Bertagnolli dedicates win to team-mate

Leonardo Bertagnolli (Liquigas)

Leonardo Bertagnolli (Liquigas) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

By Gregor Brown

After following team orders to sit on, Leonardo Bertagnolli (Liquigas) made the winning move at the Third Memorial Cimurri GP Bioera on Saturday. The 29 year-old Italian, winner of the Clásica San Sebastián, finished first in the sprint which included his mates in the four-man break.

He finished ahead of Luca Mazzanti (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) and Manuele Mori (Saunier Duval-Prodir), with Russian Pavel Brutt (Tinkoff Credit Systems) in fourth. Bertagnolli's team-mate Filippo Pozzato led a small group of chasers home, taking fifth over Alessandro Petacchi (Milram).

"It was a team victory because the presence of the green-blue jerseys at the escapees' heels; they permitted me to maintain a passive role," explained Bertagnolli of the races tactics. Bertagnolli dedicated the win to team-mate Pozzato whose grandmother, who died Friday morning.

Bertagnolli is now looking ahead to the Giro di Lombardia.

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