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44th Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage Six Report & Photos
 
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Date: 3/16/2009
44th Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage Six Report & Photos
 

44th Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage Six
An all Italian Triumvirate would dec
ide who the emperor of the 'Corsa dei Due Mari' on the steeps of Camerino...

Stage 6 Civitanova Marche - Camerino 235 km
As expected the Queen's stage provided an exciting stage and not wholly unexpected shake up of the general classification.  Once again it was one of Gianni Savio's Diquigiovanni/Androni riders,  Michele Scarponi that provided the surprise by taking the victory adding to the teams impressive collection of palmares this season.

29 year old Sarponi capitalized on his sterling ride in yesterday's time trial that put him in third on the G.C.;  to challenge for the race lead. At the end of 235 kilometers it came down to three rivals to decide the race on the final 4 km climb to the finish in Carerino: Scarponi and two former Giro winners, Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone/Caffe Mokambo), Liquigas' Ivan Basso and orange warrior of Euskaltel/Euskadi's Egoi de Esteban Martinez the lone survivor of the break of the day was dropped as the final action played out.

A blistering attack by Basso dropped the tired Martinez with Garzelli and Scarponi struggling to hang on to Basso's wheel; despite the effort Garzelli and Scarponi  countered as the road hit the 12% grade in the final kilometer. The final blow was struck by Scarponi in the final 150  meters coming around Basso to take the win with Garzelli second (at one second) and Basso suffering the fate of his earlier effort at three seconds.


Vittoria Michele Scarponi!! Garzelli and Basso follow...

Danilo Di Luca was the next to finish at 1:09 followed by Rodriguez, El Fares, Rebellin and Mazzanti.

Michele Scarponi  took control of the race with one stage left with 25 second lead over Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) and 1:07 over third placed Andreas Kloden of Columbia Highroad. Tomorrows stage is a sprinters affair on a circuit around San Benedetto del Tronto of 169 kilometers unlikely to change the current general classification giving Scarponi his most prestigious win of his career.

183 riders lined up this morning for the start of stage six on the shores of the Adriatic sea in Civitanova Marche; Andy Schleck of Saxo Bank, Pablo Lastras (Caisse d'Epargne) and Flaminia/Cossini duo Simeoni and Caruso pulled were no shows as the mayor Massimo Mobili did the honors starting the lads on an eastern course inland for the most grueling and longest stage in the seven day tour.


graphic © 2009 Gazzetta dello Sport

It wasn't long before the action started with an attack by Euskaltel's Egoi Marinez after 16 kilometers. Martinez was joined by Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil). the duo was joined by Martin Maaskant (Garmin Slipstream), Paolo Longo Borghini (Barloworld) and Angel Ruis Madrazo (Caisse d'Epargne) in the next 15 kilometers. The quintet quickly set to work opening a 5 minute and 48 second gap by the end of the first hour of racing.


Egoi Martinez leads Paolo Longo Borghini, Matteo Carrara, Angel Ruis Madrazo  and Martin Maaskant Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

With 60 km run the five opened the advantage 9:15 in the foothills as they started the first climb of the day, the 592 meter Cingoli. Euskaltel's Egoi Martinez led over the summit with Maaskant, Carrara, Madraza and Longo Borghini in tow. Over the secondary climb of the dual summit of Pietra Rossa the five had 11:36 in hand on the Astana led peloton with 175 km  of racing ahead.

Through the meta volante in San Severino (94.5 km) Borghini led Madraza, Maaskant, Martinez and Carrara as they continued to work together pushing their gap to just short of 13 minutes... with 125 km to go; behind the chase was already splintering the peloton over the climbs as riders withdrew from the race and a lead group led by Astana protecting the lead of Andreas Kloden worked to close down the gap.


Early in the race, team Astana leads the peloton.  Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

The Astana effort made a dent in the quintets gap,taking 2 minutes back by the 135 km marker, nevertheless the raiders continued their assault into the fourth hour over the saw tooth parcours with 75 km to go the five still shared 10:56 over the lead group which continued to fragment with more riders losing contact and abandoning.

