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Garzelli Wins Giro Tune-Up

26th Gp Industria e Artigianato

Stefano Garzelli of Mapei won the Gp Industria e Artigianato on Saturday, in the same crappy weather conditions that have marked the Tour of Romandie. The race started under rainy skies but as the race is a good tune-up for the Giro, there was a star-studded field rolling out to cover the 200 km course.

Andrea Tafi and Paolo Bettini were both on good form following the Classics, and several other riders who will be protagonists for sure in the Giro d’Italia such as Casagrande, Figueras, Simoni and Garzelli. were also there. Early action saw Mapei send Tafi on the attack, because the average speed was only about 30 km/h. When the group caught him, another man of Mapei escaped with a little group, Paolo Bettini, the last winner of Liegi-Bastogne Liegi. At the 3rd GPM there were just 40 men ahead, including Casagrande, Simoni, Figueras and Garzelli. At the last GPM there were a flurry of attacks, first from Buenahora, then finally from Figueras. But it was the attack of Casagrande which which took 2 other men up the road: Figueras and Garzelli. At the end of the hill, they had 33” on the group and worked together to the finish. On the last downhill, at 10 kms to the finish, they have 53”. Csagrande, never known for his sprinting, tries to get away at 2 kms, but Garzelli catches him. At 1 kms he tries again, but again Garzelli is on him. At 500 metres, Figueras goes, but at 200 metres Garzelli does a great work, and he wins easily.
Sacchi win the sprint of the group.

Garzelli: “I arrive at the Giro with a good condition. I’m pedalling well from Liege, and happy about this victory for my moral and for my team. Today I was feeling well, and so I asked at the team to close on the escapers”.

Casagrande: “My condition is great, and I’m ready for the Giro. Today the last hill wasn’t so long, and I knew that I wasn’t fast at the finish. So I tried at last 2 kms, but could do nothing”.

Figueras: “Maybe I tried my sprint too far from the finish, but there was a bit of wind, and so I believed I could win. But, I’m happy anyway”.

1) Stefano Garzelli (Ita) in 5h14ґ02″
2) Giuliano Figueras (Ita) s.t.
3) Francesco Casagrande (Ita) a 5″
4) Fabio Sacchi (Ita) a 23″
5) Simone Masciarelli (Ita) s.t.
6) Luca Mazzanti (Ita) s.t.
7) Uros Murn (Slo) s.t.
8) Devis Miorin (Ita) s.t.
9) Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) s.t.
10)Tadej Valjavec (Slo) s.t.
28)Gilberto Simoni (Ita) a 38″

– Results courtesy of Datasport –

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