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O Captain my Captain: Kashechkin has furthered damaged Astana's credibility by testing positive for homologuous blood doping, just like Vino. Given that Astana is composed of former Liberty Seguros and T-Mobile riders, could we have expected more?

Contador is planning a Friday announcement with Bruyneel by his side -- prepared statement, no questions. The hush-hushness of it all would seem to imply that it has something to do with Operation Puerto allegations that are rearing their head once more.

Tour de France '07 Stage 13: Albi TT

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Vinokourov - JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

13 was a lucky number for Astana as they turned their disasterous Stage 5 on its head: Vinokourov first, Kloden third, and Kashechkin fourth. Vino's effort jumped him from 19th to 9th place in the overall standings, 5:10 behind. Kloden is 4th and Kashechkin is 6th, giving Astana several weapons in the GC.

Evans broke up the Astana 1-2-3 by finishing in second, 1:14 behind, but he will be disappointed that he didn't take the yellow jersey with his effort: Rasmussen did the time trial of his career and even passed Valverde on the finishing straight. Valverde's poor 47th-place finish dropped him out of the overall top ten after starting in second.

Discovery didn't have an Astana day but put in a respectable 6-7-9 in the standings with Popovych (despite crashing), Contador, and Leipheimer. Contador appears to be taking over the leader status from Leipheimer as he finished 0:21 faster and moves into third in the overall, while Levi takes fifth. CSC, as expected, couldn't deliver a strong effort with Sastre or Schleck, but Sastre was able to stay seventh overall.

Early rain saw many riders finish with wet and bloody skinsuits. Cancellara put in a good early time check but quickly fell from the standings after he crashed and appeared to hurt his arm. Wiggins instead had the top early mark on the day, which stood until Vinokourov put in a shockingly fast TT: 2:13 faster than Wiggins. Gusev was putting in a good time until he crashed into a roundabout and went skidding over the curb.

Despite drying road conditions, none of the riders who started later than Vino could match his pace. Kloden nipped at his teammate's heels but lost time when he crashed in a wet, slippery corner.

Vuelta Stage 17: Adra - Granada

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Tom Danielson answered some critics today by winning a suprising stage 17 that saw Vino end up in the overall lead. After Danielson and Discovery were unable to defeat the efforts of Euskatel in stage 16 -- the Vino/Valverde battle worked against Danielson's chances -- Danielson this time found himself on the right side of the GC competition. Danielson managed to solo off the front while behind Valverde desperately chased Vino and Kashechkin. Just as Valverde caught the Astana riders, Vino took off and jumped all the way up to Danielson. There must have been some agreement between Vino and Danielson as the two worked together all the way to the finish -- Vino working for the golden jersey and Danielson working to just up the top ten standings and the stage win.

I really didn't expect to see Vino in the golden jersey. The first several stages of the Vuelta made Vino's teammates look as good if not better than Vino, and Vino certainly looked worse than Valverde, but Vino's stage 7 and stage 8 victories started to bring him back into contention. The stage 14 time trial seemed to close the door on Vino's chances, though, as VIno only managed to scrape back 9 seconds on Valverde. Valverde, looking so strong in both the mountains and the time trial, seemed well-suited to hold off an Astana assault.

I meant to keep the Vuelta posts more regular but I've had a bit of trouble following the Vuelta as cycling.tv has been a bit wonky -- I can't wake up early enough for the live broadcast and they've been unpredictable with when they make the stage highlights available. This year's Vuelta has been very exciting with all the battling between Valverde and Vino, with some Sastre punches thrown in. Astana has been amazing with its ability to get riders up at the front of the race and Discovery has been taking their chances ever since Danielson's then Brajkovic's chances were dashed.

ToG Stage 7 and 8: Voigt TT, Everything

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Voigt is a powerful rider, but winning his third stage of the Tour of Germany on a time trial? That's just crazy talk, but Voigt is a crazy rider. With that TT victory, Voigt sealed up his overall win as the final stage 8 only had one climb to get over and ended in a sprint finish.

Everyone was clustered at least a minute back in the time trial, with Leipheimer finishing in fifth at 1:14 back. Levi's time was good enough to stay in the second spot on the podium; Discovery's Gusev was unable to leapfrog Kashechkin for the third and final podium spot -- Petrov dropped to fifth after a slow time trial. Astana didn't get the two stage victories that they wanted, nor did the get the performance from Vinokourov they probably wanted, but Kashechkin's third place overall was good finish for the team that's been fighting back from its Tour ejection.

