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Phonak leads Moos to stage, puts Hamilton near win in Romandie

Tyler Hamilton’s Phonak team led the way in Friday’s “queen stage” of the 58th Tour de Romandie, delivering Alexandre Moos to the stage victory and the race leader’s jersey while positioning Hamilton perfectly for overall victory. It might have looked easy, but Team CSC and Saunier Duval made the home team sweat in the decisive two-climb 145km stage from Romont to Morgins high in the Swiss Alps along the Swiss-French border. Team CSC put four riders into the final group of about 20 riders hitting the final Category 1 summit finish to Morgins while Saunier Duval’s Leonardo Piepoli was doing

By Andrew Hood

Moos is ecstatic at his stage win

Moos is ecstatic at his stage win

Photo: Graham Watson

Tyler Hamilton’s Phonak team led the way in Friday’s “queen stage” of the 58th Tour de Romandie, delivering Alexandre Moos to the stage victory and the race leader’s jersey while positioning Hamilton perfectly for overall victory.

It might have looked easy, but Team CSC and Saunier Duval made the home team sweat in the decisive two-climb 145km stage from Romont to Morgins high in the Swiss Alps along the Swiss-French border.

Team CSC put four riders into the final group of about 20 riders hitting the final Category 1 summit finish to Morgins while Saunier Duval’s Leonardo Piepoli was doing his best to shake Hamilton with a string of attacks starting with 9km to go.

But the Phonak team – racing on home soil and motivated to show the world it can support a rider of Hamilton’s stature – came through with a dramatic performance.

After reeling in a breakaway that held a gap over the day’s first Cat. 1 climb, the team played perfect tactics on the final climb to Morgins. Phonak had four riders in the lead group with 12km to go just as a bright Swiss sun broke out.

The decisive move came when Moos attacked with 4km to go to drop Ivan Basso (CSC) and Fabian Jeker (Saunier Duval). Piepoli immediately followed, but Hamilton played coy, waiting a few moments before easily bridging out.

Defending champ Hamilton shows his strength

Defending champ Hamilton shows his strength

Photo: Graham Watson

The trio chugged to the finish line, with the always-generous Hamilton letting Moos fight it out with Piepoli for the stage. Moos came through victorious and snatched the leader’s jersey after prologue winner Brad McGee (FDJeux.com) wilted under the attacks.

“I am really lucky. I had very good legs. I didn’t feel so good when the rain started, but as things began to dry off I got a big boost of confidence,” said Moos, who broke into tears moments after winning the stage.

With the time bonuses, Moos, who won a stage in the 2002 Tour de Suisse, takes a five-second lead over defending champion Hamilton. Piepoli moves into third overall at 18 seconds back. With one more mountain stage on tap Saturday and Sunday’s decisive individual time trial in Lausanne, Moos said the team will work to deliver Hamilton into overall victory.

“We got into position and set ourselves up tactically. I knew that the best place to attack was four kilometers from the finish. I looked for a wide spot, in order to prepare the attack of Hamilton. We had Piepoli in our grasp. The end is unbelievable,” said Moos. “Now my focus is to do everything I can to help Tyler to win the race.”

Basso sits in fourth place overall at 38 seconds back, but Team CSC sport director Sean Yates said Hamilton looks like he has the win in his legs.

“We tried to make it as hard as possible for Phonak today, but at the end of the day, they were just too strong for us,” Yates said. “I think Tyler will win now. You saw today he was very strong. When you look at Tyler, I think he’s (one of) the best in the world in the mountains and the time trials. Only Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich are better.”

Hamilton looked solid all day, easily spinning in the pedals as Piepoli unleashed a string of lethal attacks that splintered the lead bunch. A victory at Romandie would be a huge boost for Hamilton, who left Team CSC to lead the unproven Phonak team in July’s Tour de France.

McGee hung on until 5km to go and slipped to seventh overall at 56 seconds back. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola), a winner in Thursday’s stage, faded with 8km to go up the snaking climb.

Moos owns the podium today, but says the overall is for Hamilton

Moos owns the podium today, but says the overall is for Hamilton

Photo: Graham Watson

Tom Danielson (Fassa Bortolo) had a solid ride to come through 20th at 2:52 back in a group of five riders that also included Oscar Sevilla (Phonak). He moved into 24th overall at 5:19 back in his third major stage-race since joining Fassa Bortolo.

