Cunego sprints to victory at Giro del Trentino

Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) took his first victory of the season after a thrilling second stage of the Giro del Trentino at Sant’Orsola Terme. The Italian outsprinted Carlos Betancur (Acqua & Sapone) and Roman Kreuziger (Astana) for the win, while Mathias Frank (BMC) moves into the overall lead.

"I knew my fitness is good, the team is strong and the course was suitable for my characteristics," said Cunego. "I'm very happy I made all these conditions become reality, obtaining the first victory in this season. This helps me to decrease the disappointment from the Cauberg crash [at the Amstel Gold Race]."

The race was blown apart on the snowy descent of the Passo Redebus, with Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale), Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF) and race leader Taylor Phinney (BMC) among those caught behind.

Immediately after reaching the town of Pergine at the base of the descent, Cunego’s Lampre teammates Michele Scarponi and Przemyslaw Niemiec took over on the short, shallow climb to the finish at Sant’Orsola Terme. Their efforts succeeded in setting up the Cunego for the stage win, while Frank managed to stay within sight of the leaders to ensure that the race lead remains with BMC for another day.

Frank leads Kreuziger by three seconds and Betancur by seven seconds on general classification.

"I knew only Roman Kreuziger couldn't win because he would was only 10 seconds down and could have taken the jersey with the bonus seconds," Frank said. "So for me, it was good to stay in the group and try my best in the sprint. I lost a few seconds but got the jersey. It's really exciting for sure.

"It was another positive showing after yesterday’s success in the TTT. Both Marco Pinotti and myself were up front, and we are really happy to have held on to the jersey. But tomorrow it’s going to be a very different business..."

On Thursday the peloton faces a tough finale, with the hors catégorie Punta Veleno climb situated 2.5km from the finish line of the 167.8km stage. The Punta Veleno climb is 8.5km in length with an average gradient of 15 percent. In its most difficult sectors the pitch reaches 20 percent.

The climb is one BMC's assistant director Max Sciandri has seen before in his days as a professional cyclist. "Tomorrow is going to be super hard," Sciandri said. "We did it in the '80s in the Giro d'Italia and haven't done it since. It's so steep, the mechanics are going to go up it on motorbikes."

After today's stage win Cunego is only 10 seconds out of the leader's jersey in fifth place on general classification. The 30-year-old Italian has reconned the Punta Veleno climb and knows what awaits the peloton tomorrow. "I went to have a look at it, and it’s really dreadful, even harder than the Zoncolan," said Cunego. "But right now I am enjoying this win, I badly wanted it, after many placements and some bad luck. I am confident looking forward to the next stages, I've got a great team and today it really showed."

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Full Results
1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD3:59:30
2Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & SaponeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:03
5Francesco Reda (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:09
9Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Team IdeaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetAppRow 9 - Cell 2
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:12
12Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:14
14Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 13 - Cell 2
15John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:21
16Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 15 - Cell 2
17Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:48
18Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:53
19José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:01:09
20Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 20 - Cell 2
22Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 21 - Cell 2
23Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 22 - Cell 2
24Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Utensilnord Named0:01:22
25Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:29
26Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 25 - Cell 2
27Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:33
28Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:01:41
29Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 28 - Cell 2
30Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:50
31Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 30 - Cell 2
32Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 31 - Cell 2
33Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 32 - Cell 2
34Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36David Boily (Can) Spidertech Powered By C100:02:34
37Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea0:02:39
38Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:02:55
39Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:03:11
41Marco Frapporti (Ita) Team Idea0:03:35
42Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:03:43
44Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 45 - Cell 2
47Brian Vandborg (Den) Spidertech Powered By C100:03:50
48Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & SaponeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team NetAppRow 48 - Cell 2
50Stiven Fanelli (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 49 - Cell 2
51Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:04:13
52Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:04:19
53Raymond Kunzli (Swi) Spidertech Powered By C100:05:02
54Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 54 - Cell 2
56Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp0:05:15
57Simone Boifava (Ita) Team IdeaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 57 - Cell 2
59Javier Gonzalez Barrera (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 58 - Cell 2
60Pengda Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:05:40
62Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:07:03
63Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 62 - Cell 2
64Aristide Ratti (Ita) Team IdeaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 64 - Cell 2
66Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 65 - Cell 2
67Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 67 - Cell 2
69Michael Rodriguez Galindo (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 68 - Cell 2
70Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named0:07:32
73Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 72 - Cell 2
74Davide Mucelli (Ita) Utensilnord Named0:07:58
75Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:08:04
76Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes0:09:32
77Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:09:53
78Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp0:11:16
79Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetAppRow 78 - Cell 2
80Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes0:11:45
81Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:08
82Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp0:12:15
83Luca Dodi (Ita) Team IdeaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp0:13:21
85Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 84 - Cell 2
86Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 85 - Cell 2
87Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:13:39
88Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team NetAppRow 87 - Cell 2
89Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Team IdeaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jason McCartney (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Luca Barla (Ita) Team IdeaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Frederico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 92 - Cell 2
94Fabio Piscopiello (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 93 - Cell 2
95Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 94 - Cell 2
96Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 95 - Cell 2
97Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 96 - Cell 2
98Kévin Reza (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 97 - Cell 2
99Caleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech Powered By C100:17:42
100Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered By C10Row 100 - Cell 2
102Sergio Lagana) Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 101 - Cell 2
103Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 103 - Cell 2
105Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Oleg Berdos (Mda) Utensilnord NamedRow 108 - Cell 2
110Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech Powered By C10Row 109 - Cell 2
111Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISDRow 110 - Cell 2
112Flavio De Luna (Mex) Spidertech Powered By C100:18:23
113Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:20:57
114Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:22:32
116Thimothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Rafael Andriato (Bra) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 118 - Cell 2
120Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 119 - Cell 2
121Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 120 - Cell 2
122William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 122 - Cell 2
124Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 123 - Cell 2
125Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Christophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFBorut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 128 - Cell 2
DNSGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 129 - Cell 2
DNSLeonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 130 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Levico, 92.1km
1Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team6pts
2Davide Mucelli (Ita) Utensilnord Named4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marco Frapporti (Ita) Team Idea2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Palu del Fersina S.P. 8 (Cat. 2) 118.4km
1Marco Frapporti (Ita) Team Idea4pts
2Davide Mucelli (Ita) Utensilnord Named2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Passo Redebus (Cat. 1) 121.5km
1Marco Frapporti (Ita) Team Idea6pts
2Davide Mucelli (Ita) Utensilnord Named4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Teams
1AG2R La Mondiale11:59:06
2Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:36
3Lampre - ISD0:01:19
4Androni Giocattoli0:01:56
5Acqua & Sapone0:03:17
6Colnago - CSF Inox0:04:45
7Astana Pro Team0:04:49
8Team Idea0:05:47
9BMC Racing Team0:06:42
10Team NetApp0:08:38
11Team Europcar0:10:07
12Spidertech Powered By C100:10:50
13Utensilnord Named0:12:08
14Colombia - Coldeportes0:12:51
15Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:12:52
16UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:20:15
17Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:20:17
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General classification after stage 2
1Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team4:15:23
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:00:03
3Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone0:00:07
4Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:09
5Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:10
6Francesco Reda (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:16
7Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:19
8Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:00:27
9Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp0:00:29
10Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:34
11Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:52
12Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:55
13Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Team Idea0:01:00
14Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:01
15Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:03
16Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:04
17José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:01:21
18Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 17 - Cell 2
19Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:25
21Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:27
22Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:43
23Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Utensilnord Named0:01:56