After making the headlines because of his excellent performances at the past Giro d'Italia, when he wore the Maglia Rosa for a few days, Team LPR's Gabriele Bosisio had another great time in the saddle as he claimed line honours in Friday's third, hilly and "halfway" leg of the Brixia Tour stage race, taking the gruppo from the Darfo Boario Terme spa resort to Borno town over 151 km. The young gun from the Milan area outsprinted Italy's reigning national champion Filippo Simeoni (Ceramica Flaminia) and a former wearer of the white, red and green jersey (in the Elite-2 class), Marco Cattaneo of NGC Medical-OTC.
Today's top three finishers came into action on the final climb, after a long breakaway going after 30 kilometres and "starring" Katay Cycling Team's Vladimir Autka (Belarus), Amore & Vita-McDonald's Wladislav Borisov (Russia) and Nippo-Endeka's Domenico Agosta was reeled in. Agosta, "only" 02 minutes and 35 seconds down on fellow Sicilian Santo Anzą in the GC, dedicated his move to his one-month-young little niece, but couldn't finish off the job and take either stage victory or the race leadership.
Once those "minor" riders were no longer a threat, the main stage hunters and overall contenders burst into spotlight. It was Francesco Tizza (NGC-OTC) that started the fireworks on the last climb, with Cattaneo following his attack. Both Simeoni and Bosisio joined them soon later anyways. A top-quality chase group formed containing, amongst others, GC leader Santo Anzą plus Stefano Garzelli, Davide Rebellin, Francesco Masciarelli, Domenico Pozzovivo, Giampaolo Caruso, Clement Lhotellerie and Leonardo Moser (still in the race despite the tragic accident that involved the Moser family today: former professional rider Enzo Moser, Leonardo's uncle as well as older brother of better-known Giro d'Italia winner Francesco, fell victim of a tractor accident while working in the Trentino countryside in the very early afternoon).
Tizza subsequently fell off the pace, but the other leaders managed to stay clear until the line, despite having their advantage cut down from 20" to a mere ten seconds with one mile to go. Then Bosisio made the right move about 600 metres from the finish. Simeoni misjudged a turn and fell off the stage winner's wheel; all Pippo could do was move ahead of neopro Cattaneo to take second place. Even if Bosisio could never really "make the gap" in the last few hundred metres, he managed to stay ahead of his two fellow attackers, and that was enough to cross the line a couple seconds clear of them. Giovanni Visconti had the quickest legs in the small bunch fight over fourth place at 07", with Ratti, Anzą, Garzelli, Rebellin and Massimiliano Maisto coming in next.
Stage 3 (Darfo Boario Terme to Borno, 151.5 km): Top 10 Places
1. BOSISIO, Gabriele (Ita - LPR BRAKES-BALLAN) - 03h39'44" (10")
2. SIMEONI, Filippo (Ita - FLAMINIA-BOSSINI) - at 02" (06")
3. CATTANEO, Marco (Ita - NGC MEDICAL-OTC) - at 03" (04")
4. VISCONTI, Giovanni (Ita - QUICK STEP) - at 07"
5. RATTI, Eddy (Ita - NIPPO-ENDEKA) - at 07"
6. ANZA', Santo (Ita - DIQUIGIOVANNI-ANDRONI) - at 07"
7. GARZELLI, Stefano (Ita - ACQUA SAPONE-MOKAMBO) - at 07"
8. REBELLIN, Davide (Ita - GEROLSTEINER) - at 07"
9. MAISTO, Massimiliano (Ita - NGC MEDICAL-OTC) - at 07"
10. GIUNTI, Massimo (Ita - MICHE - SILVER CROSS) - at 07"
Complete Stage Results here (pdf file)
8th Brixia Tour: GC after Stage 3 - Top 10 Places
1. ANZA', Santo (Ita - DIQUIGIOVANNI-ANDRONI) - 11h07'55"
2. MASCIARELLI, Francesco (Ita - ACQUA SAPONE-MOKAMBO) - at 03"
3. REBELLIN, Davide (Ita - GEROLSTEINER) - at 07"
4. CATTANEO, Marco (Ita - NGC MEDICAL-OTC) - at 11"
5. RATTI, Eddy (Ita - NIPPO-ENDEKA) - at 12"
6. POZZOVIVO, Domenico (Ita - CSF GROUP-NAVIGARE) - at 12"
7. BOSISIO, Gabriele (Ita - LPR BRAKES-BALLAN) - at 16"
8. GIUNTI, Massimo (Ita - MICHE-SILVER CROSS) - at 19"
9. PFANNBERGER, Christian (Aut - BARLOWORLD) - at 20"
10. VISCONTI, Giovanni (Ita - QUICK STEP) - at 28"
* Full Standings after Stage 3 here (pdf file)
* 8th Brixia Tour - Stage 1a & 1b
* 8th Brixia Tour - Stage 2