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29th GP Industria & Artigianato Larciano - Updated
By Fabio
Date: 4/30/2005
29th GP Industria & Artigianato Larciano - Updated

Courtesy Larcianese Ciclismo

It's no secret that Panaria is a very strong team, arguably one of the 2-3 best squads outside the Pro Tour circuit. And the boys in orange gave a further proof of thei power this Saturday, as Italian Luca Mazzanti powered to his second win of the season - which should be added top a couple more podium finishes and other top 10 results in recent competitions - as he soloed to victory in the 29th GP Industria e Artigianato Larciano on Tuscan soil. Fellow Italian Ruggero Marzoli (Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil) and another Panariaman, Colombia's Fredy Excelino González Martínez, filled the other top three spots of the event, with Sicilian neopro Giovanni Visconti (Domina Vacanze) and Ukrainian Ruslan Pidgornyy (Tenax-Nobili Rubinetterie) following.

Mazzanti notched up his sixth success thus far as a professional rider, but especially Panaria's fourteenth win in 2005. It's impressive to look at their score, and compare it to the "achievements" of some UCI Pro Tour teams able to get very few wins, or even no wins at all, in this early season.

Panaria's Saturday showdown was not about Mazzanti's win and the podium finish scored by perhaps-not-too-fast-but-sure-climbing-damn-well Fredy only. When veterano Francesco Casagrande, often back into the limelight in this period - a pity (for him) that he's not going to be at the Giro startline one week from now - thought of attacking on the penultimate passage over the San Baronto, he found himself surrounded by orange warriors: Mazzanti, Paolo Tiralongo, Emanuele Sella and another Colombian, Felipe Laverde Jiménez.

Luca Mazzanti wins the race.
Photo courtesy Larcianese Ciclismo

And it was on the same San Baronto - actually the real decider of the event - that, later in the race, with some 20k to go, Mazzanti flied away from the others and started his winning march to the line. Which he finished with a margin of 24 seconds over the first chasing group led - as we just wrote - by Marzoli and González in a sprint that saw some riders badly hit the tarmac. This was Panaria's day, but certainly not Simoni's, as Gibo ended up 18th, in the middle of the bunch along with Casagrande, Sella and others. The only English-speaking contender who crossed the line, close to 10 minutes behind the winner, was the Zimbabwean Timothy Jones, who placed 31st.

Update - And as if all the above wasn't enough, Paride "Cipollini of 2010s (maybe)" Grillo scored another one for Panaria, and got his first victory as a professional rider, in Saturday's Circuit de Lorraine stage. See link down in the page.

The Podium. Photo courtesy Larcianese Ciclismo

29th GP Industria & Artigianato Larciano - Results:
1. MAZZANTI, Luca (Ita - Panaria-Navigare) - 05h10'46"
2. MARZOLI, Ruggero (Ita - Acqua&Sapone-Adria Mobil) - at 24"
3. GONZALEZ MARTINEZ, Freddy (Col - Panaria-Navigare) - s.t.
4. VISCONTI, Giovanni (Ita - Domina Vacanze) - s.t.
5. PIDGORNYY, Ruslan (Ukr - Tenax-Nobili Rubinetterie) - s.t.
6. BARBERO, Sergio (Ita - Naturino-Sapore Di Mare) - s.t.
7. SZMYD, Sylvester (Pol - Lampre-Caffita) - s.t.
8. KLYUEV, Konstantin (Rus - Team Androni Giocattoli-3C) - s.t.
9. FACCI, Mauro (Ita - Fassa Bortolo) - s.t.
10. NIEMEC, Przemyslaw (Pol - Miche Component) - s.t.
11. BAILETTI, Paolo (Ita - Team Androni Giocattoli-3C) - s.t.
12. SCARSELLI, Leonardo (Ita - Colombia-Selle Italia) - s.t.
13. VARINI, Maurizio (Ita - Ceramica Flaminia) - s.t.
14. SELLA, Emanuele (Ita - Panaria-Navigare) - s.t.
15. POZZOVIVO, Domenico (Ita - Panaria-Navigare) - s.t.
16. SCOTTO D’ABUSCO, Michele (Ita - Lampre-Caffita) - s.t.
17. DEGASPERI, Ivan (Ita - Team L.P.R.) - s.t.
18. SIMONI, Gilberto (Ita - Lampre-Caffita) - s.t.
19. GASPERONI, Cristian (Ita - Naturino-Sapore Di Mare) - s.t.
20. CASAGRANDE, Francesco (Ita - Naturino-Sapore Di Mare) - s.t.
21. NIBALI, Vincenzo (Ita - Fassa Bortolo) - s.t.
22. GENTILI, Massimiliano (Ita - Naturino-Sapore Di Mare) - s.t.
23. MASCIARELLI, Andrea (Ita - Acqua&Sapone-Adria Mobil) - s.t.
24. GOLCER, Jure (Slo - Acqua&Sapone-Adria Mobil) - s.t.
25. BOSISIO, Gabriele (Ita - Tenax-Nobili Rubinetterie) - at 05'02"
26. MARTELLA, Massimiliano (Ita - Ceramica Flaminia) - s.t.
27. DE PAOLI, Daniele (Ita - Team L.P.R.) - s.t.
28. SCHNYDER, Philippe (Swi - Colombia-Selle Italia) - s.t.
29. VELO, Marco (Ita - Fassa Bortolo) - at 09'46"
30. BERNUCCI, Lorenzo (Ita - Fassa Bortolo) - s.t.
31. JONES, Timothy (Zim - Tenax-Nobili Rubinetterie) - s.t.
32. AMICHETTI, Massimo (Ita - Miche) - at 10'03"

GP Industria & Artigianato Larciano - List of Winners
1977 - Giancarlo Tartoni (Ita)
1978 - Francesco Moser (Ita)
1979 - Vittorio Algeri (Ita)
1980 - Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)
1981 - Pierino Gavazzi (Ita)
1982 - Gianbattista Baronchelli (Ita)
1983 - Fabrizio Verza (Ita)
1984 - Mauro Franceschini (Ita)
1985 - Pierino Gavazzi (Ita)
1986 - Giovanni Bottoia (Ita)
1987 - Marino Amadori (Ita)
1988 - Massimo Ghirotto (Ita)
1989 - Edward Salas (Aus)
1990 - Dimitri Konyshev (Rus)
1991 - Gianni Faresin (Ita)
1992 - Gianni Faresin (Ita)
1993 - Marco Saligari (Ita)
1994 - Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
1995 - Andrea Ferrigato (Ita)
1996 - Michele Bartoli (Ita)
1997 - Gianni Faresin (Ita)
1998 - Romans Vainsteins (Lat)
1999 - Massimo Podenzana (Ita)
2000 - Danilo Di Luca (Ita)
2001 - Davide Rebellin (Ita)
2002 - Stefano Garzelli (Ita)
2003 - Juan Fuentes (Spa)
2004 - Damiano Cunego (Ita)
2005 - Luca Mazzanti (Ita)

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