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Scroll down to read these articles from the web site of L'Equipe.  Translated by Walt
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Dauphine Libere- Leipheimer the most consistent- 06/11/06
Dauphine Libere- Mayo wins- 06/10/06
Dauphine Libere- Superb success for Turpin- 06/09/06
Dauphine Libere- Menchov wins on Ventoux- 06/08/06
Dauphine Libere- The Americans dominate- 06/07/06
Dauphine Libere- A Double Coup for Gilbert- 06/06/06
Dauphine Libere- Wegmann wins the stage- 06/05/06
Dauphine Libere- Zabriskie opens the dance- 06/04/06

Dauphine Libere- Leipheimer the most consistent- 06/11/06

Levi Leipheimer on Sunday won the 58th Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré without having won a stage.

The American from the Gerolsteiner squad was rewarded for his consistency during the week of
competition.  He knew how to avoid cracking in the numerous mountain stages as well as in the prologue
and time trial.

The last stage between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Grenoble (131km) was won by the Norwegian
sprinter Thor Hushovd, who beat out the Frenchman Samuel Dumoulin.


Dauphine Libere- Mayo wins- 06/10/06

Iban Mayo ((Euskaltel) on Saturday won the 6th stage which took place over 169 km between Briancon
and La Toussuire.  The Spaniard, who was already second on Friday, confirmed his excellent condition
by beating out his compatriot Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) by 1’21” as well as Christophe
Moreau by 1’37”.  The Frenchman from the AG2R team is now in second place behind the American
Levi Leiheimer (Gerolsteiner) in the general classification.

It is the first Spanish victory in this “mini Tour de France”, an event in which Spanish cyclists often do
well.  In the last eleven years, they have had four victories- , Miguel Indurain (1995, 1996), Mayo (2004)
and Inigo Landaluze (2005).  While keeping his calm, Mayo never paniced after two poor seasons
caused by knee and back problems.  He left the initiative to Moreau in the climb and descent of the
Galibier before going into action in the climb of the Glandon.

Four Spaniards were together in front at the summit of the Croix de Fer, Mayo, Valverde, Oscar Sevilla
and David Arroyo.  This foursome very quickly built up a lead of 1’20” over the peleton, which lost the
Russian Denis Menchov, who was victim of a crash at the 140th km which caused him to lose five
minutes.  Mayo waited until the last 5 kilometers to attack, and he beat out Valverde, the only person
strong enough to try and stay with him.

Levi Leipheimer should be able to hold on for the victory tomorrow after the final stage, from Saint-Jean-
de-Maurienne/Grenoble (131 km) over the col de Barrioz.


Dauphine Libere- Superb success for Turpin- 06/09/06

Ludovic Turpin (AG2R) won the race on Friday in Briancon after having held off his pursuers during the
last climb over the Gargouille.  Iban Mayo (Euskatel) tried to catch him but failed by 26 seconds, and he
was accompanied by the Frenchman’s teammate, Francisco Mancebo (27” behind).  The American Levi
Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) held onto the leader’s jersey.


Dauphiné Libere: Menchov wins on Ventoux- 06/08/06

Denis Menchov (Rabobank) won the prestigious stage on the Mont Ventoux in the Dauphine Libere on
Thursday.  The start was at Tain-Hermitage in the Drome and the race was over 186 km.  The Russian
beat out the Frenchman Christophe Moreau (AG2R) by the width of a tire and was 15 seconds ahead of
the American Levy Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), who took over the lead in the general classification.  
Another Frenchman distinguished himself on the bald mountain, Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis), who came
in fifth at 54” behind.

Leipheimer is now 28” ahead of Menchov.  The previous leader, Philippe Gilbert (La Française des
Jeux), fell to third place at 1’08”.  The two Frenchmen, Moreau and Chavanel, are fifth and sixth at 1’48”
and 2’08” respecrively.


Dauphine Libere- The Americans dominate- 06/07/06

American riders took the honors in the third stage of the Dauphine Libere.  David Zabriskie (CSC) took
first in front of three compatriots in an individual time trial of 43 kilometers around Bourg-de-Peage in
the Drome region of France.  Already the winner of the prologue on Sunday, the American ended 2’47”
behind the Belgian leader, Philippe Gilbert (La Française des Jeux), who limited his losses taking
sixteenth place.

Zabriskie proves that he is a real time trial specialist.  Last year he won the first time trial of the Tour de
France at Noiremoutier.  This Wednesday he beat out three compatriots, Floyd Landis (Phonak) at 53",
Levi Leipheimer (Geroslteiner) at 1'17" and George Hincapie (Discovery Chanel) at 1'35".  These same
three riders follow Zabriskie in the same order in the general classification.  The favorite, the Spaniard
Alejandro Valverde, (Iles Baléares) is presently ninth in the overall at 2’03”


Dauphine Libere- A Double Coup for Gilbert- 06/06/06

The Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Française des Jeux) took command of the 58th edition of this event thanks
to his success in a solo breakaway in the second stage between Bourgoin-Jallieu et Saint-Galmier.  He
has more than a five minute lead in the general classification, leading by 5’22” over the next rider, the
German Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner), who was the leader after his victory in the first stage.  The
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) holds third position

The difference for Gilbert was a spectacular solo attack, a coup de force which demonstrated his return
to form after his success in the prestigious Het Volk.  “I wasn’t expecting that” said Gilbert, who left a
group of which included three other riders with 35 kilometers to the finish.  The Frenchman Samuel
Dumoulin (AG2R) took second place in the stage at 5’19”, while the Austrian Peter Wrolich
(Gerolsteiner) finished third at 5'23".

Gilbert launched an attack after an hour of racing with the Frenchmen Sébastien Joly (Française des
Jeux) and Cédric Vasseur (Quick Step).  “I wanted to wait for Sebastien” he explained, “but I realized that
that would be too dangerous.  I have been wanting a victory since my success in the Het Volk.  The
Ardennes classic was my major objective, but that didn’t come off as planned.  I had a stomach virus and
had to change by priorities”.  

Wednesday the peleton will have to swallow a time trial of 43 km before the climb of the Mont
Ventoux on Thursday, which will be followed by two tough mountain stages.  The race ends
on Sunday in Grenoble.


Dauphine Libere- Wegmann wins the stage- 06/05/06

The German Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) won the first stage of the Dauphine Libere between
Annecy and Bourgoin-Jallieu, a race of 207 km, and he also took the overall event leader’s jersey.

The Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) and the Spaniard Egoi Martinez (Discovery
Channel) completed the podium for the stage.  Victorious in the prologue of 4 km in Annecy on Sunday,
the American David Zabriskie (CSC) is now second in the general classification, one second behind
Wegmann.  Thomas Voeckler is third at three seconds from the leader.  Christophe Moreau (AG2R), the
second highest Frenchman, is 17th, 14 seconds behind.

Dauphine Libere- Zabriskie opens the dance- 06/04/06

An American double at Annecy for the prologue (4 km) on Sunday.  David Zabrisky (CSC) came in
ahead of his compatriot George Hincapie (Discovery).  The Australian Stuart O’Grady (CSC) took third.  
The first stage will take place on Monday between this Savois city (Annecy) and Bourgoin-Jallieu over
207 km.  The race will end on June 11.