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82nd Giro di Toscana (1.1): Updated
 
By Fabio
Date: 5/3/2009
82nd Giro di Toscana (1.1): Updated
 

With the Tour of Italy sprints just one week away, Alessandro Petacchi has sent his rivals a clear message: he's ready for the challenge. Just in case there was any need of that, AleJet proved his point by putting in a superb sprint to claim victory in Sunday's 82nd edition of the Giro di Toscana one-day event, running over 194 kilometres with the start line at Arezzo. The LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini sprinting machine easily pipped fellow Italians Manuel Belletti (Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli) and Ruggero Marzoli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) on the line to claim victory at San Sepolcro town. Petacchi took his season's tally up to seven "individual" wins, with the addition of a triumphal Team TT performance at the Lombard Week the past month.

Belletti, one of the most interesting young sprinters around, came into limelight also early in the race, because he was one of the dozen guys that broke away after fifty kilometres. That front group contained the Diquigiovanni-Androni athlete from the Romagna area of Italy, as well as veteran Filippo Simeoni, with his Italian National RR Champion, and his teammate Cristiano Fumagalli (Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce), plus Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas), Manuele Mori (Lampre-NGC), Alessandro Donati (Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo), Sergio Laganà (LPR Brakes-Farnese), Davide Torosantucci (Centri della Calzatura) and four non-Italian riders: Andriy Grivko (Ukr - ISD), Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col - Centri della Calzatura), Michael Baer (Swi - Nazionale Elettronica-Hadimec) and Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol - Miche-Silver Cross-Selle Italia).

The escapees were caught about 52 km. from the finish (Baer was the last bike knight to surrender) but their attack was followed by further attempts starring, amongst other contenders, Flippo Savini, Domenico Pozzovivo - both with the CSF Group-Navigare outfit -, Andrea Moletta (Miche-Silver Cross-Selle Italia), Felix Cardenas (Col - Barloworld), and his fellow countryman Rubiano Chavez, on the move again. Still, AleJet's Royal Guard were up to the task of keeping the first group, with Petacchi and some 40 more guys inside, basically together in the three laps of the final circuit around Sansepolcro - with Lampre lending them a helping hand in the last couple miles - and eventually giving their leader an excellent leadout. As usual.


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82nd Giro di Toscana
(Arezzo to Sansepolcro, 149 km): Top 10 Places

1. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita - LPR Brakes-Farnese) - 04h30'
2. Manuel Belletti (Ita - Diquigiovanni-Androni)
3. Ruggero Marzoli (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Mokambo)
4. Enrico Rossi (Ita - Flaminia-Bossini)
5. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita - Lampre-NGC)
6. Miguel A. Rubiano Chavez (Col - Centri Calzatura)
7. Felix Cardenas (Col - Barloworld)
8. Pasquale Muto (Ita - Miche-Silver Cross)
9. Gabriele Bosisio (Ita - LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini)
10. Massimo Giunti (Ita - Miche-Silver Cross)

All with the same time.

Giro di Toscana - Winners
2009 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)
2008 Mattia Gavazzi (Ita)
2007 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)
2006 Przemyslav Niemec (Pol)
2005 Daniele Bennati (Ita)
2004 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
2003 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita)
2002 Alexandre Shefer (Kaz)
2001 Goradz Stangelj (Slo)
2000 Ruslan Ivanov (Mol)
1999 Luca Scinto (Ita)
1998 Francesco Secchiari (Ita)
1997 Sergio Barbero (Ita)
1995 Massimo Podenzana (Ita)
1994 Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
1993 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita)
1992 Giorgio Furlan (Ita)
1991 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita)
1990 Marco Saligari (Ita)
1989 Maurizio Fondriest (Ita)
1988 Ronald Kiefel (USA)
1987 Renato Piccolo (Ita)
1986 Claudio Corti (Ita)
1985 Ezio Moroni (Ita)
1984 Gianbattista Baronchelli (Ita)
1983 Alfons De Wolf (Bel)
1982 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1981 Gianbattista Baronchelli (Ita)
1980 Nazareno Berto (Ita)
1979 Mario Noris (Ita)
1978 Giuseppe Perletto (Ita)
1977 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1976 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1975 Costantino Conti (Ita)
1974 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1973 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1972 Josef Fuchs (Swi)
1971 Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)
1970 Gianfranco Bianchin (Ita)
1969 Giorgio Favaro (Ita)
1968 Franco Bitossi (Ita)
1967 Franco Balmamion (Ita)
1966 Rudi Altig (Ger)
1965 Luciano Sambi (Ita)
1964 Giorgio Zancanaro (Ita)
1963 Vito Taccone (Ita)
1962 Guido Carlesi (Ita)
1961 Marino Fontana (Ita)
1960 Nino De Filippis (Ita)
1959 Adriano Zamboni (Ita)
1958 Willy Vannitsen (Bel)
1957 Alfredo Sabbadin (Ita)
1956 Nello Fabbri (Ita)
1955 Arrigo Padovan (Ita)
1954 Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)
1953 Gino Bartali (Ita)
1952 Rinaldo Moresco (Ita)
1951 Loretto Petrucci (Ita)
1950 Gino Bartali (Ita)
1949 Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)
1948 Gino Bartali (Ita)
1947 Bruno Pasquini (Ita)
1946 Aldo Ronconi (Ita)
1943 Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)
1942 Vito Ortelli (Ita)
1941 Fausto Coppi (Ita)
1940 Gino Bartali (Ita)
1939 Gino Bartali (Ita)
1938 Mario Vicini (Ita)
1937 Olimpio Bizzi (Ita)
1936 Giovanni Cazzulani (Ita)
1935 Mario Cipriani (Ita)
1934 Mario Cipriani (Ita)
1932 Learco Guerra (Ita)
1931 Pio Caimmi (Ita)
1930 Pio Caimmi (Ita)
1929 Leonida Frascarelli (Ita)
1928 Alessandro Catalani (Ita)
1927 Alfredo Binda (Ita)
1926 Alfredo Binda (Ita)
1925 Nello Ciaccheri (Ita)
1924 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1923 Costante Girardengo (Ita)


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