Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli -
Spanish Victory in Monteveglio - Francisco Ventoso takes the first home win for
the Carmiooro/A-Style squad
Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) led over the 8th and final climb of the
Zappolino with 7 kilometers to go and was joined on the descent by Rabobank's
Paul Martens but the duo's slim margin was closed in the final 3 kilometers as
the peloton flew to a bunch finish.
Vittoria Josè Francisco Ventoso!! Giovanni Visconti gives his all but
comes up short; Enrico Rossi and Luca Paolini battle for the final podium step. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
Spanish sprinter Francisco Ventoso of Carmiooro/A-Style) took an impressive
victory going away in style at the finish ahead of ISD's Giovanni Visconti and Enrico
Rossi (Faminia/Bossini Docce) who joined Ventoso on the podium in second
and third places. Acqua & Sapone's veteran Luca Paolini and Dario Cataldo of Quick Step filled
out the top 5 riders after the 185 kilometer race that finished on the Zappolino
circuit in Monteveglio the last of the 8 races organized by the Gruppo Sportivo
This is the 19th pro win for 27 year old rider from Reinosa, Spain; and his
7th this year having also won a staged and the general classifications of
both Paris Correze and Cinturó de l'Empordà stage races. Ventoso has also won
two stages and won the USA Championship race in Philadelphia in 2004 when it was
an open race.
Gruppo Sportivo Emilia president, Adriano Amici prepares to give the
riders the signal to start. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
Adriano Amici. president of the G.S. Emilia organisation got 177 riders
started in the final race of season put on by the group.. The race was off to a
fast start with Astana's Alexandr Dyachenko, Dries Devenyns (Quick Step),
Ermanno Capelli (Fuji Servetto), Emanuele Sella (Carmiooro/A-Style) and
Edwin Carvajal (Miche/Silver Cross) taking the early flier after 25 kilometers.
After an hour of racing the lads had averaged 48 km/h with the five
fugitives leading the first chasers, Ruslan Pidgorny (ISD/Neri) and Esad
Hasanovic (Centri della Calzatura) by over three minutes with the peloton led by
Liquigas and Lampre almost six minutes back. ISD/Neri's Pidgorny gave up
the chase in the next hour with Hasanovic following his example.
After 76 relatively flat kilometers the five passed through Bazzano
approaching the final 8 - 13.8 kilometer local hilly circuits; ISD/Neri was at
the head of affairs and had brought the the gap down to 2:40.
A perfect Fall day for the bike race with moderate weather and sunny skies...
Team LPR leads the peloton Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
The peloton followed the leaders at 2:50 through the finish line of the first
circuit. Our five crusaders had their work cut out for them as the continued to
work well together; but the odds were becoming slimmer as they started the
second lap of the circuit
with 94 km to go Alexandr Dyachenko, Dries Devenyns, Ermanno Capelli,
Emanuele Sella and Edwin Carvajal continued to work well together as they went
over the top of the Zappolino losing little ground to the chase following at
At the back of the race yesterday's winner of the Giro dell'Emilia, Robert
Gesink retired from the race. He wasn't the only one as already the peloton had
lost riders and this attrition was sure to continue throughout the final tough
laps with ISD stretching the pack out in the chase in support of Giovanni
Visconti. Visconti was in a close competition for the six race series
championship with Damiano Cunego with only one point difference. Likewise in the
teams championship Miche/Silver Cross led Lampre/NGC by 4 points and
ISD/Neri by 5.
Emmanuelle Sella on the attack. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
51 km to go - As the escape went over the
top of Zappolino the fourth time the gap was down to 1:18 and closing fast with
ISD stretching out the remains of the peloton. By the 5th round the pelton split
into three chasing group with the first group composed of Visconti, Gasparotto,
Santambrogio, Fisher, Paolini, Ginanni and Impey closing in on the escapees at
25 seconds, a second group at 30 seconds ant the main group of thirty at 45. As
they seven chasers closed in, Emmanuelle Sella (Carmiooro/A-Style) attacked the
break on a solo attempt.
Luca Paolini leads the attack on the penultimate climb of the Zappolino.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
40 km to go - the chase group caught the
break, so we had twelve leaders: Enrico Gasparotto, Santambrogio, Maurilo
Fischer, Giovanni Visconti, Luca Paolini, Ginanni, Daryl Impey, Dyachenko,
Devenyns, Capelli, Sella and Carvajal with a 15 second gap on 23 riders at 48
seconds and another larger group at 50 seconds with a little over three laps to
go. Over the Zappolino Colombian Colombian Carvajal lost his grip on the break,
the leaders opened the gap to 28 seconds putting in the fastest lap
averaging over 46 km per hour.
Paolini, Gasparotto and Sella. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
Behind 4 Saxo Bank riders led the chase... by the top of the Zappolino
the group was reduced to 8 riders as they continued to defy the odds,
Gasparotto, Fischer, Visconti, Paolini, Ginanni, Impey, Dyachenko and Sella. The
first chase group followed at 38 seconds. By the start of the penultimate lap
with 26 km to go only three riders remained in the lead, Fischer, Visconti
and Paolini with an 18 seconds gap on the chase of about 70 riders.
Alexander Vinokourov attacks on the climb of the Zappolino
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
15 km to go - the peloton finally swept
up the determined outriders. Almost immediately Vinokourov attacked and was
joined by Christophe Riblon and Simon Clarke. The trio opened an 18 second gap.
The trio opened that to 30 seconds as they approached the final climb of the
Zappolino. Behind Saxo Bank drove the front of the chase.
7 km to go - Vino was on his own as he
went over the top of the climb with Damiano Cunego leading the charge of the
pack of 70 riders, 50 meters off Vinokourov's wheel. Vino flew down the descent
but he couldn't gain and inch on the chase as it all came back together three km
from the finish and the 70 riders positioned themselves for the final battle for
In the final rush to the line it was Ventoso who had the fastest legs,
distancing his rivals by two bike lengths. Remarkably, Giovanni Visconti
sprinted to second place in spite of being active in the final breaks with
Enrico Rossi a distant third.
Top ten results below
Results and Photos
A very Happy Jose Francisco Ventoso gets his kisses from the podium misses.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
2009 Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
185.6 km - 4:12:08 - 45.214 km/h.
1. Francisco Ventoso (Carmiooro/A-Style)
2. Giovanni Visconti (Isd-Neri)
3. Enrico Rossi (Ceramica Flaminia/Bossini Docce)
4. Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone/Caffè Mokambo)
5. Dario Cataldo (Quick Step)
6. Luca Mazzanti (Team Katusha)
7. Krzysztof Szczawinski (Miche/Silver Cross/Selle Italia)
8. Andrea Moletta (Miche/Silver Cross/Selle Italia)
9. Damiano Cunego (Lampre/Ngc)
10.Daniele Callegarin (Centri della Calzatura)
Results and Photos
2009 GP Bruno Beghelli podium: Giovanni Visconti, Josè Francisco Ventoso and
Enrico Rossi Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
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