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Milano-Torino 91rst Edition (Updated)
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 3/4/2006
Milano-Torino 91rst Edition (Updated)

 91rst Milano-Torino
Igor on top in Milano Torino, Astarloa denies break mate Pelizotti, and last minute additions to the finish Ballan and Celestino. Results and Lampre's Martinelli comments on Cunego in Vuelta Murcia stage 4.

Igor Astarloa riding for his new team Barloworld won the race ahead of Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas). Both riders were part of the decisive four man break away, while Basso finished in the second group, just seven seconds behind the winner.

Astarloa Triumphant all photos c. Fotoreporter Serotti

Igor Astarloa attacked on the climb, Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas)  quickly chased and joined Astarloa as they distanced the rest of the peloton. The gap was small but the two riders working well with each other stayed away until the finishing straight.  Celestino and Alessandro Ballan who mounted a vigorous chase that caught the duo near the finish; but neither were a match for Astarloa or Pellizotti with Astarloa wheeling to the finish ahead of his break mate Pelizotti, with Cellestino 3rd, and Ballan 4th.
The ever present Eric Zabel took the bunch sprint for 5th.

Team CSC's Ivan Basso had his season debut in the classic Italian race, Milano-Torino. As tradition dictates the hilly race crossed the tough Colle di Superga climb just outside Turin, and this was where the peloton was seriously split.

”It was extremely high paced at the beginning but it was more or less one big group at the bottom of the climb. Then the attacks came from all over the place. Two riders got away and were later joined by two others. Ivan was doing well in the pursuing group," explained Team CSC's sports director Kim Andersen.

”Andy Schleck was a bit unlucky and crashed into the ditch, but he almost fought his way to the front again. He would've definitely been in Ivan's group if he hadn't crashed. The rest of the team did OK but most of them still need that last bit in order to be able to sit up front. But as I see it there will probably be one or two riders who'll hit top form for Tirreno-Adriatico next week."

"Considering this was Ivan's debut this year, it's definitely been a positive start for him. This is a fairly tough race and he's got every reason to be pleased with finishing in the group, which was just seven seconds behind the front group,” added Kim Andersen following the 91st edition of the 199-kilometer race.

After the victory in Trofeo Laigueglia, Alessandro Ballan showed his very good fitness in Milano-Torino: the Lampre-Fondital’s cyclist finished the race in 4th position, preceded by the winner Igor Astarloa, by Franco Pellizotti (2nd) and by Mirko Celestino (3rd).

“Alessandro was great in catching the leading trio after the downhill at 200 metres left," commented Maurizio Piovani, Lampre-Fondital’s sport director, "Once he caught them, he tried to keep on with his action in order to anticipate the sprint, but he didn’t succeeded. Even if the victory didn’t arrive, I’m very satisfied for our race”.

Lampre on Vuelta a Murcia Stage 4:
Martinelli, "I'm very happy with Cunego today."

In the 4th stage in Vuelta a Murcia it was time for a great show by Cunego, who collected on Alto del Collado Bermejo the second place, with a gap of only 3” from Carlo s Garcia Quesada. The winner left the bunch in the first meters of the climb, on the contrary Cunego ran regularly in the beginning of the climb and accelerated constantly in the second part of the climb: he almost caught Quesada.

“I’m very happy for what Cunego showed today," explained Martinelli. "Damiano and the team do in a perfect way what we had planned: for sure, a victory would add more value to our good race, but I can’t complain." "Quesada surprised us when he accelerated and gained 50 seconds; we worked with Szmyd, who gained some seconds, and at 5 kms left it was Damiano’s time, he put everyone behind him and he almost reached Quesada. If the final part of the climb would have been harder, Cunego would have won. On this climb in 2005,Cunego finished 3rd, this year 2nd, next year we’ll see…”
Then Martinelli commented Cunego’s early season fitness, “Damiano’s performance should be analyzed considering that he’s only in his 5th day of racing, and he faces cyclists that had already engaged many races. However, Cunego showed that he’s a class cyclist: when there’s the climb, he goes very very fast. I’m very satisfied: the season can go on in the best way”.

The Podium Pellizotti, Astarloa, Celestino all photo c. Fotoreporter Serotti

04.03: Milano - Torino - Italy - 199 km
 1 Igor Astarloa Askasibar (Barloworld) 4.30.36
 2 Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas)
 3 Mirko Celestino (Milram)

 4 Alessandro Ballan (Lampre)
========== :07 =========
 5 Erik Zabel (Ger-Mrm)
 6 Stefano Garzelli (Ita-Liq)
 7 Luca Mazzanti (Ita-Pan)
 8 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita-Ten)
 9 Andrea Tonti (Ita-Asa)
10 Sergio Barbero (Ita-Sel)
11 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr-Lpr)
12 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita-Nsm)
13 Daniele Righi (Ita-Lam)
14 Massimiliano Maisto (Ita-Tuc)
15 Massimo Giunti (Ita-Nsm)
16 Ignacio Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa-Pho)
17 Marco Osella (Ita-Agc)
18 Steve Zampieri (Swi-Pho)
19 Simone Bruson (Ita-Tuc)
20 Pedro Arreitunandia Quintero (Spa-Bar)


Milano - Torino: All Winners
1876: Paolo Magreti (Ita)
1894: Luigi Airaldi (Ita)
1896: Giovanni Moro (Ita)
1903: Giovanni Gerbi (Ita)
1905: Giovanni Rossignoli (Ita)
1911: Henri Pelissier (Fra)
1913: Giuseppe Azzini (Ita)
1914: Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1915: Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1917: Oscar Egg (Swi)
1918: Gaetano Belloni (Ita)
1919: Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1920: Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1921: Federico Gay (Ita)
1922: Adriano Zanaga (Ita)
1923: Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1924: Federico Gay (Ita)
1925: Adriano Zanaga (Ita)
1931: Giuseppe Graglia (Ita)
1932: Giuseppe Olmo (Ita)
1933: Giuseppe Graglia (Ita)
1934: Mario Cipriani (Ita)
1935: Giovanni Gotti (Ita)
1936: Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)
1937: Giuseppe Martano (Ita)
1938: Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1939: Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1940: Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1941: Piero Chiappini (Ita)
1942: Piero Chiappini (Ita)
1945: Vito Ortelli (Ita)
1946: Vito Ortelli (Ita)
1947: Italo De Zan (Ita)
1948: Sergio Maggini (Ita)
1949: Luigi Casola (Ita)
1950: Adolfo Grosso (Ita)
1951: Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)
1952: Aldo Bini (Ita)
1953: Luciano Maggini (Ita)
1954: Agostino Coletto (Ita)
1955: Cleto Maule (Ita)
1956: Ferdi Kubler (Swi)
1957: Miquel Poblet (Spa)
1958: Agostino Coletto (Ita)
1959: Nello Fabbri (Ita)
1960: Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)
1961: Walter Martin (Ita)
1962: Franco Balmamion (Ita)
1963: Franco Cribiori (Ita)
1964: Valentin Uriona (Spa)
1965: Vito Taccone (Ita)
1966: Marino Vigna (Ita)
1967: Gianni Motta (Ita)
1968: Franco Bitossi (Ita)
1969: Claudio Michelotto (Ita)
1970: Luciano Armani (Ita)
1971: Georges Pintens (Bel)
1972: Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1973: Marcello Bergamo (Ita)
1974: Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1975: Wladimiro Panizza (Ita)
1976: Enrico Paolini (Ita)
1977: Rik Van Linden (Bel)
1978: Pierino Gavazzi (Ita)
1979: Alfio Vandi (Ita)
1980: Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)
1981: Giuseppe Martinelli (Ita)
1982: Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)
1983: Francesco Moser (Ita)
1984: Paolo Rosola (Ita)
1985: Daniele Caroli (Ita)
1987: Phil Anderson (Aus)
1988: Rolf Gölz (Aut)
1989: Rolf Gölz (Aut)
1990: Mauro Gianetti (Ita)
1991: Davide Cassani (Ita)
1992: Gianni Bugno (Ita)
1993: Rolf Sörensen (Den)
1994: Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
1995: Stefano Zanini (Ita)
1996: Danielle Nardello (Ita)
1997: Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1998: Niki Aebersold (Swi)
1999: Markus Zberg (Swi)
2001: Mirko Celestino (Ita)
2002: Michele Bartoli (Ita)
2003: Mirko Celestino (Ita)
2004: Marcos Serrano (Spa)
2005: Fabio Sacchi (Ita)
2006: Igor Astarloa Askasibar (Spa)

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