Bettini finally gets his timing right

Quick Step's Paolo Bettini finally got the Giro stage win he has been close a number of times before

Quick Step's Paolo Bettini finally got the Giro stage win he has been close a number of times before

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After two second places earlier in the race, Paolo Bettini took advantage of a brief lull between mountain stages to take Monday's 15th stage of the Giro into Brescia. The Quick Step rider beat T-Mobile's Olaf Pollack by a tyre's width, with another German, Robert Frster third. It was Bettini's second Giro stage win after his victory in the opening road stage of last year's race.

A breakaway started by Frenchman Christophe Edaleine and joined by Swede Gustav Larsson, Italian Gabriele Missaglia and Basque rider Iban Mayoz was neutralised nine kilometres from the finish after considerable work by T-Mobile. Frster led out the sprint, but Bettini came off his wheel to take it, just holding off the fast-finishing Pollack.

"There is not a lot of difference between a victory and a defeat in a sprint," said Bettini. "I don't raise my arms because I made that mistake recently [at Termoli]. But on the line I knew I'd won, which is a liberation form me. I hadn't won since my fall at Tirreno [in March].

"[Robbie] McEwen might not be here any more, but I think I've beaten the rest of the sprinters already. I've taken advantage of their fatigue. For the moment, I'm not thinking about [the sprint in] Milan, just about the mountain stages. They are predicting bad weather for Wednesday, and I hope it will arrive. If it does we might not have to do the last few kilometres," said Bettini of the stage to Plan de Corones.

There was no notable change in the overall standings before Tuesday's stage on Monte Bondone.

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