Di Luca makes a point in Italy

A fired up Danilo Di Luca wins in Italy after being prevented from starting the Tour de France.

A fired up Danilo Di Luca wins in Italy after being prevented from starting the Tour de France.
Prevented from starting the Tour de France as a result of being implicated in a doping inquiry in Italy, Saeco's Danilo Di Luca received some consolation on Sunday in the shape of victory in the one-day Trofeo Matteotti race in central Italy. Saeco's line-up also included Eddy Mazzoleni, who has only recently had his suspension from the team lifted after being involved in the same 'oil for drugs' inquiry. "It's a huge satisfaction for me and for the team," Di Luca said after his victory. "After the disappointment of the Tour winning the Trofeo Matteotti on my home roads is doubly pleasing. It's obvious it doesn't pay me back for the damage I've suffered in France but it boosts my morale for the second part of the season which I hope will be more fortunate and more satisfying. I want to thank my team-mates and the team that supported me so much in the last few days". Di Luca will now ride the Uniqa Classic in Austria from July7-10 and then the Brixia Tour in Italy from July 23-25. 1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco 188.5km in 4-10-02 (45.23kph) 2 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lam) 3 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak 0.04 4 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche 1.07 5 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Lampre 1.10 6 Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Vini Caldirola 7 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Vini Caldirola 8 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Domina Vacanze 9 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre 10 Luca Solari (Ita) Barloworld
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