Voigt considers his Tour of Germany victory above all others, and it's easy to agree. I've never seen him ride at this level, Levi's never seen him ride at this level, and to win three very different stages -- breakaway, mountain top, time trial -- is an impressive demonstration of cycling talent.

On a side note, I find it incredibly amusing that the Tour of Germany plays the Star Wars fanfare when awarding the podium prizes.

ToG Stage 6: Voigt on Fire!

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Wow, I love watching Voigt race but I never knew he could pull out performances like this -- he beat out Levi for an impressive stage 6 victory, holding onto his lead in the overall. I don't know what kind of legs Voigt will show for the time trial tomorrow, but this has already been an amazing showing by Voigt: two stage wins and two days in the overall lead.

Levi led an attack on the final climb that whittled the pack down to Voigt, Kaseschkin, and Petrov. With a little with a little over 2k to go, Levi lited the pace again on a steep part of the climb and Voigt started to fall off the pace. Kaseschkin jumped around Voigt and grapped Levi's wheel, and the two increased their gap on Voigt and Petrov. The race entered a tunnel (some great video) and Kaseschkin attacked Levi, but Voigt caming charging from behind with Petrov on his wheel. Voigt managed to catch back on about half way through the tunnel, and in the final 1k charge to the finish line, Voigt showed too much power in the tank to be challenged. Levi was the only one to hold close, but he had to be impressed by Voigt's effort: bridging back and then taking the stage win.

The overall standings are still fairly close given the pending time trial. Levi hasn't put in a good time trial since the Dauphine, so Voigt has a descent chance of winning the overall.

  1. Jens Voigt, CSC 27.39.29
  2. Levi Leipheimer, Gerolsteiner 0.24
  3. Evgeni Petrov, Lampre-Fondital 0.56
  4. Vladimir Gusev, Discovery Channel 1.00
  5. Andrey Kashechkin, Astana 1.03

CyclingNews Stage 6 Summary

ToG Stage 5: Levi

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It was a dark and stormy stage that the riders refused to race until it was shortened -- the snowy, icy HC K�htal Pass climb was removed. The riders made up for the shortened route by riding the 100 miles very fast: 3:40:20. There was still a mountain top finish, and with a couple of kilometers to go, Levi attacked Kashechkin and Piepoli. Kashechkin and Piepoli couldn't give much chase until Jens Voigt joined their wheels, and it was Voigt, racing for the overall lead, that helped lift up the pace in order to put more distance between him and Discovery's Gusev. Levi still took the stage, but Voigt's determination got him into the overall lead, well earned after his stage 2 victory. I'm impressed to see that Gusev was even hanging in there, given that he's more of a time trialist and has had to hold his placing in the overall largely on his own efforts, as Discovery hasn't been able to protect him (correction: Gusev did have Devolder with him on the final climb today, though he was by himself on stage 2). I'm impressed with Voigt's high finish as well, though he admits he was helped by the elimination of the HC climb.

Levi has now moved within 18 seconds of the overall, so he seems to be making up for his poor prologue performance. He definitely has a shot at repeating his Tour of Germany victory from last year. At least he won't have to worry about Vino, who lost 4:39 on the stage. It's now up to Kashechkin for Astana.

This is yet-another great day for CSC: in addition to Voigt's yellow jersey, Cancellara won the Tour of Denmark. This comes just three days after CSC's impressive three wins on Thursday: Voigt's stage 2 ToG victory, Cancellara's stage 2 ToD victory, and Ljungqvist's Paris-Correze win.

ToG Stage 2: Voigt

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Voigt, Kashechkin and Rebellin rolled into the finishing city, barely holding off a charging peloton. Voigt attacked going into the final corner, Kashechkin seemed to be out of gas, and Rebellin had a shot, but his rear wheel slid out going through the turn, which gave Voigt plenty of room for the victory. It was a well-earned victory for Voigt, who had to bridge up to Kashechkin and Rebellin, who had attacked on the Cat 2 Bockswiese climb.

The breakaway managed to hold off a chase group of 30 riders by five seconds, perhaps helped by the fact that Discovery had no riders to help out Gusev, who was riding all alone in the yellow jersey. Luckily for Gusev, T-Mobile seemed interested in giving chase, so he was able to ride in their train.

CyclingNews Stage 2 Summary