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Larsen takes top spot from O’Grady

If Stuart O'Grady's fairytale return to winning form is to be, he will have to pull off one of the mightiest coups of his career. His bid to win the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under stumbled Friday when he lost the leader's yellow jersey to Dane Nicolai Bo Larsen (CSC). In the 157km fourth stage from Unley to Strathalbyn, O'Grady (Credit Agricole) looked set to finish with the perfect result until eight kilometers to go. That’s when Bo Larsen attacked. And missing Larsen's move was a mistake that may cost O’Grady dearly unless he can turn the tables on the red headed Dane Saturday. Larsen

Armstrong profile to broadcast on A&E

Cancer survivor. Texan. Professional cyclist. Look for a one-hour show focusing on the two-time Tour de France winner on A&E cable network Monday, January 22. The segment will air at 8 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific); check local listings or the network's site, www.AandE.com, for broadcast times in other regions.

UCI Division II rosters released

The UCI released the list of teams that will make up Division II in 2001 on Friday, and only one half of the expected U.S. contingent is on the current UCI list. With key acquisition Kirk O’Bee and returning GC threat Vassiliy Davidenko, the Navigators are the only American team listed. However, Saturn is expected to be added to the list as soon as some paperwork is completed. According to Saturn team director Tom Schuler, the squad didn’t get its team audit completed in time, causing the omission. Schuler assured VeloNews that it was just a formality, and his team would be on the list

O’Grady on top Down Under

A bitter two-year spell of misfortune that once threatened Stuart O'Grady's life, let alone his career as a cyclist, may be near its end. The proof for O'Grady’s (Credit Agricole) came yesterday when he took race leadership of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under. The South Australian realizes the 757km race is still a long way from him adding a second victory to the one he claimed in 1999. But the image of O'Grady on the podium and in the yellow jersey after the 165km second stage from McLaren Vale to Victor Harbor, which was won by Italian Alessio Galletti (Saeco), heralded an emphatic

Voreis signs with Haro

Another castoff from the disbanded Specialized downhill team has landed. Kirt Voreis, 12th in the final World Cup standings last year, has inked a deal with the Haro-Lee Dungarees squad. Besides his strong overall finish in last year's World Cup, Voreis had three top-10 finishes, including a fifth at Maribor, Slovenia, and a sixth at Arai, Japan. The 26-year-old Californian’s first race with his new team will be at this year’s Sea Otter Classic in March.

Mercury Tour cancelled

After four years of mountain-bike stage racing in Steamboat Springs, the Mercury Tour is no more. A press release issued by NORBA on Thursday said that the organization had been "unable to secure sponsorship in time to plan and execute the event in 2001." And that meant the end. The Mercury Tour’s four-year corporate sponsorship contracts had expired last year. The cancellation of the event, which began with hype and hope as the Lincoln Navigator Tour of the Rockies in 1997, leaves a big hole in the U.S. mountain-bike schedule. Many notable stars of the off-road world, including Rishi