Saturday, March 12, 2011
2011 Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 3
Argentine Juan Josè "JJ" Haedo (Saxo Bank-SunGard) won the 189 km 3rd stage to Perugia with a sprint victory over Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) and Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale), respectively 2nd and 3rd. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Isd) finished 4th. Farrar remains in the maglia azzurra.
After his victory, JJ said, "The victory today will be a surprise to many of you but it's not for me or for my team. My dad was a racer and his passion made me fall in love with cycling since I was a kid. Being an Argentine cyclist means being most of the year away from my home and my parents: it weighs on me a bit but on the other hand I am tranquil because I know they understand me."
About Sanremo: "I really like it and so far I have only raced it in 2007 without getting a good result. That is why I asked the team to participate in the Tirreno-Adriatico, to better prepare for the Super Classic. It is an unpredictable race but I will try to win it."
Today and tomorrow are very long, difficult stages of 240 km suited for GC contenders Basso, Scarponi, and Gesink. Pozzato may figure in the battle on the road.
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