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Ullrich sprints to victory in Swiss opener

Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) won the first stage of the Tour of Switzerland in Beromuenster Saturday, outsprinting Swiss duo Oskar Camenzind (Phonak) and Fabian Jeker (Saunier Duval) after a relatively flat 176km ride between Sursee and here. American Bobby Julich (CSC) finished 13th in the same time. The Tour of Switzerland has begun with a time-trial prologue since 1993, but this year the organizers decided against including it. The race, which runs till June 20 and is one of the big pre-Tour de France preparation races, has also be reduced in stages from 10 to nine. Results1. Jan Ullrich (G)

By Agence France Press

Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) won the first stage of the Tour of Switzerland in Beromuenster Saturday, outsprinting Swiss duo Oskar Camenzind (Phonak) and Fabian Jeker (Saunier Duval) after a relatively flat 176km ride between Sursee and here.

American Bobby Julich (CSC) finished 13th in the same time.

The Tour of Switzerland has begun with a time-trial prologue since 1993, but this year the organizers decided against including it. The race, which runs till June 20 and is one of the big pre-Tour de France preparation races, has also be reduced in stages from 10 to nine.

Results
1. Jan Ullrich (G) T-Mobile, 4:07:56
2. Oscar Camenzind (Swi), Phonak, s.t.
3. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Saunier Duval, s.t.
4. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Vini Caldirola, s.t.
5. David Canada (Sp, Saunier Duval, s.t.
6. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak, at 0:15
7. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), T-Mobile, s.t.
8. Alexandre Kolobnev (Rus), Domina Vacanze, s.t.
9. Grisch Niermann (G), Rabobank, s.t
10. Christophe Detilloux (B), Lotto-Domo, s.t.

Overall
1. Jan Ullrich (G) T-Mobile, 4:07:56
2. Oscar Camenzind (Swi), Phonak, at 0:02
3. Fabian Jeker (Swi), Sauiner Duval,at 0:06
4. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Vini Caldirola, at 0:07
5. David Canada (Sp), Sanier Duval, at 0:08
6. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun), Quick Step-Davitamon, at 0:22
7. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), T-Mobile, at 0:24
8. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, s.t.
9. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak, at 0:25
10. Alexandre Kolobnev (Rus), Domina Vacanze, s.t.