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photo by phil o'connor One of the team's most selfless performers and hardest workers, Andreu begins his 12th season as a professional in 2000 and his third with the USPS team. Andreu will once again be asked to put his experience to work acting as road captain of the team. A solid performer in World Cup events and in the Grand Tours, Andreu was a key force in last year's Tour de France. He finished his eighth consecutive Tour while supporting teammate Lance Armstrong's victory. Last year, Andreu went from opportunist to tactician in defense of the maillot jaune. His reliability on the flats and in the mountains was an integral part of the team's success. Andreu's chance for individual victory came later in the year during the 15th stage of the Tour of Spain. He and eight others were involved in a breakaway of over 170 kilometers, building an insurmountable lead over the peloton heading into the finish in Valencia. With a lead of over 12 minutes at the finish line, Andreu came across a close second to Viatcheslav Ekimov, who has re-joined the USPS this year. In the World Cup, Andreu turned in three top-40 performances, including a solid 21st overall at Paris-Roubaix. After helping secure teammate George Hincapie's position toward the front of the race, Andreu finished in a 13-rider group including Tour of Flanders winner Peter Van Petegem. Last season, he won two races, taking the CoreStates Invitational and a stage of the Tour of Luxembourg. A five-time National Champion on the track in the late 1980s, Andreu competed in the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games, finishing fourth in the road race at the '96 Games in Atlanta. He also is the author of a popular weekly column delving into the life of a pro cyclist, now available on team sponsor bike.com's website.
March 5-12
  1. 3/5 - 7.9km - Individual TT, Paris - Bois de Vincennes
  2. 3/6 - 201km - Sens - Nevers
  3. 3/7 - 203.7km - Nevers - Belleville ---- (currently third overall @ :12)
  4. 3/8 - 178km - Trevoux - Saint Etienne
  5. 3/9 - 194.2km Berre L'Etang - Sisteron
  6. 3/10 - 196.2km Sisteron - Villeneuve - Loubet ---- (fourth @:12)
  7. 3/11 - 10km Nice - Col D'Eze
  8. 3/12 - 160.1km Nice - Nice ---- (overall 8th @ 1:17)
Paris-Roubaix 273km
April 9, 2000

  • 20 - Frankie Andreu - 3:15

Frankie leading Johan Museeuw (photo by graham watson)

Vuelta Ciclista a Aragon - cat. 2.2
April 12-16, 2000

  1. 4/12: Bronchales - Alcañiz 174 km ..... 110 @ :34
  2. 4/13: Fraga - Celer 140 km
  3. 4/14: Benasque - Sabiñánigo 159 km ..... 87 (86 overall)
  4. 4/15: Jaca - Borja 186 km ..... 100
  5. 4/16: Magallón - Zaragoza 135 km

The Detroit News

Frankie revs up for the Olympics
By Joanne C. Gerstner / The Detroit News

Frankie Andreu is used to living a double life.

Andreu, a two-time Olympic and eight-time Tour de France cyclist, splits his time between homes in Dearborn and Nice, France. But there's only one place Andreu, wife Betsy, and their infant son Frankie really call home. "I'm always going to be a guy from Dearborn," said Andreu, 33. "No matter if I'm in the Tour de France or at the Olympics, that's who I am. I always root for the Wings and check out Michigan football.

"It's nice to be home again."

Andreu is training for the U.S. Olympic road trials, which will be May 20 on a 136-mile course in Jackson, Miss. The U.S. team has five slots for the 2000 Olympics. The winner of the trials gets one, Lance Armstrong is virtually guaranteed one for being the top U.S. cyclist, and the other three riders will be selected by U.S. cycling July 15. Andreu is training locally for the trials, riding by himself around five hours and 100 miles per day in Kensington Metropark.

He won the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials and was fourth in the Olympic road race in Atlanta. "I think I can win the trial again," Andreu said. "The only downfall playing against me is the course. It's pretty flat, which is a detriment. Too many guys can hang around. "The harder the course, the more beneficial it is to the stronger, technical riders." Andreu's first Olympics was Seoul, Korea in 1988, where he finished eighth. "It's a priority to go back to the Olympics," Andreu said. "Cycling is my life and my job. Making the Olympic team is an achievement that forever makes a special kind of status on your life resume."

Andreu's father, Frank, is equally impacted by his son's Olympic experiences. "It's unbelievable. You're so proud of him and that he's representing your country," Frank said. "It's something so special that you do whatever you have to get there and be with him."

Andreu's bi-continental life has shown him the difference between American and European attitudes toward cycling. He lives in Nice during the European season, and returns to Dearborn for the North American races and to rest. "If an American wins the gold, everybody's happy," Andreu said. "It's a shame that Americans winning second or third -- which is still a huge accomplishment -- definitely get overlooked. "It takes effort and courage to finish that high up. Europeans notice that."

Andreu sees U.S. attitudes toward cycling warming a bit, especially in the wake of Armstrong's 1999 Tour de France win. Andreu captained the U.S. Postal Service team (which Armstrong rides for), helping develop the daily team strategies used to keep Armstrong in the lead. In his book, "It's Not About The Bike," Armstrong writes: "I wore the yellow jersey. But I figured maybe the only thing that belongs to me is the zipper. A small piece of it. My teammates deserve the rest -- the sleeves, the front, and the back of it."

