Cunego ends winless streak in Sardinia

Italian beats Serpa and Sella for first win since 2009

After enduring a frustrating, winless season last year, Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) opened his account for the 2011 campaign with a fine victory on stage two of the Giro di Sardegna. The former Giro d’Italia winner had too much for Androni Giocattoli duo José Serpa and Emanuele Serpa in the uphill sprint to the line in Nuoro.

It was the Cunego’s first victory since he took a stage of the Vuelta a España in September 2009, and his relief was palpable as he crossed the line. He timed his finishing effort to perfection, careening out of the final corner ahead of Serpa and opening a healthy margin before crossing the line.

“It was really a beautiful day,” said Cunego, who also took over the race lead from Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale). “I’m not underestimating my adversaries or the route, but we’ll look to defend this jersey.”

Cunego’s Lampre-ISD stablemate Michele Scarponi worked hard in a tough finale and he explained that the finish was ideally suited to his colleague. “We agreed that if we came to the finish in a small group we’d work for Damiano, and that’s how it panned out,” he said.

The early action came courtesy of a lengthy break featuring Mikhail Ignatiev (Team Katusha), David Boily (Team Spidertech), Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli), Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini–Neri Sottoli) and Alessandro Malaguti (Ora Hotels–Carrera). They gained a maximum lead of seven minutes, but the group began to fragment as the 197km over rugged terrain began to take its toll.

De Marchi was the last survivor out front, but with Liquigas-Cannondale forcing the pace in the service of overall leader Peter Sagan, he was all too aware that his was a beaten docket.

When was captured inside the final 5km, a number of riders tried their luck off the front. Ireland's Philip Deignan (RadioShack) joined forces with Stefano Pirazzi (CSF-Colnago) in a bid to outfox the peloton, but they were pegged back. A dangerous move then went clear containing Serpa and Sella, as well as Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale), Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), but the pace was still high as the bunch hit the climb of Monte Ortobene.

Coming under the red kite, a five-man group including race leader Sagan and the dangerous Cunego managed to bridge to the leaders. On the drag to the line, Capecchi opened the sprint for Sagan but it was Cunego and not the Slovak who blasted past him 200 metres from home to find that elusive win.

In the general classification, the Italian moves ahead of Sagan, who had no answer in the finale and finished fourth. While the leader’s jersey sits on the Cunego’s shoulders for now, the liberating effect of breaking his winless streak will be of much further-reaching importance in the context of his season.

