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Friday’s EuroFile: Contador wins Catalana; Kirchen takes Internazionale stage; Bettini abandons; Reus in Normandie

Contador wins Setmana CatalanaSpaniard Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) won the Setmana Catalana on Friday. Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo) edged American Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel) by just seven seconds to won the fifth and final stage, a 17km time trial around Palau-Solita i Plegamans, near Barcelona. Contador crossed in fourth, good enough for the overall title. Danielson, meanwhile, wound up fourth overall. Setmana CatalanaStage 5, Palau-Solita i Plegamans1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, 17km in 19:292. Tom Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel, at 0:073.

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Contador wins Setmana Catalana
Spaniard Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) won the Setmana Catalana on Friday.

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo) edged American Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel) by just seven seconds to won the fifth and final stage, a 17km time trial around Palau-Solita i Plegamans, near Barcelona.

Contador crossed in fourth, good enough for the overall title. Danielson, meanwhile, wound up fourth overall.

Setmana Catalana
Stage 5, Palau-Solita i Plegamans

1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Fassa Bortolo, 17km in 19:29
2. Tom Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel, at 0:07
3. Vladimir Karpets (Rus), Illes Balears, at 0:10
4. Alberto Contador (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 0:12
5. Dario Frigo (I), Fassa Bortolo, s.t.
6. Marzio Bruseghin (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:14
7. Robert Hunter (RSA), Phonak, at 0:23
8. David Bernabeu (Sp), Comunidad Valenciana, at 0:24
9. Jose´Luis Rubiera (Sp), Discovery Channel, s.t.
10. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (B), Relax, at 0:27

Final overall (after 5 stages)
1. Alberto Contador (Sp), Liberty Seguros, 17:15:58
2. Bernabeu, at 0:36
3. Peio Arreitunandia (Sp), Barloworld, at 0:39
4. Danielson, at 1:00
5. Koldo Gil (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 1:03
6. Rubiera, at 1:05
7. Angel Gomez (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 1:13
8. Jorge Ferrio (Sp), Spiuk, at 1:31
9. Roberto Heras (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 1:33

Kirchen takes stage in Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale
Luxembourger Kim Kirchen (Fassa Bortolo) won the fourth stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale di Coppi & Bartali, a 152km leg from Fiorano Modènese to Serramazoni.

Kirchen, ordinarily one of the lieutenants working to deliver speedster Alessandro Petacchi to the finish, won the bunch sprint to the line, edging Italians Franco Pellizzotti (Liquigas-Bianchi) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Caffita). It was his third victory of the season.

Pellizzotti, the overall leader since stage 2, retains the jersey and seems likely to hold it until the finish.

The 152km stage, the most difficult of the race, was animated by several attacks, including one by Italian Stefano Boggia (Ceramica Flaminia), who sprang away after 100km and soon was joined by four others. The five could not widen their gap, however, and were reeled in on the first of three ascents toward Serramazoni, at 791 meters.

On the third loop, Marco Velo (Fassa Bortolo) and Cunego took a flyer, but without success, and Kirchen got his chance to shine at the finish.

Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale di Coppi & Bartali
Stage 4

1. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Fassa Bortolo, 152km in 4:30:38 (35.250 kph)
2. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas-Bianchi, same time
3. Damiano Cunego (I), Lamopre-Caffita, s.t.
4. Luca Mazzanti (I), Ceramica Panaria, s.t.
5. Francesco Casagrande (I), Naturino, s.t.
6. Bjorn Leukemans (B), Davitamon-Lotto, s.t.
7. Patrick Sinkiewitz (G), Quick Step, s.t.
8. Raffaelle Ferrara (I), Team Androni Giocattoli-3C, s.t.
9. Paolo Tiralongo (I), Ceramica Panaria, s.t.
10. Raffaelle Illano (I), Colombia-Selle Italia, s.t.

Bettini abandons with fever
Olympic champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) abandoned Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale di Coppi & Bartali on the morning of the fourth stage because of a sudden fever, according to his team.

Bettini, who has begun taking antibiotics, will rest for two days before resuming training. The next significant event on the Tuscan’s schedule is the Tour of Flanders on April 3.

In addition, the Belgian team gave reassuring news regarding Italian champion Cristian Moreni, who injured his right knee when he crashed last Saturday about 30km from the finish during Milan-San Remo. Moreni is back in the saddle and hopes to be able to take part in the Tour of the Basque Country April 4-8.

Reus holds jersey in Tour de Normandie
Netherlander Kai Reus (Rabobank) confirmed his hold on the yellow jersey after the fourth and fifth stages of the Tour de Normandie on Friday.

Reus won the morning’s 74km fourth stage from Flers to Domfront, two seconds ahead of Frenchman Freddy Ravaleu (CC Nogent Sur Oise) and a further second up on Spain’s Juan Olmo Menacho (Duja-Tavira).

In the afternoon stage from Domfront to Avranches, it was Olmo Menacho taking the win in the final 300 meters of the 4km circuit around Avranches that concluded the 80km race, outkicking Frenchmen Stéphane Bonsergent (CC Nogent Sur Oise) and Gilles Canouet (Agritubel).

Meanwhile, TIAA-CREF leader Will Frischkorn, sitting in sixth place overall, dropped out due to severe tendonitis in his left hamstring.

Tour de RomandieStage 4, Flers-Domfront
1. Kai Reus (Ned), Rabobank, 74km in 1:43:30 (42.899 km/h)
2. Freddy Ravaleu (F), A.C. Val D’oise, at 0:02
3. Juan Olmo Menacho (Sp), Duja-Tavira, at 0:03
4. Stéphane Bonsergent (F), CC Nogent Sur Oise, same time
5. Médéric Clain (F), A.C. Val D’oise, s.t.

Stage 5, Domfront-Avranches
1. Juan Olmo Menacho (Sp), Duja-Tavira, 80km in 1:42:03 (47.036 km/h)
2. Bonsergent (F), m.t.
3. Gilles Canouet (F), Agritubel, m.t.4. Said Haddou (F), Auber 93, m.t.
5. Clain, m.t.

Overall (after 5 stages)
1. Reus, 16:56:20
2. Stéphane Pétilleau (F), Bretagne-Jean Floc’h, at 0:17
3. Martin Garrido Mayorga (Arg), Duja-Tavira, at 0:46
4. Bonsergent, at 0:57
5. Stéphane Barthe (F), A.C. Val D’oise, at 0:58

Ferrigato retires, eyes management role
Italian rider Andrea Ferrigato (Acqua e Sapone) has retired from cycling, team officials said on Friday.

The 35-year-old Ferrigato has 17 career victories, including two World Cup wins in 1996 at the Leeds Classic and the Grand Prix of Zurich. He also won a stage in the Giro d’Italia.

Ferrigato will remain in cycling, and has ambitions to become a general manager.