Well, he tried yesterday and couldn’t close it out for the Liquigas team, but today Daniele Bennati scored the win for the lime green team ousting Alessandro Pettachi, Bernard Eisel and Tyler Farrer for the win in the sprint. Notably absent from the final sprint was Tom Boonen, who I didn’t see in the group, and again, Mark Cavendish. I don’t know if Cavendish is sandbagging it for the Milan San-Remo, if he is hurt or is off-form, but he hasn’t played a part in any sprint this race and I’ve only seen him in one sprint all year where he lost to Theo Bos.
This final sprint was straight forward with Liquigas controlling things down the final stretch. Well placed on the inside line, Bennati was sitting third with two of his men in front. Pettachi was fourth on his wheel and had to launch an early surge to try to run the long way around the left. When it came down to it, Bennati just took his line and was powerful enough to stave off the come-around.
Watch the last km – Sporza.be
Stage 3 Results
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo_______________3:54:09
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
3 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC – Columbia
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Transitions
5 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky
General classification after stage 3
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo________11:44:23
2 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram_________0:00:04
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step______________s.t.
4 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne__0:00:08
5 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank_______________s.t.