Chicchi denies Cavendish his second California win

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Francesco Chicchi saved Liquigas' day as he stormed past Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) and JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) to win Tour of California stage four in Modesto. This was billed as a stage for the sprinters and the fastmen didn't disappoint. All the GC favorites finished in the front group; Garmin-Transitions rider Dave Zabriskie keeps the gold leader's jersey.

Chicchi's triumph raised his team's spirits, not only because of his victory in the Amgen Tour of California, but also because of the drama which unfolded in Italy at the Giro d'Italia ten hours earlier. Team Liquigas is shouldering much of the blame for a day not seen in the Giro in many, many years when a large group of riders were allowed to gain over twelve minutes on the peloton.

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