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- 1. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, in 5:20:33
- 2. Peter SAGAN, Cannondale, at :18
- 3. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, Movistar, at :35
- 4. Damiano CUNEGO, Larmpe-Merida, at :39
- 5. Roman KREUZIGER, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :40
- 6. Fabian CANCELLARA, Trek Factory Racing, at :58
- 7. Cadel EVANS, BMC Racing, at 1:42
- 8. Warren BARGUIL, GIA, at 2:01
- 9. Wouter POELS, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at 2:10
- 10. Simon GESCHKE, GIA, at 2:50
Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the eighth Strade Bianche ahead of Peter Sagan (Cannondale) on Saturday.
The two were part of a big break with 30km to go in the 200km race from San Gimignano to Siena.
Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was first to make a bid for victory, joined by Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), Ian Stannard (Sky), Andrei Amador (Movistar), Angel Vicioso (Katusha) and Simon Geschke (Giant-Shimano).
But the move that stuck was Sagan’s — he jumped as the chase caught the escapees, Kwiatkowski quickly followed, and the two took a lead of more than 30 seconds onto the ninth of 10 gravel sections.
With 14km to go their advantage was more than a minute, and behind, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was frantically trying to get something going. He finally got away from the others, but not for long — Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) rode up to him and it was a four-way battle for the final spot on the podium.
Inside the final kilometer the two leaders were secure, 43 seconds ahead of that four-man chase. Sagan was on the front as the road tilted up, but he wasn’t looking indomitable, with Kwiatkowski parked comfortably on his wheel.
Sagan made a show of ramping up the effort on the final ascent — but then the Polish champion exploded off his wheel and rocketed toward the line. Sagan had no response, and Kwiatkowski soloed in for the victory.
Behind, Valverde once again escaped the others and crossed third.
“Winning in Siena here is an amazing feeling,” Kwiatkowski said. “I knew the final pretty well from yesterday.
“The team was good today. We were five guys in the front with 50km to go. We controlled the race.”
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