Shorts: Igor, Cipo, Algarve
Monday, February 21, 2005 12.00am
ore bad luck for Astarloa in Haribo, Cipollini pledges help to Petacchi at Worlds, Algarve finishes
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM No sooner had Igor Astarloa got himself back into racing mode than he finds himself out of it again. Prevented from riding last week's Laigueglia Trophy because of irregularities in his rider registration, the 2003 world champion managed to sort out those problems by last weekend and made his first competitive appearance for his new Barloworld-Valsir team in Saturday's Tour du Haut Var, where he finished a respectable 30th. Sunday's outing in the Classic Haribo didn't go as well though, as Astarloa was caught up in a big crash after just 10km of racing and fractured his left wrist on a concrete post. * Mario Cipollini has said that he would have no problem working for Italian sprint rival Alessandro Petacchi if both men were selected for the 2005 world championships in Madrid. "If I was picked for Madrid I would have no problem helping him after the help he gave me for my rainbow jersey victory at Zolder in 2002," Cipollini told the Datasport website. Cipollini also said that his victory over Tom Boonen in a stage of the Tour of Qatar shows that he still has plenty of offer as a sprinter. "Boonen is 13 years younger than me and that victory shows that I can still be competitive. It also shows that my sprint 'train' works well. Now I will ride Milan-Turin, then the Tour of Lucca and finally Tirreno-Adriatico to be in shape for Milan-San Remo." * Only 46 riders took part in the final stage of the Tour of the Algarve on Sunday after the rest of the bunch finished 32 minutes down in stage four on Saturday, when FDJ's Bernhard Eisel took a second stage win. Victory on the decisive final stage to the Alto de Malhao summit went to Portuguese rider Hugo Sabido (Paredes), who came home 15 seconds clear of Discovery Channel's Jos Luis Rubiera. That stage victory also gave Sabido the overall title, by 10 seconds ahead of Stuart O'Grady. 1 Hugo Sabido (Por) Paredes Rota dos Moveis 21.44.57 2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 0.10 3 Jos Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel 0.20 4 Pedro Lopes (Por) LA Aluminios 0.25 5 Jurgen van de Walle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 6 Juan Olmo (Spa) Duja 0.26 7 Hector Guerra (Spa) LA Aluminios 0.29 8 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.34 9 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel 0.38 10 Carlos Pinho (Por) Barbot
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