Frigo takes lead at Paris-Nice

The Italian Fassa Bortolo team took over Paris-Nice today during the Col d'Eze time trial, with Dario Frigo winning the stage in decisive style to take the lead from Peter Van Petegem of Belgium, with his teammate Raimondas Rumsas moving into second overall. Frigo, who finished second in last year's Tour of Switzerland, and finished ninth in Paris-Nice behind Andreas Kloden, led throughout the 10km uphill test, posting a time 14 seconds faster than Rumsas at the 6km checkpoint, where it was clear that Van Petegem, who was 23 seconds slower, would relinquish the white jersey. The

By William Fotheringham, VeloNews Correspondent

Frigo took the lead

Frigo took the lead

Photo: Graham Watson

The Italian Fassa Bortolo team took over Paris-Nice today during the Col d’Eze time trial, with Dario Frigo winning the stage in decisive style to take the lead from Peter Van Petegem of Belgium, with his teammate Raimondas Rumsas moving into second overall.

Frigo, who finished second in last year’s Tour of Switzerland, and finished ninth in Paris-Nice behind Andreas Kloden, led throughout the 10km uphill test, posting a time 14 seconds faster than Rumsas at the 6km checkpoint, where it was clear that Van Petegem, who was 23 seconds slower, would relinquish the white jersey.

Julich finished 14th

Julich finished 14th

Photo: Graham Watson

The 26-year-old from Saronno, just north of Milan, admitted afterwards that he had been thinking only of this stage from the moment he finished high up on the decisive leg to Saint Etienne. “We based our tactics around this day, and with our sprinter Alessandro Petacchi out due to a broken collarbone, there was no alternative for us but to look at the overall.”

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Results

1. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo, 10km in 19:53 (average 30.176km/h)
2. Raimondas Rumsas (Lit), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:27
3. Jose Azevedo (Por), ONCE, at 0:41
4. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 0:42
5. Marcelino Garcia (Sp), CSC-World Online, at 0:44
6. Alex Zulle (Swi), Coast, s.t.
7. Mario Aerts (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 0:48
8. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Telekom, at 0:53
9. Peter Van Petegem (B), Mercury-Viatel, at 1:08
10. David Extebarria (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
11. Tobias Steinhauser (G), Gerolsteiner, at 1:13
12. Michele Bartoli (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 1:13
13. Georg Totschnig (A), Gerolsteiner, at 1:17
14. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole, at 1:19
15.Stephane Goubert (F), Jean Delatour, at 1:23
16. Jorg Jaksche (G), ONCE, at 1:17
17. Dave Bruylandts (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 1:28
18. Denis Menchov (Rus), iBanesto.com, at 1:38
19. Txema Del Olmo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:38
20. Laurent Brochard (F), Jean Delatour, at 1:40
118, Floyd Landis (USA), Mercury-Viatel, at 4:00

Overall:
1. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo, 26:53:48
2. Raimondas Rumsas (Lit), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:26
3. Peter Van Petegem (B), Mercury, at 0:52
4. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 0:55
5. Jose Azevedo (Por), ONCE, at 1:01
6. Mario Aerts (B), Lotto, at 1:01
7. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Telekom, at 1:10
8. Jorg Jaksche (G), ONCE, at 1:22
9. Tobias Steinhauser (G), Gerolsteiner, at 1:36
10. Michele Bartoli (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 1:42
11. Dave Bruylandts (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 1:51.
12. Patrice Halgand (F), Jean Delatour, at 2:04.
13. Andrei Tchmil (B), Lotto-Adecoo, at 2:24.
14. Francisco Mancebo (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 2:30.
15. David Etxebarria (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 2:31.
16. Laurent Dufaux (Swi), Saeco, at 2:31.
17. Alex Zuelle (Swi), Coast, at 2:43.
18. Laurent Brochard (F), Jean Delatour, at 2:44.
19. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole, at 2:45
20. Stephane Heulot (F), Big Mat, at 2:58.
19. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole, at 2:45
51. Floyd Landis (USA), Mercury, at 9:33