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May 15/09 16:52 pm - Giro Stage 6 & 7

Posted by Editoress on 05/15/09

A ferociously strong sprint from a break of five netted Columbia-Highroad’s Edvald Boasson Hagen the victory on stage seven of the Giro d’Italia. Riding his first ever major Tour, Boasson Hagen tore out of the break with 200 metres to go for an emphatic victory, several bike lengths clear of his rivals. Briefly the leader of the Best Young Rider’s competition, the Norwegian’s victory was Columbia-Highroad’s second Giro D’Italia stage win in less than a week. It also marks the 23rd victory for the men’s team this season.

Already the winner of the Ghent-Wevelgem Classic this spring at the age of just 21, Boasson Hagen said afterwards, “Both victories, in Belgium and here in Italy, are very important and you can’t really compare them. I’m just really happy to be winning. I had great support from the team because I knew they were blocking behind when the break went clear. I didn’t start the final sprint too early, I tried waiting for as long as possible for the other guys to go. But I felt strong and it worked out well.”

Second in stage six and then first in Friday’s stage seven, Boasson Hagen said, “Today [Friday] was a crazy finale, the same as yesterday. It was dangerous on that last descent in the rain. I was lucky that I didn’t crash. But in some ways it was easier than yesterday because there weren’t so many riders in the front group. This is my first three-week stage race so I want to get through it and see how I can do. At the same time, I don’t want to forget the Classics, either!”

“I think the sky’s the limit for this kid,” added team sports director Allan Peiper. “He’s only in his second year as a professional and when he came to the team last year, we didn’t know what he could do and how much he could do. Last year we tried him out in the Ardennes Classics and this year on the cobbled Classics and in the Giro. Now he’s won Ghent-Wevelgem and a stage here in Italy. It’s his first major Tour and we’ve already seen that he can time trial, he can work for Cavendish, and today we’ve seen that he can descend and sprint for the win.” Peiper recounted, “He even climbed well the other day in the Dolomites, helping [Michael] Rogers and [Thomas] Lovkvist. He’s done huge turns for Cav on the front. But that’s the way Team Columbia-Highroad functions. [Manager] Bob Stapleton reiterated it the other day in a meeting - it doesn’t matter if you’re a GC rider, a helper or a sprinter: everybody watches out for and works for each other and for the good of the team.”
Team Columbia - Highroad press release

Stage 6 (May 14th): Bressanone/Brixen to Mayrhofen (Aut), 248km
1 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 5:49:55
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - Highroad 0:32
3 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step
4 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
5 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
6 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. all s.t.
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad 0:36
9 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
10 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
11 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
12 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana
13 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
14 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram
15 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia
16 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad
17 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD
18 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
19 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas
20 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana all s.t.
156 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad 15:15
Stage 7: Innsbruck to Chiavenna, 244km
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - Highroad 5:56:53
2 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
3 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha
4 Davide Viganò (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
5 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli all s.t.
6 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD 0:31
7 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:40
8 Allan Davis (Aus) Quick Step
9 Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram
10 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Katusha
11 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - Highroad
12 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
13 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
14 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
15 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
16 Alexander Serov (Rus) Team Katusha
17 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia
18 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
19 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
20 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram
78 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad all s.t.
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini 28:08:48
2 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad at 0:05
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad 0:36
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 0:43
5 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:50
6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 1:06
7 Carlos Sastre (Esp) Cervelo Test Team 1:16
8 Chris Horner (USA) Astana 1:17
9 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 1:27
10 David Arroyo (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 1:41
11 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 2:01
12 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 2:30
13 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale 2:36
14 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 2:41
15 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step 2:49
16 Félix Cardenas (Col) Barloworld 2:55
17 Joaquin Rodriguez (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 3:01
18 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram 3:15
19 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 3:16
20 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini 3:21
25 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 4:31
187 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad 1:05:33



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