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Scroll down to read these articles from the web site of L'Equipe.  Translated by Walt Ballenberger  
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Tour of California- Landis in the Final- 02/27/06
Tour of California- Success for Pollack- 02/25/06
The Het Volk Semi-Classic- Philippe Gilbert Wins It- 02/25/06
Tour of California- Hincapie OK- 02/25/06
Tour of California- Jose Haedo OK- 02/24/06
Tour of Valence- Petacchi Does It Again- 02/23/06
Tour of California- Landis leads- 02/23/06
Tour of California- Haedo takes it- 02/21/06
Tour of California- Leipheimer in front- 02/20/06
Coyot has a lot of nerve- 02/19/06
Liberty Team 2006- Vinokourov the leader- 02/17/06

Tour of California- Landis in the Final- 02/27/06

Although the German Olaf Pollack (T-mobile) won his second stage in the seventh and last race, it
is Floyd Landis (Phonak), who has been the leader in the general classification since his success
in the third stage of the American event and who is the winner of the Tour of California.  The rider
from Phonak won by 29 seconds over his compatriot David Zabriskie, and beat Bobby Julich by
34". The success of the American armada was assured by George Hincapie, who just missed the
podium (45” behind).

Final General Classification:
1. Floyd Landis (USA/Phonak) 22h46"6
2. David Zabriskie (USA) at 29"
. Bobby Julich (USA) at 34"
. George Hincapie (USA) at 45"
. Nathan O'Neill (AUS) at 1'08

Results of the 7th stage:
1. Olaf Pollack (GER/T-Mobil) 2h50"27
2. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG) s.t
3. Andre Greipel (GER) s.t
4. Rene Haselbacher (AUT) s.t
5. Alex Candelario (USA) s.t.


Tour of California- Success for Pollack- 02/25/06

The German Olaf Pollack (T-Mobile) won the 6th stage of the Tour of California on Saturday in a
sprint finish.  The race was run between Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks at a distance of 144
kilometers.  The American Floyd Landis (Phonak) holds onto the lead in the general classification
by 29 seconds over his compatriot David Zabriskie (CSC).  The 7th and final stage will be held on
Sunday over a 120km circuit at Rodondo Beach.

Results of the 6th stage:
1. Olaf Pollack (GER) (T-Mobile), 144 km in 3h26'39"
2. Riccardo Ricco (ITA) s.t
3. Fred Rodriguez (USA) s.t
4. Gordon Fraser (CAN) s.t
5. Fabian Wegmann (GER) s.t

General Classification:
1. Floyd Landis (USA/Phonak) 19h56'19"
2. David Zabriskie (USA) at 29"
3. Bobby Julich (USA) at 34"
4. George Hincapie (USA) at 45"
5. Nathan O'Neill (AUS) 1'08"

The Het Volk Semi-Classic- Philippe Gilbert wins it- 02/25/06

Philippe Gilbert (La Française des Jeux), alone and detached from the field,  won the Het Volk on
Saturday, the Belgian semi-classic, which traditionally opens the racing season in Flanders.  The
Belgian from the Francaise des Jeux squad, who launched a decisive attack with eight kilometers to
the finish, beat his compatriot Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet) by 38 seconds and led by 51
seconds over the Dutchman Leon Van Bon (Davitamon).  The leading Frenchman, Franck Renier
(Bouygues Telecom), came in seventh.

At 23 years of age, this young man from the Wallone, full of potential for the future and developing
in the shadow of Tom Boonen, took the biggest victory of his young career.  Spotted by Marc
Madiot, he took the general classification of the Cup of France last year with his successes in the
Trophy of the climbers and the Tour of the Haut-Var.  He has had nine victories thus far as a
professional.  

“This is the biggest win of my young career.  Incredible!  Saturday morning I didn’t feel 100%- I’ve
been a little ill these last few days- but I was very motivated.  My teammates did super work to
protect me from the wind during the race, and I had to fight at the end to thank them (…).  This
victory gives me confidence about my condition.  But I’m perhaps not quite ready for races a bit
longer.  People say that the person who wins the Volk can win the Tour de Flanders.  This is true
since the two races are a lot alike. But the Ronde is 70 or 80 kilometers longer”, stated Philippe
Gilbert at the end of the race.

