July 06, 2008
Hushovd bags Stage 2
Another select sprint, and a 6th career stage win for the God of Thunder, Thor Hushovd.
With 1 kilometer to go, Fabian Cancellara attacked strongly, and was countered by Filippo Pozzatto, who won here on Stage 7 in 2004. But the two opportunists couldn't hold off the sprint specialists, and were caught up by a strong group that included Alejandro Valverde, Kim Kirchen, Jerome Pineau, and Thor Hushovd.
When Hushovd launched, Team Columbia tried to follow, but Kim Kirchen couldn't quite match Hushovd.
1) Thor Hushovd, Credit Agricole
2) Kim Kirchen, Team Columbia, same time
3) Gerald Ciolek, Team Columbia, s.t.
4) Robbie Hunter, Barloworld, s.t.
5) Erik Zabel, Milram, s.t.
6) Yury Trofimov, AG2R, s.t.
7) Oscar Freire, Rabobank, s.t.
8) Jimmy Casper, Agritubel, s.t.
9) Martin Elminger, AG2R, s.t.
10) Leonardo Duque, Cofidis, s.t.
Kirchen moves up into the green jersey lead, the first jersey for Team Columbia, while Thomas Voeckler takes undisputed lead in the King of the Mountains competition.
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