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By VeloNews Interactive , Copyright AFP 2001
Fabian De Waele of the Lotto-Adecco team won the 227km first stage of the Dauphiné Libéré in Bron, France, on Monday. Prologue winner Didier Rous, a member of the Festina team ejected from the 1998 Tour de France for doping, retained the overall leader’s jersey after winning Sunday’s prologue. Rous now rides for the French Bonjour team.
De Waele, a 26-year-old Belgian, won the stage in a sprint, holding off the challenges of Damien Nazon (Francaise des Jeux) and veteran Christophe Agnolutto (AG2R), who had tried to make a break for it on the final approach.
DAUPHINE LIBERE, France. June 10-17.
1. Fabien De Waele (B), Lotto-Adecco, 227km in 5:56:0 (avg. 38.257 kph); 2. Damien Nazon (F), Francaise des Jeux; 3. Glen Magnusson (S), Domo-Farm Frites; 4. Christophe Capelle (F), BigMat; 5. Andrei Tchmil (B), Lotto-Adecco; 6. Jimmy Casper (F), Francaise des Jeux; 7. Bradley McGee (Aus), Francaise des Jeux; 8. Candido Barbosa (Por), iBanesto.com; 9. Laurent Brochard (F), Jean Delatour; 10. Carlos Dacruz (F), Festina, all s.t.
39. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole, s.t.