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62nd Tour de Romandie - Stage 3 Live Part 1
By Staff
Date: 5/2/2008
62nd Tour de Romandie - Stage 3 Live Part 1

62nd Tour de Romandie - Stage 3 Live
The time test: 78 riders have finished their effort in the 18.8 km Contre la montre as we await the time trial specialists and G.C. Rivals.

Stage 3 - Sion - Time Trial   18.8 km
Welcome to our live coverage of today's time trial. So fare we have had 64 riders finish so far with Bodrogi at 78th place on the G.C. the last to finish. Laszlo Bodrogi the Hungarian time trial specialist is in with a time of 26'26 and that's the second best time. Young German Tony Martin (High Road) is still the fastest. Earlier this year Martin won the Hel van het Mergelland in the Netherlands ahead of his team mate Adam Hansen.

Current leaders are: 1. Tony Martin (High road) 25'53" 2. Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit Agricole) 26'26 3. Dominique Cornu (Bel, Silence-Lotto) 26'43" 4. Yuryi Krivtsov (Ukr, AG2R) 26'50".

The Women's GP Suisse/Souvenir Magali Pache was run earlier today on the same course as the men's.
Top three riders:
1 Christian Soeder (28:46)
2 Kristin Armstrong (29:08)
3-Amber Neben (29:17

New race situation as Alexander Moos of the Swiss/American BMC finishes... The Moose has displaced Bodrogi for second. The top 3 is now: 1. Tony Martin (All, High Road) 25'53" 2. Alex Moos (Sui, BMC) 26'20" 3. Lazlo Bodrogi (Hon, Credit Agricole) 26'26".

1600 CEST - The weather is good in Romandie with 18 degrees Celsius and dry roads, perfect conditions for the fast men today. Benrhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) is off the ramp for his time-trial over 18,8 km. Kohl is a former Austrian road champion and one of the team leaders of Gerolsteiner.

The course has a climb halfway through the course, the steepest part of the climb is 17% and the average is around 10%. The stage favors the time-trial specialists with a strong climbing talents.

The next one off the ramp is home rider Oliver Zaugg (Gerolsteiner) as Volodymir Gustov (CSC) comes in with a time of 27:29.22 and is 22nd at the moment. Gomez Marchante (Saunier Duval) is off the ramp now. We still 28 riders to start the course.

Stef Clement is on the top of the climb 9 sec down on Martin. That's the second best time there for the Dutch TT champion; but still about 7 km to the finish for Clement from the top. Daniel Moreno (Caisse D'Epargne) comes in as Denis Menchov (Rabobank) is off the ramp.

Neo- pro Francesco de Bonis (Gerolsteiner) comes in with an excellent time of 26:35.24 and is 4th at the moment 40 seconds down on Tony Martin. Animator of yesterday's stage Remi di Gregorio comes in with a time of 28.16.; but that's not surprising after his effort on stage 2 in the break all day and fighting the peloton in the final ten km in a solo effort.

Sylvester Szmyd (Lampre) off the ramp now. Alexandre Botcharov (Credit Agricole) is off the ramp. Botcharov won the Tour de Mediteraneen earlier this year. Sandy Casar is in in 26.29 and is 4th at the moment. 25:53 is still the time to beat.

Dutch TT Champion Stef Clement (Bouygues Telecom) sets the new best time. He is 1 sec faster than Tony Martin. Clement has a time of 25:52.61 and the lead.  Fothen comes in with a time of 27:08 and is 17th for the time being.

Swedish TT Champion Gustav Larsson comes in with a time of 25:57.21 and is third for the moment. Mauro Santambrogio (Lampre) is off the ramp just as is Manuel Beltran. The next one to start is Italian TT specialist Marco Pinotti (High Road).

1622 CEST - Marco Pinotti (High Road) is off the ramp. Pinotti is twice Italian TT champion. Last year he got the title after Luca Ascani the winner was tested positive for EPO. But that's not official yet, as Pinotti not started in the tricolore jersey. Swiss Martin Elmiger is in but the time is disappointing. Eros Capecchi (Saunier Duval) off the ramp.

Denis Menchov (Rabobank) is now on the climb and still going strong. Is he the first one who can beat the time of Clement? Oliver Zaugg is on top of the climb 1.17 down on Martin who had the best time there. and 1.08 down on current leader Clement. John Gadret is 6th on top of the climb 45 seconds down.

Neo pro Matthias Frank (Gerolsteiner) comes in for15th at the moment. Frank is the current Swiss U23 TT champion. Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) off the ramp now. Mollema won the Tour de L'Avenir in 2007 and is a climbing talent like teammate Robert Gesink.

Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner) comes in in 26:49.24 and is 56 sec slower than Clement. German Jens Voigt (CSC) is off the ramp now.

Menchov has the 3rd best time on top of the climb 16 sec. slower than Martin and about 7 sec slower than Clement. Menchov is doing great so far. John Gadret comes in in 26:47.34, 55 sec down on Clement. Clement was the bronze medalist of the World Championships against the clock behind Cancellara and Bodrogi. We mentioned that Casar finished already; but actually Casar is off the ramp now, sorry about that  it was teammate Coppel earlier.

Patxi Vila (Lampre) is off the ramp. Vila is the current leader in the mountains classification after his efforts in the first stage. Marco Pinotti is now climbing and still riding solid. We will have to wait for his time on the top if he is doing well.

1638 CEST - Double Vuelta winner Menchov comes in with a time of 26:11.37 and is 4th at the moment. Juan Manuel Garate (Quick Step) flies off the ramp - 14 riders to go.

Pinotti has caught the rider who started in front of him Santambrogio. Pinotti is on top of the climb and is 4th 18 sec down on his team mate Martin. That's 9 sec slower than Clement. Another team mate of Pinotti and Martin, Morris Possoni is off the ramp. Possoni leads in the rushes classification.

The Queen stage tomorrow has been shortened by 15 km due to a avalanche; but the finish is still on top of the climb.

1649 CEST - Russian Alexandre Botcharov finished as Russian TT Champion Vladimir Gusev (Astana) is off the ramp. Manuel Beltran (Liquigas) comes in and is around 60th rank at the moment.

Swiss Rubens Bertogliati (Saunier Duval) is off the ramp. Marco Pinotti comes in with a time of 26.11.25 and is 4th at the moment, 18 sec down on Clement. He is not that satisfied with his time it seems.

Our live coverage continues in Part 2.

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