Pozzato wins Giro del Veneto

Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) won the Giro del Veneto today in Padova, Italy. He out-sprinted his rivals in a four-man escape group, Italians Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld), Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone) and Alessandro Proni (ISD).

 "I worked a lot at high-altitude and had the right mindset in the last week. I also had extra inspiration because I am racing on roads near I was born," said Pozzato.

The main group finished 18 seconds behind Pozzato, led by Russian teammate Pavel Brutt.

The 81st edition of the race started and ended in Padova, 199.6 kilometres. It covered the Castelnuovo climb three times prior to the smaller, Valico climb at 15.6 kilometres to race.

The four men formed the winning move over the top of the Valico. They attacked from a larger escape group, which included Brit Steve Cummings (Barloworld).

Cummings remained in a group of 20 chasers that Diquigiovanni's Michele Scarponi and Leonardo Bertagnolli led.

Director of the Italian national team, Franco Ballerini, observed the race today. He will select Italy's nine-man team (and two reserves) September 14, 13 days before the World Championships. Pozzato's win could see him riding in the national team, led by defending champion Alessandro Ballan.

Italy has won the last three editions of the World Championships. A team has never won in four consecutive years.

Italy's Francesco Ginanni (Diquigiovanni) won the 2008 Giro del Veneto.

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Results
1Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha4:33:50
2Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) BarloworldRow 1 - Cell 2
3Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè MokamboRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISDRow 3 - Cell 2
5Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha0:00:18
6Miguel Rubiano Chávez (Col) Centri della CalzaturaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Valerio Agnoli (Ita) LiquigasRow 6 - Cell 2
8Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) CarmioOro - A-StyleRow 7 - Cell 2
9Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISDRow 8 - Cell 2
10Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini DocceRow 9 - Cell 2
11Steve Cummings (GBr) BarloworldRow 10 - Cell 2
12Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 11 - Cell 2
13Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISDRow 12 - Cell 2
14Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè MokamboRow 13 - Cell 2
15Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè MokamboRow 14 - Cell 2
16Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group-NavigareRow 15 - Cell 2
17Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group-NavigareRow 16 - Cell 2
18Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) LPR Brakes-Farnese ViniRow 17 - Cell 2
19Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes-Farnese ViniRow 18 - Cell 2
20Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sergio Pardilla (Spa) CarmioOro - A-StyleRow 20 - Cell 2
22Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 21 - Cell 2
23Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group-NavigareRow 22 - Cell 2
24Pascal Hungerbühler (Swi) Vorarlberg-CorratecRow 23 - Cell 2
25Emanuele Sella (Ita) CarmioOro - A-Style0:00:32
26Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Centri della Calzatura0:04:55
27Chris Froome (Ken) BarloworldRow 26 - Cell 2
28Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas0:05:35
29Mauricio Soler (Col) BarloworldRow 28 - Cell 2
30Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 29 - Cell 2
31Santo Anzà (Ita) Amica Chips-KnaufRow 30 - Cell 2
32Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo0:07:05
33Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini DocceRow 32 - Cell 2
34Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-NGCRow 33 - Cell 2
35Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-AuthorRow 34 - Cell 2
36Nikita Eskov (Rus) KatushaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ivan Santaromita (Ita) LiquigasRow 36 - Cell 2
38Enrico Zen (Ita) CSF Group-NavigareRow 37 - Cell 2
39Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè MokamboRow 38 - Cell 2
40Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffè MokamboRow 39 - Cell 2
41Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini DocceRow 40 - Cell 2
42Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Centri della CalzaturaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool-AuthorRow 42 - Cell 2
44Luis Angel Maté (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 43 - Cell 2
45Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 44 - Cell 2

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