June 06, 2005
Hushovd takes Dauphiné Stage 1
Credit Agricole's Thor Hushovd took a sprint finish Monday at the Dauphiné Libéré's first stage, ahead of Phonak's Robby Hunter, and Fassa Bortolo's Juan-Antonio Flecha.
A six-man breakaway including Sylvain Chavanel and José Garcia-Acosta tried to deny the sprinters, but were caught about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the line.
No change in the overall, with George Hincapie maintaining the leader's jersey.
Hushovd says his big goal is the green jersey in the Tour de France:
"A victory on the Dauphine Libere is always good for morale but my main goal this season is to win the Tour de France points classification," said Hushovd, who cited Belgian Tom Boonen, German Erik Zabel and Australians Stuart O'Grady and Robbie McEwen as his main rivals for the green jersey.
Six-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong showed signs of finding his form in helping close down the break:
"Lance showed today he's pretty strong. He closed that 25-second gap practically on his own," said Hincapie, who will be back to his helper role in July.
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