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Hincapie wins Dauphiné prologue

Discovery Channel's George Hincapie has won the prologue of the 57th editionof the Dauphiné Libéré, a 7.9-kilometer individual time trial in Aix-les-Bains. Hincapie surprised prologue specialists with a winning time of 9:55 for the 7.9km individual time trial held in hot temperatures in the historic spa town. Four Americans broke into the top five on Sunday, with Hincapie besting Gerolsteiner's Levi Leipheimer by one second. Phonak's Floyd Landis took fourth, bettering Hincapie's teammate Lance Armstrong by one second. Andrey Kashechkin, of Credit Agricole, upstaged his

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By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press

Photo: Graham Watson

Discovery Channel’s George Hincapie has won the prologue of the 57th editionof the Dauphiné Libéré, a 7.9-kilometer individual time trial in Aix-les-Bains.

Hincapie surprised prologue specialists with a winning time of 9:55 for the 7.9km individual time trial held in hot temperatures in the historic spa town.

Four Americans broke into the top five on Sunday, with Hincapie besting Gerolsteiner’s Levi Leipheimer by one second. Phonak’s Floyd Landis took fourth, bettering Hincapie’s teammate Lance Armstrong by one second.

Andrey Kashechkin, of Credit Agricole, upstaged his Kazakh compatriot Alexandre Vinokourov, of T-Mobile, by finishing in third to complete a podium in which all the riders were alone in finishing under the 10-minute mark.

Vinokourov, a possible challenger to Armstrong in the Tour de France this July, finished in 12th at 14secs behind Hincapie.

Leipheimer earns second

Leipheimer earns second

Photo: Graham Watson

Armstrong, riding the crucial seven-stage Tour de France warm-up ahead of his bid for a seventh yellow jersey in July, finished fifth at six seconds behind his long-time teammate and friend Hincapie – who is more known for his one-day classics riding.

Armstrong later revealed that one of his feet unclipped from one of his pedals as he rode up the tough 1.9km climb which the 160-strong field had to negotiate immediately.Full Results

“I’m not really specialized in prologue any more,” said Armstrong, who is planning to retire from cycling after the Tour de France. “Today I was conservative in the climb, and then there was a lot of headwind in the finish. But that’s okay.”

Hincapie was a second ahead of Leipheimer and three ahead of Kashechkin. Landis was timed in 10 minutes and Armstrong in 10:01.

Kashechkin

Kashechkin

Photo: Graham Watson

“That’s the first time I’ve beaten Lance in a time trial,” Hincapie said. “It’s very special for me.”

Armstrong said he was not disappointed with his own performance.

“It’s a short explosive effort and when you get old, you know what happens,” he said. “In the last few years I didn’t do good prologues. The prologue of the last Tour was an exception. I had a super day that day.”

He praised Hincapie as a versatile rider.

“It was a good course for him with a hard climb, tricky downhill,” Armstrong said. “He’s very good in the bike, very fast on the downhill.”

Two riders – Isidro Nozal of the Liberty Seguros and Michele Scotto d’Abusco of Lampre-Caffita – were banned from the race after failing blood tests. Nozal finished in seventh place at the Vuelta a Espana last September and 73rd at the Tour de France.

Monday’s first stage is a mostly flat 139-mile route from Aix-les-Bains to Givors. Later in the week, there will be testing mountain ascents, including the revered Mont Ventoux on Thursday.

Climbing is traditionally one of Armstrong’s strong points. His rivals most likely will have a good indication of his form after Mont Ventoux.

Armstrong appears to be on track

Armstrong appears to be on track

Photo: Graham Watson

“I have a lot of respect and fear for that mountain,” Armstrong said. “I better keep it like that.” Wednesday’s 47km individual race against the clock should also be more to Armstrong’s liking, and he added: “That will be different. It’s not the same type of effort or the same average speed.” Armstrong is bidding for a seventh consecutive yellow jersey on the July 2-24 Tour and the Dauphine, which he has won in 2002 and 2003, will tell him, and the world, exactly where his form is.

Having announced his retirement two months ago, the Tour’s biggest champion will perhaps come under the spotlight this year more than most. Sunday’s performance seems to indicate his preparation is right on track.

