Tirreno-Adriatico: Di Luca Takes Lead
– Reported by Gazzetta dello Sport –
Danilo Di Luca has won the sixth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, from Teramo to Torricella Sicura, covering 178 kilometers. The rider from Saeco beat out second place Fillipo Pozzato (Fassa Bortolo) and third Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) by a few seconds on the run-in. The young Italian star not only won the stage, but took the leader’s jersey from Paolo Bettini. Di Luca now leads the overall by 1” over Pozzato.
Bettini watched his chances at overall victory slip away as he was involved in a crash during the final 600 meters of the finish. Oscar Friere of Rabobank and Luca Paolini locked wheels causing a crash that took out GC leader Bettini. Because the stage was considered a mountain finish and not a sprint, Bettini was not given the same time as the winner and is now in 7th spot, 20″ behind Di Luca.