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Danmark Rundt St.3&4: Pollack Pips Aussies

In a relatively short 102km stage to day from Sшro to Hillerшd, T-Mobile’s Olaf Pollack was finally successful in winning a stage of the Post Danmark Rundt. After yesterday’s stage, T-Mobile Director Brian Holm warned that this was the man to watch… and Pollack did not disappoint.

– Reported by Stan Smith-

The German won in front of Baden Cooke (Unibet) with CSC’s Stuart O’Grady making the podium yet again in third.

The day was filled with breakaway attempts one of which was brought back with just a kilometer of racing left in this first of two stages today.

For stage 5 the riders head north later today for a 15 kilometer individual time trial in the windy town of Helsingшr. We should see some fireworks here as O’Grady and CSC try to hold on to the overall lead. Cancellara, O’Grady and Kurt asle Arvesen all from Team CSC are the best bet to take the second stage of the day, but Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas) and Baden Cooke (Unibet) are only about 30 seconds back in the GC, and are no pushovers when it comes to time-trialing. They could be extra motivated to do a game changing time.

Stay tuned to Pez for news from Stage 5 and all the latest news from Post Danmark Rundt 2006.

Pollack nips the Aussies: Baden Cooke and Stuey O’Grady.

Results: GC After Stage 4
1 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team CSC 16.11.30
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 0.07
3 Renй Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner 0.20
4 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas 0.33
5 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com 0.34
6 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) T-Mobile Team 0.40
7 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 0.44
8 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC
9 Piet Rooyakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0.49
10 Chris Anker Sшrensen (Den) Team Designa Kokken 0.50

Stage 3 • Kolding – Odense. 214,5 km
Hotdamn! Another fine day for racing in Denmark. The gods must have been appeased with the offering of Van Petegem (Lotto) and the German Renй Korff (T-Mobile) on Stage 1, because the sun has been shining and temperatures have been mild for Stages Two and Three of the Tour of Denmark 2006… which I’m sure is a welcome relief for the riders who have been rained on continuously in this Tour.

Robert Forster (Gerolsteiner) won yesterdays third stage of the Tour in front of a determined Stuart O’Grady of Team CSC. But it was O’Grady that was the real winner. Read on….

CSC rode on the for the entire day and kept every breakaway attempt (and there were many) in check. The most serious break included Leon von Bon (Davitamin Lotto) and Frank Hoj (Gerolsteiner) who attacked on the days second hill sprint in the climbers competition.

The break was allowed to gain about 2 and half minutes on the field with about 100 kilometers of racing left for the day. But the break was doomed as the two didn’t seem to work well together and after about 45km Hoj sat up after taking the next hill sprint allowing Von Bon to continue solo. This was no threat to the peloton as von Bon was way down on GC, so it seemed that they might let him ride this one home, but he was brought back some few kilometers later.

Around the 140 kilometer mark there was a huge pileup which saw as many as 20 riders go down. There were many casualties, but most were up again and on their way after a wheel or a bike change. The most serious was stage one winner Aitor Galdos Alonso (Panaria) who broke a bone in his hand. He managed to finish the stage but was a non-starter for stage 4.

There were attacks following, with one including various Danish riders and Rik Reinerink fra Skil-Shimano lasting to the 13km to go mark, but CSC, Unibet and T-Mobile Team upped the tempo to bring the peloton together and set up their men O’Grady, Cooke and Pollack for the final sprint.

The remaining 12km was 3 laps on a 4km finishing circuit where the pace increased further and lots of casualties ensued including Robbie McEwin’s trusty lead-out man “Fast Freddy” Rodriguez (Davitamin Lotto) among others.

Frank Hшj not yet finished with the days work attacked again with 2 kilometers to go but was caught with just 400 meters to the line.

Robert Fцrster sped across the line in first position followed again by CSC’s Stuart O’Grady in second, with local boy and former track World Champion Alex Rasmussen in third. O’Grady’s second place finish gave enough bonus seconds to put him in Yellow… just three seconds ahead of Cancellara.

T-Mobile Sports Director Brian Holm commented that “Olaf (Pollack) used all of his energy during the stage and had nothing left in the final sprint,” “Thomas (Ziegler) is well placed on GC and we will be looking for him to do something tomorrow.”

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