Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara (CSC) is set to celebrate overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico on his 27th birthday on Tuesday after defending the leader?s jersey from a late attack from Enrico Gasparotto (Barloworld) during Monday?s uphill finish to Castelfidardo.

Cancellara and Gasparotto went head to head on the climb to the finish, playing mind games as much as fighting it out, but were caught in the final three hundred metres of the tough 196km stage. Danilo Di Luca (LPR) then led out the dash to the finish line but Oscar Freire again showed his brilliant form by powering past him and Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) in the final metres.

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