Giro dell'Emilia (1. H.C.)
92nd Edition Preview
Centenary Editiion - Parcours preview, team announcements for the two Fall
Italian semi-classics this weekend.
The Giro dell'Emilia is the crown of the three days of racing this week in
Italy encompassing the three Fall Semi Classics that include the Coppa Sabatini
and G.P. Beghelli Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli all in the Bologna area in Northern
Italy. This tryptych of races leads up to the grand finale of the pro season,
the Giro di Lombardia on October 17th, the traditional end of the pro tour
Teams will be looking for one last shot of glory and to sharpen their form
for the "Race of the Falling Leaves" put on by RCS the Giro Organizers. For one
team, Barloworld the races will be its final swan song as they lose their
sponsorship this year; and the boys in Red are looking to go out in style this
The two races will also feature as today's race did the debut of our new road
champion Cadel Evans in his "Maglia Iridata". Cadel was instrumental in
launching Silence/Lotto team mate Philippe Gilbert for the win today in the
Coppa Sabatini. The Aussie looks to be in excellent form and he may be keeping
powder dry for Lombardia but... he may be gunning for a win in Emilia. Other
riders will be riding to catch the eye of the other teams as they seek a
contract for 2010.
Cadel Congratulates Gilbert on his win in the Coppa Sabatini.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
The Italian Classic is celebrating its 100th year and 92nd edition. The race
gets under way after two 1.7 opening circuits in Modena (the home of fine
Balsamic Vinegar). The first 85 km of the G.S. Emilia is should prove to be
fairly uneventful other than the two intermediate sprints in Zola Predosa after
entering the province of Bologna at 79 km and the second as they begin the first
climb in Sasso Marconi (burial sight of Guglielmo Marconi) at 90 km.
The Giro dell'Emilia in its centenary in 2009 will pay tribute also to
Bologna born, Guglielmo Marconi who in 1909 was awarded the Nobel Prize
for physics for developing a system of wireless telegraphy and radio; that
changed the history. Guglielmo Marconi born to an Italian father and Irish
mother was an avid cyclist as well as a scientist and inventor. So he would be
pleased to watch the sprint as the riders pass.
Of course we can expect the early break which may be large but, what lies
ahead will make it hard for the break to stay away as it approaches the final
part of the race in Bologna. Either way expect the pack to watch the gap closely
and pick up the chase with enough time to pull them in as the race nears the
The climbing starts after the sprint with the 8.8 km - 623 meter climb
of the Monzuno (average 5% with 8% sections) at 111.4 kilometer. Shortly
after the Loiano climb follows a 5 km climb of 714 meters averaging
6%; at the summit the riders have 77.8 km to the finish and 34 km to the entry
The riders enter Bologna at the Piazza di Porta Santo Stefano after 154.8
kilometers with 43.4 km to go. The first of 4 finish circuits of 9.3 kilometers
start at the161 kilometer marker with 37.2 km to go. There the riders will
have to confront the 268 meter climb of the San Luca four times, the last of
which is the finish.
What the climb lacks in height it quickly makes up for in steepness.
The San Luca is 2 kilometers in length with an average gradient of 10% which
belies the actual suffering that will be felt after 160 km of racing as the
gradient kicks up to 18% in the first kilometre. This is then followed by
a shallower grade, but not by much, for the for the final 500 meters. The race
flattens out for the last 200 meters to the finish - sure to produce an
interesting finish for those select few that can be there on the fourth round of
the climb and be in the selection for the win.
Be sure to read Italian Time Trial Champion Marco Pinotti's comments on the
weekends racing below.
Teams: Lampre – Ngc, Liquigas, Quick
Step, Rabobank, Silence/Lotto, Team Columbia/Htc, Katusha, Team Milram, Saxo
Barloworld, Ceramica Flaminia/Bossini Docce, Csf Group/Navigare, Lpr Brake/Farnese
Vini, Acqua & Sapone/Caffè Mokambo, Isd/Neri, Serramenti Pvc
Diquigiovanni/Androni Giacatolli and continental out fit: Carmiooro/A Style.
Start List .pdf
Giovanni Visconti won't be late to the start, if he uses the alarm clock
collected after the Coppa Sabatini today. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
Not only Paris-Tours for Lampre-NGC in the weekend: blue-fucsia team will take
part in Italy in Giro dell'Emilia (Saturday 10) and in Gp Beghelli (Sunday 11).
The two Italian races are interesting appointment for Damiano Cunego, who'll
came back to races after World Championship and in view of Giro di Lombardia.
In Giro dell'Emilia with Cunego there will be Bindi, Gasparotto, Magazzini,
Marzano, Manuele Mori, Santambrogio and Tiralongo. This one, thanks to his
outstanding fit whosed in Vuelta a Espana, could be an alternative to Cunego.
Cunego will take part in Gp Beghelli too, race won by Damiano in 2007, but
instead of Tiralongo there will be Grandene. the rest of the team will be the
same of Giro dell'Emilia.
In Lampre-NGC's staff there will be doctor Andreazzoli, masseurs Bertolone,
Capelli and Inselvini and mechanics Biron, Bozzolo and Pengo.
Team Barloworld looking for success in Emilia
Team Going Out in Style in their Final Races
Team Barloworld ends the racing season this weekend with the Giro dell'Emilia
and the GP Beghelli, and Claudio Corti's riders are looking to go out in style.
The Giro dell'Emilia is on Saturday October 10, on a selective 198.2km course
that covers the tough San Luca climb, including sections at 18%.
