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Giro d'Italia 2010 : Damien Monier solo to his first pro victory on top of Peio Terme

Added: wednesday 26 May 2010 at 21:32:00
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    Giro d'Italia 2010 : Damien Monier solo to his first pro victory on top of Peio TermeThe Giro's favourites decided to take some rest today and a group of 19 riders could thus continue till the finish.
    The final 9.5 km climb had its most difficult part in the last 3 kilometers of up to 12%. The French rider Damien Monier takes benefit of this difficult part to continue solo from the leading group and thus take his first professional win.
    David Arroyo perfectly defended his pink jersey and doesn't lose time on his main competitors.

    The summary of the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia 2010

    The 17th stage of the Tour of Italy 2010 went from Brunico to the mountain top finish in Peio Terme, 173 kilometers further, today.

    At 12.52 153 riders came to the start, David Loosli (Lampre-Farnese Vini) decided not to take the start today. After a quite animated start of the race including the creation of a leading group of 12 riders (Damien Monier [Cofidis], Mikhail Ignatiev [Katusha Team], Alessandro Donati [Acqua & Sapone], Alessandro Bertolini [Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni], Andriy Grivko [Astana], Vasil Kiryienka [Caisse d'Epargne], Edward King [Cervélo TestTeam], Alan Marangoni [Colnago - CSF Inox], Daniel Moreno [Omega Pharma-Lotto], Christopher Froome [Team Sky], Michael Albasini [HTC-Columbia] and Lucas Sebastian Haedo [Team Saxo Bank]), we had to wait until kilometer Marco Marzano54 before a group of 19 riders was formed:

    Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team), Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale), Carlos José Ochoa (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni), Roman Kireyev (Astana), Yukiya Arashiro (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Andrei Amador (Caisse d'Epargne), Ignatas Konovalovas (Cervélo TestTeam), Leonardo Duque and again Damien Monier (Cofidis), Simone Stortoni (Colnago - CSF Inox), Danilo Hondo and Marco Marzano (photo, Lampre-Farnese Vini), again Daniel Moreno (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank), Steve Cummings (Team Sky), Vicente Reynes (HTC-Columbia), again Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha Team), Markus Fothen (Team Milram) and Nicki Sörensen for Team Saxo Bank.

    Daniel MorenoAt the foot of the first climb of the day, the Passo delle Palade, their gap is already 12'09" and when Daniel Moreno arrives first on top, followed by the two Italians of the group (Simone Stortoni and Marco Marzano), the 19 riders still have a 8'18" gap on the purchasing group.

    Mikhail IgnatievThe gap than slowly goes down before the favourite riders decide not to go for the stag win today and to let the group, which is in no way a threat for the general classification, go. At 30 kilometers from the finish their gap was thus again up to 9'20". Mikhail Ignatiev is the first rider to attack from the leading group, but Nicki Sörensen decides to start the pursuit and about 10 kilometers further the Russian rider is taken back. The peloton led by the Caisse d'Epargne team of the pink jersey David Arroyo is still running 9'09" behind them there.

    Damien MonierIn the final climb towards Peio Terme, the leading group is regularly split up in small groups but gets back together every time. In the 6 last kilometers a leading trio is ahead with Damien Monier, Danilo Hondo and Steven Kruijswijk. The French rider of the Cofidis team shows he still has the most energy and decides to continue alone at 3 kilometers from the finish. He manages to stay ahead and thus win the stage, 36 seconds ahead of the German rider Danilo Hondo who finishes 2nd and 39 ahead of the Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk. The other riders of the leading group follow with first Daniel Moreno at 1'05" and Steve Cummings at 1'18".

    Damien Monier is part of the Cofidis team since 2004 and thus takes his first pro win at 27 years old, the second French victory in this Giro d'Italia 2010 after Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step).

    When the peloton starts the final climb, it is running almost 10 minutes late on the leading trio. The pace set up by the riders of the Liquigas-Doimo team doesn't do any harm to David Arroyo. Michele Scarponi gets out of the peloton to finish the stage 19th at 9'52" while the other favourites follow 1 second later.

    Tomorrow the stage between Levico Terme and Brescia should be a stage for the sprinters before the two last mountain stages and the final individual time trial in Verona on Sunday ...

    The comments from the winner, Damien Monier

    Damien MonierAfter the official ceremony, still with a lipstick mark on his left cheek, Damien Monier declared: Today I'm very happy to win here in the Giro. It's my first pro victory so it's very cool to win here in the Tour of Italy.
    It was again a very difficult stage today. Cofidis asked us to have a rider in each of the escapes. Now we were two with Leo Duque, so we managed our escape the best we could, we saw that it was going till the end so we tried to let everyone work for it until the foot of the last climb and than I gave it a try and it worked out, that's great!

    The videos of the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia 2010

    >> Watch the video summary of the stage Brunico > Peio Terme of the Tour of Italy 2010

    >> Watch Damien Monier's last kilometer

    The classifications after the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia 2010

    The stage classification for Brunico > Peio Terme

    Damien MonierThe top 10 of today's stage was formed by riders from the leading group:

    1/ Damien Monier (Cofidis) - 4h29'19" (38,987 km/h)
    2/ Danilo Hondo (Lampre-Farnese Vini) - +0'36"
    3/ Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) - +0'39"
    4/ Daniel Moreno (Omega Pharma-Lotto) - +1'05"
    5/ Steven Cummings (Team Sky) - +1'18"
    6/ Simone Stortoni (Colnago - CSF Inox) - +1'48"
    7/ Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale) - +1'55"
    8/ Marco Marzano (Lampre-Farnese Vini) - +1'57"
    9/ Ignatas Konovalovas (Cervélo TestTeam) - +2'01"
    10/ Carlos José Ochoa (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - +2'07"

    General classification

    David ArroyoNot much changes in the general classification ... only a few additional seconds lost by Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) goes up to the 9th place ahead of Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo):

    1/ David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) - 73h11'38"
    2/ Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) - +2'27"
    3/ Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank) - +2'44"
    4/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - +3'09"
    5/ Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam) - +4'41"
    6/ Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) - +4'53"
    7/ Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) - +5'12"
    8/ Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - +5'24"
    9/ Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) - +9'21"
    10/ Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo) - +9'32"

    Classification by points

    Cadel EvansThe top 5 of the classification by points is the same as yesterday:

    1/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - 106 points
    2/ Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) - 91 points
    3/ Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) - 78 points
    4/ Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step) - 74 points
    5/ Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) - 68 points

    King of the Mountains classification

    In the King of the Mountains classification the top 6 remains the same as well:

    1/ Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto) - 29 points
    2/ Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) - 25 points
    3/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - 25 points
    4/ Ludovic Turpin (AG2R La Mondiale) - 20 points
    5/ Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - 17 points
    6/ Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) - 17 points

    Best young rider classification

    Richie PorteAnd in the top 5 of best young riders there were only some changes in the gaps between them:

    1/ Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank) - 73h14'22"
    2/ Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo) - +6'48"
    3/ Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) - +11'26"
    4/ Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) - +12'40"
    5/ Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Doimo) - +25'36"

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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    | Roland TISSIER | thursday 27 May 2010 at 8:37:03

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