Italy's Damiano Cunego (Saeco) is the overall winner of the 28th Giro del Trentino stage race, whose final leg, going from Terme di Comano to Arco over 168 km., was won by Czech veteran sprinter Jan Svorada (Lampre), that pipped Argentina's Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Ceramiche Panaria-Margres) on the line, and denied the South American a birthday gift that (even if coming one day earlier, as Borrajo will turn 24 only tomorrow) the man would have welcomed for sure. Italian Graziano Gasparre (De Nardi) snatched third.
The final podium of the event was completed by combative Slovene Jure Golcer (Formaggi Pinzolo-Fiavé) and last year's winner Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) that handed the title to his younger teammate, whom he acted as domestique of in the first two stages, won by Cunego. No doubts that Damiano will do everything he can to pay Simoni back in the upcoming Giro d'Italia anyway.
A bunch of 113 riders rolled out of Comano after the stage got underway at about 10h30 AM local time. It was a fast start, with Poland's Piotr Chmielewski (Action Ati) and Italian Marco Cedroni (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé) breaking away after 13 km. of racing. They built up a maximum lead of 28”. but were brought back five km. later. Then Samuel Tartaglia (Team ICET) pulled out of the 28th Tour of Trentino before the Saeco-led peloton may hit the slopes of Val di Cembra, in pure "Gilberto Simoni territory".
Spain's Aitor Hernandez Gutiéreez (Team LPR-Piacenza Management) won the Hot Spot Sprint at Cembra in front of Klymenko and Renzo Mazzoleni (Ita -Tenax), but the next attack took place at km. 70, and came from Sweden's Kjell Carlstroem (Amore & Vita-Beretta), with Gianluca Tonetti (Tenax) trying follow him, but having to give up soon. The Swede quickly opened a significative gap, while two more riders, Britain's Charles Wegelius (De Nardi) and Russian Alexandr Arekeev (Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo), attacked the field and set up a two-man chase on the Vigolo Vattaro ascent. The only KOM Prime of the final stage (km. 93, 725m asl) saw Carlstroem take the points from Arekeev (that came in 01’30” behind) and Wegelius (a further twenty seconds back), with the not much regrouped peloton following.
The Brit regained Arekeev's wheels in the next descent, and by km. 108 the two chasers finally joined Carlstroem. The leading trio worked well together, and reached a maximum lead of 02’26” by km. 128 (Serravalle), albeit as the peloton reacted at last, and kept riding hard, the chasing efforts bore fruit, and the escapees were reeled in at the km. 153 mark (Passo San Giovanni), with a little more of 16k to go. In the final part of the stage (and race) nobody stole the show to the sprinters' teams, and it all came down to a clash of the fastest wheels in the bunch, with Svorada living up to expectations and clinching his first win of the season, after a second place finish in a Settimana Coppi & Bartali stage about a mounth ago.
FROM SAECO’S PRESS RELEASE
Cunego ‘graduates’ at the Giro del Trentino
A guarantee for the future of Team Saeco
Damiano Cunego has secured overall victory at the 28th edition of the Giro del Trentino after finishing the final stage in the leader’s jersey. The whole of Team Saeco road a great race and the race also proved that Gilberto Simoni has refound his best form ready for the Giro d’Italia and that Cunego has proved he will be a star of the future.
Cunego is only 22 years old but his performance in the short stage race proved his talent for hilly stage races and showed his maturity. He has already won six races in just three years as a professional and his latest important win in a difficult race like the Giro del Trentino is a launch pad for greater things. "I’m both excited and moved," Cunego said. "This win doesn’t represent a starting point of my career but is very motivating and will drive me to do even better."
Cunego’s next objective will be to help Gilberto Simoni win his third maglia rosa at the Giro d’Italia just as Simoni did for Cunego at the Giro del Trentino. Cunego will have to work hard during the whole of the three week Giro and especially in the mountain stages, where the two Saeco stars promise some spectacular riding.
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Stage 4 (Terme di Comano to Arco, 168 km.) - Top 20 Places
1. Jan Svorada (Cze - Lampre) - 03h55'58"
2. Alejandro Alberto Borrajo (Arg - Ceramiche Panaria-Margres) - s.t.
3. Graziano Gasparre (Ita - De Nardi) - s.t.
4. Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr - Team ICET) - s.t.
5. Antonio Salomone (Ita - Team Barloworld-Androni Giocattoli) - s.t.
6. Elio Aggiano (Ita - Team L.P.R.-Piacenza M.) - s.t.
7. Gerhard Trampusch (Aut - Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) - s.t.
8. Nicola Loda (Ita - Tenax) - s.t.
9. Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) - s.t.
10. Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè) - s.t.
