Davis sprints to Piedmont win

Liberty Seguros win their second Italian classic in as many days as Aussie Allan Davis takes the Tou

Liberty Seguros win their second Italian classic in as many days as Aussie Allan Davis takes the Tou
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Allan Davis secured the biggest win of his still fledgling pro career when he proved quickest in the sprint at the Tour of Piedmont this afternoon. The Australian's victory came just 24 hours after his Liberty Seguros team-mate Marcos Serrano won Milan-Turin, the oldest classic on the calendar. Davis, who finished fifth in the world road championship in Verona 10 days ago, repaid the faith shown in him by the rest of Manolo Saiz's on-form Liberty team. After his team-mates nullified a late attempt to get clear by Roberto Petito, the 24-year-old Australian got the better of Fassa Bortolo duo Alberto Ongarato and Francesco Chicchi. Davis is regarded by Saiz as the best one-day prospect he has had in his team since the departure of Laurent Jalabert in 2000. In yesterday's Milan-Turin, Serrano, another rider who was very prominent during the latter stages of the world road race championship, was one of four riders who went clear on the Superga climb above Turin. Although the Spaniard crashed on the descent, he and T-Mobile's Cadel Evans managed to get back up to the two leaders, Italians Eddy Mazzoleni and Francesco Casagrande, in the last kilometre. As soon as they did, Serrano attacked and finished well clear. Davis finished just behind Danilo Hondo in the sprint for fifth. Tour of Piedmont 1 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros 186km in 4.39.23 (39.94kph) 2 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 3 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4 Steven de Jongh (Hol) Rabobank 5 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Vini Caldirola 6 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile 7 Ren Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner 8 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre 9 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak 10 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Vini Caldirola Milan-Turin 1 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros 199km in 4.32.10 (43.87kph) 2 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco 0.02 3 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola 4 Cadel Evans (Aus) T-Mobile 5 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.31 6 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros 7 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile 8 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis 9 Cdric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis 10 Ondrej Sosenka (Cze) Acqua & Sapone
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