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Bettini scores again in Tirreno-Adriatico

Italy's Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) made it two in a row on Thursday, winning the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. The Olympic champion, who also won Wednesday's first stage, took Thursday's 171km race between Tivoli and Frascati ahead of Germany's Erik Zabel (Milram) and Ukraine's Mikhaylo Khalilov to consolidate his overall race lead. Top 101. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 4:03:192. Erik Zabel (G), Team Milram, same time3. Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr), Team LPR, s.t.4. Alessandro Ballan (I) Lampre-Fondital, s.t.5. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Credit Agricole, s.t.6.

Bettini wins opener at Tirreno-Adriatico

Italy's Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) sprinted to victory in the first stage of the 41st Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday. Bettini, who won the 2004 edition of the race, outsped Germany's Erik Zabel (Milram) and Norway's Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole) to take the opener, a 167km stage around the Tivoli region. "Last year I suffered in this race because I'd had a lot of health problems. This year my form is much better, and I've shown it," Bettini said afterward. "I have to thank my teammates because they did a great job helping me on the climb to the finish. "Winning is

Knaven gets one at Tirreno-Adriatico; Freire leads

QuickStep’s Servais Knaven claimed the fifth stage of the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in style in Saltara, Italy, on Sunday. Spain's reigning world road race champion Oscar Freire of the Rabobank team retained the overall lead ahead of Tuesday's final stage, having won the three previous stages. The 34-year-old Knaven, the 2001 winner of Paris-Roubaix, claimed his first victory of the season after seeing his brave attack 25km into the 170km race, which started and ended in Saltara, come to fruition. The Dutchman was soon joined by four riders and together they went on

Freire takes hat trick at Tirreno-Adriatico

World road champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) claimed his third victory in as many days on Saturday, winning the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in Servigliano, Italy. Germany's Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner) finished second in the 160km stage, with Italian Fabrizio Guidi (Phonak) in third. "I didn't go out to win this stage especially," said Freire. "I wasn't even that well positioned for the final sprint. I had to make a special effort to get back to the front." Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), winner of stage 1, found the going tough once more on Saturday.

Freire does it again at Tirreno-Adriatico

World road champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank) claimed his second victory in as many days after winning the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico Friday. The 29-year-old Spanish sprinter had to dig deep after he struck a protruding railing in the final kilometer and had to fight his way out of the bunch before winning the sprint at the finish line. Frenchman Laurent Brochard (Bouygues Telecom) had launched a brave sprint for the finish with 500 meters to go in the 228km race from Tivoli to Torricella Sicura, but the unstoppable Freire caught the 1997 world road race champion, who eventually

Bettini wins stage, grabs lead in Tirreno-Adriatico

Reigning World Cup champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) won the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico from Isernia to Paglietta Saturday. With the win, Bettini took the overall lead from Spain's former two-time world champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank). Rolf Aldag (T-Mobile) took a flyer after summiting the Valico di Rionero Sannitico about 60km into the 173km stage, but was retrieved after just 10km off the front. A few attacks followed shortly thereafter, but nothing stuck until Andrea Tafi (Alessio-Bianchi) launched a solo break, putting 2:55 on the bunch before Rabobank organized a chase to

Freire seizes lead in Tirreno-Adriatico

Spaniard Oscar Freire (Rabobank) took the lead in the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race after winning the 168km third stage between Maddaloni and Isernia on Friday. The 28-year-old Freire came in ahead of Ukrainian rider Vladimir Duma (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) and Rabobank teammate Michael Boogerd of the Netherlands for his third stage win of the season. He overtakes Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), winner of the first two stages, as the overall leader. The battle started early with a series of attacks from Spaniard Angel Vicioso (Liberty Seguros), Estonian Janek Tombak (Cofidis)

Who else? Petacchi scores win at Tirreno-Adriatico opener

Super sprinter Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) won the first stage of the 39th Tirreno-Adriatico as it finished in Sabaudia on the Mediterranean coast on Wednesday. The 30-year-old sprint specialist was the fastest in a bunch sprint, crossing the finish line of the 169km stage in 3:55:31. German pair Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) and Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner) were second and third respectively. Petacchi said his 60th career victory and his third of the season owed much to the performance of teammate Guido Trenti. "Trenti guided me very well and although I thought I went a little early in

Freire pips Cipo, Pozzato takes overall at Tirreno-Adriatico

Rabobank's Oscar Freire won Wednesday's final stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico to send a very strong message to world champion Mario Cipollini. Just days before the World Cup opener at Milan-San Remo, Freire got around Cipo and his formidable train to upset the world champion. “Guess I got lucky and Cipo made a mistake,” Freire said. Cipollini came in second, but won two bunch sprints during TA, Italy's first major stage race of the season. German Erik Zabel came across third, a good sign for the struggling Telekom veteran who's only won once this season on the eve of his major

News briefs: Tirreno-Adriatico resumes; Hincapie succumbs to bug

Italian cyclist Massimiliano Mori of the Formaggi Pinzolo team was thrown out of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race on Monday for violating anti-doping regulations. Miro was caught trying to pass off a urine sample of the team doctor as his own when called for testing by the race's medical inspectors. Monday's fifth stage goes from Monte San Giusto to Rapagnano over a distance of 181 kilometers. Icy conditions forced the cancellation of Sunday's fourth stage. Illness will force Hincapie to skip the classicsAn ongoing viral infection has forced the U.S. Postal team’s George