August 16, 2006
Schumacher takes Benelux prologue
Gerolsteiner's Stefan Schumacher took the prologue of the 2nd Annual Eneco Tour of Benelux today.
Schumacher, who won an exciting stage of the Giro and wore its leader's jersey back in May, edged George “I can finish 2nd in any prologue, anywhere” Hincapie with a 7:00.78 time on the 5.8-kilometer course. Rabobank's Joost Posthuma was 3rd on the day. Hincapie also finished 2nd in prologues at the Tour de France and the Dauphiné Libéré this season.
Schumacher, who notched the 5th win of his first ProTour season, told the BBC he's chasing the overall win:
“It's great to beat several time-trial specialists, but I'm not surprised - I'm in good form and will do my best to win overall.”
CSC's Bobby Julich is the defending champ, and he finished 15th on the day, 11.42 seconds back. Other Americans were Jason McCartney, 11th at 8.82, Saunier Duval's Aaron Olson, 45th at 17.59, and Freddie Rodriguez, back in action in 85th at 23.91.
Is it just me, or does the photo with this story at Eurosport make Schumacher look like a Star Trek alien?
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