92nd Giro d'Italia -
Stage 2 Just in
Alessandro 'Ale-Jet' Petacchi Dominates Fast Finish in
Stage 2 Jesolo - Trieste 156 km
Alessandro Petacchi rocketed to the finish taking the stage in Trieste. The LPR
Brakes rider came around Maglia Rosa Mark Cavendish from third position and put
in a sprint that left the Columbia/Highroad groping for empty air as he tried to
catch the Italian's wheel after he launched his fast attack to the line. It was
a definitive win for Petacchi announcing his return to his former top sprinting
Cavendish finished second with fellow Briton Ben Swift (Katusha) third. Allan
Davis (Quick Step) and Tyler Farrar filled out the top five today; quite a day
for the English speakers taking 4 of the top 5 slots in today's finish.
The day was marked by a day long break by ISD's Leonardo Scarselli who was
caught on the second of the three finishing circuits in Trieste after leading
the peloton by 8 minutes mid stage and riding as virtual race leader for most of
Mark Cavendish and Columbia continue to lead the top 5 of the rankings.
graphic © 2009 Gazzetta dello Sport
198 riders took the start for the 156 kilometer journey north along the
Adriatic coast to Trieste at about half past one this afternoon. The peloton
arrived for the first intermediate sprint in Eraclea at which was won out of the
bunch by Acqua & Sapone rider Alessandro Donati; which is hardly worth a mention
other than ISD's Leonardo Scarscelli used the sprint to launch his solo attack
on the bunch which was more than accomodating to let the lone rider take a
minute in the first kilometer.
While Leonardo worked on his masterpiece on the front, the peloton
settled in for an easy ride and after the first hour Scarselli took over 6
minutes out of the group by 30 kilometers. Twenty km up the road with 106 km to
go the rider got their attention as he stretched his advantage to0 7:20 and then
with 90 km to go it went over 8 minutes...
But this would be as big as the gap would go as Columbia got some help at the
front setting the pace; a rider or two from Quick Step, Lampre and Garmin took
turns teasing the pace a bit faster on the front and then rotating back into the
wide fomation as the peloton used both lanes of the scenic coastal rode perched
on cliffs with the sea beow.
Scarselli showed no lack of resolve; and he never would today, but the pace
started to cut into his advantage closing in to 5 minutes with 75
kilometers to Trieste. No matter. the rider would be the center of attention for
the television coverage flying his sponsor's flag.
graphic © 2009 Gazzetta dello Sport
A determined Scarcelli continued to pound away at the front taking his gap
back up to six minutes as the peloton dallied at the feed zone and it became a
tug of war for some time with the gap stretching and rebounding from 3:50 to
over 5 minutes. But with 38 kilometers remaining Garmin/Slipstream came to the
front first with two riders and then 5 and started closing the distance to our
lone adventurer... by Intermediate sprint of Miramare as Scarcelli started the
first of three circuits through the streets of Trieste his gap was just over 3
minutes over a now fast moving peloton with Columbia/Highroad,
Garmin/Slipstream, Rabobank and Quickstep forcing the pace.
Passing the finish line the first time, Scarselli's gap was down to 2:39 with
Columbia's Michael Barry stretching out the bunch in a long line and the gap
quickly fell to under 2 minutes by the start of the second lap Barry had the gap
to 1:25 as riders lost grip of the now fast moving peloton on the climb of the
2.1 km climb of the Cat 3 Montebello. Scarselli held on to take the one Gran
Prix Montana's point and the climbers jersey before being hunted down by the
Garmin/Slipstream led peloton with one lap to go. Entering the circuit Matthias
Russ crashed as he went wide into a curb crashing into spectators.
Immediately attacks went off the front with Thomas Voeckler ((BBox Bouygues
Tele) and Andy Grivko (ISD) flew off the front on the descent opening a gap of
six seconds. They were tamed and an attack of four followed led by Christian
Vandevelde, and Jelle Vanendert... with 10 km to go the four were swept up by
Columbia and Quick Step at the front.
A counter led by Philippe Gilbert and joined by Filippo Pozzato and
Enrico Gasparotto was lined out the chase. With 3 km to go the attacks were
absorbed by the Garmin/Slipstream led peloton as the Columbia, Lampre, and LPR
Brakes jockeyed for control for the final control of the peloton on the final
Coming into the final 300 meters Petacchi in third position came off
Cavendishes wheel to launch his sprint passing on the left... Cavendish
responded but could not catch Ale-Jet's wheel as he powered to the clear victory
at the finish .
Stage 2 Jesolo - Trieste
156 km - 3:43:07
1 Petacchi Alessandro Ita LPR Brakes 3:43:07 0:00 20"
2 Cavendish Mark Gbr Columbia/Highroad 3:43:07 0:00 14"
3 Swift Ben Gbr Katusha 3:43:07 0:00 8"
4 Davis Allan Aus Quick Step 3:43:07 0:00
5 Farrar Tyler Usa Garmin/Slipstream 3:43:07 0:00 4"
6 Gatto Oscar Ita ISD 3:43:07 0:00
7 Gavazzi Francesco Ita Lampre/NGC 3:43:07 0:00
8 Vigano Davide Ita Fuji/Servetto 3:43:07 0:00
9 Mori Manuele Ita Lampre/NGC 3:43:07 0:00
10 Devenyns Dries Bel Quick Step 3:43:07 0:00
General Classification After Stage 2
1 Cavendish Mark Gbr Columbia/Highroad 4:04:43
2 Renshaw Mark Aus Columbia/Highroad 4:04:57 0:14
3 Rogers Michael Aus Columbia/Highroad 4:04:57 0:14
4 Lovkvist Thomas Swe Columbia/Highroad
5 Boasson Hagen Edvald Nor Thr 4:04:57 0:14
6 Farrar Tyler Usa Garmin/Slipstream 4:04:59 0:16
7 Petacchi Alessandro Ita LPR Brakes 4:04:59 0:16
8 Vandevelde Christian Usa Garmin/Slipstream 4:05:03 0:20
9 Wiggins Bradley Gbr Garmin/Slipstream 4:05:03 0:20
10 Armstrong Lance Usa Astana 4:05:10 0:27
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