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Giro d'Italia 2010: the final time trial for Gustav Erik Larsson, the overall win for Ivan Basso

Added: sunday 30 May 2010 at 18:21:00
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    Giro d'Italia 2010: the final time trial for Gustav Erik Larsson, the overall win for Ivan BassoAfter his first victory in the Giro d'Italia in 2006, with a bad taste due to the Puerto doping case for which he was suspended for two years just afterwards, Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) today won the Tour of Italy for the second time.
    The final time trial was won by Gustav Erik Larsson (Team Saxo Bank). The red jersey for the classification by points was for Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), the green jersey of the King of the Mountains classification for Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and the white jersey of best young rider for the impressive Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank).

    The summary of the 21st stage, the individual time trial in Verona

    Today the very last stage of the Giro d'Italia 2010 took place as an individual time trial over 15 kilometers in Verona with the a 5% climb towards Torricelle at 277 meters, on top of which the intermediate time was taken. The finish was just outside the Arena di Verona and since the Italian organisors love to make a show of it, the riders continued inside the amphitheatre on ... a pink lane. The closing ceremony also took place there.

    The first rider to start was Marco Corti of the Footon-Servetto team, at 2.40PM, followed by 128 other riders (Damiano Cunego [Lampre-Farnese Vini] being the last rider of this group) starting each minute. This was followed by a 10 minute break before the start of the 10 best placed riders in the general classification, who started every 3 minutes: Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo), Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam), Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank), Cadel Evans, Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni), Vincenzo Nibali, David Arroyo and finally the pink jersey, Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo).

    The first reference time was for Cameron Meyer who finished the 15 kilometers in 20'51". Only 30 riders later, this time was improved by 9 seconds by Ignatas Konovalovas (Cervélo TestTeam). About fifty riders later Gustav Erik Larsson (Team Saxo Bank) took a 20'19" time which was never improved afterwards! The Swedish rider had an average speed of 44.298 km/h.

    Marco PinottiMarco Pinotti (photo, HTC-Columbia), the Italian time trial champion, had the best intermediate time, with 13'23" he was 13 seconds better than Gustav Erik Larsson, but in the second part he lost 15 seconds on the Swedish rider, thus finishing second at 2 seconds behind him.

    Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) gave all he had in this final time trial, to win some precious seconds on Michele Scarponi and thus secure his place on the podium. Finally Nibali finished 5th at 23 seconds from Larsson, 13 seconds ahead of Scarponi.

    Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was the big favourite for this time trial but his result is a bit disappointing: he finished 7th at 29 seconds.

    At the finish, Ivan Basso took his kids in his arms to celebrate his overall win in this Giro d'Italia 2010, before doing the same with his directeurs sportifs and the manager of the Liquigas-Doimo team and finally his wife.

    For Gilberto Simoni (Lampre-Farnese Vini) this time trial was the very last stage of his career. During the final ceremony he received a trophy for his whole career.

    The videos of the 21st stage in Verona

    >> Watch the final meters of the time trial for Gustav Erik Larsson, Marco Pinotti and Ivan Basso

    >> Watch the video summary of the last stage of the Giro d'Italia 2010

    The final classifications of the Giro d'Italia 2010

    The classification of the 21st stage: Verona > Verona

    Gustav Erik LarssonThe top 10 of this final individual time trial is packed within 40 seconds:

    1/ Gustav Erik Larsson (Team Saxo Bank) - 20'19" (44,298 km/h)
    2/ Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia) - +0'02"
    3/ Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) - +0'17"
    4/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - +0'22"
    5/ Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) - +0'23"
    6/ Ignatas Konovalovas (Cervélo TestTeam) - +0'23"
    7/ Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) - +0'29"
    8/ Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Transitions) - +0'32"
    9/ Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - +0'35"
    10/ Tom Stamsnijder (Rabobank) - +0'37"

    General classification

    Not much changes in the general classification: only Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank) switches places with Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) to finish 7th in his first Grand Tour, just like Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo) and Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia).

    Ivan BassoIvan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) thus wins the Giro d'Italia 2010 with a very good second place for David Arroyo, stage winner in the 2009 Tour du Limousin where he helped Mathieu Perget take the overall win, ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo).

    1/ Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) - 87h44'01"
    2/ David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) - +1'51"
    3/ Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) - +2'37"
    4/ Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - +2'50"
    5/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - +3'27"
    6/ Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) - +7'06"
    7/ Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank) - +7'22"
    8/ Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam) - +9'39"
    9/ Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia) - +14'20"
    10/ Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo) - +14'51"

    Classification by points

    Cadel EvansIn the classifcation by points, the World Champion, Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), managed to keep the lead. After this last stage Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) and Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) get over Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) in this classification:

    1/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - 150 points
    2/ Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) - 128 points
    3/ Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) - 116 points
    4/ Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - 110 points
    5/ Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) - 105 points
    6/ Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia) - 74 points
    7/ Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step) - 69 points
    8/ Filippo Pozzato (Katusha Team) - 67 points
    9/ Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) - 64 points
    10/ John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) - 64 points

    King of the Mountains classification

    Matthew LloydMatthew Lloyd built the base for his King of the Mountains jersey winner in this Giro d'Italia 2010 during the 6th stage and after having lost the first place (not the jersey since he was wearing it anyway because he was second behind the pink jersey) to Ivan Basso for one day, the Australian rider took it back in the last stage which attributed points for this classification.

    1/ Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto) - 56 points
    2/ Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) - 41 points
    3/ Johann Tschopp (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) - 38 points
    4/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) - 35 points
    5/ Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - 25 points
    6/ Ludovic Turpin (AG2R La Mondiale) - 20 points
    7/ Rubens Bertogliati (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - 16 points
    8/ Simone Stortoni (Colnago - CSF Inox) - 16 points
    9/ Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) - 15 points
    10/ Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) - 15 points

    Best young rider classification

    Richie PorteRichie Porte is somehow the revelation of this Giro d'Italia 2010. He already took some victories in the previous years and in the Tour de Romandie last month he won the individual time trial, but in this Tour of Italy he has shown being a polyvalent and very regular rider in a three weeks stage race. After having had the pink jersey for 3 days, he finishes this Giro d'Italia as best young rider, wearing the white jersey:

    1/ Richie Porte (Team Saxo Bank) - 87h51'23"
    2/ Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas-Doimo) - +7'29"
    3/ Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) - +12'19"
    4/ Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank] - +30'05"
    5/ Francis de Greef (Omega Pharma-Lotto) - +42'46"
    6/ Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas-Doimo) - +1h20'30"
    7/ Rigoberto Uran (Caisse d'Epargne) - +1h29'44"
    8/ Jan Bakelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) - +1h30'18"
    9/ Marcel Wyss (Cervélo TestTeam) - 1h37'33"
    10/ Branislau Samoilau (Quick Step) - 1h38'40"

    photo illustrating this article: based on a photo of the Arena di Verona by chensiyuan

    photo Ivan Basso at the general classification: at the Tour of California 2009, by richardmasoner under Creative Commons license

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Malheureusement le Giro est passé complètement inaperçu en France. C'est dommage car il s'agit de la deuxième plus belle course au monde.

    | Pari sportif | monday 31 May 2010 at 10:33:51

  2. ce serait bien que l'année prochaine il soit plus visible ici!

    | TBP | wednesday 29 September 2010 at 12:23:54

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