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Kreuziger seizes Lombarda stage and overall

Liquigas has doubled up in the Settimana Lombarda, and in the process recorded its eighth win of the season. Following on the win in Thursday's team time trial to Bergamo Alta, 20 year-old Roman Kreuziger won the first road stage (Vertova to Vertova, 146 km) thanks to a powerful punch with 1500 metres to go.

The move allowed the Czech to anticipate the final sprint and take the leader's jersey from teammate Francesco Failli.

"Considering the management of the race, it has been a perfect day," noted the 2004 Junior World Champion. "I thought that Capecchi's action would be the winning one [he was caught in the final three km - ed.], but the group was able to reach him and I then I did my best".

He dedicated his first professional win to his teammates. "This is for my team, which worked in the best way possible today so that I could win."

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.