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Tour of Germany- Voigt the winner- 08/09/06
Tour of Germany- Ciolek in a sprint- 08/04/06
Landis will know Saturday- 08/01/06
Leipheimer to Discovery- 07/26/06
Tour of Switzerland- Ullrich the boss- 06/18/06

Tour of Germany- Voigt the winner- 08/09/06

After having taken three of the eight stages in the Tour of Germany, Jens Voigt (CSC) had one of the
biggest successes in his career in front of an enthusiastic public.  The last stage between Bad
Krozingen and Karlsruhe was won in a sprint by the Australian Graeme Brown (Rabobank) in front of
the German Erik Zabel (Milram ) and the Italian Danilo Napolitano (Lampre ).

At 34 years of age, Voigt forged his success in the mountains where he dominated the American Levi
Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), winner of the event in 2005 and second in the general classification at
more than two minutes behind Voigt.  “It is fantastic to win a stage event of the ProTour in front of the
home crowd; this is one of the best days of my career.  I’ve been thinking about the Tour of Germany
for a long time. After the Tour de France I didn’t party, I only drank apple juice” stated the excited
winner from Berlin.  

In the current doping context the performances of the CSC rider in the mountains raised several
questions which were brushed aside by the winner.  “I know what I did.  I know that I worked hard”,
affirmed Voigt, who along with Zabel contributed in having people forget about Jan Ullrich in this Tour
of Germany.  Furthermore, Voigt has three stage wins in the Tour de France, including one in 2006.


Tour of Germany- Ciolek in a sprint – 08/04/06

The German Gerald Ciolek (Wiesenhof - AKUD) won the third stage of the Tour of Germany on
Friday between Witzenhausen et Schweinfurt.  He won the race in a sprint finish in front of his
compatriots Erik Zabel (Milarm) and Andre Greipel (T-Mobile). Le Russian Vladimir Gusev (Discovery
Channel), winner of the prologue on Tuesday, held onto the leader’s yellow jersey.

At 19 years of age Ciolek had his first success on the Pro Tour circuit.  This great hope of German
cycling was powerful and took the race by beating out the standard bearer of sprinting without the
help of his teammates on Wiesenhof.  This victory could be decisive for Ciolek, who was already fifth
in the Classic of Hamburg on Sunday, and set the stage for his future.  In fact the T-Mobile team is
looking for young new riders and is ready to turn the Ullrich page.  They are looking at him favorably.

Landis will know Saturday- 08/01/06

Floyd Landis will be attentive on Saturday.  The results of the second control sample of the American,
winner of the Tour de France, will be known on Saturday, according to the spokesperson for the
International Cycling Union (ICU).

“We have done everything to ensure that things will move forward rapidly, and the laboratory has
agreed to stay open until Saturday”, declared Enrico Carpani, stating also that “nothing should
change the planning, except if the lawyers or experts of Landis say that they will not be available on
Thursday or Friday, but I honestly don’t think that will happen.”

Landis tested positive for testosterone after his victory on July 20 after the 17th stage at Morzine.  
After receiving word about the first test, Landis had five days to ask for the second test according to
ICU rules, and that left him until Wednesday to make a decision.  But that would have delayed the
second test by several weeks until the laboratory reopened..

The ICU thus took the initiative to ask that the second sample be tested.  “Floyd asked for the
analysis of sample B.  He faxed his demand to his lawyers in Spain on Monday at 12:45pm New York
time, and this was well within the five day limit”, announced Michael Henson, the spokesperson for
Landis.

Landis, like his Spanish lawyer Jose Maria Buxeda, didn’t seem very optimistic in any case, since they
have already affirmed that they expected the sample B tests to come out the same as did sample A.

If that is the case, a disciplinary procedure will be opened by the American federation, and Landis
could receive a suspension of two years, according to the rules, and also the loss of his victory in the
Tour.


Leipheimer to Discovery- 07/26/06

The Discovery Channel team is signing a choice recruit for next season with the coming of Levi
Leipheimer.  The 32 year old American, this year’s winner of the Criterium Dauphine Libere and who
was 13th in the Tour de France, has worn the colors of the German team Gerolsteiner since 2005.

“I’m very excited about the idea of rejoining this team”, stated Leipheimer, who raced under the
direction of Bruyneel in 2000 and 2001 (US Postal) before rejoining Rabobank

The American team also announced the arrival of two other recruits:  the Portugese Sergio Paulinho
(Astana), second in the road race at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, and the Lithuanian
Tomas Vaitkus (AG2R), winner of a sprint finish in the last Giro.

Finally, Johan Bruyneel, sporting director of the group, affirmed that the Russian Viatcheslav Ekimov
(40 years of age) will be part of the team management at the end of the season, acting as an
assistant along with Dirk DeMol, Sean Yates, and Lorenzo Lapage.


Tour of Switzerland- Ullrich the boss- 06/18/06

By dominating the individual time trial of 30.7 km on Sunday under a pouring rain, the ninth and last
stage of the Tour of Switzerland, Jan Ullrich took the win in the general classification of the Helvetian
event.  It was his second victory in Switzerland, he won also in 2004.

The German thus becomes one of the principal favorites in the next Tour de France, which will start
on July 1 in Strasbourg.

Over the 30.7 km of this final time trial in Berne, Ullrich succeeded in making up the 50” which
separated him from the leader Koldo Gil.  The Spaniard could only try to limit his losses and finished
at 1’14” (9th) behind the Olympic champion from Sydney, who actually started poorly in the time trial,
before letting his power do the talking in the second part of the course which was faster.  It was the
Australian Cadel Evans, a time trial specialist, who took second in the stage.