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Switzerland, August 22-26, 2007

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Stage 3 - August 25: Zell - Zell, 148.2km

Fankhauser follows Eibegger to victory

By Andreas Oppliger

Tyrolian rider Clemens Fankhauser, normally of Team Elk, but riding for the Austrian National squad, won stage three of the Swiss Nations Cup event. With this win he followed in the steps of his compatriot, last year's overall winner Markus Eibegger.

Saturday was another brilliant day as far as weather conditions were concerned. The Swiss riders, who came from the only nation to field two squads, suffered defeat on yesterday's stage. With Matthias Frank launching an attack on the first climb, he showed that the "locals" were ready to take revenge for their performance of the day before. Gathering two additional Swiss riders and 10 riders from abroad, Frank served as the main force behind the group. However, his presence wasn't enough to keep the break away; they were caught by the main bunch, led by the Russian team of leader Anton Reshetnikov, 40 kms later.

Immediately after the break was caught, Martin Kohler, another local and the future AG2R-pro Alexandr Pliuschin got away. For awhile, everything looked like the Moldavian had a shot to repeat his previous day's stage win. Kohler and Pliuschin worked in harmoniously and increased their advantage to more than two minutes.

The heat near the end and the difficult laps around Zell became too difficult for the duo, and with 10km to go, Kohler lost contact to his Eastern European companion. On the final descent, Pliuschin was caught by a group of four athletes and later dropped back to the first bunch.

After 147km, Fankhauser won the sprint among the four new leaders. He attacked with 300m to go. Only the super strong Reshetnikov was able to respond to his attack, but he lost the sprint by only a few centimetres. Danish mountain bike ace Jakob Fuglang and Chris Froome, riding with a Kenyan licence, were at the end of their forces and took third and fourth place for the stage.

Fankhauser was very very happy about this win, "It's my third win of this season, but by far my most important victory on the interantional level." Russian leader Reshetniko was again forced to be satisfied with a place of honour, but he found consolation in keeping the overall lead and winning some seconds on Latvian rider Gatis Smukulis (riding for Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille outside Nation's Cup)

