Garcia wins toughest climb; Voigt retains lead

Updated: August 14, 2007, 12:52 PM ET
Associated Press

SOELDEN, Austria -- David Lopez Garcia of Spain won the toughest climb in the Tour of Germany and Jens Voigt took a major step toward winning his home race for the second straight year by finishing second in Tuesday's fifth stage.

Garcia covered the 98-mile stage in 4 hours, 21 minutes, 7 seconds and is now second overall, 33 seconds behind Voigt. The German finished the stage 12 seconds back.

"At the end of a mountain stage you are fighting alone," Voigt said. "Hopefully I can defend the yellow jersey now and repeat my victory."

Discovery Channel rider Levi Leipheimer of the United States, who trailed Voigt by 27 seconds going into the stage, was seventh 1:10 behind Garcia. He dropped to fifth overall, 1:31 off the pace.

Rigoberto Uran of Colombia, who crashed in a downhill section in Monday's stage, remained in a German hospital with a broken left arm.

The nine-stage race ends Saturday.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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