McEwen wins fifth stage in sprint finish

Updated: June 20, 2007, 1:31 PM ET
Associated Press

GIUBIASCO, Switzerland -- Robbie McEwen won the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse in a sprint finish Wednesday, and Franck Schleck kept the leader's yellow jersey.

McEwen edged Daniele Bennati to win the 119.8-mile stage from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, to Giubiasco in 4 hours, 55 minutes, 40 seconds. Erik Zabel of Germany was third.

The stage was marked by a lengthy breakaway by Rubens Bertogliati and Laurens Ten Dam. After other failed breakaway attempts, Bertogliati and Ten Dam succeeded 17.5 miles into the stage, building a nine-minute lead at the summit at Flims.

Schleck leads overall with a time of 19:28:03. Vladimir Efimkin of Russia is second, 49 seconds back. Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg is third in the same time.

The sixth stage takes riders from Giubiasco to Crans Montana.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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