Podium: Kirchen, Bettini, & Kuchynski photo c.
Reigning Olympic champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) took his second win of the season in Switzerland this weekend; the Classics star attacked a breakaway viciously on the Carona climb - 6km at 5.2% gradient with an opening section of 10% - 15km from the finish, and nobody in the fragmented peloton behind could bring him back, despite rivals Davide Rebellin, Kim Kirchen and Franck Schleck among those behind.
Solo Cricket photo c.
Earlier this month, Bettini won the Trofeo Soller in Mallorca. Indeed, it was Tour of Poland winner Kirchen (T-Mobile) who won the twenty-two man sprint for second, ahead of Belarussian Alexandr Kuschynski (scoring a very nice podium placing for small Continental team Ceramica Flaminia) and Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), runner up in the previous day's GP Chiasso.
Quick Step Report
Bettini bolted into a breakaway 28 kilometres from the finish. After having reached the top of the last up hill section with an advantage of 35” the Olympic Champion launched himself towards the finish line of Lugano ahead of the main group lead by Kim Kirchen. Bettini crossed the finish line 52” ahead of the rest of the group.
“Our team was fantastic today – Bettini said, with this his 2nd win of the season - at the bottom of the final ascent I had 4 other team members around me. Scarselli, Wielinga, Vasseur and Van de Walle all did a fantastic job that I went on to finish. I’m in good form and must admit that I’m having a great start to the season. I am motivated and want to make the most of this and the great form that I am in order to try and get a few more victories under my belt”.
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2 64 LUX19780703 Kirchen Kim TMO a 52"
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18 36 ITA19841114 Nibali Vincenzo LIQ st.t
19 81 ITA19790806 Bellotti Francesco C.A st.t
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23 2 FRA19750430 Moncoutie David COF a 01'09"
24 125 POL19800411 Niemiec Przemyslaw MIE a 02'54"
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28 32 SUI19770705 Calcagni Patrick LIQ st.t
29 26 FRA19731229 Rinero Christophe SDV st.t
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