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44th Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage Four Live & Photos
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Date: 3/14/2009
44th Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage Four Live & Photos

44th Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage Four
Thirty km to go with 4 riders fighting to stay away as they approach the final climbs of the Montelupone...

March 14: Stage 4: Foligno-Montelupone 171 km
1500 CEST -
We join the race in progress with 30 km to go, with the two final climbs of Montelupone. Cheula, Palumbo, Coppel, Tschopp and Sapa are the five leaders... Sapa has been dropped off the front. Still four leaders: Cheula (Barloworld), Tschopp (Bbox), Palumbo (Acqua Sapone) and Coppel (FDJ) are the leaders. The boys of Diquigiovanni for Rebellin are leading the pace together with Petacchi's LPR. It seems that Di Luca wants to prove something as well.

The race got under way this after noon in Foligno without Thor Hushovd of Cervelo Test Team and Sijmens of Cofidis. Our escapees attacke on the climb of the Passo del Cornello with Coppel, Cheula and Tschopp who were chased by Palumbo. Palumbo joined the three as Polish champion Sapa followed with a counter attack to bridge to the four leaders.

graphic © 2009 Gazzetta dello Sport

Sapa was successful in joining the leaders at 66 km and our lead quintet had 4:30 on the peloton with the lime green and blue jerseys of Liquigas leading the chase. The gap would approach 5 minutes, but it wasn't long before the chase bore fruit and the gap started to fall. With 120 km into the race the gap was down to 2:40 after three hours of racing.


 As we approached the final circuits in Montelupone at the meta volante in Recanati the quartets gap was below 30 seconds with Cheula leading through for the max points followed by Tschopp, Palumbo, and Coppel. Behind Lampre's Sapa is about to be caught by the lead group of 50 chasers ked by Diquigiovanni were hot on the wheels of the five.

Stage 4 profile: graphic © 2009 Gazzetta dello Sport

the Montelupone is a very steep climb with parts up to 17%, last year the stage was won by Joaquim Rodriguez of Caisse d'EpargneD'Epargne. Actually the climb is nothing short of brutal, you may remember pictures from last year of lots of riders even having to get off their bikes to walk up the climb. The four leaders have 20 seconds on the bunch. We have three leaders left as Palumbo has is dropped, behind the bunch is about 40 riders strong.

24 km to go - LPR in the lead of the chase, the riders are riding in the beautiful area in Italy called The Marche very hilly, its  up and down and not much in between. In the break Tschopp is the only rider who has won already this year. In January Tschopp won a stage in the Tropicale Amissa Bongo.

the Montelupone is a monster with an average of 12% with peaks up to 18-21%. Cofidis' Frenchman, Julien El Fares of  Algerian origin is still the leader. He has a lead of 15 seconds on the sprinters Petacchi, Bennati and Rossi. but for sure we will see some other riders today like Lövkvist, Di Luca, Rodriguez, Gasparotto, Gerdemann, Basso, Rebellin, and certainly we4 can't  forget Stefano Garzelli who has been a constant protagonist in the race.

in 3 kilometers the riders will start the climb of the Montelupone for the first time; they will do almost the whole climb except of the final 150-200 meters; where they turn left to make a loop before returning on the Lupone to battle for the stage win and the overall lead.

1723 CEST - They are now on the Montelupone. Diquigiovanni takes the lead with Ginanni, Scarponi, Rebellin and Simoni. Di Luca and Garzelli up there too. We also see Nibali and Klöden.

Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone/Caffe Mokambo) attacks the climb.

The pace has trimmed the bunch down to about 30 riders strong. last years stage winner is in the group too. They are almost at the top of the first time Montelupone with Gibo Simoni setting the pace. race leader Julien El Fares still hanging on there.

The bunch is down to about 10-15 riders as Gerdemann goes out the back with 14 km to go as the group goes over the top. Behind the first group grows to about 20 riders. The dropped riders are almost standing still, we are waiting for the first  who have to walk.

El Fares still in the first bunch, looking comfortable; the young Frenchman is doing well and a revelation of this year's Tirreno.
The group with favorites is again getting bigger. about 30 riders now as they rejoin on the descent.

1633 CEST - 10 km  to go, the pace in the bunch is set by Simoni (Diquigiovanni) and the LPR boys in their distinctive gray & green kits.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) Attacks! Pozzato gets company of a LPR guy but the bunch isn't far

6 km to go, Pozzato, Van Avermaet and the LPR guy in front now, it's Daniele Pietropolli. The bunch continues to be led by  Diquigiovanni for team captain Rebellin at 3 seconds... the race will be decided on the final climb and favors the strong finishing talents of the Italian on an uphill sprint.

Daniele Pietropolli suffers for his earlier attacks climbing alongside of Caruso Giampaolo with Vincenzo Nibali following.

The three have been caught. 5 km to go...

3.5 km to go - The Gianni Savio boys are increasing the pace, were almost at the second ascent of the Montelupone, now Columbia-Highroad takes the command  of the front for Lövkvist.

