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Quick Step takes white jersey

By:
Mark Zalewski in Malibu, California
Published:
May 19, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:01 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for May 19, 2007
Hubert Schwab (Quickstep-Innergetic)

Hubert Schwab (Quickstep-Innergetic)

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After a long day in the saddle, powering in the 120 kilometre long breakaway, 25 year old Quick Step...

After a long day in the saddle, powering in the 120 kilometre long breakaway, 25 year old Quick Step rider Hubert Schwab was rewarded with the white jersey of the best young rider, which he took from Liquigas' Vincenzo Nibali, and Schwab had the calculations all set in his head the whole way.

Hubert Schwab, a graduate in mathematics from the University of Basilea, knew that he would have the maglia bianca at the end of the day, but the trouble was getting there. "In the last kilometres I was very tired," explained Schwab on the finishing line at Spoleto, "but I tried to do my best to stay focused. I dreamed about this jersey, it's a great satisfaction for me and for the whole team. I am very happy."

The Swiss rider was especially satisfied with the performance because it reverses bad luck he had earlier this season, "In March, before the start of the GP of Lugano, I suffered an ugly accident to the right hip that could have put my whole season in danger."

Schwab holds a 1'17" lead over Nibali, and he likes the look of the white jersey, "I hope to maintain it for a long time," Schwab said. "It's really the best moment of my career."

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