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Spanish Shorts – Tuesday

Casero Suffers Relapse
The sun refuses to shine on Angel Casero this season, reported META2MIL (Spanish cycling weekly). Last week director sportif, Juan Fernбndez said the Valencian rider had suffered a relapse with the lesion on his knee. The technician for the team Coast, commented on the rider, he is restless to bring round changes and gain more in his training. Fernбndez assured Casero to talk of any inflammation in the knee as he will have to recuperate to guard against more problems.

17 Teams Line Up For Euskal Bizikleta
The Basque race, Euskal Bizikleta, disputed between the 5th. and 9th. of June is gauranteed 17 teams to start this year. All the Spanish teams, plus 2 from France (Cofidis & La Fraзaise des Jeux ), 5 from Italy (Acqua & Sapone, Alessio, Lampre, Mapie & Saeco ), 1 Polish ( CCC-Polsat ), 1 Portugese ( Milaneza ), 1 Swiss ( Phonak ) and the Slovak team De-Nardi.

The difficulties for the organisers have been the clashes with the Dauphinй Libйrй and the Tour of Germany, plus the proximity of the finish of the Giro de Italia. This race will play a big part in the preparations for the Tour de France.

Andalucians Out Of Luck
The Government of Andalucia have frozen plans to have a pro-team for 2003. They will have a Elite, under-23, junior, cadetes and woman`s teams next year, with a view to a pro-team in 2004 or in 2005. Also announced today the Balearic Islands Government have put aside 60 million pasetas for an Elite team next year, it is hoped it will be a springboard into pro-teams for thier riders, there has been a few famous riders from Majorca in the past, Colom, Horrach, Tauler Llaneras and Alzamora. Toni Cerda the National Technical Directer is to work on the project.

Spain Doing Very Well, Thank You.
The UCI have just released the points list and there are 19 Spanish riders in the top 100, which is not bad considering their classics record. Zabel is still top, but Sevilla, Freire, Mercado & Beloki all in the first 13 so things are not looking too bad. Britain’s sole representative, Scot David Millar, has climbed to 22nd, the Americans have 4 in the top 100, but its hats off to the Italians with 23.

New Star On The Block.
David Bernabeu, who rides for the small Portuguese team Carvalhelhos-Boavista is being praised for his strong ride in the Vuelta a Asturias last week. He finished second, at 3 seconds to Piepoli, but more importantly he was best home rider, beating all the stars, and also on the hardest day he finished along side Beloki at the top of the Alto del Acebo. A new star? A bigger team next year? Probably a lot of pressure too? We’ll see.

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