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Gilbert repeats at Gran Piemonte

Stephen Farrand

Bertagnolli, Breschel complete podium in Italy

Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) repeated his victory at the Gran Piemonte race with a text-book solo attack in the final kilometre that took his rivals by surprise. Italy's Leonardo Bertagnolli (Androni Giocattoli) finished second and Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) was third. Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) was fourth but again missed out on victory.

Gilbert won the Italian race in 2009 before going on to dominate the Tour of Lombardy and must now be favourite for Saturday's final classic of the season.

“I felt good and was able to finish off the work of the team,” Gilberto told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“With 700 metres to go I felt more or less like I did at the world championships but you can’t always win even when your form is great.”

Asked about about his chance of further success in Saturday's Tour of Lombardy, Gilbert admitted he was slightly worried about the new course. But has already picked his big rivals.

I’ll go and look at the new part of the course tomorrow but I’m most worried about the descent after the Colma di Sormano,” he said.

“My rivals? Evans, Kolobnev, above all, then Nibali and Visconti.”

The break takes the wrong road

Despite many of the riders in the peloton already thinking about their end of season holidays, the Gran Piemonte got off to a rapid start, with the first hour covered at a leg-burning average speed of 51.60km/h.

An early break was chased down by the Katusha team, but then six riders went away after 56km, and the peloton let them go.

Luca Solari (Androni Giocattoli) Oscar Puyol (Cervelo TestTeam), Tony Gallopin (Cofidis), Sonny Colbrelli (Colnago-CSF Inox), Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli) and Elia Favilli (ISD-Neri) quickly opened an eight-minute lead as the peloton enjoyed the views across the vineyards and rolling hills of north Piemonte.

Former world champion Cadel Evans (BMC) and several other riders climbed off at the first feed zone after 100km but after lunch the peloton began the serious chase of the sextet.

However the break lost all of its advantage and was even overtaken by the peloton after taking the wrong road following a descent with approximately 30km to go. The riders apparently kept racing for several minutes before they and the organisers realised they had gone off course.

Seven other riders then went on the attack on the La Morra climb, just after the race came back together, but they were pulled back before the 18km finishing circuit around Cossato.

Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana) and Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) tried to go clear but the Omega Pharma-Lotto team kept them in check, preparing the ground for Gilbert to make his late move.

The classy Belgian jumped away with one kilometre to go as the two were pulled back. He crossed the line alone with his arms in the air, reminding everyone that he will be the big favourite to pull off a similar move on Saturday at the Tour of Lombardy.

Full Results
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 4:28:03  
2 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Diquigiovanni 0:00:02  
3 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
4 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 0:00:04  
5 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep    
6 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo    
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank    
9 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
10 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
11 Samuel Dumoulin (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
12 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana    
13 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank    
14 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
15 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
16 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Diquigiovanni    
17 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha    
18 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quickstep    
19 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana    
20 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
21 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone d'Angelo Antenuc    
22 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
23 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas - Doimo    
24 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
25 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
26 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
27 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
28 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:13  
29 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone d'Angelo Antenuc    
30 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
31 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha    
33 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
34 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana    
35 Juan Mauricio Soler Hernandez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
36 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini 0:00:18  
37 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:00:26  
38 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
39 Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:43  
40 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions    
41 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
42 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
43 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
44 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri 0:00:49  
45 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:00:52  
46 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha    
47 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana 0:00:56  
48 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana    
49 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) ISD - Neri 0:01:02  
50 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Diquigiovanni 0:01:17  
51 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
52 Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
53 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 0:01:28  
54 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas - Doimo    
55 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
56 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quickstep 0:01:41  
57 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:47  
58 André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:14  
59 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
60 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
61 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
62 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep    
63 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:03:22  
64 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quickstep    
65 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quickstep    
66 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank    
67 Damiano Margutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Diquigiovanni 0:06:21  
68 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:06:49  
69 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 0:08:50  
70 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
71 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo    
72 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) ISD - Neri    
73 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
74 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Astana    
75 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo    
76 Serge Pauwels (Ned) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
77 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
78 Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
79 Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri) Cervelo Test Team    
80 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone d'Angelo Antenuc    
81 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
82 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
83 David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
84 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank    
85 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team    
86 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha    
87 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana    
88 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
89 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
90 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone d'Angelo Antenuc 0:08:58  
91 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone d'Angelo Antenuc