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Deignan steady on first road stage

Posted 08 May 2011


Philip Deignan came through the first road stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia without any problems finishing in the main bunch as Alessandro Petacchi pipped Mark Cavendish for the stage win in Parma.
The Radioshack rider finished 161st on the stage slipping two places to 13th in the GC after the application of time bonuses which saw Cavendish take over the maglia rosa from his HTC-Highroad teammate Marco Pinotti.
The peloton adopted a relaxed approach to most of the stage allowing lone breakaway rider Sebastian Lang (Omega Pharma Lotto), who attacked after just 3 kilometres, to build a whopping lead of 20 minutes.
That lead was trimmed to 1’32” by the time the German reached the fourth category Tabiano Castello which was the day’s only climb coming just 33.6 kilometres from the finish. He was caught 7.6 kilometres later having secured the maximum points in the mountains classification.
The race came to life almost immediately as Leonardo Giordani (Farnese-Vini) counter-attacked followed by Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma Lotto) and Michal Golas (Vacansoleil).
A group of five riders comprising Daniele Righi (Lampre-ISD), Jerome Pineau (Quickstep), Ruggero Marzoli (Acqua & Sapone), Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) and Ivan Rovny (Radioshack) bridged to the leaders after three kilometres forcing the Garmin-Cervelo team to take control of the chase.
Their lead never extended beyond 19 seconds and had fallen to just eight seconds when Vorganov crashed on the fringe of the 10 kilometre to go mark. The catch was finally made with just 8.3 kilometres to go.
Garmin-Cervelo continued to exert their control on the race and looked to have produced a text-book lead out for sprinter Tyler Farrar heading into the final two kilometres.
Petacchi’s Lampre-ISD team however regrouped inside the closing kilometre just as HTC-Highroad were moving to spring Cavendish for the line. Cavendish was poised on the wheel of lead-out man Mark Renshaw when Petacchi opened the sprint from behind with 200 metres remaining.
He rounded both riders on the right forcing Cavendish to respond. Cavendish was quick to close the gap but crossed the line second with his arms raised in complaint that the Italian had deviated from his line over the closing 150 metres of the sprint.
The commissionaires let the result stand leaving Cavendish to console himself with having taken the maglia rosa. Deignan will start the hilly stage three from Reggio Emilia to Rapallo just 22 seconds behind the Manxman.
2011 Giro d’Italia
Stage 2: Alba – Parma, 242 kilometres
1.  Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 5 hours, 45 minutes, 40 seconds
2.  Mark Cavendish (Gbr) HTC-Highroad
3.  Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
4.  Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
5.  Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
6.  Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling
7.  Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
8.  Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack
9.  Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard Trek
10.  Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
161. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack – same time
General classification after stage 2:
1.  Mark Cavendish (Gbr) HTC-Highroad 6 hours, 06 minutes, 39 seconds
2.  Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:00:12
3.  Craig Lewis (USA) HTC-Highroad
4.  Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad
5.  Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad
6.  Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 0:00:16
7.  Robert McKewen (Aus) Team Radioshack at 0:00:22
8.  Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team Radioshack
9.  Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack
10. Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack
13. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 22 seconds

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