11. Renzo Mazzoleni (Ita - Tenax) - s.t.
12. Emanuele Sella (Ita - Ceramiche Panaria-Margres) - s.t.
13. Aurélien Clerc (Swi - Quick Step-Davitamon) - s.t.
14. Gianluca Sironi (Ita - Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie) - s.t.
15. Dimitri Konyshev (Rus - Team LPR-Piacenza) - s.t.
16. Domenico Gualdi (Ita - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè) - s.t.
17. Mariano Piccoli (Ita - Lampre) - s.t.
18. Kyrylo Pospeyev (Ukr - Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) - s.t.
19. Alessandro Vanotti (Ita - De Nardi) - s.t.
20. Piotr Chmielewski (Pol - Action Ati) - s.t.
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28th Giro del Trentino: Final GC - Top 20 Places
1. Damiano Cunego (Ita - Saeco) - 17h31'03"
2. Jure Golcer (Slo - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé) - at 49"
3. Gilberto Simoni (Ita - Saeco) - at 53"
4. Giuliano Figueras (Ita - Panaria-Margres) - at 55"
5. Pavel Tonkov (Rus - Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie) - at 01'06"
6. Gerard Trampusch (Aut - Acqua & Sapone-C.Mokambo) - at 01'25"
7. Luca Mazzanti (Ita - Panaria-Margres) - at 02'55"
8. Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa - Quick Step-Davitamon) - at 03'02"
9. Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé) - at 03'08"
10. Kyrylo Pospeyev (Ukr - Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo) - at 03'10"
11. Emanuele Sella (Ita - Panaria-Margres) - at 03'25"
12. Igor Pugaci (Mol - De Nardi) - at 03'26"
13. Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA - Barloworld-Androni Giocattoli) - at 03'28"
14. Radoslaw Romanik (Pol - Hoop CCC-Polsat TV) - at 03'33"
15. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol - Action Ati) - at 03'33"
16. Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita - Formaggi Pinzolo-Fiavé) - at 03'37"
17. Juan Manuel Garate (Spa - Lampre) - at 03'38"
18. Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol - Miche) - at 03'40"
19. Serhyi Honchar (Ukr - De Nardi) - at 04'10"
20. Jamie Burrow (GBR - Amore & Vita Beretta) - at 04'19"
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Hot Spot Sprints - Final GC
1. Graziano Gasparre (Ita - De Nardi) - 16 points
2 Aitor Gutiérrez Hernández (Spa - Team LPR-Piacenza) - 10 points
3. Domenico Gualdi (Ita - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé) - 6 points
4. Renzo Mazzoleni (Ita - Tenax) - 6 points
5. Juan Manuel Garate (Spa - Lampre) - 4 points
6. Oleksander Klymenko (Ukr - Action Ati) - 4 points
7. Elio Aggiano (Ita - Team L.P.R.-Piacenza M.) - 2 points
Mountains - Final GC
1. Elio Aggiano (Ita - Team LPR-Piacenza) - 16 points
2. Damiano Cunego (Slo - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé) - 10 points
3. Aitor Gutiérrez Hernández (Spa - Team L.P.R.-Piacenza M.) - 8 points
4. Jure Golcer (Slo - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé) - 6 points
5. Juan Manuel Garate (Spa - Lampre) - 4 points
6. Kjell Carlstroem (Swe - Amore & Vita-Beretta) - 4 points
7. Giuliano Figueras (Ita - Panaria-Margres) - 4 points
8. Gilberto Simoni (Ita - Saeco) - 4 points
9. Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo) - 2 points
10. Graziano Gasparre (Ita - De Nardi) - 2 points
11. Luis Felipe Laverde (Col - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé) - 2 points
12. Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita - Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé) - 2 points
13. Alexandr Arekeev (Rus - Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo) - 1 point
14. Renzo Mazzoleni (Ita - Tenax) - 1 point
16. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol - Action Ati) - 1 point
15. Dmitri Gaynitdinov (Rus - Team ICET) - 1 point
17. Charly Wegelius (GBR - De Nardi) - 1 point
Teams - Stage 4 Results
1. Acqua & Sapone-Caffé Mokambo - 11h47'54"
2. Ceramiche Panaria-Margres - 11h47'54"
3. De Nardi - 11h47'54"
4. Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management - 11h47'54"
5. Tenax - 11h47'54"
6. Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé - 11h47'54"
7. Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie - 11h47'54"
8. Lampre - 11h47'54"
9. Quick Step-Davitamon - 11h47'54"
10. Hoop Ccc-Polsat Tv - 11h47'54"
11. Team Icet - 11h47'54"
12. Saeco - 11h47'54"
13. Team Barloworld-Androni Giocattoli - 11h47'54"
14. Miche - 11h47'54"
15. Elk Haus Radteam Sportunion Sch - 11h47'54"
16. Amore E Vita-Beretta - 11h47'54"
17. Action Ati - 11h48'11"
Teams - Final GC
1. Saeco - 52h39'03”
2. Ceramiche Panaria-Margres - at 15”
3. Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave' - at 01'49”
4. Acqua & Sapone-Caffe' Mokambo - at 02'39”
5. Hoop CCC-Polsat Tv - at 10'08”
6. Quick Step-Davitamon - at 10'24”
7. Action Ati - at 10'34”
8. De Nardi - at 11'21”
9. Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie - at 16'44”
10. Lampre - at 18'31”
11. Team Barloworld-Androni Giocattoli. - at 21'23”
12. Tenax - at 22'49”
13. Team Icet - at 26'36”
14. Amore & Vita-Beretta - at 47'29”
15. Miche - at 53'48”
16. Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management - at 01h03'48”
17. Elk Haus Radteam Sportunion Sch - at 01h23'06”