Pozzato picks up much-needed win

All-Italian podium in Monteveglio

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

1Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team4:39:08 
2Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:19 
3Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
4Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
6Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:21 
7Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek  
8Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek  
9Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:22 
10Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
11Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone0:00:24 
12Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
13Fabio Felline (Ita) Geox-TMC  
14Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
15Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
16Davide Rebellin (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
17Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Andrea Piechele (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
19Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Team Vorarlberg  
20Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek  
21Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Vorarlberg0:00:25 
22Giuseppe Di Salvo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
23Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
24Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
25Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek  
26Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
27Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling  
28Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling  
29Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
30Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
31Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ  
32Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
33Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMC  
34Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
35Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
36Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Procycling  
37Josef Benetseder (Aut) Team Vorarlberg  
38Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank Sungard  
39Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard  
40Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD  
41Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard  
42Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek  
43Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek  
44Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
45Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
46Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
48Alexander Zdanov (Rus) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
49Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) FDJ  
50Oleg Berdos (Mda) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
51Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
52Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana  
53Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
54Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling  
55Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
56Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
57Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
58Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
59Claudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
60Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team Vorarlberg  
61Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
62Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita  
63Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita  
64Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:09 
65Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
66Patrik Moren (Swe) Amore & Vita  
67Gianluca Maggiore (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
68Enrico Montanari (Ita) WIT  
69Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
70Damiano Margutti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
71Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
72Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:13 
73Maurizio Gorato (Ita) Geox-TMC0:01:17 
74Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
75Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
76Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
78Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
79Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana  
80Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  

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