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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK
Merckx climbs to French stage win
Axel Merckx
Merckx showed his climbing prowess to claim the fifth stage
Belgium's Axel Merckx won the fifth stage of the Dauphine Libere on Friday as the overall lead changed hands.

Spaniard Inigo Landaluze finished second on the 219km stage from Vaison-La-Romaine to Grenoble to take over at the top from Levi Leipheimer.

Merckx, son of the legendary Eddy Merckx, broke away from the field on the second of five climbs.

Euskaltel rider Landaluze followed soon after to ride into the overall lead with Leipheimer left trailing.


Stage five results:
1. Axel Merckx (BEL) 5hr 15min 01sec
2. Inigo Landaluze (ESP) +2mins 15sec
3. Benjamin Noval (ESP) +5:45
4. Eddy Mazzeloni (ITA) s.t.
5. Paolo Bossoni (ITA) +6:15
6. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) s.t.
7. Rafael Casero (ESP) s.t.
8. Mario Aerts (BEL) +6:17
9. Francis Mourey (FRA) +6:18
10. Thor Hushovd (NOR) +7:32

Overall standings:
1. Inigo Landaluze (ESP) 20hr 41min 15sec
2. Axel Merckx (BEL) a+2mins 32sec
3. Levi Leipheimer (USA) +2:51
4. Lance Armstrong (USA) +3:12
5. Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) +3:17
6. Floyd Landis (USA) +3:38
7. Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ) +4:51
8. Santiago Botero (COL) +5:16
9. Jose Gomez-Marchante (ESP) +5:44
10. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA) +5:58



SEE ALSO
Vinokourov claims stage victory
09 Jun 05 |  Cycling
Botero leaves Armstrong gasping
08 Jun 05 |  Cycling


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