JJ Haedo sprints to victory in Perugia

Juan José Haedo (Saxo Bank-SunGard) held his nerve in the picturesque town of Perugia to take victory ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervélo) and Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale) in a bunch sprint on stage three of Tirreno-Adriatico.

Haedo bided his time on Farrar’s wheel in the finishing straight before coming around the flagging American in the closing 100 metres to seal a decisive win ahead of many of the men expected to figure on the Lungomare Italo Calvino in San Remo next weekend.

After already giving notice of his speed in finishing third on stage two, the Argentinean Haedo was understandably delighted with his day’s work in Perugia, and he now moves up to second place overall, 5 seconds down on Farrar, with Lars Boom (Rabobank) a further second back in third.

Haedo’s Saxo Bank team had given a firm vote of confidence by leading the peloton into the final kilometre, with Baden Cooke and Matteo Tosatto forcing the pace, but when world champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo) took over 600 metres from the line with Farrar on his wheel, the stage seemed set for a carbon copy a repeat of yesterday’s finale.

However, while Hushovd’s show of strength was undoubtedly impressive, it was also mistimed, for the Norwegian had hit the front much too soon. When he swung over just after the final bend, Farrar was left exposed to the wind too early and forced to open his sprint from distance.

In spite of his fine form, it was a tall order for Farrar to maintain such an effort all the way to the line, and when he faded in the dying metres, the canny Haedo was on hand to rip past him and take the stage.

Behind, Daniel Oss finished in a deserved third place after being an active presence on the front of the bunch throughout the final 20km. The young Italian showed considerable guile to place himself ahead of the top sprinters under the red kite and his strength saw him hold his position to the end.

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) appeared well-placed on the approach to the sprint, tucked safely on the wheel of his trusted lead-out man Danilo Hondo, but he could ultimately only manage 4th in spite of the German’s best efforts.

He fared somewhat better than Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad), however. For the second consecutive day, the Manxman lost track of his lead-out man Mark Renshaw’s wheel in the finale and did not contest the sprint. As was the case on stage two, Cavendish was also briefly dropped on a climb before the run-in to the finish began in earnest.

Few hiccups in the script

In spite of the stiff climb through the centre of the Umbrian capital Perugia with 24km to go, the finish was on the flat on the outskirts of town, and it was always anticipated that the stage would end in a bunch sprint.

Nonetheless, Daniel Sesma (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was happy to battle the odds and try to stay clear, and the Spaniard wasted no time in laying down the gauntlet to the sprinters’ teams. He attacked when the stage was just two kilometres old and was granted a day pass by the slumbering peloton.

Sesma’s advantage reached its maximum extent 60km into the stage, when he was almost 10 minutes clear of the peloton, but from there on in they set about reining him back in gradually. His efforts began to tell visibly in the closing 50km, with his shoulders rocking as he struggled to keep the gear turning over

He was eventually caught with 30km to go, just after Lars Boom (Rabobank) had briefly danced clear of the peloton to peg back bonus seconds on Farrar at the second intermediate sprint.

As the road began to rear up on the approach to Perugia, the Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli team hit the front with the aim of setting up an attack from Giovanni Visconti. Although the Italian champion’s acceleration was soon brought to heel, it did have the effect of stringing out the peloton still further and Mark Cavendish was among those deposited out the back.

Like on stage two, Cavendish stuck admirably to his task and battled his way back on soon afterwards, but his subsequent failure to make an impact in the bunch finish will surely be a concern.

Up front Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Angel Madrazo (Movistar) were the next men to jump off the front, and the latter managed to stay clear and lead over the climb in Perugia before being swallowed up on the descent.

Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) was among the chasers at that point, but the uphill section failed to break up the field to any great extent. Apart from Cavendish, one of the few to be distanced was Schleck’s teammate Fabian Cancellara, but that was due to a mechanical problem, and the Swiss rider was safely back in the fold when the bunch came together in the finale.

