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This Week in Pro Cycling – October 19, 2007

Dear Readers,Welcome to this week's edition of The Prologue, VeloNews.com's summary of the latest news from the world of competitive cycling.

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Dear Readers,
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Prologue, VeloNews.com’s summary of the latest news from the world of competitive cycling.

The road season is winding to a close, with Saturday’s Giro d’Lombardia marking the final event of the ProTour calendar. Over the course of the week, the man leading that contest, however, has been handed a three-month suspension for his association with an infamous doctor and subsequently booted off of the ProTour rankings. With Danilo DiLuca out, it looks like Cadel Evans, who will be riding, stands a chance of winning the overall ProTour title. Deserving as he is, it’s probably not the way the man from Predictor wanted to win. [More]

Speaking of uncomfortable ways to take the lead, Unibet’s Matt Wilson moved back into the yellow jersey at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Friday. He’d lost the jersey on the race’s pivotal climbing stage on Thursday, but got it back the next day when race leader Joost Van Leijen was penalized for pacing his way back into the peloton after a flat. [More]

While there’s still racing going on in Europe and Australia, here in the U.S. the season is pretty much over and some riders are turning their collective attention to matters a bit more pressing, namely who is going to sign paychecks next year. Neal Rogers has been chatting with several riders on the market including Chris Horner (right) who appears to be in the enviable position of being able to wait for the price of his services to be bid up. Conversely, with several big teams closing shop in the U.S. at the end of the season, there are other riders out there who are just hoping to earn enough to keep racing. It’s a tight market out there.

While the road stuff is coming to a close, there are those of us who think the season is just ramping up when the leaves start to change. We’d like to remind cyclocross fans, riders and promoters that we’re still covering those events, including this past weekend’s two days of racing in Gloucester, Massachusetts. and [More]. We’d also like to remind you that our weekly
” ‘Cross Examination” column is back, so feel free to send us updates of events in your area, by dropping a note to crossexam@insideinc.com. Please include the appropriate credits for writers and/or photographers, and attach your contact information in case we have questions.

Whether you’re racing or relaxing at this time of year, have a good week.

All the best,

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