March 15, 2004
Paris-Nice: Vino wins a 3rd stage; Jaksche takes the overall
Paris-Nice wrapped Sunday, with the CSC team controlling the action for Jorg Jaksche, who won wire-to-wire. CSC also placed Bobby Julich 3rd and Jens Voigt 4th, while David Rebellin of Gerolsteiner was 2nd, and US Postal's George Hincapie rounded out the top 5.
VeloNews reports the dominance of the CSC team has led to doping rumors, which have seemingly become the norm if a team or rider puts in a strong performance. Team director Bjarne Riis, a former Tour winner:
"I think we simply rode well in the first few days, and came up with some good tactics. We spent a lot of time working as a collective. I don't see a lot of teams riding like us. There are some journalists who say anything without actually looking at our performances."
Vinokourov again showed the power that put him on the podium at last year's Tour, breaking away from a leading group shadowed only by Denis Menchov, who took second on the stage. Vinokourov also won on Saturday, and on Thursday, in the stage race that last year saw the death of his close friend Andrei Kivilev, and which Vinokourov has won the last two years.
"The race started badly for me, so that's why I wanted to win stages more than anything," said Vinokourov, who lives in nearby Monte Carlo. "With three wins in such a big race like this, it looks like my form is pretty good at the moment. It augurs well for Milan-San Remo (the first World Cup race of the season on March 20)."
Posted by Frank Steele on March 15, 2004 | Permalink
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