Benedetti on top after NetApp win TTT

Wed, 21 Mar 18:07:00 2012

Cesare Benedetti ended the day on top of the general classification after his NetApp team won the team time trial in the Coppi e Bartali.

Cesare Benedetti, 2012 (NOT in ITAxFRA) - 0

Net App were eight seconds clear of Endura Racing and a further seven seconds beyond Androni Giacolatti after the 14.9km stage.

On a split-stage second day in Gatteo, Italy, Liquigas rider Elia Viviani had triumphed in a 99.5km second stage, continuing his sprinting form with a sixth victory of the season.

But both he and overnight leader Andrea Palini saw their positions in the overall standings heavily affected by the performances of their team-mates on the second part of the day's racing, and they now sit 24th and 25th respectively.

The top six riders are all part of the NetApp team, with Benedetti enjoying a six-second cushion over his team-mates.

Stage three of the five-day race takes the riders 151km from Fiorano Modenese into Levizzano.

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