Pozzato wins Giro del Veneto

Pozzato wins Giro del Veneto ahead of World Championship selection

Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) won the Giro del Veneto today in Padova, Italy. He out-sprinted his rivals in a four-man escape group, Italians Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld), Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone) and Alessandro Proni (ISD).

 "I worked a lot at high-altitude and had the right mindset in the last week. I also had extra inspiration because I am racing on roads near I was born," said Pozzato.

The main group finished 18 seconds behind Pozzato, led by Russian teammate Pavel Brutt.

The 81st edition of the race started and ended in Padova, 199.6 kilometres. It covered the Castelnuovo climb three times prior to the smaller, Valico climb at 15.6 kilometres to race.

The four men formed the winning move over the top of the Valico. They attacked from a larger escape group, which included Brit Steve Cummings (Barloworld).

Cummings remained in a group of 20 chasers that Diquigiovanni's Michele Scarponi and Leonardo Bertagnolli led.

Director of the Italian national team, Franco Ballerini, observed the race today. He will select Italy's nine-man team (and two reserves) September 14, 13 days before the World Championships. Pozzato's win could see him riding in the national team, led by defending champion Alessandro Ballan.

Italy has won the last three editions of the World Championships. A team has never won in four consecutive years.

Italy's Francesco Ginanni (Diquigiovanni) won the 2008 Giro del Veneto.

Results
1Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha4:33:50 
2Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld  
3Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo  
4Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD  
5Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha0:00:18 
6Miguel Rubiano Chávez (Col) Centri della Calzatura  
7Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas  
8Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) CarmioOro - A-Style  
9Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD  
10Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce  
11Steve Cummings (GBr) Barloworld  
12Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
13Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD  
14Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo  
15Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo  
16Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group-Navigare  
17Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group-Navigare  
18Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini  
19Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini  
20Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
21Sergio Pardilla (Spa) CarmioOro - A-Style  
22Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
23Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group-Navigare  
24Pascal Hungerbühler (Swi) Vorarlberg-Corratec  
25Emanuele Sella (Ita) CarmioOro - A-Style0:00:32 
26Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Centri della Calzatura0:04:55 
27Chris Froome (Ken) Barloworld  
28Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas0:05:35 
29Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld  
30Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
31Santo Anzà (Ita) Amica Chips-Knauf  
32Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo0:07:05 
33Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce  
34Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-NGC  
35Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
36Nikita Eskov (Rus) Katusha  
37Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas  
38Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group-Navigare  
39Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo  
40Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo  
41Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce  
42Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Centri della Calzatura  
43Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool-Author  
44Luis Angel Maté (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
45Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
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