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Monday’s Euro-file: More than just Museeuw

The Belgian Classics continue to dominate European cycling this week, withthe semi-Classic Fleche Wallone on Wednesday and Liege-Bastogne-Liege onSunday.Johan Museeuw's dramatic victory Sunday at Paris-Roubaix wasthe biggest news on this side of the pond. The Lion of Flanders is oneof Europe's biggest stars and the race was broadcast live throughout thecontinent.This week's other highlight is the Vuelta Ciclista a Aragon in Spain.The U.S. Postal Service will be among the 16 teams starting Wednesday.In other racing, ibanesto.com's Aitor Osa won the Vuelta al PaisVasco in Spain

By Andrew Hood

The Belgian Classics continue to dominate European cycling this week, withthe semi-Classic Fleche Wallone on Wednesday and Liege-Bastogne-Liege onSunday.Johan Museeuw‘s dramatic victory Sunday at Paris-Roubaix wasthe biggest news on this side of the pond. The Lion of Flanders is oneof Europe’s biggest stars and the race was broadcast live throughout thecontinent.This week’s other highlight is the Vuelta Ciclista a Aragon in Spain.The U.S. Postal Service will be among the 16 teams starting Wednesday.In other racing, ibanesto.com’s Aitor Osa won the Vuelta al PaisVasco in Spain and Bon Jour’s Didier Rous won the Circuit de laSarthe in France. Both stage races ended Friday. Angel Vicioso (Kelme)won a sprint for the 48th Klasica de Amorebieta (GP de Primavera) in Spain’sBasque Country on Sunday, beating Unai and David Etxebarriaof Euskaltel. David Etxebarria, a favorite for Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege,broke the peloton with a strong rhythm early.Former world mountain bike champion Michael Rasmussen (CSC-Tiscali)finished 7th in the lead group.RESULTS:
1. Angel Vicioso (Kelme), 4:30:16
2. Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi), same time;
3. David Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi), s.t.;
4. Juan Antonio Flecha (ibanesto.com), s.t.;
5. Javier Pascual (ibanesto.com), s.t.;
6. Joaquin Rodriguez (ONCE), s.t.;
7. Michael Rasmussen (CSC-Tiscali), s.t.;
8. Jose Benito Azebedo (ONCE), s.t.;
9. Gonzalo Bayarri (Jazztel), s.t.;
10. Francisco Mancebo (ibanesto.com), s.t.AMERICAN WATCH: Navigators’ Kirk O’Bee took hissecond European win in a week when he beat Domo’s Dave Bruylandtsin the GP Pino Cerami in southern Belgium on Friday. It was great newsfor O’Bee and the Navigators, following their success with O’Bee’s victoryat the GP Rennes on April 7. O’Bee went away with Bruylandts on the lastlap and O’Bee edged the Belgian in a two-up sprint.George Hincapie didn’t have his best day at Paris-Roubaix, butstill finished a respectable sixth in “The Hell of the North” while U.S.Postal Service teammate Tom Boonen was the race revelation, finishingthird.Domo’s Fred Rodriguez had worse luck, suffering two flat tires,four crashes and a broken cleat that made it difficult to pedal. Fast Freddy,second at Ghent-Wevelgem on Wednesday, finished 27th. Rodriguez is scheduledto start at Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday and Amstel Gold on April 28.Hincapie moved up to fourth overall in World Cup standings, with Rodriguezfifth, behind new leader Johan Museeuw (Domo).Lance Armstrong continues with his Spring Classics campaign atLiege. The three-time Tour de France champion went back to Texas for hisRide for the Roses and will return to Europe this week for Liege and thenAmstel Gold.Telekom’s Kevin Livingston is scheduled to start Fleche-Walloneon Wednesday and Liege on Sunday.Bobby Julich (Telekom), Levi Leipheimer (Rabobank) andTyler Hamilton (CSC-Tiscali) raced last week at Vuelta al Pais Vascoin Spain. Cold, rainy weather hampered their efforts and Julich went homein the third stage and Leipheimer and Hamilton used the race for Giro d’Italiapreparation.U.S. Postal’s Floyd Landis and Dave Zabriskie raced inthe Circuit de la Sarthe last week, with Landis second and Zabriskie fifth,respectively, in the time trial stage.