Czech rider Frantisek Rabon (Columbia) has taken the lead in the Tour of Murcia in Spain after dominating today’s decisive stage three time trial.
Rabon blitzed the 16 kilometre course 19 seconds faster than second placed team-mate and current time trial world champion Bert Grabsch. Rabobank duo Denis Menchov and Koos Moerenhout placed third and fourth.
These four riders now occupy the top four slots overall – in the same order as they finished the TT.
Britain’s Jonny Bellis (Saxo Bank) was 41st, 1-33 adrift of Rabon. He is now 93rd overall.
The five-stage race concludes on Sunday in Murcia itself.
Several of the top flight teams are in attendance to get some serious early-season miles in their legs, including Saxo Bank, Garmin-Slipstream, Caisse d’Epargne, Euskaltel, Columbia and Rabobank.
Frantisek Rabon wins the individual time trial and heads up the overall classification in the Tour of Murcia
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