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Wednesday’s EuroFile: Turpin wins stage at Sarthe; Eki skips Ghent, P-R; Cofidis a different case, says Leblanc

Ludovic Turpin gave France its second winner in two days at the Circuitde la Sarthe as the Ag2r rider held off a pair of Aussies to win the secondstage.Two riders -- Yuryi Kristvov (Ag2r) and Luis Sanchez (Liberty Seguros)– went on the attack early on to build up an eight-minute lead. Kristvovwas reeled in with just 5km to go to set up the sprint.Franck Bouyer (La Boulangere) retained the overall lead after finishingsafely in the main pack that came into Montreuil for a mass gallop. Turpinedged Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) and Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros), whocame through third. American Fred

By Andrew Hood

Ludovic Turpin gave France its second winner in two days at the Circuitde la Sarthe as the Ag2r rider held off a pair of Aussies to win the secondstage.Two riders — Yuryi Kristvov (Ag2r) and Luis Sanchez (Liberty Seguros)– went on the attack early on to build up an eight-minute lead. Kristvovwas reeled in with just 5km to go to set up the sprint.Franck Bouyer (La Boulangere) retained the overall lead after finishingsafely in the main pack that came into Montreuil for a mass gallop. Turpinedged Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) and Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros), whocame through third. American Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone) was fourth.Circuit de la Sarthe (FRA 2.3), Stage 2, Vallet toMontreuil, 198km
1. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag24                       4h46:45
2. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Lotto-Domo
3. Allan Davis (Aus), Liberty
4. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Acqua & Sapone
5. Marcus Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner all same time
Overall after two stages
1. Franck Bouyer (F), La Boulangere 8h44:57
2. Robby Scholz (G), Gerolsteiner +0:04
3. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2r +0:21
4. Luis Sanchez (Sp), Liberty +0:22
5. Marcus Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner +0:23
Injured Ekimov skips this week’s biggies
Russian warrior Viatcheslav Ekimov won’t be racing today’s Ghent-Wevelgem or Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix.Ekimov crashed during the Dwars door Vlaanderen race March 24, seriously injuring his wrist. Later X-rays revealed the veteran didn’t suffer a break, but the injury made it difficult to battle over the cobbles at Tour of Flanders and Ekimov was forced to abandon.Ekimov finished third in last year’s Paris-Roubaix.
Be sure to check in with VeloNews.com to follow the action in today’s edition of Ghent-Wevelgem, beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDTMayo not going for Basque Country win
Defending Tour of the Basque Country champion Iban Mayo says he’s not racing to defend his title at his home race. According to an interview in the Spanish daily Gara, Mayo said he’s starting his season later to make a full run at July’s Tour de France.“I am here to help my teammates and that’s what I will do,” Mayo said. “To win a stage would be fine.”Mayo said he’s starting the challenging five-day, six-stage Basque tour simply because he’s the defending champion. Danilo Di Luca (Saeco) took the race leader’s jersey following Tuesday’s second stage.“I’m not as strong at this time as I was last year,” said Mayo, who added he’ll be working for David Etxebarria and Samuel Sanchez. “The rest of my calendar is still not defined.”Mayo hinted he might skip Liege-Bastogne-Liege and race the Tour of Aragon in Spain instead.Leblanc says Cofidis, Kelme cases different
Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc spelled out his position on Tour invitations to Cofidis and CV-Kelme in a press release Monday.Leblanc defended his position that Cofidis will be allowed to race the Tour while Kelme, which was expected to receive a wild-card bid, won’t be despite drug allegations swirling around both teams.“If Cofidis had been on the list of teams that needed an invite, then without doubt we would have reflected on the issue and we would have been able to take a prudent decision,” Leblanc said in a press release on Monday evening.Cofidis automatically qualified for the Tour by finishing as one of the top 14 teams in the UCI rankings at the end of last season. Kelme, meanwhile, was demoted to the second division after money problems, but seemed to have a Tour slot secured until revelations of extensive doping within the Spanish team were revealed last month by former rider Jesus Manzano.Cofidis is under investigation after former riders and staff has been found as part of a doping ring. That investigation continues while a formal investigation into Manzano’s charges is just starting.Kelme officials are expected to travel to Paris later this week to plead their case that the team should be allowed to race, especially since no formal charges have been made beyond Manzano’s electrifying allegations made in an interview with a Spanish newspaper.Leblanc said if more bad news comes out of the Cofidis investigation, the French team might lose its invitation to race the Tour as well.“If serious faults are revealed by the judicial inquiries we will take account of them but we are not at that point yet,” Leblanc said. “While a shady soigneur and a cheating rider might have been at fault, is it necessary to condemn a whole team?”Manzano testifies before Italian officials
Jesus Manzano, the ex-Kelme rider who blew the cover on alleged doping within the Spanish team, testified Monday before Spanish and Italian officials as both countries follow up on his allegations.Manzano, who recently signed a contract to race with the Amore & Vita team, testified before Italian officials investigating doping allegations surrounding the Giro d’Italia.Speaking with the Spanish daily AS, where his original interview appeared last month, Manzano said “Spanish justice is an embarrassment” when it comes to following up on his charges. “Italian justice, at least in terms of its struggle against doping, has to nothing to do compared to my country,” Manzano told AS. “The anti-doping fight is an embarrassment (in Spain) because 10 days have passed since my first declarations in AS.”Ghent-Wevelgem start list
T-Mobile
1. Andreas Klier (G)
2. Mario Aerts
3. Sergei Ivanov (Rus)
4. Andre Korff (G)
5. Daniele Nardello (Ita)
6. Jan Schaffrath (G)
7. Stephen Schreck (G)
8. Eric Baumann (GGerolsteiner
11. Robert Forster (G)
12. Markus Fothen (G)
13. Rene Haselbacher (Aut)
14. Danilo Hondo (G)
15. Sven Krauss (G)
16. Sebastian Lang (G)
18. Peter Wrolich (Aut).Lotto
21. Glenn D’Hollander
22. Hans De Clercq
23. Niko Eeckhout
24. Gorik Gardeyn
25. Leon Van Bon (Ned)
26. Gert Steegmans
27. Stefan Van Dijk (Ned)
28. Wim Vansevenant (all others Belgian)Quick Step
31. Davide Bramati (Ita)
32. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun)
33. Tom Boonen
34. Wilfried Cretskens
35. Kevin Hulsmans
36. Servais Knaven (Ned)
37. Johan Museeuw
38. Nick Nuyens (all others Belgian)MrBookmaker
41. Andy De Smet
42. Jeremy Hunt (GB)
43. Roger Hammond (GB)
44. Geert Omloop
45. Jo Planckaert
46. Christophe Roodhooft
47. Kristof Trouve
48. Michel Vanhaecke (all others Belgian)Landbouwkrediet
51. Ludovic Capelle
52. Geert Van Bondt
53. Maxime Monfort
54. Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr)
55. Tomas Vaitkus (Lit)
56. Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita)
57. Tony Bracke
58. Johan Verstrepen (all others Belgian)Vlaanderen
61. Steven Caethoven
62. Wouter Van Mechelen
63. Bart De Spiegelaere
64. Wesley Van Speybroeck
65. Jehudi Schoonacker
66. Jan Kuyckx
67. Kevin Van Der Slagmolen
68. David Meys. (all Belgian)Chocolats Jacques
71. Igor Abakoumov
72. Michael Blanchy
73. Jans Koerts (Ned)
74. Gerben Lowik (Ned)
75. Chris Peers
76. Francesco Planckaert
