Friday, June 15, 2007
Great CSC effort on Mont Ventoux
Team CSC delivered a great effort in Thursday's fourth stage of Dauphiné Libéré. The race finished on the top of the infamous Mont Ventoux after a 197- kilometre route. CSC had David Zabriskie, Chris Anker Sørensen and Volodimir Gustov in the main group for a long time and the trio finished in the top 20. This gave them the lead in the overall team classification.
Zabriskie got 11th on the stage, two minutes behind Moreau. This good performance put him in fifth place overall, only 26 seconds behind Andrey Kashechkin. The American stayed with the main group most of the way and he even responded to an attack of Botcharov before settling with the others in the final part of the climb.
"We managed to create an ideal setup for ourselves, because Dave, Chris and Volodymir turned out to have great legs today. It was a tremendous effort by all three and it opens up some exciting possibilities. In tomorrow's stage we might see a break lasting all the way home, so we'll have to keep our guys together ahead of the two final stages," said Alain Gallopin via team-csc.com.