Voigt Wins Criterium International Time Trial; Takes Race for Second Time
Jens Voigt (CSC) has won the Criterium International for the second time. The German, who took the overall lead by winning the second stage and who won the race in 1999, nailed down his victory by taking the third stage, an 8.3-km time trial in Charleville-Mezieres, in 10:12. Voigt edged Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Illes Balears-Banesto) by 23 one hundredths of a second and David Millar (Cofidis) by 0:01.
Millar set the early standard with a 10:13. Tyler Hamilton (Phonak) came within 0:11 of the Scot, and Bobby Julich (CSC) and Ronny Scholz (Gerolsteiner) fell just 0:05 and 0:06 short of him, respectively, before Gutierrez crossed the line. The Spaniard finished a second ahead of Millar. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) finished 0:07 behind the Cofidis rider, but Voigt eclipsed everyone.
In the overall, Voigt beat Gutierrez by 0:10 and Lance Armstrong (U.S. Postal Service), who finished fourth in the time trial at 0:03, by 0:14. These riders and others will meet again in the Ardennes classics, which will begin with the Tour of Flanders on April 4. Who will prevail? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!