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Gilbert continues hot streak in Piemonte

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Outside the Fausto Coppi museum

Outside the Fausto Coppi museum (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Team Cofidis

Team Cofidis (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Team ISD at the start

Team ISD at the start (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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ISD on the podium for the start of the Giro del Piemonte in Novi Ligure.

ISD on the podium for the start of the Giro del Piemonte in Novi Ligure. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The Giro del Piemonte

The Giro del Piemonte (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil)

Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Maxime Monfort (Columbia-HTC)

Maxime Monfort (Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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The start of the Giro del Piemonte.

The start of the Giro del Piemonte. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Alexandre Usov (Cofidis) and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil)

Alexandre Usov (Cofidis) and Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Teammates Philippe Gilbert and Matthew Lloyd (Silence-Lotto)

Teammates Philippe Gilbert and Matthew Lloyd (Silence-Lotto) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC)

Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-NGC) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Cervélo TestTeam

Cervélo TestTeam (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Oscar Pujol (Cervélo TestTeam), Luis Angel Maté (Diquigiovanni)

Oscar Pujol (Cervélo TestTeam), Luis Angel Maté (Diquigiovanni) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Gianni Savio with his Diquigiovanni team at the start in Novi Ligure.

Gianni Savio with his Diquigiovanni team at the start in Novi Ligure. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni) and Gianni Savio.

Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni) and Gianni Savio. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale)

Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream)

Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Team Astana at the start of the Giro del Piemonte in Novi Ligure

Team Astana at the start of the Giro del Piemonte in Novi Ligure (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto)

Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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World Champion Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) lines up for the start of Giro del Piemonte

World Champion Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) lines up for the start of Giro del Piemonte (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Aussie Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) adjusts his helmet.

Aussie Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) adjusts his helmet. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) wins the Giro del Piemonte in Novi Ligure, Italy

Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) wins the Giro del Piemonte in Novi Ligure, Italy (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) wins the Giro del Piemonte

Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) wins the Giro del Piemonte (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) wins the Giro del Piemonte in Novi Ligure, Italy

Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) wins the Giro del Piemonte in Novi Ligure, Italy (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) sprints to Giro del Piemonte win

Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) sprints to Giro del Piemonte win (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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An on-form Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) claims the Giro del Piemonte.

An on-form Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) claims the Giro del Piemonte. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Belgium's Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) celebrates his Giro del Piemonte victory.

Belgium's Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) celebrates his Giro del Piemonte victory. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Giro del Piemonte winner Philippe Gilbert gets cleaned up prior to the podium ceremony.

Giro del Piemonte winner Philippe Gilbert gets cleaned up prior to the podium ceremony. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) awaits his podium appearance.

Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) awaits his podium appearance. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Race winner Philippe Gilbert on the podium with the Giro del Piemonte trophy.

Race winner Philippe Gilbert on the podium with the Giro del Piemonte trophy. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Giro del Piemonte runner-up Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne).

Giro del Piemonte runner-up Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne). (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Giro del Piemonte podium (l-r): Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne), 2nd; Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto), 1st; Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - N.G.C.), 3rd.

The Giro del Piemonte podium (l-r): Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne), 2nd; Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto), 1st; Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - N.G.C.), 3rd. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton passes a fountain during the Giro del Piemonte.

The peloton passes a fountain during the Giro del Piemonte. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) has 50 metres to go in the Giro del Piemonte.

Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) has 50 metres to go in the Giro del Piemonte. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) battles Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne) to the finish line.

Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) battles Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne) to the finish line. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) wins the Giro del Piemonte ahead of Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne), left, and Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - N.G.C.), right.

Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) wins the Giro del Piemonte ahead of Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne), left, and Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - N.G.C.), right. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Giro del Piemonte peloton rolls through the vineyards of Barolo.

The Giro del Piemonte peloton rolls through the vineyards of Barolo. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Piemonte winner Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto).

Giro del Piemonte winner Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Top three finishers at the Giro del Piemonte (l-r): Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Caisse d'Epargne), Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto), Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - N.G.C.).

Top three finishers at the Giro del Piemonte (l-r): Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Caisse d'Epargne), Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto), Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - N.G.C.). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Philippe Gilbert spreads his wings in triumph as he takes out the Giro del Piemonte.

Philippe Gilbert spreads his wings in triumph as he takes out the Giro del Piemonte. (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)

Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) won his third consecutive race of the last fortnight when he took out the Giro del Piemonte today in Fossano, Italy.

He overcame in-form Spaniard Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne) and Italian stayer Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-NGC) in the sprint finale, adding to his Coppa Sabatini and Paris-Tours wins.

