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Deignan drops time ahead of mountain stage

Posted 12 May 2011

A well timed sprint saw Moviestar’s Francisco Ventoso win stage six of the Giro d’Italia in Fiuggi Terme where Philip Deignan (Radioshack) conceded more time to race leader Pieter Weening (Rabobank).

Ventoso was too strong for Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) after the peloton swept up what remained of the day’s five-man break over the final 1,500 metres of the 195 kilometre stage from Orvieto.

The break which comprised Jussi Veikkanen (Omega Pharma Lotto), Kristof Vandewalle (Quickstep), Yaroslav Popovych (Radioshack), Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) and Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil) held a maximum lead of 5’40” during the stage.

That lead started to slip during the second part of the course as the Farnese-Vini team of Giovanni Visconti worked hardest at the front of the chasing peloton.

The leaders though made the most of the undulating parcours to preserve a lead of 1’58” at the 20 kilometre to go mark were Veikkanen was dropped. The sprinters teams cut the lead to just 48 seconds over the next 10 kilometres which was enough to inspire Vandewalle to go it alone.

A succession of attacks off the front of the peloton did little to help the Beligan’s prospects of holding off the chasing pack and he was swallowed up just 1.5 kilometres from the line.

Ventoso timed his moved to perfection and opened his sprint hard on the left hand side of the road with 250 metres to go. Petacchi pushed to get back on terms but appeared to have been hampered by a mechanical in the closing 50 metres while Roberto Ferrari claimed third for Androni Giocattoli.

Deignan (Radioshack) finished 120th on the stage coming home 5’05” down but may well have been conserving his energy for tomorrow’s first mountain stage. He is now placed 138th in the GC 23’58” behind Weening who continues to lead HTC-Highroad riders Kanstantsin Sivtsov and third placed Marco Pinotti by two seconds respectively.

Stage 7 takes the riders from Maddaloni to the first summit finish at Montevergine di Mercogliano with the short 100 kilometre stage giving Deignan an opportunity to make his mark over its two second category climbs.

Results:

2011 Giro d'Italia

Stage 6: Orvieto - Fiuggi Terme, 195 kilometres

1. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team 5 hours, 15 minutes, 39 seconds  
2. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
3. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
4. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team    
5. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
6. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
7. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
8. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team    
9. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana    
10. Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone

120. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 5 minutes, 05 seconds

General classification after stage 6:

1. Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 20:15:12  
2. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad at 0:00:02  
3. Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad    
4. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo at 0:00:05  
5. Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team at 0:00:22  
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at0:00:24  
7. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD at 0:00:26  
8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:00:28  
9. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard at0:00:30  
10. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli

138. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack) at 23 mintues, 58 seconds

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