Alexander Vinokourov of Astana the 12.5 km time-trial at Lake Garda in northern Italy for the stage one of the Tour of Trentino. At second place was Stefano Garzelli of Acqua e Sapone and Matteo Montaguti of De Rosa.
Vinokourov finished the course in 15 minutes and seven seconds. He won by 16 seconds from Garzelli and 18 seconds ahead with Montaguti. Michele Scarponi of Androni Giocattoli took fourth place.
Riccardo Ricco of Ceramica Flaminia placed eighth and Ivan Basso, who was last year’s overall winner only finished at thirteenth. Finishing at 46th was soon to retire Gilbert Simoni of Lampre-Farnese Vini. The Giro d’Italia will be Simoni’s last race.
Vinokourov now has the overall lead but has his sights set for the Liege-Batogne-Liege. “On Sunday I’ll be in Liege with strong ambitions, better to measure out my efforts here in Trentino where there are many competitors also wishing to get the overall”.
The opener is the Kazakh’s fourth victory since his return from a doping ban suspension of two years. This was also his first classification lead since August 2009 at the Tour de l’Ain
The Tour of Trentino’s stage two will be a 172.5lm course from Dro to San Martino di Castrozza.
Stage 1 results:
1 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:15:07
2 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:00:16
3 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) De Rosa-Stac Plastic 0:00:18
4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:23
5 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:00:25
6 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp 0:00:27
7 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:28
8 Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia 0:00:30
9 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:32
10 Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:32