Walt Ballenberger
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Paris-Camembert- Success for Brochard- 03/29/05
World Track Championships- Finally Two Medals-  03/28/05
Criterium International- Julich OK- 03/27/05
Semaine Catalane- Victory to Contador- 03/25/06
World Track Championships- The French, 4th-  03/25/05
Return of Armstrong in Paris-Camembert- 03/24/05
Contador Takes Over- 03/23/05
Mayorda Still the Leader- 03/23/05
Success for Corioni- 03/22/05
Mayorda Imposes Himself- 03/21-05
Murn Starts Strong-  03/21/05
Fedrigo Winner at Cholet-  03/20/05

Success for Brochard- 03/29/05

The Frenchman Laurent Brochard (Bouygues Telecom team) won the semi-classic Paris-
Camembert on Tuesday which counts for the Cup of France competition.

At the finish in Vimoutiers, Brochard led by several seconds over a peleton comprised notably by
the American Lance Armstrong, six time winner of the Tour de France.  Brochard, who last
Saturday celebrated his 37th birthday, had already won the event in 2001 and 2003

“We wanted to win the title back because in the Criterium International last week-end we weren’t
at our best” commented Brochard whose Bouygues Telecom team was strong in the final section
over the hills of the Auge region of France.

Armstrong, often seen in the front end of the peleton, took 24th place in a race that he obviously
considered to be a good training session.  The six time Tour winner joined his companion Sheryl
Crow who was waiting for him in a car.

“Everything is in good working order.  Physically I feel as good as I did several years ago.  
Mentally I feel stronger”, explained Brochard, happy to “rub hands with the best” in the upcoming

“This is how one progresses” said the old man of the French peleton in response to a question
regarding the performance of the younger members of his team since the beginning of the year.

Finally Two Medals-  03/28/05

After waiting a long time for success, the French team is feeling better.  Finally the Tricolors had
success on Sunday in the World Championships (track racing) in Los Angeles winning two
medals, including a gold for Clara Sanchez in the keirin and silver for Mickael Bourgain in the
individual sprint.

However, doubt spread its poison until the end as evidenced by the semi-final with two
Frenchmen facing each other, Mickael Bourgain and Gregory Bauge.  This match took its toll on
the rider for L’US Creteil (Bauge).  In fact, in the last round he was betrayed by his mechanic.

The Bad Luck of Bauge
50 meters from the line, the back tire exploded and caused a heavy crash for the rider.  In
serious pain, Bregory Bauge was carried off on a stretcher but didn’t give up.  Despite some
major burns on his legs and a light sprain in the elbow, he took advantage of the rules which
allowed him a re-race in the event of a mechanical breakdown.

Brave but weakened, he couldn’t do anything against a stronger opponent.  But the ovation from
the 2000 spectators at the Home Depot Center was almost worth as much as a medal, which the
Frenchman lost in the consolation round against the Australian Jobie Dajka.

Tired out from his four races in just a few minutes time (against only two for Rene Wolff who
easily dominated Dajka), Mickael Bourgain was lacking energy and lost in two rounds, leaving the
German Wolff at 26 to win the first major title of his career.

Julich OK- 03/27/05
Two weeks after Paris-Nice, the American Bobby Julich (CSC team) took the Criterium
International on Sunday afternoon, after his victory in the third stage, an individual time trial of
8.3 km in Charleville-Mezieres.

Julich finished 8 seconds in front of the Dutchman Thomas Dekker over all, and 23 seconds
ahead of the German Jorg Jaksche.  For the victory this year Julich (33 years of age) took over
for his teammate on the CSC team, the German Jens Voigt, who took fifth place in this year’s

In the morning road race Julich came in third behind Dekker, the great hope of the Dutch at age
20, and Jaksche, the most animated in the escapes.  The Italian Ivan Basso, third in last year’s
Tour de France, also participated in the event.

In the individual time trial held in the afternoon, the American rode at more than 49 km per hour
despite a wet road.  He beat out Voigt (2nd in the stage) by 3 seconds and took 11 seconds out
of Dekker.  As for Jaksche, tired from his aggressive riding in the morning, he lost 26 seconds,
according to the official time.  In the final stage the team CSC took the top three spots with Julich,
Voigt, and the Norwegian Kurt-Asle Arvesen.

Semaine Catalane- Victory to Contador- 03/25/06

The Spaniard Alberto Contador (Liberty team) won the 42nd edition of the Semaine Catalane
(Week of Catalonia) after the 5th and final stage, an individual time trial of 17km which took place
Friday at Palau-Solita I Plegamans and won by the Swiss Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo

Contador, who took the leader’s jersey after the third stage, ended in 4th place in the time trial at
12 seconds behind the winner of the day, managing to keep his lead of 36 seconds over the
second place finisher overall, the Spaniard David Bernabeu.

“I am satisfied to have won this victory and proud to have met expectations” declared the Spanish
racer.  During this 5th stage, Cancellara, who was one of the first riders off the line, quickly put
his stamp on the race with a time of 19 minutes and 29 seconds.

However, there was uncertainty until the end about who would be on the podium for the stage
results.  Holding second and third, the South African Robert Hunter, winner of the fourth stage on
Thursday, and Xavier Florencio at the end lost their positions to the American Tom Danielson
and the Russian Vladimir Karpets who finished respectively 7 and 10 seconds behind Cancellara.

