Road: Gustav Larsson (Team Saxo Bank) did on Sunday again Swedish succeeded at twelve years. He won the final pace stage of Giro d’Italia in Verona with two-second margin ahead of Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia). Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) fared from mishaps and rolled in goal as a champion for the second time in his career.
Gustav Larsson (Team Saxo Bank) did on Sunday again Swedish succeeded at twelve years. He won the final pace stage of Giro d’Italia in Verona with two-second margin ahead of Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia). Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) fared from mishaps and rolled in goal as a champion for the second time in his career.
Later a Swedish managed to win a stage on the Giro d’Italia was when Glenn Magnusson took his third stage victory in the prestigious Italian stage race in 1998.
Gustav Larsson, who is one of the world’s best riders against the clock, with second places in World Championships and Olympics, went in goal early on Sunday and then had to wait in the target area. Where did he see skier after skier running in case with slower times than himself, and when Bradley Wiggins (Sky Pro Cycling Team) was behind the Swede halfway into the race, only Marco Pinotti retained as threatened if stage victory.
“When I saw Wiggins after half the distance, I knew I had nothing to fear from him because he would never run faster than me. But later, I was really afraid of Pinotti, says Gustav Larsson.
-Pinotti was 12 seconds ahead of me halfway into the race. But while many skiers suffered, I have been better the last few days in the Giro d’Italia. I don’t know what it means to win such a prestigious stage here. I just do what I’m good at.
Ivan Basso as before the time trial had a lead of just over a minute to David Arroyo (Caisse d’Epargne) took the case as the 15th man while the Spaniard was not better than 47th on stage. Thus the final victory number two in port for Ivan Basso.
“It’s a special day for my whole family. We led all along, as we celebrate together, “said Ivan Basso.
Giro d’Italia-Stage 21:
1 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 20:19
2. Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Columbia 0:02
3, Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:17
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team, 0:22
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:23
Ignatas Konovalovas (Lit) 6 Cervelo Test Team
7 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:29
8 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin-Transitions 0:32
9. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:35
10 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank 0:37
11 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:39
Vasil Kiryienka 12 (White) Caisse d’Epargne
13 Evgeni Petrov (Rys) Team Katusha
14 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank 0:41
15 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:42
16 Gregory Henderson (Nzl) Sky Pro Cycling Team 0:45
17 Matthias Russ (Tys) Team Milram
18 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank 0:48
19 Matthias Brandle (Öst) Footon-Servetto 0:54
20 Vladimir Karpets (Rys) Team Katusha
1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 87:44:01
2 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 1:51
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 2:37
4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 2:50
5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 3:27
6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 7:06
7 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 7:22
8 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 9:39
9 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Columbia 14:20
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Kro) Liquigas-Doimo 14:51
11 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 17:10
12 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 19:41
13 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 23:03
14 Vladimir Karpets (Rys) Team Katusha 25:21
15 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank 32:29
16 Linus Gerdemann (Tys) Team Milram 34:49
17 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling Team 36:44
18 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank 37:27
19 Alexander Efimkin (Rys) AG2R La Mondiale 39:43
20 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 45:17
59 Gustav Larsson (Sve) Team Saxo Bank 2:23:07