VUELTA A ESPANA UPDATE
U.S. HOPEFUL IN 5th PLACE. Pro cyclists have ridden nine stages of the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) and it's a relatively close race thus far. Denis Menchov of Russia has a slight lead over the defending champ--Spaniard Roberto Heras. U.S. hopeful--and one on whom many are pinning hopes for a future Tour de France win--Tom Danielson is currently in fifth place overall. Danielson, who rides for the Discovery Channel team, is the best-placed American in a largely European affair. Follow the Vuelta at www.cyclingnews.com.