The return of golden boy: Paolo Bettini takes stage and maglia rosa

Sprinters foiled on steep final kilometre to Tropea

Up until today, 2005 hasn't been much of a year for Paolo Bettini. Slowed by several tough bouts of the 'flu in the winter, Bettini didn't have a strong spring classics campaign. But Bettini came out of the back end of the classics in ever-improving form as demonstrated by his 4th place in Liege-Bastogne-Liege two weeks ago. But the Olympic champion had seen the finish in Tropea and explained in his new Maglia Rosa, "I saw the climb the other day and knew it was good for my characteristics as a rider. To say (I can win) is one thing, but to do it is another. So I'm happy because I haven't won yet this year."

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