The Mercury

Boom takes lead

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SAINT-JEAN-DEMAURIENN­E (France): Dutch cyclist Lars Boom, of Rabobank, took the overall lead of the Criterium du Dauphine stage race after dominating his rivals in the opening prologue held over 5.4 km yesterday. Boom completed the race against the clock in a time of 6min 18sec to keep Astana veteran Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan in second place by two seconds. Britain’s Bradely Wiggins, one of several top names hoping to use the eight-day race as a crucial warm-up for the Tour de France next month, was third at five seconds adrift. – Sapa-AFP

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