Zulle outsprints Azevedo at Paris-Nice

Alex Zulle scored his first sprint win since he was an amateur to give new Division I squad Team Coast its first win of the season, a first step toward building its case for a place in the Tour de France. Zulle outsprinted ONCE's Portuguese neo-pro Jose Azevedo with the main bunch close on their heels in Sisteron, after the pair broke away on the final descent with 10km to go. "It's a great win for us, which boosts morale, proves we are serious, and gives us more confidence about the Tour," said Zulle. Close behind in the peloton was race leader Peter Van Petegem, who held onto the leader's

By William Fotheringham, VeloNews Correspondent

Zulle leads up Mont Ventoux

Zulle leads up Mont Ventoux

Photo: Graham Watson

Alex Zulle scored his first sprint win since he was an amateur to give new Division I squad Team Coast its first win of the season, a first step toward building its case for a place in the Tour de France.

Nicolas Vogondy on the attack

Nicolas Vogondy on the attack

Photo: Graham Watson

Zulle outsprinted ONCE’s Portuguese neo-pro Jose Azevedo with the main bunch close on their heels in Sisteron, after the pair broke away on the final descent with 10km to go.

“It’s a great win for us, which boosts morale, proves we are serious, and gives us more confidence about the Tour,” said Zulle. Close behind in the peloton was race leader Peter Van Petegem, who held onto the leader’s jersey, despite struggling to hold the pace over the climb of Mont Ventoux. The race went over the famous mountain midway through the stage, climbing to Chalet Renard, 6km from the summit, before coming down the other side.

Fabrizio Guidi leads the Mercury-Viatel chase

Fabrizio Guidi leads the Mercury-Viatel chase

Photo: Graham Watson

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Results

1. Alex Zulle (Swi), Team Coast, 197.3km in 4:55:10
2. Jose Azevedo (P), ONCE, s.t.
3. Tristan Hoffman (Dk), CSC-World Online, at 0:04
4. Peter Van Petegem (B), Mercury
5. Andrei Tchmil (B), Lotto-Adecco
6. Fabian De Waele (B), Lotto-Adecco
7. Emmanuel Magnien (F), La Francaise Des Jeux
8. Francois Simon (F), Bonjour
9. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Credit Agricole
10. Dariusz Baranowski (Pl), iBanesto.com
11. Michele Bartoli (I), Mapei-Quick Step
12. Steven Kleynen (B), Domo-Farm Frites
13. Serge Baguet (B), Lotto-Adecco
14. Angel Vicioso (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca
15. Patrice Halgand (F), Jean Delatour
16. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo
17. Roger Beuchat (Swi), Phonak
18. Dave Bruylandts (B), Domo-Farm Frites
19. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Fassa Bortolo
20. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Telekom
36. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole
39. Floyd Landis (USA), Mercury-Viatel, all s.t.
72. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), Credit Agricole, at 1:05
126. David Millar (GB), at 15:09

Overall
1. Peter Van Petegem (B), Mercury-Viatel, 15:13:03.
2. Jorg Jaksche (G), ONCE, at 0:11.
3. Raimondas Rumsas (Lit), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:15.
4. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:16.
5. Andrei Tchmil (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 0:27.
6. Mario Aerts (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 0:29.
7. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 0:29.
8. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Telekom, at 0:33.
9. Laurent Dufaux (Swi), Saeco, at 0:33.
10. Patrice Halgand (F), Jean Delatour, at 0:36.
11. Jose Azevedo (P), ONCE.
12. Francisco Mancebo (Sp), iBanesto.com, both s.t.
13. Tobias Steinhauser (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:39
14. Dave Bruylandts (B), Domo-Farm Frites, s.t.
15. Michele Bartoli (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:45
16. Rolf Huser (Swi), Coast, at 0:57
17. Emmanuel Magnien (F), Francaise des Jeux, at 1:11
18. Stephane Heulot (F), Big Mat, at 1:12
19. Laurent Brochard (F), Jean Delatour, at 1:20
20. Bingen Fernandez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:29
23. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole, at 1:42.
28. Zulle, at 2:15
40. Floyd Landis (USA), Mercury-Viatel, at 3:22
76. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, 16:53
78. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Credit Agricole, 17:17
91. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), at 19:26