ARVESEN BEATS BETTINI TO WIN GIRO STAGE

Giro d'Italia 2007

Norway?s Kurt-Asle Arvesen (CSC) snatched Giro d'Italia stage victory from Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) after the world champion lead out the sprint to the line in Fiorano Modenese on Sunday.

Bettini and Arvesen were part of the decisive 22-rider break that shaped the 200km stage across the Apennine hills from Barberino di Mugello near Florence. Bettini charged after late attacker Pavel Brutt (Tinkoff Credit Systems) in the final 500 metres but only served to perfectly lead out Arvesen, who then jumped past to win the stage. Bettini banged his handlebars in anger after yet another placing in this year?s Giro but had to accept that Arvesen had outwitted him with some clever riding.

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