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Leipheimer takes over Route du Sud

Rabobank's American co-captain for the TOur de France, Levi Leipheimer, appears to be coming into form at just the right time as he took over control of the 2002 Route du Sud on Monday. With one stage remaining, Leipheimer assumed the overall lead by 50 seconds after winning a short but tough mountainous time trial from Aston to the Plateau de Beille. Leipheimer beat second-placed Aitor Kintana (BigMat) by 48 seconds as he averaged 23 kph over the 18 km course that ended with the 1200 meter climb to the top of the Plateau. Cofidis’s David Millar finished the day in third place at 55 seconds

By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002

Rabobank’s American co-captain for the TOur de France, Levi Leipheimer, appears to be coming into form at just the right time as he took over control of the 2002 Route du Sud on Monday. With one stage remaining, Leipheimer assumed the overall lead by 50 seconds after winning a short but tough mountainous time trial from Aston to the Plateau de Beille.

Leipheimer beat second-placed Aitor Kintana (BigMat) by 48 seconds as he averaged 23 kph over the 18 km course that ended with the 1200 meter climb to the top of the Plateau. Cofidis’s David Millar finished the day in third place at 55 seconds and his teammate Andrei Kivilev, winner of last year’s event, took fourth at 1:05.

Leipheimer sits 50 seconds ahead of Zarate in the overall standings, but probably faces his biggest threat fromt he fourth-placed Kivilev.

The Kazahk from Cofidis is staking his hopes for a Route du Sud repat on the final 1450-meter finishing climb to d’Ax-les-Thermes, that caps off Tuesday’s final stage.

Results

1. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Rabobank, 18km in 47:08 (23.042 kph);
2. Aitor Kintana Zarate (Sp), Big Mat, at 0:48;
3. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, at 0:55;
4. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz), Cofidis, at 1:05;
5. Stéphane Goubert (F), Jean-Delatour, at 1:16;
6. Dariusz Baranowski (Pol), iBanesto.com, at 1:30;
7. Dave Bruylandts (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 1:34;
8. Felix M: Garcia Casas (Sp), Big Mat, at 2:05;
9. Koldo Gil Perez (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 2:14;
10. Jean-Cyril Robin (F), La Française des Jeux, at 2:17;
11. Tomas Konecny (Cz), Domo-Farm Frites, at 2:18;
12. Thomas Brozyna (Pol), iBanesto.com, at 2:31;
13. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 2:42;
14. Juan Miguel Mercado Martin (Sp), iBanesto.com;
15. Laurent Brochard (F), Jean-Delatour, at 2:43;
16. Jens Voigt (G), Crédit Agricole, at 2:45;
17. Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 2:46;
18. Nicolas Vogondy (F), La Française des Jeux, at 2:53;
19. Serguei Gontchar (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 3:03;
20. José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 3:13;
21. Bradley Mcgee (Aus), La Française des Jeux, at 3:13;
22. Grischa Niermann (G), Rabobank, at 3:31;
23. Christophe Oriol (F), Ag2r, at 3:32;
24. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), Crédit Agricole, at 3:34;
25. Xavier Jan (F), Big Mat, at 3:39;
26. Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Sp), Ag2r, at 3:43;
27. Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Sp), Ag2r, at 3:48;
28. Axel Merckx (B), Domo-Farm Frites;
29. Benoît Poilvet (F), Crédit Agricole, at 4:02;
30. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2r, at 4:03;
31. Cédric Vasseur (F), Cofidis, at 4:05;
32. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Ag2r;
33. Santiago Blanco Gil (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 4:10;
34. Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Sp), iBanesto.com 4:17;
35. Matthias Kessler (G), Telekom, at 4:19;
36. Patrice Halgand (F), Jean-Delatour, at 4:20;
37. Sébastien Talabardon (F), Big Mat, at 4:24;
38. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, at 4:31;
39. Thomas Bodo (F), La Française des Jeux, at 4:36;
40. Guido Trentin (I), Cofidis, at 4:42;
41. Serge Baguet (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 4:44;
42. Christopher Jenner (F), Crédit Agricole, at 4:48;
43. Olivier Asmaker (F), CSC-Tiscali, at 4:49;
44. Christophe Laurent (F), Jean-Delatour, at 4:49;
45. Stéphane Berges (F), Ag2r, at 4:59;
46. Addy Engels (Nl), Rabobank, at 5:04;
47. Walter Bénéteau (F), Bonjour, at 5:06;
48. Frédéric Bessy (F), Crédit Agricole, at 5:10;
49. Laurent Estadieu (F), Ag2r, at 5:22;
50. Fabrice Salanson (F), Bonjour, at 5:23;
51. Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 5:24;
52. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 5:39;
53. Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 5:51;
54. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Crédit Agricole, at 5:53;
55. Matthé Pronk (Nl), Rabobank, at 5:59;
56. Lylian Lebreton (F), Big Mat, at 6:10;
57. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 6:19;
58. Nico Mattan (B), Cofidis, at 6:20;
59. Christophe Brandt (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 6:31;
60. Michael Blaudzun (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 6:36;
61. Alexei Sivakov (Rus), Big Mat, at 6:39;
62. Paul Van Hyfte (B), CSC-Tiscali, at 6:42;
63. Frédéric Guesdon (F), La Française des Jeux, at 6:43;
64. Emmanuel Magnien (F), Bonjour, at 6:49;
65. Claude Lamour (F), Cofidis, at 6:55;
66. Bram De Groot (Nl), Rabobank, at 6:58;
67. Cyril Saugrain (F), Big Mat, at 7:07;
68. Tom Stremersch (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 7:14;
69. Baden Cooke (Aus), La Française des Jeux, at 7:15;
70. Médéric Clain (F), Cofidis, at 7:34;
71. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole, at 7:35;
72. Rinaldo Nocentini (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 7:36;
73. Pablo Lastras Garcia (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 7:40;
74. Robert Bartko (G), Telekom, at 7:42;
75. Bruno Thibout (F), Jean-Delatour, at 7:42;
76. Nicolas Portal (F), Ag2r, at 7:43;
77. Jens Heppner (G), Telekom, at 7:44;
78. Damien Nazon (F), Bonjour, at 7:49;
79. Mickael Pichon (F), Bonjour, at 7:50;
80. François Simon (F), Bonjour, at 7:53;
81. Stéphane Auge (F), Jean-Delatour, at 8:08;
82. Bram Tankink (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 8:13;
83. Nicolas Jalabert (F), CSC-Tiscali, at 8:17;
84. Bradley Wiggins (GB), La Française des Jeux, at 8:20;
85. Ief Verbrugghe (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 8:22;
86. David Kopp (G), Telekom, at 8:23;
87. Jérôme Pineau (F), Bonjour, at 8:25;
88. Denis Zanette (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 8:38;
89. Stefan Schumacher (G), Telekom, at 8:42;
90. Thomas Voeckler (F), Bonjour, at 8:44;
91. Ronald Mutsaars (Nl), Rabobank, at 8:55;
92. Servais Knaven (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 9:07;
93. Sébastien Hinault (F), Crédit Agricole, at 9:20;
94. Coen H: Boerman (Nl), Rabobank, at 9:41;
95. Gilles Bouvard (F), Jean-Delatour, at 9:44;
96. Dirk Reichl (G), Telekom, at 10:08;
97. Janek Tombak (Est), Cofidis, at 10:36;
98. Gorik Gardeyn (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 10:44;
99. Erik Dekker (Nl), Rabobank, at 10:49;
100. Aart Vierhouten (Nl), Lotto-Adecco, at 11:04;
101. Raphael Jeune (F), CSC-Tiscali, at 11:58;
102. Stefan Van Dijk (Nl), Lotto-Adecco, at 12:02;
103. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 13:14;
104. Régis Lhullier (F), La Française des Jeux, at 14:09;

