Ukraine Rider Wins Italian Road Selector
Vladimir Duma of Ukraine won the 57th GP Industry and Commerce over 199.5 km in Prato, Italy, beating Alessio’s Andrea Ferrigato and Stefano Casagranda in the sprint. The race is an important seeder for the final places on the Italian World Championship road team. We have the winners’ comments…
Many big names were at the start, like Bartoli, Bettini, the Italian champion Commesso, Laurent Jalabert, the last winner Rebellin and Tafi. But this year’s race was easier, as the other August/ September races, to prepare the riders at the World Championship at
A rider who was wishing to do well was Tafi, but he crashed at just 10 kms from the start. and suffered a broken jaw. The biggest action came from Bartoli at 50 kms from the start. He tried to escape with 5 other riders. He has been generous but the group arrived
united at the finish. And the winner is an half surprise, Vladimir Duma. He caught the rear wheel of Fontanelli and he found the victorious trajectory.
Duma: “In the last kms I was feeling fine and I was in a good position in the group: behind Fontanelli. He sprinted really soon, and I followed him. I don’t know how I did, but…I won! It’s great for me because it’s my first victory this year and for my future, as I don’t know if I will stay with Panaria”.
Ferrigato: “I was behind Duma and Fontanelli and I chose the right side of the road, but I was unlucky as the left side of the road was shorter than mine. Anyway, this placing is good for me, and I’m also not sure about my future. I’m still without a contract. It isn’t a good time for us pro riders: about 100 cyclist are without contracts. In recent years, there were about 70-80 new pro every year. So, now it’s full of people who want to ride. It could be the right moment for any sponsor to choose cycling”.
Casagranda: “I rode a lot in August and so now I’m using my last energy for this end of the season. Would I like to be in the national Italian team? Of course yes, but there are a lot of big names for it. And I don’t know if there’s a place for me too”.
1. Vladimir Duma (Ucr, Ceramiche Panaria Fiordo)199,500 km. in 4h25’14”
2. Andrea Ferrigato (Ita, Alessio) st
3. Stefano Casagranda (Ita, Alessio) st
4. Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita, MercatoneUno) st
5. Serge Baguet (Bel, Lotto-Adecco) st
6. Paolo Bettini (Ita, Mapei-Quick Step) st
7. Dmitri Konyshev (Rus, Fassa Bortolo) st
8. Sergei Lelekin (Rus, Cage Maglierie) st
9. Vladimir Smirnov (Ltu, Colpack) st
10. Gabriele Missaglia (Ita, Lampre-Daikin) st