The toughest section of the course was about to begin with 35 km of climbing that would test the riders legs as the quintet passed through the second intermediate sprint of the day in Amandola at 165.8 kilometers; Carrara led Longo  Borghini, Madrazo, Maskaant and Martinez through taking the max points. The adventurers had 8:21 over the lead chase group led now by the Danilo Di Luca's LPR squad and the green and blue jerseys of the Liquigas squad for their captains Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali.


Liquigas takes control of the chase; AlessandroVanotti, Valerio Agnoli, Franco Pellizotti and Ivan Basso. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

As the leaders started the 14 km gravity test of the 1455 meter tall Tetto Sasso they had seven minutes on the lead chase group; but they also had over 5 hours and 160 km of racing in their legs. Egoi Martinez and Matteo Carrara set the pace on the climb with Madrazo, Maaskant and Longo Borghini losing contact on the early slopes. Martinez set about to dropping Carrara and setting off on his own to leave his break mates to be picked off by the chase.

Danilo Di Luca attacked early in the climb, Scarponi responded and then countered flying away solo on the chase for Martinez; Basso, Garzelli and Nibali led the chase.

 With 50 km to go the riders were scattered across the slopes of the Tetto Sasso with Egoi Martinez headed to the top solo, Madraza at 4 seconds Longo Borghini and Maaskant at 2 ,minutes, Scarponi at 5:10 with Di Luca on the chase. Matteo Carrara continued to fight caught in the middle as a group containing Nibali, Garzelli and Basso chased followed by a small group with race leader Andreas Kloden and and Thomas Lovkvist.

Over the summit Egoi Martinez led Matteo Carrara by  2:16, followed by Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso, Sfefano Garzelli and Scarponi who had regrouped. Behind a chase of about 20 riders with Kloden, Rebellin, Di Luca, Simoni, Pellizotti and Lovkvist  rolled over the top at 3:50.

Martinez was caught on the descent and we had 5 leaders again with 25 km to go as Scarponi, Basso, Di Luca and Garzelli joined the original raider of today's stage; the five looked certain to decide the stage in final climb on in Camerino.

Behind the chase held  a star studded cast with race leader Astana's Andreas Kloden and Maxim Iglinsky, Caisse d'Epargne's former leader Joaquím Rodríguez, Arnaud Coyot, David Aroyo, and Vasil Kiryienka, LPR Brakes Danilo Di Luca, Pelliizotti, and Pietropolli, Garmin Slipstream's Ryder Hesjedal,  Columbia Highroad's Thomas Lövkvist and Konstantin Sivtsov , Tadej Valjavec (Ag2r la Mondiale and veterans Diquigiovanni-Androni's Gilberto Simoni and Davide Rebellin, and Capecchi,.


Basso, Garzelli and Scarponi chase. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Vincenzo "Shark" Nibali attacked on a downhill section at 15 km to go in search of Egoi Martinez who still held a minute in reserve over the chase as the Kloden group cut the gap to three minutes on Scarponi, Basso and Garzelli.

With ten km to go the gap of Martinez had fallen to half a minute for Nibali and 50 seconds to the Basso, Garzelli and Scarponi trio... Kloden's group continued to pound away but the gap stayed over two minutes strengthened by the addition of George Hincapie and Milram's captain Linus Gerdemann.


Garzelli leads Scarponi, Basso and Egoi Martinez on the final approach to the finish
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Scarponi and Garzelli responded to the shark attack chasing Basso's Liquigas mate as they entered Camerino for the final act of the stage 5 drama. Martinez was caught first by Nibali and then the duo was caught by the fast moving trio led by Scarponi on with 8 km to go. Entering the final 5 km Nibali was dropped as they hit the final climb to the finish.


Basso Attacks! Martinez is dropped and can be seen in the distance.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Orange warrior Egoi Martinez' legs gave out on the attack of Basso after 215 km as the lone survivor of the break he initiated this morning. The day wasn't without reward however as Egoi will take home the overall climbers classification and jersey.

As above,  Michele Scarponi won the stage in the uphill sprint responding to the attack by Ivan Basso and passing him in the final 200 meters with Stefano Garzelli second and  Ivan Basso, third.


