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Saturday Results Thread

Well, my Pippo Pozzato forecast for Monte Paschi Strade Bianche was looking awfully prescient for a while, but that race is selective all the way to the Campo, and in the end Max Iglinsky had a wee bit more in his legs than fellow finalists Michael Rogers and Thomas Lofkvist, both of whom (along with Pozzato, Fabian Cancellara, Francesco Ginanni, Ryder Hesjedal and a handful of others) enlivened this beautiful race. In fact, I saw less of Iglinsky on the attack than just about everyone else named here, but that's cycling. Sometimes the cagiest rider wins. Final top ten:

  1. Maxim Iglinsky, Astana
  2. Thomas Lofkvist, Sky
  3. Michael Rogers, HTC-Columbia
  4. Filippo Pozzato, Katusha
  5. Ryder Hesjedal, Garmin-Transitions
  6. Francesco Ginanni, Androni Giocattoli
  7. Leonardo Bertagnolli, Androni Giocattoli
  8. Juan Antonio Flecha, Sky
  9. Enrico Gasparotto, Astana
  10. Daniele Righi, Lampre

In Murcia, it was time trial day... and a surprising result, with Frantisek Rabon taking the stage and the overall lead. Not a huge surprise, Rabon has a few palmares against the watch, but he beat a pretty elite crop, including Brad Wiggins, Lance Armstrong, Dave Zabriskie and others, and by a pretty fair margin. The stage:

  1. Frantisek Rabon, HTC-Columbia
  2. Denis Menchov, Rabobank, at 0.33
  3. Bradley Wiggins, Sky, at 0.48
  4. Andreas Kloden, The Shack, at 0.52
  5. Patrick Gretsch, HTC, at 1.03

Wow... 33" win in a 22km race? Those are huge gaps. But then, it's early.