Tour of California- Hincapie OK- 02/25/06
George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) won the fifth stage of the Tour of California, which took place
between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara (169.5 km).  His compatriot Floyd Landis (Phonak)
holds onto the lead in the general classification by 29 seconds over another American, David
Zabriskie (CSC).  Hincapie, the ex-lieutenant of Lance Armstrong, already won the second stage of
the event on Tuesday.  The 6th stage, Saturday, will lead the peleton into the mountains near
Santa Barbara (144 km) and will end up with three tours around a circuit in Thousand Oaks.

Results of the 5th stage:
1. George Hincapie (USA/Discovery Channel), the 169.5 km in 3h52'02"
2. Fabian Wegmann (GER) s.t.
3. Christopher Horner (USA) s.t.
4. Josep Jufre Pou (SPA) s.t.
5. Riccardo Ricco (ITA) s.t.

General Classification:
1. Floyd Landis (USA/Phonak) 16h29'40"
2. David Zabriskie (USA) at 29"
3. Bobby Julich (USA) 34"
4. George Hincapie (USA) 45"
5. Nathan O'Neill (AUS) 1'08

Tour of California- Jose Haedo OK- 02/24/06
Juan Jose Haedo a remporté au sprint jeudi la quatrième étape, disputée entre Monterey et San
Luis Obispo et longue de 210,7 km, du Tour de Californie. Pas de changement au classement
général c'est toujours l'Américain Floyd Landis (Phonak) qui occupe les commandes. Il possède 29
secondes d'avance sur son compatriote David Zabriskie (CSC). La cinquième étape emmènera les
coureurs de San Luis Obispo à Santa Barbara (169,5 km).

Juan Jose Haedo won the fourth stage in a sprint on Thursday in the Tour of California, which took
place between Monterey and San Luis Obispo at a distance of 210.7 km.  There is no change in
the general classification with Floyd Landis (Phonak) who is still in the lead.  He holds a 29 second
gap over his compatriot David Zabriskie (CSC).  The fifth stage will take the riders from San Luis
Obispo to Santa Barbara (169.5 km).

Results of the 4th stage:
1. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG/Toyota-United Pro),  210,7 km in 4h41'02"
2. Fred Rodriguez (USA) s.t.
3. Andre Korff (GER) s.t.
4. Gordon Fraser (CAN) s.t.
5. Alex Candelario (USA) s.t.

General Classificatin:
1. Floyd Landis (USA/Phonak) 12h37'38"
2. David Zabriskie (USA) at 29"
3. Bobby Julich (USA) 34"
4. George Hincapie (USA) 45"
5. Nathan O'Neill (AUS) 01'08"

Tour of Valence- Petacchi does it again- 02/23/06

After having taken the second stage of the Tour of the Community of Valence yesterday, the Italian
Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) doubled up on Thursday by winning once again at Sagunto y Puerto.
The Russian Alexandr Kolobnev (Rabobank) still holds the lead in the general classification.

Like the day before, the finish was contested in a sprint with Petacchi beating out his compatriot
Danilo Napolitano (2nd) and the Australian Allan Davis (3rd).  Groups of escapees pushed the
pace all day long.  The most efficient of these was that of the Frenchman Eric Leblacher and the
Spaniard Adrian Palomares who built up a gap of three minutes.  But the two men were joined by
the Spaniards Gorka Gonzalez and Nacho Gutierrez before the teams of the sprinters overtook
them with a kilometer to the finish.  Thanks to time bonuses, Petacchi trails Koblonev by 17
seconds.

Tour of California- Landis leads- 02/23/06

The Tour of California continues to resemble a championship of the United States.  After  Levi
Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) and George Hincapie (Discovery Channel), it’s Floyd Landis (Phonak)
who took over the lead of the general classification by winning the time trial on Wednesday.  The
American beat out another compatiot, David Zabriskie by 26 seconds.  He thus has an advantage
of 29 seconds in the general classification.

