ReportThe Grand Prix Europa is a Cat 1.5 Time Trial for Pairs held in Bergamo. It allows riders from different teams to ride together. Moldavian Ruslan Ivanov (Brescialat-Liquigas) and the elite amateur rider Massimo Cigana won the 31st edition of the race in Bergamo. The great favourites to take out the race were Marco Velo (Mercatone Uno-Bianchi) and Mark Serpellini (Brescialat-Liquigas), who unfortunately lost time when Velo punctured after only 20 kms. Velo said later: "I punctured after only 20 kms. Without that incident Serpellini and I would have won for sure."
Velo will be even more determined next Saturday in the Florence-Pistoia Time Trial which closes the Italian racing season for 1998. Pavel Tonkov who is recovering from a recent operation came last with Valentino Fois. He was honoring his contract with the organisers.
Bergamo, Paired ITT, 63 kms:
1. Ruslan Ivanov (Mol) Brescialat-Liquigas and 1.10.59 (53.252) Massimo Cigana (Ita) Brescialat-Resine Ragnoli 2. Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno and Marco Serpellini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas 0.45 3. Mirko Gualdi (Ita) Polti and Cristian Salvato (Ita) Polti 0.55 4. Giordani-Kustov 0.58 5. Enrico Cassani (Ita) Polti and Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Polti 1.02 6. Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Asics and Fabio Malberti (Ita) Asics 1.58 7. Pinotti-Cortinovis 3.29