Armstrong wins Swiss time trial

Two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong put himself in a commanding position Tuesday as he won the eighth stage of the Tour of Switzerland, a 25.5km uphill time trial to Crans-Montana. The 29-year-old American, who will be bidding for a third successive Tour de France triumph next month, took the overall leader's yellow jersey off Italian Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo), who could finish in only the fifth fastest time. Armstrong now leads Giro d’Italia champion Gilberto Simoni, second on the stage, by 1:02 overall. Simoni was 1:25 back of Armstrong on the stage, followed by Tyler

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Armstrong

Armstrong

Photo: Graham Watson

Two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong put himself in a commanding position Tuesday as he won the eighth stage of the Tour of Switzerland, a 25.5km uphill time trial to Crans-Montana.

The 29-year-old American, who will be bidding for a third successive Tour de France triumph next month, took the overall leader’s yellow jersey off Italian Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo), who could finish in only the fifth fastest time. Armstrong now leads Giro d’Italia champion Gilberto Simoni, second on the stage, by 1:02 overall. Simoni was 1:25 back of Armstrong on the stage, followed by Tyler Hamilton, at 1:26.

Simoni

Simoni

Photo: Graham Watson

Armstrong, who added this stage win to the prologue he won at the beginning of the race, dominated the time-trial increasing his lead on the final climb of 15km.

Armstrong, who recently announced the second pregnancy of wife Kristin, due in December, admitted that he was currently on cloud nine.

“I am about to become a father of twins, I have a fantastic team as we saw on Monday when they reeled in anyone who was a threat and I am winning races,” he said.

Armstrong should retain his lead through to the final stage in two days time, as both remaining stages are pretty straightforward. Wednesday will feature a 166.8km ride between Sion and Lausanne with one climb, the Col des Mosses, 90km from the finish.

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Results

Tour of Switzerland, Stage 8. June 26.
1. Lance Armstrong (USA), U.S. Postal, 25.1 km in 47:18
2. Gilberto Simoni (I), Lampre-Daikin, 48:43.
3. Tyler Hamilton (EU), U.S. Postal 48:44.
4. Georg Totschnig (A), Gerolsteiner 48:51.
5. Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo, 49:16.
6. Alexandre Vinkourov (Kaz), Telekom, 49:21.
7. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis, 49:35.
8. Stefano Garzelli (I), Mapei-Quick Step, 49:57.
9. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank, 49:58.
10. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Post Swiss, 50:05.
11. Laurent Jalabert (F), CSC-World Online, 50:09.
12. Udo Bolts (All), Telekom, 50:31.
13. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre-Daikin, 50:33.
14. Manuel Beltran (Sp), Mapei-Quick Step, 50:49.
15. Inigo Cuesta (Sp), Cofidis, 51:07.
Others:
73. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus), U.S. Postal Service, 54:59.13
76. George Hincapie (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 55:13.65
100. Christian Vande Velde (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 56:42.82

General Classification
1. Lance Armstrong (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 26:58:35.
2. Gilberto Simoni (I), Lampre-Daikin at 1:02.
3. Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:34.
4. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank, at 2:47.
5. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Telekom, at 2:48.
6. Georg Totschnig (Aut), Gerolsteiner, at 2:58.
7. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre-Daikin, at 3:30.
8. Manuel Beltran (Sp), Mapei-Quick Step, at 3:37.
9. Laurent Jalabert (F), CSC-World Online, at 3:46.
10. Daniel Schnider (Swi), La Française des Jeux, at 5:51.
11. Inigo Cuesta (Sp), Cofidis, at 6:13.
12. Daniel Atienza (Sp), Cofidis, at 6:16.
13. Tyler Hamilton (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 7:23.
14. Udo Bolts (G), Telekom, at 7:52.
15. Oskar Camenzind (Swi), Lampre-Daikin, at 8:48.
Others:
34. Christian Vande Velde (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 25:39
49. George Hincapie (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 34:03
83. Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus), U.S. Postal Service, at 51:46