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10th Coppi & Bartali Week - Stage 1B & Photos
 
By Fabio
Date: 3/25/2008
10th Coppi & Bartali Week - Stage 1B & Photos
 

10th Coppi & Bartali Week - Stage 1B Updated
The Liqui-guys scored again in the afternoon.


Team Liquigas in the winning action. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

After Francesco Chicchi ruled the sprint in the morning, the mighty boys of Liquigas rode to glory in the second half of the day's leg too. As "promised " by their team manger Mario Chiesa in earlier interviews, the Tuscan rider's success helped the whole squad find the right motivation and put up a great performance in order to win the cronosquadre (Team TT) of 11.4 kilometres around Misano Adriatico, setting a better time than Acqua & Sapone by two seconds, with Tinkoff, Astana and Lotto following in the next top places. And averaging a sensational 54,392 km/h.


Second place Aqua & Sapone team. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

Needless to say, Chicchi strengthened his grip on the overall leader's jersey (with five teamates of his - one of whom is the legendary Andrea Noé - as closest "challengers" half a dozen seconds behind him on GC) and, as if it wasn't enough, firmly stays atop the Points ranking. At his turn, fellow Italian Matteo Montaguti of LPR Brakes held onto the King of the Mountain classification leadership, while another Liqui-guy, Dario Cataldo, wears the maglia arancione (orange jersey) reserved for the best young - as in "born in the year 1985 or later" - rider.


Tinkoff riding in a tight formation finished third. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti


Astana a solid ride for 4th place. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

The peloton is going to be back in the saddle tomorrow for the 175.6 km. tappa from the spa resort of Castel San Pietro Terme to Faenza. Stage 2 profile


Liquigas team accepts their trophy on the podium. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

10th Coppi & Bartali Stage 1b Results
Misano Adriatico - TTT, 11.4 km)

1. Liquigas - 13'01"
2. Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo - 13'03"
3. Tinkoff Credit System - 13'04"

4. Astana - 13'09"
5. Silence-Lotto - 13'10"
6. Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce - 13'11"
7. LPR Brakes - 13'12"
8. Gerolsteiner - 13'13"
9. CSF Group-Navigare - 13'14"
10. Adria Mobil - 13'15"
11. Lampre - 13'18"
12. Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli - 13'20"


Stefano Garzelli in his beautifully painted helmet. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

10th Settimana Int. Coppi & Bartali - GC after Stage 2: Top 10
1. CHICCHI, Francesco (Ita - LIQUIGAS) - 02h17'12"
2. NIBALI, Vincenzo (Ita - LIQUIGAS) - at 06"
3. CATALDO, Dario (Ita - LIQUIGAS) - at 06"
4. NOE', Andrea (Ita - LIQUIGAS) - at 06"
5. VANOTTI, Alessandro (Ita - LIQUIGAS) - at 06"
6. WEGELIUS, Charles (GBR - LIQUIGAS) - at 06"
7. PAOLINI, Luca (Ita - ACQUA & SAPONE-MOKAMBO) - at 08"
8. PIERFELICI, Luca (Ita - ACQUA & SAPONE-MOKAMBO) - at 08"
9. GARZELLI, Stefano (Ita - ACQUA & SAPONE-MOKAMBO) - at 08"
10. FAILLI, Francesco (Ita - ACQUA & SAPONE-MOKAMBO) - at 08"

Full GC after stage 2 available here (pdf file).

* 10th Settimana Coppi & Bartali - Stage 1a

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