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CSC continue to in their winning mood thanks to David Zabriskie's prologue win at the Dauphiné Libér

CSC continue to in their winning mood thanks to David Zabriskie's prologue win at the Dauphiné Libér
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM David Zabriskie won Sunday's 4.2-kilometre prologue at the Dauphin Libr, held in the beautiful lakeside town of Annecy. The CSC rider beat compatriot George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) by two seconds, with CSC's Stuart O'Grady in third place. "I've been training hard back home in Utah, but I have to admit I'm still a bit surprised I could take the victory today. But the route was perfect for me and I had a good feeling from the beginning, so I knew I could make a great result," said Zabriskie. "It's a tough race, but of course I'll try to hang on to the leader's jersey as long as I can. I've improved my climbing skills, so now we'll just have to wait and see how far I can go," he added. CSC sports director Alain Gallopin was also pleased with the result. "It was a beautiful victory for Dave and a very impressive third place for O'Grady," said the Frenchman. "Dave is incredible on a completely flat time trial, but I also think he can do well in the mountains. There's no doubt he has hit top form for this race, which also promises well for the upcoming races." - While the Dauphin was just starting on Sunday, two other stage races were rounding off. In the Basque Country, Saunier Duval's Koldo Gil took overall victory in the Bicicleta Vasca, which he led from the first day. Second place behind Orbea's Aaron Villegas on stage three and a second stage win in the 21km afternoon time trial on day four underlined Gil's superiority. The Navarran, who finished 44 seconds ahead of Euskaltel's David Herrero overall, put his time trialling success down his session with team-mates David Millar, Gilberto Simoni and Jos Gomez Marchante in the San Diego wind tunnel back in February. Gil is now due to ride the Tour of Switzerland before starting the Tour de France. - The Tour of Luxembourg also concluded on Sunday with victory going to another CSC rider, Christian Vande Velde. The American's success was assured when he was one of four CSC riders to make the cut in a 15-man group on the final stage. Liquigas's Stefano Garzelli took the stage, as Vande Velde held on for the main prize. "I was a bit nervous before the stage, but as soon as we started, I was OK," said Vande Velde. "Right from the beginning of this race I've been supported by some fantastic team-mates and today they made sure everything was under control. I'm very happy to have won and it really boosts my motivation for the upcoming races." CSC sports director and procycling Fab Four member Tristan Hoffman commented: "We were on top of things today and it was great to seal Christian's victory. Very often he's the one who's pulling hard for the other guys, so he really deserved to be on top of the podium. We've had an extremely strong team and all our riders worked very hard so we could dominate the race. With two riders on the final podium and a stage victory, we couldn't really ask for more." Garzelli too was pleased, his stage win coming a month on from his victory at the GP Henninger Turm in Frankfurt. The Italian was led out by Liquigas youngsters Capecchi and Kreuziger for the 22nd win of his career, and one that gives him a timely boost before he leads his team's Tour de France challenge.
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