Pozzato Takes Stage 2 of Deutschland Tour
Filippo Pozzato (Quick Step) has won Stage 2 of the Deutschland Tour.
Filippo Pozzato (Quick Step) has won Stage 2 of the Deutschland Tour. The Italian took a bunch sprint in a photo finish to win the 199-km ride from Pegnitz to Bodenmais in 4:49:40. Joerg Jaksche (Liberty Seguros) finished second, and Mauricio Ardila Cano (Davitamon) took third. Stage 1 winner Bram Tankink (Rabobank) remains the overall leader.
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At the start, the sun greeted the riders. After a flurry of moves, Carlos Barredo (Liberty Seguros) attacked and took Enrico Poitschke (Wiesenhof) with him. Eventually, Mauro Facci (Fassa Bortolo) joined the pair, and the break of the day had formed.
The Quick Step-led peloton kept the break on a short leash. The fugitives? lead maxed out at 4:30, and the break led by 3:20 at the base of the first of two Category 2 climbs that the field breasted in the last 35 km. Then, the bunch began to hammer.
Liberty Seguros drove the field up the climb, and T-Mobile joined the Spanish squad. Alexander Vinokourov (T-Mobile), who has the flu, was dropped, as was Tankink. Three km from the summit of the first climb, the break was reeled in and the bunch was down to 40 riders.
One km later, Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) attacked. On the descent, David Etxebarria (Liberty Seguros) and Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo) joined the German. The bunch reeled them in and made its way up the day?s final climb. A number of attackers made moves, including Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner), but the bunch was together on the descent to the finish.
With one km left, Jaksche attacked. For a time, the German looked like a winner, but Pozzato made his move in the last few hundred m and pipped Jaksche at the line.
In the overall, Tankink leads Filippo by 0:13 and Jaksche by 0:17. Stage 3 might not change this state of affairs. The rolling, 227-km run from Bodenmais to Kufstein, Austria has only one categorized climb. The stage should end in a bunch sprint. Who will take it? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!