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Ulissi triumphs from break as Deignan slips

Posted 25 May 2011

Lampre-ISD’s Diego Ulissi won stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia after a controversial sprint finish in Tirano where Philip Deignan finished in a sixteen man group 5’37” down.

Ulissi was beaten by Italian Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) in a four-man sprint for the line but was later awarded the stage win after Visconti was relegated to third place for irregular sprinting.
The duo reached the finishing straight with Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma Lotto) and Pablo Lastras (Moviestar) having attacked inside the final three kilometres.
They were part of a sixteen-man break who escaped just 55 kilometres into the 230 kilometre stage from Feltre which crossed the second category Passo del Tonale and third category Aprica.
The break included three riders from the top twenty in the overall GC including Kanstantsin Svitsov (HTC-Highroad) who was best placed in 12th position just 12’05” behind race leader Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard).
Also joining him in the group was 15th placed Herve Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale) who started the day 17’09” down and Garmin-Cervelo rider Christophe Le Mevel who was lying 16th at 21’16”.
The escapees were 7’30” up midway through the stage but their lead was reduced to just over four minutes by the time they crested the summit of the Aprica. The long technical descent split the front group as well as the chasing peloton leaving just nine riders at the front of the race.
Bakelants attacked with three kilometres to go. Ulissi was quick to close the gap with Visconti and Lastras moving rapidly to form a four-man group as the finish line loomed.
Lastras made a strong attempt to break free with 1.6 kilometres to go but could only survive for 400 metres. The quartet reached the finish together where Ulissi opened the sprint.
Visconti caught his wheel and made a bid to move between the Italian and the barriers inside the final 100 metres. Visconti protested when the gap narrowed and used his right hand to push Ulissi aside before breaking through to cross the line first. He was subsequently relegated for his actions.
Deignan was caught out by the final climb and the splits on the descent to the finish and came home in 89th position  5’37” down. He is now 51st in GC 1 hour, 18 minutes and 59 seconds behind Contador whose standing over his nearest rivals remains unchanged.
2011 Giro d’Italia
Stage 17: Feltre – Triano, 230 kilometres
1.  Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 5:31:51
2.  Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
3.  Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
4.  Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto at 0:00:04
5.  Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone at 0:00:08
6.  Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team
7.  Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8.  Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard
9.  Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana
10. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad
89. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 5 minutes, 37 seconds
1.  Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 68:18:27
2.  Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD at 0:04:58
3.  Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:05:45
4.  John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:07:35
5.  Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad at 0:09:12
6.  Jose Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli at 0:09:18
7.  Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:09:22
8.  Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC at 0:09:38
9.  Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana at 0:09:47
10.  Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team at 0:10:25
51. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Radioshack at 1 hours, 18 minutes, 59 seconds

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