Marco Pinotti (Columbia-HTC) ended his year on a high note on Sunday when he powered to a convincing victory in the GP Citta di Stresa time trial. Pinotti completed the 33.8-kilometre course 1:05 ahead of Alessandro Raisoni (CarmioOro - A-Style) while Ivan Basso (Liquigas) finished third 1:29 behind Pinotti.
"It was a good win," Pinotti said. "The time trial course was simple. It went out and back alongside a lake, so I really gave it everything on the second half. That's where I made the difference.
"Taking a victory on home soil in Italy as a way to round off the year is a nice feeling. It's a good way to start my winter holidays!"
Pinotti recognised that finishing well over a minute ahead of his closest rival was "a big gap. But a lot of the guys did the Giro di Lombardia the day before, and maybe that affected them. I myself was worried after not performing so well there, but things went completely the other way for me today and I managed to win."
|1||Marco Pinotti (Ita) Columbia-HTC||0:40:48|
|2||Alessandro Raisoni (Ita) CarmioOro - A-Style||0:01:05|
|3||Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas||0:01:29|
|4||Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas||0:01:52|
|5||Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step||0:02:13|
|6||Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD||0:02:36|
|7||Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas||0:02:39|
|8||Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha||0:02:51|
|9||Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-NGC||0:02:53|
|10||Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli||0:03:13|
|11||Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld||0:03:29|
|12||Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto||0:03:42|
|13||Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Fuji-Servetto||0:03:59|
|14||Marco Cattaneo (Ita) LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini||0:04:00|
|15||Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas||0:04:26|
|16||Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale||0:04:28|
|17||Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas||0:04:36|
|18||Santo Anzà (Ita) Amica Chips-Knauf||0:04:41|
|19||Giairo Ermeti (Ita) LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini||0:04:52|
|20||Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld||0:05:22|
|21||Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli||0:05:27|
|22||Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-NGC||0:07:02|