31st GP d'Europa - Crono Coppi, Cat 1.5

Italy, October 18, 1998

1997 Results    


The 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