Visconti wins Coppa Agostoni from seven-man sprint

Italian Giovanni Visconti (ISD) won the Coppa Agostoni today in Lissone, Italy, in a sprint of seven men. He won ahead of Italy's Mauro Santambrogio (Lampre-NGC) and Spain's Francisco José Ventoso (CarmioOro - A-Style).

"I don't know how many were coming from behind us, I am only happy to finish ahead of them," said Visconti.

The lead group finished with a 20-second lead over the field.

Michele Scarponi and Alessandro Bertolini (Diquigiovanni), Miguel Rubiano Chávez (Centri della Calzatura) and Pasquale Muto (Miche-Silver Cross) were also part of the seven-man escape.

Italian Muto joined the other six only in the final kilometre. He immediately went to the front to anticipate the sprint.

The race started Monza and ended in Lissone, covering 197.2 kilometres. It tackled the Lissolo climb six times, the final ascent occuring with approximately 20 kilometres to the finish. The escape of six formed on the fifth time up Lissolo.

Agostoni was Visconti's second win of the season, adding to his win in stage two of the Tour de Slovénie. Last year, he wore the leader's pink jersey in the Giro d'Italia for eight days and in 2007 he won the Italian Championships.

Santambrogio won yesterday's Tre Valli Varesine, the first of three races that make up the Trittico Lombardo. With his second place today he leads the overall classification. Tomorrow's 199.3-kilometre Coppa Bernocchi concludes the series.

"I had the team all behind me today," said Santambrogio. "It was great to have the world champion, Ballan, and all the rest of my teammates. I would have appreciated very much another victory, but Visconti, a very good cyclist, beat me in the sprint. Tomorrow I'll take part in Coppa Bernocchi in order to try to win the overall standing of Trittico Lombardo."

German Linus Gerdemann won the 2008 edition of the Coppa Agostoni.

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1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD4:49:07
2Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.Row 1 - Cell 2
3Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Carmiooro - A StyleRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 3 - Cell 2
5Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Centri della CalzaturaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 5 - Cell 2
7Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia0:00:07
8Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:00:18
9Philipp Mamos (Ger) Amore & Vita - McDonald'sRow 8 - Cell 2
10Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.Row 9 - Cell 2
11Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese ViniRow 10 - Cell 2
12Davide Vigano (Ita) Fuji-ServettoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Diego Caccia (Ita) BarloworldRow 12 - Cell 2
14Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - McDonald'sRow 14 - Cell 2
16Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - McDonald'sRow 16 - Cell 2
18Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Team CorratecRow 17 - Cell 2
19Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Centri Della CalzaturaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro - A StyleRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mauricio Soler (Col) BarloworldRow 20 - Cell 2
22Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - NavigareRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ivan Basso (Ita) LiquigasRow 22 - Cell 2
24Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle ItaliaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team KatushaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Luca Iattici (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini DocceRow 25 - Cell 2
27Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese ViniRow 26 - Cell 2
28Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Amica Chips - KnaufRow 27 - Cell 2
29Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.Row 28 - Cell 2
30Massimo Giunti (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle ItaliaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe MokamboRow 30 - Cell 2

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