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By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright 2001 AFP
Hungarian Laszlo Bodrogi (Mapei-Quick Step) took over the race leader’s yellow jersey at the Tour de l’Avenir in France on Wednesday after winning the 26km time trial in Rambervillers, France.
Bodrogi, who held the race lead for six days last year, took over from Spaniard Juan-Miguel Cuenca, who fell to fourth place overall.
On the technical course in Rambervillers, Bodrogi averaged 47.561kph to finish with a time of 32:48, five seconds better than Festina’s Florent Brard.
None of the remaining members of the U.S. National Team – David Zabriskie, Danny Pate, Jeff Louder, Damon Kluck and Mark Fitzgerald – started the race on Wednesday following the tragic events in the U.S. on Tuesday. The U.S.-based Mercury team remained in the race, although Phil Zajicek and Ernie Lechuga were the only North Americans left on the squad. Mercury’s Australian Baden Cooke finished 15th on Wednesday, dropping from third to eighth overall.
1. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun), Mapei-Quick Step, 26km in 32:48; 2. Florent Brard (F), Festina, at 0:05; 3. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Bonjour, at 0:33; 4. Evgeni Petrov (Rus), Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:44; 5. Jesus Manzano (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:02; 6. Christophe Edaleine (F), Jean Delatour, at 1:06; 7. Gorka Arrizabalaga (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:17; 8. Cedric Loue (F), Cofidis, s.t.; 9. Guillaume Auger (F), BigMat Auber 93, at 1:20; 10. Denis Menchov (Rus), iBanesto.com, at 1:21; Others; 15. Baden Cooke (Aus), Mercury, at 1:40; 16. Juan-Miguel Cuenca (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:42; 51. Matt Wilson (Aus), Mercury, at 3:17; 62. Phil Zajicek (USA), Mercury, at 3:43; 89. Ernie Lechuga (Mex), Mercury, at 5:34;
1. Bodrogi; 2. Brard, at 0:05; 3. Chavanel, at 0:13; 4. Cuenca, at 0:34; 5. Manzano, at 0:44; 6. Menchov, at 1:01; 7. Petrov, at 1:02; 8. Cooke, at 1:03; 9. Edaleine, at 1:05; 10. Francisco Lara (Sp), Festina, at 1:15.