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Monday’s Euro-file: Busy weekend for Americans; busy week ahead

Mountain biking took centerstage over the weekend with the openinground of the 2002 World Cup in Madrid. Alison Dunlap made an impressiveseason debut wearing her rainbow jersey with her new Luna kit, finishingsecond behind turbo-charged Marga Fullana. Dunlap said she´sgoing for the overall title this year."I want to win the World Cup because it´s something I´venever done before, so this is a good start."It´s an even better start considering Fullana, who´s terrifiedof flying and doesn´t like to stray too far from Spain, won´tbe racing any of the North American World Cup stops.Susan Haywood

By Andrew Hood

Mountain biking took centerstage over the weekend with the openinground of the 2002 World Cup in Madrid. Alison Dunlap made an impressiveseason debut wearing her rainbow jersey with her new Luna kit, finishingsecond behind turbo-charged Marga Fullana. Dunlap said she´sgoing for the overall title this year.”I want to win the World Cup because it´s something I´venever done before, so this is a good start.”It´s an even better start considering Fullana, who´s terrifiedof flying and doesn´t like to stray too far from Spain, won´tbe racing any of the North American World Cup stops.Susan Haywood finished a solid 18th at 8:24 back while GinaHall came across 38th at 14:15 back.Todd Wells (Mongoose) was the top American in the men´sfield dominated by a resurgent Bart Brentjens. Wells finished 28that 7:56 back while Walker Ferguson (Subaru-Gary Fisher) finishedat -2 laps.In the Giro dÍtalia, Tyler Hamilton keeps taking his licksand keeps on ticking. Hamilton´s bad luck with crashes continues,but he survived a scary crash in the first climbing stage of the Giro lastweek and sits within a minute of all the favorites, a little worse forwear and tear.The Giro gets steep again later this week, so Hamilton is hoping hecan mend a little through back-to-back transition stages going.Telekom´s Bobby Julich is building for the Tour de Franceand is scheduled to race this week at the Tour of Belgium, next week atthe Tour of Luxembourg, then the Tour de Suisse and Tour de France.“Pave sucks on a broken arm”U.S. Postal´s Chann McRae reports on his web page thathe broke his arm in a spill in the Four Days of Dunkirk, but is alreadyon the mend. Here´s what he wrote on his web page:”Hey to everyone! It has been a strange turn of events this last week.I was off to do Four Days of Dunkirk, and after two days found myself inthe hospital with a broken arm. I crashed 10 km into the race, in a stupidpile up. I had a feeling that my arm was broken, but no one believed me,and Dirk Demol (my director) told me not to quit; so I continued on inpain. Pave sucks on a broken arm, and it’s hard to navigate when it’s wetand downhill. Therefore I got dropped and lost 17 minutes, and finishednext to last. Real cool. But I am still riding, and have only missed twodays since the crash. I also took my cast off yesterday. It is now timefor some rehab and it’ll be nice to be able to pull on the bars 100-percentin two weeks. – Chann.”Three-time defending Tour de France Lance Armstrong returns toracing this week at the GP Midi-Libre (May 22-26) in France. The stagefeatures some hard climbing and will be Armstrong´s first Europeanrace since Amstel Gold in late April.In other news, Armstrong was appointed this week to serve as a memberof the President Bush´s Cancer Panel for the remainder of a three-yearterm expiring February 20, 2005.This week in EuropeThe Giro dÍtalia continues this week, with the entire race waitingon news of Stefano Garzelli´s B-test, due out Tuesday or Wednesday.Garzelli was tested positive for a masking agent following his victoryand ascention into the race leader at Liege early last week. The controversyhas dominated the headlines in Italy and threatens to overwhelm the race.Garzelli, under pressure from Mapei, decided to keep racing and await theresults of the second test. Meanwhile, the Giro heads south going intoa difficult climbing stage later this week.Midi Libre (May 22-26) highlights road racing away from the Giro, whereLance Armstrong will race as part of his preparation for his title defenseat the Tour de France in July. The Tour of Belgium (May 23-26) will attracttop teams from the Low Countries. In mountain biking, the second roundof the 2002 World Cup is this weekend in Houffalize, Belgium, on a classicdifficult course that always draws a huge crowd.
 GP Picardie:U.S. Postal´s David Zabriskie finished 13th overall inthe Tour of Picardie that ended Sunday in France. The race was won by TylerHamilton’s CSC teammate, Michael Sanstod. Zabriskie, meanwhile,has had an impressive spring and this strong showing confirms his solidform going into the heart of the season. Top-10 overall and others:1. Michael Sanstod (Den), CSC-Tiscali, 12h 32′ 57″,
2. Jacky Durand (F),  FDJ, at 4 seconds;
3. Olivier Asmaker (F), CSC, at 0:06;
4. Stephane Auge (F), Jean Delatour, at 0:14;
5. Allan Johansen (Den), Fatka, same time;
6. Nicolas Jalabert (F), CSC, at 0:15;
7. Anthony Geslin (F), Bonjour, at 0:16;
8. Christophe Rinero (F), at 0:17;
9. Christophe Brandt (B), Lotto, s.t.;
10. Franck Perque (F), FDJ, s.t.;NORTH AMERICANS13. David Zabriskie (USA), US Postal Service, at 0:17;
59. Michael Barry (Can), USPS, at 2:00;
88. Jeff Louder (USA), at 3:26;
121. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), Credit Agricole, at 9:38
 Piepoli at AsturiasLeonardo Piepoli delivered another stage-race victory for ibanesto.comat the Vuelta a Asturias on Sunday in northern Spain. Banesto has dominatedthe spring calendar in Spain, winning at Setmana Catalana, Vuelta a PaisVasco, Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, Vuelta a Aragon and others. Now the challengewill be to see if the team can carry the strength into longer stage races,especially the Tour de France.Final GC
1. Leonardo Piepoli (I), iBanesto.com,  20 hours, 49 minutes,21 seconds;
2. David Bernabeu (Por), Boavista, at 0:03;
3. Joseba Beloki (Sp), Once-Eroski, at 0:04;
4. Ricardo Valdés (Sp), Jazztel, at 0:33;
5. Gonzalo Bayarri (Sp), Jazztel, at 0:40;
6. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Kelme, at 0:52;
7. Isidro Nozal (Sp), Once-Eroski, same time;
8. Rubén Lobato (Sp), Acqua&Sapone, at 0:56;
9. Aitor Osa (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 1:07;
10. Vladimir Karpets (Rus), Itera, at 1:08