Mauricio Soler of Barloworld leads Evans and Gilbert in the Coppa Sabatini. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
Directeur sportif Valerio Tebaldi will have two strong climber's in the Team
Barloword line-up: Mauricio Soler and Chris Froome,
who was in the thick of the action on the San Luca during this year's
Giro d'Italia. Also in the team are Francesco Bellotti,
Carlo Scognamiglio, Diego Caccia, Marco Corti, Gianpaolo Cheula and Paolo Longo
Alberto Volpi will be directeur sportif for the GP Beghelli on Sunday October
11. The 195.8km race is on a rolling route that suits riders who have a fast
sprint finish, like South Africa's Daryl Impey and Michele Merlo, who recently
won the final stage of the Tour of Britain in London. Also in the team are
Soler, Bellotti, Scognamiglio, Caccia, Longo Borghini and Cheula.
ISD/Neri riders Ruslan Pidgornyy and Bartosz Huzarski lead the break at the
Coppa Sabatini. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
Columbia/HTC Primed for Italian Fall Classics
Maro Pinotti Analyses the Races
Team Columbia-HTC is sending a powerful, experienced squad to tackle the two
prestigious Italian Classics held this weekend: the Giro dell'Emilia on October
10th and the G.P. Beghelli on October 11th.
Columbia-HTC's Marco Pinotti, who knows both races very well, says,
"the Giro dell'Emilia has the toughest course
by far. The first half is flat, but then the hills begin and finally it's got
five ascents of a short but difficult climb, and the last time it finishes at
the top. It's ideal for the kind of climbers who do well in the Ardennes
Classics in April, guys like [Columbia-HTC teammate] Kim Kirchen who've won the
Fleche Wallone in the past."
Pinotti says about G.P. Beghelli, which is flatter,
"Beghelli is a very different race. There's a
final circuit with a small climb, but instead of a lone winner, you'll normally
get 45 or 50 guys all together and they sprint it out. A break can go, though,
and the riders who've gone all out the day before are really tired here, which
makes it a bit more complicated to predict. We don't really have a sprinter for
these races, so we'll try and break up the race in the finishing circuit and see
if a move can get away and stick."
After a strong ride in the World Championships, in which he finished fifth in
the men's time trial, Pinotti says he's in good shape even as the end of the
season draws close. "I did three or four days' easy training after the World's,
but then I started training hard again and I'm still in good shape. I'm feeling
good and I'm feeling confident."
Team Columbia-HTC for Giro dell'Emilia (Oct 10th) and GP Beghelli (Oct 11th):
Kim Kirchen (Lux); Craig Lewis (USA); Thomas Lovkvist (Swe); Maxime Monfort (Bel);
Marco Pinotti (It); Morris Possoni (It); Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Byl).
The Astana team sends eight riders who will race both Fall Italian classics in
preparation for the final ProTour race of the 2009. Chris Horner continues
his recovery in the north Italian races.
Giro dell’ Emilia & GP Bruno Beghelli
Riders: Jani Brajkovic, Valeriy Dmitriyev, Alexandr Dyachenko, Chris Horner,
Maxim Iglinskiy, Roman Kireyev, Bolat Raimbekov & Alexandr Vinokourov
Director: Alexandr Shefer
This coming Saturday Team MILRAM will start in the 92d edition of the Giro
dell'Emilia (October 10 / UCI Category 1.HC). The German ProTour team will ride
the challenging one-day Italian race for the second time since 2006. On the
198.2 kilometers, Directeur Sportif Vittorio Algeri will look to a strong
climbing team around allrounder Fabian Wegmann.
The Giro dell'Emilia is run in the area of Bologna in northern Italy. This
year, the course goes over several laps of a flat opening circuit, and after
about 100 km it hits two five-kilometer long climbs. The race closes with five
laps of a closing circuit with a steep two kilometer, where it ends after 198.2
The MILRAM line-up: Luca Barla (ITA/San Remo-Imperia), Johannes
Fröhlinger (GER/Freiburg im Breisgau), Thomas Rohregger (AUT/ Kramsach),
Matthias Ruß (GER/Oberried), Peter Velits (SVK/Riemst, BEL), Paul Voß (GER/Bielefeld),
Fabian Wegmann (GER/Freiburg im Breisgau)
Directeur Sportif: Vittorio Algeri (ITA)
G.P. Beghelli (October 11/UCI Category 1.1)
on Sunday. The one-day race over 195.8 kilometers with start and finish in
Monteveglio rounds out the Italian racing weekend for the team.
The Italian one-day race has been carried out since 1952. Up until 1996 it
carried the name Milano-Vignola, before being re-named G.P. Beghelli in 1997. In
its long history, three Germans have been able to win the race: Rudi Altig
(1967), Gregor Braun (1981) and Danilo Hondo (2004). Last year Fabian Wegmann
showed his good form by finishing sixth, Johannes Fröhlinger (also with
Gerolsteiner) was 22nd. In 2007 both Germans were more successful, with Wegmann
finishing second and Fröhlinger 16th.
The MILRAM line-up:
Luca Barla (ITA/San Remo-Imperia), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER/Freiburg im Breisgau),
Dominik Roels (GER/Köln), Thomas Rohregger (AUT/ Kramsach), Matthias Ruß (GER/Oberried),
Peter Velits (SVK/Riemst, BEL), Fabian Wegmann (GER/Freiburg im Breisgau)
Vittorio Algeri (ITA)
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