Dauphiné 5: O'Grady too quick for Hincapie

The Australian gets the better of George Hincapie as English-speaking riders dominate stage five int

The Australian gets the better of George Hincapie as English-speaking riders dominate stage five int
Stuart O'Grady took his best result of what has been a fractured first season with the Cofidis team when he got the better of US Postal's George Hincapie in a two-up sprint at the end of the Dauphin's fifth stage in Sisteron. The pair had been part of a strong eight-man break who went away after 55 kilometres. With the English-speaking duo were Baden Cooke, Jrme Pineau, Pierrick Fedrigo, Yuriy Krivtsov, Victor Hugo Pe¤a and Nicolas Jalabert. Perhaps feaful of Cooke's pace, O'Grady and Hincapie went off on their own at about the 100km mark. They were chased most of the way into the finish by Pineau, Cooke and Jalabert, but stayed clear to dispute the stage between them. O'Grady's has looked pretty quick throughout this race so far, and the victory was arguably his best since he was part of Credit Agricole's team time trial success at the 2001 Tour de France. The pair's six-minute lead on the peloton also boosted the Australian back up into the top 10 overall, although he remains some significant way behind race leader Iban Mayo. Stage 5, Bollne-Sisteron 1 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 149km in 3.13.21 (46.24kph) 2 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal 3 Baden Cooke (Aus) fdjeux.com 1.33 4 Jrme Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangre 5 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak 2.14 6 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r 3.09 7 Bram de Groot (Hol) Rabobank 8 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Crdit Agricole 3.11 9 Victor Hugo Pe¤a (Col) US Postal 3.16 10 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crdit Agricole 6.12 23 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank 24 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel 25 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak 40 Michael Roger (Aus) Quick Step 43 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal 49 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal 59 David Millar (GB) Cofidis 82 Matt White (Aus) Cofidis 6.27 Overall standings Overall standings 1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 19.47.24 2 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak 0.36 3 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Phonak 1.14 4 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal 2.00 5 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Quick Step 2.32 6 Jos Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak 2.36 7 I¤igo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel 2.43 8 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 3.10 9 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank 3.33 10 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank 3.47 16 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal 4.59 36 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal 9.24 39 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step 10.05 51 Baden Cooke (Aus) fdjeux.com 16.30 68 David Millar (GB) Cofidis 23.37 80 Matt White (Aus) Cofidis 33.15
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