By Andrew Hood
Alejandro Valverde (Kelme) stormed to his second consecutive victory Tuesday in the second stage of the four-day Tour of Burgos in northern Spain.
A day after winning atop the Alp de Altotero on Monday, Valverde took a bunch sprint coming into Aranda de Duero to conclude the 170km stage.
Francisco Mancebo (Illes Balears), fresh off his sixth-place finish in the Tour de France, fractured his left wrist in a crash and was forced to abandon.
Vuelta a Burgos (SPA 2.1), Stage 2, Lerma to Aranda de Duero, 170.45km
1. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme 3:46:13
2. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak
3. Jon Del Rio (Sp), Costa de Almeria-Paternina
4. Miguel Angel Martín (Sp), Saunier Duval
5. Mauro Santambrogio (I), Team LPR — all same time
Overall standings (after two stages)
1. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme, 7:20:48
2. Miguel Angel Martín (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 0:03
3. Denis Menchov (Rus), Illes Balears-Banesto
4. Marcos A. Serrano (Sp), Liberty Seguros
5. Mauricio Albert Ardila (Col), Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf, all s.t.
Sacchi wins stage 6 in Portugal
Fabio Sacchi (Fassa Bortolo) edged past Eladio Jimenez (Kelme) to win Tuesday’s 146.6km sixth stage of the Tour of Portugal. The pair finished seven seconds ahead of Spanish rider Victoriano Fernandez (Asc-Vila Do Conde) in the rolling stage.
Jose Miguel Elias (Relax-Bodysol) retained his overall lead over compatriot David Bernabeu.
Volta a Portugal (POR 2.2), Stage 6, Fafe to Santa Maria de Feira, 146.6km
1. Fabio Sacchi (Ita), Fassa Bortolo 3:32:41
2. Eladio Jimenez (Spa), Kelme-Costa Blanca s.t.
3. Victoriano Fernandez (Spa), Asc-Vila Do Conde, at 0:07
4. Manuel Quinziato (Ita), Lampre, at 0:10
5. Filippo Perfetto (Ita), Ceramiche Panaria-Margres, s.t.
44. Tom Danielson (USA), Fassa Bortolo, at 2:56
99. Tim Johnson (USA), Saunier Duval, at 3:10
Chavanel swell in France
Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel (Brioches la Boulangère) won the 14th round of the French Cup, beating Italian rider Guido Trentin (Cofidis) to win the 153km race in Saint-Martin-de-Landelles.
Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) retained the overall lead in the series with just two rounds to go. Pierrick Fedrigo is second with Thomas Voeckler third.
Lelli held for questioning in Cofidis scandal
Italian cyclist Massimiliano Lelli was being held for questioning in the doping scandal involving the Cofidis team, police sources said Tuesday in Paris.
The 36-year-old was taken in for questioning by the drug squad in Lille. He is one of nine people being investigated as part of a judicial inquiry into the alleged use of illegal drugs by the Cofidis team.
In July, British cyclist David Millar admitted to French police that he had taken the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) in 2001 and 2003. He also said that he had taken the drug with Lelli.
Millar was placed under judicial investigation for illegal possession of toxic products after police found empty capsules of Eprex, a commonly used form of EPO, in his flat in Biarritz. The French drug squad has been investigating doping allegations involving the Cofidis team since March 2003. Agence France Presse
Politicians join Armstrong bandwagon
John Kerry wears one. President Bush has one, too. So do several celebrities. It’s the “Live Strong” yellow wristband produced by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the cycling superstar’s cancer-fighting organization.
Since the fund-raising effort began in May, the charity has sold 7 million of the rubber wristbands for $1 each, with plans for 1.8 million more. Nike donated the first $1 million, and proceeds go toward programs for young people with cancer.
“It’s been an overwhelming experience,” foundation President Mitch Stoller told The Associated Press. “I think everybody, from average Americans to celebrities, are getting the message of courage and hope.”
Foundation spokeswoman Michelle Milford said celebrities who have been sighted wearing the bands include Bono, Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Ben Stiller.
Armstrong, the winner of a record six consecutive Tour de France titles, overcame advanced testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain. He has linked himself to the traditional yellow jersey worn by the Tour leader and champion.
Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president, wore his wristband while campaigning last week and at the Democratic National Convention. He had a cancerous prostate removed in February 2003. His father, Richard, died of complications from the disease in 2000.
White House spokesman Taylor Gross said Bush also has a wristband and supports the Armstrong foundation.
Milford said the group appreciates the candidates’ support but will avoid any political debate. “The way we fight cancer is a bipartisan issue,” she said. “We want support from everybody.” –By The Associated Press/I>