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Tour de Suisse - Stage 2 Live Ticker
By Podofdonny
Date: 6/12/2005
Tour de Suisse - Stage 2 Live Ticker

Good afternoon and welcome to our live ticker of the second stage of the Tour de Suisse. After yesterday’s strong showing by team FdJ the overall classification is –

1. Bernhard Eisel (AUT, Française des Jeux) in 3h59'57"
2. Tom Boonen (BEL, Quick Step) à 4 sec.
3. Peter Wrolich (AUT, Gerolsteiner) à 6 sec.
4. Paolo Bettini (ITA, Quick Step) à 10 sec.
5. Michael Albasini (ITA, Liquigas-Bianchi) à 12 sec.
6. Bradley McGee (AUS, Française des Jeux) à 13 sec.
7. Baden Cooke (AUS, Française des Jeux) m.t.
8. Daniele Colli (ITA, Liquigas-Bianchi) à 14 sec.
9. Benoît Joachim (LUX, Discovery Channel) m.t.
10. José-Luis Arrieta (ESP, Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne) à 15 sec

However today's 36 kilometre individual time trial should see a big shake up in that order.

Today's Stage

The course map. Courtesy Tour de Suisse.

Stage 2: 12.06.05 Weinfelden - Weinfelden (EZ), 36 km

It is highly unlikely that the yellow jersey will remain in the same hands after this 36 kilometre time trial. No one could win the race today but the unwary or unlucky could leave themselves a mountain to climb (though fortunately there are many to come!)

Daily Peloton Man to watch – Bobby Julich. Hard to imagine a race where CSC do not feature at some point and that Biopace Chainwheel may well again do some damage to its competitors.

Live Ticker

It is the Belgian rider Leif Hoste for Team Discovery Channel who gets things underway. The last 20 riders will go off at two minute intervals and race leader Bernhard Eisel will set off last at around 16:45 CET.

Cadel Evans (Davitamon) and Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) are both on the course now - two riders who will be riding for damage limitation before their time comes in the high mountains that follow.

Jason Mccartney (Discovery Channel) is leadibg the race so far and has set the benchmark - a great ride, while the aforementioned Cadel Evans has gone well too and is in second place.

BEST TIME so far! Marco Pinotti for Saunier Duval has set the fastest time so far! 45:38, about three seconds faster than McCartney.

Bobby Julich takes the lead. A superb ride 45.08 the BioPace Chainwheel again burning up the road!

6th in the Giro d'Italia Honchar on the road now, many people's favourite for today's stage, he seems to be going very well, turning that typically big gear over with ease on the long flat stretch.

1558 CEST - So Jens Voigt continues his extraordinary season by going faster than team mate Julich to set the best time of 45:00,. as we see Jan Ullrich on the starting ramp - and he is away. Magenta clad, he sets off into the Swiss sunshine.

Ullrich is getting great support from the many fans who line this undulating route - the cow bells are ringing as he passes by.

Honchar storms around the course and sets the fastest time so far, 44'46, while Bodrogi manages 5th fastest time.

1614 CEST - Top five at this point:

1 Serhiy Gonchar DOM 44'46''
2 Jens Voigt CSC +18''
3 Bobby Julich CSC +22''
4 Beat Zberg GST +34''
5 Laszlo Bodrigo CA +40''

We see Michael Rogers on course, complete in his rainbow jersey. Ullrich bearing down on his minute man - he passes Franck Renier with consummate ease.

1621 CEST - Ullrich is nearly three seconds faster than Honchar at the 16 kilometre point - Jan the Man has wheels on fire!

Totschnig finishes in 6th spot - he will be pleased with that - it will keep him nicely up with the leaders.

1625 CEST - Rogers, on his Time machine, the Gentleman of Verona, looks in great shape.

Ullrich now bearing down on his second minute man. He is like a motorbike this afternoon; the rider in front is gradually (well not so gradually, actually) getting closer.

1630 CEST - Ullrich takes the corner carefully, and now passes Patrik Sinkewitz.

Well, Sinkewitz actually contests this conquest and is riding very close to and now in front of Ullrich. Sinkewitz will be in trouble if he does not calm down. Mayo finishes in 47.00 - so not a great ride by the Basque.

Oh la la!! Ullrich, with Sinkewitz in tow, passes Geoffry Lequatre - no quarter given this afternoon by Ullrich. And last year's second-placed man, Jeker, in 6th spot - a very solid ride.

Now Brad McGee takes the starting ramp. Another rider expected to do well in this race, he sets of like the bingabong express!

Ullrich seems very motivated - we shall see at the Tour. It's his last chance to beat Armstrong. Now we see another National Time Trial jersey - it's all red with a white cross - Fabian Cancellara on the road.

