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Tour of Denmark: Roger Hammond TTs to 3rd in the GC

Ignatas Konovalovas was the top finisher from the TestTeam, finishing 9th, 34 seconds back from the stage winner, Maurizio Biondo (Ceramica Flaminia).

Roger Hammond’s 14th place, 40 seconds back from the winner, was good enough to move him into 3rd overall in the race, with only one stage left to race tomorrow.

"My time trial was good," said Ignatas Konovalovas, "but I did not feel the same power that I felt in the Giro d’Italia."

"Roger Hammond had a great time trial, and it moved him up to third in the GC," said Sports Director Marcello Albasini. "Tomorrow we will work to keep Roger in a good position and try to keep him on the podium. He has worked so hard for everybody else in all of the stages, and he has earned first place as far as I am concerned. I am also very proud of our young riders and how they have performed in this race. They have really worked hard, always up in front, and shown how talented they are."

Cerv?lo TestTeam rider Jeremy Hunt won the fourth stage of the Danish Tour which was contested earlier in the day before the TT race. Hunt was part of a four-man breakaway that survived to the finish line with a 1:30 advantage over the peloton. The break also included TestTeam’s Roger Hammond, who finished third. TestTeam’s Martin Reimer won the bunch sprint in the peloton to take fifth in the stage.

Early in the race, there was a breakaway of 14 riders, but that group never got a large enough gap from the peloton and were brought back quickly. After about an hour of racing, four riders got away including Roger Hammond and Jeremy Hunt. The four riders quickly built up a lead of four minutes on the peloton. When the race reached 30 km to go, Team CSF Navigare and Team Saxo Bank tried to chase the break, but when the lead was still over 2 minutes with only 10 km to go it became clear that the breakaway would survive. The four riders in the lead group sprinted for the stage victory, and Jeremy Hunt was the strongest, taking his first win of the season.

Daniel Lloyd has been suffering from some pain in his knee and did not start the fourth stage.

The final stage of the race tomorrow will take the riders 150 km from Ringsted to Fredriksberg.

Christopher Jones
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Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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