Manuel Belletti (Colnago CSF Inox C59) kicked to victory in the 81.2km stage at Riccione that saw two crashes in the bunch in the final kilometers. It was the second victory of the year for Belletti.
Andrea Grendene (Team Type 1 – sanofi-aventis) crossed the line second to give Colnago two spots on the winner’s podium for the morning stage.
"The final lap there was an attack by FDJ that we chased down and then Liquigas attacked twice. The team worked hard and brought me up to the finish on a very long and straight road into a headwind. In the final 300 meters I moved left and came from behind Jure for the sprint, but the pack moved left into me and I was second,” Grendene said. “It was great work on a short and technical course.” This should prove to be a fruitful year for Colnago, with wins like this 2011 if going to be an exciting one.