Scarponi wins Giro del Trentino

Fri, 22 Apr 18:09:00 2011

Overnight leader Michele Scarponi clinched victory in the Giro del Trentino while Astana's Roman Kreuziger won the final stage.

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Scarponi held a slender seven-second lead over Tiago Machado and a 33-second advantage over Luca Ascani, but the Italian defended superbly to win the 35th edition of the race.

Kreuziger outsprinted companion Emanuele Sella on the mountaintop finish in Madonna di Campiglio, while Yaroslav Popovych finished third, eight seconds off the pace.

"My aim in the Giro del Trentino was to test my fitness approaching the Giro d'Italia," said Scarponi.

"I think that I'm good and the victory in the overall standings indicates a consistency in good performance."

"I'm also happy because I found confirmation that my teammates are strong and that they can face every kind of situation in the best way."

The winning break attacked early in the 161.5km stage from Andalo to Madonna di Campiglio with three riders going out on the offensive - Kreuziger, Sella and Popovych - soon joined by Matteo Montaguti and Angel Vicioso to form the stage's decisive escape.

By the time the break passed under the flamme rouge marking 1km to go, their lead was reduced to 30 seconds.

The endgame worked out perfectly for Scarponi as Kreuziger bested his two breakaway companions for the Czech's first victory in Astana colours while the race leader lost no time to his GC rivals to seal the overall victory.


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