Joy for Guidi, pain for Magnus

Fabrizio Guidi wins the second stage and now leads in Denmark, but there is injury trouble for Magnu

Fabrizio Guidi wins the second stage and now leads in Denmark, but there is injury trouble for Magnu
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Fabrizio Guidi scored a double victory when he won the second stage in the Tour of Denmark. Not only was he faster than Belgian champion Tom Steels and Stefan Van Dijck in the bunch sprint that decided the stage from Varde to Aarhus, he also took the yellow jersey off Stuart O'Grady's shoulders by virtue of being better placed than the Australian over the first two stages. Whether he can keep it on Friday's tough half stage and the following time trial is another matter. But Guidi was obviously pleased, not only with his own performance but also with his team's. "We're riding on home ground and we're supposed to show ourselves and win," said the Italian riding in the colours of Danish Team CSC. The day's 210 kilometres were for a lot of the time dominated by an early four-man break who got about six minutes clear before the peloton started reeling them in shortly before passing Denmark's highest point, the 173-metre 'high' Yding Skovhoj. Another four-man break got away few kilometres later but as expected it all came down to a bunch sprint. "There were five riders going into the last corner together. Steels was a little behind, so I took his wheel and passed him in the last 50 metres," explained Guidi, who felt certain about his form going into the race. Last week the Italian won a stage in the Tour of Wallonia and placed eighth in Sunday's HEW Cyclassic. For Magnus Backstedt, one of the participants in the early breakaway, it was a disappointing day. Not because the break didn't succeed but also because the back problems that caused him to drop out of the Tour de France reappeared. "I wanted to get in a break to test my legs and my back. My legs were fine, but the back is really bad. I can handle about three to four hours but then it becomes very painful," said Backstedt, who admits to being worried about the upcoming Olympics. "But at least the time trial won't be a problem because it's shorter time on the bike," said the Swede, with a degree of consolation. Stage 2, Varde-Aarhus 1 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) CSC 210km in 5.03.45 (41.48kph) 2 Tom Steels (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 3 Stefan Van Dijck (Hol) Lotto-Domo 4 Giosu Bonomi (Ita) Saeco 5 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 6 Tomas Vaitkus (Lit) Landbouwkrediet 7 Roy Sentjens (Hol) Rabobank 8 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile 9 Max Van Heeswijk (Hol) US Postal 10 Remco Van der Ven (Hol) Bankgiroloterij Overall standings 1 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) CSC 8.23.10 2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 3 Tom Steels (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0.04 4 Michel Van Haecke (Bel) MrBookmaker.com 5 Stefan Van Dijck (Hol) Lotto-Domo 0.06 6 Andr Korff (Ger) T-Mobile 7 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Brioches La Boulangre 0.07 8 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile 9 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) CSC 0.08 10 Jacob Moe Rasmussen (Den)
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