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Stortoni loses to Sorensen in Giro Stage 8

stortoni loses to sørensen in giro stage 8 1 300x200   Stortoni loses to Sorensen in Giro Stage 8Simone Stortoni of Colnago-CSF had high hopes of winning a stage at the Giro d’Italia. Stortoni attacked on the Terminillo climb on its last 10.5 kilometers but Saxo Bank’s Chris Anker Sørensen was faster and Stortoni came only second.

Stortoni shared his sad thoughts, “I’m very disappointed because I’ve dreamed for a while of a stage win at an uphill finish at the Giro d’Italia.” This was his first Grand Tour since he turned pro. Prior to his joining the CSF Group-Navigare last season, Stortoni was with Luca Scinto in the Neri-Lucchini team.

The fog and rain made the finish line at Terminillo a cold one. Stortoni wanted to win for his mother’s birthday. “I only had one kilometre when my legs didn’t respond and that’s when Sørensen attacked. He’s done a great job in winning this stage. He’s a rider I had only seen on television before. He hasn’t come…

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Farrar wins Giro’s Stage 2

farrar wins giros stage 2   Farrar wins Giros Stage 2At the Giro d’Italia, the 25 year old American Tyler Farrar took the stage 2 with a sprint finish making his first Giro stage career win. Cadel Evans of Australia, the reigning world champion, was in the third place during the individual time-trial after the first stage. He now place a second ahead of Farrar in the overall standings.

Farrar, out-sprinted the Australian Mathew Goss, Fabio Sabatini of Italy and Andre Grejpel of Germany at the 209 km home stretch run from Amsterdam to Utrecht. Tyler Farrar rode for the Garmin-Transitions team.

Paul Voss of Germany, together with three other riders broke off from the first kilometer of the race up to the last 25 km setting up a bunch finish.

On Monday’s third stage, the bikers will race a 224 km run from Amsterdam to Middelburg.

Tour of Italy stage 2 top 10 results:
1. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) 4hr 56min 46sec
2. Mathew Goss…

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Volcanic Ash Cloud Threatens Giro d’Italia

volcanic ash cloud threatens giro ditalia 300x199   Volcanic Ash Cloud Threatens Giro dItaliaUpon the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, air travel was suspended and this greatly affected the spring Classics. Now, the ash cloud from April moved further south and forced airports in the northern part of Italy to temporarily close.

The Giro d’Italia riders are supposed to fly back to Italy at two chartered flights. After tomorrow’s stage, the contenders will ride a bus to Ostend Belgium. From there, they will fly to Cuneo which is located in northern Italy. However, the operations for airports are still suspended in that area.

Should the ominous ash cloud continue to hover over northern Italy, the Giro’s organizers would need to come up with a back-up plan as to the riders’ travel options.

The possibility of a bus ride for the entire 22 teams with the Giro d’Italia supporting staff will surely interrupt the upcoming days planned ahead for the event. A change of the chartered flights…

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Giro d’Italia with Tighter Anti-Doping Noose

giro ditalia with tighter anti doping noose 300x212   Giro dItalia with Tighter Anti Doping NooseOrganizers for the Giro d’Italia declares that anti-doping controls for this year’s race will be the most intensive in cycling history. With a series of doping scandals on Italian shores, Angelo Zomegnan, race director, takes the stand to bring back the glory of the Giro as well as to ensure the health of riders are top priority.

Last year’s two top finishers, Danilo Di Luca and Franco Pellizotti were charged in connection with doping cases. Zomegnan shares that the number of anti-doping tests will number more than the 481 tests processed last year.

Independent international observers will be eyeing the conduction of all tests. The Giro is depending on Europe’s WADA certified laboratories, those in Rome, Lausanne, Switzerland, Cologne, Germany and the French national lab at Chatenay-Malabry due to the alarming number of tests.

All teams participating are required to submit samples of 15 riders prior to Saturday’s kick off in…

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Kessiakoff Withdraws from Giro d’Italia

kessiakoff withdraws from giro ditalia 251x300   Kessiakoff Withdraws from Giro dItaliaThe Giro d’Italia, is one of Garmin-Transitions rider Fredrik Kessiakoff’s main season targets and he is going to miss it after fatigue overtook him in his first season with the squad. He has not heard from them since.
On Tuesday morning he spoke with CyclingNews, “After my disappointing spring campaign, I have left it 100% with the team to decide whether I should go or not.” Fredrik has absolute confidence on his team and respects whatever conclusion they have for him.

After discussing the matter with the team management, he was bent to alter his plans for 2010. He later stated through his website, “I have had a really hard time finding my form during the spring. The season is long and my focus will now be to come back for the later part of the season.”

In 2006, Kessiakoff, a former mountain biker made third place in the World MTB championships and…

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Giro d’Italia team Roster for Lampre, Quick Step & Rabobank

giro ditalia team roster for lampre quick step rabobank 3 210x300   Giro dItalia team Roster for Lampre, Quick Step & RabobankThree Pro tour teams releases their line-up for the highly anticipated Giro d’Italia. The tour will begin in Amsterdam and riders from Lampre, Rabobank and Quick Step are all but ready to take on the challenge.

Heading up the team for Lampre are former Italian champions Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego. Last 2001 and 2003, Simoni won the Giro, while for Cunego, it was in 2004. Adding spice to their group would be Alessandro Petacchi. Since the 2003 edition, he won 26 stages in the Giro.

As for Rabobank, Oscar Freire and Australian Graeme Brown will be on top of its list. Freire won the Milan-San Remo last March, making him the sprinter to beat at the tour.

As for Quick Step, their leading athlete is Dutchman Addy Engels, who would make this his eight appearance at the Tour.

The detailed team rosters are:

Lampre Farnese Vini:

Matteo Bono (ITA)
Damiano Cunego (ITA)
Danilo Hondo (GER)
David Loosli (SUI)
Marco…

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Farrar returns to Giro d’Italia

farrar returns to giro ditalia 267x300   Farrar returns to Giro dItaliaAfter his debut at the Giro d’Italia last year and taking a time off with a full spring campaign, Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Transitions is calmly looking forward to the Italian Grand Tour.

Farrar bagged a couple of wins in spring and took the podium at Driedaagse De Panne. In addition he won his first at the Classic season at Scheldeprijs and told Cycling News, “I’m really happy with how my spring campaign went. For the most part I met all the goals I set for myself over the spring.”

Farrar is confident after an increase in his level of experience at the Giro and coming close to winning it last year. The Garmin-Transitions sprinter Farrar has drawn up his own strategy of success and is well acquainted with his sprint nemeses at the Giro namely, Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Andre’ Greipel (Team HTC-Columbia), Robbie McEwen (Katusha) and Greg Henderson (Sky).

He further stated,…

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