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08/07/2001
Racing News for 8/7/01+ NEWS
MANCEBO INJURED: Spanish rider Francisco Mancebo (iBanesto.com) suffered today a cranial trauma and broken collarbone, while participating at the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.

AUSTIN HONORS ARMSTRONG: Texans welcomed home three-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong on Saturday with music and tributes in a celebration dubbed ``Vive Lance! Austin's Hometown Hero.'' During the tour, Armstrong mania hit the state's capital city. ``Go Lance'' signs hung in windows and on buildings and cyclists wore yellow jerseys, like the Tour de France leader. Six days after Armstrong won the tour, the city remained in a festive mood as thousands of yellow-clad Armstrong fans gathered along a stretch of the city's Town Lake that was converted into a concert venue. Many rode their bicycles to the party.

He drew laughter when he joked that he worried no one would show up. While away from Austin, Armstrong said, he missed the people -- and the chips and salsa. Gov. Rick Perry declared Saturday Lance Armstrong Day in Texas.

ARMSTRONG RETURNING AT SAN SEBASTIAN: Armstrong will return to competition on Saturday, August 11 at the Clasica San Sebastian a race, which is part of the World Cup series.

PANTANI AGAINST THE WORLD: Pantani continues to out-do himself at races. This time losing more than 20 minutes to his teammate Cristian Moreni, who won stage six at the Vuelta a Castilla & Leon. Pantani’s perception of his
team is not the most positive, after their exclusion from the Tour de France: “I want to have a united group, with a new sport director and other riders. Next year only those that believe in me will stay”, commented Pantani.

+ MY TOUR DIARY
Dear Friends,
This is my humble attempt to share with you some of my experiences at the Tour de France. I hope to be able to transmit a little bit of the special feeling of being able to witness such a grand event. Also, feel free to visit www.infociclismo.com to browse my Tour Photo Album. Special thanks go to Denis, Rob and Darren for making this an unforgettable experience.

PART IV: LUZ ARDIDEN
What a beautiful morning for cycling! Though I'm sun burnt, because there is not a lot of protection from the sun in the high mountains, I'm thrilled to be here. I'm at the top of Luz Ardiden, the last Hors Category (Highest Category) of this year's Tour de France. I've managed to once again sneak into the Club de France VIP section, which is sponsored by Sodexho, a worldwide provider of foods and restaurants. Notice I say "sneaked" in, because even though I have a pass, I haven't gotten used to the access. Just now when I was passing by a Gendarme, the man behind me was stopped and when I heard "Monsieur!", I automatically thought that it was me they were
calling.

France is a beautiful place, where the people have been very warm and receptive, unlike the stereotypes that you hear about back in the US. Maybe it has something to do with my attempts to begin every conversation with the
2 or 3 words of French that I know, followed by a " Pardon... s'il vous plais... parlez-vous espagnol... ou anglais? (Excuse me, please do you speak Spanish or English?) Lucky for me, most of the times the answer is "oui"
(Yes).

A funny story... at least it was to me at the moment... Last night my gracious hosts found me a hotel room in Lourdes and when I got down to get my room, Darren, who is an Englishman, but speaks perfect French thanks to
spending many years in France, helped me out with the receptionist… Well... this morning, I heard the same lady-attendant speaking perfect English and then perfect Spanish... oh well! I should have asked...

I think that most cycling fans that have never been to the Tour feel that it must be very glamorous to work for three weeks at the Tour... and there is some glamour... but mostly it is a lot of hard work. Long, long hours, only
to travel to the next town or hotel. A shocking thing to me, even though it now seems obvious, is that many of the thousands that work at the Tour don't actually get to watch a lick of racing... Incredible... so close and yet to
so far! For instance: last night's transfer was very tough. They tell me that the transfers to the hotels are more difficult from the mountain stages due to the lack of alternate roads coming off the mountain. Yesterday's
stage finished at around 4PM and we didn't get to the hotel until past midnight. We decided to stay on top of the mountain for dinner, because the trip down the 14 kilometers was taking more than 2 hours. By the time that
my hosts finished their work, it was 8PM, plus another couple of hours to eat and another 2+ hours to find the hotel, because there was a huge traffic jam at the bottom of the mountain.

