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43rd Tirreno-Adriatico - HC, Italy, March 12-18, 2008

Stage 1 - March 12: Civitavecchia - Civitavecchia, 160 km

Oscar Freire (Rabobank) realises he has won
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Freire celebrates his victory
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The tiger jump of Petacchi
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Oscar Freire (Rabobank) celebrates his victory
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The Milram train was there
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Paolo Bettini had nothing to do
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Freire showed just how good
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Freire enjoys the kisses
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The Spaniard waves to the crowd
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A blue Freire is happy
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McEwen couldn't quite pull off the stunt
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Andy Schleck (CSC) is followed
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Baden Cooke looks like he just raced
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Danilo Di Luca made it to the start line
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Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) explains how it just didn't work out
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Freire lifts his arms
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George Hincapie (High Road) getting back to racing
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Mikhail Ignatiev (Tinkoff Credit Systems) was in the break
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An angry tifosi wanted to take out
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Paolo Bettini and Raffaele Illiano ride
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The peloton passing Tarquinia.
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The peloton tries to fit
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Caisse d'Epargne riders chatting.
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The peloton riding past the scenic piazza
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Milram put the hammer down.
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Petacchi couldn't prevent Freire
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Freire looks over to check on his rivals.
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The sprint in full swing.
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Gianni Bugno getting ready
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Francesco Tomei (CSF Group Navigare) during the race.
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Ballan holds on to Bettini's bike
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Freire (l) and Petacchi fight
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Bugno in front of the RAI
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George Hincapie (High Road) is back in the action
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Francesco Ginanni (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli) hangs on
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Oscar Gatto (Gerolsteiner) is concentrating
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Gerolsteiner is trying to set up a train
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Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) is using Tirreno
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Petacchi was at the front end towards the end
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Enrico Gasparotto (Barloworld) rides along on stage 1.
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Murilo Fischer (Liquigas) found the temperatures OK
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Gasparotto is drafting
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Gerdemann and Hincapie (l)
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Ale-Jet was doing well
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Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) is back in the race action.
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The Italian will still have to have some meetings
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The Milram train in full swing.
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Petacchi knows how to place himself well in the bunch.
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Pozzato with trademark tattoo.
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Patrick Calcagni (Barloworld) rides along
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Marco Bandiera (Lampre) in the peloton.
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Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC) also uses the race
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Eros Capecchi (Saunier Duval-Scott)
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Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas) looking good.
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Fortunato Baliani (CSF Group Navigare)
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Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) takes a left turn
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Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) safely in the pack.
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Pozzato surrounded by team-mates.
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Niklas Axelsson (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli)
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Axelsson and team-mates getting back
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Axelsson the Swede is gritting his teeth.
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Liquigas single-filed.
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Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas)in front.
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Pozzato at the scenic part
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Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas) pedals near the gutter.
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Look ma, no hands!
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Tinkoff promised to try even harder
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Emanuele Sella (CSF Group Navigare)
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David Zabriskie (Slipstream Chipotle - H30) also races in Italy.
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Zabriskie will be looking to be more of
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Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner)
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Frederik Willems (Liquigas) is a valuable
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