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By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2004
Saeco’s Mirko Celestino won the second stage of the five-stage Coppi-Bartali international as it finished in Faenza Thursday.
Celestino, took a 12-man sprint at the end of the day’s 206km stage from Riccione in northern Italy. By beating Ruggero Marzoli and Giuliano Figueras to the line, Celestino also assumed the overall lead going into Friday’s 176km stage from Emilia to Scandiano.
World road race champion Igor Astarloa (Cofidis) suffered head and neck injuries in an accident while out riding, according to Gazzetta dello sport.
The 27-year-old Spaniard was training near the northern city of Brescia when the accident – which was not thought to be serious – occurred.
Astarloa, who will spearhead the Cofidis team’s spring classics campaign, did not lose consciousness but was taken to hospital for tests.
He will be forced to wear a neck brace for at least a week because of suspected neck injuries and will be forced to pull out of Saturday’s Criterium International race.