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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 June, 2005, 18:12 GMT 19:12 UK
Ullrich makes solid Swiss start
Austria's Bernhard Eisel
Eisel claimed the first stage of the tour which runs until 19 June
Tour de France hopeful Jan Ullrich made a solid if unspectacular start to the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday.

The defending champion, who is using the Swiss race as a warm-up to another tilt at cycling's most pretigious prize, finished 28th on stage one.

The German was 16 seconds slower than Austrian Bernhard Eisel, who was first home following a sprint finish.

The Francaise des Jeux rider out-paced Belgian Tom Boonen and compatriot Peter Wrolich to win the 170km-stage.

Olympic road race champion Paolo Bettini finished fourth after sparking the sprint for the line.

Eisel will wear the leader's yellow jersey for the event's only time-trial around Weinfelden on Sunday.

First stage results:

1. Bernhard Eisel (Austria / Francaise des Jeux) 4:00:07"
2. Tom Boonen (Belgium / Quick-Step)
3. Peter Wrolich (Austria / Gerolsteiner)
4. Paolo Bettini (Italy / Quick-Step)
5. Bradley McGee (Australia / Francaise des Jeux)
6. Baden Cooke (Australia / Francaise des Jeux)
7. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland / Fassa Bortolo)
8. Vladimir Gusev (Russia / Team CSC)
9. Aurelien Clerc (Switzerland / Phonak)
10. Rene Haselbacher (Austria / Gerolsteiner)


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