News for June 12, 1997

No breaks for Zulle

Alex Zulle can start in stage 3 of the Dauphine Libere on Wednesday. After having x-rays in the hospital of Le Puy et Velay the doctors conclude that his ribs were not broken.

Bad luck for Erik Breukink

Rabobank-rider Breukink has had bad luck last week. First, he left the Midi-Libre because his youngest daughter was admitted to hospital with a mysterious virus infection. After recovering she came home; but then Breukink's wife fell from her horse. She in turn was admitted to the hospital with back complaints. As a consequence, Erik Breukink didn't start in the Dauphine Libere. Now he will start in the Tour of Luxemburg.

La Classique des Alpes Juniors, June 7

The winner of the 116km Classique des Alpes Juniors, run earlier the same day as the Elite race, was Dutch rider Roel Egelmeers, a member of the Rabobank juniors team. Second at 3.41 was Swiss rider Xavier Pache and third, at 3.56, French rider Frederic Arnaud.

Among those taking part in the race between Echelles and Chambery, which took in three of the big climbs from the full-length course - the Grapillon, the Cucheron and the Granier - was Herve Duclos-Lassalle, the son of two-times Paris--Roubaix winner Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle.