overcame his misfortunes, this time disguised in the form of the flat he had with just 4 kilometres to the line in Sunday's final stage of the event, and became overall winner of the sixth Brixia Tour. The Gerolsteiner team leader punctured at the wrong time, But the man and his whole team proved up to the task: Zberg immediately gave him his bike, and the other "waterboys" first stopped and waited for their team leader and later kept riding as hard as they could in order to pace him back into the field (that obviously had no intention to sit up and wait for the Italian veteran to get back) or at least close the gap. In the end Rebellin limited his time losses to 29 seconds, enough for him to maintain a twenty-second advantage on Lampre's young climber Marco Marzano and finish the race atop the overall. Ukraine's Ruslan Pidgornyy got his second race podium in the space of a few weeks (after being runner-up to Danielson at the recent Tour of Austria) and Jamie Burrow scored an excellent seventh place finish on GC for the UK, under two minutes down on Rebellin.
The 178-km. leg going from Manerbio to Palazzolo sull'Oglio over a comparatively easy parcours unsurprisingly came down to a field sprint (but surprisingly with Rebellin not inside the field) and saw another young fastman from Italy in the limelight: Panaria's Paride Grillo tied his match with Danilo Napolitano as he pipped Simone Cadamuro (Team Milram) and Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone) to the line, thus getting back to victory more than three months after his previous success (at Gran Prix de la Ville de Rennes in France).
Paride Grillo (grillo: Italian for cricket) chirping at the line.
Courtesy Brixia Tour.
The young sprinter from Como got his third success of his second season in the professional ranks under his belt: "I know that I may have started the sprint a bit too early, about 300m from the finish, but I was going fast and I knew that I was going to make it" Grillo said in after-race interviews. The same kind of interviews which saw Rebellin add that "well, that flat with 4k to go wasn't exactly what I needed mostly, but thankfully I didn't lose too much time. I'm satisfied with getting this win at the Brixia Tour at my comeback to the races after the Giro's injury. Also because this race turned out to be very nice and selective".
The "breakaway of the day" came after just five kilometres, courtesy of the all-Italian quartet of Adriano Angeloni (Ceramica Flaminia), Paolo Bailetti (Team Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi), Christian Murro (Team Tenax-Salmilano) and Pasquale Muto (Miche). They built up a maximum advantage of 05'30" over the pack by the km. 65 check, with Muto winning the first Hot Spot Sprint and Angeloni taking first at the three following sprints. They were good enough at staying clear for no less than 164 kilometres, but were eventually chased down with just nine kms left. And after four more riders from the host country (Luca Ascani, Raffaele Ferrara, Alessandro Bertuola and Alessandro Maserati) launched a late - and brief - attack which was quickly covered, the unxpected came in the form of Rebellin puncturing. But you already know how it all ended ...
Stage 4 (Manerbio-Palazzolo sull'Oglio, 178 km): Top 10 Places
1. Paride Grillo (Ita - Panaria-Navigare) - 04h01'53''
2. Simone Cadamuro (Ita - Team Milram) - s.t.
3. Crescenzo d'Amore (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Caffe' Mokambo) - s.t.
4. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita - Liquigas) - s.t.
5. Marco Zanotti (Ita - Unibet.Com) - s.t.
6. Daniele Callegarin (Ita - Team 3C Casalinghi-Jet Androni) - s.t.
7. Marco Marcato (Ita - Team 3C Casalinghi-Jet Androni) - s.t.
8. Claudio Corioni (Ita - Lampre-Fondital) - s.t.
9. Mattia Gavazzi (Ita - Amore & Vita-Mc Donald's) - s.t.
10. Paolo Bossoni (Ita - Tenax-Salmilano) - s.t.
06th Brixia Tour: Final Overall Standings - Top 10 Places
1. Davide Rebellin (Ita - Gerolsteiner) - 16h07'20" (41.662 kph)
2. Marco Marzano (Ita - Lampre-Fondital) - at 20"
3. Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr - Tenax-Salmilano) - at 53"
4. Emanuele Sella (Ita - Panaria-Navigare) - at 01'08"
5. Giovanni Visconti (Ita - Team Milram) - at 01'31"
6. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol - Miche) - at 01'39"
7. Jamie Burrow (GBR - OTC Doors-Lauretana) - at 01'50"
8. Santo Anzą (Ita - Selle Italia) - at 01'59"
9. Wim Van Huffel (Bel - Davitamon-Lotto) - at 02'12"
10.Massimiliano Gentili (Ita - Naturino-Sapore di Mare) - at 02'23"
Full Final Standings - Click Here (PDF File)
6th Brixia Tour "G.P. San Michele Prefabbricati" - Stage 1
6th Brixia Tour "G.P. San Michele Prefabbricati" - Stage 2
6th Brixia Tour "G.P. San Michele Prefabbricati" - Stage 3a
6th Brixia Tour "G.P. San Michele Prefabbricati" - Stage 3b