Davis Phinney emerged from a large group of jockeying sprinters with 300 yards left to win the first stage of the Tour Du Pont bicycle race by about two bicycle lengths on Friday.

Phinney, 31, of the Coors Light domestic professional team who finished seventh in Thursday's prologue, completed the 106-mile primarily flat Delaware Bay road race in 4 hours, 33 minutes and 9 seconds.Phil Anderson of Australia, who won five races in Europe in February, finished second and Nico Verhoeven of Holland, was third, both in the same time as the winner.

Holland's Erik Breukink, who won Thursday's prologue, finished 22nd Friday, but retained a two-second lead over Canadian Steve Bauer and three-second advantage over Stephen Swart of New Zealand in the overall standings.

Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour de France, sprinted into the lead several times in the final 16 miles, but finished 12th and is 33rd overall, 20 seconds behind Breukink.