44th Tirreno - Adriatico - Team Comments & Photos
The teams weigh in on Stage six finish on the Montelupone and results of their
participation in the week of racing in Italy.
Danilo Di Luca attacks the Montelupone Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Barloworld Stage 6
Paolo Longo Borghini in the Escape
Today's stage six of the Tirreno-Adriatico was the toughest day of the Italian
one-week race. Throughout the 235 km up to Camerino, the riders had to face many
ascents in a row, with two categorised mountains: Cingoli at km 74 and Sasso
Tetto at km 192.
Barloworld's Gianpaolo Cheula Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Paolo Longo Borghini tried his luck with an attack early in the stage
together with Martinez (Euskaltel), Carrara (Vacansoleil) and Maaskant (Garmin).
Their attack occurred after 20km and they gained a maximum of 12 minutes over
the peloton. "Today we wanted to be protagonist in spite of a very tough stage.
Longo Borghini is everything but a climber, but he's a brave rider and thanks to
a good shape he shines during the stage", sports direcor
Alberto Volpi said after the finish.
Unfortunately Longo Borghini was reeled in by the overall competitors along
the Sasso Tetto climb, but Team Barloworld showed once more to be ever-present
into the race.
Linus Gerdemann defends top ten position
Linus Gerdemann defended his strong top ten position overall in the sixth stage
of the long-distance Tirreno-Adriatico (March 11-17 / UCI category HIS). The
MILRAM captain finished 15th on the stage. The stage win after 235 km went to
Italian Michele Scarponi (Serramenti PVC). He beat out his landsmen Stefano
Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas).
“Today was not my best day but my teammates Peter Velits and Johannes
Fröhlinger were right beside me and brought me back to the front”, said Milram
captain Linus Gerdemann. “Today I saw where
I’m good at and where I have to improve things. But for this time at the year
I’m doing pretty good so far.”
Milram's Linus Gerdemann. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Team Saxo Bank
Through with Five Riders on Tough Mountain Stage.
Team Saxo Bank started the stage with two riders fewer than yesterday and
another gave up on the 235-kilometer-long mountain stage in the year's
Andy Schleck asked not to start because of pain in his left knee and Markus
Ljungquist had to surrender due to a stomach pain that had made the Swedish
rider suffer the previous two stages.
“It was not the best beginning, but the profile of the stage showed that it
would be pointless to make the two riders do the race. Markus was decidedly
ruled out because of the stomach ache, and Andy had already incipient pain
during the stage of Montelupone. Fabian did nearly 170 kilometres, which
certainly was acceptable in relation to the condition he is in right now”,
sports director Torsten Schmidt said after
the stage from Civitanova Marche to Camerino
“The other riders did some useful, yet ruthless race kilometres, and with
nearly seven hours in the saddle through constantly undulating terrain, we must
say that such a day serves as an excellent preparation for the classics. Today's
stage matched the level meters and distance of the toughest stages in the big
stage races, so it's no wonder that many rider didn't make it through”, Schmidt
Michele Scarponi (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli) won stage six
to capture the overall lead of Tirreno-Adriatico beating Stefano Garzelli (Acqua
& Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas). Top finisher for Cervélo
TestTeam was Gabriel Rasch in 41st place over 14 minutes behind the winner.
Jens Zemke, team Sports Director,
commented at the stage completion, "Our riders had an enormously long day to
absorb. It was a steady up and down through a beautiful landscape with snow on
top of the Sasso Tetto which is 1 455 m high. Our tactic for the day was to
protect our sprinter for tomorrows chance and to try escape in an early
breakaway if we could.
"Five riders started the break and had a maximum lead of 12 minutes, but to
no avail. It was a day of the big GC riders. They attacked Andreas Klöden at the
climb and it was a tremendous stage showing how fascinating this sport can be.
Scarponi took the leaders jersey from Klöden. "Our best rider was Gabriel
Rasch, who finished around 41st place, riding the last 45 km alone. Our guys
look good and they have a big goal to reach next Saturday."
In the tough stage Civitanova Marche-Camerino, Lampre-NGC's cyclists
tried to save energies in view of the last stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.
Blue-fucsia idea is to try to obtain tomorrow a good result thanks to Angelo
Furlan in the sprint of the last stage.
Today, Righi was the best for Lampre-NGC: he crossed the finish line in 56th
position at 18'33" to the winner Scarponi (new leader of the overall standing).
Enrico Gasparotto - 30 km time trial Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
"In such tough stage, our riders soon lost contact from the head of the race. So
our riders preferred to save energies in view of tomorrow appointment",
Bontempi, Lampre-NGC's sport director said.
Stage 7 Team Comments Wrap-up
Cavendish Wins Final Stage of Tirreno - Adriatico
Team Columbia-Highroad sprinter Mark Cavendish struck again on the
final day of the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy, winning the sprint with
an impressive burst of speed. It was Cavendish’s fifth win of the season and the
11th win for Team Columbia-High Road’s men.
