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|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.|
April 9, 2000
Frankie leading Johan Museeuw (photo by graham watson)
Vuelta Ciclista a Aragon - cat. 2.2
The Detroit News
Frankie revs up for the Olympics
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."
July 1 - 23, 2000
*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
July 23, 2000 (from the new york times)
German Wins 20th Stage
By SAMUEL ABT
Cyclist Andreu awaits Sydney call
Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2000
Vuelta a Burgos - 2.1
Spain, August 7-10, 2000
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
Cyclocross race at Bloomer park in Rochester Hills, MI|
Photos by Jeff Gray
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