But back to the work that people do... right now the painters have just finished painting the finish line, which includes the FIAT logo, the Italian automaker in blue and white, along with the circular logo of the Tour. It
seems like a trivial job, but when they finish, everybody around applauds, for it is a work of art... what the sight of every rider will be looking for today... after another very hard day, which includes one category 1 climb
and then two HC climbs, the Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden.

We drove up the final climb today and once again I was surprised by the toughness of the climb, so darn steep! Lets see what happens today. Since Armstrong has the Maillot Jaune and more than a 3 minute of advantage, he
"may be" content with following the wheels of the top placed riders… Ullrich, Beloki, Kivilev, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano... Today is the last day in the high mountains, so any chance to threaten Armstrong in the mountains
ends today. Although the way Lance has been riding... I just don't see him having any problems, unless he has a bad day. And even then, there is still an individual time trial left, where he excels. It must be very frustrating
for Ullrich because he is clearly in excellent form... it's just that Armstrong is riding at a completely different level. That reminds me of some statements that Armstrong made yesterday about his physical condition at the
Tour. Laurent Jalabert had made a comment that Armstrong made things look easy, so a reporter asked Armstrong to comment on Jalabert’s opinion. Armstrong said that he felt that he was in the best shape of his life, but that none of his wins came easy. He asked the journalist where they are when he starts running in January in his property in Austin, or when he's suffering badly in February and March... He said that he worked really hard
in the preseason, because he preferred to suffer then, than at the Tour. He also commented that his directeur sportif, Johan Bruyneel had expressed concerned about how hard Armstrong was training and that he may peak too
early, but Armstrong told him not to worry... that he felt that he could take his body to another level... I guess Lance was right?

Tomorrow: PART V

+ RACING
02.08.2001 15.08.2001 Volta a Portugal POR 2.3 MEL

STAGE 4, Team Time Trial:
1 BANESTO (ESP - BAN) 41'12"
2 O.N.C.E.- EROSKI (ESP - ONC) at 7"
3 LA PECOL (POR - LAP) s.t.
4 MAIA-MSS (POR - MAI) at 9"
5 PORTA DA RAVESSA (POR - PRM) at 18"
6 FESTINA (FRA - FES) at 19"

G.C.
1. Angel Edo (ESP-Milaneza MSS) 12:51.39
2. Cándido Barbosa at 01
3. Juan M. Mercado at 07
4. Pablo Lastras at 13
5. Marzio Bruseghin s.t.
6. Andrei Zintchenko (RUS-LA/Pecol) at 14
7. Orlando Rodrigues (POR-LA/Pecol) s.t.
8. José Azevedo s.t.
9. Juan C. Vicario (ESP-Festina) at 15
10. Pedro Lopes (POR-LA/Pecol) at 16

STAGE 5:
1. Pedro Martins (POR-Gresco/Tavira) 5:55.24
2. Leonardo Giordani (ITA-Fassa Bartolo) at 1.03
3. Nelson Vitorino (POR-Cantanhede) at 1.08
4. Angel Edo (ESP-Milaneza-MSS) at 1.22
5. Salvatore Comesso (ITA-Saeco) s.t.
6. Cándido Barbosa (POR-iBanesto.com) s.t.
7. César Quitério (POR-Paredes) s.t.
8. Robert Hunter (RSA-Lampre) s.t.
9. Nuno Alves (POR- Porta Ravessa) s.t.
10. Pedro Soeiro (POR-Boavista) s.t.

G.C.
1. Pedro Martins 18:47.39
2. Angel Edo at 46
3. Cándido Barbosa at 47
4. Juan M. Mercado (ESP-iBanesto.com) at 53
5. Pablo Lastras (ESP-iBanesto.com at 59
6. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA-iBanesto.com) s.t.
7. Andrei Zintchenko (RUS-LA/Pecol) at 1.00
8. Orlando Rodrigues (POR-LA/Pecol) s.t.
9. José Azevedo (POR-ONCE) s.t.
10. Juan Carlos Vicario (ESP-Festina at 1.01

