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Bennati closes season with ninth win

Daniele Bennati (Lampre-Fondital)

Daniele Bennati (Lampre-Fondital) (Image credit: Sirotti)

by Gregor Brown

Daniele Bennati (Lampre-Fondital) closed out the season by taking the 93rd edition of the Giro del Piemonte. The Italian from Arezzo scored his ninth success of the year by sprinting clear of Switzerland's Gregory Rast (Phonak) and Aussie Gene Bates (Team LPR). It was not redemption for Saturday's miss in Paris-Tours, but a win in the classical pre-race for Lombardia was enough to put a smile on Benna's face.

"In the last kilometre I was behind," explained Bennati to La Gazzetta dello Sport after the win. "I was able to come back, avoiding the crash of Corioni. ....It went well and I want to dedicate the win to my teammates and to Michele Gobbi. I will take a relaxed vacation; next year thinking of doing well in the classics like San Remo, Flanders and Hamburg."

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.