ReportThe Italiaan rider Marco Serpellini, still smarting from being left out of the Italian squad for the World Road Championships last weekend, won the 86st edition of the Tour of the Piedmont based around Turin in Northern Italy. The Brescialat-Liquigas rider was the quickest at the end of a top group of 5 which had formed an earlier breakaway. Daniele Nardello was second with Stefano Colage third. Serpellini's other big win for the season came in the Tour of Portugal.
The Giro del Piemonte is the traditional curtain-raiser for the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday, the final classic for the season and the final round of the World Cup, already safely won by Italian Michele Bartoli.
Both Marco Serpellini and Daniele Nardello found themselves fighting out the finish together. But Serpellini learned the lesson from Milan-Turin when he was too cautious at the end and took too low a line on the velodrome and was outsprinted by the two Swiss riders Niki Aebersold and Oskar Camenzind who took a higher line. This time he had the courage to go high on the bends of Motovelodromo and attacked the finishing line with speed - enough to win the race from Nardello and 36-year old Stefano Colagé.
Marco Serpellini and Daniel Nardello are nearly twins. They are both 26 years of age and were both born in the month of August - Daniele on the 2nd and Marco on the 14th. They were both in the Italian team for the Junior Worlds at Middlesbrough in 1990 when under the guidance of Antonio Fusi, Serpellini won the Junior World Road Championship. He missed the Worlds this year after coming 9th in the Vuelta and winning the Tour of Portugal.
He explained to the press that: "Fusi acted in good faith. I knew that Bartoli and Tafi were the two supported riders and the others would be selected to do the work for them. But they would also have to be in top condition. I am disappointed not to have been selected and that an Italian did not win. But I am not about to make any trouble nor create any controversies. I am concentrating on the Tour of Lombardy, which is raced over the roads that I know very well. Victory would be my dream."
The exclusion of Serpellini from the World's team was dictated more by tactics rather than physical considerations.
The win today at more than 45 km/h average speed restores the status of the Brescialat-Liquigas rider. In order to win he had to have the courage to lose. He told the press: I did not want another placing. I only wanted to win. I gave it everything."
Serpellini has an accounting degree from University and is the third child of 4. He is 1.88 cms and 76 kgs and has been cycling since he was 14. Before that he was a national ski champion. "I trained on the bike during summer and my father Giuseppe, who was a good amatuer, urged me to take it more seriously."
He turned professional in 1994 with Lampre-Panaria. He said: "There was Fondriest and Tonkov, and they were three important years, because with them I learned the trade. And now I can put what they taught me into practice." In 1999 Serpellini will return to Algeri and Saronni in the new team Lampre-Daikin, which also will have Oskar Camenzind on its books.
The race today was a succession of attacks and the riders sat on 50 km/h for long periods. In the first km, there was a breakaway of 8 riders including Denis Lunghi (a strong performer in the Under-23 road race in Valkenburg). In the first hour the average speed was 49.150. Oskar Camenzind attacked on the climb of Morra but the peloton was complete at the first feed station at Coazzolo (km 104). Another attack went at the 107 kms mark and this included Serpellini and Hotz and later Velo. Valoti was joined them too. At the 127 kms mark, a group with Nardello, Colagé, Jaermann, Conte, Hernandez, Peers and Dario Frigo caught the other 4 and the 11 riders hit the last major climb before Turin, the Pino Torinesse (495 metres) with 8 kms to go. They had a gap of 1.20 on the peloton.
Then the attacks began in earnest. Nardello went and Serpellini closed it down. Then Velo went with Nardello reacting. The attacks continued in the front group and Serpellini, Colagé and Velo were able to open a gap on the descent.
With only 600 meters to go, almost at the doors of the Fausto Coppi Velodrome in Turin, the three escapees were captured by three other riders - Frigo, Nardello and Mario Aerts. On the track lap, Serpellini was able to take advantage of the cement section and launched a comfortable win ahead of Nardello and Colagé.
Turin, 198 kms:
1. Marco Serpellini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas 4.20.02 (44.996) 2. Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi 3. Stefano Colage (Ita) Cantina Tollo 4. Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno 5. Chris Peers (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 6. Dario Frigo (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 0.05 7. Paolo Valoti (Ita) Cantina Tollo 0.23 8. Franz Hotz (Swi) Post Swiss Team 0.23 9. Biagio Conte (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne 0.54 10. Rolf Jaermann (Swi) Casino 0.57 11. Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 1.56 12. Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis 1.56 13. Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 2.07 14. Glen Magnusson (Swe) Amore e Vita 2.17 15. Claudio Chiappucci (Ita) Ros Mary 2.17 16. Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Asics-CGA 2.17 17. Paolo Alberati (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 18. Valerio Tebaldi (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 19. Moreno Di Biase (Ita) Riso Scotti 2.47 20. Alessandro Varocchi (Ita) Ros Mary 21. Andrea Patuelli (Ita) Amore e Vita 22. Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 3.00 23. François Simon (Fra) Crédit Agricole 4.34 24. Iñigo Gonzalez Heredia (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 6.02 25. Valentino Fois (Ita) Vini Caldirola 6.17 26. Fabian Jeker (Swi) Festina 27. Fabian De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 28. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas 29. Claus Michael Moeller (Den) TVM-Farm Frites 30. Alain Turicchia (Ita) Asics-CGA 31. Bo Hamburger (Den) Casino 32. Frederic Delalande (Fra) Crédit Agricole 33. Pascal Herve (Fra) Festina 34. Daniel Schnider (Swi) Team Post Swiss 35. Jens Voigt (Ger) Crédit Agricole 36. Cristiano Frattini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas 37. Laurent Roux (Fra) TVM-Farm Frites 38. Leonardo Fioroni (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 39. Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis 40. Pascal Richard (Swi) Casino 41. Oscar Freire (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 42. Stefano Checchin (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 43. Stefano Cattai (Ita) Ballan 44. Rolf Aldag (Ger) Telekom 45. Riccardo Faverio (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 46. Francisco Tomas Garcia (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 47. Ivan Basso (Ita) Asics-CGA 48. Bruno Cenghialta (Ita) Riso Scotti 49. Felix M. Garcia Casas (Spa) Festina 50. Gianni Bugno (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi 51. Fabrizio Bontempi (Ita) Ros Mary 52. Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi 53. M. Martini (Ita) Amore e Vita 54. Cristian Auriemma (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne 55. Luca Gelfi (Ita) Ros Mary 56. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Festina 57. A. Galletti (Ita) 58. Nicklas Axelsson (Swe) Scrigno-Gaerne 59. Vladimir Douma (Ukr) Scrigno-Gaerne 60. Gianluca Valoti (Ita) Polti 61. A. Calzolari (Ita) s.t Started: 182 Finished: 61
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