Michele Scarponi won stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico and captured the overall race leader's jersey on Monday. The Italian from Diquigiovanni finished the 235-kilometre stage from Civitanova Marche to Camerino ahead of Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas).
Scarponi now leads the general classification over Garzelli and overnight race leader Andreas Klöden (Astana). The German, 2007 race winner, lost 1:18 on the mountain stage.
"An incredible win," said Scarponi. "Basso was going so strong and it was difficult. I had to hold on and it worked."
Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini) finished in fourth at 1:09 behind the winning trio. He led home the shattered group of Andreas Klöden (Astana).
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