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Serpa survives in the snow to win the Giro del Friuli

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Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) celebrates his victory in the Giro del Friuli.

Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) celebrates his victory in the Giro del Friuli.
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Jose Serpa is congratulated by team manager Gianni Savio

Jose Serpa is congratulated by team manager Gianni Savio
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Pavel Brutt (Katusha) was second

Pavel Brutt (Katusha) was second
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Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) celebrates his win at the Giro del Friuli

Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) celebrates his win at the Giro del Friuli
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The Giro del Friuli podium: Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) and Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)

The Giro del Friuli podium: Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) and Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)
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The Giro del Friuli podium: Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) and Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)

The Giro del Friuli podium: Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) and Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) pushes the pace in the Giro del Friuli

Cadel Evans (BMC) pushes the pace in the Giro del Friuli
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Cadel Evans ( BMC) leads the three-man breakaway

Cadel Evans ( BMC) leads the three-man breakaway
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Filipppo Pozzato (Katusha) endures the cold at the Giro del Friuli

Filipppo Pozzato (Katusha) endures the cold at the Giro del Friuli
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Pavel Brutt (Katusha)

Pavel Brutt (Katusha)
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Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard) was third.

Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard) was third.
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Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) out-paced Pavel Brutt to win in Italy

Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) out-paced Pavel Brutt to win in Italy
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Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) wins the Giro del Friuli

Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) wins the Giro del Friuli
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Jose Serpa outkicked Pavel Brutt to win the 2011 Giro del Friuli.

Jose Serpa outkicked Pavel Brutt to win the 2011 Giro del Friuli.
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Simon Spilak (Lampre - ISD) finished in 5th place, eight seconds behind Serpa.

Simon Spilak (Lampre - ISD) finished in 5th place, eight seconds behind Serpa.
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2011 Giro del Friulu podium (l-r): Pavel Brutt (Katusha), 2nd; Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli), 1st; Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard), 3rd

2011 Giro del Friulu podium (l-r): Pavel Brutt (Katusha), 2nd; Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli), 1st; Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard), 3rd
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Giro del Friuli winner Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli)

Giro del Friuli winner Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli)
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The Giro del Friuli victory is Jose Serpa's second win of the 2011 season.

The Giro del Friuli victory is Jose Serpa's second win of the 2011 season.
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Giro del Friuli top three (l-r): Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) and Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)

Giro del Friuli top three (l-r): Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) and Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)
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The Giro del Friuli podium finishers uncork the bubbly.

The Giro del Friuli podium finishers uncork the bubbly.
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Colombian climbers do not usually excel in wet and cold conditions but José Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) showed he is far more than a specialist climber by winning the Giro del Friuli in northern Italy.

Serpa beat Russia’s Pavel Brutt (Katusha) in a two-up sprint after the pair broke away in the final kilometres of the race. Denmark’s Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) finished third but only 25 riders completed the race because of the terrible weather condition currently battering northern Italy. Temperatures rose little above freezing all day with snow and cold rain making the 187km race especially tough.

Cadel Evans (BMC) made his season debut in the race but did not finish. Ivan Basso and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) also climbed off after getting 100km in their legs.

A snow shower just after the start in Pordenone quickly made a selection in the peloton, with a group of 31 forming up front as others began to retire. BMC missed the move and so took up the chase, with Evans doing a lot of the work. He rode to help teammate Mauro Santambrogio go across to front group and then headed to the showers.

The San Floriano climb reduced the front group to just 16 as the laps ticked down. Patxi Vila (De Rosa-Ceramica Flaminia) went on the attack but was caught before the last time on the climb.

20 riders started the climb together but Serpa, Paterski, Spilak and Brutt got a gap over the top. They were joined by Vila and Klostergaard, with Stangelj, Bole and Tosatto not far behind.

Despite the dangerous conditions, Brutt and Serpa opened a gap on the descent to the finish in Gorizia and had a 16-second lead with five kilometres to go.

Brutt won the Clasica Sarda last Sunday in Sardinia but Serpa got the better of him in the sprint, winning by a bike length.

Serpa won a stage at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina in January but had since racked up six second places in other races. He had stood out in the peloton for his broad moustache but recently shaved it off, worried it was a bad luck curse.

“There was a risk that finishing second was becoming a curse,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I felt good today, I stayed in the front group I could count on the support of my teammates who worked for me. I was the first to attack on the first climb and on the second one. I think I won the sprint pretty well.”

Brutt was not happy with second place: "Despite the hilly route and the bad weather conditions, I did a good performance but having lost the sprint annoys me, even if it wasn't my kind of sprint because it was flat and I needed more speed than power.” Brutt said.

“I had some troubles with my Achilles tendon during the race but I hope to keep my conditions and try to win a stage at Paris-Nice. It's not my kind of route, but with this form, I’ve got to try and do something.”
 

Full Results
1Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli4:47:20
2Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team
3Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:00:05
4Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:08
5Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - ISD
6Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD0:00:25
7Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana
8Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard
9Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia0:00:27
10Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana0:00:31
11Michael Mørkøv (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:33
12Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti
13Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil
14Andrey Klyuev (Rus) Amore & Vita
15Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
16Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
17Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Pro Team Astana
18Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone
19Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:03:06
20Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:05:10
21Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil
22Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
23Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli
24Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
25Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team

 

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