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Visconti powers to GP Insubrica victory

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Paolo Bettini attended the GP Regio Insubrica.

Paolo Bettini attended the GP Regio Insubrica.
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Italian champion Giovanni Visconti wins his first race of 2011 at the GP Regio Insubrica.

Italian champion Giovanni Visconti wins his first race of 2011 at the GP Regio Insubrica.
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GP Regio Insubrica top three: Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis), Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli) and Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale)

GP Regio Insubrica top three: Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis), Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli) and Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale)
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Arms aloft for winner Giovanni Visconti.

Arms aloft for winner Giovanni Visconti.
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Giovanni Visconti signs an autograph for a fan.

Giovanni Visconti signs an autograph for a fan.
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The peloton awaits the start of the GP Regio Insubrica.

The peloton awaits the start of the GP Regio Insubrica.
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Italian champion Giovanni Visconti and Ivan Basso at the start.

Italian champion Giovanni Visconti and Ivan Basso at the start.
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Giovanni Visconti celebrates his victory in Varese.

Giovanni Visconti celebrates his victory in Varese.
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GP Regio Insubrica podium (l-r): Jure Kocjan, 2nd; Giovanni Visconti, 1st; Rinaldo Nocentini, 3rd

GP Regio Insubrica podium (l-r): Jure Kocjan, 2nd; Giovanni Visconti, 1st; Rinaldo Nocentini, 3rd
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Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli) wins ahead of runner-up Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis).

Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli) wins ahead of runner-up Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis).
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2011 GP Regio Insubrica champion Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli)

2011 GP Regio Insubrica champion Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli)
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Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli) wins the GP Regio Insubrica.

Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli) wins the GP Regio Insubrica.
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Matteo Montagutti (AG2R La Mondiale) leads Philipp Mamos (Amore & Vita) in the early break.

Matteo Montagutti (AG2R La Mondiale) leads Philipp Mamos (Amore & Vita) in the early break.
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Italian national champion Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) confirmed he is in excellent early season form by winning the GP Insubrica raced in southern Switzerland and northern Italy on Saturday.

Visconti won the uphill finish in the centre of Varese ahead of Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis) and fellow Italian Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale).

Matteo Montagutti (AG2R La Mondiale) and Philipp Mamos (Amore & Vita) formed the early break of the day, with Montagutti winning the special prime awarded in memory of the late Aldo Sassi in Valmorea.

The break was caught before the last lap of a finishing circuit in Varese. Local resident Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) made a strong attack but then Visconti took control and won with his arms in the air.

“I'm happy. The work that I have done in Qatar and Oman is paying off," said Visconti. "Despite the change in temperature (from 28-30C of Qatar to 8-10C of Insubrica), I felt good and I was able to finish off the work done by the team, who put me at the front for the finale. The uphill finish was perfect for me.”

Visconti is now confident about his chances of Tirreno-Adriatico, his first big goal of the season.

“This victory arrived at the best possible moment, because it gives me confidence for the next step up in the season, for the RCS Sport organised races,” he said. “They’re my real big goals of the season.

“I have to dedicate this success to my family, who I really missed during the 22 days in Qatar and Oman, and to the team. We are a wonderful group, and if we have won races, it’s for this reason.”

Visconti will ride the GP Lugano on Sunday and then get ready for the Strade Bianche race on the dirt roads of Tuscany and then Tirreno-Adriatico.

“Next Saturday it’s time for Eroica. I want to do something there, then in Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan – Sanremo. I can't deny it, but I don't want to make any promises either. We’ll see what happens during the races,” he said.

