Liquigas-Doimo scored a double in Europe Friday as the team’s Daniele Bennati won the third stage of Tirreno-Adriactico the same afternoon as Peter Sagan won the fifth stage of Paris-Nice.
Bennati outsprinted Lampre’s Alessandro Petacchi and HTC-Columbia’s Bernhard Eisel for the win. American Tyler Farrar was fourth.
Bennati also takes over the general classification lead from Milram’s Linus Gerdemann. Gerdemann is now second on GC at 4 seconds, while stage 2 winner Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is third at the same time.
Gerdemann’s teammate Fabian Wegmann left the race with a suspected broken collarbone after a crash about 8km before the finish, and Milram’s Johannes Fröhlinger had to abandon due to the intestinal infection which has been plaguing him for days. “That was a very bitter day for us,” said Milram director Christian Henn.
Preliminary stage results:
- 1. Daniele BENNATI (ITA) Liquigas Doimo in 3:54:09
- 2. Alessandro PETACCHI (ITA) Lampre-N.G.C at 0
- 3. Bernhard EISEL (AUT) HTC – Columbia at 0
- 4. Tyler FARRAR (USA) Garmin – Transitions at 0
- 5. Juan Antonio FLECHA GIANNONI (ESP) Team Sky at 0
- 6. Sacha MODOLO (ITA) Csf Group-Navigare at 0
- 7. Assan BAZAYEV (KAZ) Astana at 0
- 8. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN (NOR) Team Sky at
- 1. Daniele BENNATI (Italy) Liquigas Doimo in 11:44:23
- 2. Linus GERDEMANN (Germany) Milram at 4
- 3. Tom BOONEN (Belgium) Quick Step at 4
- 4. Pablo LASTRAS GARCIA (Spain) Caisse D’epargne at 8
- 5. Paul MARTENS (Germany) Rabobank at 8
- 6. Alessandro PETACCHI (Italy) Lampre-N.G.C at 8
- 7. Alan PEREZ LEZAUN (Spain) Euskaltel – Euskadi at 8
- 8. Matti BRESCHEL (Denmark) Team Saxo Bank at 10