Rebellin beats Pozzovivo at Tre Valli Varesine

Davide Rebellin (Miche-Guerciotti) took his first victory since his return from suspension at the Tre Valli Varesine on Tuesday. The Italian, who tested positive for CERA at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, had too much for Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) on the final climb to the line at Campione d’Italia.

The duo broke clear inside the final kilometre, just after a searing but short-lived acceleration from Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) shattered the leading group under the red kite. Ultimately, however, Nibali’s attack served only to eliminate his teammate Peter Sagan from contention and hand the initiative to Rebellin and Pozzovivo.

After Nibali’s effort fizzled out, the diminutive Pozzovivo took up the reins on the climb and sallied ahead with Rebellin in tow. In spite of the best efforts of Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) to make it across, the leading pair maintained their advantage into the final 300 metres, and it was here that the wily Rebellin sensed his opportunity.

The Italian turned 40 last week, but he carried his years lightly as he ripped past Pozzovivo and quickly opened out a sizeable gap to take an emphatic victory. Pozzovivo held on for second place, while young French talent Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) gave yet another glimpse of his arsenal of talent by zipping clear of Gasparotto to take third.

“When I was alone with Pozzovivo with 300 metres to go, I knew I could win,” Rebellin said afterwards. “It was a finish that suited me and I knew I was in good condition.”

Rebellin maintained that his victory justified his decision to return to the sport after his suspension. Considering the length of his lay-off, the veteran has been in remarkable form this summer, and he had come close to victory at both the Trofeo Matteotti and the GP Città di Camaiore in recent weeks.

“I came back because I knew I could still win big races, and hopefully I can still do more between now and the end of the season,” he said flatly.

Liquigas lose out

The big losers of the day were Liquigas-Cannondale, as their leaders failed to make the anticipated impact on the sharp uphill finish at Campione d’Italia, in spite of the team controlling the race for much of the day by placing Mauro Finetto in the early break with Pavel Brutt (Katusha).

When that pair was swallowed up in the final 30 kilometres, the lime green squad took over the pace-setting at the head of the peloton in support of the in-form Peter Sagan. Thanks largely to the efforts of Valerio Agnoli, they succeeded in distancing a number of favourites including Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) on the undulating run-in to the finish.

In the final 4km, as the road began to pitch up towards the line, Ivan Basso put in a selfless stint of work at the front of the leading group, with Sagan perched imperiously on his rear wheel. Basso succeeded in controlling attacks from Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) and Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago-CSF Inox) and entering the final kilometre, Sagan seemed well-placed to add to his ever-burgeoning palmares.

It was at that point that Nibali opted to make his solo effort, however, and Liquigas’ race fell apart when Sagan lost contact as the leading group scrambled to get on the Sicilian’s wheel. To compound matters, Nibali was unable to continue in his forcing, and instead Rebellin and Pozzovivo gratefully took advantage to carve up the spoils between them.

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Full Results
1Davide Rebellin (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti4:41:30
2Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:04
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:07
4Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team AstanaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 6 - Cell 2
8Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 7 - Cell 2
9Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team0:00:17
11Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:22
12Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica FlaminiaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 14 - Cell 2
16Patxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) De Rosa - Ceramica FlaminiaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 16 - Cell 2
18Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:36
20Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 19 - Cell 2
21Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche - Guerciotti0:00:48
22Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 21 - Cell 2
23Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 23 - Cell 2
25Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC0:00:57
27Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:01:04
28José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 27 - Cell 2
29Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Pro Team AstanaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:11
32Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:01:28
33Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team AstanaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 33 - Cell 2
35Juan Sebastian Tamayo Martinez (Col) WITRow 34 - Cell 2
36Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katusha TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 37 - Cell 2
39Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 38 - Cell 2
40Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 39 - Cell 2
41Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:38
42Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:42
43Alberto Contoli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 42 - Cell 2
44Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 43 - Cell 2
45Gianni Meersman (Bel) FDJRow 44 - Cell 2
46Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Miche - GuerciottiRow 46 - Cell 2
48Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:03
49Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 48 - Cell 2
50Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 49 - Cell 2
51Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJRow 50 - Cell 2
52Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 51 - Cell 2
53Edoardo Girardi (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica FlaminiaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:02:24
55Fortunato Baliani (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:02:35
56Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:02:41
57Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:49
58Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 57 - Cell 2
59Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 58 - Cell 2
60Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 59 - Cell 2
61Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 60 - Cell 2
62Oleg Berdos (Mda) De Rosa - Ceramica FlaminiaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 62 - Cell 2
64Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team AstanaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & SaponeRow 65 - Cell 2
67BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos AlbertoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 67 - Cell 2
69Charles Wegelius (GBr) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 69 - Cell 2
71Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 70 - Cell 2
72Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 71 - Cell 2
73Aristide Ratti (Ita) WITRow 72 - Cell 2
74Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 73 - Cell 2
75Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:03:08
76Alexander Zdanov (Rus) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:03:32
77Giuseppe De Maria (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia0:03:38
78Damiano Margutti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia0:03:43
79Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team0:03:48
80Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:04:23
81Fabio Felline (Ita) Geox-TMC0:04:32
82Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:04:40
83Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Marco Corti (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 83 - Cell 2
85Noè Gianetti (Swi) Geox-TMCRow 84 - Cell 2
86Diego Alejandro Tamayo Martinez (Col) WITRow 85 - Cell 2
87Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 86 - Cell 2
88Luca Solari (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 87 - Cell 2
89Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 88 - Cell 2
90Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:05:15
91Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJRow 90 - Cell 2
92Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:05:28
93Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 92 - Cell 2
94Michele Gaia (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti0:05:34
95Luca Zanasca (Ita) WIT0:05:51
96Christian Meier (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:06:21
97Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 96 - Cell 2
98Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri SottoliRow 97 - Cell 2
99Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - GuerciottiRow 98 - Cell 2
100Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 99 - Cell 2
101Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:07:03

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