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Piil still holds Peace Race lead after double-stage day

With one day to go, Dane Jakob Piil (CSC) retains his overall lead at the Peace Race, heading in to Saturday's 166km stage with an 18-second margin. Saturn's Michael Barry dropped two spots on the GC standings, and now is fourth overall, down 45 seconds. The peloton faced a 25.8km morning TT and a 97km afternoon stage on May 18. Germany's Thomas Liese (Nuremberg) won the morning's event, clocking in at 34:27, while Spain's Aito Arbillo Garmendia was second, four seconds slower. Piil rode in at 34:57 to protect his lead and finish fifth for the stage. Later in the day, Ukrainian Bogdan

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With one day to go, Dane Jakob Piil (CSC) retains his overall lead at the Peace Race, heading in to Saturday’s 166km stage with an 18-second margin. Saturn’s Michael Barry dropped two spots on the GC standings, and now is fourth overall, down 45 seconds. The peloton faced a 25.8km morning TT and a 97km afternoon stage on May 18.

Germany’s Thomas Liese (Nuremberg) won the morning’s event, clocking in at 34:27, while Spain’s Aito Arbillo Garmendia was second, four seconds slower. Piil rode in at 34:57 to protect his lead and finish fifth for the stage.

Later in the day, Ukrainian Bogdan Bondariev (Mroz) won the contest, which ran from Plauen to Gera, covering the distance in 2:14:32, with Germany’s Robert Foerster in second, at 9 seconds.

The route for tomorrow’s finale is from Schkeuditz to Potsdam.

Copyright AFP 2001

Results

PEACE RACE, Czech Republic and Germany.

Stage 8: 1. Thomas Liese (G), Nuremberg, 25.8 km in 34:27; 2. Aito Arbillo Garmendia (Sp) 34:31; 3. Uwe Peschel (G) 34:41; 4. Pedro Munoz Horrillo (Sp) 34:50; 5. Jakob Piil (Den), (CSC), 34:57.

Stage 9 1. Bogdan Bondariev (Ukr) Mroz, 97 km in 2:14:32; 2. Robert Foerster (G) at 0:09. 3. Andreas Beikirch (G); 4. Andre Schulze (G); 5. Sven Teutenberg (G); 6. Petr Herman (Cz), all s.t.

Overall: 1. Piil, 35. 03:44; 2. Garmendia, at 0:18; 3. Radoslaw Romanik (Pol) at 0:35; 4. Michael Barry, Saturn, at 0:45; 5. Enrico Poitschke (G), at 1:27; 6. Scott Sunderland (Aus), at 1:41.