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Deignan down time as Gadret savours win

Posted 18 May 2011

Philip Deignan’s times losses continued to mount on stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia where a spirited breakaway containing Christophe Le Mevel failed to relieve Alberto Contador of the maglia rosa before John Gadret took the stage win.

The 142 kilometre stage from Tortoreto Lido to Castefidardo was played out a dramatic pace as the teams attempted to make the most of the four category four climbs that dominated the rugged terrain.

The big move of the day took place midway through the stage with Le Mevel fighting his way into an eleven man move that wasted little time in establishing a lead of more than two minutes.

The Garmin-Cervelo rider was determined to drive it on having started the day third overall just 1’19 behind Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard). The group which pulled clear after an earlier break was reined in on the second climb of the day also contained Deignan’s Radioshack team leader Tiago Machado.

The other members of the escape included Daniel Moreno (Katusha), Marco Marzano (Lampre-ISD), Simone Stortoni (Colnago-Inox), Ignatas Konovalovas (Moviestar), Lars Peter Nordhaug (Team Sky), Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) and Aqua & Sapone riders Betancur Gomez Carlos Alberto and Fabio Taborre.

Their lead held steady of the third climb of the Rapagnano as Contador’s Saxo Bank-Sungard team set the tempo. The final climb of the Morrovalle and shrinking lead inspired Moreno to go it alone with the best part of 30 kilometres to the finish.

He made the most of the descent before Konovalovas employed his time-trial ability to bridge across as the race neared the final ten kilometres. Le Mevel’s hopes of riding his way into the race lead crumbled as his determination gave way to the fatigue of pulling Stortoni, Marzano, Kruijswijk and Betancur.

They were swept up with 2.4 kilometres to go as the Lampre-ISD team took control of the race following some blistering pace setting by the Androni-Giocattoli team of Jose Serpa.

Moreno and Konovalovas entered the final kilometre with a lead of just ten seconds with the latter eventually succumbing over the final 450 metres of the uphill finish. Moreno pushed on but his day’s work took the wind out of him leaving Gadret to seal the win with a beautifully time attacked.

The AG2R La Mondiale man rounded the Italian inside the closing 200 metres to power his way to a solo victory which has been a long time in the making. Katusha’s Joaquin Rodriguez held out for second ahead of third placed Giovanni Visconti (Farnese-Vini).

Deignan finished 85th on the stage at 2’54”. He carries an overall deficit of 49’08” into stage twelve with the 171 kilometre stage from Castefidardo to Ravenna presenting the sprinters with the last of the flat stages.

Contador continues to lead Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC-Highroad) by 59 seconds while Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) has jumped to third overall with a deficit of 1’21”.

Results:

2011 Giro d’Italia

Stage 11: Tortoreto Lido – Castefidardo, 142 kilometres

1. John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:33:11  
2. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team    
3. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
4. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli    
5. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard    
6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana    
7. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team    
8. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
9. Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
10.Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale

85. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 2 minutes, 54 seconds

General classification after stage 11:

1. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 40:37:51  
2. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad at 0:00:59  
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:01:21  
4. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo at 0:01:28  
5. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
6. David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team at 0:01:37
7. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astanaat 0:01:41  
8. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli at 0:01:47  
9. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team at 0:02:21  
10. Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 

90. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 49 minutes, 08 seconds

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