Liquigas again! August has been a good month for the
Staged since 1992 the tough 194 kilometre course hardly has one flat metre.
Despite many efforts the peloton was still together with 5 kilometres to go when
Stefano Garzelli broke clear. Only Giovanni Visconti could hold his wheel, but
Garzelli was by far the strongest of the two at the finish.
Garzelli alone at the finish! Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti
After what had been a barren year the Liquigas team suddenly can’t stop
winning, in August, Di Luca took stage 5 and the lead in the Vuelta , Vincenzo
Nibali won the GP Ouest France in Plouay, Luca Paolini has won the GP di
Camaiore and Quinziato had a great victory in the ENECO Tour.
Here is the Bianchi report.
This is an extraordinary moment for the Liquigas team: yesterday, Di Luca won at
the Vuelta; today, Garzelli won at the Trofeo Melinda - Nibali and Pellizotti
were among the best riders
Stefano Garzelli, after race portrait by Fotoreporter Stefano Sirotti.
Stefano Garzelli has won the Trofeo Melinda, 194 km for a very demanding
route. The Liquigas rider has crowned the excellent performance of the whole
team that have been keeping under control the race from the begging to the end.
After Andrea Noè did a great work, Vincenzo Nibali and Franco Pellizotti have
taken turns at the front of the race to protect Garzelli who has also managed to
keep his energy. The rider from Varese attacked with 5 km to go and only
Visconti has stayed on his wheel. With 3 km to go, Garzelli did most work in
person till the final sprint he won with authority.
Stefano Garzelli has said: "I was going to keep in peak form as long as
possible. I can say to have hit my goal. In truth, I feel better day by day.
Today, like in the latest races, I’ve felt better in the last kilometres than at
the beginning of the race. I must thank my team for their great support and I’m
optimistic about next races."
This will be the Italian Stefano Garzelli ‘s last season in the Liquigas
colours. He will ride for the ProContinental team Acqua & Sapone next season on
a two year contract.
Garzelli with the Trophy Melinda. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti
Trofeo Melinda was won by Stefano Garzelli, who preceded Visconti and
Anzà; but also Lampre-Fondital's riders Valjavec and Bruseghin were
protagonists. The Slovene, in the first part of the race, was in a breakaway
that the bunch neutralized, then was part of the best group and surrendered only
on the last climb: Valjavec finished 10th at 23" from the winner.
Bruseghin was with the best riders in the final part of the race: he obtained
the 16th olace at 1'04". Good performance also for Possoni, who took part in the
first breakaway of the day.
Damiano Cunego reached the finish line in 48th position: for the Tour's with
jersey the race was a final parade of the season, after the 194 kms of Trofeo
Melinda have been the last covered by Damiano during this outstanding season (Damiano
will take part only is some Circuit races).
Podium Visconti, Garzelli and Anza. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti
194 kms - 5:05:00
1. Stefano Garzelli (Ita-LIQ) 5h05'00"
2. Giovanni Visconti (Ita-MRM) 0'04"
3. Santo Anza (Ita-CLM) 0'08"
4. Dainius Kairelis (Ltu-AMO) 0'11"
5. Luca Mazzanti (Ita-PAN) 0'14"
6. Massimiliano Maisto (Ita-TUC) 0'17"
7. Benoit Salmon (Fra-AGR) s.t.
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita-LIQ) 0'20"
9. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita-ACQ) 0'22"
10. Tadej Valjavec (Slo-LAM) 0'23"
Courtesy of Bianchi