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Cycling News Digest - August 24th 2007

Here are some of the latest headlines from the world of cycling. 
  • Giro winner Danilo diLuca faces yet another hearing about doping allegations.
  • Michael Cavendish's outstanding debut season continues with a stage win at the Tour of Benelux. Nick Nuyens of Cofidis is holding on to the overall lead.
  • Young rider Stijn Vanderbergh fended off the riders of Team CSC to win the second stage of the Tour of Ireland.
  • Levi Leipheimer is very close to making a deal for 2008.
  • On Trust But Verify: It's been 3 months since the close of Floyd Landis' arbitration hearing, and the panel has made nary a peep
  • Cycling News has a good review of the BMC Pro Machine SLC01
  • I'll be posting a review of Specialized Product's nylon rim strips soon. They just went on the bike late last night, so I need to get out for a cruise to see how they behave. I'm looking forward to going a long time without a flat. 
Have a good weekend!

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