Cavendish got a perfect lead out from his team mates in the final kilometre
of the high-speed finish. George Hincapie pulled Cavendish clear of the other
sprinters, then when Daniele Bennati started his sprint early, Cavendish got on
his wheel before accelerated past him. Stage three winner Tyler Farrar was on
Cavendish’s wheel but did not have the speed to threaten him.
“The other day I was beaten on the line, so I had a point to prove today,”
Cavendish said. “I wasn’t out for revenge
because I like to win every race I ride, but I wanted to prove I’m the fastest.
The team rode perfectly yet again. They kept the break under control and then I
had the perfect lead out. Bennati went but I was able to get past him quite
Team Columbia-High Road also placed two riders in the top ten of the overall
standings. Thomas Lovkvist of Sweden was fourth, 1:10 behind Scarponi, and
Kanstantsin Siutsou was ninth at 2:41.
Columbia's Thomas Lovkvist grits it out on the final kilometef of the
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Lovkvist also won the best young rider’s competition after strong
performances in Sunday’s 30km time trial and Monday’s decisive mountain stage.
Lovkvist beat Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali and Robert Gesink of the Netherlands.
Team Columbia-high now heads to Milan for Saturday’s Milan-San Remo race.
Stage 6: George Hincapie with Mark Cavendish with Ivan Basso near the finish.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Race summary from director Matt White
Whitey satisfied with Tirreno-Adriatico performance - Well Tirreno has come to a
conclusion and I am very happy on a few fronts. The team showed great focus from
day one — working and succeeding on every task given to them.Ryder rode a very
solid race and achieved what we wanted from him, adding another very solid 8th
place to the resume . Making his results identical to 2008. A 10th place in
Eroica and 8th on GC here.
Farrar close to another win
Team Garmin-Slipstream’s sprinting sensation Tyler Farrar nearly doubled his
stage wins in Italy, posting a close second in San Benedetto del Tronto. Ryder
Hesjedal finished safely in the field to claim eighth place overall!
Ryder Hesjedal on the Montelupone. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
“The guys were super again today!” Tyler
said. “The final circuit was crazy so positioning was crucial. The boys put me
right where I needed to be for the closing kilometers, unfortunately I couldn’t
quite get around Cavendish today. But I think we are proving that we’re a team
to be reckoned with in the sprints. All in all we are satisfied with our week
here in Italy. With Ryder’s top 10 on GC and my stage win we met all our goals
for the race. Now we’ll take a few days to chill out and recover before the big
boy on Saturday!”
Team Saxo Bank
Race Served as Solid Preparation for the
The last stage on the traditional circular route through San Benedetto del Tronto was, as usual, decided in a sprint showdown where Mark
Cavendish (Columbia-High Road) won ahead of Tyler Farrar (Slip Stream, Chipotle)
after the last 169 kilometers of the race.
"We can not exactly say that we have been lucky here with Matti's crash, Andy's
knee problems and Markus' stomach ache. With Fabian behind in his preparations,
it was not realistic to expect any top results, but we should look on the bright
side of things and turn our focus towards the classics, where we can afford to
be confident. Seen in that perspective, Tirreno-Adriatico has served as a solid
preparation - especially the demanding stage yesterday", said
Follow Cervélo TestTeam
Jens Zemke commented after the final stage,
"The team made a good lead out for Dominque Rollin but he did not have the good
legs he had from the 2nd stage where he ended up in fourth place.
"There was at the beginning of the stage a break away of 3 riders with a maximum
gap of 6'15". We started Tirreno as an good preparation for Milan San Remo and
to try for some good results. But we had some bad luck last week with the
Bad luck for Gerald Ciolek
Gerald Ciolek had bad luck. The Milram sprinter was in a good position with 500
meters to go, when he lightly touched MarkCavendish's rear wheel and lost his
momentum. His teammate Linus Gerdemann finished the race in seventh place.
„We were in good position in the finale, but Gerald Ciolek was missing some of
his power today,“ said Christian Henn,
MILRAM's Directeur Sportif. „The problem is that when you go into a stage race
under the weather, as Gerald did, then you don't really have a chance to recover
during the stages and get back to full strength. With a healthy Ciolek we would
surely have brought in a stage win, especially in the first days. Looking at it
that way, we can be satisfied with the results. Yesterday we saw that our team
can do things. This fact makes me optimistic for the coming races.“
Angelo Furlan Sixth
Blue-fucsia reaction in the last stage of Tirreno-Adriatico - thanks to
Angelo Furlan, who obtained the 6th place in the final sprint won by Cavendish.
"Angelo battled against the best sprinter and could reach a good result -
Fabrizio Bontempi, Lampre-NGC's sport director,
commented, "Important performance by Righi, who supported Furlan before the
sprint. Talking about our performance in Tirreno-Adriatico, the balance is not
positive, even if it's important to underline that the illness of Ballan,
Gasparotto, Da Dalto and Mori influenced us".
And last but not least... the fans in Italy
The Tifosi celebrate the arrival of the rider on the San Benedetto circuit.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
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