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Professional Cycling Race Reports

Euro season opens with Etoile de Besseges

Lotto-Adecco’s Nico Eeckhout took the leader’s jersey at the Etoile de Bessèges after winning the 141km first stage from La Ciotat to Aubagne. Eeckhout won a six-up sprint from fellow breakaways Nicolas Reynaud (Festina), Jakob Piil (CSC-World Online), Nicolas Jalabert (CSC-World Online), Chris Peers (Cofidis) and Christophe Bassons (Jean Delatour). Reynaud and Cyril Dessel (Jean Delatour) embarked on a long breakaway just 10km into the stage, on the climb of Ceyreste, eventually building a lead of 6:25. At the 100km mark, they were caught by the five other riders that made up the final

Mercury-Viatel on top at Langkawi

Defending champion Mercury-Viatel has picked up where it left off last year at the Tour de Langkawi, with Gord Fraser winning the first stage and teammate Jans Koerts taking the yellow leader's jersey.

Zabel scores again in Majorca

Telekom’s Erik Zabel scored his second stage win at the Majorca Challenge on Tuesday, winning the field sprint at the end of the 163km stage three from Cala Bona to Cala Rajada on the island of Majorca. Zabel, who also won the opening stage on Sunday, again outsprinted fellow German Sven Teutenberg, with Australian Robbie McEwen grabbing third for the second day in a row. Following a last-kilometer attack by Juan José de los Angeles (Kelme-Costa Blanca), the peloton regrouped, only to be splintered into several small groups due to a crash in the closing meters. Zabel escaped harm, however,

Zabel starts season with a win in Majorca

Telekom’s Erik Zabel scored his first win of the season on Sunday, taking the first stage of the Majorca challenge, an 80km circuit race in Palma de Majorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands. Zabel beat out Germany’s Sven Teutenberg in the final sprint, while American David Clinger scored a 10th-place finish. In Monday’s second stage, Australian Mathew Hayman (Rabobank) scored his first professional victory with a long solo breakaway. Run on a 10km circuit, the season-opening stage 1 was a nervous affair, and was marked by a big crash on the fourth of eight laps. That, coupled with the

O’Grady wins second Tour Down Under

Australian Stuart O'Grady donned the yellow jersey after claiming overall victory just two seconds ahead of German Kai Hundertmark in the close fought final stage of the Tour Down Under cycling race Sunday. "I'm over the moon," said 27-year-old O'Grady who races for the French team Credit Agricole. O'Grady, who also won the event in 1999, and Team Telekom's Hundertmark entered the 90km final stage deadlocked on time with six other riders within eight seconds of the pair. Cheered on by an estimated 100,000-strong home crowd lining the 4.5km Adelaide circuit, O'Grady crossed the line in

Hundertmark sprints to the top

A fifth race leader in as many days was christened at the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under when Germany's Kai Hundertmark took over the yellow jersey in Saturday's gripping stage. The Telekom rider's victory in the 156km leg from Gawler to the German town of Tanunda saw him depose overnight leader Nicolai Bo Larsen (CMS). Hundertmark, a former member of the now-disbanded Motorola team, won the stage by out sprinting 17 breakaway companions who finished two minutes, 47 seconds clear of Larsen's group. In second and third places were Australia's Peter Rogers (Sunsmart) and Allan Davis (United

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

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

Sacchi claims overall lead in Tour Down Under

Italian rider Fabio Sacchi held off Stuart O'Grady in a thrilling sprint finish to claim the overall lead in the Tour Down Under cycling race here Wednesday. But an investigation involving Australian Olympian Graeme Brown was garnering all the attention. Brown is one of several Australian riders named in an alleged incident with a car at last year's Noumea six-day track race. After losing the race lead in stage two of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, Brown (United Water) denied knowledge of the incident. But Cycling Australia confirmed it has received notice from the New Caledonian