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Racing News - Friday September 14th

Vuelta de Espana:
It sounds like the rain in Spain stayed mainly on the plain today. There was heavy rain, and even hail, today. The pack mainly rode together while 3 riders - Andreas Klier, Tom Stamsnijder and Jeremy Roy broke away at the 20km mark and were able to maintain their lead for the remainder of the race.

It ended in that order with Klier, Stamsnijder and Roy on the podium. No change in the general classification today.

Levi Leipheimer won yesterday's time trial. George Hincapie rolled in at 6th place, giving him enough of an advantage to take the leader's jersey.

William Frickshorn is in 2nd and David Canada Garcia is in 3rd.

The U.K. was riding high this year after the Tour de France had their prologue there this year, but yesterday's events show that they still need to do some work on their organization.

The race was neutralized at the 80km mark yesterday when it was discovered that the council for North Yorkshire had failed to file the proper paperwork with the police to ensure that the roads were closed for the race. The race went on for 25km under a police escort.

Adrian Palomares Vilaplana, Tom Stubbe and David Blanco ended up on the podium. Vilaplana has the overall lead with David Blanco and Luke Roberts scant seconds behind.

Other News:
  • There will be an international anti-doping summit for cycling in Paris on October 22-23. The goal is to end the stalemate between the UCI and the organizers of the three grand tours.
  • Tom Boonen will likely drop out of the Vuelta and fly home for medical care. At this point, it is not clear whether he will feel up to riding in the Worlds.
  • Leonardo Piepoli also dropped out of the Vuelta. His wife experienced problems after recently giving birth.

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