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Cycling: Ullrich wins tour of Switzerland by one second

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posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 10:45 AM
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LUGANO - German Jan Ullrich won the Tour of Switzerland cycling race by one second on Sunday after a blistering performance on the final 25.6km time trial around Lugano.

Ullrich, using the event to prepare for next month's Tour de France where he will lead the opposition to American five-times winner Lance Armstrong, set the fastest time on the ninth stage with 31 minutes and 36 seconds.

Ullrich of T-Mobile was 41 seconds adrift of Saunier Duval's Swiss rider Fabian Jeker before the time trial and claimed overall victory by the narrowest of margins.

"To win the Tour of Switzerland is a big highlight for me," Ullrich said.

"I guessed and speculated the time I needed during the stage. But on the way I did believe is was possible for success. I'm very happy."




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