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Frigo grabs lead in Romandie

Frigo finished second in the Payerne time trial Keystone

Italy's Dario Frigo is the new overall leader of Switzerland's Tour de Romandie cycling race. The Fassa Bortolo rider finished Friday's 25-kilometre time trial in second place to move ahead of compatriot Paolo Savoldelli in the general standings.

This content was published on May 11, 2001 - 18:43

Spain's David Plaza finished the time trial through Payerne in first place, less than a second ahead of Frigo, to move up to third in the overall standings, with just two stages to go.

Saturday's fourth stage is likely to be the most demanding yet though, as the teams head for a 167-kilometre mountain chase into Nendaz. With steep climbs up to the Col des Mosses and to the stage finish at Nendaz station, the riders will have to negotiate a total ascent of more than two vertical kilometres.

Hopes of a local victory will depend on some impressive performances by the few Swiss riders still in with a chance. Oscar Camenzind is the best-placed Swiss competitor in ninth spot, but the former world champion currently trails Frigo by a minute and 44 seconds.

Young talent Sven Montgomery is a further 25 seconds behind in 12th place.

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