By Andrew Hood
Saeco gregario Leonardo Bertagnolli won Wednesday’s Copa Agostoni, thesecond leg of the “Trittico Lombardo” in northern Italy. Bertagnolli finishedahead of hard-luck Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo), trying to recapture hiswinning ways after missing most of the 2004 season.Copa Agostoni (ITA 1.2)
1. Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita), Saeco, 196km in 4 hours, 39 minutes(42.262 kph)
2. Dario Frigo (Ita), Fassa Bortolo at 0:04
3. Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa), Phonak Hearing Systems
4. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita), Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie
5. Francisco Patxi Vila (Spa), Lampre all same timeFedrigo takes over Limousin
Pierrick Fedrigo (Credit Agricole) soloed to victory in the secondstage of the Tour du Limousin in central France. Fedrigo, who finished42 seconds ahead of Patrick Calcagni (Vini Caldirola) and compatriot FranckRenier (Boulangere), takes the overall lead going into Thursday’s thirdstage.Tour du Limousin (UCI 2.3), Stage 2
1. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra), Credit Agricole 4 hours, 34 minutes, 23seconds
2. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Vini Caldirola +0:42
3. Franck Renier (Fra), Boulangere
4. Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra), Credit Agricole
5. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra), FDJeux.com all same timeOverall after two stages
1. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra), Credit Agricole 8 hours, 35 minutes
2. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Vini Caldirola +0:46
3. Franck Renier (Fra), Boulangere +0:48
4. Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra), Credit Agricole +0:52
5. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra), FDJeux.com +0:52
No Vuelta for Mayo
Euskaltel-Euskadi has confirmed that Basque Iban Mayo will not race the Vuelta a Espana after contracting mononucleosis.
“He won’t be racing the Vuelta,” team manager Miguel Madariaga told the Spanish daily MARCA. “With the analysis that we have now, he can’t race, his hematocrit is no higher than 37, and that means he has a virus.”
Mayo, who this year won the Dauphiné Libéré and several races in Spain, had been hoping to use the Vuelta to make up for a disappointing Tour de France, when he abandoned after struggling through crashes and poor form in the Pyrénées. But now, his season could be finished.
Bramati, Zanini stay with Quick Step
Italian riders Davide Bramati and Stefano Zanini have reached an agreement to stay with Quick Step for the 2005 season, the team announced Wednesday.
The Italian veterans are key components to the team’s classics and grand tour scheme, with Zanini playing an important role in the improved sprinting skills of rising star Tom Boonen.
Nations for world’s
The United States will be among 10 teams allowed to have 12 starters for the men’s road world championships in Verona. Spain will be allowed to have one extra rider if reigning world champion Igor Astarloa is chosen to ride. For the time trial, each federation will be allowed to have four enrolled riders with two starters.
Top 10 (18 enrolled, 12 starters)
14 enrolled, 12 starters
8 enrolled, 4 starters
4 enrolled, 2 starters
21. Great Britain
23. Czech Republic
25. South Africa
28. New Sealand
And, according to rule 9.2.010:
4 enrolled, 2 starters
2 enrolled, 1 starter