Andreu's wife Betsy agreed. "Frankie worked so hard in the Tour to help Lance," said Betsy, a Dearborn Heights native. "But Frankie won't tell you that. He's so low-key he doesn't want to be recognized. "Don't let that fool you. He loves to compete and ride, and we'd love to go back to the Olympics. He's going to be ready for the trial."

Detroit Free Press
May 19, 2000
Detroit Free Press

May 24, 2000

CLOSE THIRD: Dearborn cyclist Frankie Andreu didn't win last Saturday's men's road race at the U.S. Olympic trials, but he didn't hurt his chances of making it to Sydney as a coach's pick.

In what could be called a photo finish, Andreu finished third in the 140-mile trials race in Jackson, Miss., with the same time as the winner, Antonio Cruz of Long Beach, Calif. -- 5:21:31.

"The top three, four guys were within a half a wheel," Andreu said. "I would have like to have won, but considering we had only three guys (from the U.S. Postal Service team) and the course wasn't the best for me, I was happy with it."

Andreu's next big race before he leaves for Europe is the USA pro championships in Philadelphia on June 4.

"We will have to pay attention to every breakaway," said Andreu, 33. "If a break gets five or six minutes up the road and no one is chasing them, we may have to take the initiative because you can't afford to let it go and get up 20 minutes.

"Everyone waits each other out in a situation like that. You gamble a bit if you know your team is a little stronger and your objective is to win the whole race, not just a stage. You have to decide who you want to let go (in a breakaway) and who you don't."

Tour de France 2000
July 1 - 23, 2000
1July 1Futuroscope ITT16.5 km153 21:30.100 153 2:26
2July 2Futuroscope - Loudun191 km153s.t. 151 2:29
3July 3 Loudun - Nantes 170 km61:09 148 2:29
4July 4Nantes - Saint-Nazaire (Team TT) 69 km (Team TT)2:46312:49
5July 5Vannes - Vitré198 km165 :10 31 2:49
6July 6Vitré - Tours 197 km117 7:49 39 8:29
7July 7Tours - Limoges 192 km173 2:32 61 9:50
8July 8Limoges - Villeneuve-sur-Lot200 km160 5:42 71 9:50
9July 9Agen - Dax182 km82 s.t. 729:50
10July 10Dax - Lourdes Hautacam205 km14436:33 120 39:59
11July 11Bagnères-de-Bigorre - Revel219 km96 10:16119 45:10
-July 12Rest Day-- - - -
12July 13Carpentras - Mont Ventoux149 km131 20:521231:06:14
13July 14Avignon - Draguignan 180 km122 10:441181:06:52
14July 15Draguignan - Briancon 249 km141 36:521191:40:53
15July 16Briancon - Courchevel168 km6835:561182:16:09
-July 17Rest Day-- - --
16July 18Courchevel - Morzine 196 km12230:551152:45:03
17July 19Evian-les-Bains - Lausanne155 km113 4:19 1112:49:22
18July 20Lausanne - Fribourg-en-Brisgau252 km11815:401102:49:22
19July 21Fribourg-en-Brisgau - Mulhouse ITT59 km104 10:10 1102:59:32
20July 22Belfort - Troyes248 km111 2:431103:02:15
21July 23Paris - Paris (Champs-Elysées)135 km 44s.t.1103:02:15
*note: stage 1 - Frankie took second place behind Marcel Wüst in his bid for the climber's jersey. He had 3 points, Marcel 5.
*note: stage 3 - US Postal is number one in team classification for the third straight day.
*note: stage 4 - The ONCE team recieved a 20 second time penalty on the stage.
*note: stage 17 - USPS is the only team with all nine riders.

Frankie leads the parade down the Champs Élysées
photo by Doug Pensinger/Allsport July 23, 2000 (from the new york times)

German Wins 20th Stage
but Armstrong's Lead Is Solid


Cyclist Andreu awaits Sydney call
Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2000
Vuelta a Burgos - 2.1
Spain, August 7-10, 2000

distance place time g.c.
Stage 1 - August 7 Miranda de Ebro-San Juan del Monte, Mountain ITT 6 km 59 :45 59
Stage 2 - August 8 Burgos-Clunia 181 km 71 1:12 62
Stage 3 - August 9 Pradoluengo-Lagunas de Neila 164 km 108 10:25 96
Stage 4 - August 10 Medina de Pomar-Burgos 164 km 73 10:25 87

Classica San Sebastian - CDM
San Sebastian, Spain, August 12, 2000

 87 Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service

40th Ronde van Nederland - 2.1
Netherlands, August 21-26, 2000

Prologue August 21 Den Bosch ITT, 4.0 km 38 :16 38 :16
Stage 1 August 22 Den Bosch - Utrecht 180.7 km 84 s.t. 42 :18
Stage 2 August 23 Utrecht - Hoorn 185.5 km 34 s.t. 40 :26
Stage 3 August 24 Bolsward - Leeuwarden 91.0 km 80 1:04 79 2:15
Stage 4 August 24 Leeuwarden ITT 19.8 km 37 1:19 63 3:11
Stage 5  August 25 Harderwijk - Venlo 186.2 km 102 1:03 78 3:50
Stage 6 August 26 Blerick - Landgraaf 227.6 km 64 7:17 59 11:07

Cyclocross race at Bloomer park in Rochester Hills, MI

Photos by Jeff Gray

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