Quaranta Wins 10th Stage of Giro

Published May 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Italian sprinter Ivan Quaranta took his rivals by surprise as he won Tuesday's 10th stage in the Giro d'Italia. 

Quaranta pulled clear of second-placed Czech Jan Svorada and third-placed Italian veteran Mario Cipollini and it was his second stage victory of the 248 km race after prevailing at the seaside resort of Terracina. 

The overall lead of Italian Francesco Casagrande remained intact at 51 seconds clear of compatriot Danilo di Luca 

The rider refused to mount the podium in line with a policy of non-cooperation by Assogruppi (the Association of Italian Sporting Groups) which has issued Tour organizers with a series of demands, notably to have a role in the running of the race. 

"I am unhappy about it but I cannot speak," said Quaranta. 

Teams that fail to cooperate are likely to be hit in the pocket for failing to conform with their media obligations. 

But when he did deign to speak Quaranta was humble, refusing all comparisons with Cipollini, who has been at the top of his sport for more than a decade. 

Said Quaranta: "It's not worth comparing me to Cipollini, I will never be like him. I think I am one of the top sprinters at the moment but Cipollini has 12 years as a professional behind him. 

"Tactically he is stronger than me. This year I am determined to finish the Giro (Tour). I don't want to make the same mistakes I did last year when I let myself go after my two (stage) victories. This evening I will have a glass of champagne and then go to bed," - (Several Sources)

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