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I?m filling in for Ian who?s on vacation this week.
This past week has seen the 2006 racing season begin in earnest. Baden Cooke (Unibet.com) scored his first victory with his new team by winning the Grand Prix d?Ouverture <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
La Marseillaise , the first race on the French calendar. The season?s first stage race, the Etoile de Besseges, is underway, as is the Challenge Illes Balears, the first race on the Spanish calendar.
Europe is not the only place where the cycling action is. In
Australia, the Jacob?s Creek Tour Down Under was ridden between January 17 and 22, with Simon Gerrans (Ag2r) winning. Tom Boonen (Quick Step) has won the Tour de Qatar, with the Belgian snaring four of the race?s five stages while claiming not to be in his best form. In
Malaysia, the Telekom Malaysia Tour de Langkawi is underway, and Jose Serpa (Selle Italia Diquigiovanni) leads after five stages.
The upcoming action will be as exciting as that which has occurred. On February 8, the Tour of the
Mediterranean will begin. Later in the month, the Tour of Andalucia, the Ruta del Sol , will start. The classics season will take off on February 25, when the Omloop Het Volk takes place. For news about these and other races, check in at Roadcycling.com for cycling as it should be. Also, be sure to check in next Monday to find out if Ian is back from his vacation.
Until then...take care all of you, visit our sponsors - and clock some miles on that trainer!