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Jens Voigt of the Credit Agricole team succeeded Lance Armstrong as Grand Prix des Nations champion when he won the 74km time trial event in France Saturday. Voigt’s American teammate Jonathan Vaughters finished 15th, 4:20 off of the German’s winning time of 1:34:13. Hungarian Laszlo Bodrogi was second, 11 seconds back.
Last year, Armstrong cruised to victory in the Grand Prix des Nations while preparing for the 2000 Sydney Olympics in September. The three time Tour de France winner won that contest by 1:41.
GRAND PRIX DES NATIONS, Saint-Romain-de-Colbosc, France. September 23.;
1. Jens Voigt (G), Credit Agricole, 74 km in 1:34:13 (average 47.124 kph); 2. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun), Mapei, at 0:11; 3. Jean Nuttli (Swi), Phonak, at 0:39; 4. Uwe Peschel (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:52; 5. Florent Brard (F), Festina, at 1:18; 6. Thomas Liese (G), Nurnberger, at 1:25; 7. Ravis Belohvosciks (Lat), Lampre-Daikin, at 1:38; 8. Evgueni Petrov (Rus, Mapei, at 2:01; 9. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Lampre-Daikin, at 2:32; 10. Michael Blaudzun (Dk), CSC-World Online, at 2:36;;
15. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), Credit Agricole, at 4:20.