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Salerno survives in Nara

Cristiano Salerno (De Rosa-Stac Plastic) survived from an early breakaway to claim victory on stage two of the 2010 Tour of Japan. The Italian finished the stage four seconds clear of a fast-approaching peloton, which was led home by Team Jayco Skins' Michael Matthews, who retained the overall leader's jersey.

Japan's Shinri Suzuki (Shimano Racing) finished third on a technical 121.2km ten-lap circuit race around the Nuriome Dam in Nara.

"The peloton was very nervous at the start so I jumped out, rode well in cooperation with the other riders [in the break] and was able to finish it off," said Salerno after his win. "I'm very happy to have secured my first professional victory."

Salerno's win moved him up into second overall and he now sits nine seconds behind Matthews. Darren Lapthorne (Rapha Condor-Sharp) is third overall, five seconds further back.

"It was a really twisting, turning circuit which made it hard to keep under control for the boys," said Jayco-Skins Team Manager Brian Stephens afterwards. "But they did a great job to get Michael close enough at the end and he was coming fast but just couldn't nail the leader."

Salerno had escaped early in the race, along with Nick Aitken (Jayco-Skins), Alexandr Shushemoin (Kazakhstan) and Takashi Miyazawa (Team Nippo). As the lead group broke up in the closing circuits of the race, the increasingly anxious peloton behind was ramping up its effort to pull back the men in front.

"Nick (Aitken) got away in the early break which took the pressure off us," said Matthews. "But when he was dropped from the leaders [two laps to go] it got a bit scary until some other teams got on the front and started driving for their sprinters.

"They pulled it back to about 25 seconds and then I called up Richie [Lang] and Pat [Lane] to try close it down for me. They caught most of it and up last climb into the finish I hit it and got across to the dozen or so still in front."

Despite the concerted efforts of the peloton, they were unable to capture Salerno, who survived as last-man-standing at the finish.  

Full Results
1Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic2:33:21
2Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:00:04
3Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing
4Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo
5Claudio Corioni (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
6Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp
7Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing
8Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
9Vincenzo Garofalo (Ita) Team Nippo
10Motoi Nara (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
11Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
12Marco Cattaneo (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
13Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Nippo
14Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
15Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong China
16Naoki Mukaigawa (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:10
17Yeonguk Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:11
18Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Shimano Racing
19Takahiro Yamashita (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
20Ji Wen Low (Sin) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
21Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
22Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Team Nippo
23Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano Racing
24Yoshiyuki Abe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
25Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) University All Japan
26Makoto Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
27Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Team Nippo
28Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports
29Tomoya Kanoh (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
30Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing
31Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan
32Sergio Lagana (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
33Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong China
34Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports
35Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan
36Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
37Takayuki Naganuma (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
38Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
39Kazuyuki Manabe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
40Kin San Wu (HKg) Hong Kong China
41Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:24
42Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:27
43Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
44Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:33
45Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
46Akira Kakinuma (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
47Akira Kodan (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:37
48Keisuke Kamata (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello
49Phuchong Sai-Udomsin (Tha) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
50Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports
51Tatsuhiro Hashimoto (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:40
52Tomoyuki Iino (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:43
53Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:47
54En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports
55Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
56Kensyo Sawada (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:49
57Nozomu Kimori (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:51
58Masaru Fukuhara (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
59Richard Lang (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:01:03
60Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins
61Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp
62Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:01:10
63Shunsuke Horiuchi (Jpn) University All Japan0:01:23
64Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:01:39
65Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:01:42
66Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:01:47
67King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong China0:02:56
68Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:03:46
69Yong Li Ng (Mas) Letua Cycling Team
70Yoshimitsu Tsuji (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:04:03
71Taichi Togao (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello
72Peng Fei Qi (Chn) Max Success Sports0:04:07
73Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:04:09
74Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:07:18
75James Ibrahim (Aus) Letua Cycling Team0:07:39
76Fabio Negri (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:08:16
77Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp
78Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports
79Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong China
80Masaki Takahashi (Jpn) University All Japan0:09:49
81Shota Saito (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:13:20
82Hikaru Kosaka (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
83Shota Tsujimoto (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello
84Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp
85Masaki Wakumoto (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
86Adrian Wye Kit Chuah (Mas) Letua Cycling Team
87Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
88Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp
89Yoshinori Suzuki (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:15:20
90Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:16:50
91Hafiz Rozli Mohd (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:18:20
91Ikki Yoneyama (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello
93Mohd Razif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:19:50
93Samel Witmitz (Aus) Letua Cycling Team

Points
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins20pts
2Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic25
3Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp10
4Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing16
5Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo14
6Claudio Corioni (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic12
7Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Kazakhstan5
8Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing9
9King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong China
10Motoi Nara (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia6pts
11Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
12Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team8pts
13Vincenzo Garofalo (Ita) Team Nippo7
14Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
15Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp
16Marco Cattaneo (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic4pts
17Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
18Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Nippo3pts
19Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong China1
20Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team2

