Rabottini wins Under 23 road race

Chasers round out the podium

Matthew Rabottini (VC Aran - Cogem - BLS) won the Under 23 men's Italian road championship in Imola on Saturday. Alfredo Balloni (AGI Neri Nuova Comauto), who was the fastest of a small chase group, finished in second place Gianluca Brambilla (Zalf Desirre Fior) was third.

With one kilometer to go on the final climb, Rabottini put himself into a solo break. About 30 seconds behind him, four riders chased for the remaining podium positions. Alfredo Balloni (A.G.I. Neri Nuova Comauto) beat Gianluca Brambilla (G.S. Zalf Desiree Fior) in a sprint for second and third. Moreno Moser (Lucchini Arvedi Unidelta A.S.D.) and Diego Zanco (U.C. Trevigiani) soon followed in fourth and fifth.

"I went on the offensive in the decisive parts of the race," said Rabottini. "I won here a month ago, and I remember well the characteristics of the area and the roads."

"I tried to follow him," said Brambilla of the winner Rabottini. "But there was nothing to be done, even with Balloni helping to chase. "

Trained as a master mechanic, Rabottini had started college, but withdrew to race his bike. "If you want to do this job, you need to make a choice. My dad always told me that if you want to get to the top, you have to make sacrifices. I've been training with Danilo Di Luca and Ruggero Marzoli."

The 21-year-old was born in Pescara. He started racing as a junior cyclist. Prior to cycling, he played midfield in soccer. His father, Luciano, was a professional racer, who won a stage and the final GC of the Tirreno-Adriatico in 1986.

Results
1Matteo Rabottini (V.C. Aran - Cogem - BLS)4:01:00 
2Alfredo Balloni (A.G.I. Neri Nuova Comauto)0:00:32 
3Gianluca Brambilla (G.S. Zalf Desiree Fior)  
4Moreno Moser (Lucchini Arvedi Unidelta A.S.D.)0:00:34 
5Diego Zanco (U.C. Trevigiani)0:00:35 
6Paolo Locatelli (Bergamasca Colpack Denardi)0:00:44 
7Sacha Modolo (G.S. Zalf Desiree Fior)0:00:49 
8Federico Masiero (Marchiol Site Liquigas)  
9Cesare Benedetti (De Nardi - Daigo-Bergamasca)  
10Fabio Felline (De Nardi - Daigo-Bergamasca)  
11Tomas Alberio (Bottoli Ramonda Nordelettrica)  
12Davide Cimolai (Marchiol Site Liquigas)  
13Andrea Piechele (U.C. Trevigiani)  
14Davide Appollonio (Team Hoppla' Seano Bellissima)  
15Gabriele Tassinari (G.S. Zalf Desiree Fior)  
16Enrico Battaglin (G.S. Zalf Desiree Fior)  
17Mirko Tedeschi (G.C.Feralpi A.S.D.)  
18Mirko Battaglini (A.G.I. Neri Nuova Comauto)  
19Antonio Doneddu (Palazzago Elledent Rad)0:00:50 
20Mauro Vicini (Aurora Named - M.I. Impianti)  
21Marco Di Leo (Aurora Named - M.I. Impianti)  
22Giacomo Calzoni (Us Boltiere Fiorenzo Magni)  
23Matteo Gozzi (S.C. Virtus Villa Ass. Sport. Dil.)  
24Vincenzo Puca (V.C. Aran - Cogem - Bls)  
25Stefano Borchi (Mastromarco Chianti Sensi Mapoo)  
26Mario Giannetti (Futura Team - Matricardi)0:00:51 
27Luigi Miletta (Petroli Firenze - Gragnano Sc)0:00:52 
28Patrick Facchini (Lucchini Arvedi Unidelta A.S.D.)0:00:56 
29Matteo Mammini (Team Hoppla' Seano Bellissima)  
30Efrem Salvi (Bergamasca Colpack Denardi)0:00:58 
31Stefano Locatelli (Bergamasca Colpack Denardi)  
32Angelo Pagani (Bottoli Ramonda Nordelettrica)0:01:02 
33Mattia Barabesi (Team Hoppla' Seano Bellissima)0:02:18 
34Pietro Tedesco (S.C. F.W.R. Bata (A.S.D.))0:04:03 
35Mario Sgrinzato (Team Molino Di Ferro - Giorgione)0:05:00 
36Tommaso Salvetti (Brunero-Camel-Pedalando In Lang)  
37Nicolo' Martinello (U.S. F. Coppi Gazzera Videa)  
38Roberto De Patre (V.C. Aran - Cogem - Bls)  
39Thomas Tiozzo (S.C. F.W.R. Bata (A.S.D.))  
40Edoardo Zardini (Mantovani Puros - Fapu)  
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