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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 Trentin- Cunego winner- 04/21/06
Fleche Wallonne- Valverde with power- 04/19/06
Tour of Cologne- Victory for Knees- 04/17/06
World Track Cycling Championships- Silver for Sanchez- 04/16/06
Amstel Gold Race- Schleck the strongest- 04/16/06
World Track Cycling Championships- Tournant and Pervis win bronze- 04/14/06
World Track Cycling Championships- The French Win- 04/13/06
GP of l'Escaut: Boonen Obviously- 04/12/06

Tour of Trentin- Cunego winner- 04/21/06

The leader since Wednesday, Damiano Cunego of the Lampre team has won the Tour of Trentin at the
end of the 4th and last stage, won on Friday by his teammate and compatriot Daniele Bennati.


Fleche Wallonne-  Valverde with power- 04/19/06

Alejandro Valverde took the Fleche Wallonne classic by showing himself to be the strongest in the
difficult final climb of the Huy wall.  The Spaniard of the Caisse d’Epargne team made his move in the
final meters of this famous climb while a group of about 20 riders were in front of the field.  Valverde beat
his compatriot Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) and the Dutchman Karsten Kroon (CSC) at the finish line.

Always an effective rider in stage races, Valverde proved that he is also good in one day races, as he
has evidenced before with two second place finishes in the world championships.  The Spaniard was
satisfied: “I wanted this win.  I quickly realized that I was having one of my best days.  I couldn’t let an
occasion like this slip by.  I had a problem in the final kilometers of the Amstel Gold Race, but this time I
confirmed the confidence of my sporting director, Eusebio Unzue, who was convinced that I could also be
a good classics rider.  I attained my goal on the Huy wall climb: to win at least one of the classics.  This
success will motivate me on Sunday in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege.  

Paolo Bettini, one of the riders animating the race, had to be content with 12th place, the victim once
more of the unforgiving Huy wall and its slopes of 19%.  He admits to a certain fatalism, mixed with a
sense of fair play: “This is the best Fleche that I have done, but the Wall was too much for me.  I am
happy, however, because I wanted to see what level of physical condition I had built up thus far before
Liège-Bastogne-Liège:  I found that level to be quite good.  Valverde?  Everyone knows he is a top rider.  
He simply had to win a Classic.  Now he has done it”.

The classics continue on Sunday with Liège-Bastogne-Liège.


Tour of Cologne- Victory for Knees- 04/17/06

Christian Knees (Milram) took the Tour of Cologne on Monday by escaping in the last kilometer (out of
202.8 km).  With a time of 4h52’43” the German beat out his compatriot David Kopp (Gerolsteiner),
winner of the 2005 edition, and the Dutchman Kai Reus (Rabobank).  The Dutchman Robert Gesink
(Rabobank) finished in 4th place.  This was the first victory as a professional for Knees.

World track cycling championships- Silver for Sanchez – 04/16/06

The Frenchwoman Clara Sanchez didn’t miss the title in the keirin by much.  She has to settle for a silver
medal for losing to the German Christin Muche by the width of a tire.  An excellent performance for
Sanchez in any case, even if she regrets being beaten by a girl whom she dominated in the second
round.  Guo Shuang from China completed the podium.

Sanchez however found it difficult to be positive about this silver medal. “It’s difficult to handle right now,
but we’ll see in two or three days.  A silver medal is good, however, even though I’m disappointed at the
moment.  I felt very strong today.  With one lap to go when I passed the American, I thought it would be
her who would finish strong.  In the end it was the German, which surprised me.  On the whole these
world championships have been satisfying for me, but not exceptional”.

In the men’s events, the Frenchman Mickael Bourgain finished off the podium in the speed event in the
world championships on Sunday in Bordeaux.  He failed in his quest to win the bronze medal, losing in
two sets to the German Stefan Nimke.  Bourgain certainly was affected by having to go three sets in the
semi-final.  

The title went to the Dutchman Theo Bos who dominated the man who beat Bourgain in the semi-final,
Craig McLean from Britain.  Already the winner in the Keirin, Bos, 22 years of age, recaptures his crown
as king of the speed events two years after his victory in Los Angeles.


Amstel Gold Race- Schleck the strongest- 04/16/06

Franck Schleck (CSC) from Luxemburg won the 41st edition of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, which
took place between Maastricht and Valkenburg over 253.1 km.

Schleck attacked at about 10 km from the finish line and finished with a gap of several lengths over the
Swiss Steffen Wesemann (T Mobile), who got the better of the local hero Michael Boogerd.

Boogerd, who won in 1999 and since then took second on four occasions, once again missed a victory
by just a small amount.  After the win of Fabian Cancellara last week in Paris-Roubaix, the CSC team
once again showed its superiority.  


World Track Cycling Championships- Tournant and Pervis win bronze- 04/14/06

Arnaud Tournant took the bronze medal in the final of the keirin won by the Dutchman Theo Bos in front
of the Spaniard José Antonio Escuredo on Friday on the track of Bordeaux-Lac.  Mickael Bourgain
finished off the podium. The two Frenchmen battled it out for a long time in this race and only Tournant
was able to break away in the final sprint.  Francois Pervis, 21 years of age, also took an excellent
bronze medal in the kilometer while Kevin Sireau, 19 years of age, came in a promising 5th place in his
first attempt at the Worlds.  The title went to Chris Hoy of Great Britian.

Tournant climbed on the keirin podium for the first time in his career.  “It’s another medal, a new medal, in
an event in which I’ve never medaled before, and that feels good.  It’s my second year in this event, last
year ended in a crash.  I’m still a novice in the event and I lack experience.  I looked around in the race to
find an opportunity or a whole.  Bos is an extraterrestrial on the bike.  He raced really well, he took off at
the right moment and surprised everyone.  Behind that is was a bit touchy, people were rubbing each
other in all directions and it was difficult to pass.

