Sunday, happy Sunday for Gianluca Moi: The Zoccorinese-Vellutex "wünderteam" sealed a triumphal season with just another victory. A "home win" in this case, as the "81st Coppa d'Inverno" ("Winter's Cup")-27th GP Pollo Brianzolo, the race traditionally marking the end of the Elite 2-Under 23 road calendar in Italy, was organized by the successful team itself, and finished into Vergo di Zoccorino, the small town located in the Brianza area, north of Milan, the squad is named after.
Winner of the 142-km-long (consisting first of 2 laps of a 29.5-km. circuit, followed by a 16.6-km circuit to be raced five times) competition was Gianluca Moi, the 20-year-old Sardinian from Sarroch (in the Cagliari area), but based in Carugate near Milan, who repeated last Sunday's Chrono des Herbiers win, this time in an Italian road race.
The third victory of the season for him, coming after the just mentioned French ITT and "Memorial Paulin Fornero" in late August. The man's current state of form was confirmed also by his third placing in GP Ferrera Erbognone five days ago (see the October 23 report, link at the bottom of the page).
Gianluca Moi made his winning move with 2k to go, when he counter-attacked as soon as a three-man breakaway (featuring Peter Klasa, Alessio Ciro and Boris Gapych) was brought back by the peloton. Czech Klasa (Ceramiche Pagnoncelli) and Italian teammate Ciro, as well as fair-headed Ukrainian Gapych (Viris Lomellina Vigevano) stayed clear for some 30 kilometres, but couldn't make it to the end.
Moi could instead, and captured the race by a 16-second margin over teammate Diego Nosotti (winner of Trofeo Sportivi Magnaghesi one week before, and runner-up in Ferrera too) and the Sanpellegrino-Bottoli Artoni duo made up of Aristide Ratti and Daniele Callegarin. Another successful member of Olivano Locatelli's squad, namely Giario Ermeti, winner of "Trofeo Enzo Del Rosso" in Tuscany last week, took eighth on Sunday.
The recent palmares of the race organized by Zoccorinese-Vellutex features several names now well-known by cycling fans, from Luca Paolini (winner in 1998) to Sardinian sprinter Alberto Loddo (first placed in the 2000 edition), to last year's Yaroslav Popovych, the "Merckx of the amateurs" who closed his extraordinary 2001 by soloeing to victory the way Gianluca Moi did on Sunday.
With a "slight" difference though: 12 months ago Popovych crossed the line wearing the World Champion's Rainbow Jersey, while this time neither Francesco Chicchi (Road Race gold medallist at Zolder) nor Tomas Vaitkus of Lithuania (ITT winner) took the startline.
RESULTS - TOP 10 PLACES:
1. Gianluca Moi (Ita - Zoccorinese-Vellutex) 142 km. in 3h14'00" (43,918 km/h);
2. Diego Nosotti (Ita - Zoccorinese-Vellutex) - at 16";
3. Aristide Ratti (Ita - Sanpellegrino-Bottoli Artoni) - s.t.;
4. Daniele Callegarin (Ita - Sanpellegrino-Bottoli Artoni) - s.t.;
5. Mauro Colombera (Ita - Team San Doná) - s.t.;
6. Roberto Tagliabue (Ita - Ceramiche Pagnoncelli) - s.t.;
7. Gabriele Bosisio (Ita - Team Aurora Named-Concorezzo) - s.t.;
8. Oscar Borlini (Ita - Olio Vezza-Brunero-Boeris) - s.t.;
9. Giairo Ermeti (Ita - Zoccorinese-Vellutex) - s.t.;
10. Walter Aceti (Ita - Team Aurora Named-Concorezzo) - s.t.