Zürich: Three CSC riders in Top 7

Team CSC made an impressive effort in the 93rd edition of the Swiss classic Züri-Metzgete. Stuart O'Grady took the second place, after himself and teammate Fabian Cancellara worked very in the decisive break. Cancellara finished fifth and Nicki Sørensen seventh.

During the final climb, Samuel Sanchez escaped from the lead group and managed to maintain his gap over his pursuers in the rainy streets of Zürich. Initially, both Cancellara and O'Grady were dropped on the climb, but they stubbornly worked their way back together. Cancellara sacrificed himself for O'Grady, catching up with the group several times after getting dropped on the climbs in the finale, and the Australian as a result was able to take the second place ahead of Gerolsteiner's Davide Rebellin. In the end, CSC placed four riders amongst the top twelve.

"Winning this race would of course have been fantastic, but as it turned out it was Sanchez who was the strongest rider today," said Kim Andersen after the third last ProTour race of the season. "The whole team did really well, and both Fabian and Stuart kept up nicely as we'd expect from seeing how they did at the World Championships. We almost succeeded in our plan, but unfortunately they had to let go on the climb at the end. But that being said, they deserve great credit for fighting their way back as they did. Under the circumstances we have every reason to be satisfied with the outcome of today, especially as we also took the first place in the team's competition, which was one of our goals today."

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