The 58th Tour de Romandie continues Saturday with the127.7km fourth stage starting and finishing in Sion. The course hits three Category 1 climbs, including the final climb with 27km to go. After a fast descent, it’s a flat 8km run into Sion for the finish.

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Results

Stage 3 Results
1. Moos Alexandre (Swi), Phonak, at 3:32:45

2. Piepoli Leonardo (I), Saunier Duval

3. Hamilton Tyler (USA), Phonak

4. Zülle Alex (Swi), Phonak, at 0:25

5. Cioni Dario (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:26

6. Jeker Fabian (Swi), Saunier Duval

7. Basso Ivan (I), CSC, at 0:30

8. Valjavec Tadej (SLO), Phonak

9. Mc Gee Bradley (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 0:58

10. Sorensen Nicki (Dk), CSC, at 1:23

11. Zampieri Steve (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

12. Mancebo Francisco (Sp), Illes Balears-Banesto

13. Etxebarria David (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:46

14. Szmyd Sylwester (Pol), Saeco, at 2:13

15. Pinotti Marco (I), Lampre

16. Totschnig Georg (A), Gerolsteiner

17. Jaksche Jörg (G), CSC

18. Belli Wladimir (I), Lampre, at 2:49

19. De Waele Bert (B), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 2:52

20. Danielson Tom (USA), Fassa Bortolo

21. Fritsch Nicolas (F), FDJeux.com

22. Gonzalez Gorka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

23. Sevilla Oscar (Sp), Phonak

24. Kostyuk Denis (Ukr), Chocolade Jacques, at 3:10

25. Loosli David (Swi), Saeco

26. Mori Manuele (I), Saunier Duval

27. Schnider Daniel (Swi), Phonak, at 3:27

28. Camano Iker (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

29. Martin Ludovic (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 3:38

30. Gadret John (F), Chocolade Jacques, at 4:12

31. Laiseka Roberto (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 4:22

32. Garzelli Stefano (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, at 4:26

33. Casar Sandy (F), FDJeux.com, at 4:48

34. Sastre Carlos (Sp), CSC, at 4:56

35. Verheyen Geert (B), Chocolade Jacques, at 5:08

36. Beuchat Roger (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

37. Lastras Garcia Pablo (Sp), Illes Balears-Banesto

38. Bertoletti Simone (I), Lampre

39. Ardila Cano Mauricio Alberto (Col), Chocolade Jacques

40. Bileka Volodymyr (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago

41. Goubert Stephane (F), Ag2R Prevoyance

42. Bourquenoud Pierre (Swi), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover

43. Gryschenko Ruslan (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 7:02

44. Chaurreau Iñigo (Sp), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 7:49

45. Aranaga Azkune Andoni (Sp), Chocolade Jacques

46. Albizu Joseba (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

47. Sabaliauskas Marius (Lit), Saeco

48. Krivtsov Yuriy (Ukr), Ag2R Prevoyance

49. Stangelj Gorazd (SLO), Saeco

50. Duma Vladimir (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago

51. Dumoulin Samuel (F), Ag2R Prevoyance

52. Gonzalez Jimenez Aitor (Sp), Fassa Bortolo

53. Milesi Marco (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

54. Bertogliati Rubens (Swi), Saunier Duval

55. Laurent Christophe (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 8:06

56. LÜttenberger Peter (Aus), CSC, at 9:50

57. Reynes Vicente (Sp), Illes Balears-Banesto, at 10:33

58. Horrach Rippoll Joan (Sp), Illes Balears-Banesto

59. Adyeyev Sergiy (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago

60. Blaudzun Michael (Dk), CSC, at 12:58

61. Schleck Frank (Lux), CSC

62. Sgambelluri Roberto (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

63. Calcagni Patrick (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

64. Facci Mauro (I), Fassa Bortolo

65. Piatek Zbigniew (Pol), Chocolade Jacques

66. Svorada Jan (Cz), Lampre

67. Scholz Ronny (G), Gerolsteiner

68. Lopez De Munain Alberto (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

69. Brard Florent (F), Chocolade Jacques

70. Zanotti Marco (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

71. Matzbacher Andreas (A), Saeco

72. Elmiger Martin (Swi), Phonak

73. Zaugg Oliver (Swi), Saunier Duval

74. Petacchi Alessandro (I), Fassa Bortolo

