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Belgian Cyclist Takens Lead in Dauphine Libere

Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert has captured the second stage of the Dauphine Libere race in France and has taken the overall lead.

Gilbert and two other riders broke away from the pack less than a quarter of the way into Tuesday's 203-kilometer trek from Bourgoin-Jallieu to Saint-Galmier.

The Belgian rider took the lead 35 kilometers before the end of the race and crossed the finish line alone in 4:45:53. French rider Samuel Dumoulin placed second, 5:19 minutes back, while Austrian Peter Wrolich was third, another four seconds behind.

Gilbert now has the overall lead, 5:22 minutes ahead of stage one winner Fabian Wegmann of Germany. Thomas Voeckler of France is third overall, another five seconds back.

Wednesday's third stage is a 43-kilometer time trial. The race, which many of the riders are using as a warm up for July's Tour de France, ends Sunday in Grenoble.