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July 05, 2004

McEwen takes Stage 2; Hushovd in yellow

Robbie McEwen took the stage today, and Thor Hushovd took second on the stage to move into the Tour de France's maillot jaune.

It was McEwen's 4th career stage win. He dedicated the win to teammate Nick Gates, who yesterday hurt his knee, limped into Charleroi, but was eliminated on time; and to Stive Vermaut, a former rider for Lotto and for US Postal, who died last week of complications from a congenital heart problem and who was buried this morning.

Rounding out the stage Top 10, it's a who's who of top sprinters:
3) Jean-Patrick Nazon
4) Danilo Hondo
5) Stuart O'Grady
6) Jaan Kirsipuu
7) Erik Zabel
8) Alessandro Petacchi
9) Gerrit Glomser
10) Mario Cipollini

Out of the Top 10 were Tom Boonen at 12th and Baden Cooke at 15th.

A dramatic crash in the last 300 meters affected only Jimmy Casper of Cofidis and Kurt-Asle Arvesen of CSC, "the other Norwegian" in the 2004 Tour with Hushovd.

Hushovd becomes the 1st Norwegian to lead the Tour. He'll start tomorrow in both green and yellow jerseys, but McEwen will wear green, since he's in 2nd on points.

Paolo Bettini retained the polka-dot jersey by beating Janeck Tombak to the top of the first climb of the day, a 4th-category.

The new GC:

1) Hushovd
2) Fabian Cancellara, at 8"
3) McEwen, at 17"
4) Lance Armstrong, at 18"
5) Jens Voigt, at 23"
6) José Ivan Gutierrez, at 24"
7) Oscar Pereiro, at 27"
8) Christophe Moreau, at 28"
9) Bobby Julich, at 28"
10) George Hincapie, at 28"

Cancellara took a parade lap in the yellow jersey, setting up teammate Alessandro Petacchi in the last kilometers. Tomorrow, he'll wear the white jersey of the best rider under 25, a competition he leads by 26 seconds over fdjeux.com's Bernhard Eisel.

Caught in a late accident, Cofidis rider Frederic Bessy takes over the lanterne rouge, last place in the Tour, 9:31 behind Hushovd.

Bradley McGee lives to fight another day, finishing deep in the pack, 171st with the same time as the leaders.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 5, 2004 in Top Stories | Permalink

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