ReportThe two Swiss stars from last Sunday's World Championship Road Race duelled for honours in Turing until the last metre of the race. Oskar Camenzind, who was wearing the rainbow jersey that he won last Sunday and Niki Aebersold were in a group at the end that contested the sprint.
Aebersold, 5th on Sunday, and with 6 victories to his credit in 1998, launched the sprint as he came around the last bend and clearly beat Celestino who had tried to bring Rebellin up to the final sprint.
The race was very fast from the beginning: 48.780 the average of the first hour, and 43.212 overall. Oskar Camenzind had agreed to race before his World's win. He had not ridden since Sunday but on the climb of the has intentional to honor its mesh of champion of the world. It had not been trained after the triumph of Valkenburg, but on the climb of the Superga he was very active. Camenzind said that "I have come to Italy to sleep. I could not sleep at home. It was an incredible atmosphere. I am a little tired today. I said to my teammates that I would try to make it over the climb and if I was too tired I would just drop out. After the first climb, it was up to Marco Serpellini and Tafi to launch the challenge for the victory."
But Camenzind was active for the whole race and launched the attack on the climb. He said: "I want to demonstrate that I am worthy of wearing the rainbow jersey. I felt people say - 'Who is this Camenzind that is now the World Champion' - I wanted to make them understand who I am." Camenzind intends to ride the first 100 kms of the Giro di Piemonte on Thursday prior to making an all out assault on the Tour of Lombardy on the weekend.
With Camenzind attacking, a group of 18 riders formed at the front of the race on the climb of the Superga (620 metres) 25 kms from the finish. There was Camenzind, Aebersold, Tafi, Rebellin, Virenque, Garcia, Magnien, Marcus Zberg, Puttini, Rebellin, Sgambelluri and Mazzanti all in the break. During the descent of the Superga, the group split into two with a top group of 7 riders. By the time they reached the closing sections of the race the two groups came back together. With 7 kms to go, Serpellini and Tafi tried to get away from this group but were caught with 2 kms left to ride. Celestino was very active in the closing stages.
As they came into the Fausto Coppi Velodrome in Turin, Puttini led the bunch with Tafi on his wheel. Aebersold and Camenzind showed their dexterity in the velodrome, since their escape companions tried to ride on the inside and the Swiss riders went up the banking, which allowed them to gain a higher speed, with Aebersold winning by half a wheel from Camenzind.
The 26-year old Aebersold from the town of Steffisburg (Canton of Bern) has several notable victories: The 1995 Amateur Championship of Zurich, and the final stage in the 1997 Tour of Switzerland. He said at the end: "I have used my old tactics - attack to the outside on the last bend to get some increased speed. It always works".
Milano - Torino, 198 kms:
1. Niki Aebersold (Swi) Team Post Swiss 4.50.12 (43.213) 2. Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Mapei-Bricobi 3. Marco Serpellini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas 4. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux 5. Marcus Zberg (Swi) Team Post Swiss 6. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Polti 7. Mirco Celestino (Ita) Polti 8. Felice Puttini (Swi) Ros Mary 9. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi 10. Richard Virenque (Fra) Festina 11. Stefano Cattai (Ita) Ballan 12. Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Cantina Tollo 13. Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 14. Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno 15. Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros 16. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas 17. Fabian Jeker (Swi) Festina 18. Gianluca Valoti (Ita) Polti 19. Felix M. Garcia Casas (Spa) Festina 20. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo s.t. 21. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Asics 0.24 22. Luca Gelfi (Ita) Ros Mary 23. Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Casino 24. Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi 25. Andrea Patuelli (Ita) Amore e Vita 0.32 26. Frederic Bessy (Fra) Casino 27. Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 28. Oscar Pellicioli (Ita) Mercatone Uno 29. Franz Hotz (Swi) Post Swiss Team 30. Udo Bolts (Ger) Telekom 31. Dario Frigo (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 1.52 45. Claudio Chiappucci (Ita) Ros Mary 2.30 51. Wladimir Belli (Ita) Festina 67. Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 5.14 82. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Riso Scotti 7.48 96. Gianni Bugno (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi 10.14 114. Fabio Malberti (Ita) Asics 117. Michele Bartoli (Ita) Asics 118. Luca Scinto (Ita) Asics 133. Denis Lunghi (Ita) Elite 12.39 135. ? Gierra (Ita) 151. Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi 152. Adriano Baffi (Ita) Ballan 153. Daniele Contrini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas Started: 186 Finished: 153
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