Teutenberg wins second leg in Md. TOUR DU PONT

May 07, 1994|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Sun Staff Writer

HAGERSTOWN -- German sprinter Sven Teutenberg passed five cyclists in the last of three circuits in downtown Hagerstown to win the second stage of the Tour Du Pont yesterday.

The German team -- Teutenberg, his brother Lars, and Rajmund Lehnert -- used an attack strategy in the final several hundred yards of the 115-mile race, which brought some excitement to an otherwise uneventful road race along Maryland's northern tier.

Teutenberg, 21, finished the Port Deposit-to-Hagerstown road race in 5 hours, 56 minutes, 29 seconds, an average speed of 19.35 mph. Lehnert, 29, and Gianvito Martinelli of Italy followed .. Teutenberg to the finish line.

The 1,060-mile Tour Du Pont, billed as America's premier cycling event, continues today with a 93-mile road race from Fredericksburg, Va., to Richmond, Va.

Nearly five hours into the Maryland stage, Malcolm Elliott of Great Britain won a time trial in Thurmont to narrowly wrestle the yellow leader's jersey from Raul Alcala, who won Wednesday's time trial and had remained the overall leader after Thursday's Dover-to-Wilmington stage.

The win gave Elliott, 32, riding for the Chevrolet-L.A. Sheriff team, bonus points, allowing him to deduct three seconds from his cumulative total, besting Alcala of Mexico, a two-time Tour Du Pont champion, by one second.

"We were going for the sprint," Elliott said. "We tried to go for it in Jarrettsville but the wind picked up and we got blown around and made a mess of it."

The Thurmont sprint was third of the day. It is one of two -- the other is Jarrettsville -- with bonus points awarded to the top three finishers. Elliott's win of the jersey is a first for the Chevrolet-L.A. Sheriff team.

(115-mi. leg from Port Deposit to Hagerstown)

1, Sven Teutenberg, Germany, amateur, 5 hours, 56 minutes, 29 seconds, 19.35 mph; 2, Rajmund Lehnert, Germany, amateur, same time; 3, Gianvito Martinelli, Italy, Polti, same time; 4, Edwig Van Hooydonck, Belgium, WordPerfect, same time; 5, Arvis Piziks, Latvia, amateur, same time; 6, Frankie Andreu, Dearborn, Mich., Motorola, same time; 7, Marty Jemison, Salt Lake City, WordPerfect, same time; 8, Scott McKinley, Sacramento, Calif., Coors Light, same time; 9, Kaspars Ozers, Latvia, amateur, same time; 10, Grant Rice, Australia, amateur, same time.

Overall standings

(After two stages)

1, Malcolm Elliott, Britain, Chevrolet-L.A. Sheriff, 8 hours, 56 minutes, 6 seconds; 2, Raul Alcala, Mexico, Motorola, 1 second behind; 3, Bobby Julich, Glenwood Springs, Colo., Chevrolet-L.A. Sheriff, :04 behind; 4, Andrea Peron, Italy, Polti, :06 behind; 5, Frederic Moncassin, France, WordPerfect, :07 behind; 6 (tie), Greg LeMond, Medina, Minn., Gan, Frankie Andreu, Dearborn, Mich., Motorola, :08 behind.

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