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Fothen tops for Gerolsteiner

Young talent Markus Fothen continues to shine for the Gerolsteiner, finishing seventh in the time trial at 1'15 from Zabriskie, and moving to ninth overall at 2'10 from Di Luca. "Markus is very satisfied and would have happily ridden for a bit longer," said Gerolsteiner's DS Christian Henn. "He had the feeling that he was improving in the final kilometres. He has got back some of the time he lost in Saturday's stage." Henn noted that Fothen was still ahead of Gilberto Simoni on GC.

"It's going very well. We can be satisfied. Monty [Seven Montgomery, 23rd overall] has remained within the range of possibility." Finally, Sven Krauss kept his blue Intergiro jersey, that he won in the first stage.

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