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Klöden moves into lead at Tirreno-Adriatico as Bono takes stage 6

Lampre’s Matteo Bono won the 162km sixth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race between San Benedetto del Tronto and San Giacomo-Monti della Laga on Monday. German Andreas Klöden(Astana) grabbed the overall race lead after he finished the stage in ninth place. Bono, who has only two professional seasons under his belt and claimed the first win of his professional career, set the pace on the final 11km climb to San Giacomo-Monti della Laga. The 23-year-old Lampre rider kicked into action with four kilometers to the line and left the breakaway group, which had formed at 27km and included

Schumacher wins TT, takes lead in Tirreno-Adriatico

German Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) won the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Sunday to take a slender overall lead of the weeklong Italian stage race. Schumacher edged out compatriot Andreas Klöden (Astana) in an individual time trial over 20.5km from Civitanova to Civitanova Alta. Schumacher finished in 27 minutes and eight seconds, a second ahead of Kloden. He now leads the overall standings with Klöden in second place and Kazakh Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) third. Tirreno-AdriaticoStage 51. Stefan Schumacher (G) Gerolsteiner, 20.5km in 27:082. Andreas Klöden (G) Astana, at

Ricco claims stage, lead at Tirreno-Adriatico

Italian Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) claimed his second consecutive victory in Tirreno-Adriatico by winning the fourth stage of the race, held over 158.3 km between Pievobigliana and here Saturday. Ricco also took over the race lead from Russian Alexander Areekev (Acqua e Sapone), who had claimed his own double on Thursday by winning the stage and claiming the lead. Italian star Ivan Basso, meanwhile, was forced to pull out of the event, known as the "Race of the two seas", during Saturday's stage. The Discovery Channel team leader had started despite injuring his left wrist in a

Ricco takes stage 3, Areekev keeps lead in Tirreno-Adriatico

Italian Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) won Friday’s third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, a 213km leg between Marsciano and Macerata. Russian Alexander Areekev (Acqua e Sapone), winner of stage 2, retains the overall lead. Meanwhile, Italian Ivan Basso (Discovery Channel) crashed and injured his left wrist, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. He finished the stage, but subsequently was taken to hospital for X-rays. No fracture was found, according to press reports, but there was some question as to whether Basso would start Saturday's fourth stage. World and Olympic champion Paolo Bettini

Areekev takes stage, lead at Tirreno-Adriatico

Alexander Areekev (Acqua e Sapone) won the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Thursday to take the overall lead of the weeklong stage race. The 24-year-old Russian took the 202km leg from Civitavecchia to Marciano ahead of Italy's Daniele Contrini (Tinkoff Credit Systems). German Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner) was third. Areekev now leads Contrini by 32 seconds with Krauss third, a further three seconds back. Spanish rider Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d’Epargne), who crashed during the bunch sprint, was taken to hospital with chest injuries. Gutierrez will be under observation for 48 hours;

McEwen wins opener at Tirreno-Adriatico

Australian Robbie McEwen held off two of his biggest rivals to win the first stage of Tirreno-Adriatico Wednesday in Civitavecchia, Italy. Predictor-Lotto’s 34-year-old sprint specialist, winner of 11 stages in the Tour de France, pulled clear of Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole) on the last curve with one of his trademark bursts of speed to win the 160km race in 4 hours, 38 minutes and 24 seconds. Freire, a former three-time world champion, crossed second with the Norwegian Hushovd third. McEwen said he called on his experience of two years ago to help him win the

Dekker wraps up title at Tirreno-Adriatico

Dutchman Thomas Dekker (Rabobank) won the 41st Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday, as Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) sprinted to victory in the seventh and final stage. Petacchi won the 166km finale in San Benedetto del Tronto ahead of Australian Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto), Italian Paride Grillo (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) and Norwegian Thor Hushvod (Crédit Agricole). "I didn't want to finish without a stage win," said Petacchi. "My teammates worked well in the final kilometers and carried me until the final 180 meters. I preferred to leave the sprint until as late as possible as

Bertagnolli takes stage, Dekker holds lead at Tirreno-Adriatico

Italian Leonardo Bertagnolli (Cofidis) on Monday won Stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico. The Cofidis rider attacked 800 meters from the line to win the 179km run between San Benedetto del Tronto and Torricella. Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) took second with Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval) third. Dutch rider Thomas Dekker (Rabobank) retained the overall lead as Rabobank controlled the peloton during a day marked by a succession of attacks, crashes and abandonments. Tirreno-Adriatico concludes Tuesday with a 166km stage from Campli to San Benedetto del Tronto.

Cancellara wins ITT, Dekker takes lead at Tirreno-Adriatico

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC) won the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Sunday. Cancellara turned a time of 27 minutes and 37 seconds to win the 20km individual time trial at Servigliano ahead of Belgian Leif Hoste (Discovery Channel) and Dutch rider Thomas Dekker (Rabobank), whose third-place finish was good enough to displace Spain’s Oscar Freire (Rabobank) as overall leader. Meanwhile, the weather has forced organizers to modify Monday's sixth stage, which will now end in Torricella Sicura instead of the hilltop village of San Giacomo. The race concludes Tuesday. Top

Freire holds Tirreno-Adriatico lead; Hushovd wins stage

Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole) sprinted to victory in stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico on Saturday. The Norwegian beat Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) and Spain’s Oscar Freire (Rabobank) in the finale to the 219km stage from Paglieta to Civitanova Marche. Freire retained the overall race lead. Sunday's fifth stage is a 20km individual time trial around Servigliano.