Moreno wins Gran Piemonte

Dani Moreno (Katusha) scored a fine victory at Gran Piemonte, as he came home ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and teammate Luca Paolini in a small group finish in Novi Ligure.

The Spaniard slipped clear of the decisive 14-man break inside the final kilometre with the aid of the canny Paolini. Moreno had Paolini locked on his wheel on the last descent of the race, and when the Italian cleverly allowed a gap to develop, he was able to open a telling advantage over the group behind.

In spite of Vincenzo Nibali’s (Liquigas-Cannondale) late attempt to shut down the move, Moreno had enough in hand to hold on for the win, while a frustrated Van Avermaet took the sprint for second just behind.

“Paolini left a gap to Moreno on the last decent to the finish," Van Avermaet explained. "Nibali tried to close the gap and with 400 metres to go I went full out, but couldn't close the gap to him anymore."

A rapid start in Piasco

The winning break had its genesis in a 31-rider move that formed 85km into the race, after a searing beginning to proceedings in Piasco. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Nibali and Daniele Bennati (Leopard Trek) were among their number, but neither the resurgent Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) nor defending champion Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) succeeded in making the cut.

By that point, world champion Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) had already left the race, the Briton abandoning after just 69km.

With such a strong collection of riders and wide spread of teams, the break quickly built up what would turn out to be an insurmountable lead. With 75km to go, they were 7:35 ahead of the peloton, and it was clear that they would divide the spoils between them, even if a small chase group including Daniel Lloyd (Garmin-Cervélo) and Fabio Felline (Geox-TMC) battled gamely to close the gap.

Though the finale featured no standout climb, the terrain was rolling throughout, and inside the final 30km, the strongmen of the lead group came to the fore. Under impetus from Thomas Löfkvist (Sky), 14 riders forced their way clear and the Swede was joined by Moreno, Rodriguez, Paolini (Katusha), Van Avermaet, Matthias Frank, Ivan Santaromita (BMC), Nibali, Oliver Zaugg, Bennati (Leopard Trek), Nicolas Roche (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Przemysław Niemiec (Lampre-ISD) and André Steensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard).

Katusha and BMC worked to keep the group together on the run-in to the finish, and in spite of the best efforts Roche and Voeckler to force another selection, it all came down to a 14-man sprint.

While Van Avermaet was the man on form in the wake of his Paris-Tours victory, Katusha’s strength won out, with Paolini expertly piloting Moreno in the finishing straight. For good measure, the veteran Italian held off Voeckler and Roche to claim the third place on the podium.

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Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha4:45:16
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Pro CyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Luca Paolini (Ita) KatushaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 3 - Cell 2
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 5 - Cell 2
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard - TrekRow 6 - Cell 2
8André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank - SunGardRow 7 - Cell 2
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 8 - Cell 2
10Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Pro CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard - TrekRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Pro Cycling0:00:34
13Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Pro Cycling0:00:48
14Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha0:00:58
15Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli0:02:05
16Daniele Colli (Ita) Geox - TMC0:02:11
17Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 16 - Cell 2
18Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri SottoliRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua ASA SaponeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 19 - Cell 2
21Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 20 - Cell 2
22Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 22 - Cell 2
24Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank - SunGardRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Pro CyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale0:08:37
28Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Pro CyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua ASA Sapone0:09:39
31David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Geox - TMCRow 30 - Cell 2
32Fabio Felline (Ita) Geox - TMCRow 31 - Cell 2
33Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli0:09:43
34Maurizio Gorato (Ita) Geox - TMCRow 33 - Cell 2
35Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 34 - Cell 2
36Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Garmin - CerveloRow 35 - Cell 2
37Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:18:53
38Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin - CerveloRow 37 - Cell 2
39Petr Ignatenko (Rus) KatushaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Luca Solari (Ita) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua ASA SaponeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) KatushaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - SunGardRow 44 - Cell 2
46Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Marco Corti (Ita) Geox - TMCRow 46 - Cell 2
48Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 47 - Cell 2
49Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 48 - Cell 2
50Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 49 - Cell 2
51Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 50 - Cell 2
52Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 51 - Cell 2
53Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Pro CyclingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 53 - Cell 2
55Maxime Vantomme (Bel) KatushaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 55 - Cell 2
57Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua ASA SaponeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard - TrekRow 57 - Cell 2
59Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 58 - Cell 2
60Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 60 - Cell 2
62Claudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua ASA SaponeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 62 - Cell 2
64Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 63 - Cell 2
65Zakkari Dempster (Aus) HTC - HighroadRow 64 - Cell 2
66Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard - TrekRow 65 - Cell 2
67Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC - HighroadRow 66 - Cell 2
68Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 67 - Cell 2
69Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Pro CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Pro CyclingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank - SunGardRow 70 - Cell 2
72G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri SottoliRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - CerveloRow 72 - Cell 2
74Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Pro CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
76Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri SottoliRow 75 - Cell 2
77Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri SottoliRow 76 - Cell 2
78Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank - SunGardRow 77 - Cell 2
79Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank - SunGardRow 78 - Cell 2
80Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) KatushaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua ASA SaponeRow 80 - Cell 2
82Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 81 - Cell 2
83Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri SottoliRow 82 - Cell 2
84Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Garmin - CerveloRow 83 - Cell 2
85Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - CerveloRow 84 - Cell 2
86Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Omega Pharma - LottoRow 85 - Cell 2
87Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Pro CyclingRow 86 - Cell 2
88Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Pro CyclingRow 87 - Cell 2
89Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 88 - Cell 2
90Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 89 - Cell 2
91Andrea Piechele (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 90 - Cell 2
92Alberto Contoli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 91 - Cell 2
93Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 92 - Cell 2
94Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 93 - Cell 2
95Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Andalucia Caja Granada0:19:04

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