Armstrong takes lead at Tour of Switzerland

Lance Armstrong began this year’s Tour of Switzerland in fine form on Tuesday, winning the 7.9km prologue time trial in the German town of Rust. Armstrong posted a time of 9:44.22 through the streets of Rust, and only Frenchman Laurent Jalabert prevented a Postal Service sweep of the podium. Jalabert was second in 9:49.36 followed by Armstrong teammates Tyler Hamilton and Viatcheslav Ekimov in third and fourth, respectively.

By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP

Armstrong in yellow

Armstrong in yellow

Photo: Graham Watson

Lance Armstrong began this year’s Tour of Switzerland in fine form on Tuesday, winning the 7.9km prologue time trial in the German town of Rust.

Hamilton

Hamilton

Photo: Graham Watson

Armstrong posted a time of 9:44.22 through the streets of Rust, and only Frenchman Laurent Jalabert prevented a Postal Service sweep of the podium. Jalabert was second in 9:49.36 followed by Armstrong teammates Tyler Hamilton and Viatcheslav Ekimov in third and fourth, respectively.

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Results

1. Lance Armstrong (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 7.9km in 9:44.22; 2. Laurent Jalabert (F), CSC-World Online, 9:49.36; 3. Tyler Hamilton (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 9:49.49; 4. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus), 9:49.57; 5. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank, 9:51.24; 6. Servais Knaven (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, 9:51.88; 7. George Hincapie (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 9:53.32; 8. Grischa Niermann (G), Rabobank, 9:53.58; 9. Marc Wauters (B), Rabobank, 9:53.90; 10. Nicolas Jalabert (F), CSC-World Online, 9:54.07