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Routley 5th at Coppi e Bartali

WILL ROUTLEY FIFTH AT OPENING STAGE OF COPPI E BARTALI
Lead group sticks as peloton unable to chase and capture leaders

(Italy – March 20, 2012) Will Routley of Team SpiderTech powered by C10 finished fifth after a stage-long breakaway Tuesday in the opening stage of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Tuesday.

Routley, of Whistler, B.C., has a great feel for the race and peloton interactions and made it into an early breakaway that stayed away to the very end as the peloton misjudged the catch.

Italian rider Andrea Palini of Team Idea was the fastest of the day, winning the sprint after 140 km of racing between Misano Adriatico and Riccione.

“We knew that the beak would go and go very early,” said Team SpiderTech directeur sportif Michael Carter. “With narrow, bumpy and twisty roads on the 15-km circuit with a short climb, everyone expected an early break. Will executed as we talked about before the race – but Panali, who won both the KOM and the stage, was very strong.”

Racing resumes tomorrow with two races – a 99.5-km road race in Gatteo and a 14.9-km team time trial — the first-ever for Team SpiderTech.

“We have a very hard day ahead of us tomorrow: the first race in the morning is a 99.5 km race with two very hard climbs – the last KOM line is about 35 km from the finish and the 20 km technical descent will be a factor as splits are likely to be made in the descent. The afternoon stage is a 14.9 km team time trial on a fairly flat, rectangular course and as always with these time trials, smooth efficiency will be key. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow and we have a lot to race for.”

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RACE PROFILE

  • Event : Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (Italy)
  • Class : UCI 2.1 (Europe Tour)
  • Type: Stage Race – (Six stages)
  • Race leader: Andrea PALINI (ITA) Team Idea
  • Website

RESULTS
1. Andrea Palini (ITA) Team Idea [3:16:31]
2. Cesare Benedetti (ITA) Team Netapp [ST]
3. Pieter Serry (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator [ST]
4. Gabriele Bosisio (ITA) Utensilnord Named [ST]
5. Will Routley (CAN) SpiderTech powered by C10 [ST]

TEAM SPIDERTECH RIDERS

  • FAIRLY, Caleb (Amarillo, USA)
  • BOILY, David (Québec, CAN)
  • EUSER, Lucas (Denver, USA)
  • SELANDER, Bjorn (Hudson, USA)
  • ROUTLEY, Will (Whistler, CAN)
  • KUNZLI, Raymond (Sonvilier, SUI)
  • ROTH, Ryan (Cambridge, CAN)
  • DE LUNA DAVILA, Flavio (Aguascalientes, MEX)
  • Directeur sportif: Michael CARTER

THE TEAMS
UCI World Tour Teams: Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA); Lampre – ISD (ITA); Astana (KAZ)

UCI Pro-continental/continental:SpiderTech powered by C10 (CAN); Androni Giocattoli (ITA); Farnese Vini – Selle Italia (GBR); Colnago – CSF Inox (IRL); Acqua & Sapone (ITA); Colombia – Coldeportes (COL); Utensilnord Named (IRL); Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator (BEL); Team Netapp (GER); Unitedhealthcare (USA); Nippo (JPN); Endura Racing (GBR); Idea (ITA); Oster Hus – Ridley (NOR); Itera – Katusha (RUS); Adria Mobil (SLO).

THE STAGES

  • Stage 1: Misano Adriatico – Riccione (140.8 km)
  • Stage 2: Gatteo (99.5 km)
  • Stage 2a: Gatteo (Team Time Trial, 14.9 km)
  • Stage 3: Fiorano Modenese – Levizzano (151 km)
  • Stage 4: Pavullo (159 km)
  • Stage 5: Crevalcore (Individual Time Trial, 14.3 km)