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Pozzato wins Giro del Veneto

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Riders approach the GPM on the second passage over the Castelnuovo climb.

Riders approach the GPM on the second passage over the Castelnuovo climb. (Image credit: April Pedersen Santinon)
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The riders would go over this climb one more time

The riders would go over this climb one more time (Image credit: April Pedersen Santinon)
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The Euganean hills are always decisive in determining the outcome of this classic race

The Euganean hills are always decisive in determining the outcome of this classic race (Image credit: April Pedersen Santinon)
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 The hot humid conditions made things difficult for the riders.

The hot humid conditions made things difficult for the riders. (Image credit: April Pedersen Santinon)
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Italian champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) wins the Giro del Veneto ahead of Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld)

Italian champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) wins the Giro del Veneto ahead of Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Italian champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) wins the Giro del Veneto Saturday in Padova, Italy.

Italian champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) wins the Giro del Veneto Saturday in Padova, Italy. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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An early escape group.

An early escape group. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) sprints ahead of Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld) at the Giro del Veneto Saturday in Padova, Italy.

Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) sprints ahead of Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld) at the Giro del Veneto Saturday in Padova, Italy. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

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.

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

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