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Giro di Sardegna 2011

Date range:
February 22-26, 2011

February 22, Stage 1: Olbia - Porto Cervo 138km

Sagan powers to victory in Porto Cervo

By:
Barry Ryan
Published:
February 22, 2011, 15:09 GMT,
Updated:
February 22, 2011, 20:32 GMT

Slovak talent tops Ballan and Oss in Sardinia

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) gave further notice of his burgeoning talent with a dominant victory on stage one of the Giro di Sardegna. In an uphill sprint to the line, the young Slovak simply had too much for former world champion Alessandro Ballan (BMC) and teammate Daniel Oss, and he won by a healthy margin.

The powerful finishing sprint that saw Sagan surge clear in the closing metres was one of the hallmarks of the five quality wins that he took in his debut season in 2010, but the 21-year-old admitted that he is still discovering his capabilities.

“I still don’t really know what kind of rider I am or what I can do,” Sagan said after the finish. “I know that I’m young, I haven’t raced much and I haven’t won much. Don’t compare me to Philippe Gilbert: he’s a champion.”

Sagan was expertly piloted to victory by his Liquigas-Cannondale teammates in the finale. Vincenzo Nibali, making his seasonal debut, was prominent on the front of the peloton in the closing kilometres before handing over the baton to Eros Capecchi and finally to Daniel Oss. Indeed, it was Oss who led out the sprint through the final bend and he explained that the men in lime green had benefited from some prior knowledge of the course.

“We’d already been on these roads during the team training camp [in December],” he said. “Then during the race we went past the finish line, albeit in the opposite direction, but that allowed us to understand the importance of the last bend.”

Alessandro Ballan simply had no answer to Sagan’s startling acceleration once Oss had pulled over, and he realised early on that he was racing for second place on the drag to the line.

“Sagan took the last corner stronger than me, but he probably would have won anyway,” Ballan admitted.

A deceptively tough day

The stage was animated by a long breakaway featuring Arkimedes Arguelyes (Katusha) and Canadian champion Will Routley (Team Spidertech p/b c10). The duo escaped after 7km and built up a maximum lead of 7:40. Arguelyes went clear alone on the climb of the San Pantaleo, but with Lampre-ISD and BMC chasing hard behind, his move was never likely to last to the finish line.

Meanwhile, Miche’s Gianluca Randazzo launched an ambitious attempt to bridge up to the leaders but in spite of his best efforts, the Sicilian found himself mired in no-man’s land. On deceptively tough terrain, he was the first of the escapees to be gobbled up, while Routley was the next to give best to a peloton that now had the strong Liquigas-Cannondale squad upping the ante.

Arguelyes managed to hold out until 9km from the finish, and once he was caught a number of riders tried their luck on the run-in to Porto Cervo. Stefano Pirazzi (CSF-Colnago) and Danilo Di Luca (Katusha) were among the aggressors in the closing stages, but with BMC and, in particular, Liquigas-Cannondale stringing out the bunch in single file, their efforts were doomed to failure.

In the sprint to the line, it was Oss who led into the final bend and then swung over to allow Sagan punch home the victory, and he gratefully galloped clear to add another impressive win to his palmares. While Ballan pipped Oss to be the best of the rest behind, Sagan even had time to sit up and savour his win as he crossed the line, and his ambitions will surely be high, both this week and in the months ahead.