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Results

1 Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Austrian National Team        3.29.04 (42.474 km/h)
2 Anton Reshetnikov (Rus) Russian National Team                 
3 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Danish National Team                     
4 Christopher Froome (Ken) Mixed Team                       0.02
5 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Danish National Team             0.13
6 Laurent Beuret (Swi) Swiss National Team Two                  
7 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Kazakh National Team                       
8 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team            
9 Mathias Belka (Ger) German National Team                      
10 Carlos Sabido (Por) Portuguese National Team                 
11 Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Austrian National Team                
12 Dmytro Nowosad (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team                 
13 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Italian National Team                
14 Nino Schurter (Swi) Swiss National Team                      
15 Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakh National Team           
16 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Kazakh National Team                     
17 CÚsar Fonte (Por) Portuguese National Team                   
18 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Mixed Team                          
19 Alberto Contoli (Ita) Italian National Team                  
20 Robel Tedros (Aut) Austrian National Team                    
21 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Austrian National Team                   
22 Romain Zingle (Bel) Belgian National Team                    
23 Franz Grassmann (Aut) Austrian National Team                 
24 Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Polish National Team                     
25 Dalivier Ospina (Col) Mixed Team                             
26 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Polish National Team                   
27 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Latvian National Team                   
28 Tony Gallopin (Fra) French National Team                     
29 Julien Simon (Fra) French National Team                      
30 Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Swiss National Team                      
31 Mathias Frank (Swi) Swiss National Team                      
32 Cyril Gautier (Fra) French National Team                     
33 JÚr˘me Coppel (Fra) French National Team                     
34 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Belgian National Team                  
35 Biel Kadri (Fra) French National Team                        
36 Andris Buividas (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team               
37 Sander Armee (Bel) Belgian National Team                     
38 Janick Wysler (Swi) Swiss National Team Two                  
39 Cyril Bessy (Fra) French National Team                       
40 Reto Holenstein (Swi) Swiss National Team                1.08
41 Martins Trautmanis (Lat) Latvian National Team               
42 Haijun Ma (Chn) Mixed Team                                   
43 Sergiu Cioban (Mda) Mixed Team                               
44 Tim Vermeersch (Bel) Belgian National Team                   
45 Alexandre Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakh National Team              
46 Peter Salon (USA) US National Team                           
47 Chris Barton (USA) US National Team                          
48 Henrique Casimiro (Por) Portuguese National Team             
49 Bajc Andi (Slo) Slovenian National Team                      
50 Marko Hlebanja (Slo) Slovenian National Team                 
51 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Polish National Team                
52 Nik Burjek (Slo) Slovenian National Team                     
53 Michel Kreder (Ned) Dutch National Team                      
54 Mathieu Deschenaux (Swi) Swiss National Team                 
55 Lo´c Muhlemann (Swi) Swiss National Team Two                 
56 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Italian National Team                  
57 Nico Graf (Ger) German National Team                         
58 Detlef Moerman (Bel) Belgian National Team               1.22
59 Tomasz Krupinski (Pol) Polish National Team              1.53
60 Andriy Suralyov (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team            2.44
61 Martin Kohler (Swi) Swiss National Team                      
62 Jakob Bering (Den) Danish National Team                  3.25
63 Gasper Svab (Slo) Slovenian National Team                    
64 Niki Ostergaard (Den) Danish National Team                   
65 Max Jenkins (USA) US National Team                       4.26
66 Bernhard Oberholzer (Swi) Swiss National Team Two            
67 Tony Martin (Ger) German National Team                   6.08
68 Simon Geschke (Ger) German National Team                     
69 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Italian National Team                  
70 Wouter Poels (Ned) Dutch National Team                       
71 Edgar Pinto (Por) Portuguese National Team               6.58
72 Piotr Osinski (Pol) Polish National Team                     
73 Herberts Pudans (Lat) Latvian National Team              7.23
74 Domenik Klemme (Ger) German National Team               10.56
75 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Russian National Team             13.37
76 Valery Valynin (Rus) Russian National Team                   
77 Chad Beyer (USA) US National Team                            
78 Alexey Esin (Rus) Russian National Team                      
79 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Italian National Team                    
80 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Italian National Team                     
81 Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakh National Team              19.15
82 Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Russian National Team                   
83 Kim Michely (Lux) Luxembourg National Team                   
84 Mario Contreras (ESa) Mixed Team                             
85 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Dutch National Team                
86 Anatoliy Kashtan (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team          20.32
87 Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team           20.35
88 Frank Appelbaum (Lux) Luxembourg National Team               
89 Yvo Kusters (Ned) Dutch National Team                        
90 Alain Lauener (Swi) Swiss National Team Two                  
91 Carlo Kirsch (Lux) Luxembourg National Team                  
92 Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team              
93 Arturs Malenders (Lat) Latvian National Team                 
94 Kristoffer Nielsen (Den) Danish National Team                
95 Benjamin Bradshaw (USA) US National Team                     
96 Marius Kukta (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team                  
97 Dmitro Kryvtsov (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team                
98 Kristofers Racenajs (Lat) Latvian National Team              
99 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Belgian National Team                   
100 Michael Morkov (Den) Danish National Team                   
101 Matthias Schr÷ger (Aut) Austrian National Team              
102 Jure Zagar (Slo) Slovenian National Team                    
103 Blaz Furdi (Slo) Slovenian National Team                    
104 Pawel Wachnik (Pol) Polish National Team                    
105 Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Russian National Team        21.02
106 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) German National Team         30.49
DNF Bjorn Selander (USA) US National Team                       
DNF Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Kazakh National Team                  
DNF Normunds Lasis (Lat) Latvian National Team                  
DNF Bruno Saraiva (Por) Portuguese National Team                
DNF Claudio Filipe Pedr Apolo (Por) Portuguese National Team    
DNF Nicolas Schnyder (Swi) Swiss National Team Two              
 
