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Sanchez seizes lead at Med Tour after Caisse d’Epargne wins TTT

Caisse d'Epargne won stage two of the 36th Tour Méditerranéen on Wednesday, and Spaniard Luis Sanchez took over the leader’s yellow jersey from Belarussian sprinter Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux). The American Garmin-Slipstream squad took second in the 25km team time trial between Narbonne and Gruissan, with Barloworld third.

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By Agence France Presse

2009 Tour Méditerranéen: Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux) takes the opening stage.

Photo: AFP

Caisse d’Epargne won stage two of the 36th Tour Méditerranéen on Wednesday, and Spaniard Luis Sanchez took over the leader’s yellow jersey from Belarussian sprinter Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux).

The American Garmin-Slipstream squad took second in the 25km team time trial between Narbonne and Gruissan, with Barloworld third.

Sanchez took the lead from Hutarovich, who won the morning’s opening stage, a 100km race from Beziers to Narbonne. The 26-year-old Belarussian sprinter beat two former winners of Tour de France stages — South African Robbie Hunter (Barloworld) and Frenchman Jimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures).

Results

Stage 1
1. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr), Française des Jeux,, 100km in 2:08:57 (38.154 km/h)
2. Jimmy Casper (F), Besson Chaussures–Sojasun, s.t.
3. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld, s.t.
4. Matthieu Drujon (F), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
5. Aart Vierhouten (Ned), Vacansoleil, s.t.
6. Stéphane Bonsergent (F), Bretagne Schuller, s.t.
7. Enrico Rossi (I), Ceramica Flaminia-Bossi, s.t.
8. Diego Milan (Sp), Acqua e Sapone-Caffe Mokam, s.t.
9. Sébastien Portal (F), Cofidis, s.t.
10. Giuseppe Palumbo (I), Acqua e Sapone-Caffe Mokam, s.t.

Stage 2
1. Caisse d’Epargne, 23.8km in 28:46
2. Garmin, at 0:03
3. Barloworld, at 0:05
4. Française des Jeux, at 0:34
5. Bouygues Telecom, at 0:40
6. AG2R at 0:42
7. Vacansoleil, at 0:51
8. Skil, at 1:18
9. Agritubel, at 1:20
10. Cofidis, at 1:21

Overall (after 2 stages)
1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, 2:37:43
2. Daniel Moreno (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
3. Ivan Guttierrez (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
4. Imanol Erviti (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
5. Matthieu Perget (F), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
6. Oscar Pereiro (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
7. Anthony Charteau (F), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
8. Danny Pate (USA), Garmin-Slipstream, at 0:03.
9. Daniel Martin (Irl), Garmin-Slipstream, s.t.
10. David Millar (GB), Garmin-Slipstream, s.t.