Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital) looks set for the Giro d’Italia after winning this week’s important warm up race, Giro del Trentino. Cunego scored his third victory in the tough, four-day stage race run in the northern part of Italy. He laid the foundation for his success after winning stages 1 and 2, while Stefano Garzelli (Acqua e Sapone) claimed stage 3 and Maximiliano Richeze (Ceramica Panaria) won stage 4. Second place overall went to Michele Scarponi (Acqua e Sapone). Like Ivan Basso, the Italian has been summoned to appear in front of the Italian Olympic Committee on May 2 to answer questions relating to Operacion Puerto. Unlike Basso, he has not been suspended by his own team, who are giving him their support. Scarponi also won the overall classification of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali recently. Results Stage 1, April 24th: Arco – Terlago (165 km) 1 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 4:14:17 2 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita, Liquigas) 3 Stefano Garzelli (Ita, Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) Stage 2, April 25th: S.Massenza – Predaia rif. Sores (144.4 km) 1 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 4:05:56 2 Michele Scarponi (Ita, Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 3 Christian Pfannberger (Aut, Elk Haus-Simplon) 0:00:12 Stage 3, April 26th: Cavareno Valle di Non – Toscolano Maderno (176.4 km) 1 Stefano Garzelli (Ita, Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 4:21:51 2 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr, Ceramica Flaminia) 3 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) Stage 4, April 27th: Toscolano Maderno – Arco (164.6 km) 1 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg, Ceramica Panaria – Navigare) 3:40:40 2 Luca Paolini (Ita, Liquigas) 3 Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol, Miche) Final general classification 1 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre – Fondital) 16:22:20 2 Michele Scarponi (Ita, Acqua & Sapone-Caff Mokambo Scarponi) 0:00:18 3 Luca Mazzanti (Ita, Ceramica Panaria – Navigare) 0:00:40 4 Thomas Rohregger (Aut, Elk Haus – Simplon) 0:00:42 5 Franco Pellizotti (Ita, Liquigas) 0:00:45 6 Fortunato Baliani (Ita, Ceramica Panaria – Navigare) 0:00:54 7 Andrea No (Ita, Liquigas No) 0:01:12 8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita, Liquigas) 9 Yauhen Sobal (Blr, Cinelli – Endeka – OPD) 0:01:17 10 Massimo Giunti (Ita, Miche) 0:01:28 Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.
Damiano Cunego has won the Giro del Trentino for the third time in his career. Next stop, the Giro d