Sporting Digest: Cycling

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The Independent Online
Niki Aebersold, the Swiss rider, won the seventh stage of the Tour of Switzerland yesterday after launching his second successful attack of the day. Stefano Garzelli finished 44th, in a group 16 seconds behind Aebersold but retained his overall lead of 1 minute 23 seconds. The race moves to Ittigen today for a time trial and finishes in the capital, Bern, tomorrow.

TOUR OF SWITZERLAND Seventh stage (182.1km, from Brunnen to Huttwil): 1 N Aebersold (Swit) Post Swiss 4hr 1min 40sec; 2 R McEwen (Aus) Radobank +16sec; 3 E Zabel (Ger) Deutsche Telekom; 4 C Mengin (Fr) La Francaise De Jeux; 5 D Rebellin (It) Polti; 6 C Gasperoni (It) Amore Vita; 7 M Fondriest (It) Cofidis; 8 D Moncoutie (Fr) Cofidis; 9 F Casagrande (It) Cofidis; 10 V Duma (Ukr) Scrigno; all same time. Overall standings: 1 S Garzelli (It) Mercatone 32hr 2min 10sec; 2 L Piepoli (It) Saeco +1min 23sec; 3 B Zberg (Swit) Radobank +1:30; 4 W Belli (It) Festina +1:37; 5 Casagrande +1:39; 6 Rebellin +2:53; 7 B Riis (Den) Deutsche Telekom +3:19; 8 R Meier (Swit) Cofidis +3:20; 9 A Sheffr (Kaz) Asics +3:25; 10 P Luttenberger (Aut) Radobank +3:26.