July 23, 2003
But the former sprint king's [Zabel's] apparent wane was turned on its head with his second-place finish behind Hamilton, at 1:55 adrift, which rewarded him with a morale-boosting 17 points, and as much in bonus seconds, to push him up to third place.
Zabel now has 143, only five adrift of McEwen (148) and 13 shy of Cooke with Thor Hushovd in fourth (134) and his Credit Agricole team-mate Stuart O'Grady in fifth (128).
As a result, on Thursday and Friday's flat stages Cooke and his fdjeux.com team will have to be doubly careful.
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