OVERALL AFTER THREE STAGES

1. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Rabobank, at 9:29:29;
2. Aitor Kintana Zarate (Sp), Big Mat, at 0:50;
3. David Millar (GB), Cofidis, at 0:57;
4. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz), Cofidis, at 1:07;
5. Stéphane Goubert (F), Jean-Delatour, at 1:18;
6. Dariusz Baranowski (Pol), iBanesto.com, at 1:32;
7. Dave Bruylandts (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 1:36;
8. Felix M: Garcia Casas (Sp), Big Mat, at 2:07;
9. Koldo Gil Perez (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 2:16;
10. Jean-Cyril Robin (F), La Française des Jeux, at 2:19;
11. Tomas Konecny (Cz), Domo-Farm Frites, at 2:20;
12. Thomas Brozyna (Pol), iBanesto.com, at 2:32;
13. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 2:44;
14. Laurent Brochard (F), Jean-Delatour, at 2:45;
15. Jens Voigt (G), Crédit Agricole, at 2:47;
16. Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 2:48;
17. Nicolas Vogondy (F), La Française des Jeux, at 2:50;
18. Serguei Gontchar (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 3:05;
19. Juan Miguel Mercado Martin (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 3:06;
20. José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 3:15;
21. Bradley Mcgee (Aus), La Française des Jeux, at 3:15;
22. Grischa Niermann (G), Rabobank, at 3:33;
23. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), Crédit Agricole, at 3:36;
24. Axel Merckx (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 3:50;
25. Cédric Vasseur (F), Cofidis, at 4:04;
26. Benoît Poilvet (F), Crédit Agricole, at 4:04;
27. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Ag2r, at 4:07;
28. Santiago Blanco Gil (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 4:12;
29. Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Sp), iBanesto.com 4:19;
30. Christophe Oriol (F), Ag2r, at 4:20;
31. Matthias Kessler (G), Telekom, at 4:21;
32. Patrice Halgand (F), Jean-Delatour, at 4:22;
33. Sébastien Talabardon (F), Big Mat, at 4:26;
34. Xavier Jan (F), Big Mat, at 4:27;
35. Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Sp), Ag2r, at 4:31;
36. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Telekom, at 4:33;
37. Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Sp), Ag2r, at 4:36;
38. Guido Trentin (I), Cofidis, at 4:44;
39. Christopher Jenner (F), Crédit Agricole, at 4:50;
40. Christophe Laurent (F), Jean-Delatour, at 4:51;
41. Walter Bénéteau (F), Bonjour, at 5:08;
42. Frédéric Bessy (F), Crédit Agricole, at 5:12;
43. Olivier Asmaker (F), CSC-Tiscali, at 5:13;
44. Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 5:26;
45. Max Van Heeswijk (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 5:31;
46. Stéphane Berges (F), Ag2r, at 5:32;
47. Stuart O’Grady (Aus), Crédit Agricole, at 5:43;
48. Thomas Bodo (F), La Française des Jeux, at 5:44;
49. Serge Baguet (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 5:52;
50. Matthé Pronk (Nl), Rabobank, at 6:00;
51. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 6:21;
52. Nico Mattan (B), Cofidis, at 6:22;
53. Laurent Estadieu (F), Ag2r, at 6:26;
54. Michael Blaudzun (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 6:38
55. Alexei Sivakov (Rus), Big Mat, at 6:41;
56. Frédéric Guesdon (F), La Française des Jeux, at 6:45;
57. Bram De Groot (Nl), Rabobank, at 7:00;
58. Baden Cooke (Aus), La Française des Jeux, at 7:11;
59. Koos Moerenhout (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 7:21;
60. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole, at 7:30;
61. Damien Nazon (F), Bonjour, at 7:33;
62. Médéric Clain (F), Cofidis, at 7:36;
63. Claude Lamour (F), Cofidis, at 7:38;
64. Christophe Brandt (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 7:39;
65. Bruno Thibout (F), Jean-Delatour, at 7:44;
66. Jens Heppner (G), Telekom, at 7:46;
67. Tom Stremersch (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 7:57;
68. Robert Bartko (G), Telekom, at 8:15;
69. David Kopp (G), Telekom, at 8:25;
70. Lylian Lebreton (F), Big Mat, at 8:30;
71. Cyril Saugrain (F), Big Mat, at 8:37;
72. François Simon (F), Bonjour, at 9:01;
73. Denis Zanette (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 9:02;
74. Stefan Schumacher (G), Telekom, at 9:06;
75. Addy Engels (Nl), Rabobank, at 9:07;
76. Nicolas Portal (F), Ag2r, at 9:08;
77. Servais Knaven (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 9:09;
78. Paul Van Hyfte (B), CSC-Tiscali, at 9:18;
79. Sébastien Hinault (F), Crédit Agricole, at 9:22;
80. Stéphane Auge (F), Jean-Delatour, at 9:38;
81. Ief Verbrugghe (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 9:52;
82. Gilles Bouvard (F), Jean-Delatour, at 10:08;
83. Nicolas Jalabert (F), CSC-Tiscali, at 10:33;
84. Janek Tombak (Est), Cofidis, at 10:38;
85. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2r, at 10:44;
86. Gorik Gardeyn (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 10:46;
87. Pablo Lastras Garcia (Sp), iBanesto.com, at 11:02;
88. Bram Tankink (Nl), Domo-Farm Frites, at 11:35;
89. Stefan Van Dijk (Nl), Lotto-Adecco, at 11:58;
90. Rinaldo Nocentini (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 12:19;
91. Bradley Wiggins (GB), La Française des Jeux, at 12:23;
92. Dirk Reichl (G), Telekom, at 12:24;
93. Raphael Jeune (F), CSC-Tiscali, at 12:39;
94. Emmanuel Magnien (F), Bonjour, at 13:37;
95. Coen H: Boerman (Nl), Rabobank, at 14:33;
96. Aart Vierhouten (Nl), Lotto-Adecco, at 15:16;
97. Régis Lhullier (F), La Française des Jeux, at 15:54;
98. Ronald Mutsaars (Nl), Rabobank, at 16:20;
99. Thomas Voeckler (F), Bonjour, at 17:37;
100. Erik Dekker (Nl), Rabobank, at 17:44;
101. Fabrice Salanson (F), Bonjour, at 18:31;
102. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 19:13;
103. Mickael Pichon (F), Bonjour, at 19:27;
104. Jérôme Pineau (F), Bonjour, at 22:30;