Fedrigo played Pellizotti like a violin in the final sprint of stage nine of the tour.
In the last kilometer, Pelizotti sat on Fedrigo's wheel and wouldn't come around him, hoping to force Fedrigo to lead out the final sprint.
So Fedrigo played along. First, he went all the way over to one side of the road, as you always do in a final sprint, so that he would only have to look over one shoulder, knowing that the attack will always come from one side. Classic tactics in a two-man final sprint. Fedrigo is all the way over to the right side of the road, Pellizotti on his wheel. So far so good.
But then Fedrigo lays the trap for Pellizotti. He starts moving over to his left, leaving room on the right, but all the while still looking over his left shoulder. This is fresh meat for Pellizoti, who now says to himself, I can attack to the right while Fedrigo is looking left and get the jump on him. Pellizoti takes the bait and attacks, but he has gone way too early. He has played into Fedrigo's hands! Fedrigo gets on his wheel immediately and Pellizoti leads out the final sprint and Fedrigo gets around him and easily wins the stage!
Sun Tzu- "All warfare is based upon deception. When you are strong, appear weak..."