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Settimana Coppi & Bartali - Stage 2 Updated - Photos
By Fabio
Date: 3/28/2007
Settimana Coppi & Bartali - Stage 2 Updated - Photos

Wednesday was the day of the second stage in the "Coppi & Bartali Week" in Italy, going from Castel San Pietro Terme to Faenza over 175 km.

Panaria's sprinter Paride Grillo, recently back in the saddle after some hematocrit problems, won the first two Hot Spot Sprints at km. 10 and 20 respectively. The peloton veteran Ivan De Nobile (Team Universal Caffé-Ecopetrol) followed into limelight with a solo move that didn't go too far. Next on the attack as the race hit the Casale climb (where Gilberto Simoni started his Giro d'Italia 2003 Show with a solo breakaway that earned him the first Maglia Rosa that year...) was Dutch Stefan Cohnen (Aurum Hotels), that managed to stay clear for a short time only.

Gilberto Simoni leads the quartet in the break. c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

The former U23 World Road Champion Kanstantin Sioutsou (Belarus - Team Barloworld) put in a much more serious move later, but Morris Possoni (Ita - Lampre), Michael Rogers (T-Mobile) and nobody else but Gibo Simoni joined him to set up a four-man lead group. More guys regained the front, amongst whom were Cadel Evans, Italy's Cristian Gasperoni (Ceramica Flaminia) and Valerio Agnoli (Aurum Hotels), Michele Scarponi (Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo), Massimo Giunti (Miche), Luca Mazzanti (Panaria) and notably early season revelation - and one of the main suspects to win the overall in this race - Riccardo Riccó. Pavel Brutt gave up his hopes to keep the leader's jersey on his shoulder, such that his Tinkoff teammate Evgueny Petrov was allowed to get across to the frontrunners.

Rogers, Bertolini, Scarponi and Ricco. c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

As the front group was getting bigger on the following descent into Modigliana, Morris Possoni and Kanstantin Sioutsou attacked and made the gap again. After failed attempts from yesterday's opening half-stage winner Alessandro Bertolini (Serramenti Pvc-Diquigiovanni Selle Italia) and Agnoli, it was Riccó (once more showcasing his great climbing legs), Scarponi, Giunti and Rogers that took some advantage over the field on the tough Monte Trebbio and caught the duo up front.

The resulting six-man breakaway was leading the "Brutt group" by 01'35" at the Monte Trebbio mountain prime (Scarponi won the points from Riccò and Possoni), with plenty of riders - amongst them Luca Pierfelici (Aurum Hotels), one of the three escapees in the opening half-stage yesterday, thus surprisingly aiming for the GC leadership, Cadel Evans, Paolo Bettini, Gibo Simoni and Danilo Di Luca - in between.

Michele Scarponi victory stage 2. c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

The half dozen held their chasers at bay on the way to Faenza and made it to the line, with a few skirmishes in the last thousand metres, and Michele Scarponi making a smart and timely move with 1500m to go. Nobody would really follow the Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo rider, who benefited from the "you go chase him-no you go-no it's up to you-no you" attitude of the other fugitives and held onto a slim advantage to take the honours from Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Prodir), with Michael Rogers (T-Mobile Team) in the remaining top three spot, followed by Possoni (4th), Giunti (5th) and Sioutsou (6th). But the stage winner missed the double by a whisker: the peloton came in at 38" and underdog Luca Pierfelici maintained a two-second margin on Scarponi in the GC and moved atop the overall standings.


Luca Pierfelici, Michele Scarponi, Riccardo Riccó and the Aussies Rogers and Evans may have had a great day in the saddle, but on the other side of the coin Alessandro Petacchi is going through difficult times: after losing contact to his own team-mates in yesterday's Team TT, he had another hard day ... until km. 75, when he got off his bike, on his team car, and went home, where he's supposed to take one (well-needed) week off in order to recover.

Stage 2 (Castel S.Pietro Terme to Faenza, 175 km): Top 10 Places
1. Michele Scarponi (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo) - 04h28'11"
2. Riccardo Riccò (Ita - Saunier Duval-Prodir) - at 06"
3. Michael Rogers (Aus - T-Mobile Team) - at 06"
4. Morris Possoni (Ita - Lampre-Fondital) - at 06"
5. Masimo Giunti (Ita - Miche) - at 06"
6. Kanstantin Sioutsou (Blr - Team Barloworld) - at 06"
7. Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita - Team Milram) - at 38"
8. Luca Mazzanti (Ita - Panaria) - at 38"
9. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita - Tenax) - at 38"
10. Raffaele Ferrara (Ita - Team LPR) - at 38"

Podium Stage 2 G.C. leader Luca Pierfelici c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

GC after Stage 2: Top 10 Places
1. Luca Pierfelici (Ita - Aurum Hotels) - 06h39'26"
2. Michele Scarponi (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo) - at 02"
3. Michael Rogers (Aus - T-Mobile Team) - at 09"
4. Riccardo Riccò (Ita - Saunier Duval-Prodir) - at 20"
5. Morris Possoni (Ita - Lampre-Fondital) - at 31"
6. Josep Jufre Pou (Spa - Predictor-Lotto) - at 36"
7. Johan Van Summeren (Bel - Predictor-Lotto) - at 36"
8. Cadel Evans (Aus - Predictor-Lotto) - at 36"
9. Massimo Giunti (Ita - Miche) - at 39"
10. Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita - Team Milram) - at 42"

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