Pellizotti Wins Stage 10 of Giro
Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) has won Stage 10 of the Giro d?Italia.
Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) has won Stage 10 of the Giro d?Italia. Pellizotti sprinted away from nine companions to win the hilly, 190-km ride from Termoli to Peschici in 4:39:47. Vladimir Efimkin (Caisse d?Epargne) finished second, and Sergei Yakovlev (Liberty Seguros) took third at 0:02. Ivan Basso (CSC) remains the maglia rosa .
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The stage was ridden in hot, sunny weather. At 50 km, the break of the day formed. Axel Merckx (Phonak), Pellizotti and Charles Wegelius (both from Liquigas), Efimkin, Yakovlev, Benoit Joachim (Discovery Channel), Yohann Gene (Bouygues Telecom), Jose Luis Carrasco and Joan Horrach (both from Caisse d?Epargne), Sergei Matveyev (Ceramica Panaria), Benoit Poilvet (Credit Agricole), Sylvain Calzati and Hubert Dupont (both from Ag2r), Theo Eltink and Alexander Kolobnev (both from Rabobank), Angel Gomez and Marco Pinotti (both from Saunier Duval), Jose Serpa (Selle Italia), Giovanni Lombardi (CSC), Alessandro Vanotti (Milram), and Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner) escaped. The bunch worked to keep the fugitives reasonably close but did not chase hard. The break?s lead maxed out at 5:52 at 115 km.
CSC began to chase, and Lampre took over from the Danish squad. By the time, that the break reached the Category 3 Monte Sant? Angelo, its lead was down to 3:40. With 15 km left, however, the peloton was at 2:50. At that point, Merckx attacked.
Merckx?s lead was never greater than 0:11. Wegelius chased for Pellizotti, and the escapees caught Merckx with 150 m remaining. Pellizotti burst into the lead, and Efimkin was a well-beaten second.
In the overall, Basso leads Jose Gutierrez Cataluna (Phonak) by 1:34 and Damiano Cunego (Lampre) by 1:48. Stage 11 will affect the standings. The flat, 50-km time trial at Pontedera does not favor a pure climber. Who will prosper in this stage? Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel)? Sergei Gonchar (T-Mobile)? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!