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A winning day for Gerolsteiner

Susan Westemeyer
August 07, 2006, 1:00 BST,
April 22, 2009, 20:36 BST
First Edition Cycling News for August 7, 2006
Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner)

Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner)

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If not much of anything went right for Gerolsteiner in the Tour de France, then just about...

If not much of anything went right for Gerolsteiner in the Tour de France, then just about everything is going right in the races being held in August. Perhaps the team should just try to survive the grand tour and concentrate its energies on the smaller tours. Sunday saw the team take two wins, one in Germany and one in Denmark.

Leipheimer: "I love this race!"

In 2005 Leipheimer used an outstanding performance in the mountains to win the Deutschland Tour. On Sunday he took a stage win in the mountains to push himself up to fourth place overall, with three stages still to go. The stage was shortened by bad weather, with the main climb being taken out.

Leipheimer attacked about 2.5 km before the finish on a short flat stretch and was able to carry a three second advantage to the end. "Winning is always great, now I want to repeat my overall win from last year," he said. "I love this race!"

"Perfect teamwork" in Denmark

Sprinter Robert Förster took his second stage win in the Tour of Denmark Sunday, for his fifth season win. "It was perfect teamwork again," said directeur sportif Christian Wegmann. "It was a perfect duplicate of the stage win on Friday." In addition to the two stage wins, the team can be satisfied with two top fifteen finishers, with Rene Haselbacher finishing 7th overall and Frank Høj 12th.

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