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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.
As you know, the season’s last grand tour is on deck, with stage 1 of the Vuelta a Espana set to kick off on Saturday, September 1, in Vigo, Spain. For obvious – and disappointing – reasons, none of the top-three finishers from last year’s race will be at the start on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing a bad race. Indeed, the Vuelta often turns out to be our favorite of the year’s big three and this promises to be no different. [More]
VeloNews European correspondent Andrew Hood and photographer Graham Watson will be there throughout. We’ll also be offering Live up-to-the-minute coverage from each stage, so be sure to check in every day at “https://www.velonews.com” and follow the links to our Live Update page.
It could be an interesting race, with some interesting riders emerging from the field. Among those whose performance may turn out better than in past tours, is American Tom Danielson, who says he’s feeling better now that he’s been treated for a long-term problem with intestinal parasites. [More]
Meanwhile, Danielson’s teammate may be ready to announce some good news in coming days. Leipheimer told VeloNews editorial director John Wilcockson that he is close to finalizing a deal for 2008, now that his Discovery Channel team is winding down its operations and closing shop at the end of the year. [More]
Also expecting news – albeit of a different sort – is American Floyd Landis. Landis’s long wait for a ruling on the doping case that has plagued him since his apparent 2006 Tour de France victory may be over at the end of next month. A memo obtained by ESPN.com’s Bonnie D. Ford suggests that a decision in the matter may come within days of a closed hearing scheduled for September 12. [More]
On the Tech side, our technical editor Matt Pacocha is in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany to attend the Eurobike trade show. He’s already sent in preliminary review of SRAM’s new Red component group [More] and a report from the show’s opening day. [More]
We hope you have a good week and look forward to hearing from you throughout the 2007 Vuelta a Espana.
All the best,