Giro del Mediterraneo/Tour Mediterranéen
Danilo Napolitano scores first season victory for Lampre Fondital after a sprint
with Zabel and Renshaw. Tour of Cuba Update Stage 2, CSC News Voight and Schleck
after crash update.
Giro del Mediterraneo
Lampre-Fondital's Danilo Napolitano scores first victory in Tour Mediterranéen
First stage of the Tour Mediterranéen (Marsiglia-Marignane, 108 kms) and first
season victory for Lampre-Fondital. Danilo Napolitano is the winner: the Italian
cyclist crossed in Marignane the finish line before the German Erik Zabel (Milram)
and the Australian Mark Renshaw (Crédit Agricole).
Napolitano and Zabel copyright FotorreporterSerrotti
If Saturday only a great Petacchi had success in defeating the
Lampre-Fondital’s “arrows”, today the opponents of the fast couple Bennati-Napolitano
couldn’t do anything during the sprint: Corioni first, then Bennati, were
skillful in bringing Napolitano to the best position for the sprint burst
and defeat all the opponents.
Lampre-Fondital conducted the peloton towards the finish in the last 60 kms
to catch an escape of two cyclists: the two fugitives Cedric Vasseur and Sandy
Casar were caught at 1 km from the finish line, Piovani (Lampre-Fondital’s
sports director) ordered Loosli and Fornaciari to take the head of the group and
bring the team's sprinters to the final straight.
Napolitano in Yellow copyright FotorreporterSerrotti
Danilo Napolitano, 9th victory in career and first yellow jersey as Tour
Mediterranéen’s leader, was satisfied: “I’m very happy for the victory and for
the sprint: it has been beautiful. I want to thank all the team for the perfect
Also Daniele Bennati collected a good result: 5th.
Tomorrow the race will go on with two stages: the first one will take the
riders from Berre l’Etang to the Mont Faron’s climb, the second one will be a
team time trial of 18 kms.
Zabel (Milram) in the closing kms. copyright
Vittoria Lampre-Fondital al Giro del Mediterraneo
Arriva nella tappa inaugurale del Giro del Mediterraneo (Marsiglia-Marignane di
108 km) la prima vittoria stagionale per la Lampre-Fondital. Il merito è di
Danilo Napolitano: il corridore siciliano ha tagliato per primo il traguardo di
Marignane, precedendo in volata il tedesco Erik Zabel (Milram) e l’australiano
Mark Renshaw (Crédit Agricole).
Se sabato, al Gp Costa degli Etruschi, solo un grande Petacchi era riuscito a
battere le frecce della Lampre-Fondital, oggi per gli avversari della veloce
coppia Bennati-Napolitano non c’è stato nulla da fare, con Corioni prima, e
Bennati poi, bravi a pilotare Napolitano nella posizione migliore per esplodere
tutta la sua velocità e lasciarsi alle spalle gli avversari.
Ottimo comunque il lavoro di tutta la squadra, chiamata a tirare il gruppo negli
ultimi 60 km per andare a riprendere una fuga a due ispirata dal francese Cédric
Vasseur: una volta agguantati i fuggitivi a 1 km dal traguardo, Piovani (ds
della Lampre-Fondital) ha fatto entrare in azione Loosli e Fornaciari,
abilissimi a condurre i compagni veloci verso il rettilineo finale.
The escapees Vasseur and Casar. copyright FotorreporterSerrotti
Danilo Napolitano, alla 9a vittoria in carriera e alla sua 1a maglia gialla di
leader del Giro del Mediterraneo, ha così espresso la sua soddisfazione: “Sono
molto contento per la vittoria e per lo sprint: davvero bello. Devo ringraziare
tutta la squadra per il fondamentale lavoro svolto”. Da segnalare anche il
quinto posto ottenuto da Daniele Bennati.
Domani la corsa prosegue con due tappe: la prima porterà i corridori da Berre
l’Etang all’ascesa del Mont Faron, la seconda sarà invece una cronometro a
squadre di 18 km.
