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June 07, 2006

Zabriskie dominates Dauphiné TT

CSC's Dave Zabriskie, who won Sunday's Dauphiné Libéré, absolutely tackled the race's individual time trial today.

Zabriskie, who Discovery Channel DS Johan Bruyneel reportedly has called “the most aerodynamic rider in the peloton,” put nearly a minute into Floyd Landis in 2nd place, and more than 90 seconds on Levi Leipheimer in 3rd. That is a major woodshedding of the entire pack.

The United States took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th on the day, with Discovery Channel's George Hincapie 4th. Berth Grabsch of Phonak rounds out the Top 5.

Zabriskie couldn't claw his way back into the yellow jersey, but he does rise to 2nd on the GC, behind only Française des Jeux's Philippe Gilbert. Landis, Leipheimer, and Hincapie are 3-5, for now, with the 186-kilometer stage finishing atop Mont Ventoux coming up tomorrow.

Current GC:
1) Philippe Gilbert, Francaise des Jeux
2) Zabriskie, CSC, at 2:47
3) Landis, Phonak, at 3:48
4) Leipheimer, Gerolsteiner, at 4:20
5) Hincapie. Discovery Channel, at 4:24
6) Grabsch, Phonak, at 4:34
7) Vladimir Gusev, Discovery Channel


Eurosport | Zabriskie again on time

Landis, on the other hand, has performed brilliantly in the mountains this year, winning Paris-Nice, the Tour of California, and the Tour de Georgia thanks to his climbing skills.

Finishing just 53 seconds behind Zabriskie, the Phonak leader demonstrated that he was prepared to challenge for the yellow jersey in next month's Tour de France, which features two similarly long time-trials.

ESPN.com | AP photo of Zabriskie on the course

Posted by Frank Steele on June 7, 2006 in Dauphiné Libéré, Dauphiné Libéré 2006, Dave Zabriskie, Floyd Landis, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Top Stories | Permalink


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