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McEwen scampers to Swiss win; Ullrich still leads Tour

Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) outsprinted a large group of finishers to win the second stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Sunday. Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) retained the overall lead after finishing in the main pack in the flat, 170 kilometer ride from Dürrenroth to Rheinfelden. Featuring flat, mainly wide roads the stage two of the Tour of Switzerland was destined to finish in a field sprint. Still, a seven-man group, including former Giro d'Italia champion Stefano Garzelli, managed to breakaway, but the group was eventually reeled in as McEwen’s Lotto team joined up with Olaf Pollack’s

By VeloNews Interactive

Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) outsprinted a large group of finishers to win the second stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Sunday.

Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) retained the overall lead after finishing in the main pack in the flat, 170 kilometer ride from Dürrenroth to Rheinfelden. Featuring flat, mainly wide roads the stage two of the Tour of Switzerland was destined to finish in a field sprint. Still, a seven-man group, including former Giro d’Italia champion Stefano Garzelli, managed to breakaway, but the group was eventually reeled in as McEwen’s Lotto team joined up with Olaf Pollack’s Gerolsteiner squad and chased down the break with 5km remaining. McEwen’s power proved too much for his rivals as he grabbed victory ahead of German Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) and South Africa’s Robert Hunter (Rabobank).

The general classification remains the same, with Ullrich, the winner of Saturday’s opening stage, holding on to top spot by a two second margin.Former Tour of Switzerland champion Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile) withdrew from the race after reportedly crashing near the 120km mark.

Stage (169.9km from Duerrenroth to Rheinfelden)

1. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Lotto-Domo, 3 hours 44 minutes 57 seconds
2. Olaf Pollack, (G),Gerolsteiner
3. Robert Hunter, (SA), Rabobank
4. Kim Kirchen, (Lux), Fassa Bortolo
5. Roger Hammond, Britain, MrBookmarker.com-Palmans
6. Alberto Loddo, (I), Saunier Duval
7. Julian Dean, (NZ), Credit Agricole
8. Fabrizio Guidi, (I), Team CSC
9. Salvatore Commesso, (I), Saeco
10. Alexandre Kolobnev, (Rus), Domina Vacanze, all same time
Overall standings
1. Jan Ullrich, (G),T-Mobile, 7:52.43
2. Oscar Camenzind, (Swi),Phonak, at 0:02
3. Fabian Jeker, (Swi),Saunier Duval, at 0:06
4. Steve Zampieri, (Swi),Vini Caldirola, at 0:07
5. David Canada Garcia, (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 0:08
6. Laszlo Bodrogi, (Hun), Quick Step, at 0:22
7. Bobby Julich, (USA), Team CSC, at 0:24
8. Alexandre Kolobnev, (Rus), Domina Vacanze, at 0:25
9. Dario Cioni, (I), Fassa Bortolo
10. Francisco Vila, (Sp), Lampre, both same time