"I'm in the best condition of my entire life," said Gilbert after the finish; judging by his list of victories of late, the Belgian isn't far off the mark, something that must please his employers, who have endured a lean run for most of the season.

With a lone rider - Acqua e Sapone's Alessandro Donati - off the front for most of the day and teams looking to get into a significant move, the peloton was a nervous place to be. 'The big break' never eventuated, adding to the potential for fireworks in the closing stages of the race.

Having gained an advantage in excess of 10 minutes, Donati was joined by Oleksandr Kvachuk (ISD Neri) although the pair was caught with about 20km remaining thanks to the efforts of Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, which had its man Michele Scarponi waiting in the wings.

It was the type of scenario tailor-made for Gilbert, the Belgian given a sniff of another victory courtesy of the indecisiveness taking hold of the big teams - was it time to set up their sprinter or send their strongmen off the front for a last-ditch effort at a solo triumph.

Eventually it was Silence-Lotto's man-of-the-moment who made the big move, attacking the peloton in the final 1.5km and holding on to the finish. While the big names for Sunday's Giro di Lombardia were content to watch the proceedings from afar, Gilbert snapped up the opportunity to continue his fantastic late-season run.

"Now I want to try to win in Lombardy," said Gilbert afterwards. "I don't know the route well but I'm going to see it tomorrow."

While Cadel Evans will start Sunday's season-closing event as one of the favourites, Gilbert believes he's capable of adding to the team's tally of hits over the past month. "The Ghisallo is hard, but the Civiglio and San Fermo are important too, more suitable to my legs,"he explained.

And for good measure he added an ominous warning to his rivals: "When I have a condition like this, no course is too hard for me. I can win them all."

 

Results
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto4:32:54
2Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
3Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C
4Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
5Reinier Honig (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:02
6Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
7Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:04
8Gerben Löwik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
9Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step
10Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
11Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C
12Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
13Santo Anza' (Ita) ISD
14Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
15Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C
16Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
17Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank
18Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha
19Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC
20Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
21Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
22Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne
23Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
24Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
25Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas
26Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC
27Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
28Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
29Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
30Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
31Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
32Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step
33Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
34Hubert Schwab (Swi) Quick Step
35Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
36Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - HTC
37Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
38Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank
39Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha
40Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
41Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana
42Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank
43Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
44Javier Aramendia Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:19
45Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha
46Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana
47Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
48Fabio Taborre (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
49Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
50Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
51Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
52Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
53Steven De Jongh (Ned) Quick Step
54Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
55Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:32
56Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana0:00:34
57Kvist Vedel (Den) Quick Step
58Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - HTC
59Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
60Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
61Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas
62Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
63Daniel Fleeman (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
64Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas
65Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C
66Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
67Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team
68Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha
69Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C
70Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:00:41
71Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
72Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
73Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
74Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
75Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Liquigas0:00:48
76Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) ISD0:00:50
77Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C0:01:03
78Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha
79Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
80Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) ISD
81Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
82Huub Duyn (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
83Christophe Brandt (Bel) Silence - Lotto
84Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas
85Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
86Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - HTC
87Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank
88Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - HTC
89Jannik Eijssen (Bel) Silence - Lotto
90Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
91Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team
92Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
93Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team
94Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas
95Simon Gerrans (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
96Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas
97Luca Pierfelici (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
98Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne
99Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
100Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
101Craig Lewis (USA) Team Columbia - HTC
102Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
103Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:01:10
104Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
105Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C
106Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
107Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Columbia - HTC
108Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
109Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank
110Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:01:21
111Kai Reus (Ned) Rabobank0:01:29
112Alessandro Fantini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:01:31
113Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:43
114Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
115Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
116Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
117Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:02:12
118Claudio Corioni (Ita) Liquigas
119Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
120Emanuale Bindi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C0:02:18
121Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:02:38
122Kilian Patour (Fra) Garmin - Slipstream0:02:44
123Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
124Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:05:15
125Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD0:06:46
126Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
127Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto
128Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana
129Adam Blyth (GBr) Silence - Lotto
DNFCadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto
DNFMatthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto
DNFTadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFValeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana
DNFChristopher Horner (USA) Astana
DNFAlexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
DNFJoaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
DNFJoaquin Novoa Mendez (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
DNFSamuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFTom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
DNFWilliam Frischkorn (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
DNFDaniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Slipstream
DNFRuslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD
DNFSimon Clarke (Aus) ISD
DNFAlessandro Proni (Ita) ISD
DNFBartosz Huzarski (Pol) ISD
DNFDavide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
DNFLuca Celli (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
DNFAlexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank
DNFJakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank

 

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