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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Crazy week

It's been a crazy week at work, so I've fallen behind on a lot of interesting developments:

TerminAitor's win at the Swiss Tour: A simple tweak of the saddle sent Aitor on his way to an excellent win at the Swiss Tour, marking a very welcome change of fortune to Euskatel's early season, coupled with Landaluze’s victory at the Dauphiné. It seems Gonzalez is skipping the Tour in favor of the Vuelta, while one would have thought that he could have been a great ally to Mayo in France.

Leipheimer-less Gerolsteiner pipped Landis-less Phonak to win the inaugural TTT in Eindhoven. It was Gerolsteiner's first ProTour win (after all of Levi's seconds). Lance-less Discovery Channel finished fifth. Seems that the TTT is little indication of the team's TTT form for the Tour (which kind of defeats the point!).

Cunego will miss the Tour. Mononucleosis is being blamed for his absence at the Tour and his sub-par performance at the Giro.

Freire will miss the Tour and gets surgery to remove "irritated subcutaneous epidermis" caused by saddle sores.

Dave Z, Bobby J and Chris Horner join the growing number of Americans (and English speakers) at this year's Tour, while British Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins will miss the Tour meaning Britain is without representation for the second year in a row (unless you count Sir Phil and Paul Sherwen) - it's the first time Britain has been absent for two years running since 1955. Still waiting to hear whether Mark Scanlon will be on the AG2R squad to represent the Irish.

Armstrong won the National Time Trial Championships in Utah. It was the Kristin variety of Armstrong - Chris Baldwin won the men's.

Paulo Bettini will skip this weekend's Italian championships due to "physical problems"