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Tuesday’s EuroFile: Hamilton eyes Vuelta; Verbrugghe to Quick Step

The Spanish newspaper MARCA is reporting that Tyler Hamiltonwill race next month´s Vuelta a España to make up for his disappointing Tour de France, when he was forced to pull out after injuring his back after falling in the first week.Hamilton is fresh off his gold medal performance in the Olympic time trial race and said last week he still wasn´t sure about which races he would start in the second half of the season.Hamilton told VeloNews editor Jason Sumner last week in Athens he was considering racing the Vuelta and had even gone to check out some of the routes after he returned to his

By Andrew Hood

The Spanish newspaper MARCA is reporting that Tyler Hamiltonwill race next month´s Vuelta a España to make up for his disappointing Tour de France, when he was forced to pull out after injuring his back after falling in the first week.Hamilton is fresh off his gold medal performance in the Olympic time trial race and said last week he still wasn´t sure about which races he would start in the
second half of the season.Hamilton told VeloNews editor Jason Sumner last week in Athens he was considering racing the Vuelta and had even gone to check out some of the routes after he returned to his home base in Girona, Spain, following his early departure from the Tour. The Vuelta begins Sept. 4 in León and includes a three week course laden with four time trials and six mountain stages, an ideal hunting ground for the New Englander.Verbrugghe to join Quick Step
Belgian veteran Rik Verbrugghe has signed a one-year contract to joinPatrick Lefevere at Quick Step for the 2005 season. Verbrugghe has shakenoff injury that derailed much of his 2003 season and seems to rediscoveredhis strength that carried him to victory in such races as the Giro d’Italiaprologue and Critérium International. The signing marks anotherstep in the bidding war among Belgium´s biggest stars as the bigteams rev up for the inauguration of the Pro Tour in 2005.Werner gets one more year with T-Mobile
T-Mobile announced it will extend the contract for Christian Werner by one year, who team spokesman Olaf Ludwig said he believes made positive progress this year and we are convinced he has not reached his limit yet.Two years ago, 25-year-old Werner left Team Nurenberger to join T-Mobile. His first season in the T-Mobile Team was mixed after initial problems due to injuries his form increased and raced strongly at the Vuelta in autumn.Max takes Holland tour opener
Max Van Heeswijk (U.S. Postal Service) got off to a fast start to the44th Tour of Holland on Tuesday. Van Heeswijk, who didn´t race theTour but will be heading to the Vuelta a España next month, edged former U23 world champion Francesco Chicchi (Fassa Bortolo) in a bunch sprint at the end of the 200km stage into Hoorn. The five-stage, four-day race continues Wednesday with the 182.5km second stage from Bolsward to Nijverdal.44th Eneco Tour of Holland (NED 2.1)
Stage 1, Oudenbosch to Hoorn,
1. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), U.S. Postal Service, 200.3km in 4 hours,34 minutes, 50 seconds
2. Francesco Chicchi (I), Fassa Bortolo
3. Aurelien Clerc (Swi), Quick Step
4. Stefan Van Dijk (Nl), Lotto-Domo
5. Fabrizio Guidi (I), Team CSC   all same time