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Koren takes first pro victory

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Ivan Basso (Liquigas) is in fine form in spite of his illness at the Tour de France

Ivan Basso (Liquigas) is in fine form in spite of his illness at the Tour de France (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Riccardo Riccò (Flaminia) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) were the main attractions at the GP Camaiore

Riccardo Riccò (Flaminia) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) were the main attractions at the GP Camaiore (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Francesco Ginanni (Androni) after the finish

Francesco Ginanni (Androni) after the finish (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri) was disappointed not to take the win

Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri) was disappointed not to take the win (Image credit: Sirotti)
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(Image credit: Sirotti)
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Francesco Ginanni (Androni) on the podium

Francesco Ginanni (Androni) on the podium (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Riccardo Chiarini (De Rosa) speaks with Paolo Bettini after the finish

Riccardo Chiarini (De Rosa) speaks with Paolo Bettini after the finish (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (ISD Neri)

Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (ISD Neri) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The bunch on the way up Monte Pitoro

The bunch on the way up Monte Pitoro (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Paolo Bettini speaks to the press

Paolo Bettini speaks to the press (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The passing of the flame. Paolo Bettini pictured with legendary Italian ct Alfredo Martini

The passing of the flame. Paolo Bettini pictured with legendary Italian ct Alfredo Martini (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Italian manager Paolo Bettini before the start of the race

Italian manager Paolo Bettini before the start of the race (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The controversial Riccardo Riccò (Flaminia) attracted a lot of attention on the start line

The controversial Riccardo Riccò (Flaminia) attracted a lot of attention on the start line (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Monte Pitoro, August. It could only be the GP Camaiore

Monte Pitoro, August. It could only be the GP Camaiore (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Francesco Ginanni (Androni) rode strongly in the breakaway

Francesco Ginanni (Androni) rode strongly in the breakaway (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Giovanni Visconti (ISD Neri) has been in fine form this summer

Giovanni Visconti (ISD Neri) has been in fine form this summer (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The breakaway group at the GP Camaiore

The breakaway group at the GP Camaiore (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Riccardo Riccò (Flaminia) trying to force his way clear

Riccardo Riccò (Flaminia) trying to force his way clear (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri) was aggressive throughout

Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri) was aggressive throughout (Image credit: Sirotti)
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(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) beats Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri) at the GP Camaiore

Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) beats Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri) at the GP Camaiore (Image credit: Sirotti)
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A sweet moment for Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) as he takes his first pro win

A sweet moment for Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) as he takes his first pro win (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Slovenia's Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) is the latest in a line of eastern European talent to emerge from the Liquigas stable

Slovenia's Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) is the latest in a line of eastern European talent to emerge from the Liquigas stable (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) shows off his bounty at Camaiore

Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) shows off his bounty at Camaiore (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) on the podium at Camaiore

Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) on the podium at Camaiore (Image credit: Sirotti)
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To the winner, the spoils. Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri), Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) and Francesco Ginanni (Androni)

To the winner, the spoils. Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri), Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) and Francesco Ginanni (Androni) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Paolo Bettini is looking to adopt a hands-on approach as Italian manager, as shown here with Ivan Basso

Paolo Bettini is looking to adopt a hands-on approach as Italian manager, as shown here with Ivan Basso (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Ivan Basso making a point to Paolo Bettini

Ivan Basso making a point to Paolo Bettini (Image credit: Sirotti)
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IVan Basso and Paolo Bettini locked in conversation before the start

IVan Basso and Paolo Bettini locked in conversation before the start (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The gruppo under beautiful skies at the GP Camaiore

The gruppo under beautiful skies at the GP Camaiore (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) beams after his victory

Kristijan Koren (Liquigas) beams after his victory (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri) leads the breakaway

Giovanni Visconti (ISD - Neri) leads the breakaway (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (ISD Neri) finished second

Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (ISD Neri) finished second (Image credit: Sirotti)

Kristian Koren (Liquigas-Doimo) took his first win as a professional at the Gran Premio di Camaiore on Saturday. The 23-year-old Slovenian outsprinted Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (ISD Neri) and Francesco Ginanni (Androni) to take the prestigious event, traditionally the beginning of the Italian peloton’s build-up to the World Championships.

A six-man move broke clear on the penultimate lap, composed of Koren, Visconti and Ginanni as well as Riccardo Chiarini (De Rosa-Stac Plastic), Paolo Ciavatta (Acqua & Sapone) and Leonardo Bertagnolli (Androni). The sextet quickly built up a winning lead over the chasing pack, and a tactical final lap saw a flurry of attacks. Eventually, it all came down to the sprint, and it was the young Koren who held his nerve to time his effort to perfection and take the spoils.

“I’m very excited about my first win as a professional,” Koren said afterwards. The Slovenian credited his exceptional form to the hard racing he put in during his Tour de France debut in July.

“When I got home, I didn’t take a break but rather I worked to maintain my condition,” Koren explained. “The route today was very suited to my characteristics. In the event of a sprint, I knew I’d have a good chance. 100 metres from the line, I found the right time and space, and that’s how I won.”

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo4:30:00
2Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri
3Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
4Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
5Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
6Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
7Giairo Ermeti (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:34
8Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Androni Giocattoli
9Fabio Terrenzio (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
10Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia
11Daniele Callegarin (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere
12Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
13Aristide Ratti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
14Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad
15Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli
16Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) ISD - Neri
17Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
18Antonio Quadranti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
19Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF INOX
20Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia
21Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
22Davide Torosantucci (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere0:01:00
23Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia0:01:30
24Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia
25Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo
26Matteo Montaguti (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
27Michele Gaia (Ita) Colnago - CSF INOX
28Sergio Lagana (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
29Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
30Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Colnago - CSF INOX
31Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
32Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
33Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri
34Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) ISD - Neri
35Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
36Alberto Contoli (Ita) Colnago - CSF INOX
37Alessandro Raisoni (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
38Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere
39Giogrio Brambilla (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
40Sebastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC
41Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:03:00
42Fabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
43Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD - Neri
44Giogrio Brambilla (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic

 

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