Full Results
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD5:21:26 
2Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:02 
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
5Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
6Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
7Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:08 
8Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana  
9Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
10Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:14 
11Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:18 
12Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli0:00:27 
13Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
14Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
15Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:30 
16Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Miche - Guerciotti  
17Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
18Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
19Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:34 
20Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:46 
21Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
22Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche - Guerciotti  
23Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
24Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack  
25Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
26Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
27Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katusha Team  
28Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
29Philip Deignan (Irl) Team RadioShack  
30Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
31Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
32Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
33Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team  
34Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
35Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack0:00:58 
36Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:01:31 
37Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
38Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
39Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
40Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
41Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
42Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
43Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
44Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:02:13 
45Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:32 
46Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone0:02:41 
47Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:53 
48Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:56 
49Emanuel Vona (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
50Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
51Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack0:03:41 
52Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
53Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
54Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha Team  
55Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana  
56Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana  
57Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
58Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:33 
59Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
60Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
61Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:06:10 
62Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
63Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti  
64Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team0:06:50 
65Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team0:07:46 
66Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
67Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:07:49 
68Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:09:05 
69Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
70Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:09:49 
71Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:11:01 
72Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
73Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
74Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
75Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
76Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
77Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:11:03 
78Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team0:12:41 
79Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:12:51 
80Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
81Luke Rowe (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:15:07 
82Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
83Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:16:08 
84Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:16:32 
85Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:16:44 
86Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale  
87Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
88Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti  
89Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
90Roberto Cesaro (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
91Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
92Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
93Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
94Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
95David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
96Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
97Simone Boifava (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
98Emanuele Rizza (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
99Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
100Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
101Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
102Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
103Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
104Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
105Walter Proch (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:16:50 
106Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack0:18:07 
107Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:18:58 
108Luca Fioretti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
109Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Ora Hotels Carrera  
110Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
111Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Ora Hotels Carrera  
DNFSteven Burke (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD10pts
2Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli8 
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli6 
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale5 
5Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack4 
6Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale3 
7Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD2 
8Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana1 
Sprint 1 - Berchidda - Municipio, 62.2km
1David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C105pts
2Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera3 
3Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team1 
Sprint 2 - Bitti - Via Deffenu, 158.2km
1Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team5pts
2Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera3 
3Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli1 
Mountain 1 - Pattada (Cat. 3) 109.8km
1David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C103pts
2Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera2 
3Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team1 
Mountain 2 - Nule (Cat. 2) 136.2km
1David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C105pts
2Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera3 
3Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli2 
Mountain 3 - Monte Ortobene (Cat. 1) 197.5km
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD8pts
2Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli5 
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4 
General classification after stage 2
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD8:56:41 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:02 
3Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:00:04 
4Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:08 
5Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:12 
6Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
7Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:18 
8Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
9Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana0:00:23 
10Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:28 
11Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:34 
12Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli0:00:37 
13Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
14Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
15Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:39 
16Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Miche - Guerciotti0:00:40 
17Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
18Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:49 
19Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:55 
20Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche - Guerciotti0:00:56 
21Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team  
22Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack  
23Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:01:01 
24Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
25Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
26Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:01:11 
27Philip Deignan (Irl) Team RadioShack  
28Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
29Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
30Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
31Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katusha Team  
32Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack0:01:23 
33Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:01:41 
34Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
35Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:01:46 
36Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
37Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:01:56 
38Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
39Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
40Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:58 
41Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
42Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:02:23 
43Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:02:34 
44Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:57 
45Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:59 
46Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone0:03:06 
47Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:21 
48Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:03:51 
49Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
50Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:06 
51Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana  
52Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
53Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:04:08 
54Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack0:04:53 
55Emanuel Vona (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:05:11 
56Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:05:28 
57Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana0:05:54 
58Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:07:06 
59Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti0:07:22 
60Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:07:55 
61Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:07:59 
62Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team0:08:11 
63Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:08:24 
64Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:08:27 
65Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:08:32 
66Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team0:08:56 
67Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:09:37 
68Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:10:14 
69Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:11:18 
70Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:11:57 
71Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:12:04 
72Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:12:13 
73Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:12:35 
74Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:13:01 
75Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:13:16 
76Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:13:17 
77Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:13:55 
78Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:14:40 
79Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti0:14:42 
80Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team0:15:35 
81Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:16:53 
82Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:16:59 
83Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti0:17:09 
84Luke Rowe (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:17:20 
85Roberto Cesaro (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti0:17:56 
86Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
87Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:18:51 
88David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:18:53 
89Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale0:18:56 
90Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:18:58 
91Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:19:22 
92Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:19:23 
93Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:19:38 
94Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
95Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:19:43 
96Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
97Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
98Emanuele Rizza (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
99Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
100Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack0:20:18 
101Luca Fioretti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:20:50 
102Simone Boifava (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:21:16 
103Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Ora Hotels Carrera0:21:57 
104Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:23:21 
105Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:24:52 
106Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:25:13 
107Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti0:25:14 
108Walter Proch (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:25:21 
109Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Ora Hotels Carrera0:27:29 
110Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
111Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:29:16 
Points classification
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale15pts
2Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD10 
3Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli8 
4Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team8 
5Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli6 
6Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale6 
7Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli5 
8Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack4 
9Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD4 
10Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale3 
11Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli3 
12Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD2 
13Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli2 
14Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana1 
15Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD1 
Sprint classification
1Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team18pts
2Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C1011 
3Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team6 
4Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera6 
5David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C105 
6Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD4 
7Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti2 
8Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
9Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli1 
Mountains classification
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD8pts
2David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C108 
3Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C105 
4Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team5 
5Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli5 
6Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera5 
7Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4 
8Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli2 
9Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack1 
10Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team1 
11Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti1 
Teams classification
1Androni Giocattoli26:51:02 
2Lampre - ISD0:00:06 
3BMC Racing Team0:00:58 
4Team RadioShack0:01:05 
5Acqua & Sapone0:01:22 
6Katusha Team0:01:26 
7Pro Team Astana0:01:36 
8Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:47 
9Miche - Guerciotti0:02:23 
11Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:04:04 
12Team Spidertech Powered By C100:06:44 
13Great Britain National Team0:20:57 
14Ora Hotels Carrera0:56:18 

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