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Bettini scores again in Tirreno-Adriatico

Italy's Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) made it two in a row on Thursday, winning the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. The Olympic champion, who also won Wednesday's first stage, took Thursday's 171km race between Tivoli and Frascati ahead of Germany's Erik Zabel (Milram) and Ukraine's Mikhaylo Khalilov to consolidate his overall race lead. Top 101. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 4:03:192. Erik Zabel (G), Team Milram, same time3. Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr), Team LPR, s.t.4. Alessandro Ballan (I) Lampre-Fondital, s.t.5. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole, s.t.6.

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By Agence France Presse

Bettini does the double

Bettini does the double

Photo: AFP

Italy’s Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) made it two in a row on Thursday, winning the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Olympic champion, who also won Wednesday’s first stage, took Thursday’s 171km race between Tivoli and Frascati ahead of Germany’s Erik Zabel (Milram) and Ukraine’s Mikhaylo Khalilov to consolidate his overall race lead.

Top 10
1. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 4:03:19
2. Erik Zabel (G), Team Milram, same time
3. Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr), Team LPR, s.t.
4. Alessandro Ballan (I) Lampre-Fondital, s.t.
5. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole, s.t.
6. Rinaldo Nocentini (I), Acqua E Sapone, s.t.
7. Oscar Freire Gomez (Sp), Rabobank, s.t.
8. Luca Ascani (I), Naturino-Sapore Di Mare, s.t.
9. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
10. Christophe Le Mevel (F), Credit Agricole, s.t.

Overall
1. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 8:11:54
2. Erik Zabel (G), Team Milram, at 0:08
3. Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr), Team LPR, at 0:16
4. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole, s.t.
5. Alessandro Ballan (I), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:20
6. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
7. Oscar Freire Gomez (Sp), Rabobank, s.t.
8. Stefano Garzelli (I), Liquigas, s.t.
9. Rinaldo Nocentini (I), Acqua E Sapone, s.t.
10. Massimiliano Gentili (I), Naturino-Sapore Di Mare, s.t.

Complete results