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Peat, Chausson take World Cup downhill opener

At the opening World Cup downhill of the 2001 season at Maribor, Slovenia, GT’s Steve Peat finally beat France’s Nicolas Vouilloz on this high-speed course, while Anne-Caroline Chausson (Volvo-Cannondale) did what she usually does — win. Vouilloz won at Maribor the first two years races had been held here, but Peat was fast enough to edge Vouilloz to win the year’s season opener. "I had a clean run; you have to, to beat Nico," said Peat, who won in 2 minutes, 54.30 seconds. Vouilloz was just 0.44 seconds slower. "I knew I had to go fast. I was clean through most of the run, just made one

Simoni wraps up Giro; Cipo’ takes his fourth stage

Mario Cipollini won a sprint spread across the full width of the road to take the final stage and his fourth win of the 2001 Giro d’Italia and the 34th of his career. Once again, Danilo Hondo was right alongside him but lacked that little bit of extra speed and forcefulness. And eight years after he won the amateur Giro d’Italia, Gilberto Simoni has won the professional Giro by 7:31 over Abraham Olano, the largest margin since 1973, when Eddy Merckx beat Johan De Muynck by 7:42. Stage 21 traversed a flat, straight trajectory from Arona along Lago Maggiore and southeast to Milano, where 10

Report: Frigo using cutting edge ‘blood modifier’

The banned substance found in the personal belongings of sacked Italian rider Dario Frigo is used to regulate blood, according to the Italian press Sunday. Frigo was banned from all further participation in the Tour of Italy and sacked by his Fassa Bartolo team on Friday two days before the end of the three-week race when he was in the runners-up spot behind ultimate winner Gilberto Simoni. The name of the substance is Emassist, "a synthetic haemoglobin modifier, created by a genetic genius", according to the medical explanation for the drug on Sunday by Pierluigi Fiorella, a heart

Gimme five! Rossner wins Liberty Classic again

12:42 p.m. German Petra Rossner has done it again. Saturn's German sprint power won the Liberty Classic in Philadelphia for the fifth straight time. Rossner's finishing time was 3:01:47. The good news for Saturn continued as Australian Anna Millward finished second to retain her overall World Cup lead. Dutch rider Debbie Mansfeld was third, followed by Canadian Sandy Espeseth (Intersports) and Mirjam Melchers (Acca Due-O). Stay tuned for a complete report on the race. 12:03 p.m. The sun has broken through the clouds, the temperature is 80 degrees, and the women's field went over the

USPRO Championship: Americans go 1-2-3 with Rodriguez on top

3:02 p.m. With half a mile to go Fred Rodriguez broke away from the lead group and held on to win the 17th USPRO Championship. Rodriguez finished the 156-mile race. Second place went to Saturn’s Trent Klasna. George Hincapie came across third, after winning a sprint with Fabrizio Guidi. Check back soon for full reports on both the men's and women's races. 2:54 The gap between the six leaders and the field has now grown back up to 22 seconds with just three miles to go. 2:51 The gap between the group of six and the field has been whittled to 15 seconds. Mercury’s Henk Vogels, who launched