Rebellin captures Giro dell'Emilia victory

Italian veteran beats Madrazo and Pellizotti

Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat Polkowice) rolled back the years to win the Giro dell'Emilia on Saturday, beating Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) and Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) into second and third, respectively.

The 43-year-old veteran, a winner of the race in 2006, came out on top in the uphill finish to win arguably the biggest win of his career since his comeback from a doping suspension.

The race began with a flurry of attacks and after five kilometres, a group of 23 had forged clear of the peloton. Too large and with little cohesion, they were reeled in after an hour of racing.

It wasn’t until a group containing Zilioli (Androni-Venezuela), Sergey Firsanov (RusVelo) and Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (MTN – Qhubeka) did the peloton ease up, allowing a counter attack of 27 to also move clear. There were too many dangerous names in the second group, with Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida), Rebellin, Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Moser present.

After two hours of racing, the peloton had brought the counter attack to heel, allowing for Zilioli, Firsanov and Janse Van Rensburg to press on and extend their advantage to five minutes after 110 kilometres of racing.

The trio’s peaked at eight minutes on the first ascent of the Santa Lucia before the peloton final awoke from the autumnal malaise and set about reducing the deficit. Slowly they chipped away, taking thirty seconds by the time the race entered the final 50 kilometres as Firsanov pushed clear of his tiring companions.

At the head of the peloton, Lampre and Cannondale controlled the pace duties. On the second ascent of the Santa Lucia, David Villella (Cannondale), Madrazo, Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Bardiani - CSF), Pellizotti, Rebellin and Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka) distanced the rest of the field by thirty seconds.

After the top of the second ascent, Zilioli had 47 seconds on his two previous breakaway companions with Rebellin’s group at 2:30. Firsanov was quickly absorbed by the peloton, with Janse Van Rensburg soon to follow.

Inside the final 10 kilometres and with just one final ascent of the climb to come, Zilioli still held a slender advantage over the chasers with Pellizotti, Bongiorno, Zardini, Rebellin and Mandrazo at the head of affairs.

Zilioli had all of 25 seconds as he raced under the five kilometres to go banner. Mandrazo was the first rider to attack from the select chase group with Bongiorno and Rebellin keen to counter. Rebellin, the freshest of the lot, was able to push on and passed Mandrazo, even managing to hold off a late surge from Pellizotti.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice4:56:56 
2Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga0:00:11 
3Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela0:00:15 
4Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Csf0:00:27 
5Francesco Man Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Csf0:00:32 
6Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale0:00:36 
7Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela0:01:45 
8Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
9Marcos Garcia (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga0:01:47 
10Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
11Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Mtn - Qhubeka  
12Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia0:01:54 
13Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida0:01:55 
14Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida0:02:08 
15François Bidard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:20 
16Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Csf0:02:27 
17Dennis Van Niekerk (Rsa) Mtn - Qhubeka0:02:32 
18Amets Txurruka (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga0:02:49 
19Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:04:20 
20Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
21David Arroyo Duran (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga0:04:23 
22Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R La Mondiale0:04:42 
23Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustama (Col) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga0:04:43 
24Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Team Idea0:05:32 
25Francesco Failli (Ita) Neri Sottoli0:05:49 
26Mauro Finetto (Ita) Neri Sottoli0:05:50 
27Jacques Janse Van Rens (Rsa) Mtn - Qhubeka0:07:10 
28Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:08:31 
29Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) Rusvelo0:08:43 
30Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Rusvelo  
31Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:08:47 
32Yonattah Monsalve (Ven) Neri Sottoli0:09:06 
33Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Vega - Hotsand0:09:09 
34Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Team Idea0:09:11 
35Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudel (Col) Colombia0:09:12 
36Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Mg Kvis - Wilier0:09:51 
37Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
38Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Csf0:09:52 
39Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
DNSMaciej Paterski (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
DNFDamiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFValerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFManuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFLuca Dodi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFElia Favilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFIvan Basso (Ita) Cannondale  
DNFKristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale  
DNFPaolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale  
DNFMatej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale  
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale  
DNFDavide Villella (Ita) Cannondale  
DNFMatteo Montaguti (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFMarcin Mrozek (Pol) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
DNFEmanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
DNFAntonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
DNFTiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
DNFStefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
DNFAngelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
DNFSamuele Conti (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
DNFGiuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
DNFFabio Taborre (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
DNFGiorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
DNFMateusz Taciak (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
DNFAdrian Honkisz (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
DNFLukasz Owsian (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
DNFAdrian Kurek (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
DNFBartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
DNFKarol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga  
DNFAntonio Piedra Perez (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga  
DNFDavide Vigano' (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga  
DNFRobinson Eduar Chalapud Gome (Col) Colombia  
DNFCarlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
DNFOFabio Andres Duarte Areval (Col) Colombia  
DNFJarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia  
DNFDuber Armando Quintero Artun (Col) Colombia  
DNFJuan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
DNFSergey Lagutin (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFSergey Klimov (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFIlnur Zakarin (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFIvan Balykin (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFSergey Firsanov (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFTimofey Kritskiy (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFFerekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) Mtn - Qhubeka  
DNFKarel Hnik (Cze) Mtn - Qhubeka  
DNFAdrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Mtn - Qhubeka  
DNFTsgabu Gebrem Grmay (Eth) Mtn - Qhubeka  
DNFFrederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFKevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFRicardo Pichetta (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFMatteo Collodel (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFAlessandro Pettiti (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFFabio Gadda (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFFilippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang - Fondriest  
DNFAlfredo Balloni (Ita) Nankang - Fondriest  
DNFNicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang - Fondriest  
DNFAlfonso Fiorenza (Ita) Nankang - Fondriest  
DNFLuca Taschin (Ita) Nankang - Fondriest  
DNFLoris Paoli (Ita) Nankang - Fondriest  
DNFAntonio Merolese (Ita) Nankang - Fondriest  
DNFSimone Antonini (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFAndrea Zanardini (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFAlberto Cecchin (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFPaolo Lunardon (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFRaffaello Bonusi (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFAndrea Vaccher (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFCesare Ciommi (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFAlessio Lanzano (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFGianni Franco D'intino (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFEmiliano Faieta (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFMoreno Giampaolo (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFNicola Gaffurini (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFAlessandro Riccardi (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFFabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFSilvio Giorni (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFGianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFGianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFAndrea Pasqualon (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFSimone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFMarco Tecchio (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) Mg Kvis - Wilier  
DNFChristian Delle Stelle (Ita) Mg Kvis - Wilier  
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) Mg Kvis - Wilier  
DNFLuca Chirico (Ita) Mg Kvis - Wilier  
DNFAndrei Nechita (Rou) Mg Kvis - Wilier  
DNFRicardo Tomas Creel (Usa) Mg Kvis - Wilier  

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