Visconti sprints to victory

Italian edges out Sabatini and Lequatre

Giovanni Visconti (ISD-Neri) won the 2010 Classica Sarda Olbia-Pantogia with a precisely timed sprint on the Italian island of Sardegna on Sunday.

The Italian outpaced a fast finishing compatriot Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas-Doimo) and Frenchman Geoffroy Laquatre (RadioShack) to secure his first victory of the season.

The frantic finale came at the end of an equally frenetic race. The first hour of the 187.6 kilometre event saw a strong breakaway group of 31 riders, which included Visconti, cover 49.8-kilometres.

Despite the size and strength of the group up the road, the peloton refused to give up. The maximum advantage of the escapees reached after 52 kilometres at a shade under three minutes.

However, the tempo in the front group meant that with 10 kilometres to race the group had been whittled down considerably. Visconti was left with Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas - Doimo), Janez Barikovic, Geoffroy Lequatre and Markel Irizar (all Team RadioShack), Michele Scarponi (Androni - Giocattoli) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago - CSF Inox).

As the kilometre banner approached, 12 riders managed to connect with the leaders and it appeared that the breakaway's day would be spoiled.

But in spite of the late arrivals, Visconti timed his run to perfection, opening an early sprint that none of his rivals could top.
 

Full Results
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri3:53:09 
2Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
3Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack  
4Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
5Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
6Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
7Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
8Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
9Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
10Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
11Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
12Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD - Neri  
13Massimo Giunti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
14Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo  
15Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack0:00:03 
16Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack  
17Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
18Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
19Michael Rasmussen (Den) Miche0:00:08 
20Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:19 
21Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:51 
22Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia0:01:10 
23Stefano Usai (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team0:06:59 
24Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
25Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
26Damiano Margutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
27Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
28Oleg Berdos (Mda) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
29Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
30Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
31Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
32Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
33Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) ISD - Neri  
34Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
35Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
36Fabrice Piemontesi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
37Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
38Matteo Montaguti (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
39David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
40Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
41Didak Ortega (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
42Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) ISD - Neri  
43Edwin Carvajal Jaramillo (Col) Miche  
44Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
45Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack  
46Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack  
47Alberto Contoli (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
48Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack  
49Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
50Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad  
51Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Miche  
52Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche  
53Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
54Alan Marangoni (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
55Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad  
56Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
57Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
58Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
59Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
60Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
61Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
62Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
63Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
64Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
65Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
66Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
67Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
68Luigi Gitto (Ita) Miche  
69Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto  
70Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
71Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
72Johann Tschopp (Swi) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
73Luca Celli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
74Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
75Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
76Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox  
77Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
78Marcello Barth (Ger) German National Team  
79Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) ISD - Neri0:14:42 
80Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
81Luca Pierfelici (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
82Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Meridiana Kamen Team  
83Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri  
84Emanuele Vona (Ita) ISD - Neri  
85Damiano Caruso (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
86Jure Golcer (Slo) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
87Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
88Dimitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
89Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFThomas Patrick Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto  
DNFMichele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) ISD - Neri  
DNFRuggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFFreddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFPierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFAlberto Loddo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFFabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAlessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFLuca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFCristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
DNFGiogrio Brambilla (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
DNFFilippo Baggio (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
DNFAlessandro Maserati (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
DNFPasquale Muto (Ita) Miche  
DNFRoberto Cesaro (Ita) Miche  
DNFSimone Campagnaro (Ita) Miche  
DNFHenning Bommel (Ger) German National Team  
DNFStefan Schafer (Ger) German National Team  
DNFErik Mohs (Ger) German National Team  
DNFMarcello Kalz (Ger) German National Team  
DNFMarkus Bauer (Ger) German National Team  
DNFNicola D'Andrea (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFOlegs Melehs (Lat) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFJuraj Ugrinic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFBruno Radotic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFSerhy Hrechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad  
DNFVladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita - Conad  
DNFNicholas Sanderson (Aus) Amore & Vita - Conad  
DNFKonstantin Volik (Uzb) Amore & Vita - Conad  
DNFFausto Fognini (Ita) Amore & Vita - Conad  
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