Van Heeswijk Wins Stage 2 of Dutch Tour
Max van Heeswijk (U.S. Postal Service) has won his second consecutive stage of the Tour of the Netherlands.
Max van Heeswijk (U.S. Postal Service) has won his second consecutive stage of the Tour of the Netherlands. Van Heeswijk bested Alexandre Usov (Phonak) and Stefan van Dijk (Lotto) in a bunch sprint to win the 183.7-km run from Bolsward to Nijverdal in 4:11:36. Van Heeswijk has lengthened his overall lead in the Dutch Tour.
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At the beginning of the stage, heavy winds prevailed. Eric Baumann (T-Mobile), Chris Peers and Rik Reinerink (both from Chocolade Jacques), and Marco Bos (Bankgiroloterij) took an early flyer. The quartet built a five-minute lead before the peloton began to chase. With five km left, the bunch reeled in the break.
The sprint was crash-marred, with Francesco Chicchi (Fassa Bortolo) going down. Van Heeswijk, Usov, van Dijk, Rudi Kemma (Bankgiroloterij), and Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) battled for the day?s honors, with van Heeswijk winning.
Another crash took out Rubens Bertogliati (Saunier Duval). The Italian broke his pelvis, and his season is over.
In the overall, van Heeswijk leads Usov and Chicchi by 0:14. The race will look different after tomorrow. Stage 3, which will be ridden in the morning, will be an 86.2-km road race from Kleve to Goch that should end in a sprint finish, while Stage 4, which will take place in the afternoon, should lift the contenders for overall victory to the top of the general classification. Who will find himself at the top of the heap? Defending champion Vyatcheslav Ekimov (U.S. Postal Service)? Floyd Landis (U.S. Postal Service)? Erik Dekker (Rabobank)? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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