2 km to go - Diquigiovanni takes over as they are at the start of the climb... the battle begins. Hincapie sets the pace with Lövkvist in his wheel. Sergey Lagutin of Vacansoleil in third wheel. the pressure is thinning the lead group, El Fares continues to hang on with the pace; no action yet as Hincapie still leads the pace.

final kilometer with the steeper parts to come - attack Lövkvist, Rebellin responds. Scarponi too, Di Luca in fourth position - Basso, Gerdemann and Wegmann dropped.


Joaquim Rodriguez attacks now; can he win this prestigious stage for the second time in a row? Rodriguez has a gap on Rebellin. Rebellin cant bridge up. Rodriguez is going strong flying away from the others the gap increases.

Rebellin in second and Lövkvist in third, 200 meters to go its a terrible steep climb as riders look stopped in slow motion...

100 meter... And the winner of the stage is

The Caisse d'Epargned'Epargne rider was untouchable at 500 meters

Joaquín Rodriguez wins stage 4 solo.

Rebellin second at six seconds, Lövkvist third at :10, Di Luca showing strong at :14, Garzelli fifth. El Fares in top 10 at 21 seconds. Winning time 4:08:35 with a average of 41.27 km/h.

Davide Rebellin passes Danilo Di Luca on the first pass of the brutal climb to finish second... Young race leader El Fares can be seen behind the two veterans.

Rodriguez is also the new leader; what a day for the Spanish Caisse d'Epargne team in both Paris Nice and Tirreno Adriatico the stage win and the leaders jersey!  Top North American was the master of consistency Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin/Slipstream) in for 7th place (7th G.C,.); whilst the top Brit is Daniel Lloyd at 28th.(29th G.C.)

With tomorrows 30 km time trial to come Swede Thomas Lövkvist is in the best position to take the G.C.  With the top 20 riders within one minute of each other we are about to see a shakeup of the G.C. with a 4 km climb at the end of the time trial.

Thanks for joining us for the final drama on the Montelupone..

Remaining Stages
March 15 – Stage 5: Loreto-Macerata 30km ITT
March 16 – Stage 6: Civitanova Marche-Cemerino 235 km
March 17 – Stage 7: S. Banedetto-S. Banedetto 169 km

Asmiling second time winner,   Joaquím Rodriguez. A banner day as Caisse d'Epargne dominated the news as Luis Leon Sanchez won the stage in Paris - Nice with both Caisse riders taking the leaders jerseys on the same day.

44th Tirreno-Adriatico Results Stage 4
Foligno - Montelupone
171 km - 4:08:35 - 41.273 km/H

1. Rodriguez Oliver Joaquin Esp Caisse d'Epargne 4.08'35 0 10
2.  Rebellin Davide Ita Sda Diquigiovanni/Androni 0'06 6
3.   Lovkvist Thomas G Swe Thr Columbia - High  0'10 4

4.   Di Luca Danilo Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini  0'14

5.  Garzelli Stefano Ita Asa Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mok 0'21
6. 94  El Fares Julien G FraCof Cofidis le Credit En  0'21
7. 135  Hesjedal Ryder Can Grm Garmin - Slipstream 0'21
8. 34  Kloden Andreas Ger Ast Astana   0'21
9.  Scarponi Michele Ita Sda Diquigiovanni/Androni  0'21
10.  Nibali Vincenzo G Ita Liq Liquigas 4.08'56 0'21
11.  Pietropolli Daniele Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini   0'32
12.  Basso Ivan Ita Liq Liquigas 4.09'07 0'32
13.  Caruso Giampaolo Ita Flm Ceramica Flaminia Bossini   0'32
14.  Vaugrenard Benoit Fra Fdj Française Des Jeux 0'40
15 Valjavec Tadej Slo Alm Ag2r La Mondiale   0'42
16.  Wegmann Fabian Ger Mrm Milram  0'42
17. Lagutin Sergey Uzb Vac Vacansoleil  0'45
18.  Gerdemann Linus Ger Mrm Milram 4.09'20 0'45
19.  Devenyns Dries Bel Qst Quickstep 4.09'25 0'50
20.  Van Summeren Johan Bel Sil Silence - Lotto   0'50
21 Capecchi Eros G Ita Fuj Fuji - Servetto 4.09'25 0'50
22. Sivtsov Kanstantsin Blr Thr Columbia - HighRoad 0'50
23.  Landaluze Intxaurraga I Esp Eus Euskaltel/Euskadi  0'58
24.  Schleck Andy G Lux Sax Saxo Bank 1'02
25.  Bazayev Assan Kaz Ast Astana  1'05
26.  Tosatto Matteo Ita Qst Quickstep  1'08
27.  Pozzato Filippo Ita Kat Katusha 1'14
28. Lloyd Daniel Gbr Ctt Cervelo Test  1'16
29. glinskiy Maxim Kaz Ast Astana  1'21
30.  Van Avermaet Greg G Bel Sil Silence/Lotto   1'26
31.  Simoni Gilberto Ita Sda Diquigiovanni/Androni  1'34
32.  Gesink Robert G Ned Rab Rabobank    1'36
33.  Kessiakoff Fredrik Swe Fuj Fuji - Servetto  1'38
34.  Hincapie George Usa Thr Columbia - High Road   1'38
35. 61  Arroyo Duran David Esp Gce Caisse d'Epargne  2'05
Complete Stage Four Results Pdf.

