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McEwen takes over lead at Etoile de Besseges

Australian Robbie McEwen took control of the Etoile de Besseges stage race in France Saturday with his second consecutive second-place finish in the five-day race. The Lotto-Adecco rider finished second to stage winner Jaan Kirsipuu. The AG2R sprinter took the 146.5km stage with a finishing time of 3:20:19. With the second-place finish, McEwen earned a time bonus that put him two seconds ahead of Italian Andrea Ferrigato, who led at the start of the day. For McEwen, who is in his first year with Lotto, it’s been a stellar start to the season. He had four stage wins at the Tour Down Under

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McEwen continues the early-season roll

McEwen continues the early-season roll

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Australian Robbie McEwen took control of the Etoile de Besseges stage race in France Saturday with his second consecutive second-place finish in the five-day race. The Lotto-Adecco rider finished second to stage winner Jaan Kirsipuu. The AG2R sprinter took the 146.5km stage with a finishing time of 3:20:19.

With the second-place finish, McEwen earned a time bonus that put him two seconds ahead of Italian Andrea Ferrigato, who led at the start of the day. For McEwen, who is in his first year with Lotto, it’s been a stellar start to the season. He had four stage wins at the Tour Down Under and took the sprinters’s jersey at the Australian stage race.

The Etoile concludes on Sunday.

Results

ETOILE DE BESSEGES, February 6-10. France.;;

Stage 4;;

1. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est), AG2R, 146.5km in 3:20:19 (avg. 43.75 kph); 2. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Lotto-Adecco; 3. Thor Hushovd (N), Credit Agricole; 4. Marcus Ljunqvist (S), Fakta; 5. Endrio Leoni (I), Alessio;;

Overall;;

1. McEwen, 13:27:05; 2. Ferrigato, at 0:02; 3. Lorenzo Bernucci (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 0:14; 4. Frederic Guesdon (F), La Francaise dews Jeux, at 0:24; 5. Hushovd, at 0:25.