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August 22, 2006

Kopp takes Benelux Stage 6

Gerolsteiner's David Kopp took Stage 6 at the Eneco Tour of Benelux today. He got his first-ever ProTour win on a day when the pure sprinters couldn't hang, and beat Unibet's Marco Zanotti and FdJ's Phillippe Gilbert to the line.

With one stage to race, Discovery Channel's George Hincapie leads Kopp's Gerolsteiner teammate Stefan Schumacher by 3 seconds and Vincenzo Nibali by 11 seconds.

After the race, Hincapie said the team had protected him all day, riding strongly near the front. “It's a close race, it's probably going to be right down to the wire ... Tomorrow will be a little more difficult to ride near the front like today ... There's a lot of guys that are close, so you never know.”

Hincapie named his marked men: Schumacher, Quinziato, Gilbert, Flecha, “probably a couple of others.”

The final stage of the tour tomorrow shares much of its course with Liège-Bastogne-Liège -- it's hard.

Benelux Stage 6
1) David Kopp, Germany, Gerolsteiner
2) Marco Zanotti, Italy, Unibet.com
3) Phillippe Gilbert, Belgium, Française des Jeux
4) Wouter Weylandt, Belgium, QuickStep
5) Aart Vierhouten, Netherlands, Skil-Shimano

Posted by Frank Steele on August 22, 2006 in George Hincapie, Top Stories | Permalink

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