Chicchi in mass sprint

Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) has won the first stage of the Tour of Denmark in a bunch sprint. The 26 year-old beat CSC's Juan Jose Haedo and Mark Cavendish after the 175km stage between Thisted and Aalborg. Chicchi also took the first race leader's jersey.

Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) has won the first stage of the Tour of Denmark in a bunch sprint. The 26 year-old beat CSC's Juan Jose Haedo and Mark Cavendish after the 175km stage between Thisted and Aalborg. Chicchi also took the first race leader's jersey.

"As well as the win, I am very satisfied with the team's performance," said Liquigas' team manager Stefano Zanatta. "Backstedt did the hard work attacking with one km to go; Gasparotto led out Chicchi for his great final sprint."

Tomorrow's second stage is between Aars and Århus, over 197km.

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