Tom Boonen has powered to victory on the second stage of the Tirreno – Adriatico in Montecatini Terme, Italy. Boonen pushed ahead with a powerful last surge around other sprint favorite Daniele Bennati and held of late pushes by Martens and McEwen. No word yet on the status of Mark Cavendish.
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The sprinters’ teams of Quickstep, Sky, Garmin and Liquigas were much more emphatic to chase down the breakaway after being caught with their pants down on stage 1 yesterday. However the break group of four containing Alan Marangoni (Colnago-CSF Inox), Diego Caccia (ISD-Neri), Alan Perez Lezaun (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha) were again able to stay away until only 3.5km remaining.
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
2 Paul Martens (Ned) Rabobank
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas Doimo
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Katusha
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
General classification after stage 2
1 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram_________7:50:18
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step______________s.t.
3 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne__0:00:04
4 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank______________s.t.
5 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi__s.t.