Results and G.C. After Stage 1
1. Danilo Napolitano (Ita-LAM) 2h35'33"
2. Erik Zabel (Ger-MRM) s.t.
3. Mark Renshaw (Aus-C.A) s.t.
4. Andrus Aug (Est-ACQ) s.t.
5. Mauro Santambrogio (Ita-LAM) s.t.
6. Isaac Galvez (Esp-IBC) s.t.
7. Kenny Van Hummel (Ned-SKS) s.t.
8. Alexandre Usov (Blr-A2R) s.t.
9. Marco Zanotti (Ita-UNI) s.t.
10. Gabriele Balducci (Ita-ACQ) s.t
CSC News Jens Voight, Frank Schleck Crashes
Once again Team CSC had Fränk Schleck up front in Challenge Mallorca. On
Wednesday the Trofeo Soller took place on the Spanish Holiday Island and Schleck
finished fifth - 25 seconds behind the winner Paolo Bettini (Quick Step).
"Fränk did well on the last climb but didn't want to risk anything on the
descent, when Bettini went full speed ahead. We'd already suffered two crashes
today," said sports director Scott Sunderland referring to the fact that both
Jens Voigt and Andy Schleck had to bite the dust in today's 150-kilometer stage.
"I lost quite a bit of skin on the left side of my body and sustained some deep
cuts in my hand and around my knee, but it wasn't any worse than the doctors
were able to stitch it all back together. Luckily I didn't hurt my shoulder but
I'm now at the point where the only thing on my body which isn't hurting is my
bad shoulder," was the dry comment from Jens Voigt, who wont be starting in
tomorrow's Trofeo Calvia, but will be training a bit instead.
Team CSC's young talent Andy Schleck was in a break with Thomas Dekker of
Rabobank, when he had to hit the brakes pretty hard in order to avoid crashing
into a stray motorbike.
"I lost some skin but there were no broken bones so I'm fine and was able to
finish the race. We were 45 seconds ahead of the favorites' group on the descent
before the final five-kilometer climb so of course it was bad luck. But I'll try
again another day," said a fit Andy Schleck, who is now looking ahead in the
"I've trained hard all winter and during the first training camp, so I feel
strong right now. I hope to be able to make some good results in GP Chiasso and
the Tour of Georgia."
Victory for Galvez
On Monday Isaac Galvez (Illes Balears) won his second consecutive bunch sprint
in Challenge Mallorca. The peloton was all together at the finish, although a
break away dominated the 159-kilometer Trofeo Alcudia.
”Everything is going according to plan down here. The next three races are more
hilly and some of our riders will probably use them to test their current shape.
It's their first race this season, so for us it's primarily about building up
the form ahead of our training camp in California,” said Team CSC's sports
director Scott Sunderland.
Tour of Cuba
Jackson Rodriguez of Venezuala Wins
Stage 2 Guantanamo to Santiago
Santiago de Cuba (Cuban cycling) The Venezuelan cyclist Jackson Rodríguez won
the second stage of the XXXI Tour of Cuba.
the stage contested over 111kilometers between Guantánamo and Santiago in the
Oriental province. The Cuban Pedro P.Perez remains in the lead and in yellow,
followed by Jackson Rodriguez of Venezuela at 4
GUANTANAMO-SANTIAGO DE CUBA 111Km.
1- Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela 2:38.03
2- Bozic Borut Perutnina Eslovenia mt
3- Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba A mt
4.- Arnold Alcolea Cuba A mt
5- Juan Torres (VEN) Partizan-Whistle Italia mt
6- Wendy Cruz (DOM) Caico Puerto Rico mt
7- Joseph Papp (USA) Partizan-Whistle Italia mt
8- Henry Raabe (CRC) Cropusa España mt
9- Petrus Woestenberg Altipower Holanda mt
10- Ernesto Cano ISCF-Cuba mt
CLASIFICACION INDIVIDUAL POR TIEMPOS
1. Pedro Pablo Pérez Cuba A 6.23:50
2. Jackson Rodríguez Venezuela A 4¨
3. Michel Fernández Cuba Pista A 8¨
4. Petrus Woestenberg Altipower, Holanda A 9¨
5. Wendy Cruz (Dom) Caico, Puerto Rico A 10¨
Hasta la proxima: Jose Manuel Zabala Cardenas