Armstrong Wins Final Stage of Languedoc-Roussillon Tour; Moreau Wins Overall
Lance Armstrong (U.S. Postal Service) has won the final stage of the Tour du Languedoc-Roussillon. The five-time Tour de France winner powered away from the field to win the fifth and final stage of the race in 4:42:08. Former world champion Laurent Brochard (Ag2r) outsprinted Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) to finish the hilly, 203-km ride in second at 0:19. Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole) is the overall winner.
On the day's first climb, the Col du Rey, Daniel Atienza (Cofidis), Anthony Charteau (Brioches La Boulangere), Ryan Cox (Barloworld), Martinez, Stephane Goubert (RAGT), and former world champion Oscar Camenzind (Phonak) escaped. Goubert and Martinez were dropped, but the others built a six-minute lead before the field reacted.
Credit Agricole began to chase, and Ag2r and U.S. Postal Service assisted. On the climb to the finish, Armstrong attacked with teammate Jose Azevedo. Martinez joined the American, but Armstrong eventually dropped him en route to the stage win.
In the overall, Moreau beat Vyatcheslav Ekimov by 0:19 and Iker Flores (Euskaltel) by 0:46. France will expect much of Moreau at the Tour de France in July. Will he deliver? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!