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Cheula: "It's cool" to win the Peace Race

"It's cool to finally come back and taste the joy of winning," said Giampaolo Cheula, winner of the Peace Race on Saturday. It was only the fourth pro win for the Barloworld rider, with his previous three victories all coming in 2002. He took over the leader's jersey on the race's sixth stage, and is only the second Italian to win the race. "Big thanks to my Barloworld teammates," he said. "I wish to pay tribute for their excellent work. This success will be the best gift for my 27th birthday next week."

His directeur sportif, Valerio Tebaldi, said, "I'm quite sure Giampaolo is an excellent rider, a real fighter. Barloworld team's friendly atmosphere is giving him the possibility to express all his best."

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