By Andrew Hood
There was plenty of racing in Europe beyond the Ardennes. Here’s a round-up of all of Sunday’s other action:
Cunego takes another win
Rising Italian star Damiano Cunego (Saeco) took another big victory Sunday in the 65th Giro dello Appennino (ITA 1.2), an important one-day race coming just days following his breakthrough victory at the Giro di Trentino earlier this week.
65th Giro dello Appennino (ITA 1.2)
1. Damiano Cunego (I), Saeco 5h13:37
2. Giuliano Figueras (I), Ceramiche Panaria
3. Rinaldo Nocentini (I), Acqua & Sapone
4. Luis Jimenez (Col), Formaggi Pinzolo
5. Gilberto Simoni (I), Saeco all same time
Dumoulin wins latest French Cup
French rider Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2r) won the 21st Tro Bro Leon (FRA 1.3) on Sunday, finishing in 5 hours, 2 minutes, 26 seconds. Dumoulin finished two seconds ahead of Christophe Mengin (FDJeux.com) and five seconds ahead of Bert Scheirlinckx, a Belgian rider who came through third. Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) holds nearly a 100-point lead through nine rounds of the season-long French series.
Hondo wins again; Roesems takes German race
German sprinter Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner) won his third stage of the five-day Niedersachsen Rundfahrt (GER 2.3) after taking a bunch sprint in the final stage. Hondo held off compatriot David Kopp (Lamonta) to seal the victory, giving Gerolsteiner double reason to celebrate following Davide Rebellin’s dramatic win in Belgium. Belgian rider Bert Roesems (Relax-Bodysol) gave his Division 2 team an important victory after holding on to take the overall. Roesems went away earlier in the week in a long breakaway to take the leader’s jersey.
Karpets scores at Rioja
Vladimir Karpets, another up and coming Russian on the Illes Balears team, took the overall victory in the 44th Tour of the Rioja (SPA 2.3) in Spain. Illes Balears controlled the final stage won by Jan Kuyckx (Vlaanderen-T Interim) to secure the 10-second victory over Angel Gómez (Paternina-Costa de Almería). The win comes just two weeks after compatriot and teammate Denis Menchov took a dramatic victory in the Tour of the Basque Country. The victory is the first stage race victory for Karpets, a young attacking rider who’s now in his fourth year racing as a pro.
“I am very content because we brought a team here that was very young and they showed they have a future,” said Illes Balears sport director Esubio Unzue. “Karpets has a big future and here he didn’t waste his chance.”
Edo wins in Portugal
Spanish sprinter Angel Edo (Milaneza) took the overall Sunday while teammate Pedro Cardoso won the final stage of the 7th GP MR Cortez Mitsubishi (POR 2.3). Edo won the opening stage and held onto the leader’s jersey through the weekend to score the overall title.
Van Dijk wins in Holland
Dutch rider Stefan Van Dijk (Lotto-Domo) won the 59th Ronde van Noord Holland (NED 1.3) on Sunday, taking a bunch sprint ahead of Dane Allan Bo Andresen (Bankgiroloterij). Jan Koerts (Chocolade Jacques) came through third to round out the podium.