Shorts: Hunt win, TDF for Cauberg?

Jeremy Hunt wins his first race for two years in Belgium, while the Belgian press predicts a Dutch s

Jeremy Hunt wins his first race for two years in Belgium, while the Belgian press predicts a Dutch s

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Britain's Jeremy Hunt won Tuesday's second stage of the Tour of the Walloon Regions in Belgium. Fassa Bortolo attempted to set the final sprint up for Marco Velo, but 31-year-old Hunt was too quick for the Italian and took the stage ahead of Tomas Vaitkus, with Velo third. It was his first pro victory since a stage win at the Tour of Picardy in 2003.

"Jeremy is a rider who you have to keep motivating all the time," his MrBookmaker.com DS Lucien van Impe told La Dernire Heure. "He likes to stay near the back of the peloton, in the last five places. So we always have to encourage him to move towards the front of the race, because his team-mates don't like that kind of situation. Today they all rode well. I felt that Jeremy was feeling good before the start."

Hunt agreed with Van Impe's assessment. "When I feel good it doesn't really matter who the competition is or what the finish is like, I am at the front. Having started my sprint I always felt that I was going to win it. I then made a second effort and that was decisive," he said.

- Tuesday's edition of the Gazet Van Antwerpen reported that a stage of the 2006 Tour de France is going to finish at the summit of the Cauberg, the climb above the Dutch city of Valkenburg where the Amstel Gold Race concludes. The Tour had a similar finish in 1992 that was won by Frenchman Gilles Delion.

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