Ferrari sprints to Giro stage 11 win in Montecatini Terme

Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela) who caused the major crash on stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia, won the sprint stage 11. Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was second, with Tomas Vaitkus (GreenEdge) third. Top favourite Mark Cavendish, who lost his teammates to a crash in the final turn, was unable to move up to the front and was fourth.

Joaquim Rodriguez defended his overall lead, and there were no changes in the top five.

It was the second stage win for Androni Giocattoli and the first Grand Tour victory for the controversial sprinter Ferrari.

“This is the victory of a lifetime! Winning a stage in the Giro is the best thing for an Italian rider,” he said immediately after the stage.

“And then I wanted to redeem myself after what had happened in the early stages. I beat Cavendish? I am glad, he did not believe in me ... But the only thing that counts for me is that today is a great day.”

Cavendish came out of the final turn poorly but even if he didn't win, he was able to don the red jersey for the leader in the points ranking. He had come into the stage only three points down on Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge), who was not involved in today's sprint.

A long day

The longest stage of this year's Giro, 255 km, got off to an early start, and the day's break group got an early start too. This day's group was composed of Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol), Adrian Saez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Simone Ponzi (Astana), Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil-DCM), Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank) and Mickaël Delage (FDJ-BigMat).

The peloton kept the break in check as the escapees only had up to a five-minute gap. Ponzi fell back out of the group shortly after the feed zone leaving four riders off the front to continue with the attack.

The first climb of the day came at km 192, the Poggio alla Croce, a category three climb. Kaisen took the points and the field topped it about two minutes later. The gap then increased from 1:50 to 3:00 as the peloton was in no hurry to make the catch.

But finally Sky and Rabobank moved to the front of the field and the gap fell, hitting the one minute mark with 62km remaining, and it continued to hover around that point. With 43km to go it was down to just 30 seconds.

At about 30km to go, with the peloton breathing down the necks of the group, Boaro took off. Saez was the only one to follow, as the other three were absorbed back into the field.

The Saxo Bank rider, who had finished fourth in the opening time trial, put his talents to good use. He quickly had 30 seconds on Saez and more than a minute on the field. Saez was soon gathered in by the peloton, though, and they steadily brought the gap down.

Boaro's lead was only nine seconds as the field crossed the finish line for the first time, and moments later he was caught.

And almost immediately the last climb of the day started, the category four Vico, where Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM) jumped and built up a small lead. But he, too, was caught on the climb, whilst behind them the first riders dropped off the back due to the high speed.

Giovanni Visconti of Movistar was the next to go, and the Italian champion led a four-man group over the top. They were joined by Roman Kreuziger (Astana) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) on the descent, before being caught again by the field.

Sky jumped into the lead, to keep things under control for the remaining six kilometres to the finish line. Cavendish had survived this climb as well and was tucked in comfortably near the front behind his teammates.

Alessandro Ballan (BMC) took off at the 2km marker to look for the win, but Sky wasn't about to allow that. Visconti was the next to try his luck, but with an equal lack of success.

The crash occurred on the final of the many turns in the closing kilometre, as Sacha Modolo slid out into the barriers near the very front of the field, throwing all lead-out plans to the winds. Vaitkus had been in the lead and took off for the finish line, but Ferrari easily caught and passed the Lithuanian, rejoicing wildly as he crossed the line in the lead.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli6:49:05
2Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 1 - Cell 2
3Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 5 - Cell 2
7Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetAppRow 6 - Cell 2
8Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 7 - Cell 2
9Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 9 - Cell 2
11Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 10 - Cell 2
12Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 11 - Cell 2
13Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 13 - Cell 2
15Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - BarracudaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 22 - Cell 2
24Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetAppRow 29 - Cell 2
31Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 30 - Cell 2
32Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin - BarracudaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 35 - Cell 2
37Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 36 - Cell 2
38Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo BankRow 37 - Cell 2
39Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 38 - Cell 2
40Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 40 - Cell 2
42Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 47 - Cell 2
49Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetAppRow 49 - Cell 2
51Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 50 - Cell 2
52Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 51 - Cell 2
53Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 53 - Cell 2
55Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 54 - Cell 2
56Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetAppRow 57 - Cell 2
59Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 59 - Cell 2
61Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 60 - Cell 2
62Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 67 - Cell 2
69Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 70 - Cell 2
72Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 73 - Cell 2
75Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
76Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 75 - Cell 2
77John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 76 - Cell 2
78Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 77 - Cell 2
79Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 81 - Cell 2
83Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 82 - Cell 2
84Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 85 - Cell 2
87Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:30
88Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 87 - Cell 2
89Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:37
90Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:42
93Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 93 - Cell 2
95Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:46
96Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 95 - Cell 2
97Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2