General Classification After Stage Four
667 km - 16 :09:1 - 41,29Km/h
1. Rodriguez Oliver Joaquin Esp  Caisse d'Epargne 16.09'10 0
2. El Fares Julien G FraCof Cofidis le Credit  0'06
3. Rebellin Davide Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni  0'10
4. Lovkvist Thomas G Swe Thr Columbia - High Road   0'16
5. Di Luca Danilo Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini   0'24

6. Nibali Vincenzo G Ita Liq Liquigas 16.09'41 0'31
7. Hesjedal Ryder Can Grm Garmin - Slipstream 0'31
8. Garzelli Stefano Ita Asa Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' 0'31
9. Kloden Andreas Ger Ast Astana 16.09'41 0'31
10.Scarponi Michele Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni  0'31
11.Pietropolli Daniele Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini  0'42
12. Basso Ivan Ita Liq Liquigas 16.09'52 0'42
13. Caruso Giampaolo Ita Flm Ceramica Flaminia Bossini   0'42
14. Wegmann Fabian Ger Mrm Milram   0'52
15. Gerdemann Linus Ger Mrm Milram  0'55
16. Devenyns Dries Bel Qst Quickstep  1'00
17.  Ita Capecchi Eros G Ita Fuj Fuji - Servetto  1'00
18. Blr Siutsou Kanstantsin Blr Thr Columbia - High Road   1'00
19. Van Summeren Johan Bel Sil Silence - Lotto   1'00
20.  Landaluze Intxaurraga I Esp Eus Euskaltel/Euskadi  1'08
21. Schleck Andy G Lux Sax Saxo Bank 16.10'22 1'12
22. Bazayev Assan Kaz Ast Astana 16.10'25 1'15
23. Pozzato Filippo Ita Kat Katusha   1'24
24. Gesink Robert G Ned Rab Rabobank   1'46
25. Hincapie George Usa Thr Columbia - Highroad   1'48
26. Kessiakoff Fredrik Swe Fuj Fuji - Servetto  1'48
27. Lagutin Sergey Uzb Vac Vacansoleil    1'59
28. Arroyo Duran David Esp Gce Caisse d'Epargne 2'15
29. Lloyd Daniel Gbr Ctt Cervelo Test 2'30
30.  Van Avermaet Greg  Silence/Lotto  2'40
Complete General Classification Results Pdf.

Kom - Gran Premio Della Montagna
1. Capelli Ermanno G Ita Fuj Fuji - Servetto 6
2.  El Fares Julien FraCof Cofidis le Credit En 5
3.  Rebellin Davide Ita Sda Diquigiovanni/Androni   5
4.  Simoni Gilberto Ita Sda Diquigiovanni/Androni   5
5.  Cheula Giampaolo Ita Bar Barloworld 5

6.   Westra Lieuwe Ned Vac Vacansoleil   5
7.  Scarponi Michele Ita Sda Diquigiovanni/Androni  5
8. 15 Ita   Garzelli Stefano Ita Asa Acqua & Sapone/Caffe' Mok 4
9. 121 Fra Coppel Jerome G Fra  Française Des Jeux
10 Pol Sapa Marcin Pol Lam Lampre - Ngc 3
KOM Rankings After Stage Four

Meta Volante - Sprint Points Classification
1.  El Fares Julien G FraCof Cofidis le Credit  22
2.  Petacchi Alessandro Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes/Farnese Vini 19
3. Bennati Daniele Ita Liq Liquigas 18
4. Rossi Enrico Ita Flm Ceramica Flaminia Bossini Docce 17
5. Duma Vladimir Ukr Flm Ceramica Flaminia Bossini Docce 13

6.  Boonen Tom Bel Qst Quickstep 13
7.  Rodriguez Oliver Joaquin Esp   Caisse d'Epargne  12
8.  Farrar Tyler G Usa Grm Garmin - Slipstream 12
9.  Krivtsov Yuriy Ukr Alm Ag2r La Mondiale 10
10.  Rebellin Davide Ita Sda Diquigiovanni/Androni 10
Meta Volante Sprint Points Rankings Pdf.

11.Classifica Giovanni - Best Young Rider
667 km -  16.09'16- 41.29 Km/H
1. El Fares Julien FraCof Cofidis le Credit En   0'00
2.  Lovkvist Thomas Swe Thr Columbia - High Road   0'10
3.  Nibali Vincenzo Ita Liq Liquigas 0'25
4.  Capecchi Eros Ita Fuj Fuji - Servetto  0'54
5.  Schleck Andy Lux Sax Saxo Bank  1'06

6 Gesink Robert Ned Rab Rabobank  1'40
7. Van Avermaet Greg Bel Sil Silence - Lotto  2'34
8 Coppel Jerome Fra Fdj Française Des Jeux  3'39
9. Agnoli Valerio Ita Liq Liquigas 16.15'49 6'33
10. Frohlinger Johannes Ger  Milram  7'42
Complete Young Guns Rankings Pdf.

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