Mountains
1Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic15pts
2Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan8
3Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins6
4Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Nippo4

Teams
1De Rosa -Stac Plastic7:40:11
2Aisan Racing Team0:00:11
3Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:18
4Team Nippo0:00:04
5Hong Kong China Team0:00:18
6Kazakhstan National Team
7Shimano Racing0:00:11
8Matrix Powertag0:00:24
9Max Success Sports0:00:51
10Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:47
11Bridgestone Anchor0:01:23
12Team Jayco -Skins0:02:02
13University All Japan0:01:26
14Rapha Condor -Sharp0:02:46
15Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:05:09
16Letua Cycling Team0:24:37

General Classification after stage 2
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins2:36:33
2Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:09
3Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:14
4Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:17
5Motoi Nara (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
6Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong China
7Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:19
8Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:20
9Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
10Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing
11Marco Cattaneo (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:21
12Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
13Claudio Corioni (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:22
14Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:24
15Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:25
16Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:00:26
17Vincenzo Garofalo (Ita) Team Nippo0:00:27
18Naoki Mukaigawa (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:28
19Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:00:29
20Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:30
21Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:00:31
22Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:32
23Ji Wen Low (Sin) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
24Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:33
25Sergio Lagana (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
26Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan
27Yeonguk Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
28Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Team Nippo
29Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports
30Takahiro Yamashita (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:34
31Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:35
32Yoshiyuki Abe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
33Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:36
34Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) University All Japan
35Makoto Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:37
36Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano Racing
37Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:39
38Tomoya Kanoh (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
39Kazuyuki Manabe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
40Takayuki Naganuma (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:40
41Kin San Wu (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:43
42Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:45
43Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:52
44Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:54
45Phuchong Sai-Udomsin (Tha) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:55
46Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:59
47Akira Kodan (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello
48Keisuke Kamata (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:01:00
49Akira Kakinuma (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
50Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:01:03
51Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports0:01:05
52En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:01:08
53Tatsuhiro Hashimoto (Jpn) University All Japan0:01:09
54Kensyo Sawada (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:01:13
55Tomoyuki Iino (Jpn) University All Japan0:01:14
56Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Team Nippo
57Masaru Fukuhara (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:01:15
58Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:01:16
59Nozomu Kimori (Jpn) University All Japan
60Richard Lang (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:01:17
61Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:01:23
62Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins
63Shunsuke Horiuchi (Jpn) University All Japan0:01:47
64Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:02:01
65Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:02:03
66Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:02:06
67King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong China0:03:04
68Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:04:02
69Yong Li Ng (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:04:12
70Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:04:25
71Yoshimitsu Tsuji (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:04:28
72Peng Fei Qi (Chn) Max Success Sports0:04:36
73Taichi Togao (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:04:46
74Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:07:39
75James Ibrahim (Aus) Letua Cycling Team0:08:04
76Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:08:31
77Fabio Negri (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:08:38
78Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:08:42
79Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong China0:08:43
80Masaki Takahashi (Jpn) University All Japan0:10:24
81Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:13:36
82Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:13:37
83Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp
84Hikaru Kosaka (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:13:41
85Shota Tsujimoto (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:13:46
86Shota Saito (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:13:48
87Adrian Wye Kit Chuah (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:13:54
88Masaki Wakumoto (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:14:00
89Yoshinori Suzuki (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:16:02
90Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:17:04
91Ikki Yoneyama (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:18:45
92Hafiz Rozli Mohd (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:18:49
93Samel Witmitz (Aus) Letua Cycling Team0:20:09
94Mohd Razif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:20:18

Points Classification
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins30pts
2Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic25
3Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp17
4Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing16
5Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo14
6Claudio Corioni (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic12
7Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Kazakhstan9
8Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing9
9King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong China9
10Motoi Nara (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia8
11Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team8
12Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team8
13Vincenzo Garofalo (Ita) Team Nippo7
14Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic6
15Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp5
16Marco Cattaneo (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic4
17Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia3
18Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Nippo3
19Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong China2
20Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team2

Mountains Classification
1Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic15pts
2Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan8
3Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins6
4Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Nippo4

Teams Classification
1De Rosa -Stac Plastic7:50:35
2Aisan Racing Team0:00:05
3Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:10
4Team Nippo0:00:14
5Hong Kong China Team0:00:16
6Kazakhstan National Team0:00:17
7Shimano Racing0:00:21
8Matrix Powertag0:00:41
9Max Success Sports0:01:08
10Utsunomiya Blitzen0:01:11
11Bridgestone Anchor0:01:23
12Team Jayco -Skins0:01:46
13University All Japan0:01:52
14Rapha Condor -Sharp0:02:35
15Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:05:31
16Letua Cycling Team0:24:59

 

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