“I didn’t know the times of the other competitors, thus at the finish I was a bit surprised.  But the
guys at the top were those that I would have expected, so we’ll see how the rest of the race will
develop”, stated Landis.  To continue the saga of the star spangled banner, it was Bobby Julich
who took third place in this stage.  However, there was a big disappointment for Leipheimer who
finished far back, taking ninth place at over one minute behind the winner of the day.

Results of the 3rd Stage:
1. Floyd Landis (USA/Phonak), the 27,4 km in 35:58.
2. David Zabriskie (USA) at 26.
3. Bobby Julich (USA) 35.
4. George Hincapie (USA) 55.
5. Nathan O'Neill (AUS) 57.

General Classification:
1. Floyd Landis (USA/Phonak 7h 56:36.
2. David Zabriskie (USA) at 29.
3. Bobby Julich (USA) 34.
4. George Hincapie (USA) 45.
5. Nathan O'Neill (AUS) 01:08


Tour of California- Haedo takes it- 02/21/06

Juan Jose Haedo, of the American team Toyota-United, won the first stage of the Tour of California
in a sprint on Monday.  The man from Argentina raced the 129 km in 3h14’13”.  Levi Leipheimer
(Gerolsteiner), winner of the prologue, keeps the lead in the general classification.

“From the start of the first climb my team protected me.  It was rather chaotic in the last kilometer,
and I almost fell.  But I am here and I won”, declared Haedo at the end of the stage.  The same
note was struck by Leipheimer, who stated that “everyone wanted to stay in the front to avoid
crashes”.  

Tour of California- Leipheimer in front- 02/20/06

Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) on Sunday won the prologue of the Tour of California in 4’53”43.  
The American beat out his compatriots Bobby Julich (CSC) and George Hincapie (Discovery
Channel) by five and six seconds respectively.  16 teams will be at the start on Monday for the first
stage which will take the riders from Sausalito to Santa Rosa.

Coyot has a lot of nerve- 02/19/06

Arnaud Coyot (Cofidis) won the traditional Classic Haribo on Sunday at Uzes.  The Frenchman, 25
years of age, won by a hair in a sprint, beating his companion in an escape, the Norwegian Thor
Hushovd (Crédit Agricole).  The Italian Mauro Facci (Team Barloworld) took third by beating a
group of pursuers in a sprint.

At the end of this second stage of the Coupe de France, which was 240 kilometers in length
between Marseille and Uzes, Coyot can be satisfied.  He succeeded in a double exploit.  The
Cofidis rider on one hand took part in the escape of the day which lasted longer than 180
kilometers.  He then took the victory from Hushovd in a sprint that was full of opportunities.

In the general classificaiton of the Coupe de France, there are two riders from Cofidis who are in
control, the Italian Leonardo Bertagnolli, winner of the Tour of the Haut-Var on Saturday, and
Coyot.  The next stage of the Coupe de France is planned for next 19 March and the peleton will
take part in the Grand Prix de Cholet-Pays-de-Loire.

Liberty Team 2006- Vinokourov the leader- 02/17/06

The team Liberty presented both its riders and its goals for the 2006 season in Madrid on Friday.  
Without Roberto Heras but with a top level reinforcement, the Kazak Alexander Vinokourov, the
Spanish team foresees a victory in the Tour de France.  “Vinokourov comes to Liberty to lead us to
the dream of the entire team, that is to climb the highest step of the podium in Paris and we have
been working to that end since the first day”, states the manager Manolo Saiz, still traumatized by
the Heras episode.

And Saiz continues: “Last season ended with the terrible shock produced by the Heras affair two
months after the end of the Vuelta.  The winter was very difficult for the team, but I believe that
Liberty knows how to overcome this, and above all we have renewed our fight for a clean sport”.

Siaz, anxious to turn the Heras page, has confidence in his new squad: “We have a great team”,
the Liberty manager added.  “We have experienced riders like Beloki, Etxebarria, Serrano or Aitor
Osa, riders at the height of their careers like Jaksche, Vicioso, Unai Osa or Noza, and others that
are ready to show their full potential like Scarponi or Kashechkin.  And we can’t forget a whole host
of young professionals with promise: Barredo, De Kort, Kemps or Paulinho”.