June 15, 2005
One for the Swiss: Albasini takes Tour de Suisse Stage 5
Swiss on Swiss sprint,
Albasini (r) tops Rast,
Michael Albasini of Liquigas-Bianchi took his first pro win at the Tour of Switzerland today, outsprinting the rest of a seven-man break that rode a 130-km breakaway.
"I'm very, very happy because my first victory has also come in my home race," Albasini said after the finish.
"I started my sprint a little bit early and thought I might not win but I managed to hold on."
Davitamon-Lotto and Quick Step tried to close down the escapees to force a field sprint, but the break conserved 38 seconds. Jan Ullrich holds the leader's jersey for one more day, but his lead may be threatened Thursday as the race hits the mountains.
1) Michael Albasini, Liquigas-Bianchi, 3:48:01
2) Gregory Rast, Phonak, same time
3) Rene Haselbacher, Gerolsteiner, same time
4) Allan Johansen, Team CSC, same time
5) Gustav Erik Larsson, Fassa Bortolo, same time
6) Yannick Talabardon, Credit Agricole, same time
7) Maarten Den Bakker, Rabobank, same time
8) Aurelien Clerc, Phonak, at :38
9) Angelo Furlan, Domina Vacanze, same time
10) Marcus Zberg, Gerolsteiner, same time
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