Posted by Editoress on 07/12/08
Tour of Austria
Report by Martin Roseneder
Bert Grabsch (Colombia) won the 26.6-kilometre individual time trial in Podersdorf/ Neusiedler See. The reigning time trial champion won 43 seconds ahead his teammate Edval Boasson Hagen and Michael Blaudzun of CSC. "All was perfect today and my conditioning is increasing before the Olympic Games in Beijing, where I expect a lot in the time trial, "said the last year's stage winner of the Vuelta Espagna. "It was a fantastic day for my team Columbia: Double victory in Austria and double victory at the Tour de France for Cavendis and Ciolek today", he added.
Rohregger was able to make the impossible to come true
Ruslan Pidgronyy and Vladimir Gusev had been the hottest candidates for the yellow jersey after todayÃ‚Â´s stage. But they underestimated Thomas Rohregger who trained especially for the time trial. "In the winter I made countless tests in the wind tunnel for my correct position on my bike. And it worked. Right after the start I noticed no difficulty - in contrast to last year. I was outsider for the time trial and just wanted to do my best," said Thomas Rohregger. His girlfriend handed him the yellow jersey at the podium ceremony.
Thomas Rohregger added an additional 7 seconds to the time gap on Vladimir Gusev . "I was able to do very well in the time trial, I showed my detractors." At tomorrow's final stage to Vienna Thomas Rohregger is now 40 seconds ahead of Vladimir Gusev and 1:05 minutes to Ruslan Pidgornyy (LPR).
René Haselbacher keeps the points classification. Giampaolo Caruso (Ceramica) has already won the Wiesbauer mountain classification.
Final stage tomorrow to Vienna
The final stage of the 60th edition of International Tour of Austria will start in Podersdorf and will finish in the capital of Austria, Vienna.
|Stage 6: Podersdorf am Neusiedler See ITT, 25.9 km|
|1. Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia||30:30.64|
|2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia||at 0:43.10|
|3. Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank||0:45.74|
|4. Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Elk Haus - Simplon||0:54.87|
|5. Jason McCartney (USA) Team CSC Saxo Bank||0:58.17|
|6. Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team CSC Saxo Bank||1:00.97|
|7. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana||1:01.86|
|8. Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia||1:06.93|
|9. Andry Grivko (Ukr) Team Milram||1:16.83|
|10. Servais Knaven (Ned) Team Columbia||1:28.26|
|36. Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia||2:17.97|
|1. Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Elk Haus - Simplon||24:11:35|
|2. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana||0:40|
|3. Ruslan Podgornyy (Ukr) LPR Brakes||1:05|
|4. Chris Anker Sorensen (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank||2:02|
|5. Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli||2:47|
|6. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner||4:09|
|7. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana||4:23|
|8. Walter Fernando Pedraza (Col) Tinkoff Credit Systems||5:31|
|9. Jure Golcer (Slo) LPR Brakes-Balan||5:42|
|10. Thomas Frei (Sui) Astana||5:59|
|11. Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia||6:07|
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