Scarponi takes title after Ricco win

Eurosport - Mon, 05 Apr 19:36:00 2010

Michele Scarponi won the Settimana Ciclista Lombarda in Italy after comfortably finishing the fifth stage, which was won by runner-up Riccardo Ricco.

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The final ride between Montello and Bergamo ended in a small bunch sprint, with Ricco edging Switzerland's Andreas Dietziker and Venezuela's Jackson Rodriguez at the death.

Scarponi came 17th to retain his lead and win the overall title, with Ricco coming second and Przemyslaw Niemiec completing the podium thanks to a time penalty given to Matteo Carrara due to irregular sprinting in stage four.

STAGE FOUR

Vacansoleil rider Matteo Carrara crossed the line first on the fourth stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda in northern Italy but was demoted to third for dangerous riding.

The Italian, competing on his home roads, was adjudged to have twice squeezed out Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) near the barriers in the final sprint at Grumello del Monte.

The decision by race officials handed the stage victory to Serpa as Carrara lost time overall and slipped to fourth, 42 seconds behind race leader Michele Scarponi, also of Androni Giocattoli.

Scarponi will seal overall victory on Monday's final stage which finishes in Bergamo if he can hold off second-placed Riccardo Ricco (Ceramica Flaminia) and Przemyslaw Niemiec (Miche) in third.

STAGE THREE

Riccardo Ricco recorded his first win since returning from his doping ban by taking the third stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda.

The Ceramica Flaminia rider won the 125.5km stage in Lumezzane in northern Italy by beating Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli) and Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil) on the uphill finish with a time of two hours 48 minutes and 52 seconds.

Scarponi retains the overall lead of the five-stage race, 17 seconds ahead of Ricco, who moves into second ahead of Carrara by one second.

STAGE TWO

Mattia Gavazzi headed an Italian podium sweep in stage two of the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, starting and finishing in Dalmine, near Bergamo.

The Colnago-CSF Inox sprinter, son of former professional rider Pierino Gavazzi, triumphed in a bunch sprint, chasing down Giairo Ermeti (De Rosa-Stac Plastic) and Mikhail Antonov (Itera-Katusha).

Roberto Ferrari (De Rosa-Stat Plastic) and Alberto Loddo (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) completed the podium.

Androni’s Michele Scarponi kept the overall leader's jersey with Vacansoleil Pro CT’s Matteo Carrara 12 seconds behind and Pole Przemyslaw Niemiec (Miche) 20s adrift.

STAGE ONE

Polish rider Bartosz Huzarski mastered horrendous weather to win the opening stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda.

The ISD-Neri rider won a sprint for the line against Sweden's Michael Stevenson and Italy's Manuele Caddeo at the end of the 156.8km stage in Calcinato, which had been shortened by over 30km after torrential rain hit the area.

Michele Scarponi of Androni Giocattoli, winner of Wednesday's prologue, retains the overall lead of the race after finishing in the main bunch 30 seconds behind the leading trio.

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