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Giro del Veneto: Padova 199.6km

Pozzato wins Giro del Veneto

By:
Gregor Brown
Published:
August 29, 2009, 13:42,
Updated:
August 30, 2009, 18:09

Pozzato wins Giro del Veneto ahead of World Championship selection

Italian champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) wins the Giro del Veneto ahead of Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld)

Italian champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) wins the Giro del Veneto ahead of Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld)

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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
1 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha 4:33:50  
2 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld    
3 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo    
4 Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD    
5 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 0:00:18  
6 Miguel Rubiano Chávez (Col) Centri della Calzatura    
7 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas    
8 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) CarmioOro - A-Style    
9 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD    
10 Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce    
11 Steve Cummings (GBr) Barloworld    
12 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
13 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD    
14 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo    
15 Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo    
16 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group-Navigare    
17 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group-Navigare    
18 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini    
19 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini    
20 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli    
21 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) CarmioOro - A-Style    
22 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli    
23 Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group-Navigare    
24 Pascal Hungerbühler (Swi) Vorarlberg-Corratec    
25 Emanuele Sella (Ita) CarmioOro - A-Style 0:00:32  
26 Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Centri della Calzatura 0:04:55  
27 Chris Froome (Ken) Barloworld    
28 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas 0:05:35  
29 Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld    
30 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
31 Santo Anzà (Ita) Amica Chips-Knauf    
32 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo 0:07:05  
33 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce    
34 Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-NGC    
35 Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
36 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Katusha    
37 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas    
38 Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group-Navigare    
39 Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo    
40 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo    
41 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce    
42 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Centri della Calzatura    
43 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool-Author    
44 Luis Angel Maté (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli    
45 Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli    

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