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Khalilov wins in Italy with well-timed attack

Mykhaylo Khalilov (Ceramica Flaminia) won against all odds

Mykhaylo Khalilov (Ceramica Flaminia) won against all odds (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Ukrainian Mykhaylo Khalilov won the fourth edition of the Memorial Cimurri / Gran Premio Bioera, which started in Cavriago and finished in Reggio Emilia in Italy.

After launching an attack in the final kilometer, the 33 year-old Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce racer won by just one second in front of a charging group of eleven riders. In a sprint behind Khalilov, former Italian national champion Giovanni Visconti (Quick Step) took second and Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes-Ballan) finished third.

"I'm going through a good period of form," said Khalilov. "But I must stress the work done today by the team. In the end, we controlled the pace and we promptly attacked our opponents. We were extraordinary. I thanked the whole team, including mechanics and masseurs. "

Khalilov and his compatriot Wladimir Duma had just signed contracts with the team for 2009.

The race was started by a special guest, the newly retired two-time World Champion and 2004 Olympic Games gold medallist Paolo Bettini.

After a fast start in the first 10 kilometers, a group of five escaped, including Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre), Vladimir Duma (Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Showers), Walter Proc (LPR - Ballan), Daniele Contrin (Tinkoff - Credit Systems) And Fabrice Piedmont (NGC Medical - OTC Industria Porte).

The five earned a maximum advantage of 6'57" by kilometer 33, but the group was caught with about 48km to go as the sixteen teams in the race decided to take command.

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