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Successful Giro d’Italia 2011: 2nd and 4th places for cyclists sponsored by SIGMA SPORT
The 94th Giro d’Italia was held this year from 7 to
29 May in the spirit of Italy’s 150th anniversary of unification. Among the 207 starters were not only
18 Pro and five professional Continental teams
but also the SIGMA SPORT-supported teams
AG2R La Mondiale and Lampre-ISD.

The 21 grueling stages covered a total distance of 3,479 kilometers and traversed 17 Italian regions. The race commenced with the team time trials in Turin before moving to the west of the country and then on to the south and Sicily where the cyclists had to conquer Mount Etna not just once, but twice. The route then moved to the east of Italy where the overall rankings were to be decided through tough stages in the Dolomites and Alps as well as the detour into Austria to climb the Großglockner. The Giro finally ended with an individual time trial in Milan.

Spaniard Alberto Contador, who was regarded as the clear favorite even before the race, lived up to expectations and took overall victory. After taking the leader’s pink jersey on winning the 9th stage, he retained it all the way to the finish and claimed a dominant victory in the 94th Giro d’Italia, followed by Michele Scarponi from Lampre-ISD and Vincenzo Nibali. John Gadret from the AG2R Lae Mondiale team claimed an equally pleasing fourth place. With his victory in the 11th stage, the Frenchman made a major contribution to his team’s overall third place. In addition to Scarponi’s 2nd place, the Lampre-ISD team also enjoyed an excellent overall team performance with two 2nd places and four 3rd places.

Despite all of the happy sporting news, this year’s Giro was overshadowed by the accidental death during the third stage of the Belgium professional cyclist Wouter Weylandt from the Leopard Trek team. Due to this tragic event, the organizers decided to neutralize the fourth stage. The route from Quarto dei Mille to Livorno was ridden in tribute to the deceased Wouter Weylandt and his team Leopard Trek.

SIGMA SPORT congratulates both teams on their excellent results and wishes them continued
success in the upcoming races this season.
Picture 1 - 3: Jean Michel Bancet
Picture 4: Bettini photo
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