World Track Championships- The French, 4th

A huge disappointment for the French team.  The French trio in the team speed event has lost its
title, coming in 4th, during the first day of the world championships.  The speed event was won by
Great Britian Thursday in the covered velodrome of the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.

Great Britain Tops the Field
Despite excellent starts in both the qualification and the final, the Frenchmen Gregory Bauge,
Mickael Bourgain, and Arnaud Tournant were third after the qualifications before losing to
Germany in their final and dropping to fourth.

The victory in the team speed event thus went to Great Britian, led by an impressive Chris Hoy,
Olympic champion in the one kilometer event, who led his team colors to victory over the

If the starter Gregory Bauge came up with excellent starts, (the best being in the qualifications),
the performances of his teammates were a notch lower, confirming the drop in performance of
the French team after the disappointing Olympic games last summer in Athens.

“I didn’t think we had sunk to this level.  We’ll see after the individual events if that is really the
case”, growled the sprinting coach Gerard Quintyn.

“Maybe we have a starter who is too good.  The starts of Gregory (Bauge) were hard on his
teammates who had a difficult time hanging on.  But with a starter like that I really thought we had
the weapons to take gold”, Quintyn followed, while Arnaud Tournant openly criticized the
performance of Mickael Bourgain, accusing him of “poorly managing the season”.  “Mickael was
in top form in December, and it’s not possible to ask one’s body to peak again in March”, added
Tournant, bitterly.

Return of Armstrong in Paris-Camembert- 03/24/05

The American Lance Armstrong will return to competition in the semi-classic Paris-Camembert.

The six time winner of the Tour de France has not raced since March 9th when he dropped out
of Paris-Nice in the third stage (his first race of the year) because of a fever.

In Paris-Camembert, the Texan will have along side the Portugese rider Jose Azevedo and the
Spaniard Chechu Rubiera, his regular lieutenants in the Tour de France.

After that Armstrong will take part in the Tour of Flanders on April 3, then he returns to the U.S.
and will take part in the Tour of Georgia (19-24 April) as he did last year.

Contador Takes Over- 03/23/05

The Spaniard Alberto Contador (Liberty team) won the 3rd stage of the Semaine Catalane
(Week of Catalonia) Wednesday, over 157 km between Castell d’Empuries and Baga.  At the
same time he took over the leader’s jersey in the general classification.

Mayorda Still the Leader- 03/23/05

The Argentinean, Martin Garrido Mayorda, winner of the prologue a day earlier in Mondeville,
kept the leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour of Normandy after the first stage, which was won in a
sprint by Stephane Bonsergent.

Wednesday, the second stage of 143km will be run between Forges-les-Eaux and Elbeuf.

Stage Results:
1. Stéphane Bonsergent (FRA/Nogent-Sur-Oise), over 208 km in 4h58'41"
(average speed: 41,783 km/h)
2. Hans Dekkers (PBS) same time
3. Stefan Heiny (ALL) same time
4. Takashi Miyazawa (JAP) same time
5. Said Haddou (FRA) same time

Success for  Corioni- 03/22/05

The Italian racer Claudio Corioni (Fassa Bortolo team) won the 2nd stage of the Semaine
Catalane (Week of Catalonia)  on Tuesday, run over 168.8 km between Lloret de Mar and
Empuriabrava in Spain.

Mayorda Imposes Himself- 03/21-05

Martin Garrido Mayorda from Argentina, a member of the Portugese team Duja-Tavira, won the
prologue of the Tour of Normandy on Monday at Mondeville over a distance of 5.6 km.  Tuesday
the first stage will be disputed between Mondeville and Forges-les-Eaux (Seine-Maritime
Department of France) over a distance of 208 km.

Prologue and General Classification Results:
1. Martin Garrido Mayorda (ARG/Duja-Tavira), over 5,6 km in 6'54"
(average 48,651 km/h).
2. Mathieu Heijboer (PBS) à 1"
3. Michiel Elijzen (PBS) 2"
4. William Frischkorn (USA) m.t.
5. Kaï Reus (PBS) à 3"

Murn Starts Strong-  03/21/05

The Slovenian Uros Murn (Phonak team) won the first stage of the 42nd edition of the Semaine
Catalane on Monday, over 165.5km around Lloret de Mar.  Murn, who leads the general
classification as well, crossed the finish line after 4 hours, 22 minutes, and 30 seconds of racing,
in front of the Italian Claudio Corioni, who came in second, and the Spaniard Mikel Artetxe, who
came in third.

The stage was highlighted by an escape of nearly 150km by a Spanish racer from the team
Relax, Luis Perez Romero.  Escaping from the peleton at kilometer 15, he built up a lead of 12
minutes in front of the main field (at the 45th km) before being caught at 3.5 km from the finish
line.   Tuesday, the second stage and the longest of the week (168.8km) will take the riders from
Lloret to Empuriabrava.

Fedrigo Winner at Cholet-  03/20/05

Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom team) won the 28th edition of the cycling race
Cholet-Pays de la Loire (202km), third race of the French Cup 2005, in 4hrs. 41’17” on Sunday
in Cholet.  The two previous stages, the Tour of the Haut-Var, and the Haribo Classic, were won
by Philippe Gilbert ( team) and Gorik Gardeyn (Lotto-Adecco team).  
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