77. Bert Hiemstra (Ned)
78. Geert Verheyen (all others Belgian)Fassa Bortolo
81. Fabian Cancellara (Ita)
82. Kim Kirchen (Lux)
83. Roberto Petito (Ita)
84. Fabio Sacchi (Ita)
85. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sp)
86. Alberto Ongarato (Ita)
87. Filippo Pozzato (Ita)
88. Francesco Chicchi (Ita)Domina Vacanze
91. Alexandre Bazehnov (Rus)
92. Massimo Giunti (Ita)
93. Gabriele Colombo (Ita)
94. Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita)
95. Andris Naudusz (Let)
96. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus)
98. David Clinger (USA)Saeco
101. Gabriele Balducci (Ita)
102. Giosue Bonomi (Ita)
103. Jorg Ludewig (G)
104. Stefano Casagranda (Ita)
105. Salvatore Commesso (Ita)
106. Paolo Fornaciari (Ita)
107. Nicola Gavazzi (Ita)
108. Dario Pieri (Ita)Lampre
111. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita)
112. Matteo Carrara (Ita)
113. Alessandro Ballan (Ita)
114. Manuel Quinziato (Ita)
115. Paolo Bossoni (Ita)
116. Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita)
117. Andrej Hauptman (Sln)
118. Romans Vainsteins (Let)Alessio-Bianchi
121. Magnus Backstedt (Swe)
122. Martin Hvastija (Sln)
123. Cristian Moreni (Ita)
124. Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe)
127. Scott Sunderland (Aus)Rabobank
131. Oscar Freire (Sp)
132. Michael Boogerd (Ned)
133. Steven De Jongh (Ned)
134. Mathew Hayman (Aus)
135. Robert Hunter (SA)
136. Karsten Kroon (Ned)
137. Roy Sentjens (Ned)
138. Marc Wauters (B)Bankgiroloterij
141. Lars Ytting Bak (Dan)
142. Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned)
143. Laurens Ten Dam (Ned)
144. Addy Engels (Ned)
145. Allan Johansen (Dan)
146. Rudi Kemna (Ned)
147. Julien Smink (Ned)
148. Remco Van der Ven (Ned)Team CSC
151. Vladimir Gusev (Rus)
152. Lars Michaelsen (Dan)
153. Frank Hoj (Dan)
154. Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Dan)
155. Bekim Christensen (Dan)
156. Tristan Hoffman (Ned)
157. Jimmi Madsen (Dan)U.S. Postal
161. Antonio Cruz (USA)
162. Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus)
163. George Hincapie (USA)
164. Pavel Padrnos (Tch)
166. Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
167. Benoit Joachim (Lux)
168. Max Van Heeswijk (Ned).Navigators
171. Phil Zajicek (USA)
172. Jeff Louder (USA)
173. Kirk O’Bee (USA)
174. Mark Walters (Can)
175. Vassili Davidenko (Rus)
176. David Mc Kenzie (Aus)
177. Ciaran Power (Irl)
178. Henk Vogels (Aus)Cofidis
181. Jimmy Casper (Fra)
182. Arnaud Coyot (Fra)
183. Stuart O’Grady (Aus)
184. Peter Farazijn (B)
185. Matthew White (Aus)
186. Staf Scheirlinckx (B)FDJeux.com
191. Baden Cooke (Aus)
192. David Derepas (Fra)
193. Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
194. Frederic Guesdon (Fra)
195. Christophe Mengin (Fra)
196. Fabien Sanchez (Fra)
197. Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra)
198. Matthew Wilson (Aus)AG2R
201. Christophe Agnolutto (Fra)
202. Stephane Berges (Fra)
203. Andy Flickinger (Fra)
204. Nicolas Inaudi (Fra)
205. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est)
206. Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra)
207. Erki Putsep (Est)
208. Mark Scanlon (Irl)Credit Agricole
211. Mads Kaggestad (Nor)
212. Julian Dean (NZ)
213. Cedric Hervé (Fra)
214. Sebastien Hinault (Fra)
215. Thor Hushovd (Nor)
216. Lilian Jegou (Fra)
217. Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra)
218. Bradley Wiggins (GB)Bodysol
221. Wim De Vocht
222. Bart Dockx
223. Xavier Florencio Cabre (Sp)
224. Nico Mattan
225. Bert Roesems
226. Preben Van Hecke
227. Sébastien Rosseler
228. Johan Van Summeren (all others Belgian)Illes Baleares
231. Daniel Becke (G)
232. Isaac Galvez (Sp)
233. Antonio Colom (Sp)
234. X
235. Pablo Lastras (Sp)
236. Jose Antonio Lopez Gil (Sp)
237. Vicente Reynes (Sp)
238. Steffen Radochla (G)Phonak
241. Michael Albasini (Sui)
242. Martin Elmiger (Sui)
243. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra)
245. Bert Grabsch (G)
246. Uros Murn (Sln)
247. Gregory Rast (Sui)
248. Alexandre Usov (Bul)