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12th GP Nobili Rubinetterie - Report & Photos
By Fabio
Date: 4/18/2009
12th GP Nobili Rubinetterie - Report & Photos

12th GP Nobili Rubinetterie - Report & Phootos
A Slovene takes the spoils in Italy. And makes Amica Chips-Knauf fan happy.

Slovenia's Grega Bole (Amica Chips-Knauf) won Saturday's Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie one-day race, running over a cumulative distance of 190.7 kilometers from Suno to nearby Arona in the Piemonte region of north-western Italy, near the Lago Maggiore area.

Grega Bole Victory!  Baliani and Grivko follow. Photo 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti  

The Slovene, claimed his first success of the season after several solid rides as he pipped fellow escapees Fortunato Baliani (Ita - CSF Group-Navigare) and Andriy Grivko (UKR - ISD) at the line to claim line honors in a three-man sprint finish. The first chase group was led home by lesser-known Italian Daniele Callegarin; also worthy of mention is Christopher Froome's new top ten performance.

The decisive breakaway group formed between km. 86 and km. 89 and contained also Giairo Ermeti (Ita - LPR Brakes-Farnese), who got dropped by the trio about 26k from the finish and ended up being caught by the bunch, that proved unable to bring back to other escapees though, despite coming quite close to doing so. The peloton lost up to four minutes to the quartet, and reacted too late, so that the three escapees were able to stay clear and could eventually hold on to a seventeen-second lead.

Attacks came also in the first half of the parcours, with a 16-strong front group coming into being after some 30 km, and a later attempt starring no less than 26 guys. But a peloton of about sixty was still together by km. 81, a few minutes before Ermeti made his move and was rapidly joined by Baliani, Bole and Grivko. And you already now what happened later.

Podio: Fortunato Caliani, Grega Bole and Andry Grivko Photo 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti  

12th GP Nobili Rubinetterie (Suno to Arona, 191.7 km): Top 10 Places
1. Grega Bole (Slo - Amica Chips Knauf) - 04h31' (41.336 kph)
2. Fortunato Baliani (Ita - CSF Group-Navigare) - s.t.
3. Andry Grivko (Ukr - ISD) - s.t.
4. Daniele Callegarin (Ita - Centro della Calzatura) - at 17"
5. Gabriele Bosisio (Ita - LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini) - s.t.
6. Francesco Failli (Ita - Acqua&Sapone-Mokambo) - s.t.
7. Pasquale Muto (Ita - Miche-Silver Cross) - s.t.
8. Giovanni Visconti (Ita - ISD) - s.t.
9. Christopher Froome (GBR - Barloworld) - s.t.
10. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro - Amica Chips-Knauf) - at 21"

Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie: Winners
2009. Grega Bole (Slo)
2008. Giampaolo Cheula (Ita)
2007. Luis Felipe Laverde (Col)
2006. Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita)
2005. Damiano Cunego (Ita)
2004. Damiano Cunego (Ita)
2003. Andrea Ferrigato (Ita)
2002. Andrus Aug (Est)
2001. Vladimir Smirnov (Rus)
2000. Stefano Garzelli (Ita)
1999. Ivan Gotti (Ita)
1997. Dario Andriotto (Ita)

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