Pozzato picks up much-needed win

Filippo Pozzato has salvaged something from his 2011 season with a well-deserved win in the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli, making a daring late-race attack to solo to victory, 19 seconds ahead of countrymen Manuel Belletti (Colnago-CSF Inox) and Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli).

"I'm very happy to be back to winning," said Pozzato. "I needed it in order to erase a long, bad period, in which I suffered from some serious injuries, too.

"I want to thank a lot my teammates, especially [Luca] Paolini. Thanks to his brilliant work, the followers' group slowed down its chase, so I was able to win quite easily."

The first attack of the day came after 18km from Luxembourger Ben Gastauer (AG2R La Mondiale), who amassed an advantage of 5:40 after 32km of the race. He was joined later by Leonardo Pinizzotto (Miche–Guerciotti) and Diego Caccia (Farnese Vini–Neri Sottoli) and over the next 110km another 15 chasers made their way up the road.

Bauke Mollema and Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), Maxime Monfort and Oliver Zaugg (Leopard Trek) Pozzato and Luca Paolini (Katusha), Maurizio Gorato (Geox-TMC), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli), Manuel Belletti (Colnago-CSF Inox), Francesco Di Paolo, Alessandro Donati, Claudio Corioni and Fabio Taborre (Acqua & Sapone) and Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (D'Angelo & Antenucci – Nippo) fled the peloton to form a star-studded breakaway that would eventually fight for line honours.

The instigator, Gastauer, and Pinizzotto eventually paid for their efforts and lost contact with the front group before Pozzato kicked into action on the final climb, attacking his companions in the break and holding steady to ensure he crossed the line solo for his first win this season.

Full Results

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1Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team4:39:08
2Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:19
3Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 2 - Cell 2
4Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:21
7Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 6 - Cell 2
8Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard TrekRow 7 - Cell 2
9Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:22
10Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone0:00:24
12Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 11 - Cell 2
13Fabio Felline (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 12 - Cell 2
14Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 14 - Cell 2
16Davide Rebellin (Ita) Miche - GuerciottiRow 15 - Cell 2
17Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Andrea Piechele (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Team VorarlbergRow 18 - Cell 2
20Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 19 - Cell 2
21Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Vorarlberg0:00:25
22Giuseppe Di Salvo (Ita) Miche - GuerciottiRow 21 - Cell 2
23Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard TrekRow 24 - Cell 2
26Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 25 - Cell 2
27Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 28 - Cell 2
30Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica FlaminiaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJRow 30 - Cell 2
32Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 31 - Cell 2
33Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 32 - Cell 2
34Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky ProcyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Josef Benetseder (Aut) Team VorarlbergRow 36 - Cell 2
38Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank SungardRow 37 - Cell 2
39Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank SungardRow 38 - Cell 2
40Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 39 - Cell 2
41Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank SungardRow 40 - Cell 2
42Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard TrekRow 41 - Cell 2
43Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard TrekRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 43 - Cell 2
45Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJRow 44 - Cell 2
46Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 46 - Cell 2
48Alexander Zdanov (Rus) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) FDJRow 48 - Cell 2
50Oleg Berdos (Mda) De Rosa - Ceramica FlaminiaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 50 - Cell 2
52Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team AstanaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 53 - Cell 2
55Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 54 - Cell 2
56Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 55 - Cell 2
57Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 57 - Cell 2
59Claudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team VorarlbergRow 59 - Cell 2
61Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & SaponeRow 60 - Cell 2
62Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & VitaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & VitaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:09
65Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 64 - Cell 2
66Patrik Moren (Swe) Amore & VitaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Gianluca Maggiore (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica FlaminiaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Enrico Montanari (Ita) WITRow 67 - Cell 2
69Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 68 - Cell 2
70Damiano Margutti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica FlaminiaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 70 - Cell 2
72Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:13
73Maurizio Gorato (Ita) Geox-TMC0:01:17
74Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 73 - Cell 2
75Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Pro Team AstanaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 76 - Cell 2
78Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 77 - Cell 2
79Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team AstanaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 79 - Cell 2

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