Daniel Oss, Nicolas Castroviejo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Mikael Cherel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) were among those to attempt to slip clear on the flat run-in, while Visconti had another rally off the front, but when Saxo Bank-SunGard and Garmin-Cervélo combined to take up the pace-setting in the final 10km, there was an air of inevitability about the outcome.

The rainbow bands of Thor Hushovd were again to the fore as he shepherded race leader Tyler Farrar in the finale, but ultimately the Norwegian was perhaps too enthusiastic in his efforts, and Saxo Bank had ample reward for their endeavours in the closing stages when Haedo claimed the win. 

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Full Results
1Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard4:39:45
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 1 - Cell 2
3Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 3 - Cell 2
5Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-HighroadRow 4 - Cell 2
6Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShackRow 5 - Cell 2
7Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 9 - Cell 2
11Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShackRow 14 - Cell 2
16Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShackRow 15 - Cell 2
17Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 18 - Cell 2
20Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team AstanaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank SungardRow 24 - Cell 2
26Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 29 - Cell 2
31George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 31 - Cell 2
33Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 34 - Cell 2
36Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 37 - Cell 2
39Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 41 - Cell 2
43Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 43 - Cell 2
45Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 44 - Cell 2
46Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 47 - Cell 2
49Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 49 - Cell 2
51Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 51 - Cell 2
53Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky ProcyclingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 54 - Cell 2
56Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-HighroadRow 56 - Cell 2
58Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 57 - Cell 2
59Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank SungardRow 59 - Cell 2
61Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 60 - Cell 2
62Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-HighroadRow 61 - Cell 2
63Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard TrekRow 62 - Cell 2
64Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShackRow 63 - Cell 2
65Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 65 - Cell 2
67Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-HighroadRow 67 - Cell 2
69Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 68 - Cell 2
70Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 69 - Cell 2
71Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 70 - Cell 2
72Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShackRow 71 - Cell 2
73Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 72 - Cell 2
74Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
76Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 75 - Cell 2
77Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 78 - Cell 2
80Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard TrekRow 81 - Cell 2
83Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 82 - Cell 2
84Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard TrekRow 83 - Cell 2
85Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 84 - Cell 2
86Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 85 - Cell 2
87Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShackRow 86 - Cell 2
88Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 88 - Cell 2
90Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-HighroadRow 89 - Cell 2
91Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard TrekRow 91 - Cell 2
93Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank SungardRow 92 - Cell 2
94Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 94 - Cell 2
96Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 96 - Cell 2
98Michael Mørkøv (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 97 - Cell 2
99Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 98 - Cell 2
100Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 101 - Cell 2
103Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard TrekRow 103 - Cell 2
105Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 104 - Cell 2
106Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 105 - Cell 2
107Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 106 - Cell 2
108Gustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank SungardRow 107 - Cell 2
109Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 108 - Cell 2
110Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 111 - Cell 2
113Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 112 - Cell 2
114Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 113 - Cell 2
115David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShackRow 115 - Cell 2
117Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 119 - Cell 2
121David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank SungardRow 120 - Cell 2
122Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 121 - Cell 2
123Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team AstanaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & SaponeRow 123 - Cell 2
125Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 124 - Cell 2
126Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 125 - Cell 2
127Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShackRow 126 - Cell 2
128Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 127 - Cell 2
129Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 128 - Cell 2
130Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 130 - Cell 2
132Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek0:00:55
133Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team0:01:10
134Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:07:54
135Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 134 - Cell 2
136Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 139 - Cell 2
141Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 141 - Cell 2
143Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 142 - Cell 2
144Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
145Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 146 - Cell 2
148Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 147 - Cell 2
149Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 148 - Cell 2
150Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 149 - Cell 2
151Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Allan Davis (Aus) Pro Team AstanaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 152 - Cell 2
154Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 153 - Cell 2
155Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-HighroadRow 154 - Cell 2
156Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 155 - Cell 2
157Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 156 - Cell 2
158Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:11:26
DNSHayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-HighroadRow 158 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Castiglion Fiorentino, 50.3km
1Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5pts
2Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Pretola, 157.2km
1Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Points
1Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard12pts
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo1Row 9 - Cell 3
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