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Index: 2009 Tour of Sardinia
By Staff
Date: 3/9/2009
Index: 2009 Tour of Sardinia

Index: 2009 Tour of Sardinia Reports
Index and race program of coverage of the 2009 Giro di Sardegna... 5 days of a sprinters duel for supremacy on the beautiful Italian Island of Sardinia.

The wonderful Italian island of Sardinia in the middle of the Mediterranean sea got back to word-class cycling maps as the town of Olbia, situated in the northeastern corner of the island, hosted the start and finishing line of the 2009 Giro di Sardegna. The index will take you back to any stages you missed.

An attack gets a gap as the race skirts the coast of Sardinia.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

 The race started on February 24th, the next 5 days we would see a duel between Mirco Lorenzetto (Lampre/NGC)  with his former capitano Alessandro 'Ale Jet' Petacchi to (LPR) all set in the  magnificent backdrop of the towns and panoramas of the Italian island of Sardinia. Ale Jet had his challenges during the 5 days of racing as Alessandro, with the last name Ballan and  Oscar "the Cat" Gatto and Daniele Bennati joined in the four way duel for stage wins.

Oscar Gatto denies world champion Alessandro Ballaneam as ISD mate Giovanni Visconti takes third on stage 3. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

2009 Tour of Sardinia

Tour of Sardinia - Stage One & Photos
The leadoutman's revenge: Mirco Lorenzetto pips former capitano Petacchi to the line to claim honours as top class cycling is back to magnificent Sardinia.
Tour of Sardinia - Stage Two
So who won today? Bennati or Petacchi? The answer, the stage report, results, comments and pictures inside.
Tour of Sardinia - Stage Three & Photos
The Cat's Paw. Report updated with Photos
Tour of Sardinia - Stage Three Photo Gallery
Photo gallery of Tour of Sardinia start, finish and podiums.

Even the Liquiguy Daniele Bennati would find his way into the "lime light" during the tour, but would Petacchi by the end of the 5 days of racing?   Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Tour of Sardinia - Stage Four & Photos
Bennati finally finds back his way to victory while nothing seems to go right for Petacchi. Stage report, main results, words from the winner inside.
Tour of Sardinia - Stage Four Photo Gallery
Race finish and podium photos
Tour of Sardinia - Stage Five Updated
AleJet at last!! Petacchi finds back the way to success in the first real clash with Bennati, but the latter claims his first ever overall victory in a stage race.

The Méditerranéen was not the only thing of beauty in Sardinia, as we can tell from this photo of the lovely podium girls who posed with Alessandro Ballan in his Iridati Jersey of world road champion. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

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