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Lastras disappointed with second

Gregor Brown in Cesena, Italy
May 22, 2008, 0:00 BST,
April 20, 2009, 21:32 BST
Giro d'Italia Cycling News, May 22, 2008

Pablo Lastras (Caisse d'Epargne) has said he's disappointed with his second place finish on the Giro...

Pablo Lastras (Caisse d'Epargne) has said he's disappointed with his second place finish on the Giro d'Italia's Stage 11. The Caisse d'Epargne rider was one of six riders to breakaway on the stage, but his run to the finish was interrupted by a rival's crash.

"I planned to attack today," said Lastras. "We cooperated very well and in the final everybody tried to attack on [the final] turn."

Lastras was one of three riders left from the original break with a shot at the stage win. The Spanish rider's efforts were however hampered when CSF Group Navigare rider Fortunato Baliani crashed on the final corner.

"Only three of us were left for the victory but Baliani's crash in the last kilometre changed the development of the sprint," he said. "I had to brake very hard and start again. [Alessandro] Bertolini, who was in the lead when that happened, took the opportunity to take some advance.

"It is a fact that I am disappointed for finishing only the second after I worked so hard during the whole stage," he added. "But on the other side I am also satisfied because I showed today that I am able to achieve something good in the Giro and I hope I will have another chance before we reach Milan."

Alessandro Bertolini (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli) claimed his first Giro stage win in a career spanning 16 years as a result of the finish. Bertolini had worked with Lastras, Laurent Mangel (AG2R La Mondiale), Baliani and Jussi Veikkanen (Française des Jeux) to break away at kilometre 42 of the 199 kilometre stage to Cesena.

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