Pozzato grabs tricolore in Imola

Filippo Pozzato claimed the Italian tricolore for the next twelve months with an impressive win Sunday at the Italian national championship race in Imola.

Katusha's star rider won a sprint finish at the end of the 257-kilometre race. Damiano Cunego (Lampre NGC) finished second and Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone) third.

"I have been chasing this win for many years and finally I have managed to win the title of Italian champion," said Pozzato.

Pozzato's win today marked the second time he has won a national title ahead of Cunego. In 1997, they finished in the same positions at the Italian school championships.

Pozzato immediately outlined his next objective at the Tour de France."I will go to the Tour to win a stage with the Italian champion's jersey."

His win was formed from a 17-rider group that formed 52 kilometres from the finish. Pozzato had Luca Mazzanti in the group and Cunego had teammate and World Champion Alessandro Ballan.

Mazzanti helped keep the group together over the Frassineto and Tre Monti climbs. Despite attacks by Liquigas' Vincenzo Nibali and Franco Pellizotti, the riders were in one group with three kilometres remaining.

 

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Results
1Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha)6:34:45
2Damiano Cunego (Lampre - N.G.C)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - N.G.C)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Alessandro Bertolini (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Andron)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Gabriele Bosisio (LPR Brakes Farnese Vini)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Massimiliano Gentili (Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Carlo Scognamiglio (Barloworld)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Daniele Callegarin (Centri Della Calzatura)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Luca Solari (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Andron)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Francesco Bellotti (Barloworld)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Enrico Zen (CSF Group - Navigare)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Eros Capecchi (Fuji-Servetto)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Leonardo Bertagnolli (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Andron)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Domenico Pozzovivo (CSF Group - Navigare)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Francesco Reda (Quick Step)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Federico Canuti (CSF Group - Navigare)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Manuele Mori (Lampre - N.G.C)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Alessandro Ballan (Lampre - N.G.C)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Massimo Giunti (Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Giampaolo Caruso (Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce)0:00:04
24Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas)0:00:05
25Luca Mazzanti (Team Katusha)0:00:36
26Marco Marzano (Lampre - N.G.C)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Eddy Ratti (Individuali)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Ruggero Marzoli (Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo)0:01:40
29Maurizio Biondo (Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Alessandro Proni (ISD)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Danilo Andrenacci (Nazionale Elettronica New Slot - Had)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Fabio Gilioli (Amore & Vita - Mcdonald's)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Marco Frapporti (CSF Group - Navigare)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Cristiano Salerno (LPR Brakes Farnese Vini)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Alberto Ongarato (LPR Brakes Farnese Vini)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Pasquale Muto (Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Andrea Masciarelli (Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Francesco Masciarelli (Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo)0:01:44
40Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Bruno Rizzi (Team Utensilnord)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Enrico Gasparotto (Lampre - N.G.C)0:01:57
43Marco Cattaneo (LPR Brakes Farnese Vini)0:03:18
44Alessandro Bisolti (CSF Group - Navigare)0:03:45
45Francesco Failli (Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Davide Vigano (Fuji-Servetto)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Luca Zanasca (Centri Della Calzatura)0:05:48
48Marco Corti (Barloworld)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Salvatore Commesso (Meridiana - Kalev Chocolate Team)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Santaromita Villaivan (Liquigas)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Marco Carletti (Betonexpress 2000 - Limonta)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Donato Cannone (Betonexpress 2000 - Limonta)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Fabio Taborre (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Andron)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Alan Marangoni (CSF Group - Navigare)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre - N.G.C)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Andrea Pagoto (Team Utensilnord)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Leonardo Moser (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Andron)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Mauro Santambrogio (Lampre - N.G.C)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Andrea Moletta (Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre - N.G.C)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Marco Velo (Quick Step)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Paolo Longo Borghini (Barloworld)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Leonardo Giordani (Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Sergio Lagana (LPR Brakes Farnese Vini)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Dario David Cioni (ISD)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Vincenzo Garofolo (Individuali)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Francesco Ginanni (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Andron)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Simone Stortoni (CSF Group - Navigare)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Massimo Codol (Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Davide Torosantucci (Centri Della Calzatura)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Fabio Negri (LPR Brakes Farnese Vini)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Dario Cataldo (Quick Step)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Paolo Bailetti (Fuji-Servetto)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Matteo Tosatto (Quick Step)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Eugenio Loria (Centri Della Calzatura)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Giovanni Visconti (ISD)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Diego Caccia (Barloworld)0:06:11
81Francesco Tizza (Carmiooro - A Style)Row 80 - Cell 2

 

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