03.08.2001 08.08.2001 Tour de la Région Wallonne BEL 2.3 MEL

STAGE 3, Charleroi to Couvin, 173.2 km:
1. Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) 4h13:50
2. Alexandre Usov (Blr) at 0:58
3. Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra)
4. Jo Planckaert (Bel)
5. Magnus Backstedt (Suè)

G.C.
1. Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) 12h43:08
2. Robbie McEwen (Aus) at 0:47
3. Bert Grabsch (All) 0:51
4. Koos Moerenhout (PBS) 0:52
5. Janek Tombak (Est) 1:05

STAGE 4, Couvin to Marche, 218.5 km: kilómetros.
1. Robbie Mc Ewen (AUS)
2. Jo Planckaert (BEL)
3. Luca Paolini (ITA)

G.C.
1. Glenn d'Hollander (Lotto)

05.08.2001 05.08.2001 Luk - Cup Bühl GER 1.3 MEL
1 G. VERHEYEN (BEL - RAB) 4h44'50
2 D. REBELLIN (ITA - LIQ) s.t.
3 O. CAMENZIND (SUI - LAM) s.t.
4 J. ULLRICH (ALL - TEL) s.t.
5 I. GABROVSKI (BUL - DEL) at 1'09"
6 F. SIMEONI (ITA - CTA) s.t.
7 G. GUERINI (ITA - TEL) s.t.
8 S. BAGUET (BEL - LOT) s.t.
9 E. MAZZOLENI (ITA - TAC) s.t.
10 M. DEN BAKKER (HOL - RAB) s.t.

05.08.2001 09.08.2001 Vuelta a Castilla-Leon ESP 2.4 MEL

STAGE 1A, Segobia to El Espinar, 46.5 km:
1 E. LEONI (ITA - ALE) 59'02"
2 M. GARRIDO (ARG - COL) s.t.
3 W. RIEBENBAUER (AUT - NUR) s.t.
4 S. VAN DIJK (HOL - BAT) s.t.
5 I. ASTARLOA ASKASIBAR (ESP - MER) s.t.
6 A. VICIOSO ARCOS (ESP - KEL) s.t.
7 J. DEAN (NZL - USP) s.t.
8 L. MICHAELSEN (DEN - COA) s.t.
9 B. HIEMSTRA (HOL - BAT) s.t.
10 G. LOMBARDI (ITA - TEL) s.t.

STAGE 1B, El Espinar, 9.3 km ITT:
1. Javier Pascual Llorente (ESP-Kelme Costa Blanca) 1h10.24
2. Santos González (ESP-ONCE Eroski) at 4
3. Juan Carlos Domínguez (ESP-ibanesto.com) at 7
4. Marcos Serrano (ARG-ONCE Eroski) at 8
5. Levy Leipheimer (USA-US Postal) at 9
6. Marco Velo (ITA-Mercatone Uno) at 17
7. Jon Odriozola (ESP-ibanesto. com) at 22
8. Javier Pascual Rguez. (ESP-ibanesto. com) at 26
9. Tony Bracke (BEL-Collstrop Palmans) at 27
10. José Iván Gutiérrez (ESP-ONCE Eroski) at 28

STAGE 2, Avila-Avila:
1. Cristian Moreni (ITA-Mercatone Uno), 5:03.54
2. Andreas Klier (ALE-Telekom), at 3 secs.
3. Juan A.Flecha (ESP-Fuenlabrada), at 3 s.
4. Harald Morcher (AUS-Nurnberger), at 1:24
5. Antonio Cruz (USA-US Postal), s.t.
6. Marco Velo (ITA-Mercatone Uno), s.t.
7. Paolo Lanfranchi (ITA-Mapei), s.t.
8. Gerhard Trampusch (AUS-Telekom), s.t.
9. David Cañada (ESP-Mapei), s.t.
10. Mauro Zanetti (ITA-Alessio), s.t.