General Classification after Stage 3
 
1 Anton Reshetnikov (Rus) Russian National Team         10.28.04
2 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Latvian National Team                0.26
3 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Danish National Team                 1.48
4 JÚr˘me Coppel (Fra) French National Team                  1.52
5 Cyril Bessy (Fra) French National Team                    1.53
6 Romain Zingle (Bel) Belgian National Team                 2.44
7 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Danish National Team             2.46
8 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Kazakh National Team                  2.49
9 Alberto Contoli (Ita) Italian National Team                   
10 Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Austrian National Team          3.24
11 Michel Kreder (Ned) Dutch National Team                  3.36
12 Biel Kadri (Fra) French National Team                    3.42
13 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Kazakh National Team                  3.47
14 Nino Schurter (Swi) Swiss National Team                  3.48
15 Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Swiss National Team                  3.49
16 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Italian National Team            3.51
17 Mathias Belka (Ger) German National Team                 4.26
18 CÚsar Fonte (Por) Portuguese National Team               4.33
19 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Mixed Team                      4.34
20 Christopher Froome (Ken) Mixed Team                      4.45
21 Dalivier Ospina (Col) Mixed Team                         5.00
22 Tony Gallopin (Fra) French National Team                 5.39
23 Cyril Gautier (Fra) French National Team                 5.41
24 Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Austrian National Team            5.44
25 Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Polish National Team                 5.49
26 Reto Holenstein (Swi) Swiss National Team                    
27 Robel Tedros (Aut) Austrian National Team                5.51
28 Janick Wysler (Swi) Swiss National Team Two              5.54
29 Carlos Sabido (Por) Portuguese National Team             5.57
30 Julien Simon (Fra) French National Team                  6.03
31 Mathias Frank (Swi) Swiss National Team                  6.12
32 Andris Buividas (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team           6.15
33 Tim Vermeersch (Bel) Belgian National Team               6.43
34 Nico Graf (Ger) German National Team                     6.44
35 Alexandre Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakh National Team          7.09
36 Niki Ostergaard (Den) Danish National Team               7.33
37 Jakob Bering (Den) Danish National Team                  8.03
38 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Polish National Team               8.05
39 Martin Kohler (Swi) Swiss National Team                  8.11
40 Sander Armee (Bel) Belgian National Team                 8.55
41 Dmytro Nowosad (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team             8.57
42 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Italian National Team              9.12
43 Franz Grassmann (Aut) Austrian National Team            10.03
44 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Austrian National Team              10.04
45 Detlef Moerman (Bel) Belgian National Team              10.18
46 Haijun Ma (Chn) Mixed Team                              10.05
47 Peter Salon (USA) US National Team                      11.05
48 Sergiu Cioban (Mda) Mixed Team                               
49 Martins Trautmanis (Lat) Latvian National Team          11.02
50 Lukasz Modzelewski (Pol) Polish National Team                
51 Bajc Andi (Slo) Slovenian National Team                 11.27
52 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Italian National Team             12.12
53 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Belgian National Team             12.14
54 Laurent Beuret (Swi) Swiss National Team Two            12.25
55 Gasper Svab (Slo) Slovenian National Team               12.29
56 Nik Burjek (Slo) Slovenian National Team                13.16
57 Mathieu Deschenaux (Swi) Swiss National Team            13.17
58 Lo´c Muhlemann (Swi) Swiss National Team Two            13.18
59 Marko Hlebanja (Slo) Slovenian National Team            13.02
60 Piotr Osinski (Pol) Polish National Team                13.53
61 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team      14.48
62 Max Jenkins (USA) US National Team                           
63 Henrique Casimiro (Por) Portuguese National Team        15.07
64 Herberts Pudans (Lat) Latvian National Team             15.46
65 Tony Martin (Ger) German National Team                  16.01
66 Simon Geschke (Ger) German National Team                16.02
67 Tomasz Krupinski (Pol) Polish National Team             16.19
68 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Russian National Team             17.16
69 Alexey Esin (Rus) Russian National Team                 17.02
70 Edgar Pinto (Por) Portuguese National Team              17.34
71 Andriy Suralyov (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team           17.35
72 Bernhard Oberholzer (Swi) Swiss National Team Two       18.42
73 Wouter Poels (Ned) Dutch National Team                  18.54
74 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Italian National Team               21.05
75 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Italian National Team                21.22
76 Chris Barton (USA) US National Team                     22.38
77 Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakh National Team      23.17
78 Michael Morkov (Den) Danish National Team               25.06
79 Pawel Wachnik (Pol) Polish National Team                26.09
80 Valery Valynin (Rus) Russian National Team              27.58
81 Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Russian National Team              28.05
82 Mario Contreras (ESa) Mixed Team                        29.14
83 Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakh National Team              29.53
84 Anatoliy Kashtan (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team          30.26
85 Carlo Kirsch (Lux) Luxembourg National Team             30.54
86 Marius Kukta (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team             31.02
87 Domenik Klemme (Ger) German National Team               31.25
88 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Belgian National Team              32.39
89 Matthias Schr÷ger (Aut) Austrian National Team          32.44
90 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Dutch National Team           33.29
91 Arturs Malenders (Lat) Latvian National Team            35.09
92 Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Russian National Team         35.52
93 Kristofers Racenajs (Lat) Latvian National Team         36.47
94 Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team           36.51
95 Kristoffer Nielsen (Den) Danish National Team           37.12
96 Benjamin Bradshaw (USA) US National Team                37.22
97 Chad Beyer (USA) US National Team                       37.56
98 Kim Michely (Lux) Luxembourg National Team              39.02
99 Jure Zagar (Slo) Slovenian National Team                41.02
100 Alain Lauener (Swi) Swiss National Team Two            41.42
101 Yvo Kusters (Ned) Dutch National Team                  46.24
102 Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team        46.39
103 Frank Appelbaum (Lux) Luxembourg National Team         48.18
104 Dmitro Kryvtsov (Ukr) Ukrainian National Team          48.39
105 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) German National Team         49.53
106 Blaz Furdi (Slo) Slovenian National Team               52.34