Jeker eases Ullrich aside

Fabian Jeker takes the lead from Jan Ullrich in the Tour of Switzerland as Georg Totschnig wins in t

Fabian Jeker takes the lead from Jan Ullrich in the Tour of Switzerland as Georg Totschnig wins in t
Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) lost his overall lead in the Tour of Switzerland to home rider Fabian Jeker (Saunier Duval) who finished second to Gerolsteiner's Georg Totschnig on Friday's 133km seventh stage between Linthal and Malbun. Totschnig's win, seven seconds ahead of Jeker, means that he also leapfrogged Ullrich in the general classification, and the German now lies in third, 32 seconds behind Jeker and 24 seconds behind Totschnig with two stages left of the race. Ullrich was unable to match the pace of the leaders on the tough 1600-metre final climb up to the finish in Malbun, coming, as he himself expected, under attack from his rivals. Saturday's stage eight includes the challenging Lukmanier Pass, 120km into the 191km stage, but Ullrich may well wait until Sunday's final stage 25km time trial in Lugano to attempt to take back the lost time. Stage 7, Linthal-Malbun 1 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner 3.22.45 (39.5kph) 2 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval 0.07 3 Frank Schleck (Lux) CSC 0.14 4 Jos Maria Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza-Maia 0.17 5 Dario Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.28 6 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile 0.39 7 Santiago Perez Spa) Phonak 0.41 8 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step 0.43 9 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Saeco 0.44 10 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Vini Caldirola 1.02 Overall standings 1 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval 29.13.24 2 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner 0.08 3 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile 0.32 4 Jos Maria Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza-Maia 0.35 5 Dario Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.46 6 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step 2.14 7 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile 2.15 8 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Saeco 2.21 9 David Canada (Spa) Saunier Duval 2.36 10 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak 3.08
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