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Spanish Worlds Shorts

The Spanish team for the world champs in Zolder at the weekend is going to be working for Oscar Freire again this year.

The team is:

Oscar Freire Mapei
Pedro Horrillo Mapei
Igor Astarloa Saeco
Luis Perez Coast
Haimar Zubeldia Euskadi
Chente Garcia ibanesto.com
Pablo Lastras ibanesto.com
Quique Gutiйrrez Kelme
Toni Tauler Kelme
Oscar Sevilla Kelme
Joseba Beloki ONCE
Rafa Diaz Justo ONCE
Mikel Pradera ONCE.

For the time trial, winner of the Vuelta a Espaсa, Aitor Gonzбlez of Kelme will be trying to show his good form off to its best, to help his offers of work for next season. Also fast man for ONCE, Igor Glez. Galdeano will be representing Spain.

Fit Freire?

Oscar Freires knee is still bothering him, but he did manage 11th. at Paris-Tours & second to Bartoli on the second stage of the Giro De La Provincia De Luca last week, a hard 225 kilometre stage.

And the Other Favourites?

The Spanish press seem to think, after Freire, the others to watch are Cipollini, Zabel, McEwen and Van Petegem. Paolo Bettini also gets a mention, as Italy has not taken the jersey home since Gianni Bugno won here in Benidorm in 1992, ten years is a long time for the Azzuri! Second line for Spain will be Igor Astarloa (Saeco) who has been showing well in the classics and is to save him-self for the last hour.

Other News:

The race of last weekend, The Memorial Galera was won by Carlos Garcia Quesada of Kelme. He outsprinted Beltran (Coast) and Tauler (Kelme) was 3rd. in front of the Casero brothers, Angel (Coast) 4th. and Rafa (Jazztel) 5th.

Aitor Gonzбlez, of at the moment Kelme, has said this week he will concentrate solely on the Tour de France next year, what ever team he goes to.

My bet for sunday:Super Mario.

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