Dave Z tops US-dominated TT
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 11.00pm
Four American riders were quickest in the Dauphiné Libéré's 43km time trial at Bourg de Péage, but t
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM CSC's Dave Zabriskie scored a crushing time trial win over three American rivals and the rest of the Dauphin Libr field in Bourg de Page this afternoon. Only one rider got within a minute of Zabriskie, and even second-placed Floyd Landis was 53 seconds down on his compatriot over the 43km course. Levi Leipheimer was another 23 seconds back in third, with George Hincapie underlining there's plenty of time trialling life in the USA post-Lance Armstrong by finishing fourth. Overnight leader Philippe Gilbert rode a decent time trial, finishing 16th to take a lead of 2-47 over Zabriskie into Thursday's Mont Ventoux stage, with Landis another minute back. "It was simply amazing to watch Dave ride the time trial today," said CSC sports director Alain Gallopin. "He was definitely in a league of his own, and I think he did a perfect time trial. He's outstanding in this discipline, and today no one was able to reach his level. Now we just have to wait and see what he's capable of in tomorrow's stage, which will be very hard, but definitely interesting for us." Zabriskie was his usual relaxed self after his TT success. "Of course I'm happy to win again, but I'm even more curious about how far I can take it when we start climbing. I have to be honest and say that I haven't been preparing much for the time trials this season, because I more or less just went up and down the mountains during my training sessions. However, I don't believe I can be up there with the very best on the climbs, but at least I now have a decent gap on my opponents," he said. With Gilbert and Zabriskie unlikely to finish among the leaders on the Ventoux, the Dauphin could turn into an all-American battle between Landis, winner of three stage races already this season, and Leipheimer, who went close to victory on the Ventoux in last year's Dauphin. Stage 3, Bourg de Page time trial 1 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC 43km in 52.49 (48.85kph) 2 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak 0.53 3 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner 1.16 4 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 1.35 5 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak 1.38 6 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval 1.54 7 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel 8 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel 1.57 9 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2.03 10 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner 16 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franaise des Jeux 2.40 Overall 1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Franaise des Jeux 10.52.41 2 Zabriskie 2.47 3 Landis 3.48 4 Leipheimer 4.20 5 Hincapie 4.24 6 Grabsch 4.34 7 Gusev 4.49 8 Popovych 4.57 9 Lang 10 Valverde 4.58 - Tom Boonen's preparations for the Tour de France continued on a winning path as he took the Dutch Veenendaal-Veenendaal race. Boonen beat Steffen Radochla (Weisenhof), Max van Heeswijk (Discovery Channel) Quick Step team-mate Steven de Jongh in the sprint for his 16th win of the season. "I had a good feeling about today's race," Boonen said. "The work I did during the retreat at Albertville did me good. From Saturday I'll be taking part in the Tour of Switzerland with the objective of doing any fine tuning in light of the National Championships and the Tour of France."
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