(AP) FIUGGI, Italy — Francisco Ventoso of Spain got the part of the race he’d been targeting when he edged Italian specialist Alessandro Petacchi in a sprint finish to win the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday.
Ventoso led home a mass sprint to win the 216-kilometer (134-mile) stage from Orvieto to Fiuggi in 5 hours, 15 minutes, 39 seconds.
Stage 6 – Results
1. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi Movistar Team - 5:15:39
2. Alessandro Petacchi Lampre – ISD
3. Roberto Ferrari Androni Giocattoli
4. Danilo Di Luca Katusha Team
5. Davide Appollonio Sky Procycling
6. Michele Scarponi Lampre – ISD
7. Christophe Le Mevel Team Garmin-Cervelo
8. Gerald Ciolek Quickstep Cycling Team
9. Paolo Tiralongo Pro Team Astana
10. Ruggero Marzoli Acqua & Sapone
General Classification After Stage 6
1. Pieter Weening Rabobank Cycling Team - 20:15:12
2. Kanstantsin Sivtsov HTC-Highroad - 0:00:02
3. Marco Pinotti HTC-Highroad
4. Christophe Le Mevel Team Garmin-Cervelo - 0:00:05
5. Pablo Lastras Garcia Movistar Team - 0:00:22
6. Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:00:24
7. Michele Scarponi Lampre – ISD - 0:00:26
8. Steven Kruijswijk Rabobank Cycling Team – 0:00:28
9. Alberto Contador Velasco Saxo Bank Sungard - 0:00:30
10. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez Androni Giocattoli - 0:00:33
“Ventoso wins 6th Giro stage, Weening holds lead
FIUGGI, Italy — Spain’s Francisco Ventoso won the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia here on Thursday, while Dutch rider Pieter Weening of Rabobank held on to the overall leader’s pink jersey.
Ventoso won a sprint finish on a slight hill ahead of Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi, winner of Sunday’s second stage at Parma, after the 216km hilly run around the Latium region of Rome.
It was the first Giro stage win for the 29-year-old Ventoso, who won the Paris-Brussels race last year, but his fifth success of the season.
Italy’s Roberto Ferrari finished third ahead of compatriot Danilo Di Luca, who had launched an attack on the final 1km climb before being caught.” Read more from AFP…
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