Duarte wins Coppa Sabatini

Fabio Duarte (Colombia-Coldeportes) became the first Colombian winner of the Italian one-day Coppa Sabatini as he overpowered his five breakaway companions in the uphill finale. Compatriot Miguel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli) finished as runner-up, one second in arrears of the 2008 U23 road race world champion, while Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) rounded out the podium in third place at four seconds.

Two-time Coppa Sabatini winner Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) was also in the winning escape, but was denied the chance to claim a record-breaking third title as he finished in fourth at six seconds.

The six-man escape also included Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) and Patrik Sinkewitz (Meridiana Kamen Team) who finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Omar Bertazzo (Androni Giocattoli) led in the first chase group nearly one minute behind Duarte.

"I am extremely happy," Duarte said. "It is my first victory in Europe for Colombia-Coldeportes, and I really wanted to deliver before the season was over.

"It has not been a lucky year overall, but today I took great joy after edging my fellow escapees in the final 500 metres. Now my focus moves to the Giro dell'Emilia – which I really like a lot – and then I will start working on 2013 season: I want to progress with this team next year, while hopefully getting our first participation in the Grand Tours."

The decisive six-man escape formed 21km from the 198.6km race's finish under the impetus of Duarte, but 10 kilometres later their lead seemed tenuous at best due to the chase efforts of Acqua & Sapone. Indecision in the peloton, however, provided the cushion the escape needed to contest the finale well clear of their chasers.

On the one-kilometre long ascent to the finish, Farnese Vini teammates Rabottini and Failli alternated attacks in an attempt to crack their breakaway companions. Duarte weathered their blows and soon launched his own blistering attack, to which Visconti tried to respond. The two-time champion faltered at 300 metres to go, ultimately finishing in fourth, as Duarte rode away to victory. Meanwhile, Rubiano and Rabottini passed the Movistar Italian to garner podium finishes.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes4:41:53
2Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:00:01
3Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:04
4Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:06
5Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:09
6Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Meridiana Kamen Team0:00:10
7Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:53
8Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes0:00:57
9Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling0:00:59
10Davide Rebellin (Ita) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 10 - Cell 2
12Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Alexander Zdanov (Rus) Team NippoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & SaponeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 14 - Cell 2
16Andrea Palini (Ita) Team IdeaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 17 - Cell 2
19Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 18 - Cell 2
20Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 19 - Cell 2
21Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 20 - Cell 2
22Stefano Borchi (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Alessandro Proni (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Cristiano Monguzzi (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:14
26Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:02
27Marco Canola (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:24
28Vincenzo Garofolo (Ita) Team NippoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 28 - Cell 2
30Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 29 - Cell 2
31Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:49
32Negri Pier Paolo De (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:02:39
34Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:03:15
35Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:06:03
36Sergio Lagana (Ita) Utensilnord NamedRow 35 - Cell 2
37Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Luca Dodi (Ita) Team IdeaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team IdeaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Paolo Francesco Di (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Enrico Barbin (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 41 - Cell 2

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