Giro del Veneto
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Before the world championships were moved to October, the Trittico Veneto (a three race series), followed by the Giro del Veneto (a one day race), were used as national team selection races. It was a real holiday for cycling fans; we were treated to seeing the pros race for four days in many of the areas and on the small country roads that are dear to the hearts of all Veneto cyclists. The series continued even after the worlds schedule change, but then sponsorship money dwindled and in 1996 the Trittico became a "Bittico"--just two races, and in 1997 there were no races at all, not even the Giro del Veneto. Fortunately the latter race returned in 1998, but the Trittico Veneto is just a memory. (From the excellent bicivento site, in English with great photos and fascinating details; to visit this great site click here.
Following his victory on the 6th of August in the Regio Tour, Cristian Moreni (Alessio) took another step to booking a ticket to Hamilton today when he beat a very high quality field to win the Giro del Veneto, his 5th professional victory.
As always it was a lively day of action with attacks coming straight from the flag. After 24 kilometres, 11 men broke clear including Petito and Alessandro Bertolini who managed to resist the peloton until the final major climb of the day, the Valico del Roccolo.
Then the big guns started to fire off - Di Luca, Casagrande, Basso, Rebellin, all men who consider themselves, and are considered by the tifosi, to be favourites for this race. Camenzind and Bertolini manage to bridge the gap as the select group powers its way towards Padova.
With 18 kilometres to go, Moreni, Bartoli and Andrea Masciarelli also manage to reach the select top group. Young gun Andrea Masciarelli, (whose brother Simone also rides for the Vini Caldirola-So team) is the last man to bridge the gap and the first to attack, and the first year pro from Pescara puts in a great effort.
Seven men succeed in chasing him down and as the 8 men go under the flamme rouge, it is Martin Hvastija who jumps first. His legs fail him with just 300 metres to go and Moreni, who has had team mate Bertolini helping him, proves strongest on the final push to the line.
1. Cristian MORENI (Ita, Alessio) km 199 in 4.56'56", media 40,479
2. Michele Bartoli (Ita, Fassa Bortolo) s.t.;
3. Danilo Di Luca (Ita, Saeco) s.t.;
4. Oscar Camenzind (Svi, Phonak) s.t.;
5. Massimiliano Gentili (Ita, Domina Vacanze-Elitron) s.t.;
6. Ivan Basso (Ita, Fassa Bortolo) s.t.;
7. Andrea Masciarelli (Ita, Vini Caldirola-So.Di.) s.t.;
8. Martin Hvastija (Slo, Tenax) a 1"
9. Alessandro Bertolini (Ita, Alessio) a 34";
10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita, Vini Caldirola-So.Di.) s.t.;
Started 117, finish 71.
2002 Di Luca
2001 Giuliano Figueras
2000 Davide Rebellin
1999 Davide Rebellin (Ita)
1998 Davide Rebellin (Ita)
1997 no event
1996 Michele Bartoli (Ita)
1995 Flavio Vanzella (Ita)
1994 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita)
1993 Maximilian Sciandri (Ita)
1992 Massimo Ghirotto (Ita)