Full Results
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 3:35:25  
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
3 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
4 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
5 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
6 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli    
7 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
8 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
10 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
11 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Miche - Guerciotti    
12 Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
13 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
14 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team    
15 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone    
16 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
17 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
18 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack    
19 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
20 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche - Guerciotti    
21 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
22 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
23 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli    
24 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
25 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack    
26 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0:00:05  
27 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
28 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti    
29 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
30 Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Pro Team Astana    
31 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
32 Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
33 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana    
34 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone    
35 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team RadioShack 0:00:15  
36 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
37 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team    
38 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
39 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
40 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
41 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
42 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
43 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli    
44 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
45 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
46 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack    
47 Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone    
48 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
49 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
50 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katusha Team    
51 Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha Team    
52 Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti    
53 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana    
54 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
55 Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
56 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
57 Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
58 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack 0:00:46  
59 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:01:02  
60 Roberto Cesaro (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti    
61 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
62 Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti    
63 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana    
64 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
65 Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack    
66 Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
67 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:01:24  
68 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:01:38  
69 Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:01:41  
70 Luca Fioretti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera 0:01:42  
71 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:57  
72 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack 0:02:01  
73 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 0:01:56  
74 David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:02:02  
75 Luke Rowe (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0:02:03  
76 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:02  
77 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana 0:02:03  
78 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:02:04  
79 Emanuel Vona (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:02:05  
80 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:06  
81 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:02:12  
82 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana 0:02:44  
83 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
84 Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera    
85 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:02:42  
86 Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:02:44  
87 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team    
88 Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
89 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
90 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team    
91 Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack    
92 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Ora Hotels Carrera 0:02:49  
93 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
94 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
95 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
96 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
97 Emanuele Rizza (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera    
98 Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
99 Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
100 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:03:29  
101 Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti 0:03:31  
102 Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:03:47  
103 Simone Boifava (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera 0:04:22  
104 Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:06:27  
105 Steven Burke (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0:07:58  
106 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
107 Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera 0:08:21  
108 Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Ora Hotels Carrera    
109 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:08:19  
110 Walter Proch (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera 0:08:21  
111 Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti 0:08:20  
112 Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0:13:59  
Points
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 10 pts
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 8  
3 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 6  
4 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 5  
5 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 4  
6 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli 3  
7 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 2  
8 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 1  
Sprint 1 - Pantogia, 20.3km
1 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 5 pts
2 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 3  
3 Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti 1  
Sprint 2 - Cannigione, 41.9km
1 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 5 pts
2 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 3  
3 Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti 1  
Sprint 3 - Arzachena, 86.0km
1 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 5 pts
2 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 3  
3 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 1  
Sprint 4 - Arzachena, 122.2km
1 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 5 pts
2 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 3  
3 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
Mountain 1 - Cima Micalosu, 48.3km
1 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 3 pts
2 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 2  
3 Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti 1  
Mountain 2 - San Pantaleo, 98.8km
1 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 3 pts
2 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 2  
3 Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack 1  
Teams
1 Liquigas-Cannondale 10:46:15  
2 Lampre - ISD    
3 Androni Giocattoli    
4 Team RadioShack    
5 Acqua & Sapone 0:00:05  
6 BMC Racing Team    
7 Miche - Guerciotti    
8 Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
9 Katusha Team 0:00:15  
10 Pro Team Astana 0:00:25  
11 Colnago - CSF Inox 0:00:30  
12 Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
13 Great Britain National Team 0:01:07  
14 Ora Hotels Carrera 0:07:15  
General classification after stage 1
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 3:35:15  
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:04  
3 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:06  
4 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:00:10  
5 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
6 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli    
7 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
8 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
10 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
11 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Miche - Guerciotti    
12 Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
13 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
14 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team    
15 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone    
16 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
17 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
18 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack    
19 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
20 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche - Guerciotti    
21 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
22 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
23 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli    
24 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
25 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack    
26 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team    
27 Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack    
28 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0:00:15  
29 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
30 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti    
31 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
32 Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Pro Team Astana    
33 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
34 Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
35 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana    
36 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone    
37 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team RadioShack 0:00:25  
38 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
39 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team    
40 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
41 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
42 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
43 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
44 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
45 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli    
46 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
47 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
48 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack    
49 Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone    
50 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
51 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
52 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katusha Team    
53 Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha Team    
54 Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti    
55 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana    
56 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
57 Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
58 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
59 Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
60 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack 0:00:56  
61 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:01:12  
62 Roberto Cesaro (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti    
63 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
64 Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti    
65 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana    
66 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
67 Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack    
68 Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
69 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:01:34  
70 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:01:48  
71 Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:01:51  
72 Luca Fioretti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera 0:01:52  
73 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 0:02:06  
74 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:07  
75 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack 0:02:11  
76 David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:02:12  
77 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale    
78 Luke Rowe (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0:02:13  
79 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana    
80 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:02:14  
81 Emanuel Vona (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:02:15  
82 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:16  
83 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:02:22  
84 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:02:52  
85 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana 0:02:54  
86 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
87 Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera    
88 Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team    
89 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team    
90 Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
91 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain National Team    
92 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Ora Hotels Carrera 0:02:59  
93 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
94 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
95 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
96 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
97 Emanuele Rizza (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera    
98 Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
99 Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
100 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:03:39  
101 Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti 0:03:41  
102 Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:03:57  
103 Simone Boifava (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera 0:04:32  
104 Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:06:37  
105 Steven Burke (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0:08:08  
106 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
107 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:08:29  
108 Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti 0:08:30  
109 Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera 0:08:31  
110 Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Ora Hotels Carrera    
111 Walter Proch (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera    
112 Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain National Team 0:14:09  
Points classification
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 10 pts
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 8  
3 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 6  
4 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 5  
5 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 4  
6 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli 3  
7 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 2  
8 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 1  
Sprint classification
1 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 18 pts
2 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 11  
3 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 4  
4 Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti 2  
5 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
Mountains classification
1 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 5 pts
2 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team 5  
3 Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack 1  
4 Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti 1  
Teams classification
1 Liquigas-Cannondale 10:46:15  
2 Lampre - ISD    
3 Androni Giocattoli    
4 Team RadioShack    
5 Acqua & Sapone 0:00:05  
6 BMC Racing Team    
7 Miche - Guerciotti    
8 Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
9 Katusha Team 0:00:15  
10 Pro Team Astana 0:00:25  
11 Colnago - CSF Inox 0:00:30  
12 Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
13 Great Britain National Team 0:01:07  
14 Ora Hotels Carrera 0:07:15