Ferrari fires on all cylinders at Friuli

Italian's horsepower secures strong sprint victory

Italy's Roberto Ferrari (De Rosa-Stac Plastic) won the Giro del Friuli one-day race in Italy on Wednesday with another strong sprint finish.

The 27 year-old from Brescia won the GP di Lugano on Sunday. That race was affected by traffic problems and only a handful of riders finished but Ferrari proved he is on form by beating fellow Italians Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas-Diomo) and Enrico Rossi (Ceramica Flaminia) at the Giro del Friuli.

Another promising young Italian Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) was fourth and Italian national champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) was fifth. Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas-Doimo) both made their season debut in the one-day race in the northeast of Italy. Schleck failed to finish, while Pellizotti was 62nd, a few placed behind teammate Ivan Basso.

Pozzato had chased after a late attack on the final climb of the race but admitted he miss-timed his sprint.

"I started the sprint too far out. But to be honest I didn't have the power in my legs to win. I'm still working on my power but I felt good today, especially on the climb."

Late crash affects Lampre sprint

The 190km race started in Brugnera near Pordernone and ended in nearby Sacile after five laps of a hilly finishing circuit. Before the start a minutes silence was held to remember Italian national coach Franco Ballerini who died in a recent car rally accident.

The racing started steady as the peloton covered two circuits around Brugnera. Things heated up after Fontanafredda, with 24 riders going clear before the first passage of the finish in Sacile. The climb to Castello di Caneva lined out the break and the bunch but the gap stayed to just over a minute. The bigger teams not well represented in the move did not want to let them get away.

On the fifth of six laps, on the climb up to the castle, the 24 split under the pressure, with 19 riders going clear. Last time up the climb, neo-pro Fabio Taborre (Androni Giocattoli) surged clear and opened a ten-second gap on Pozzato. But the bunch knew the race would finish in a sprint, with the Liquigas and Lampre teams leading the pursuit.

Lampre were riding for 2009 winner Mirco Lorenzetto but he was blocked when a rider crashed in front of him with just 400 metres to go. Ferrari avoided the crash and had the speed down the middle of the road to beat Guarnieri and Rossi.

Full Results
1Roberto Ferrari (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic4:38:09 
2Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
3Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
4Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
5Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
6Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
7Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
8Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
9Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil  
10Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro NGC  
11Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
12Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
13Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
14Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
15Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
16Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
17Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
18Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
19Blaz Furdi (Slo) Sava  
20Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto  
21Fabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
22Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
23Jan Tratnik (Slo) Zheroquadro Radenska  
24Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone  
25David Tratnik (Slo) Zheroquadro Radenska  
26Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
27Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika  
28Luca Ascani (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere  
29Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
30Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
31Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
32Diego Alejandro Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro NGC  
33Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
34Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
35Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
36Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
37Alberto Contoli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
38Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne  
39Edwin Carvajal Jaramillo (Col) Miche  
40Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
41Oleg Berdos (Mda) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
42Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
43Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
44Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Androni Giocattoli  
45Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
46Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
47Vladimir Kerkez (Slo) Sava  
48Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
49Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche  
50Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
51Claudio Corioni (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
52Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
53Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
54Jure Golcer (Slo) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
55Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
56Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
57Michael Rasmussen (Den) Miche  
58Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
59Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
60Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
61Marco Bandiera (Ita) Team Katusha  
62Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
63Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
64Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) ISD - Neri0:01:00 
65Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Amore & Vita - Conad  
66Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil  
67Fabrice Piemontesi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
68Edoardo Girardi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
69Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad  
70Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
71Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil  
72Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
73Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
74Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
75Emanuel Vona (Ita) ISD - Neri  
76Davide D'angelo (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere  
77Marino Palandri (Ita) Adria Mobil  
78Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
79Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone  
80Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
81Matej Stare (Slo) Sava  
82Gasper Svab (Slo) Sava  
83Alberto Di Lorenzo (Ita) Zheroquadro Radenska  
84Uros Silar (Slo) Sava  
85Hrvoje Miholjevic (Cro) Loborika  
86Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo  
87Noe Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
88Dean Podgornik (Slo) Loborika  
89Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
90Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
91Enrico Zen (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
92Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche  
93Uros Murn (Slo) Adria Mobil  
94Bostjan Rezman (Slo) Zheroquadro Radenska0:01:35 
95Mariusz Wiesiak (Pol) Team Nippo  
96Nik Burjek (Slo) Sava  
97Luca Barla (Ita) Team Nippo  
98Marco Cattaneo (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
99Luigi Gitto (Ita) Miche  
100Damiano Margutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
101Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
102Danilo Andrenacci (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere  
103Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
104Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
105Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha  
106Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
107Konstantin Volik (Uzb) Amore & Vita - Conad  
108Maxim Belkov (Rus) ISD - Neri  
109Aristide Ratti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
110Cristiano Colombo (Ita) Kalev Chocolate Team - Kuota  
111Fabrizio Lucciola (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia  
112Mirko Battaglini (Ita) Team Nippo  
113Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Team Nippo  
114Andi Bajc (Slo) Zheroquadro Radenska  
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