Visconti wins alone in Conegliano

Giovanni Visconti took the second Italian road race title of his career with a solo attack on the last lap of the Italian championships held in Conegliano on Saturday afternoon.

Visconti's ISD-Neri team was not invited to this year's Giro d'Italia and the proud Sicilian wanted to prove a point by winning a second tricolore jersey, three years after taking his first in 2007. Visconti crossed the line alone, waving an Italian flag.

Ivan Santaromita (Liquigas-Doimo) finished second and Alessandro Ballan (BMC) was third a few seconds behind.

"This win pays me back for the hard work and all the sacrifices I've made all year," an emotional Visconti said.

"I want to dedicate it to my family. I really wanted a second Italian title after winning in Genoa in 2007 and taking second in 2008. I love the Italian championships and so I'm over the moon. My team isn’t second best to anybody else and my hands in the air proved that."

The testing course around Conegliano, in the heart of the Italian cycling industry in the Veneto region, included two difficult climbs on each of the 11 23.7km laps, with the Ca' del Poggio climb near the finish being especially steep.

An early break of 20 riders formed after 30km of racing, hoping to stay away all day. However after a constant chase by Liquigas-Doimo and then several minor counter attacks, Visconti took control of the race with two laps to go. He went clear with Riccardo Riccò (Ceramica Flaminia) and Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil) on the Ca' del Poggio, with a select chase group forming behind them.

As the bell rang to signal the last lap, the trio were joined by a chase group of 14 riders that included Ballan, Failli, Bertagnolli, Sella, Baliani, Muto, Nocentini, Capecchi and Pozzovivo. Damiano Cunego was at 28 seconds, with the bunch, including Ivan Basso at 48 seconds.

Visconti then attacked alone on the easier but longer Coste climb and the other riders hesitated, giving Visconti a golden opportunity. He quickly opened a 20-second gap and set off in pursuit of success.

At the start of the final climb of the Ca' del Poggio, Visconti had a 50 second cushion and paced himself on the steep gradient. Bertagnolli e Riccò attacked and closed the gap slightly but they had left it far too late. In the final kilometre, Visconti had time to collect an Italian flag and wave it over his head as he savoured a special victory.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giovanni Visconti (ISD Neri Giambenini)6:46:36
2Ivan Santaromita (Liquigas-Doimo)0:00:46
3Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team)0:00:50
4Fortunato Baliani (Miche)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Emanuele Sella (Carmiooro-NGC)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre - Farnese Vini)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Pasquale Muto (Miche)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2R La Mondiale)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Leonardo Bertagnolli (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni)0:00:58
10Riccardo Ricco' (Ceramica Flaminia)0:01:25
11Francesco Failli (Acqua & Sapone)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago - CSF Inox)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Eros Capecchi (Footon - Servetto)0:01:48
14Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing Team)0:02:44
15Daniele Callegarin (CDC Cavaliere)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Damiano Cunego (Lampre - Farnese Vini)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Riccardo Chiarini (De Rosa - Stacplastic)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Alessandro Bertuola (Kalev Chukulate)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre - Farnese Vini)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Davide Torosantucci (CDC Cavaliere)0:07:08
22Francesco Bellotti (Liquigas-Doimo)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Alessandro Donati (Acqua & Sapone)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Carlo Scognamiglio (ISD Neri Giambenini)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Daniele Colli (Ceramica Flaminia)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Marco Corti (Footon - Servetto)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Davide Appollonio (Cervelo Test Team)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Aristide Ratti (Carmiooro-NGC)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Andrea Masciarelli (Acqua & Sapone)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Massimiliano Gentili (Ceramica Flaminia)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Manuele Mori (Lampre - Farnese Vini)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Paolo Bailetti (Ceramica Flaminia)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Francesco Di Paolo (Acqua & Sapone)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago - CSF Inox)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Marcello Pavarin (Colnago - CSF Inox)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Enrico Magazzini (Lampre - Farnese Vini)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Enrico Zen (Colnago - CSF Inox)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Marzio Bruseghin (Caisse d'Epargne)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Sergio Lagana' (De Rosa - Stacplastic)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Damiano Caruso (De Rosa - Stacplastic)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Giairo Ermeti (De Rosa - Stacplastic)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Vincenzo Garofalo (Team Nippo)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Fabrice Piemontesi (Androni Giocattoli-Diquigiovanni)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)0:17:02
46Andrea Tonti (Carmiooro-NGC)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Roberto Cesaro (Miche)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Emanuele Vona (ISD Neri Giambenini)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Oscar Gatto (ISD Neri Giambenini)Row 48 - Cell 2

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