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So far this year CSC's campaign has generally been a tale of crashes and injuries, but Fabian Cancellara gave the Danish team something to smile about when he won Sunday's 20km time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico. The Swiss finished three seconds faster than Discovery Channel's Leif Hoste on the Servigliano course, with Rabobank's Thomas Dekker third.
That third place was enough to move Dekker into the lead as team-mate and overnight leader Oscar Freire finished 15th at 1-24. Dekker now leads Jrg Jaksche by 14 seconds going into Monday's penultimate stage, which has already been altered because of the poor weather affecting the Abruzzo region.
Today's time trial was run off in conditions more befitting the recent Winter Olympic in Turin, and with more bad weather forecast for the area the race organisers have cancelled the scheduled summit finish at San Giacomo on the Monti della Laga. The stage is now set to finish with five laps of a circuit in Torricella Sicura, which has been used in Tirreno before.
Meanwhile, the news is not good for Paolo Bettini, who crashed out of the race on Friday after winning the opening two stages. The Italian went out for a training ride on Saturday, but only lasted half an hour before he had to stop due to pain in knees and backside, which took the brunt of his fall. Bettini had to phone his wife, Monica, to come and pick him up.
The Quick Step rider was due to be seen by a doctor on Sunday and was hoping that his injuries would ease given a couple of days' rest. However, his chances of contending at Milan-San Remo next weekend currently seem very slim indeed.
Stage 5, Servigliano time trial
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 20km in 27.37 (43.45kph)
2 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel 0.03
3 Thomas Dekker (Hol) Rabobank 0.18
4 Jrg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros 0.32
5 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre 0.38
6 Serhiy Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria 0.39
7 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0.42
8 Ivan Basso (Ita) CSC 0.44
9 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel 0.49
10 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 0.56
11 Michael Boogerd (Hol) Rabobank 1.04
12 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel
1 Thomas Dekker (Hol) Rabobank 18.28.44
2 Jaksche 0.14
3 Ballan 0.20
4 Savoldelli 0.40
5 Boogerd 0.46
6 Danielson 0.47
7 Basso 0.54
8 Karsten Kroon (Hol) CSC 0.59
9 Hincapie 1.01
10 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis 1.04
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