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32nd Giro del Trentino - Stage 4 & Photos
By Fabio
Date: 4/25/2008
32nd Giro del Trentino - Stage 4 & Photos
32nd Giro del Trentino - Stage 4 & Photos
Stefanoi Garzelli and Vincenzo Nibali share the spoils on the final day.
The 32nd edition of the Tour of Trentino came to an end Friday with a 178-kilometre ride from Lavarone to Peio Terme. In spite of the demanding parcours the stage ended in a sprint of top overall contenders, with Stefano Garzelli taking his second victory in a couple days, and finally getting some great results after the record number (7) of second place finishes he collected earlier in the season.

The Italian veteran from Varese was not the only rider with a reason to smile (and in Garzelli's case, stage victory was his only reason, for on the other side of he coin the "Water & Soap" boys just lost all of their chances to take part in the upcoming Giro d'Italia...) anyway: so was Vincenzo Nibali, who snatched a top ten spot in the stage ranking and notably claimed overall victory in the race.

Garzelli and Pozzovivo figured alongside him on the race podium while Jure Golcer dropped to fourth place overall. Pozzovivo and Emanuele Sella climbed the podium as members of the teams classification winner, CSF Group-Navigare, and the latter also triumphed in the KOM standings. Hubert Krys of Poland and Ceramiche Flaminia was the surprise winner in the Hot Spot Sprints competition.

Prior to the last sprint, Friday's closing leg saw Salvatore "TotÚ" Commesso, now racing with the Preti Mangimi outfit, back to ancient glory (well, sort of) as he made the "breakaway of the day" together with felllow Italian and former World Champion (as an U23) Leonardo Giordani (Ceramiche Flaminia-Bossini Docce) plus France's Alexandre Blain (Cofidis). It took just three kilometres for the trio to have enough of staying inside the field and to go clear on their own.

They gained up to 04'45" over the gruppo, but Blain's and Commesso's hopes (if any) for glory evaporated on the Mendola slopes. Giordani stayed clear longer instead; but, after a solo chase by Paolo Bettini didn't bear fruit, was caught by Gabriele Bosisio (Team LPR) first, about a dozen kilometres from the line, and the rest of the bunch soon later. Bosisio took over the status of solo frontrunner, but the guy himself had to wave white a flag with just two thousand meters to go.

Next on the attack was Palmiro Masciarelli, but CSF-Navigare's Domenico Pozzovivo followed the move and, in the last 500 metres, gave it a shot at shaking up the leader board a little bit. The latter was a serious GC threat indeed, such that the same Nibali had to counter.

Stefano Garzelli takes the final stage fo the Giro denying the CSF duo Baliani and Sella. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

Successfully. Garzelli managed to stay with the overall leader, and the other top finishers, and eventually benefited from The Shark's lack of interest in stage victory.

Stefano Garzelli celebrates his stage win with the pretty Trentino lasses.
Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

Stage 4 (Lavarone to Peio Terme, 178,6 km): Top 10 Results
1. Stefano Garzelli (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Mokambo) - 04h42'56'' (37.853 kph)
2. Fortunato Baliani (Ita - CSF Group-Navigare) - s.t.
3. Emanuele Sella (Ita - CSF Group-Navigare) - s.t.
4. Mauricio Soler (Col - Barloworld) - s.t.
5. Eddy Ratti (Ita - Team Nippo-Endeka) - s.t.
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita - CSF Group-Navigare) - s.t.
7. Josť Serpa (Col - Diquigiovanni-Androni) - s.t.
8. Gilberto Simoni (Ita - Diquigiovanni-Androni) - s.t.
9. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol - Lampre) - s.t.
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita - Liquigas) - at 06"
Complete stage results HERE (pdf file)

Vincenzo Nibali Overall winner with his trophy. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

32nd Giro del Trentino: Final GC - Top 15 Places
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita - Liquigas) - 14h01'09''
2. Stefano Garzelli (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Mokambo) - at 15''
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita - CSF Group-Navigare) - at 31''
4. Jure Golcer (Slo - Team LPR) - at 33''
5. Francesco Bellotti (Ita - Barloworld) - at 34''
6. Fortunato Baliani (Ita - CSF Group-Navigare) - at 43''
7. Emanuele Sella (Ita - CSF Group - Navigare) - at 48''
8. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol - Lampre) - at 50''
9. Josť Serpa (Col - Diquigiovanni-Androni) - at 51"
10. Evgeni Petrov (Rus - Tinkoff Credits System) - at 58''
11. Eddy Ratti (Ita - Nippo - Endeka) - at 01'03''
12. Gilberto Simoni (Ita - Diquigiovanni-Androni) - at 01'06''
13. Danius Kairelis (Lit - Flaminia-Bossini Docce) - at 01'13''
14. Robert Kiserlovsky (Cro - Adria Mobil) - at 01'18''
15. Franco Pellizotti (Ita - Liquigas) - at 01'27''

Nibali and the jersey winners on the final podium. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti

Full final standings HERE (pdf file)

* 32nd Giro del Trentino - Stage One
* 32nd Giro del Trentino - Stage Two
* 32nd Giro del Trentino - Stage Three

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