Full Results Top five
1. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery, 9:55
2. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Gerolsteiner, 9:56
3. Andrey Kashechkin (Kz), Crédit Agricole, 9:58
4. Floyd Landis (USA), Phonak 10:00
5. Lance Armstrong (USA), Discovery,: 10:01

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Results

Results – Prologue, Dauphiné Libéré
1. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery Channel, 9:55

2. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Gerolsteiner, 9:56

3. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Credit Agricole, 9:58

4. Floyd Landis (USA), Phonak, 10:00

5. Lance Armstrong (USA), Discovery Channel, 10:01

6. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Phonak, 10:02

7. Alberto Contador (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 10:04

8. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, 10:08

9. Ivan Gutierrez (Sp), Illes Balears

10. Francisco Lara Ruiz (Sp), T-Mobile, 10:09

11. Santiago Botero (Col), Phonak

12. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), T-Mobile

13. Rik Verbrugghe (B), Quickstep, 10:11

14. Christophe Moreau (F), Credit Agricole, 10:12

15. Massimo Giunti (I), Fassa Bortolo, 10:13

16. Nick Nuyens (B), Quickstep

17. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank

18. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, 10:14

19. Erik Dekker (Nl), Rabobank

20. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, 10:16

21. David Canada (Sp), Saunier Duval

22. Sergio Paulinho (P), Liberty Seguros

23. Robert Hunter (RSA), Phonak, 10:17

24. Nicki Sorensen (Dk), CSC

25. Mikel Astarloza (Sp), Ag2r Prevoyance

26. Nicolas Jalabert (F), Phonak

27. Roberto Heras (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 10:18

28. Jerome Pineau (F), Bouygues Telecom

29. Didier Rous (F), Bouygues Telecom, 10:19

30. Benjamin Noval (Sp), Discovery Channel

31. Marzio Bruseghin (I), Fassa Bortolo

32. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Discovery Channel

33. Luke Roberts (Aus), CSC

34. Andreas Kloden (G), T-Mobile

35. Igor Gonzalez De Gal (Sp), Liberty Seguros

36. Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor), CSC, 10:20

37. Stuart O'Grady (Aus), Cofidis

38. Enrico Gasparotto (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

39. Samuel Dumoulin (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 10:21

40. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Lampre

41. Brian Vandborg (Dk), CSC

42. Sebastian Lang (G), Gerolsteiner

43. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole, 10:22

44. Jose Gomez Marchante (Sp), Saunier Duval

45. Nicolas Fritsch (F), Saunier Duval, 10:24

46. Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Domina Vacanze

47. Pedro Horrillo (Sp), Rabobank

48. Joost Posthuma (Nl), Rabobank

49. Nicolas Vogondy (F), Credit Agricole

50. Magnus Backstedt (Swe), Liquigas-Bianchi

51. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, 10:25

52. Jose Luis Rubiera (Sp), Discovery Channel

53. Jose Gutierrez (Sp), Phonak, 10:26

54. Bram Tankink (Nl), Quickstep

55. Cyril Dessel (F), Ag2r Prevoyance

56. Torsten Hiekmann (G), T-Mobile, 10:27

57. Alessandr Cortinovis (I), Domina Vacanze

58. Philippe Gilbert (B), Francaise des Jeux

59. Jorg Jaksche (G), Liberty Seguros, 10:28

60. Inigo Landaluze (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

61. Jose Azevedo (P), Discovery Channel, 10:29

62. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), T-Mobile, 10:30

63. Daniele Becke (G), Illes Balears

64. Frederic Finot (F), Francaise des Jeux, 10:31

65. Manuel Quinziato (I), Saunier Duval

66. Enrico Franzoi (I), Lampre

67. Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz), T-Mobile, 10:32

68. Pieter Weening (Nl), Rabobank

69. Anthony Charteau (F), Bouygues Telecom, 10:33

70. Giovanni Visconti (I), Domina Vacanze

71. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak, 10:34

72. Sebastien Joly (F), Credit Agricole

73. Paolo Bossoni (I), Fassa Bortolo

74. Uwe Peschel (G), Gerolsteiner

75. Iker Camano (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

76. Maryan Hary (F), Bouygues Telecom

77. Sergio Ghisalberti (I), Domina Vacanze, 10:35

