By Lennard Zinn
Oscar Camenzind outsprinted Davide Rebellin, David Etxebarria, Francesco Casagrande and Michael Boogerd in an exciting finish to the Ardennes classic, Liége-Bastogne-Liége. The Swiss Lampre-Daikin star followed the moves of the powerhouse Fassa Bortolo team of Casagrande and Raimondas Rumsas, who led in the bunch seconds after the first five. Another Fassa Bortolo rider, Dario Frigo, had been off the front for well over the hour in a group that shrunk from 13 down to six by the time it was caught with a mere 10km to go. Fassa Bortolo then lined the field out on the approach to the second-to-last climb, the Cote d’Ans, a mere 6km from the finish. Rumsas went to the front, Etxebarria (Euskaltel) attacked hard, and Casagrande came up to him with Rebellin (Liquigas), Camenzind and Boogerd . All five worked together on the descent and solidified their lead for the final two-kilometer climb to finish straight. Two attacks from Casagrande on the climb were enough only to dislodge Boogerd, and the Italian led into the flat 250-meter finish straight. Camenzind was next in line and Rebellin did not have enough gas to pass him.
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