Marco Pinotti took his sixth Italian time trial title, using his experience and aptitude against the clock to complete a dominant weekend for his BMC team that secured the road race title on Saturday with Ivan Santaromita.
Pinotti has fought back from a nasty broken collarbone injury and was overlooked for a place in the BMC line-up for the Tour de France but dominated the hilly 39km time trial, beating Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole-Csf Inox) and Adriano Malori Lampre-Merida), 2012 winner Dario Cataldo (Team Sky) was fourth after being stung on the ear by a wasp during his ride.
Pinotti set a time of 49:04, with Pirazzi finishing in 50:15, Malori in 50:32 and Cataldo in a time of 50:47. He was fastest by 40- seconds at the time split and continued to gain time on his rivals all the way to the finish.
"It was a nice course, tough but fast," Pinotti said.
"I thought about retiring when I had my accident but after the initial tough moment, I put a circle around the date of June 23 on the calendar. Here I am!"
Pinotti spent last week with the Italian national team and his victory in the tricolore time trial should seal him a place in the Italian team for the world road race championships in Florence in September.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team||0:49:04|
|2||Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox||0:01:11|
|3||Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - Merida||0:01:28|
|4||Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling||0:01:42|
|5||Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank Tinkoff||0:01:50|
|6||Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox||0:01:52|
|7||Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling||0:02:08|
|8||Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Desiree Fior||0:02:36|
|9||Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox||0:02:41|
|10||Nicola Da Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Fondriest||0:03:02|
|11||Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowicw||0:03:04|
|12||Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox||0:03:45|
|13||Leonardo Pinizzotto (Ita) Team Nippo||0:03:47|
|14||Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling||0:04:24|
|15||Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela||0:04:31|
|16||Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela||0:04:36|
|17||Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela||0:05:15|
|18||Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Nippo||0:05:55|
|19||Donato De Ieso (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox||0:05:57|
|20||Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox||0:07:24|
|21||Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox||0:08:12|
|22||Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox|