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Lance wins Tour of Switzerland

Lance Armstrong became only the second American to win the Tour of Switzerland, 14 years after Andy Hampsten took the second of his consecutive victories. In Thursday's final stage, Armstrong finished safely in the main pack, some three minutes behind a five-man break that resulted in a stage win for Oskar Camenzind of Lampre-Daikin. Camenzind was defending champion of the Swiss tour, but this year played a support role to teammate Gillberto Simoni, who finshed second overall, 1:02 behind Armstrong. To win the 176km stage 10, out and back from Lausanne, Camenzind escaped with Frenchmen

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Simoni, Armstrong and Belli

Simoni, Armstrong and Belli

Photo: Graham Watson

Camenzind wins

Camenzind wins

Photo: Graham Watson

Lance Armstrong became only the second American to win the Tour of Switzerland, 14 years after Andy Hampsten took the second of his consecutive victories. In Thursday’s final stage, Armstrong finished safely in the main pack, some three minutes behind a five-man break that resulted in a stage win for Oskar Camenzind of Lampre-Daikin. Camenzind was defending champion of the Swiss tour, but this year played a support role to teammate Gillberto Simoni, who finshed second overall, 1:02 behind Armstrong.

To win the 176km stage 10, out and back from Lausanne, Camenzind escaped with Frenchmen Emmanuel Magnien of La Française des Jeux and Nicolas Jalabert of CSC-World Online, Russian Dmitri Konyshev of Fassa Bortolo and Luxembourger Christian Poos of Post Swiss. The pressure was on Camenzind as the Swiss riders had failed to win any of the previous stages in their national tour. And he made no mistake in the sprint, despite Jalabert making two sharp attacks in the final kilometer. His time gains pushed Camenzind into 11th place overall. The field sprint for sixth was taken by German Erik Zabel of Telekom, who Wednesday took his 16th win of the year.

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Results

Tour of Switzerland, Stage 10: Lausanne-Lausanne. June 28.
1. Oskar Camenzind (Swi), Lampre-Daikin, 175.9km in 3:56:18 (44.663 kph); 2. Emanuuel Magnien (F), La Française des Jeux ; 3. Christian Poos (Lux), Post Swiss; 4. Dmitri Konyshev (Rus), Fassa Bortolo; 5. Nicolas Jalabert (F), CSC-World Online, all s.t.; 6. Erik Zabel (G), Telekom, at 2:56; 7. Saulius Ruskys (Lit), Gerolsteiner; 8. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Rabobank; 9. Gerrit Glomser (A), Post Swiss; 10. Robert Hunter (SA), Lampre-Daikin, all s.t.

Final overall
1. Lance Artmstrong (USA), U.S. Postal Service, 1412.5km in 35:00:06 (40.355 kph); 2. Gilberto Simoni (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 1:02; 3. Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:34; 4. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank, at 2:47; 5. Alex Vinokourov (Kaz), Telekom, at 2:48; 6. Georg Totschnig (A), Gerolsteiner, at 2:58; 7. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre-Daikin, at 3:30; 8. Manujel Beltran (Sp), Mapei-Quick Step, at 3:37; 9. Laurent Jalabert (F), CSC-World Online, at 3:46; 10. Daniel Schneider (Swi), La Française des Jeux , at 5:51.

Others: 14. Tyler Hamilton (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 7:23; 34. Christian Vande Velde (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 25:30; 48. George Hincapie (USA), U.S. Postal Service, at 33:54; 66. Matt White (Aus), U.S. Postal Service, at 46:35