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Tirreno-Adriatico: Phenom Pozzato Wins Overall

– Reported by Gazzetta dello Sport – Oscar Freire is like a cat with 9 lives. Forget him and he comes back when you least expect it, this time taking the World Champion, Mario Cipollini, favorite for Milan-San Remo in three days time. Friere couldn’t have picked a better spot to prove the talent that brought him the world title at Verona and Lisbon. The Spaniard from Rabobank took the 6th stage to San Benedetto del Tronto after 162 kilometers of racing.

Cipo misses his triple for Tirreno-Adriatico, but the day celebrated the emergence of the baby phenom Fillipo Pozzato, 21 years old. The rider from Fassa Bortolo came to win a stage and left with the overall title. The ‘Race of the Two Seas’ has an illustrious winners list, including Bartoli, Olano, Rebellin, and Dekker. Pozzato was able to take the jersey from the back of overnight leader Danilo Di Luca thanks to a first and a second at the intermediary sprints that gave the young rider enough time bonuses to give him the lead on G.C.

“I didn’t come here for the overall, but on the road I found myself in a good position and today it was worth it to take the risks in the sprint. I have the good fortune to be a bit quicker than Di Luca on the flats. I don’t know how I would have been on the wall of Ortezzano, the stage that was cancelled due to the snow. It’s a shame that the race was decided on time bonuses”, said Pozzato, winner of the second stage to Tarquinia.

Today’s winner, Oscar Friere already has his sights set on Saturday’s Milan San Remo. On Cipollini, last year’s winner, he says, “Nobody is unbeatable. He has a strong team and the respect of the entire peloton, but at this race I knew that I had form and that the only thing that was stopping me from winning was misfortune or falls. I did it today and I’m happy, but I know that this sixth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico is not Milan San Remo”.

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