Late flat fails to stop Landis

A puncture late on in the final stage doesn't stop Floyd Landis from wrapping up his third stage rac

A puncture late on in the final stage doesn't stop Floyd Landis from wrapping up his third stage rac


Although Floyd Landis suffered a brief moment of unease when he flatted little about 10 kilometres from the finish of Sunday's final stage of the Tour de Georgia, a quick handover of a wheel by team-mate Ignacio Gutierrez soon had him back on track for his third stage race win of the season.

Landis finished in the pack behind stage winner JJ Haedo in Alpharetta, which gave him victory by just four seconds over defending champion Tom Danielson. It follows previous wins in the Tour of California and Paris-Nice, and boosts Landis's standing as one of the favourites for the Tour de France's yellow jersey still further.

"There were two and a half laps to go, and with a four-second lead, anything can happen," Landis said of his late puncture. "But everyone was pretty respectful, and it was flat and not going too fast, so I didn't see it as a disaster.

"My team was exceptional," he added. "Last year's team worked hard for me, too, but I didn't come through in the clutch. Now I'm just going to take some time off and then prepare for the Tour."

Stage 6, Cumming-Alpharetta

1 Juan Jos Haedo (Arg) Toyota-United Pro 190.2km in 4.37.44
2 Gordon Fraser (Can) Health Net
3 Aurlien Clerc (Swi) Phonak
4 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto
5 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel
6 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA)
7 Alex Candelario (USA) Jelly Belly
8 Alejandro Acton (Arg) Targetraining
9 Matthew Rice (Aus) Jelly Belly
10 Jesse Anthony (USA)

Final overall standings

1 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems 24.00.54
2 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 0.04
3 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel 1.55
4 Jos Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak 2.11
5 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Discovery Channel 2.15
6 David Zabriskie (USA) CSC 2.31
7 Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net 3.45
8 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval 3.54
9 Chris Baldwin (USA) Toyota 4.01
10 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators 4.20

- Alejandro Petacchi joined Tom Boonen as the leading winners of the season with 12 victories apiece when he completed a sweep of the five stages of the Tour of Lower Saxony on Sunday, giving him victory by 34 seconds over Danilo Hondo. On the final stage, even without crocked lead-out man Marco Velo, Petacchi beat team-mate Elio Rigotto into second place, with Wiesenhof's Marcel Sieberg third.

Stage 5, Duderstadt-Gttingen

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram 171.4km in 4.13.50
2 Elio Rigotto (Ita) Milram
3 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Wiesenhof
4 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lamonta
5 Roy Sentjens (Hol) Rabobank
6 Tom Flammang (Lux) Sparkasse
7 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Wiesenhof
8 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner
9 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner
10 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) T-Mobile

Final overall standings

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram 21.20.32
2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lamonta 0.34
3 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 0.46
4 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner 0.48
5 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.49
6 Stephan Schreck (Ger) T-Mobile 0.50
7 David Kopp (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.51
8 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Wiesenhof 0.52
9 Massimilano Mori (Ita) Naturino
10 Elnathan Heizmann (Ger) Regiostrom

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