The race was dominated by Bos who pulled away with two laps to the finish by launching a big
acceleration.  World champion in 2004 in the individual speed event and in the kilometer in 2005, the
Dutchman, who is 22 years of age, becomes the first rider to win in all three sprint disciplines.  Bourgain,
who held off the defending champion Teun Mulder, can be disappointed, however, as he also came in
4th at the Olympic games in Athens.

Francois Pervis won his first international medal after participating in three World championships.  The
member of the OCC Laval team was beaten by the Australian Ben Kersten (2nd) and the Olympic
champion in the discipline, Chris Hoy, who took back the title he also won in 2002 and 2004   As for
Fabien Sanchez, he failed in his quest for a bronze medal in the pursuit against the Briton Paul Manning.  
In the women’s events, Clara Sanchez qualified for the semi-final in the speed race, but she is more of a
specialist in the keirin with her two world titles.

Results of the 2nd day:
Men’s Keirin - Final
1. Théo Bos (HOL) 11"355
2. José Antonio Escuredo (SPA)
3. Arnaud Tournant (FRA)
4. Mickaël Bourgain (FRA)
5. Teun Mulder (HOL)
Lukasz Kwiatkowski (POL), 5th at the finish but relegated to last place.
Match for the 7th place
7. Roberto Chiappa (ITA)
8. Cédric Stoller (SWI)
9. Ross Edgar (GBR)
10. Matthew Crampton (GBR)
11. René Wolff (GER)
12. Travis Smith (CAN)

Mens Pursuit - Final
Robert Bartko (GER) 4'23"473
bat Jens Mouris (HOL) 4'24"480
For 3rd place
Paul Manning (GBR) 4'20"902
beat Fabien Sanchez (FRA) 4'29"014

Men’s Kilometer - Final
1. Chris Hoy (GBR) 1'01"361 (58,669 km/h)
2. Ben Kersten (AUS) 1'02"085
3. Francois Pervis (FRA) 1'02"696
4. Tim Veldt (HOL) 1'02"909
5. Kevin Sireau (FRA) 1'03"107
6. Feng Yong (CHN) 1'03"314
7. Alois Kankovsky (CZE) 1'03"569
8. Masaki Inoue (JAP) 1'03"799
9. Joel Leonard (AUS) 1'04"092
10. Carsten Bergemann (GER) 1'04"111

Women’s Speed Race – Quarterfinal-  (winners go to  semi-finals)
Natalia Tsylinskaya (BLR) beat Dana Gloess (GER) 2 to 0
(11"581 et 11"623)
Guo Shuan (CHN) beat Jennie Reed (USA) 2 to 0
(12"282 et 12"052)
Victoria Pendleton (GBR) beat Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) 2 to 1
(11"911 et 11"626 for Pendleton, 11"576 for Krupeckaite)
Clara Sanchez (FRA) beat Lisandra Guerra (CUB)  2 to 1
(11"752 for Guerra, 11"628 and 11"788 for Sanchez)

Women’s Points Race - Final (25 km, 10 sprints)
1. Vera Carrara (ITA) 35 points
2. Olga Slyusareva (RUS) 35
3. Gemma Pascual (ESP) 32
4. Yoanka Gonzalez (CUB) 32
5. Katherine Bates (AUS) 29
6. Lada Kozlikova (CZE) 27
7. Maria Luisa Calle (COL) 23
8. Elizaveta Bochkaryova (UKR) 20
9. Sarah Hammer (USA) 9
10. Adrie Visser (HOL) 6
...
18. Pascale Jeuland (FRA) 0


World Track Championships- The French Win- 04/13/06

Results of the first day:
Team Speed Event -
1. France 44"194
(Grégory Baugé, Mickaël Bourgain, Arnaud Tournant)
2. Great Briaian 44"407
(Jamie Staff, Jason Queally, Chris Hoy)
3. Holland 44"747
(Teun Mulder, Théo Bos, Tim Veldt)
4. Australia 44"591
5. Germany 45"050
6. Poland 45"269
7. Spain 45"692
8. Japan 45"773
9. China 45"708
10. United States 46"146

500 m Women - Final
1. Natalia Tsylinskaya (BLR) 34"152
2. Anna Meares (AUS) 34"352
3. Lisandra Guerra (CUB) 34"609
4. Victoria Pendleton (GBR) 34"614
5. Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) 34"668
6. Guo Shuang (CHN) 34"717
7. Sandie Clair (FRA) 35.114
8. Céline Nivert (FRA) 35"187
9. Tamilia Abassova (RUS) 35"262
10. Yvonne Hijgenaar (HOL) 35"330

Women’s Pursuit (over 3 km) - Final
Sarah Hammer (USA) 3'37"277 (49.717 km/h)
bat Olga Slyusareva (RUS) 3'37"544
Match for 3rd place
Katie Mactier (AUS) 3'36"129


GP of l'Escaut : Boonen, obviously- 04/12/06

Tom Boonen perhaps let a victory escape in Paris Roubaix, but he set things straight in winning the
Grand Prix of l’Escaut and showed one more time, if that is even necessary, that he is the strongest rider
during the beginning of this season.  The Belgian won in a sprint over his Dutch teammate, Steven De
Johgh, and another Belgian, Gert Steegmans.  The Quickstep team completely dominated the race with
seven riders in an escape group of 23, and Boonen was in the easy chair to arrive first at the finish line.

This is already the 13th success for the world champion this year, an important victory before several
days of rest, which he talked about after the race: “Now I’m going to take a little vacation, but I’m already
thinking about my preparations for the Tour de France which will begin at Tenerife and at Monaco”.