T-Mobile rider Honchar takes overall lead
CREMONA, Italy -- Ivan Basso led Team CSC to victory in the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday.
Team CSC finished the 35-kilometer time trial from Piacenza to Cremona in 36 minutes, 56 seconds, traveling nearly 35 mph as the race returned to Italy after four stages in Belgium.
Ukraine veteran Sergiy Honchar took the overall leader's pink jersey as his T-Mobile team -- with Jan Ullrich and Michael Rogers -- finished runner-up by one second.
Stefan Schumacher had previously held the pink jersey.
Matthias Kessler lost ground on the last stretch and crossed a few seconds behind his teammates to cost T-Mobile the stage win. Defending champion Paolo Savoldelli and his Discovery Channel team was third, 39 seconds back. Schumacher and his Gerolsteiner team finished 1:03 behind.
Former Giro winners Damiano Cunego (Lampre) and Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval) lost more than a minute because their squads do not include time trial specialists.
The 36-year-old Honchar leads Jens Voigt and Rogers by six seconds overall. Basso moved up to fifth, 11 seconds back.
Basso, who will race in the Tour de France this year, said his team fought hard for the stage win.
"We are very happy. I improved overall, but it's a very tough, difficult Giro. Every day poses a new challenge," said Basso, who finished second to Lance Armstrong in last year's Tour de France.
Armstrong, who retired after clinching his seventh Tour de France title last year, followed the time trial in the car of his former team, Discovery Channel.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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