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Last Updated: Monday, 17 May, 2004, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
Rodriguez takes stage nine
Fred Rodriguez
Fred Rodriguez won the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia for the Acqua and Sapone team in a close sprint finish.

The American denied Alessandro Petacchi a fifth stage win, with Angelo Furlan also in the frame in the 140-kilometre leg from Policoro to Carovigno.

Italian Damiano Cunego retained his overall race lead of 10 seconds over compatriot Gilberto Simoni with Franco Pellizotti in third, 28 seconds back.

Tuesday will be the first rest day of the race before it resumes in Pescara.


Stage nine result:
1. Fred Rodriguez (U.S.) Acqua & Sapone - 4:04.38
2. Alessandro Petacchi (Italy) Fassa Bortolo
3. Angelo Furlan (Italy) Alessio-Banchi
4. Robbie McEwen (Australia) Lotto-Domo
5. Jan Svorada (Czech Republic) Lampre
6. Andris Nauduzs (Latvia) Domina Vacanza
7. Marco Zanotti (Italy) Vini Caldirola
8. Robert Forster (Germany) Gerolsteiner
9. Simone Cadamuro (Italy) De Nardi
10. Alexandre Usov (Belarus) Phonak - all same time

Overall standings:
1. Damiano Cunego (Italy) Saeco - 41:59.15
2. Gilberto Simoni (Italy) Saeco at 10 seconds
3. Franco Pellizotti (Italy) Alessio-Bianchi at 28 secs
4. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine) Landbouwkrediet at 31 secs
5. Giuliano Figueras (Italy) Ceramiche Panaria at 52 secs
6. Serguei Gontchar (Ukraine) De Nardi at 1:08
7. Dario David Cioni (Italy) Fassa Bortolo at 1:10
8. Stefano Garzelli (Italy) Vini Caldirola at 1:15
9. Andrea Noe' (Italy) Alessio-Bianchi at 1:17
10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Italy) Saeco at 1.29



SEE ALSO
Petacchi wins again
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Cunego takes stage seven
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Cipollini pulls out of Giro
15 May 04  |  Cycling
Petacchi wins stage again
14 May 04  |  Cycling
McEwen wins sprint finish
13 May 04  |  Cycling
Petacchi claims second win
12 May 04  |  Cycling
Simoni takes lead in Italy
11 May 04  |  Cycling
Cunego claims stage victory
10 May 04  |  Cycling
Petacchi wins Giro sprint
09 May 04  |  Cycling
McGee clinches prologue
08 May 04  |  Cycling


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