Paris-Tours: Weylandt finishes 8th; Dario Cataldo wins GP Beghelli

Paris-Tours
Belgian rider Nikolas Maes dominated Paris-Tours with a long breakaway. Together with Saramotins, Flecha, Pichon, Jorgensen, Meyer, Krivtsov and Geschke he was in the front for a long time. The eight escapees took a maximum lead of 4 minutes, but the peloton kept them under control. After 203,5 kilometres Geschke attacked on the Côte du Crochu, Maes was the only one who could follow him. They took a small lead, while their former companions were caught with 20 kilometres. Five kilometres later Maes and Geschke were caught also.

The peloton prepared itself for a bunch sprint then, the last one on the Avenue de Grammont. The planned tramway will relocate the finish before next year’s race, making this edition the last to use the classic finish line. In this year’s bunch sprint the Spaniard Freire took the win in front of Furlan and Steegmans. Wouter Weylandt finished the race in 8th place.

8. Wouter Weylandt (Bel)
51. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
87. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) 1.22
92. Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) 2.29
125. Nikolas Maes (Bel) 5.39
132. Andreas Stauff (Ger) 7.15
136. Tom Boonen (Bel)
167. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) 11.46


Nikolas Maes in the breakaway


Wouter Weylandt finished the race in 8th place


Tom Boonen rolls in with the pack

GP Beghelli
Italy’s Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) won the GP Beghelli race in Italy with sprint that left his rivals distanced by several bike lengths. Cataldo gave Team Quick Step a beautiful victory in the GP Beghelli. Cataldo was the strongest in a group sprint after 198 kilometres. The 25-year-old Team Quick Step rider edged out a small group of about 15 riders in a final sprint, after the group broke away from the peloton on the Zappolino slope, around 5 kilometers prior to arrival. Cataldo started the sprint early, but managed to fence off attacks from Jacob Fulgsang and Daniele Pietropolli, edging them out on the Monteveglio finish line. At the podium in Monteveglio Cataldo was accompanied by Fuglsang and Pietropolli.

“I’m very happy both for myself and the team”, said Cataldo after his first individual success in his career. “I got close to victory more than once this season. My dream of a stage win at the Giro d’Italia lasted until about a few meters from the finish line during the L’Aquila stage. Eventually success came today, in a race that is maybe not ideal for my characteristics as a rider. I felt really good this morning and I think I managed to exploit in the best possible way the only point in the race where a difference could be made: the Zappolino slope. During the sprint I only thought about giving everything that I had left, without looking at my opponents. I really, really wanted this win! This success is a reward to my consistence in the 2010 season. Now the Giro di Lombardia awaits me. I would like to do well in that race both for myself and for the team… and in order to honor my season once again.”


Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) opened a gap on the climb to the finish


Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) left his rivals well behind him on the rising


Trophy for Dario Cataldo (Quick Step Cycling Team)

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