78. Xabie Zandio Echaide (Sp), Illes Balears

79. Sylvain Calzati (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 10:36

80. Frederic Bessy (F), Cofidis

81. Sylvain Chavanel (F), Cofidis

82. Massimo Codol (I), Fassa Bortolo

83. Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Davitamon-Lotto

84. Stephane Goubert (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 10:37

85. Christian Vandevelde (USA), CSC

86. Gianluca Sironi (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

87. Stijn Devolder (B), Discovery Channel, 10:38

88. Francisco Mancebo (Sp), Illes Balears

89. Mario Aerts (B), Davitamon-Lotto, 10:39

90. Torsten Schmidt (G), Gerolsteiner

91. Matej Jurco (SVK), Domina Vacanze, 10:40

92. Manuel Calvente (Sp), CSC

93. Allan Davis (Aus), Liberty Seguros, 10:41

94. Mikel Pradera (Sp), Illes Balears, 10:42

95. Axel Merckx (B), Davitamon-Lotto

96. Christophe Edaleine (F), Cofidis

97. Elia Rigotto (I), Domina Vacanze

98. Marc Wauters (B), Rabobank

99. Christophe Mengin (F), Francaise des Jeux, 10:43

100. Benoit Vaugrenard (F), Francaise des Jeux, 10:44

101. Gerben Lowik (Nl), Rabobank

102. Juan Miguel Mercado (Sp), Quickstep

103. Jose Pecharroman (Sp), Quickstep

104. David Arroyo (Sp), Illes Balears, 10:46

105. Serge Baguet (B), Davitamon-Lotto

106. Mauro Gerosa (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

107. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Quickstep

108. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner

109. Bernhard Kohl (A), T-Mobile

110. Marcos Serrano (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 10:47

111. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), Domina Vacanze

112. Jimmy Engoulvent (F), Cofidis, 10:48

113. Preben Van Hecke (B), Davitamon-Lotto

114. Johan Vansummeren (B), Davitamon-Lotto

115. Mauro Facci (I), Fassa Bortolo

116. Inigo Chaurreau (Sp), Ag2r Prevoyance

117. Pierrick Fedrigo (F), Bouygues Telecom

118. Janek Tombak (Est), Cofidis, 10:49

119. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe), Francaise des Jeux

120. Nicola Loda (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

121. Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe), Liquigas-Bianchi

122. Christian Werner (G), T-Mobile, 10:50

123. Gianluca Bortolami (I), Lampre

124. Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr), Lampre, 10:51

125. Alessand Spezialetti (I), Lampre

126. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2r Prevoyance, 10:52

127. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Credit Agricole

128. Roberto Petito (I), Fassa Bortolo, 10:53

129. Anthony Geslin (F), Bouygues Telecom

130. Wim Van Huffel (B), Davitamon-Lotto

131. Nicolas Portal (F), Ag2r Prevoyance

132. Manuel Beltran (Sp), Discovery Channel, 10:54

133. Jose Garcia Acosta (Sp), Illes Balears

134. Fuentes (LAM), 164

135. Michael Boogerd (Nl), Rabobank, 10:55

136. Rafael Nuritdinov (UZB), Domina Vacanze

137. Remy Di Gregorio (F), Francaise des Jeux, 10:57

138. Pierre Drancourt (F), Bouygues Telecom

139. Oscar Mason (I), Liquigas-Bianchi

140. Benoit Poilvet (F), Credit Agricole

141. Aitor Silloniz (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 10:58

142. Constantino Zaballa (Sp), Saunier Duval, 10:59

143. Jose Cayetano Julia (Sp), Illes Balears, 11:02

144. Marco Serpellini (I), Gerolsteiner

145. Yohann Gene (F), Bouygues Telecom, 11:03

146. Rafael Casero (Sp), Saunier Duval

147. Mickael Delage (F), Francaise des Jeux

148. Joseba Zubeldia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 11:04

149. Damien Nazon (F), Credit Agricole, 11:05

150. Francis Mourey (F), Francaise des Jeux, 11:06

151. Devis Miorin (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, 11:07

152. Giosue Bonomi (I), Lampre, 11:11

153. Angel Edo (Sp), Saunier Duval

154. Koldo Fernandez (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 11:13

155. Josu Silloniz (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, 11:17

156. Jakob Piil (Dk), CSC, 11:23

157. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr), Fassa Bortolo, 11:33

158. Luca Paolini (I), Quickstep, 11:57

159. Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col), Davitamon-Lotto, 11:58

160. Heinrich Haussler (G), Gerolsteiner, 12:14