Damiano Cunego picked up a brilliant stage win in the Deutschland Tour on stage four, and has decided to quit the race before the final stage in order to prepare for the Vuelta a España. The Lampre-Fondital rider contested Friday's time trial, but finished well back in 125th place, nearly five minutes behind winner Jens Voigt. He decided to leave Germany after achieving what he came to do. "I came here in Germany in order to improve my fitness in light of my next events such as Vuelta, World Championship and Giro di Lombardia," Cunego explained. "I'm satisfied because I felt good sensations and I succeeded in obtaining results."
Cunego decided to skip the final day because, "I prefer to take one day rest in order to be in good condition at Tre Valli Varesine," on August 21st, "an important race because the final part is the same parcours of Varese World Championship [in 2008]. I want to cover it in a competitive way," Cunego concluded.