The Italian fastman Mattia Gavazzi
(Colnago-CSF Inox) added a new gem, the first in the current season, to his palmares as he won Friday's stage two of the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, a ride of 174 kilometers both starting and finishing at Dalmine town, near Bergamo.
The son of former professional rider Pierino Gavazzi had the quickest legs in the bunch sprint it all came down to as both Giairo Ermeti (De Rosa-Stac Plastic) and Mikhail Antonov (Itera-Katusha) were chased down. The Italian and the Russian broke clear under today's magnificent sun (yesterday's adverse weather was really a matter of the past ...) after around 31 km. and built up a maximum advantage of 3 minutes, 28 seconds by the km. 80 check, turning the former into virtual race leader "on the road". Then the sprinter's teams stepped up the chase, with the Colnagos playing a key role in cutting down the gap and eventually bringing the two guys back: Antonov was reeled in about 17 km. from the finish and Ermeti had to give up his hopes just four kilometers later.
The race stayed together in the last few miles, until Gavazzi, stage winner in this same race also the past season, finished off the job and took the win from fellow sprinters Roberto Ferrari (Ita - De Rosa-Stac Plastic), Alberto Loddo (Ita - Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) and Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr - Amore & Vita-Conad).
Michele Scarponi held on to the overall leader's jersey, with the gaps among the biggest GC contenders staying the same, and waiting for harder days - and stages - to come. To start with tomorrow.
Mattia Gavazzi, 11 times on the top of the podium the past season, had made the top five places in as many sprints so far this year, but never won a race before today, such that right after the ceremony he commented like that: "It's my destiny. It looks like I have to get back home (to Lombardy) in order to win. I'm happy for myself and for the team too, as the guys did a helluva job both yesterday and today; and if we couldn't catch the three fugitives yesterday, also because of the course shortening, today Bisolti, Gaia, Stortoni and Pirazzi were sensational all day long, with Marangoni as the one who really made the difference in the end. In the sprint, once I had no teammmates around any longer, I searched and found Ferrari's wheel, and then came out at the right time, with the right gear, and victory came consequently".
Stage 2 (Dalmine to Dalmine, 174.4 km)
Top 10 Results
1. Mattia Gavazzi (Ita - Colnago-CSF Inox) - 03h52'56" (44.923 kph)
2. Roberto Ferrari (Ita - De Rosa-Stac Plastic) - s.t.
3. Alberto Loddo (Ita - Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - s.t.
4. Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr - Amore & Vita-Conad) - s.t.
5. Fabio Taborre (Ita - Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - s.t.
6. Boy Van Poppel (Hol - Rabobank CT) - s.t.
7. Matteo Carrara (Ita - Vacansoleil Pro CT) - s.t.
8. Sebastian Siedler (Ger - Voralberg-Corratec) - s.t.
9. Rafai Chtioui (Tun - Acqua & Sapone) - s.t.
10. Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita - ISD-Neri) - s.t.
* Complete stage results HERE (pdf file).
40th Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda - GC after Stage 2
Top 10 Places
1. Michele Scarponi (Ita - Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni) - 07h20'51"
2. Matteo Carrara (Ita - Vacansoleil Pro CT) - at 16"
3. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol - Miche) - at 20"
4. Riccardo Riccò (Ita - Ceramica Flaminia) - at 21"
5. Luca Zanasca (Ita - CDC-Cavaliere) - at 30"
6. Rob Ruijgh (Hol - Vacansoleil Pro CT) - at 34"
7. Emanuele Sella (Ita - CarmioOro-NGC) - at 36"
8. Carlos Josè Ochoa (Ven - Androni-Diquigiovanni) - at 40"
9. Riccardo Chiarini (Ita - De Rosa-Stac Plastic) - at 41"
10. Johann Tschopp (Swi - Bbox Bouygues Telecom) - at 42"
* Full GC after Stage 2 HERE (pdf file).
Points: 1. Roberto Ferrari (Ita - De Rosa–Stac Plastic)
Mountains: 1. Mattia Gavazzi (Ita - Colnago CSF–Inox)
Young Riders: 1. Rob Ruijgh (Hol - Vacansoleil Pro CT)
Foreign Riders: 1. Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr - Amore & Vita–Conad)
Teams: 1. ISD–Neri