By VeloNews Interactive , Copyright AFP 2001
Fred Rodriguez maintained his overall lead as Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu won the second stage of the Tour of Luxembourg Friday. Rodriguez, the Domo-Farm Frites rider who won the USPRO championships in Philadelphia June 10, is on a roll. He took the overall lead at Luxembourg when he won stage 1 on Thursday.
Kirsipuu, riding for the AG2R team, won Friday’s 214km stage between Wormeldange and Beckerich in a sprint finish. Finishing second was Italian Alessandra Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo).
Rodriguez holds a lead of 9 seconds over Frenchman Eddy Lembo of the Jean Delatour team. Bulgarian Ivaila Gabrovski, also a Jean Delatour rider, is third overall, at 9 seconds back.
TOUR OF LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg. June 14-17.
1. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est), AG2R, 214km in 5:17:47; 2. Alessandra Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo; 3. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Domo-Farm Frites; 4. Jans Koerts (Nl), Mercury-Viatel; 5. Janek Tombak (Est), Cofidis, all s.t.
1. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Domo-Farm Frites, 9:43:54; 2. Eddy Lembo (F), Jean Delatour, at 0:09; 3. Ivaila Gabrovski (Bul), Jean Delatour, at 0:11; 4. Jens Heppner (G), Deutsche Telekom, at 0:12; 5. Benoit Joachim (Lux), U.S. Postal Service, at 0:14.