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"Toto" in Tricolore...UPDATED
By Manny Samaniego
Date: 6/30/2002
"Toto" in Tricolore...UPDATED
An inspired Salvatore "Toto" Commeso won the Italian National Championships in San Vendemiamo, after racing aggressively with the two others main protagonists of the day, Francesco Casagrande and Dario Frigo.

The trio made sure no other rider was capable of staying with them and the race turned into a sprint for the line, with Commesso controlling the attacks, knowing he was the fastest of the three. In a dominating sprint, "Toto" became Italian Champion for the second time in his career. In 1999 he wore the Italian Tricolore.

The rider from Naples put an end to a difficult period in his professional career. "It's a great win which is very important for me," Commersso said. "This helps me forget about what has been a very difficult moment and proves that I only really find my form in the summer. I'm especially happy for the Saeco-Longoni Sport team and the president Sergio Zappella who has shown to be an extraordinary person during the problems of Giro d'Italia and afterwards. There aren't many people like him in cycling."


1. Salvatore Commesso (Saeco-Longoni Sport)

2. Dario Frigo (Tacconi Sport-Tonello) st.

3. Francesco Casagrande (Fassa Bortolo) st.

4. Mauro Radaelli (Tacconi Sport-Tonello) +5"

5. Daniele Bennati (Acqua&Sapone-Cantina Tollo) st.

6. Luca Paolini (Mapei Quick Step) st.

7. Stefano Casagranda (Alessio) st.

8. Biagio Conte (Saeco-Longoni Sport) st.

9. Fabio Baldato (Fassa Bortolo) st.

10. Paolo Valoti (Index Alexia) st.

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