<
>

Proni breaks away to win 131-mile stage four

6/18/2007

NAUDERS, Austria -- Alessandro Proni earned his first career
victory Monday by winning the third stage of the Tour de Suisse
after a 131-mile breakaway, and Fabian Cancellara kept the leader's yellow jersey.

After an early breakout with Daniel Navarro Garcia and Luis
Pasamontes Rodriguez in the 142-mile stage from Brunnen to this
Austrian town, Proni took command over the final five miles to win
in 6 hours, 2 minutes, 17 seconds.

"It's not only the biggest win of my career, it's the first win
of my professional career," the 24-year-old Quick Step rider from
Italy said. "I'm used to winning as an amateur but not as a pro.
This is still hard for me to believe."

Proni finished the third and longest stage of this year's tour
seven seconds ahead of the peloton. Xavier Florencio of Spain was
second, while Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg was third.