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Rebellin Wins GP Camaiore

Camaiore confirmed itself as an appointment for the great riders of this season and the 53rd edition of the Gran Premio race brought Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) to his first victory this year. The Venetian won the three man sprint against compatriots Gabriele Missaglia (Lampre-Daikin) and Francesco Casagrande (Fassa Bortolo).

It’s a great result from a race that was extremely difficult (with an almost 45km/hr average speed, contested from the opening kilometers) but fortunately on a beautiful day, despite the storms that had been in the region on the previous days.

At the finish of the race one could find Italian national team coach Franco Ballerini smiling, watching all of the strongest italians being the protagonists: other than the first three, those who rode well were Basso, Di Luca, Celestino, while one of the ones left behind was Paolo Bettini.

Michele Bartolin and Gilberto Simoni played their parts without having the necessary fitness due to long periods of inactivity. On the rise were racers of experience like Belli, Gentili, Faresin; also impressive was the young gun Damiano Cunego.

In the final kilometer Rebellin was astute and responded to an attack by Casagrande, finding himself in a three man sprint for the victoy. The big losers were Fassa Bortolo, who had three men in position for the win (Casagrande, Belli, and Basso) but collected a relatively small amount at the finish.

“Tendonitis has been giving me a lot of problems this year -said Rebellin after his first win in 11 months – I hoped that at Camaiore I would begin my recovery, I feel full of strength and therefore feel that I have the ability to achieve great results in the rest of the season”.

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