Michele Scarponi enjoys the victory and the kisses from the misses.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 6 Results
Civitanova Marche - Camerino
235 km - 6.36'12 -
35.436 km/h
1.  Scarponi Michele Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni 6.36'12 10
2. 1 Garzelli Stefano Ita Asa Acqua & Sapone - Caffe'  0'01 6
3.  Basso Ivan Ita Liq Liquigas    0'03 4

4.  Di Luca Danilo Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini  1'09
5.  Rodriguez Oliver Joaquin Esp Gce Caisse D'epargne 1'11

6.  El Fares Julien G Fra Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  1'15
7.  Rebellin Davide Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni Gioc 1'15
8.  Mazzanti Luca Ita Kat Team Katusha 6.37'27 1'15
9.  Lovkvist Thomas G Swe Thr Team Columbia - High Road  1'15
10.  Pietropolli Daniele Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini 1'15
11. Hesjedal Ryder Can Grm Garmin - Slipstream 6.37'30 1'18
12.  Siutsou Kanstantsin Blr Thr Team Columbia - High Road 1'18
13. Kloden Andreas Ger Ast Astana 6.37'30 1'18
14.  Agnoli Valerio G Ita Liq Liquigas 6.37'33 1'21
15.  Gerdemann Linus Ger Mrm Team Milram 6.37'33 1'21
16.  Valjavec Tadej Slo Alm Ag2r La Mondiale 6.37'33 1'21
17.  Gesink Robert G Ned Rab Rabobank 6.37'33 1'21
18.  Tschopp Johann Sui Bbo Bbox Bouygues Telecom  1'29
19.  Lagutin Sergey Uzb Vac Vacansoleil Pro   1'31
20.  Pellizotti Franco Ita Liq Liquigas 6.37'44 1'32
21.  Martinez De Esteban Egoi Esp Eus Euskaltel - Euskadi   1'32
22.  Simoni Gilberto Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni Gioc. 1'32
23. Arroyo Duran David Esp Gce Caisse D'epargne   1'32
24. Mandri Rene G Est Alm Ag2r La Mondiale 6.37'44 1'32
25.  Capecchi Eros G Ita Fuj Fuji - Servetto 6.37'51 1'39
26.  Van Summeren Johan Bel Sil Silence - Lotto 6.37'55 1'43
27.  Nibali Vincenzo G Ita Liq Liquigas 6.38'10 1'58
28. Hincapie George Usa Thr Team Columbia - High Road  2'10
29. Duque Leonardo Col Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  2'23
30.  Kiryienka Vasil Blr Gce Caisse D'epargne 6.39'06 2'54
31.  Carrara Matteo Ita Vac Vacansoleil Pro  3'14 3
32.  Frohlinger Johannes G Ger Mrm Team Milram  4'55
33. Iglinskiy Maxim Kaz Ast Astana 6.41'07 4'55
34.  Velits Peter G Svk Mrm Team Milram 6.43'10 6'58
35.  Roux Anthony G Fra Fdj Française Des Jeux  8'37
36.  Landaluze Intxaurraga I Esp Eus Euskaltel - Euskadi 6. 8'37
Complete Stage 6 Results

Climbers Classification After Stage 6
1.  Martinez De Esteban Egoi Esp Eus Euskaltel - Euskadi 10
2.  Capelli Ermanno G Ita Fuj Fuji - Servetto 6
3.  Rebellin Davide Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni Gio 5

4. 94  El Fares Julien G Fra Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 5
5.  Simoni Gilberto Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni Gio 5

6.  Cheula Giampaolo Ita Bar Barloworld 5
7. Westra Lieuwe Ned Vac Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te 5
8.  Scarponi Michele Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni Gio 5
9.  Carrara Matteo Ita Vac Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Te 5
10. Garzelli Stefano Ita Asa Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mok 4
Complete Climbers Classification

Points Classification After Stage 6
1 El Fares Julien G Fra Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 27
2.  Scarponi Michele Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni Gioc. 21
3.  Garzelli Stefano Ita Asa Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mokamb 20

4. Petacchi Alessandro Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini 19
5 Rodriguez Oliver Joaquin Esp Gce Caisse D'epargne 18

6. Lovkvist Thomas G Swe Thr Team Columbia - High Road 18
7.  Bennati Daniele Ita Liq Liquigas 18
8.  Kloden Andreas Ger Ast Astana 15
9. Rebellin Davide Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni Gioc. 14
10.  Di Luca Danilo Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini 14
Complete Points Classification

