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Monier Claims First Pro Win at Giro

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After the race, the 27 year old Frenchman explained that it is his eighth season with the team Cofidis and is considered to be a veteran. He said, “Probably I turned pro too young, only four years after starting cycling at 17,” and added, “I almost returned to the amateur ranks because I didn’t have the level of professional cycling. I fought for results and only last year I started to get some.” He placed fourth in the 2009 Tour de 1’Ain and was getting offers by other French teams.

Bernard Quilfen, Directeur Sportif knew…

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Basso Beats Evans at Monte Zoncolan

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basso beats evans at monte zoncolan 300x169   Basso Beats Evans at Monte ZoncolanCadel Evans and Ivan Basso are aiming for the win at the Giro. Both are privileged to have the Italian Alberto Sassi as their coach. Sassi, earlier last month was diagnosed to be suffering from brain cancer and predicted one or the other of his “sons” would win.

On the punishing 222 km 15th stage race, Evans and Basso were the toughest athletes on the field fitting each other. The 2006 champion Basso prevailed.

On the much feared Monte Zoncolan climb to the finish, the duo disposed of everyone. It was a 10.1 km climb with an average of 11.9 percent gradient and Basso distanced himself from Evans with 3.7 km to go for the finish. He won by 79 seconds over Evans and rose to third overall behind David Arroyo of Spain.

The 25 year old Tasmanian and former race leader Richie Porte held on for the second place overall at 2:35…

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Stage 12 of Giro d’Italia goes to Italian Pozzato

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This year’s race was a first in the corsa rosa wherein the tifosi waited until stage 12 for an Italian to emerge as victor. Although, Liquigas-Doimo did win the team time trial.

Pozzato shares his momentous experience. “At the one kilometre mark, I expected an attack by Thomas Voeckler but not by Nibali and Vinokourov. On the last climb before the finish, I moved up…

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Petrov gets the Gold in Stage 11 at Giro

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petrov gets the gold in stage 11 at giro 300x199   Petrov gets the Gold in Stage 11 at GiroEvgeni Petrov of Katusha finally gave one of the best wins in the longest stage of the Giro d’Italia. Due to a successful break from the peloton, underneath the rain, Petrov rode past all the contenders of stage 11. “I’m very, very happy. I have to thank all my team, they helped me a lot today. Anna, I won!” said Petrov. Celebrating his 32nd birthday on May 25, the Russian was one of the up and coming cyclist ten years ago but somehow his career hadn’t flourished as expected. “This win is very important for Russia, where cycling is picking up again.” Petrov’s last individual pro win was eight years ago in 2002. He won the Duo Normand two-man time trial with Filippo Pozzato.

Petrov finished 7th overall last 2007’s Giro d’Italia and his seemed to jumpstart his pro career. “I don’t know why I haven’t had more success as a…

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Meyer, Bobridge from Track to Giro d’Italia

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They shared their teammate Tyler Farrar’s triumph in Bitonto. “This gives you a very good feeling but I wasn’t feeling well during the whole stage,” said Meyer at the finishing line south of Italy.

Meyer, the Australian time trial champion said, “I’ve done thirteen stages of the Giro last year, hopefully I’ll see Verona (the final stage) this year.” He crashed and hurt his left shoulder quite badly the day before but quitting is out of the question.

At the Tour of Oman last February, Meyer finished as third overall and won…

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Giro Might be Final Grand Tour Win for Vinokourov

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giro might be final grand tour win for vinokourov 300x200   Giro Might be Final Grand Tour Win for VinokourovThe 36 year old Alexandre Vinokourov is seeing the Giro d’Italia as one of his last chances in winning another Grand Tour. However, he will be riding with Astana teammate Alberto Contador at the Tour de France. With a big smile Vinokourov said, “This has been the first real quiet day,” after winning the first stage of this year’s Giro. “I had to pay attention to avoid the crashes. That gives me one more day in pink. Our team profited from the work of the sprinters’ team. As usual, the finale was a bit nervous,” he added. The day after his victory, he explained, “I attacked because I’m a rider who likes to attack,” His aggressive strategy with in the last 15 kilometers of stage nine gave him the win. Tailing him were Evans, Garzelli and Scarponi among other tough riders.

Vinokourov, the 2006 winner of the Vuelta a Espana and…

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Farrar Makes Good Choice to be at Giro

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farrar makes good choice to be at giro 300x198   Farrar Makes Good Choice to be at GiroThe second stage win of Tyler Farrar at the Giro d’Italia in the southern town of Bitonto, proved that he made the right decision in choosing to ride in Italy instead at the Tour of California. While America’s biggest stage race being moved to May, earlier in February the Garmin-Transitions Team stayed uncertain as to whether Farrar would ride the Giro or the Tour of California.

In Bitonto, Farrar stated, “We decided to come here to win stages and it’s working, so I’m happy with the choice we made of riding the Giro for stages and California for GC. We split the team in two for seeking different goals and to win a second stage at the Giro is amazing.”

Farrar is now racing his fifth Grand Tour and has won three stages and collected a string of ranking spots. A year ago, it would seem unlikely for he had never even…

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