Dan Martin takes Tuscan triumph

Irishman beats Santambrogio and Rubiano Chavez in Arezzo

Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) won the Giro della Toscana today in a six-man sprint to earn his first victory of the season.

The 24-year-old Irishman bided his time in the finale and came around Italy's Mauro Santambrogio (BMC)in the final 50 metres for the win. Santambrogio initiated the sprint from 300 metres out and hung on for second place while Colombia's Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (D'Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo) claimed third.

Androni Giocattoli teammates Emanuele Sella and Alessandro Bertolini followed in fourth and fifth with Domenico Pozzovivo (Colango-CSF Inox) claiming sixth, all in the same time as Martin.

The 197km race from Sesto Fiorentino to Arrezzo concluded with a four laps of an eight-kilometre finishing circuit, featuring the short, steep Stoppe d'Arca ascent.

A three man-escape featuring Bertolini, Manuele Mori (Lampre-ISD) and Alan Marangoni (Liquigas-Cannondale) was caught with 10km remaining and an elite selection of nine riders then went clear to contest the finale.

Martin's teammate Christophe Le Mevel was part of the group which vied for victory in Arrezzo and the Frenchman made a solo bid for victory on the final climb of the Stoppe d'Arca. The Frenchman was caught, however, inside the final kilometre, but Martin would deliver the win for Garmin-Cervelo.

"I attacked with one lap to go only to be brought back," said Martin on the Garmin-Cervelo website.

"The legs were kind of empty by then but we still had me and Christophe [Le Mevel] in a 10 man group. After my strong attack the previous lap, everybody seemed preoccupied with me and so Christophe took the opportunity to attack.

"I did my best to block behind but with the strong headwind to the line we caught him with only 300m to the line. Having him in front allowed me to recover enough to take the sprint."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dan Martin (Irl) Team Garmin - Cervelo4:54:00 
2Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
3Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) D'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
4Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
5Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
6Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
7Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin - Cervelo0:00:06 
8Daniele Ratto (Ita) Team Geox - TMC0:00:17 
9Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
10Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
11Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:35 
12Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
13Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
14Frederico Rocchetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
15Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
16Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
17Tom Peterson (USA) Team Garmin - Cervelo  
18Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
19Fabio Felline (Ita) Team Geox - TMC  
20Aristide Ratti (Ita) Team Wit  
21Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
22Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
23Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:37 
24Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
25Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
26Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
27Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
28Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale0:05:14 
29Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin - Cervelo  
30Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
31Damiano Margutti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia0:07:10 
32Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
33Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
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