Best Young Rider Classification
1. 207  Lovkvist Thomas Columbia/Highroad 23.28'46 0
2.  Nibali Vincenzo Ita Liq Liquigas 23.30'30 1'44
3.  Gesink Robert Ned Rab Rabobank   1'55
4. El Fares Julien Fra Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne   2'11
5. Capecchi Eros Ita Fuj Fuji - Servetto   2'27

6.  Agnoli Valerio Ita Liq Liquigas   10'42
7. Mandri Rene Est Alm Ag2r La Mondiale  13'20
8. Frohlinger Johannes Ger Mrm Team Milram   13'46
9.  Velits Peter Svk Mrm Team Milram 17'52
10. Roux Anthony Fra Fdj Française Des Jeux   27'17
omplete Young Guns Classification

General Classification After Stage 6
931 km - 23:27:36 - 39.68 km/h
1.  Scarponi Michele Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni  23.27'36 
2.  Garzelli Stefano Ita Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mokambo  0'25
3. Kloden Andreas Ger Astana 23.28'43 1'07

4.  Lovkvist Thomas G Swe Thr Team Columbia Highroad  1'10
5.  Basso Ivan Ita Liq Liquigas 23.28'49 1'13
6.  Rebellin Davide Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni Gioc   2'06
7.  Gerdemann Linus Ger Mrm Team Milram  2'32
8. Hesjedal Ryder Can Grm Garmin - Slipstream   2'33
9.  Siutsou Kanstantsin Blr Thr Team Columbia Highroad   2'41
10.  Nibali Vincenzo G Ita Liq Liquigas   2'54
11.  Gesink Robert G Ned Rab Rabobank  3'05
12.   Van Summeren Johan Bel Sil Silence - Lotto 3'06
13.  Pietropolli Daniele Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini  3'10
14.  Di Luca Danilo Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini  3'17
15.  El Fares Julien G Fra Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 3'21
16.  Rodriguez Oliver Joaquin Esp Gce Caisse D'epargne  3'21
17. Capecchi Eros G Ita Fuj Fuji - Servetto 23.31'13 3'37
18. Hincapie George Usa Thr Team Columbia - Highroad  4'35
19.  Lagutin Sergey Uzb Vac Vacansoleil Pro   4'53
20.  Arroyo Duran David Esp Gce Caisse D'epargne   5'42
21.  Simoni Gilberto Ita Sda Diquigiovanni - Androni Gioc  6'18
22.  Valjavec Tadej Slo Alm Ag2r La Mondiale 23.34'12 6'36
23.  Pellizotti Franco Ita Liq Liquigas 23.34'52 7'16
24.  Martinez De Esteban Egoi Esp Eus Euskaltel - Euskadi  9'47
25.  Carrara Matteo Ita Vac Vacansoleil Pro   10'38
26. Landaluze Intxaurraga I Esp Eus Euskaltel - Euskadi  11'09
27.  Mazzanti Luca Ita Kat Team Katusha 11'33
28.  Bazayev Assan Kaz Ast Astana  11'38
29.  Kiryienka Vasil Blr Gce Caisse D'epargne 11'39
30.  Duque Leonardo Col Cof Cofidis, Le Credit En Lig 11'49
31.  Agnoli Valerio G Ita Liq Liquigas 23.39'28 11'52
32. Iglinskiy Maxim Kaz Ast Astana 23.41'44 14'08
33.  Tschopp Johann Sui Bbo Bbox Bouygues Telecom 14'16
34.  Mandri Rene G Est Alm Ag2r La Mondiale 23.42'06 14'30
35.  Frohlinger Johannes G Ger Mrm Team Milram   14'56
36.  Longo Borghini Paolo Ita Bar Barloworld  15'18
37.  Bernucci Lorenzo Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes - Farnese Vini   17'16
38.  Velits Peter G Svk Mrm Team Milram 23.46'38 19'02
39.  Pozzato Filippo Ita Kat Team Katusha 23.48'43 21'07
40.  Tosatto Matteo Ita Qst Quickstep 23.52'07 24'31
Complete G.C. Results

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