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Sunday’s EuroFile: Julich 2nd at GP Merckx; Postal looks to Vuelta; Rebellin looks to Argentina

Julich, Voigt second at GP Eddy MerckxThe Dutch tandem of Thomas Dekker and Koen De Kort (Rabobank) edgedrecently crowned bronze Olympic time trial medalist Bobby Julich and JensVoigt (CSC) in Sunday’s two-man time trial race GP Eddy Merckx.Dekker and De Kort covered the 49km course 20 seconds faster than Julichand Voigt while George Hincapie and Viatcheslav Ekimov (U.S. Postal Service)came through fifth at 52 seconds slower.GP Eddy Merckx (BEL 1.2), two-man timetrial1. Thomas Dekker, Koen De Kort (Ned) – Rabobank, 43.9kmin 52:35 (50.07kph)2. Jens Voigt (Ger), Bobby Julich (USA) – CSC +0:203.

By Andrew Hood

Julich, Voigt second at GP Eddy Merckx
The Dutch tandem of Thomas Dekker and Koen De Kort (Rabobank) edgedrecently crowned bronze Olympic time trial medalist Bobby Julich and JensVoigt (CSC) in Sunday’s two-man time trial race GP Eddy Merckx.Dekker and De Kort covered the 49km course 20 seconds faster than Julichand Voigt while George Hincapie and Viatcheslav Ekimov (U.S. Postal Service)came through fifth at 52 seconds slower.GP Eddy Merckx (BEL 1.2), two-man timetrial
1. Thomas Dekker, Koen De Kort (Ned) – Rabobank, 43.9kmin 52:35 (50.07kph)
2. Jens Voigt (Ger), Bobby Julich (USA) – CSC +0:20
3. Uwe Peschel, Michael Rich (Ger) — Gerolsteiner +0:26
4. Erik Dekker (Ned), Marc Wauters (Bel) — Rabobank+0:40
5. George Hincapie (USA), Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) – U.S. Postal Service +0:52Bruyneel: Postal Service heads to Vuelta without clear leader
With defending Vuelta a España champion Roberto Heras liningup for rival Liberty Seguros, U.S. Postal Service sport director JohanBruyneel enters the season’s final grand tour without a clear leader.The squad will line up Sept. 4 in León for the team time trialopening stage, but Bruyneel said Los Postales will be without a strongmanon the terms of Heras or six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.“It will be different in a lot of ways,” Bruyneel told Postal Servicepress chief Dan Osipow on the team’s webpage. “We have two guys who willgo for the overall in Floyd Landis and Manuel Beltran, but of course itwill not be the same as last year with Roberto.”Beltran and Landis are the only members from the Tour team startingfor Postal Service in the three-week Vuelta (Sept. 4-26).Víctor Hugo Peña, the Colombian wearer of the yellow jerseyin 2003, is on an early Vuelta lineup after missing out on the Tour. Hotsprinter Max van Heeswijk will be hunting for stages while Canadian MichaelBarry, fresh off a strong ride in Athens, will round out the team alongwith Guennadi Mikhailov, Daniel Rincón and David Zabriskie.Tentative start list for U.S. Postal Service for Vuelta
Michael Barry (Can)
Manuel Beltran (Spa)
Benoît Joachim (Lux)
Floyd Landis (USA)
Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus)
Víctor Hugo Peña (Col)
Daniel Rincón (Col)
Max van Heeswijk (Ned)
David Zabriskie (USA)Angry Rebellin might skip out on Italy
Davide Rebellin, the World Cup leader who was overlooked for a spoton the Italian Olympic team, is threatening to drop his national racinglicense and adopt Argentina as his home country.According to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Rebellin willreportedly take the question this week to cycling’s professional governingboard during a meeting with the UCI. If successful, Rebellin is even threateningto race in October’s world championships for Argentina. Rebellin admittedhe has no family link to the South American country, but said he’s friendswith the national selector and wants to join Argentina’s national teamfor sporting reasons.Rous wins GP Ouest-France
Veteran Didier Rous won France’s second most important one-day raceSunday at the GP Ouest-France after dropping fellow escapees on the finallap.Rous was part of a breakaway that included Serge Baguet (Lotto-Domo),Guido Trentin (Cofidis), Nuno Ribeiro (LA Pecol), Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner),Giulio Tomi (Vini Caldirola) and Vladimir Duma (Landbouwkrediet). On thelast lap, Didier Rous responded to an attack by Baguet and Trentin andlater beat the pair in the final sprint.In the women’s World Cup race on Saturday, Edita Pucinskaite (S.C. MichelaFanini) beat Mirjam Melchers (Farm Frites-Hartol) by 15 seconds while OenoneWood (Australia national team) retained her grip on the overall standings,237 points to second place Melchers with 165.
 
GP Ouest France (FRA 1.1), Plouay, France,
1. Didier Rous (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 198km in 4:31:27
2. Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Domo  same time
3. Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis  +0:02
4. Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner
5. Giulio Tomi (Ita) Vini CaldirolaTosatto wins GP Gippingen
Matteo Tosatto (Fassa Bortolo) edged Swiss riders Markus Zberg (Gerolsteiner)and Martin Elmiger (Phonak) in a 40-man sprint to win the 196km GP KantonAargau in Gippingen on Sunday.A two-man break was brought back after holding a three-minute lead withthree laps to go on the 20km circuit. Steffen Wesemann (T-Mobile) and DarioFrigo (Fassa Bortolo) were part of a five-man move on the penultimate lap,but they were neutralized to set up the mass sprint.41st GP Kanton Aargau/Gippingen (SWI 1.1)
1. Matteo Tosatto (Ita), Fassa Bortolo,  196km 4:57:37
2. Markus Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner
3. Martin Elmiger (Swi), Phonak Hearing Systems
4. Massimiliano Mori (Ita), Domina Vacanze
5. Frank Schleck (Lux), Team CSC – all same time