Full Results
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli3:48:57
2Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
3Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:01
4Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
5Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
6Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
7Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
8Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:04
10Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC0:00:05
11Edoardo Girardi (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia0:00:06
12Tomaz Nose (Slo) Adria Mobil
13Giuseppe De Maria (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia
14Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
15Luca Ascani (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo
16Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
17Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil
18Fortunato Baliani (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo
19Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
20David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC
21Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - ISD
22Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
23Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
24Josef Benetseder (Aut) Team Vorarlberg
25David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD
26Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
27Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC0:00:14
28Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
29Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Vorarlberg
30Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
31Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:16
32Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
33Alberto Di Lorenzo (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
34Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:18
35Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
36Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:00:20
37Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Price Your Bike0:00:26
38Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
39Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia
40Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
41Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:00:29
42Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
43Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil
44Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia
45Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD
46Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Team Vorarlberg0:00:32
47Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) Lampre - ISD
48Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:37
49Reinbert Cornelis Wielinga (Ned) Itera - Katusha0:00:42
50Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team Vorarlberg
51Laurent Beuret (Swi) Atlas Personal
52Nicolas Schnyder (Swi) Price Your Bike
53Daniel Henggeler (Swi) Price Your Bike
54Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil0:00:46
55Alexander Prishpetniy (Rus) Itera - Katusha
56Peter Kusztor (Hun) Atlas Personal0:00:49
57Marco Corti (Ita) Geox-TMC
58Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:51
59Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
60Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Geox-TMC0:00:53
61Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System0:00:57
62Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
63Tomas Alberio (Ita) Geox-TMC
64Felix Rinker (Ger) Atlas Personal
65Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale
66Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
67Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
68Bernhard Oberholzer (Swi) Price Your Bike
69Kristian Forbord (Nor) Amore & Vita0:01:20
70Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
71Niv Libner (Isr) Amore & Vita
72Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
73Andrey Klyuev (Rus) Amore & Vita
74Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:27
75Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:01:35
76Dmitriy Ignatiev (Rus) Itera - Katusha
77Pirmin Lang (Swi) Atlas Personal
78Mirco Saggiorato (Swi) Atlas Personal0:01:50
79Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:04
80Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
81Federico Rocchetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia
82Fabio Felline (Ita) Geox-TMC
83Dmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Itera - Katusha
84Dominik Brändle (Aut) Team Vorarlberg
85Michele Merlo (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia
86Cristiano Benenati (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia
87Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Itera - Katusha
88Darko Blazevic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team
89Florian Salzinger (Ger) Atlas Personal
90David Rosch (Ger) Atlas Personal
91Stefan Poll (Aut) Team Vorarlberg
92Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil
93Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD
94Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
95Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Vorarlberg
96Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
97Marcel Wyss (Swi) Geox-TMC
98Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Team Vorarlberg
99Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
100Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - ISD
101Matteo Fedi (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia0:02:33
102Andrea Grendene (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
103Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo
104Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
105Simone Campagnaro (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo
106Philipp Mamos (Ger) Amore & Vita
107Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil
108Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
109Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion System
110Jan Keller (Swi) Price Your Bike
111Stoen Bersven (Nor) Amore & Vita0:06:13
112Norberto Wilches (Col) Meridiana Kamen Team0:06:22
DNFPaolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
DNFAndrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre - ISD
DNFBalint Szeghalmi (Hun) Lampre - ISD
DNFDamien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFLeonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
DNFDiego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
DNFDavide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
DNFPaolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
DNFJure Zagar (Slo) Adria Mobil
DNFLukas Kalt (Swi) Price Your Bike
DNFIvan Boutellier (Swi) Price Your Bike
DNFLoic Aubert (Swi) Price Your Bike
DNFAriel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo
DNFSergey Rudaskov (Rus) Itera - Katusha
DNFMariano Giallorenzo (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
DNFDomenico Agosta (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
DNFMichele Napoli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
DNFBruno Radotic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team
DNFOmar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNFCrescenzo d'Amore (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNFLuca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNFRoger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System
DNFJoris Boillat (Swi) Champion System
DNFHolger Burkhardt (Ger) Champion System
DNFClemens Fankhauser (Aut) Champion System
DNFDaniel Gollmann (Aut) Champion System
DNFNicholas Sanderson (Aus) Amore & Vita
DNFPatrik Moren (Swe) Amore & Vita
DNSVolodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita
DNSPeter Erdin (Swi) Atlas Personal

 

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