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Liquigas - Doimo powers to the team time trial stage win



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An ecstatic Vincenzo Nibali puts on the maglia rosa

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Alexandre Vinokourov in the maglia rosa.

Stage 4 TTT Results
1 Liquigas - Doimo - 0:36:37
2 Sky Professional Cycling Team - 0:00:13
3 Team HTC - Columbia - 0:00:21
4 Team Katusha - 0:00:27
5 Astana - 0:00:38
6 Cervelo TestTeam
7 Omega Pharma - Lotto - 0:00:46
8 Garmin - Transitions - 0:00:49
9 Team Saxo Bank - 0:00:50
10 Team Milram - 0:00:57
11 Rabobank - 0:01:04
12 BMC Racing Team - 0:01:21
13 Lampre - Farnese Vini - 0:01:43
14 Footon - Servetto - 0:02:03
15 Colnago - CSF Inox - 0:02:08
16 Quick Step 0:02:15
17 Bbox Bouygues Telecom - 0:02:19
18 Caisse d'Epargne - 0:02:21
19 Androni Giocattoli - Diquigiovanni - 0:02:24
20 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne - 0:02:29
21 Acqua & Sapone d'Angelo - 0:02:39
22 AG2R La Mondiale - 0:02:50

General Classification After Stage 4
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo - 10:44:00
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo - 0:00:13
3 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo - 0:00:20
4 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia - 0:00:26
5 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana - 0:00:33
7 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha - 0:00:39
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank - 0:00:45
9 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions
10 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana - 0:00:59

Full Results

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Links to news sites...
"Nibali's Giro call-up reminiscent of Contador's
By Steve Jones, Special to Universal Sports

Two years ago, 25-year-old Alberto Contador was called into action and wound up winning the Giro d'Italia. On Wednesday, Vincenzo Nibali, a late call-up, powered Liquigas-Doimo to victory in the Stage 4 time trial and snatched the Magila Rosa. Could victory be in the cards for him as well?

Following a well-deserved rest day to recover, the team leaders in the Giro d'Italia came into the stage four team time trial knowing that during the day's effort they would have less control over their destiny than they might like. The 32.5 kilometer test took the teams from Savigliano to Cuneo and featured a slight rise all the way to the finish. Liquigas-Doimo proved best on the non-technical course under sometimes rainy skies, clocking a time of 36 minutes and 37 seconds, which was enough to ride Vicenzo Nibali into the Magila Rosa." Read more from Universal Sports...

"Disaster for Evans as Liquigas win Giro team time trial
(AFP)

CUNEO, Italy - Vincenzo Nibali pulled on the race leader's pink jersey at the Tour of Italy after leading his Liquigas team to victory in the fourth-stage time trial over 33km here on Wednesday.

Liquigas powered over the undulating course from Savigliano to Cuneo in the Piedmont region to finish ahead of Bradley Wiggins' Team Sky, 13sec back, with HTC-Columbia finishing third at 21sec.

"Pulling on the pink jersey is a dream come true," said Nibali, a 25-year-old Sicilian who finished an impressive seventh overall in the 2009 Tour de France.

"I want to dedicate it to the whole team, who really put in a huge effort."

Having been among the late starters who faced adverse wind and rain on the course, overnight leader Alexandre Vinokourov was forced to give up the jersey after his Astana team lost composure in the closing kilometres, the Kazakh losing 38sec to end up sixth in the overall standings, 33sec adrift.

Despite the crucial mountains stages still to come, Vinokourov, who returned to competition last year following a two-year ban for blood doping, is hoping to strike early."Read more from the AFP...

"Liquigas-Doimo fly to TTT victory
By Les Clarke and Stephen Farrand

Nibali assumes pink on day one in Italy

It's a team game, and Liquigas-Doimo best demonstrated the benefits of having a fully fit squad in today's team time trial when it took the Giro by storm as rain clouds hovered over the peloton on the road from Savigliano to Cuneo.

The Italian team put its two general classification contenders, Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso, in first and second on general classification with Nibali donning the maglia rosa, after setting the fastest time on the 33km route in the Piedmonte region.

Liquigas-Doimo topped Team Sky by 13 seconds, while the Astana team of the previous race leader Alexander Vinokourov imploded in the finale and lost 38 seconds to the stage winners by the line."Read more from The CyclingNews.com...

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