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Young Guns: 36th Freccia dei Vini Photo Gallery. Part 2
 
By Fabio
Date: 7/10/2007
Young Guns: 36th Freccia dei Vini Photo Gallery. Part 2
 


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Part two of our Freccia dei Vini / Memorial Luigi Raffele photo essay. After leaving the streets of Vigevano and the flat lands of Lomellina behind, the group meets the first Appennine hills. And breaks apart.


Then the peloton made it to the feeding zone
near the Po river bridge. Hey, gimme that bottle!


Oops … looks like some rider was not too successful
in his bottle-grabbing efforts.


The bell tower of the Casteggio town church (on the
background) got a unique view of the pack ...


… as the bunch met the Oltrepó Pavese hilly lands.


And the Pagnoncellis immediately took over control
of the front of the race.


Ditto!
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Rodionov (picture above) and Italy's Angeli
briefly broke clear of the group. But no way
the Orange Army would let them make the gap.
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As the going got vertical after over 40 miles
of fast riding on the flats the peloton splintered.
Here's a Garlaschese team athlete struggling
in order to regain the front group.
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And here's a Viris Vigevano guy basically doing the same thing.
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As the road tilted downwards we found back Cristian Giuliano,
now using his downhill ability in a chase of the Pagnoncelli-led group.
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But as the finish line was getting nearer, the terrible Muro di
Donelasco
wall was eagerly awaiting for (what was left of) the field.
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An when they finally came, it started
torturing their legs, as it happens every year.
Solo leader Bruno Rizzi (Pagnoncelli, what else?)
had good climbing legs also on such ascent however.
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His closest pursuer (alongside Fabio Negri) Mario Redaelli
was doing fine too … until his chain broke
on the steepest part of the Muur!


And while he was waiting to have his problems fixed,
several riders were passing him by.


Everything poor Redaelli could do was sit down and wait, head in hands.


As shown in the picture above
many of the some 30 riders still in contention
were given a very hard time on the wall.


The view of the countryside from atop the Muro was nice and "bucolic".
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Too bad that none of the men in the saddle had time to stop and enjoy it.
Here's Marco Cattaneo, with Colombo (Palazzago) following his wheel.
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This trio features yet another boy in orange as well as
Luca Santimaria of the "home side", Viris Vigevano.
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Santimaria, the son of a former cyclist,
rode to a solid sixth place result.
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It took a helluva effort, but Matteo Grava (Racconigese)
and Ukraine's Serhyi Lackuti (sp?) eventually crested the climb.
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So did Franceso Martinetti (Tata) and his ASD Foresi squad colleague.
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As well as this young gun racing with the Viris outfit,
who did struggle in order to stay in the saddle on the Donelasco slopes.
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More uphill efforts caught by our camera.
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Same team. Different rider. Same difficulty.
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Go Minali (Angelo), go!
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Luca Galbiati and Fidibic.com's Andrea Fumagalli in pure uphill action.
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Unlike those other guys on a bike, this fan in ONCE clothes had the
strength (and willingness) to smile at the top of the Donelasco.
But neither he had over 130 km. and 3-4 ascents in his legs already.
Not to mention those 40 more km, a couple more climbs included, to go.
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