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44th Circuit de Lorraine (2.1) - Stage 2 and 3
By Andy McGrath
Date: 4/28/2005
44th Circuit de Lorraine (2.1) - Stage 2 and 3

Stage 2
The morning stage of the Circuit de Lorraine saw a 16km individual time-trial around the town of Briey on flat roads. Showing his good form, it was Bradley Wiggins of Credit Agricole who came out on top – and on his twenty-fifth birthday too! The Olympic pursuit champion clocked an impressive 20’56” to beat Massimiliano Mori of Naturino-Sapore di Mare. This is the 25 year old’s first victory in almost two years after a Tour de l’Avenir time-trial, though in recent years he has concentrated more fully on track cycling. This success bodes especially well for the Giro d’Italia, where – though his participation is still uncertain – Wiggins has pencilled in the whistlestop 1.2km prologue as a goal. On a good day for track riders, the Australian team pursuit rider Brett Lancaster also took third spot.

However, after yesterday’s unexpected four man breakaway, Wiggins’s victory today only saw him take fifth overall. From the escapees, Andris Nauduzs (Naturino-Sapore di Mare) maintained his stint in front with a fine time-trial, taking twenty-second place, which now sees his nearest challengers, Koji Fukushima, almost fifty seconds back, with Sven Renders just two seconds in arrears on the Japanese rider.

Stage 2 – Briey, 16km ITT – Top 10
1. Bradley Wiggins (Credit Agricole, Gbr) 20’56”
2. Massimiliano Mori (Naturino-Sapore di Mare, Ita) at 0’10”
3. Brett Lancaster (Ceramicha Panaria, Aus) at 0’14”
4. Jose Alberto Martinez (Agritubel-Loudun, Spa) at 0’16”
5. Serhiy Matveyev (Ceramicha Panaria, Ukr) at 0’17”
6. Mathieu Heijboer (Rabobank Continental, Ned) at 0’29”
7. Yuriy Krivstov (Ag2r Prevoyance, Ukr) at 0’34”
8. Stef Clement (Rabobank Continental, Ned) s.t
9. Murillo Fischer (Naturino-Sapore di Mare, Bra) at 0’38”
10. Tomas Vaitkus (Ag2r Prevoyance, Lit) at 0’40”

Stage 3
The 102km afternoon stage took the peloton from Trieux to Rombas. In a big bunch sprint, it was Bouygues Telecom who had something to phone home about, as promising youngster Anthony Geslin won for the French telecommunications company, in front of another speedy future prospect, Hans Dekkers (Rabobank) and Ceramicha Panaria Spaniard Aitor Galdos, with old dog Kirsipuu fourth. This is 24 year old Geslin’s first victory of the season, though he did place in the top twenty-five at Milan-San Remo.

While most overall high-flyers, including Nauduzs, had no problems in keeping with the peloton, fourth place overall Wouter van Mechelen, who had fallen off the pace in the first day’s breakaway, lost seven minutes, presumably exhausted after defending his position in the “race of truth” a few hours earlier.

Stage 3 – Trieux-Rombas, 102km
1. Anthony Geslin (Bouygues Telecom, Fra) 2h 17m 21s
2. Hans Dekkers (Rabobank, Ned) at same time
3. Aitor Galdos (Ceramicha Panaria, Spa) s.t
4. Jaan Kirsipuu (Credit Agricole, Est) s.t
5. Jurgen van Loocke (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, Bel) s.t
6. Jean-Patrick Nazon (Ag2r Prevoyance, Fra) s.t
7. Andy Flickinger (Ag2r Prevoyance, Fra) s.t
8. Maxim Karpatchev (Omnibike Dinamo Moscow, Rus) s.t
9. Igor Abakoumov (Jartazi Revor Granville Team, Bel) s.t
10. Paride Grillo (Ceramicha Panaria, Ita) s.t

General Classification after Stage 3
1. Andris Nauduzs (Naturino-Sapore di Mare, Lat) 6h 42m 17s
2. Koji Fukushima (Team Bridgestone-Anchor, Jap) at 0’49”
3. Sven Renders (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, Bel) at 0’51”
4. Bradley Wiggins (Credit Agricole, Gbr) at 1’45”
5. Massimiliano Mori (Naturino-Sapore di Mare, Ita) at 1’55”
6. Brett Lancaster (Ceramicha Panaria, Aus) at 1’59”
7. Jose Antonio Martinez (Agritubel-Loudun, Spa) at 2’01”
8. Sergiy Matveyev (Ceramicha Panaria, Ukr) at 2’02”
9. Mathieu Heijboer (Rabobank Continental, Ned) at 2’14”
10. Yuri Krivtsov (Ag2r Prevoyance, Ukr) at 2’17”

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