Sun brightens Indurain's prospects Zabel wins stage

Riis still overall leader

Tour de France


GAP, France -- By 11: 30 a.m. yesterday, when the Tour de France left Turin, Italy, the temperature was in the 70s and the forecast for the next two days called for more sun and more heat.

For Miguel Indurain, this marked the real start of the Tour, in which he is seeking his sixth successive victory. The Spaniard flourishes in the sun and wilts in the cold, the rain and the snow in which the race has been run so far.

At long last, the sun. No wonder then that Indurain looked enthusiastic when he arrived with the rest of the Banesto team at the sign-in for the Tour's 10th stage, 129 miles from Turin to Gap.

He was not alone in his jubilation. On the long road west out of town toward the Alps and a return to France after a stage into Italy, the riders were massively frisky. Attack followed attack, and never mind the head wind.

The last attack was by Rolf Sorensen, who was trying to prove that Bjarne Riis, the man in the overall leader's yellow jersey, is not the only Dane in the Tour. After a 15-mile breakaway as the race neared Gap, Sorensen could not hold off the tide of pursuers in the last straightaway.

In the sprint finish, the winner was Erik Zabel, a German with Telekom, the German team that holds both the yellow jersey and the green jersey of the points leader. Zabel captured the green one by beating Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, an Uzbek with Refin, by half a bicycle length in the overall time of 5 hours, 8 minutes, 10 seconds.

Andrea Ferrigato, an Italian with Roslotto, was third in the same time, which translated into 28 mph. That was a rapid day's pace because the stage included a major climb over the Montgenevre Pass. Credit the sunlight.

Riis, who also rides for Telekom, remained the overall leader by 40 seconds over Yevgeny Berzin, a Russian with Gewiss.

Despite the lovely day and scenic surroundings of wheat fields rippling in the head wind, a handful of riders did not survive. They included Johan Bruyneel, a Belgian with Rabobank who was injured when he crashed off the road and into a ravine Saturday, and Laurent Jalabert, a Frenchman with ONCE and the world's top-ranked rider.

Indurain finished lucky 13th yesterday in the same time as the winner and continued to rank eighth overall, 4: 38 behind Riis.

10th stage

(129 miles from Turin, Italy, to Gap, France)

1. Erik Zabel, Telekom, 5 hours, 8 minutes, 10 seconds; 2. Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Refin, same time; 3. Andrea Ferrigato, Roslotto, same time; 4. Fabio Baldato, MG, same time; 5. Emmanuelle Magnien, Festina, same time; 6. Alessandro Bertolini, Brescialat, same time; 7. Francesco Frattini, Gewiss, same time; 8. Vycheslav Ekimov, Rabobank, same time; 9. Maurizio Fondriest, Roslotto, same time; 10. Laurent Dufaux, Festina, same time.

11. Abraham Olano, Marepi, same time; 12. Laurent Roux, TVM, same time; 13. Miguel Indurain, Banesto, same time; 14. Richard Virenque, Festina, same time; 15. Manuel Fernandez Gines, Mapei, same time.


30. Laurent Madouas, Motorola, same time; 83. Bruno Thibout, Motorola, 3 minutes, 21 seconds behind; 93. George Hincapie, Motorola, same time; 94. Jesus Montoya, Motorola, same time; 129. Maximilian Sciandri, Motorola, 7 minutes, 31 seconds; 130. Flavio Vanzella, Motorola, same time; 131. Frankie Andreu, Motorola, same time.

Overall standings

1. Bjarne Riis, Telekom, 47 hours, 59 minutes, 3 seconds; 2. Yevgeny Berzin, Gewiss, 40 seconds behind; 3. Tony Rominger, Mapei, 56; 4. Abraham Olano, Mapei, 56; 5. Jan Ullrich, Telekom, 1 minute, 37 seconds behind; 6, Peter Luttenberger, Carrera, 2: 38; 7. Richard Virenque, Festina, 3: 39; 8. Miguel Indurain, Banesto, 4: 38; 9. Fernando Escartin, Kelme, 4: 49; 10. Laurent Dufaux, Festina, 5: 03;

11. Piotyr Ugrumov, Roslotto, 5: 27; 12. Luc Leblanc, Polti, 7: 08; DTC 13. Alex Zulle, Once, 8: 27; 14. Udo Bolts, Telekom, 8: 43; 15. Aitor Garmendia, Once, 9: 07.


27. Laurent Madouas, Motorola, 25: 56; 47. Jesus Montoya, Motorola, 46: 36; 69. Bruno Thibout, Motorola, 57: 08; 98. Maximilian Sciandri, Motorola, 1 hour, 5 minutes, 30 seconds behind; 105. Flavio Vanzella, Motorola, 1: 06: 37.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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