Tirreno: Gerdemann is back, and with good timing

Linus Gerdemann, Tirreno-Adriatico 2010, stage one

Linus Gerdemann is back, winning the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico today in Rosignano Solvay, Italy, after crashing out with a broken leg two years ago and a dismal season last year.

Germany's Gerdemann won the 148-kilometre stage from Livorno in a sprint after escaping in a four-man group over the final kilometres. Rain, light snow and high winds marked the stage, similar to conditions Gerdemann found when he won the Vuelta Mallorca stage one month ago.

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