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Hushovd Takes Lead in Tour de France as Garmin Wins Time Trial

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- Thor Hushovd of Norway took the yellow jersey as overall leader in cycling’s Tour de France after his Garmin-Cervelo outfit won the second stage, a team time trial.

Garmin-Cervelo covered the 23 kilometers (14.3 miles) around Les Essarts in 24 minutes, 48 seconds today. BMC was second and Team Sky third, both four seconds back.

Hushovd’s teammate David Millar of Scotland is second overall, with Australia’s Cadel Evans third and Geraint Thomas of Wales fourth.

Yesterday, Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert won the opening stage. Defending champion Alberto Contador of Spain finished down the field after being delayed in a pile-up during the 191.5-kilometer ride from Passage du Gois to Mont des Alouettes. Contador is 75th overall, Gilbert 30th.

Tomorrow’s third stage is a 198-kilometer trip from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon. The Tour ends July 24 on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty in London at phegarty@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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