March 24, 2004
Zabel second again at Setmana Catalana
The third time wasn't the charm for Erik Zabel, who finished second in a sprint for the third time this week on Wednesday at Setmana Catalana. This time, it was Isaac Galdez of Illes Balears doing the nipping.
Martin Perdiguero of Saunier Duval finished third on the stage, and moved into the overall race lead, tied with Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland. The tie is broken by sprint points, where Perdiguero leads Cancellara, and 22 other riders all with the same time.
Zabel has decided not to race the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix this year, focusing on the Tour's green jersey, which he's already won a record six times.
"It was tough to accept the idea that I won't be at the start line for the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix, but it's a logical decision," Zabel said last week in French sports daily L'Equipe, suggesting a more selective season will best serve his season's goals.
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