Riccardo Ricco giro st8
(Image credit: GRAHAM WATSON)

Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) confirmed that he is one of the strongest and most aggressive riders in the Giro d?Italia by winning the seventh stage to Tivoli, near Rome.

Ricco beat world champion Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) and Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) on the uphill finish. Ricco lead out the sprint but Bettini could not get round him. As he crossed the line Ricco hardly seemed to be breathing as Bettini?s face was a mask of pain.

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