G.C.
1. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP-Fuenlabrada), 6:14.54
2. Manuel Beltrán (ESP-Mapei), at 24 secs.
3. Cristian Moreni (ITA-Mercatone Uno), at 29 s.
4. Marcos Serrano (ESP-ONCE Eroski), at 56 s.
5. Levy Leipheimer (USA-US Postal), at 57 s.
6. Marco Velo (ITA-Mercatone Uno), at 1:05
7. Iñigo Chaurreau (ESP-Euskaltel Euskadi), at 1:23
8. Alberto López (ESP-Euskaltel Euskadi), at 1:34
9. José María Jiménez (ESP-Banesto), at 1:35
10. David Cañada (ESP-Mapei), at 1:35

05.08.2001 19.08.2001 Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale FRA 2.9.1

STAGE 1A: N/A

STAGE 1B, Bilbao to Gernika, 107 km:
1. Fabiana Luperini (ITA/Edilsavino) 2.51:44
2. Rasa Polikeviciute (LIT/Acca Due) s.t.
3. Joane Somarriba (ESP/Alfa Lum) s.t.
4. Regina Schleicher (ALE/Michela Fanini) at 0:13
5. Olga Slioussareva (RUS/Carpe Diem) s.t.
6. Judith Arndt (ALE/Junkers Noja) s.t.
7. Jolanta Polikeviciute (LIT/Acca Due) s.t.
8. Svetlana Boubnenkova (RUS/Edilsavino) s.t.
9. Simona Parente (ITA/Edilsavino) s.t.
10. Vera Carrara (ITA/Carpe Diem) s.t.

G.C.
1. Joane Somarriba (ESP/Alfa Lum) 3.05:13
2. Judith Arndt (ALE/Junkers Noja) at 0:22
3. Olga Slioussareva (RUS/Carpe Diem) at 0:35
4. Rasa Polikeviciute (LIT/Acca Due) at 0:42
5. Fabiana Luperini (ITA/Edilsavino) at 0:45
6. Dori Ruano (ESP/Junkers Noja) at 0:50
7. Alessandra Capellotto (ITA/Gas Sport) at 0:56
8. Zinaida Stahurskaya (BLR/Gas Sport) at 1:06
9. Bettina Schoke (ALE/Junkers Noja) at 1:07
10. Vera Carrara (ITA/Carpe Diem) s.t.

STAGE 2, Breges to Campan, 34.4 km ITT:
1. Joane Somarriba (ESP-Alfa Lum) 1.35:06
2. Jeannie Longo (FRAS-Swam Slovakia) at 1:24
3. Fabiana Luperini (ITA-Edilsavino) at 1:24
4. Alessandra Cappellotto (ITA-Gas Sport) at 1:32
5. Zinaida Stahurskaya (BIE-Gas Sport) at 2:29
6. Marianna Lorenzoni (ITA-Mixte Aliberti) at 2:29
7. Dori Ruano (ESP-Junkers Noja) at 3:10
8. Nicole Brandli (FRA-Edilsavino) at 3:10
9. Jolanta Polikeviciute (LIT-Accua Due) at 3:27
10.Rasa Polikeviciute (LIT-Accua Due) at 3:27

G.C.
1. Joane Somarriba (ESP-Alfa Lum) 4.05:39
2. Fabiana Luperini (ITA-Edilsavino) at 2:14
3. Alessandra Cappellotto (ITA-Gas Sport) at 2:37
4. Jeannie Longo (FRAS-Swam Slovakia) at 2:37
5. Zinaida Stahurskaya (BIE-Gas Sport) at 3:44
6. Marianna Lorenzoni (ITA-Mixte Aliberti) at 3:47
7. Dori Ruano (ESP-Junkers Noja) at 4:09
8. Rasa Polikeviciute (LIT-Accua Due) at 4:18
9. Judith Arndt (ALE-Junkers Noja) at 4:58
10.Jolanta Polikeviciute (LIT-Accua Due) at 5:02


+ PRESS RELEASES
TEAM MERCURY

Bannock street Criterium
Denver, CO - Aug. 5, 2001
90 minutes timed

The Mercury team of Cooke, Wherry, Moninger, Frischkorn, and Zajicek took on the Bannock street criterium on Sunday. The field was well represented by Saturn and Prime Alliance, but the Mercury team felt confident about it's
chances with sprinting ace Baden Cooke, who was in town for some high altitude training.

The Mercury men were very aggressive early on and forced many small breaks, including a solo effort by Chris Wherry that lasted nearly 1/3 of the race. Chris was caught late in the race, thanks mostly to the solo efforts of
Credit Agricole's Jonathan Vaughters.