1639 CEST - Ullrich has now lost his companion Sinkewitz and is burning through pretty Swiss villages; he storms up the hill - as always, choosing power over cadence. He is out of the saddle briefly before powering on.

The tricky corner just before the Flamme Rouge and Ullrich has 1000 metres to go.

Ullrich will take the lead!!! 44.06!! Huge cheers!

1644 CEST - the top five now:

1 Jan Ullrich TMO 44'06''
2 Serhiy Gonchar DOM +40''
3 Jens Voigt CSC +58''
4 Bobby Julich CSC +1'02''
5 Beat Zberg GST +1'20''

So a great ride by Jan Ullrich - but can Rogers, Cancellara or McGee top the ride by the German? Cancellara, noticably higher cadence than Ullrich, very smooth rider, very compact and concentrated, still powers on - as we see race leader Bernhard Eisel set off to defend his yellow jersey.

Cancellara is 19 seconds slower than Jan Ullrich at the 16 kilometre point.

Meanwhile, at the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, two breakaway riders, teammates Hincapie and Popovych are in front of 16 chasing riders by about a minute. Yellow jersey Landaluze had gone off the back of the peloton as of a few minutes ago...the bunhch is 01'37" down to the two leaders.

1657 CEST - Back in Switzerland, Rogers into second place! He cannot match Ullrich's time, and Dario Frigo finishes in 6th spot.

Brad McGee is only 6th fastest through the 16 kilometre check.

Top five at 1700 CEST -

1 Jan Ullrich 44'06''
2 Michael Rogers +17''
3 Serhiy Gonchar +40''
4 Jens Voigt +58''
5 Bobby Julich +1'02''

Meanwhile, it is another CSC man who is putting up a fighting display, Russian Vladimir Gusev was only three second slower than Jan Ullrich at the 16 kilometre point - can the Russian improve on that in the closing stages?

1710 CEST - No, Gusev will not beat Ullrich - he has faded to 4th place over the last 20 kilometres.

Cancellara is 39 seconds slower than Ullrich - who is looking most likely now to take the victory. McGee only 16 seconds slower than Ullrich at the 16 kilometre point.

Provisional Results so far:

1 Jan Ullrich TMO 44'06''
2 Michael Rogers QST +18''
3 Fabian Cancellara FAS +39''
4 Serhiy Gonchar DOM +40''
5 Vladimir Gusev CSC +46''

McGee now on the climb, out of the saddle, a typically gutsy ride by the Australian, fancied by many to be a major tour contender. But McGee can only manage 2nd place - Ullrich has fended off his last challenger and will now certainly win the time trial!

Meanwhile on the other side of the Alpes, George Hincapie has won the 7th stage of Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Popovych, his breakaway companion, is second and Lance Armstrong led the chasers home to give Discovery the top three places.

Provisional TT results to this point:

1 Jan Ullrich TMO 44'06''
2 Bradley McGee FDJ +15''
3 Michael Rogers QST +18''
4 Fabian Cancellara FAS +39''
5 Serhiy Gonchar DOM +40''

So while Lance Armstrong's Discovery Channel hold sway in the mountains of France, it is Jan Ullrich and T-Mobile who look almost certain to take the Yellow Jersey in Switzerland. Paolo Bettini comes home to a huge cheer, but his time will not worry Ullrich.

1738 CEST - Ullrich said this morning that he did not expect to win the race today, but with Boonen just finishing and Eisel now two minutes down on his time, it looks like Jan will win this one. As a matter of interest, it is Jan Ullrich's brother, Stefan, who acts as his mechanic, so there will be a double celebration tonight in the Ullrich family, as Eisel finishes way down and Ullrich retakes his Swiss Yellow jersey.

Now of course, he must defend that jersey, and the Australian duo McGee and Rogers will be hot on his trail.

So while Discovery celebrate in France, T-Mobile celebrate in Switzerland - the Clash of the Titans looms, but first Ullich must see whether he can continue his Swiss roll.

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Top Ten Stage Results

1 Jan Ullrich TMO 44'06''
2 Bradley McGee FDJ +15''
3 Michael Rogers QST +18''
4 Fabian Cancellara FAS +39''
5 Serhiy Gonchar DOM +40''
6 Vladimir Gusev CSC  +46''
7 Jens Voigt CSC +58''
8 Bobby Julich CSC +1'02''
9 Dario Frigo FAS +1'07''
10 Beat Zberg GST +1'14''

General Classification

1 Jan Ullrich TMO
2 Bradley McGee FDJ +12''
3 Michael Rogers QST +18''

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