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Giro ’07 St 7: Ale-Jet Motors at Mugello

The Formula 1 circuit of Mugello has seen some battles in its time, Freddy Maertens hit the deck here and finished his chances of winning the Giro d’Italia, to day it’s the sprinters day again and “Peta” makes no mistakes as he goes for the finish line.

It’s going to be a long, long, LONG day in the saddle for the riders and the settee for me! Today is the longest stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia – 254 kilometers from Spoleto to finish in the Tuscan town of Scarperia. Mostly a flat stage with a little climb with just over 50 kilometers to the finish, so nothing to worry about, the big question will be when and which Tinkoff rider will go in an early break.

Well, we didn’t have long to wait to find out, Elio Aggiano was the Tinkoff rider and he went away with Albizuri (Euskaltel), Bertogliati (Saunier Duval) and Patanchon (F de J). By 30 kilometers they had over 5 minutes and by 50 kilometers they had nearly 9 minutes over the bunch.

Thank god for RAI 3 Television, what wonderful coverage, with lots of Retro stuff every now and again to break the monotony, today they showed Faust Coppi in a time trial, the man was a metronome, and no, I’m not old enough to have seen him live.

On the climb, at 50 kilometers to the finish, Valico di Croce a Mori, Aggiano was dropped by the other three and the gap was down to 1 minute. Quick-Step and Predictor where doing the riding on the front as the all the escapee’s were pulled back with 40 kilometers to the finish line on the F1 motor racing circuit of Mugello.

Looks like Bettini is wanting a win here as the Quick-Steps have the hammer down as they reach the circuit with its wide open curves, Milram have taken over things at the front as you would expect for Ale-Jet.

Now in the last 3 kilometers the little Italian from Tinkoff, Commesso makes a bold attack, churning a massive gear and getting nowhere fast. Commesso is pulled back and Paris-Roubaix winner Cancellara (CSC) goes for a long one, but Lancaster for Milram and Petacchi is dragging his boss up to him, behind Napolitano is being held to the barrier by Hushovd.

Petacchi hits the last few meters on the front with Bettini (Quick-Step), Hushovd (CA) and Napolitano (Lampre) next to him, but Peta has the edge and takes a happy stage, no tears this time, but a lot of confidence. Had Napolitano not had his tussle then maybe he could have got it, but he is not bitter at the finish. McEwan, no where to be seen out of the top ten.

All the jerseys are the same and as usual Petacchi hasn’t got much to say at the finish, all the usual stuff, he is contented with his Giro etc. etc. But his wife is looking as beautiful a ever; she should be a Distraction one day!
[PEZ Sez: we’ll get on that pronto…]

Stage 7 Result ;
1st Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Milram all at same time.
2nd Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crйdit Agricole
3rd Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quickstep-Innergetic
4th Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
5th Josй Joaquнn Rojas (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
6th Alexandre Usov (Blr) Ag2r Prйvoyance
7th Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
8th Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) liquigas
9th Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
10th Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel

Overall After Stage 7 ;
1st Marco Pinotti (Ita) T-mobile in 29:59:16
2nd Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick-Step at 3:30
3rd Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas at 4:12
4th Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas at 4:38
5th Andrea Noe’ (Ita) Liquigas at 4:47
6th Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas at 4:47
7th Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Panaria at 4:49
8th Andy Schleck (Lux) CSC at 5:05
9th Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre at 5:06
10th David Zabriskie (Usa) CSC at 5:15

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