As the field prepared for a mass sprint, Wherry still had enough gas in his tank to drive the front of the train on the final lap, where Moninger took over and lead Cooke through the last 1/4 lap. As they came through the last
corner, it was Moninger, Cooke and Jonas Carney of Prime Alliance lined up in that order. Cooke shot around Moninger just as Carney blew a tire and hit the deck hard! This left the door wide open for Cooke to cruise in for
the victory. Moninger nearly made it a 1-2 finish but was passed just before the line and finished 3rd. Baden's victory is the team's 74th of the year.

Results
1) Baden Cooke Mercury
2) Chris Fisher Saturn
3) Scott Moninger Mercury
4) Soren Peterson Saturn

Tour of the Wallonne regions: a pre-World Cup warm-up

It was not exactly possible for Mercury to defend Fabrizio Guidi's lead in the Tour of the Wallonne Regions, as the Italian sprinter was suffering from saddle sores. In fact, he had to pull out during stage 3. So the race was open to long breakaways. After Bert Grabsch from the Phonak Swiss team won stage 2, local rider Glenn D'Hollander of Lotto went for a solo move 100 km from the finish in stage 3. Domo chased a lot but could never come back,
then Cofidis took over but there was nothing to do.

This race is a good warm-up for the riders coming back from a break during the Tour de France in their build-up for the World Cup races coming soon, such as San Sebastian on Saturday and Hamburg the following week. Peter van
Petegem shows good form, according to team director Alain Gallopin, and Leon van Bon is still in the top 10 after he finished 5th in Saturday's stage.

Results
Stage 2
1. Bert Grabsch (Ger, Phonak), 174.4km in 4:11:2
2. Koos Moerenhout (Ned, Domo), st
3. Robbie McEwen (Aus, Domo), @5''
4. Janek Tombak (Est, Cofidis), st
5. Leon van Bon (Ned, Mercury), st

Stage 3
1. Glenn D'Hollander (Bel, Lotto), 173km in 4:13:50
2. Sacha Usov (Biel, Phonak), @58''
3. Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra, Française des Jeux), st
4. Jo Planckaert (Bel, Cofidis), st
5. Magnus Backstedt (Swe, Credit Agricole), st

Overall
1. Glenn D'Hollander (Bel, Lotto), in 12:43:8
2. Robbie McEwen (Aus, Domo), @47''
3. Bert Grabsch (Ger, Phonak) @51''
4. Koos Moerenhout (Ned, Domo), @52''
5. Janek Tombak (Est, Cofidis), @1'5''
...
7. Leon van Bon (Ned, Mercury), @1'6''
36. Chann McRae (USA, Mercury), @1'28''
39. Geert van Bondt (Bel, Mercury), st
40. Peter van Petegem (Bel, Mercury), st
50. Niklas Axelsson (Swe, Mercury), st

SATURN CYCLING CLASSIC

One of the most unique sporting events ever to hit the United States takes place this coming Saturday, August 11. The Saturn Cycling Classic. It is 140 miles of grueling terrain, both paved and unpaved, over seven mountain
passes with 14,000 feet of accumulated climbing. It starts in Boulder, Colorado, and finishes in the ski resort of Breckenrdige. Modeled after the European cycling classics, this event is unique for its terrain, altitude and climate.

The field will include top road cyclists as well as several mountain bikers. This is the only venue in which the two disciplines meet and challenge each other:
Key riders include:
* Scott Moninger, defending champion of the inaugural race held one year ago
* Jonathan Vaughters, who has returned to Colorado from the Tour de France
* Chris Wherry, a Boulder-based road cyclist who was third last year
* Carl Swenson, a member of the U.S. Ski Team who races mountain bikes in the summer and was second a year ago
* Pete Swenson, Carl's brother and fellow mountain bike racer who was fifth in 2000
* Rishi Grewal, winner of a recent endurance mountain bike event
* Steve Larsen, a former road racer who has turned to mountain bike racing and also recently won a triathlon
* Travis Brown, national mountain bike champion and member of the 2000 Olympic Team to Sydney
* Trent Klasna, the current No. 1 road cyclist in the U.S.

There are several events leading up to the race that will create a festive atmosphere. Please visit www.saturncyclingclassic.com

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