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88th Volta a Catalunya 2008

Date range:
May 19-25, 2008

May 24, Stage 5: El Vendrell - Pallejà 163.9km

Chicchi sprints to win

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 26, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 13:24 BST

A bunch sprint decided the second to last stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Saturday. Liquigas'...

A bunch sprint decided the second to last stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Saturday. Liquigas' Francesco Chicchi of Italy was the fastest man to the line ahead of Leonardo Duque (Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone) and Markus Zberg (Gerolsteiner).

"I accelerated hard with about 250 metres to go, and that did the trick, it gave me a big lead," Chicchi told Reuters. The Italian winner called his move a surprise to others. His attack paid off. The group sprint came after a five-man break was caught.

The stage saw no GC lead changes. Rémi Pauriol (Crédit Agricole) will continue as the leader going into Sunday's final stage six. Pauriol's lead is by no means secure. In second place by just two seconds is Josep Jufre Pou (Saunier Duval - Scott). Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Euskaltel - Euskadi) sits in third at seven seconds.

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