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Armstrong Second Overall At Criterim International

Armstrong Second Overall At Crierim International
– USPS Press Release
In just his second race of the year, the United States Postal Service Pro Cycling Team’s Lance Armstrong finished an impressive second overall – by less than one second – at the two-day, three-stage Criterium Internatoinal stage race in Charleville Mezieres, France.

In Sunday’s double stage day – a 98.5 kilometer road stage from Les Mazures to Montherme followed by an 8.5 km time trial in Charleville Mezieres – Armstrong rode solidly, placing seventh in the morning stage (among a group of group of eight riders nine seconds back of stage winner David Moncoutie of Cofidis) before finishing third in the time trial (eight seconds back of winner Jens Voigt of Credit Agricole) to place just behind Alberto Martinez of Euskaltel, the runner-up at Criterium International last year.

“I felt good in the race,” Armstrong said. “Yesterday’s stage was not too difficult, therefore it was hard to judge my form, but this morning’s stage was a tough one and I was happy with what I felt. The time trial was a bit of a disappointment, as it’s tough to lose by half a second, but if you asked me before if I thought I would be podium here, I would have said you were crazy. All in all, I can’t
complain – I’m ready for the Classics.”

Floyd Landis was next for the USPS, finishing 23rd overall on the heels of a solid 17th place effort in the time trial. Teammate Dave Zabriskie – the winner of the time trial stage at the Sea Otter Classic last weekend – finished just in front of Landis in the time trial in 16th place to finish 41st overall. Christian Vande Velde placed 21st in the time trial and 24th overall.

FINAL GC, CRITERIUM INTERNATIONAL
1. Alberto Martinez, Euskaltel-Euskadi: 7:33:03
2. Lance Armstrong, U.S. Postal Service; at :01
3. David Moncoutie, Cofidis: at :12
4. Jens Voigt, Credit Agricole: at :17
5. Laurent Brochard, Jean Delatour: at :19
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23. Floyd Landis, U.S. Postal Service; at :47
24. Christian Vandevelde, U.S. Postal Service; at :48
29. Josй Luis Rubiera, U.S. Postal Service; at :55
33. Steffen Kjaergaard, U.S. Postal Service; at :56
41. Dave Zabriskie, U.S. Postal Service; at 1:07
51. Roberto Heras, U.S. Postal Service; at 1:19
83. Victor Hugo Pena, U.S. Postal Service; at 4:10
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