75. Gustov Volodymir (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo

76. Quinziato Manuel (I), Lampre

77. Piccoli Mariano (I), Lampre

78. Vaugrenard Benoit (F), FDJeux.com

79. Ordowski Volker (G), Gerolsteiner

80. Larsson Gustav Erik (SWE), Fassa Bortolo

81. Sanchez Pimienta Julian (Sp), Fassa Bortolo

82. Forester Robert (G), Gerolsteiner

83. Sanchez Fabien (F), FDJeux.com

84. Rudenko Maxim (Ukr), Chocolade Jacques

85. Camenzind Oscar (Swi), Phonak

86. Montgomery Sven (Swi), Gerolsteiner

87. Kvachuk Oleksandr (Ukr), Lampre

88. Calvente Manuel (Sp), CSC

89. Rinero Christophe (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover

90. Rodriguez Joaquin (Sp), Saunier Duval

91. Strazzer Massimo (I), Saunier Duval

92. Peschel Uwe (G), Gerolsteiner

93. Landaluze IÑigo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi

94. Vogondy Nicolas (F), FDJeux.com

95. Verstrepen Johan (B), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago

96. Seigneur Eddy (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover

97. Buffaz MickaËl (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover

98. Pollack Olaf (G), Gerolsteiner

99. Mourey Francis (F), FDJeux.com, at 15:10

100. Hardter Uwe (G), Gerolsteiner, at 20:24

101. Casagranda Stefano (I), Saeco, at 21:31

102. Radochla Steffen (G), Illes Balears-Banesto, at 22:25

103. Pagliarini Luciano (BRA), Lampre, at 22:56

104. Wilson Matthew (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 24:36

105. Oriol Christophe (F), Ag2R Prevoyance

106. Astarloza Mikel (Sp), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 24:45

107. Portal Nicolas (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 26:25

108. Bernard Jerome (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 27:12
DNF

Cheula Giampaolo (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola

Glomser Gerrit (A), Saeco

Overall
1. Moos Alexandre (Swi), Phonak

2. Hamilton Tyler (USA), Phonak, at 0:05

3. Piepoli Leonardo (I), Saunier Duval, at 0:18

4. Basso Ivan (I), CSC, at 0:38

5. Zülle Alex (Swi), Phonak, at 0:40

6. Jeker Fabian (Swi), Saunier Duval, at 0:44

7. Mc Gee Bradley (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 0:56

8. Valjavec Tadej (SLO), Phonak, at 0:58

9. Cioni Dario (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:07

10. Mancebo Francisco (Sp), Illes Balears-Banesto, at 1:42

11. SÖrensen Nicki (Dk), CSC, at 1:50

12. Zampieri Steve (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, at 1:53

13. Etxebarria David (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 2:08

14. Jaksche Jörg (G), CSC, at 2:31

15. Totschnig Georg (A), Gerolsteiner, at 2:35

16. Szmyd Sylwester (Pol), Saeco, at 2:50

17. Pinotti Marco (I), Lampre, at 2:52

18. De Waele Bert (B), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 3:14

19. Mori Manuele (I), Saunier Duval, at 3:26

20. Fritsch Nicolas (F), FDJeux.com, at 3:27

21. CamaÑo Iker (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:44

22. Garzelli Stefano (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, at 4:37

23. Sevilla Oscar (Sp), Phonak, at 5:17

24. Danielson Tom (USA), Fassa Bortolo, at 5:19

25. Gonzalez Gorka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 5:20

26. Sastre Carlos (Sp), CSC, at 5:21

27. Lastras Garcia Pablo (Sp), Illes Balears-Banesto, at 5:27

28. Kostyuk Denis (Ukr), Chocolade Jacques, at 5:35

29. Loosli David (Swi), Saeco, at 5:38

30. Schnider Daniel (Swi), Phonak, at 5:47

31. Martin Ludovic (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 6:03

32. Gadret John (F), Chocolade Jacques, at 6:45

33. Laiseka Roberto (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 6:48

34. Casar Sandy (F), FDJeux.com, at 7:11

35. Ardila Cano Mauricio Alberto (Col), Chocolade Jacques, at 7:34

36. Beuchat Roger (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, at 7:45

37. Goubert Stephane (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 7:53

38. Bertoletti Simone (I), Lampre, at 8:06

39. Gonzalez Jimenez Aitor (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, at 8:14

40. Sabaliauskas Marius (Lit), Saeco, at 8:29

41. Milesi Marco (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, at 10:15

