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Millar takes Sarthe-Loire lead after time trial victory

Britain's David Millar (Cofidis) won the nine kilometer individual time-trial to take the overall lead at the Sarthe-Loire cycle race on April 12, at Angers, France. Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu won the 94km third stage between Tierce and Angers earlier in the day after Laurent Brochard, leader since the first stage, fell. He managed to remount and continue but was evidently hurt. Millar put in a blistering time in the afternoon's time-trial, taking just 10 minutes and 41 seconds to complette the course. The Scot, who famously won the first leg of The Tour de France 2000, finished 46 seconds ahead

By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2001

Britain’s David Millar (Cofidis) won the nine kilometer individual time-trial to take the overall lead at the Sarthe-Loire cycle race on April 12, at Angers, France. Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu won the 94km third stage between Tierce and Angers earlier in the day after Laurent Brochard, leader since the first stage, fell. He managed to remount and continue but was evidently hurt.

Millar put in a blistering time in the afternoon’s time-trial, taking just 10 minutes and 41 seconds to complette the course. The Scot, who famously won the first leg of The Tour de France 2000, finished 46 seconds ahead of American Lance Armstrong in the stage.

Millar leads the overall standings by 13 seconds with Frenchman Anthony Morin and his compatriot Franck Bouyer by 25.

Friday’s fifth and final stage is a 199km run between Angers and La Fleche.

Copyright AFP 2001

Results

SARTHE-LOIRE, France. April 10-13, 2001.

Stage 3, Tierce-Angers, April 12.

1. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est/AG2R), 94.1km in 1:58:33; 2. Roberto Lochowski (G); 3. François Simon (Fra); 4. Bradley McGee (Aus); 5. Alberto Benito (Esp); 6. Sven Teutenberg (All); 7. Peter Wrolich (Aut); 8. Stefan Adamsson (Swi); 9. Bernhardt Eisel (Aut); 10. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor), all s.t.

OTHER: 88. Lance Armstrong (USA).

Stage 4, Angers ITT, April 12.

1. David Millar (GBR/Cofidis), 9 km in 10:41; 2. Michael Rich (G), at 0:02; 3. Christophe Moreau (Fra) at 0:14; 4. Anthony Morin (Fra) at 0:16; 5. Bobby Julich (USA) at 0: 18; 6. José Ivan Gutierrez (Sp)at 0:19; 7. Christian Vandevelde (USA), at 0:23; 8. Tyler Hamilton (USA), at 0:24; 9. José-Luis Rubiera (Esp); at 0:25; 10. Bradley McGee (Aus), at 0:27.

OTHER: 35. Armstrong, at 0:45.

OVERALL (after 4 of 5 stages)
1. Millar, in 12:04: 23; 2. Morin, at 0:13; 3. Franck Bouyer (Fra) at 0: 25; 4. McGee, at 0: 26; 5. Laurent Brochard (Fra), at 0:34; 6. Christophe Agnolutto (Fra). At 0:35; 7. Mickael Blaudzun (Dan), at 0:37; 8. Moreau, at 0:40; 9. Michael Rich (G)at, 0:45; 10. Julich, at 0:46.

OTHER: 33. Armstrong, at 1:28.