vinokourov takes stage 1 of tour of trentino   Vinokourov takes stage 1 of Tour of Trentino

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…

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