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Michele Scarponi © Gallo Images

Scarponi takes shock Alps stage win



Italian veteran Michele Scarponi took his first victory in four years as he claimed victory on Monday's opening stage of the Tour of the Alps.

The 37-year-old outsprinted Briton Geraint Thomas and Thibaut Pinot of France to claim the early lead of the race following a 142km stage from Kufstein to Innsbruck in Austria.

The race is one of the key warm-up events ahead of next month's Giro d'Italia, the first of the year's Grand Tours.

Scarponi won the Alps Tour in 2011, the same year he took Giro honours.

He will be the leader of the Kazakh team Astana at the Giro this year following an injury to compatriot Fabio Aru.

Thomas and Pinot are expected to challenge for overall Giro victory alongside Vuelta a Espana champion Nairo Quintana and Italian Vincenzo Nibali – a winner of all three Grand Tours.

STAGE 1 RESULTS

1. Michele Scarponi (ITA / AST) 3:32:15

2. Geraint Thomas ( GBR / SKY ) +0

3. Thibaut Pinot ( FRA / FDJ ) +0

4. Davide Formolo ( ITA / CDT ) +0

5. Domenico Pozzovivo ( ITA / ALM ) +0

6. Dario Cataldo ( ITA / AST ) +0

7. Mattia Cattaneo ( ITA / ANS ) +4

8. Hugh Carthy ( GBR / CDT ) +8

9. Rohan Denis ( AUS / BMC ) +11

10. Damiano Caruso ( ITA / BMC ) +11

11. José Mendes ( POR / BOH ) +13

12. Danilo Celano ( ITA / ITA ) +17

13. Pierre Rolland ( FRA / CDT ) +17

14. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez ( COL / ANS ) +17

15. Emanuel Buchmann ( GER / BOH ) +17

16. Davide Villella ( ITA / CDT ) +22

17. Torres Agudelo Rodolfo ( COL / ANS ) +22

18. Brent Bookwalter ( USA / BMC ) +22

19. Luis León Sanchez ( ESP / AST ) +22

20. Hubert Dupont ( FRA / ALM ) +26

OVERALL CLASSIFICATIONS

1. Michele Scarponi ( Italy / AST ) 3:32:05

2. Geraint Thomas ( Great Britain / SKY ) +4

3. Thibaut Pinot ( France / FDJ ) +6

4. Davide Formolo ( Italy / CDT ) +10

5. Domenico Pozzovivo ( Italy / ALM ) +10

6. Dario Cataldo ( Italy / AST ) +10

7. Mattia Cattaneo ( Italy / ANS ) +14

8. Hugh Carthy ( Great Britain / CDT ) +18

9. Rohan Denis ( Australia / BMC ) +21

10. Damiano Caruso ( Italy / BMC ) +21

11. José Mendes ( Portugal / BOH ) +23

12. Danilo Celano ( Italy / ITA ) +27

13. Pierre Rolland ( France / CDT ) +27

14. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez ( Colombia / ANS ) +27

15. Emanuel Buchmann ( Germany / BOH ) +27

16. Davide Villella ( Italy / CDT ) +32

17. Torres Agudelo Rodolfo ( Colombia / ANS ) +32

18. Brent Bookwalter ( United States / BMC ) +32

19 Luis León Sanchez ( Spain / AST ) +32

20 Hubert Dupont ( France / ALM ) +36



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