Morabito takes debut win at home

Phonak youngster Steve Morabito takes his first pro win on home ground at the Tour of Switzerland, w

Phonak youngster Steve Morabito takes his first pro win on home ground at the Tour of Switzerland, w

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Phonak's young Swiss rider Steve Morabito took the first win of his fledgling pro career on Wednesday's fifth stage of the Tour of Switzerland. The 23 year old got the better of feelow breakaway Jurgen van Goolen on the uphill finish at Loeche les Bains after 229.5km in blisteringly hot conditions. Astana's Angel Vicioso finished third to retain the overall lead going into Thursday's tough mountain stage over the Furka and Oberalp passes.

Morabito and Van Goolen went clear of four other breakaways during the final 13km climb to the finish. "I saw there was a headwind at the finish. I pretended to begin to sprint too far out and Van Goolen grabbed the bait," Morabito said. "He went in front at 300m. I knew it was all over," said the tall Swiss who admitted he has struggled in his first pro season.

Over in Holland, veterans are in control at the Ster Elektrotoer. Rabobank's Erik Dekker won Wednesday afternoon's 11km time trial ahead of Jens Voigt, who now leads overall. "To be honest, I'm quite annoyed that I didn't manage to win the stage, even though I'm leading the race now, because I worked really hard in both stages," said Voigt.

"Also Erik is going to be dangerous in the next couple of days, because the routes suit him so well. I was leading most of the way, but ended up losing with 10 seconds. I was paying the price for this morning, where I was chasing the peloton on my own for about 10 or 15 kilometres after a puncture."

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