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Liege-Bastone-Liege - Results [Apr. 30th, 2007|01:09 pm]
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Di Luca up for Giro after big win

Danilo Di Luca is back to the 2005 form that saw him go well in the Giro and is looking forward to challenging for glory in next month's Giro d'Italia after victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race on Sunday. The 30-year-old Italian held off a late charge from Spanish star Alejandro Valverde, last year's winner, to win by three seconds.

Valverde's gutsy attack reeled in Frank Schleck with 600m to go but he ran out of road to catch Di Luca.
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Paris-Roubais Results - 15th April 2007 [Apr. 15th, 2007|01:04 pm]
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O'Grady takes Paris-Roubaix Glory

53km of this classic, exciting 259km race is run over cobblestones!

Stuart O'Grady became the first-ever Australian winner of cycling's Paris-Roubaix classic on Sunday. The 33-year-old came home alone ahead of Spain's Juan Antonio Flecha and Swiss former winner Steffen Wesemann.
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Tour of the Basque Country - 9th April to 14th April 2007 [Apr. 15th, 2007|06:09 pm]
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Spaniard Juan Jose Cobo won the Tour of the Basque Country after holding off compatriot Angel Vicioso in Saturday's final stage time trial.

The Saunier Duval-Prodir rider went into the final stage, a 14 kilometre time trial starting and finishing in Oiartzun, with a one second lead on Vicioso but his third place finish was enough for the title.

Another Spaniard, Samuel Sanchez, won the time trial.

Cobo took the opening stage of the Tour, lost the jersey on stage three to Vicioso but just reclaimed the overall lead on Friday with another stage win.

"I had never won anything as a pro before the Tour of the Basque Country this year." Cobo said.

"But after taking two stages and the overall victory, I'm feeling much more confident now about what I can do in the future."

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Gent-Wevelgem - One Day Race [Apr. 14th, 2007|05:58 pm]
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Young Marcus Burghardt of T-Mobile naturally was delighted with his first win as a pro, which he scored today in Wevelgem. "This is the biggest moment of my career," the 23 year-old German said. Burghardt is now a hot prospect for all the classics, after finishing third in the E3-prijs Harelbeke as well. "In Harelbeke I had too much respect for Boonen and Cancellara. This time I showed just enough respect," Burghardt commented.
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Puerto blood confirmed to be Ullrich's / Ullrich retirement plans [Apr. 4th, 2007|05:50 pm]
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2007 Giro D'Italia [Jan. 15th, 2007|07:11 pm]
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The parcours for the 2007 Giro d’Italia was unveiled in Milan early evening, 2nd December 2006, with the race organisers once again finding a difficult route that is more suited to the climbers rather than the time trialists.
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Tour de France 2007 - 94th Tour - 7th to 29th July [Jan. 15th, 2006|06:44 pm]
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The Route
+ Running from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2007, the 94th Tour de France will be made up of a prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,550 kilometres.
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Vuelta 2007 [Dec. 13th, 2006|06:33 pm]
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The spectacular ascent to the Lagos de Covadonga returns to the itinerary for the 2007 Tour of Spain, providing the finale to a showpiece stage in a punishing first week of racing.

The sinuous climb in the northern Spanish region of Asturias will provide a fitting climax to the 182-km fourth stage of the Vuelta.

"It will be great for the fans to see the return of the legendary climb to the Lagos," Alejandro Valverde, who was second to Alexander Vinokourov in 2006, said at the presentation of next year's race.
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Astana News [Dec. 14th, 2006|06:25 pm]
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Astana will ride in the three Grand Tours in 2007 with or without a ProTour license Tour de France organisers ASO told Astana team manager Mario Kummer.

Jean-Francois Pescheux, the head of the ASO, told Kummer his squad are assured of a place in the Giro, the Tour, and the Vuelta a Espana, Belgian newspaper Sportwereled reported on their website on Thursday.

Though the International Cycling Union (UCI) have said that the Kazakh-Swiss team, led by Vuelta champion Alexandre Vinokourov, will not get a ProTour license, Walter Godefroot held out hope.

"There was indeed that negative recommendation of the license commission, but at that time our filing was not complete. Now it is," the Astana boss said.

"It would be logical that Astana receives ProTour status. We fulfil all the conditions."

UCI Chairman Pat McQuaid said that Astana had no chance for the license after their initial rejection, but Godefroot dismissed the suggestion.

"McQuaid has only been in charge for one year. Maybe he still needs to learn his job."

In addition to Vinokourov, Astana's roster for 2007 includes Vuelta third-place finisher Andrey Kashechkin, Tour de France third-place finisher Andreas Klöden, and former Giro D'Italia victor Paolo Savoldelli.

Source: Eurosport.com


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A License for Jan Ullrich in 2007? [Sep. 28th, 2006|10:51 pm]
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"If Ullrich applies for a license, he'll get one," said Lorenz Schläfli, director of Swiss Cycling, the Swiss national federation. "If he has a team, Ullrich will be able to ride." Schläfli criticized the slowness of the process. "Nothing is happening," he said. More than four weeks ago he sent the documents he had received in the Ullrich-Fuentes case back to the UCI, because they were not certified as to conform with the originals. "Since then, I have heard nothing. I need certified documents for a disciplinary hearing or a trial. That's the way Swiss law is. But nothing is happening. If the UCI doesn't help us, then the case will be closed. At the moment we have no doping case in Switzerland and there are no investigations into riders with Swiss licenses."

If that is good news for Ullrich, then he also received bad news on Wednesday. Sportfive Agency has cancelled its marketing of Ullrich, according to the trade magazine, W&V. The agency had signed a marketing contract with him in April of this year, but is cancelling it because of the doping charges. In addition, his largest private sponsor, the Swiss clockmaker IWC, will not renew its contract with Ullrich which expires at the end of this year, the magazine reported.

Source - cyclingworld.com
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