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CSC's Jens Voigt took the first home win of this year's Deutschland Tour when he led in Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) and Andrei Kashechkin (Astana) as the second stage of the race finished in Goslar. The lead stayed with prologue winner Vladimir Gusev, who finished in a 30-strong bunch just five seconds down on the three breakaways.
"To finally win in Germany is like a dream," said Voigt, 35, who won a stage of the Tour de France last month. The German's win boosted him to fifth overall, 11 seconds down on Gusev.
"I knew that whoever reached the final turn first would win the stage, because the last 200 metres were downhill towards the finish line," said Voigt. "I was probably the most cunning today, but of course I was also very motivated to get a good result in my home country after having done badly in the prologue because of the rain. It's always wonderful for me to win here in Germany, and I still feel in great shape from the Tour, which of course I need to make use of."
Stage 2, Minden-Goslar
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 181.5km in 4.22.25
2 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
3 Andrei Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram 0.05
5 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile
6 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step
7 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) T-Mobile
8 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner
9 Josep Jufre (Spa) Davitamon-Lotto
10 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre
1 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel 9.12.17
2 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile 0.01
3 Rebellin 0.07
4 I¤igo Cuesta (Spa) CSC 0.10
5 Voigt 0.11
6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
7 Zabel 0.12
8 Nuyens 0.13
9 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre 0.14
10 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana 0.17
- The second stage of the Tour of Denmark went CSC's way, as Fabian Cancellara finished ahead of a splintered pack. Team-mate Stuart O'Grady finished second and these two riders now stand 1-2 in the overall ranking.
"It was the perfect moment for me at the end and it was great to win one for the team. We've all been through some tough times lately, and this was an important victory," said Cancellara. "We were well positioned towards the final part and it was just a matter of playing our cards right. I haven't been 100 per cent sure of my own form, but a victory like this one confirms to me that I'm right where I should be."
CSC were also in winning form on the second stage of Paris-Corrze in France, where Swede Marcus Ljungqvist won the bunch sprint. First stage winner Didier Rous (Bouygues Telecom) took the overall title.
"I've really missed the feeling of winning, and it's nice to finally be able to do so. The climb during the last lap was quite steep, so I grabbed the chance and luckily I had the legs to keep the others at bay. I feel I've hit my top form now in the last part of the season and I look forward to showing it in the coming races," said Ljungquist.
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