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By VeloNews Interactive , Copyright AFP 2001
Britain’s David Millar became the fourth race leader to lose the coveted yellow-and-blue jersey of the Dauphiné Libéré stage race in France on Friday. Frenchman Christophe Moreau, riding for Festina, did the honors of stealing the jersey after the 151km fifth stage between Romans and Grenoble.
Moreau finished sixth on the day, 33 seconds behind stage winner Andrei Kivilev. The Cofidis rider from Kazakhstan won a sprint finish to grab his first professional stage win.
Moreau’s overall lead is tenuous, as Mercury-Viatel’s Pavel Tonkov sits just one second behind Moreau.
Millar has made it clear that his main ambition at Dauphiné is simply to prepare for the upcoming Tour de France. The Scotsman fell behind the peloton in the mountains and now sits way back in the standings after he struggled on the Chamrousse ascent. Moreau is the fifth rider to take the lead in as many days after French duo Didier Rous and Laurent Roux, Belgian Axel Merckx and Millar.
DAUPHINE LIBERE, France. June 10-17.
Stage 5: Romans-Grenoble
1. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz), Cofidis 3:28:01 (avg 43.554kph), 2. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Francaise des Jeux; 3. Benoit Salmon (F), AG2R; 4. Pavel Tonkov (Rus), Mercury, all s.t.; 5. Denis Menchov (Rus), iBanesto.com at 0:33; 6. Christophe Moreau (F) Festina; 7. Inigo Chaurreau (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadi; 8. Francesco Mancebo (Sp), iBanesto.com; 9. Leonard Piepoli (I), iBanesto.com; 10. Ramon Gonzalez (Sp), Euskatel-Euskadim all s.t.
12. Axel Merckx (B), Domo-Farm Frites, s.t..; 24. Laurent Brochard (F), Jean Delatour, at 3:36; 35. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole, at 8:56; 36. Jonathan Vaughters (USA), Credit Agricole, at 8:56, 51. David Millar (GB), at 15:17
1. Moreau, 19:40:52 (avg. 39.581kph); 2. Tonkov, at 0:01; 3. Salmon, at 0:36; 4. Montgomery, at 1:18; 5. Kivilev, at 1:26; 6. Menchov, at 1:38, 7. Unia Etxebarria (Ven), Euskatel-Euskadi, at 2:00; 8. Merckx, at 2:36, 9. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 3:43; 10. Chaurreau, at 3:46.
15. Vaughters, at 7:36; 18. Chann McRae (USA), Mercury, at 10:38; 23. Millar, at 13:37; 27. Julich, at 17:30.