42. Stangelj Gorazd (SLO), Saeco, at 10:15

43. Bertogliati Rubens (Swi), Saunier Duval, at 10:17

44. Duma Vladimir (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 10:18

45. Chaurreau Inigo (Sp), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 10:28

46. Lüttenberger Peter (Aus), CSC, at 12:18

47. Horrach Rippoll Joan (Sp), Illes Balears-Banesto, at 12:59

48. Adyeyev Sergiy (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 13:21

49. Camenzind Oscar (Swi), Phonak, at 15:21

50. Schleck Frank (Lux), CSC, at 15:21

51. Blaudzun Michael (Dk), CSC, at 15:23

52. Landaluze IÑigo (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 15:25

53. Montgomery Sven (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 15:28

54. Gustov Volodymir (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 15:29

55. Lopez De Munain Alberto (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 15:30

56. Rodriguez Joaquin (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 15:30

57. Scholz Ronny (G), Gerolsteiner, at 15:32

58. Calvente Manuel (Sp), CSC, at 15:32

59. Sanchez Pimienta Julian (Sp), Fassa Bortolo, at 15:34

60. Zaugg Oliver (Swi), Saunier Duval, at 15:35

61. Piatek Zbigniew (Pol), Chocolade Jacques, at 15:40

62. Svorada Jan (Cz), Lampre, at 15:50

63. Belli Wladimir (I), Lampre, at 17:07

64. Verheyen Geert (B), Chocolade Jacques, at 19:18

65. Bileka Volodymyr (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 19:20

66. Bourquenoud Pierre (Swi), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 19:23

67. Gryschenko Ruslan (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 21:24

68. Aranaga Azkune Andoni (Sp), Chocolade Jacques, at 21:57

69. Dumoulin Samuel (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 21:58

70. Laurent Christophe (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 22:18

71. Reynes Vicente (Sp), Illes Balears-Banesto, at 24:39

72. Albizu Joseba (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 25:41

73. Pollack Olaf (G), Gerolsteiner, at 26:53

74. Elmiger Martin (Swi), Phonak, at 26:58

75. Zanotti Marco (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, at 27:00

76. Sanchez Fabien (F), FDJeux.com, at 27:02

77. Piccoli Mariano (I), Lampre, at 27:05

78. Ordowski Volker (G), Gerolsteiner, at 27:07

79. Forster Robert (G), Gerolsteiner, at 27:07

80. Rudenko Maxim (Ukr), Chocolade Jacques, at 27:07

81. Petacchi Alessandro (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 27:07

82. Seigneur Eddy (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 27:09

83. Brard Florent (F), Chocolade Jacques, at 27:09

84. Rinero Christophe (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 27:09

85. Calcagni Patrick (Swi), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, at 27:09

86. Strazzer Massimo (I), Saunier Duval, at 27:10

87. Facci Mauro (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 27:10

88. Vogondy Nicolas (F), FDJeux.com, at 27:14

89. Matzbacher Andreas (A), Saeco, at 27:14

90. Peschel Uwe (G), Gerolsteiner, at 27:16

91. Buffaz MickaËl (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 27:16

92. Verstrepen Johan (B), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 27:17

93. Sgambelluri Roberto (I), Sidermec Vini Caldirola, at 27:19

94. Quinziato Manuel (I), Lampre, at 27:33

95. Larsson Gustav Erik (SWE), Fassa Bortolo, at 30:40

96. Vaugrenard Benoit (F), FDJeux.com, at 30:41

97. Krivtsov Yuriy (Ukr), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 31:57

98. Mourey Francis (F), FDJeux.com, at 34:18

99. Kvachuk Oleksandr (Ukr), Lampre, at 35:18

100. Hardter Uwe (G), Gerolsteiner, at 38:04

101. Casagranda Stefano (I), Saeco, at 39:18

102. Radochla Steffen (G), Illes Balears-Banesto, at 40:08

103. Pagliarini Luciano (BRA), Lampre, at 40:35

104. Bernard JerÔme (F), R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover, at 41:32

105. Astarloza Mikel (Sp), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 42:26

106. Wilson Matthew (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 43:24

107. Portal Nicolas (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 44:10

108. Oriol Christophe (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 52:42