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Weekend News Update

Here's some news from the racing world from over the weekend:
  • Luciano Pagliarini took the fifth stage of the Eneco Tour de Benelux, but Nick Nuyens holds on to the leader's jersey.
  • Stjin Vanderbergh stayed close enough to the front to hold on to the lead of the Tour of Ireland. This is the first stage race victory of his professional career.  Marcus Ljungqvist and Aaron Olson round out the podium.  Vanderbergh also gets the nod for best young rider and Unibet.com takes the team award. 
  • With the Discovery Channel team going the way of the dodo, Tom Danielson will be moving to the Slipstream Sports/Chipotle team for 2008. He joins David Zabriskie, Christian Vandevelde, Magnus Backstedt, David Millar, Daniel Martin, Julian Dean, Christophe Laurent, Huub Duyn and Martin Maaskant.
  • Portland, Oregon will host the world's first single-speed cyclocross world championships in November.  I don't think that the UCI is really going to be watching this one too closely. 

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