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Julich rollsto another’05 victory

Glenwood Springs High School graduate Bobby Julich used a dominating final-stage time trial Wednesday at the Benelux Tour in Netherlands to claim his third stage race victory of 2005.”Bobby was simply in a league of his own today,” said Team CSC sports director Scott Sunderland on the team’s Web site. “We knew we had a shot at the victory, but it would take a huge effort – and he did it.”Prior to the 26.3-kilometer individual time trial, Julich was in 12th place in the race, 37 seconds behind leader Rik Verbrugghe. The Olympic bronze medalist crushed Verbrugghe and the rest of the field in his strongest event, winning the time trial in 31 minutes, 14 seconds. His time was 37 seconds faster than second-place Leif Hoste of Discovery Channel. Erik Dekker (Rabobank) was third, 45 seconds behind Julich.”I’ve had brilliant legs all week and had a feeling it just might be possible today,” Julich said. “I’ve really made an effort in this race and my ambition from day one was to win it.”Julich finished the eight-stage race with an overall time of 29 hours, 8 minutes, 1 second – 21 seconds ahead of Dekker and 41 seconds ahead of Hoste.”I was surprised that I managed to get so much time on Dekker, who was my closest rival in this race, because a totally flat time trial is far from ideal for me,” Julich said. “But I did it and I’m extremely happy.”With the victory, Julich moves to fourth in the Pro Tour standings. He won the Paris-Nice and Criterium International stage races earlier this year and also recently took first place in the Luk Challenge, a two-man time trial with teammate Jens Voigt.According to his Web site, Julich’s next race is the Tour of Germany, which starts Monday.


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