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The four-day Tour of Trentino has always been a good indicator of form ahead towards next month's Giro d'Italia, and Tuesday's opening stage saw some notable performances. What was a tough stage was decided in a five-man sprint won by Panaria's Luca Mazzanti, who was set up well by team-mate Emanuele Sella and came in ahead of Eddy Ratti and Damiano Cunego.
More intriguing, though, was a late flourish by Venezuelan Jos Rujano and a late crash by Trentino favourite Gilberto Simoni. Rujano made a lone break with 13km remaining and was only caught 400 metres from the finish in what is his first major stage race of the season following the resolution of his contractual dispute with his Selle Italia team.
Simoni crashed with Britain's Charly Wegelius, Franco Pellizotti and Rinaldo Nocentini, and finished the stage in obvious discomfort. He refused to speak to journalists after the stage.
Stage 1, Arco-Castello Tesino
1 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 162.8km in 4.08.38 (39.30kph)
2 Eddy Ratti (Ita) Naturino
3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre
4 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
5 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Panaria
6 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre 0.08
7 Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol) Miche0.13
8 Jos Rujano (Ven) Selle Italia 0.15
9 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Panaria
10 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0.22
- Tuesday's latest round of the Coupe de France series of one-day races, the Paris-Camembert, was won by 2005 Worlds bronze medallist Anthony Geslin. The Bouygues Telecom rider, who was the top French finisher at Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders, was set up by team-mate Laurent Lefvre, who led out a 10-rider sprint. The victory was just the fourth in the career of 25-year-old Geslin.
1 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 200km in 4.38.38 (43.07kph)
2 Cdric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel
3 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h
4 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Franaise des Jeux
5 Emilien-Benot Bergs (Fra) Auber 93
6 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis
7 Moises Aldape (Mex) Panaria
8 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r 0.02
9 Laurent Lefvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 0.04
10 Nicolas Roche (Ire) Cofidis 0.06
- The organisers of August's ENECO Tour ProTour stage race in Holland and Belgium have announced that the Chocolade Jacques, Unibet.com, Landbouwkrediet and Skil-Shimano teams have been given wild card entries to their event. The itinerary has also been released, although the event still lacks a finish town for stage one and a start town the next morning. These will be decided by May 1.
August 16, prologue: Den Helder, 6.2km
August 17, stage 1: Wieringerwerf-?, 200km approx
August 18, stage 2: ?- Sittard Geleen, 190km approx
August 19, stage 3: Beek-Malle, 195.6km
August 20, stage 4: Landgraaf time trial, 16.1km
August 21, stage 5: Hasselt-Balen, 178.3km
August 22, stage 6: Bornem-St Trond, 187km
August 23, stage 7: Ans-Ans, 205km
Shorts: Trentino, Camembert, ENECO TourClose
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