Voigt tiptoes into lead

Jens Voigt took the narrowest of leads over CSC team-mate Kurt Asle Arvesen thanks to victory in the

Jens Voigt took the narrowest of leads over CSC team-mate Kurt Asle Arvesen thanks to victory in the
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE One second is likely to decide the final result of the Tour of Denmark. After Friday evening's 11.7-kilometre time trial in Fredericia, CSC's Jens Voigt is leading team-mate Kurt Asle Arvesen by just one second. But unless Voigt suffers some mishap he's the likely winner of the Danish race, as most observers believe the final two stages will end in bunch sprints and his nearest challenger, apart from team-mate Arvesen, is 48 seconds back. Earlier in the day, Kurt Asle Arvesen had earned himself the right to wear the yellow jersey in the time trial. Four seconds were all that separated him from team-mate Voigt, and despite riding the time trial of his life, Arvesen had to accept defeat by the German, whose winning time was five seconds quicker than the second-placed Norwegian. "Kurt actually surprised me a bit. I know he's riding very strong at the moment, but normally it's to my advantage when a time trial is flat as it was today. But obviously the yellow jersey gave him something extra," said Voigt, who was the pre-race favourite for this year's Tour of Denmark. "I'm very pleased with my performance. It hasn't been easy since (CSC team manager) Bjarne Riis told us before the start of the race to control it. At the same time I was named the favourite, which put a lot of pressure on me, so it's great that I've been able to live up to that," added Voigt, whose win was witnessed from the stands by his delighted father. It was Voigt's seventh victory this year, but the German powerhouse is apparently no cannibal. "Jens told me that he feels he has won enough, and that he wouldn't have minded in the least if I had won today. Had he known that I was this close to him he probably would have slowed down just a litte bit," revealed Arvesen, who couldn't be happier with his form. "Today I gave it everything I had and I've never been stronger. My legs just can't get any better. If everything goes my way I think I can take a medal in the Olympics," said the Norwegian, who crashed badly three times in the Tour de France but came out stronger than ever before. Stage 4, Fredericia time trial 1 Jens Voigt (Ger) CSC 11.7km in 14.06 (49.79kph) 2 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) CSC 0.05 3 Victor Hugo Pe¤a (Col) US Postal 0.06 4 Brian Vandborg (Den) Post Danmark 0.15 5 Michael Blaudzun (Den) CSC 0.19 6 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) CSC 0.21 7 Frank Hoj (Den) CSC 0.23 8 Robert Hunter (SA) Rabobank 0.24 9 Joost Posthuma (Hol) Rabobank 0.27 10 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo 0.30 Overall standings 1 Jens Voigt (Ger) CSC 11.21.59 2 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) CSC 0.01 3 Brian Vandborg (Den) Post Danmark 0.48 4 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo 0.55 5 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 0.57 6 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal 7 Joost Posthuma (Hol) Rabobank 1.03 8 Max Van Heeswijk (Hol) US Postal 1.05 9 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Bankgiroloterij 1.26 10 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi 1.33
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