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Pozzato picks up much-needed win

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All-Italian podium in Monteveglio

Time to celebrate for Filippo Pozzato as he wins the GP Beghelli.

Time to celebrate for Filippo Pozzato as he wins the GP Beghelli.

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Filippo Pozzato has salvaged something from his 2011 season with a well-deserved win in the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli, making a daring late-race attack to solo to victory, 19 seconds ahead of countrymen Manuel Belletti (Colnago-CSF Inox) and Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli).

"I'm very happy to be back to winning," said Pozzato. "I needed it in order to erase a long, bad period, in which I suffered from some serious injuries, too.

"I want to thank a lot my teammates, especially [Luca] Paolini. Thanks to his brilliant work, the followers' group slowed down its chase, so I was able to win quite easily."

The first attack of the day came after 18km from Luxembourger Ben Gastauer (AG2R La Mondiale), who amassed an advantage of 5:40 after 32km of the race. He was joined later by Leonardo Pinizzotto (Miche–Guerciotti) and Diego Caccia (Farnese Vini–Neri Sottoli) and over the next 110km another 15 chasers made their way up the road.

Bauke Mollema and Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), Maxime Monfort and Oliver Zaugg (Leopard Trek) Pozzato and Luca Paolini (Katusha), Maurizio Gorato (Geox-TMC), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli), Manuel Belletti (Colnago-CSF Inox), Francesco Di Paolo, Alessandro Donati, Claudio Corioni and Fabio Taborre (Acqua & Sapone) and Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (D'Angelo & Antenucci – Nippo) fled the peloton to form a star-studded breakaway that would eventually fight for line honours.

The instigator, Gastauer, and Pinizzotto eventually paid for their efforts and lost contact with the front group before Pozzato kicked into action on the final climb, attacking his companions in the break and holding steady to ensure he crossed the line solo for his first win this season.

Full Results

1 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team 4:39:08  
2 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:00:19  
3 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
4 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo    
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
6 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:00:21  
7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek    
8 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek    
9 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:22  
10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team    
11 Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone 0:00:24  
12 Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
13 Fabio Felline (Ita) Geox-TMC    
14 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
15 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
16 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti    
17 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
18 Andrea Piechele (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
19 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Team Vorarlberg    
20 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek    
21 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Vorarlberg 0:00:25  
22 Giuseppe Di Salvo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti    
23 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
24 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
25 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek    
26 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
27 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling    
28 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling    
29 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
30 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia    
31 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ    
32 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
33 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMC    
34 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
35 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team    
36 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Procycling    
37 Josef Benetseder (Aut) Team Vorarlberg    
38 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank Sungard    
39 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard    
40 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD    
41 Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard    
42 Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek    
43 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek    
44 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
45 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ    
46 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
47 Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
48 Alexander Zdanov (Rus) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo    
49 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) FDJ    
50 Oleg Berdos (Mda) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia    
51 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
52 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana    
53 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
54 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling    
55 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
56 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
57 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
58 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
59 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone    
60 Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team Vorarlberg    
61 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone    
62 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita    
63 Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita    
64 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team 0:01:09  
65 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD    
66 Patrik Moren (Swe) Amore & Vita    
67 Gianluca Maggiore (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia    
68 Enrico Montanari (Ita) WIT    
69 Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard    
70 Damiano Margutti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia    
71 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
72 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:13  
73 Maurizio Gorato (Ita) Geox-TMC 0:01:17  
74 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ    
75 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
76 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
77 Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli    
78 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
79 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana    
80 Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone