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This Week in Pro Cycling – August 23, 2007

Dear Readers, Welcome to this week's edition of The Prologue, the weekly news summary from the world of competitive cycling by your friends at Velonews.com.

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Prologue, the weekly news summary from the world of competitive cycling by your friends at Velonews.com.

It’s been 15 years since the old Nissan Tour closed up shop and a lot of us missed the sight of some of the sport’s best racing through the Irish countryside. Thankfully, the new Tour of Ireland is now under way on those very roads and the race is just as spectacular as ever. [More]

Now that the race is rolling, the opening stage was won by young Stijn Vandenbergh, scoring an important victory for his problem-plagued Unibet.com team. [More] Despite big pressure from the CSC team, the 23-year-old Belgian held on to the yellow jersey for a second day on Thursday. [More]

Also on Thursday, Nick Nuyens (Cofidis) moved into the lead of the ProTour’s Eneco Tour of the Benelux, winning a tough stage win and handily dispatching the top riders from Wednesday’s prologue. [More]

Speaking of the ProTour, UCI president Pat McQuaid held out something of an olive branch to the three grand tour organizers. While McQuaid has rejected calls to reorganize the UCI itself, he has said he is willing to sit down to discuss the possible restructuring of the sport’s top tier, the ProTour. [More]

Meanwhile, VeloNews editorial director John Wilcockson reports that American Levi Leipheimer is near making a deal for next year. [More] The man from Santa Rosa, California, has been looking ever since his Discovery Team announced it was folding at the end of 2007.

Leipheimer may have his future lined up soon, but we still have no news on the outcome of the Floyd Landis case. We promise that we’ll let you know how the case shakes out as soon as we hear.

Enjoy your week and try to get out on the road yourself, now and then.

All the best,

Charles Pelkey
Editor, VeloNews.com
CPelkey@insideinc.com