Gesink strikes again at the Giro dell'Emilia

Dutchman beats Dan Martin and Michele Scarponi on uphill finish

Robert Gesink of Rabobank took his third victory of the season, wining the Giro dell'Emilia for the second consecutive year. He won the uphill finish fought out between a front group of 14-riders on the last climb of San Luca overlooking Bologna. Gesink finished one second ahead of Daniel Martin (Garmin-Transitions) and nine seconds ahead of Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni-Androni).

The group, which included Ricardo Ricco (Vacansoleil) and Vuelta a Espana winner Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), got away on the final of four laps of the tough finishing circuit. Martin was very active in the lead group on the climb and Ricco’ looked to have a good chance of victory but struggled in the final kilometre.

The early part of the race was marked by break from Ran Margaliot (Footon Servetto), Sebastian Fournet Fayard (CarmioOro NGC) and Eugenio Loria (CDC Cavaliere), who built up a lead of nearly 11 minutes. After they were caught again, there were a number of break attempts which met with varying success.

Full results
1Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank4:49:14 
2Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions0:00:01 
3Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:09 
4Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:11 
5Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:13 
6Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox0:00:16 
7Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:00:24 
8Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:00:40 
9Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:50 
10Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD - Neri0:00:54 
11Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:14 
12Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:17 
13Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox  
14Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:26 
15Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
16Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:33 
17Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche  
18Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
19Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
20Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:37 
21Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
22Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:45 
23Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox  
24Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
25Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
26Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
27Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
28Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
30Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
31Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:10 
32Luca Zanasca (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere  
33Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
34Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana  
35Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:18 
36Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:02:25 
37Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team0:02:30 
38Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox  
39Thomas Danielson (Usa) Garmin - Transitions  
40Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
41Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Androni Giocattoli0:03:02 
42Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:08 
43Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
44Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
45Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri0:03:15 
46Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
47Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto0:03:36 
48Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
49Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
50Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:04:31 
51Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
52Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
53Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:05:30 
54Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
55Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank0:06:08 
56Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox0:07:59 
57Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
58Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
59Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche  
60Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
62Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
63G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) ISD - Neri  
64Francesco Tizza (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
65Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
66Matteo Montaguti (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
67Davide Bonuccelli (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere  
68Oleg Berdos (Mda) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
69Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
70Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
71Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri  
72Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo  
73Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
74Luciano Barindelli (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
75Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  

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