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