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Tour de Romandie - PT

Switzerland, April 26-May 1, 2005

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Prologue - April 26: Geneva, 3.4km

Opening salvo to Phonak

Oscar Pereiro (Phonak)
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Spanish rider Oscar Pereiro has given his Phonak Hearing Systems a win on home turf by taking out the prologue of the Tour de Romandie, a 3.4 km time trial in Geneva. Pereiro's time of 4.28.57 was four seconds slower than Brad McGee's winning time last year, but it was just enough to hold off past Romandie winner Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel) and Stefano Garzelli (Liquigas-Bianchi), with McGee finishing fourth at just over three seconds.

Pereiro was the last rider to start, with Savoldelli in the hot seat at that stage. But the Spaniard, who showed good form in Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege, did not let his side down as he knocked 0.23 seconds off Savoldelli's time. In addition, Phonak's Alexandre Moos (7th) and Tadej Valjavec (20th) delivered solid performances, ensuring the team finished on top of the teams classification on day 1 as well.

Oscar Pereiro (Phonak)
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One rider who wasn't so lucky was Joseba Beloki (Liberty Seguros). In his first race back since abandoning Tirreno-Adriatico, Beloki finished 160th at 52 seconds - on paper not a particularly inspiring performance. But Beloki experienced mechanical problems when his handlebars came loose during the race, necessitating a bike change. His team director Manolo Saiz was not too disappointed, as a result.

Tomorrow's 166 km first stage starts and ends in Avenches, and contains two Cat. 3 climbs and two sprints. It shouldn't be enough to disturb Phonak's grip on the leader's jersey, but riders like Savoldelli, Garzelli, McGee, and Dekker are all handy when it comes to taking bonus seconds.


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1 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                        4.28
2 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel                           
3 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                           0.03
4 Bradley Mc Gee (Aus) La Francaise des Jeux                         
5 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                         
6 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                      0.04
7 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        
8 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quickstep                                0.05
9 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                  0.06
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Discovery Channel                            
11 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
12 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Iles Baleares-Casse d'Epargne  
13 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth                   
14 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         
15 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                     
16 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                    0.07
17 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                  
18 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                
19 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Lampre-Caffita                               
20 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                       
21 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                 
22 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Caffita                                 
23 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                       
24 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          0.08
25 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Davitamon - Lotto                           
26 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
27 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
28 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Discovery Channel                          
29 Santiago Botero (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems                      
30 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           
31 Aitor Osa Eizagzuirre (Spa) Iles Baleares-Casse d'Epargne          
32 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                       
33 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros-Würth                          
34 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth             0.09
35 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           
36 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Domina Vacanze                         
37 Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                        
38 Tom Steels (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                                
39 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                    0.10
40 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                         
41 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone               
42 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
43 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                            
44 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone           0.11
45 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quickstep                                  
46 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi                           
47 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Iles Baleares-Casse d'Epargne         
48 Ivan Ravaioli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                        
49 Nicolas Roche (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone               
50 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi                        
51 Dario Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                
52 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Prodir                   
53 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone          0.12
54 Miguel A. Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems          
55 Maryan Hary (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
56 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Credit Agricole                            
57 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                           
58 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Discovery Channel                     
59 László Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                              
60 Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep                                     0.13
61 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                       
62 Pedro Horillo Muños (Spa) Rabobank                                
63 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                                 
64 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Rabobank                                    
65 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                          
66 Torsten Hieckmann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                             
67 Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                
68 Josu Silloniz Aresti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                    
69 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Davitamon - Lotto                           
70 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                       0.14
71 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) La Francaise des Jeux                        
72 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
73 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                            
74 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                                
75 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                
76 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              0.15
77 Aïtor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          
78 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux                     
79 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                  
80 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone              
81 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                       
82 José Luis Arieta Lujambio (Spa) Iles Baleares-Casse d'Epargne     
83 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 
84 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                     0.16
85 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   
86 Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                               
87 Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Spa) Team CSC                             
88 Lilian Jegou (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux                          
89 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                   0.17
90 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              
91 Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner                                      
92 Jérémy Roy (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux                            
93 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         
94 Daniele Colli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                              
95 Sergi Escobar Roure (Spa) Iles Baleares-Casse d'Epargne           
96 Patrick Mccarty (USA) Discovery Channel                           
97 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Lampre-Caffita                        0.18
98 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                     
99 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole                             
100 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                         
101 Matthew Wilson (Aus) La Francaise des Jeux                       
102 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) Rabobank                                  
103 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) T-Mobile Team                                
104 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth             
105 Sergio Miguel Paulinho (Por) Liberty Seguros-Würth               
106 Inigo Landaluze (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                      0.19
107 Fumyuki Beppu (Jpn) Discovery Channel                            
108 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone      0.20
109 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
110 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                               
111 Christian Moreni (Ita) Quickstep                                 
112 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Iles Baleares-Casse d'Epargne      
113 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                
114 José Antonio Garrido Lima (Spa) Quickstep                        
115 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Domina Vacanze                               
116 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                             
117 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                            0.21
118 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Caffita                               
119 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                        
120 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  
121 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Credit Agricole                             
122 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel                           
123 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              0.22
124 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC                                        
125 Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                      
126 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quickstep                                   
127 Christophe Kern (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           
128 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval - Prodir                        
129 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                           
130 Anton Luengo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                           
131 Cédric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                             0.23
132 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quickstep                                
133 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel                       0.24
134 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank                                   0.25
135 José Cayetano Julia (Spa) Iles Baleares-Casse d'Epargne          
136 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        
137 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                              
138 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile Team                             
139 Mads Christensen (Den) Quickstep                                 
140 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) T-Mobile Team                             0.24
141 Mourey Francis (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux                     0.25
142 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                
143 Mikel Artetxe (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        0.26
144 Aitor Silloniz Aresti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                  
145 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth                        
146 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                              0.27
147 Marcos Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth             
148 Unaï Yus Kerejeta (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                         
149 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                
150 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone             
151 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner                            0.28
152 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Fassa Bortolo                          
153 Daniele Becke (Ger) Iles Baleares-Casse d'Epargne                
154 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                           0.29
155 Oscar Mason (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             0.30
156 Jussy Veikkanen (Fin) La Francaise des Jeux                    0.31
157 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                          0.32
158 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                  0.35
159 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                               0.36
160 Joseba Beloki Dorronsoro (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth           0.52
1 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                          15 pts
2 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel                            12
3 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                             10
4 Bradley Mc Gee (Aus) La Francaise des Jeux                           9
5 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                           8
6 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                         7
7 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          6
8 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quickstep                                   5
9 Luis Perez (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone                     4
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Discovery Channel                              3
11 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    2
12 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Iles Baleares-Casse d'Epargne    1
1 Phonak Hearing Systems                                          13.36
2 Discovery Channel                                                0.02
3 Rabobank                                                         0.10
4 Gerolsteiner                                                       
5 Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team                                       0.13
6 Liquigas-Bianchi                                                 0.14
7 Team CSC                                                         0.15
8 Illes Balears-Banesto                                              
9 Lampre-Caffita                                                     
10 Credit Par Telephone                                            0.16
11 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                              
12 Domina Vacanze                                                    
13 Bouygues Telecom                                                  
14 Davitamon - Lotto                                               0.17
15 Quickstep                                                       0.18
16 Fassa Bortolo                                                   0.19
17 Francaise Des Jeux                                              0.21
18 T-Mobile Team                                                   0.26
19 Credit Agricole                                                 0.28
20 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                             0.36

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