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Tour Of Holland: US Postal News

– Reported by Dan Osipow For Tailwind Sports –

The United States Postal Service Pro Cycling Team’s Victor Hugo Pena finished third overall at the Tour of Holland on Saturday.

Pena, in his first race since the Tour de France, took the lead at the Tour of Holland following his victory in Thursday’s fourth stage, an 18.3 kilometer time trial stage in Almelo. Pena then held his slim overall lead through Friday’s stage, but was unable to hang on in Saturday’s final stage, a difficult 205.5 km stage to Landgraaf similar to the Amstel Gold race World Cup event. In the stage, Rabobank’s Michael Boogerd raced to victory with Fassa Bortolo’s Kim Kirchen finishing second in the same time. Pena placed 27th in the stage, 42 seconds back of Boogerd and Kirchen, giving Kirchen the overall victory.

“Victor rode a strong race in Holland but was not pointing to this race as a major objective,” said Johan Bruyneel, the USPS team’s director sportif. “Victor is preparing for the Tour of Spain next month, and I think he will bring good form to that event.”

Also placing in the top 10 at the Tour of Holland was Dylan Casey , who finished ninth, 33 seconds back. Two other USPS riders finished in the top 20, with Tom Boonen in 14th place and Christian Vande Velde in 16th, both within a minute of Kirchen.

FINAL GC, TOUR OF HOLLAND
1. Kim Kirchen, Fassa Bortolo; 19:53:04
2. Erik Dekker, Rabobank; at :04
3. Victor Hugo Pena, U.S. Postal Service; at :14
4. David Canada, Mapei; at :17
5. Robert Bartko, Telekom; at :19
***
9. Dylan Casey, U.S. Postal Service; at :33
14. Tom Boonen, U.S. Postal Service; at :48
16. Christian Vande Velde, U.S. Postal Service; at :50
37. Benoit Joachim, U.S. Postal Service; at 5:04
38. Antonio Cruz, U.S. Postal Service; at 5:29
39. Pavel Padrnos, U.S. Postal Service; at 5:36
DNF – Matt White, U.S. Postal Service

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