Coppi e Bartali, stage 2a.

Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) took the sprint win in Gatteo after the 100km long stage, winning ahead of Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Team Nippo) and Enrico Battaglin (Colnago-CSF Inox) in the field.

20km into the race, Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare) rode off the front of the peloton – Raymond Kunzli (Spidertech p/b C10) was able to bridge up to him and the duo built up a lead of 1:40 after 30km raced.  Louder rode away from Kunzli at the foot of the Sogliano al Rubicone.  Louder was 36 seconds ahead at the crest of the climb and 1:10 ahead of the chasing peloton.  Louder was caught as the Passo delle Siepi approached.  Jose Rujano (Androni Giocattoli) put in an attack in the climb, gaining 8 seconds over the group as he rode over the top.  He was eventually brought back into a split peloton.  Liquigas-Cannondale and Astana were driving the pace of the front group, with the main group still a minute behind.  Andrea Palini (Team Idea) still holds 1st in the GC after finishing 4th in the day’s sprint.  Viviani moved up to 2nd place, and Cesare Benedetti (Team NetApp) in 3rd, both 4 seconds down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1APf17EoZ4

Photos from SteepHill.

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