Giro del Veneto, Cat 1.1
Italy, August 28, 1999
Preview:The air is becoming cooler in the north of Italy now and all the Italian riders are looking to the Worlds in Verona on October 10. The Giro del Veneto is the first of three races in the North East - the GP Friuli follows on Monday and then the GP Melinda in Trentino on Thursday. All are important races in the selection of the Italian team for the worlds. Francisco Casagrande and Davide Rebellin will once again be the major hopes in this race. In Varesotto, Casagrande tried until the last hill to stay on Rebellin's wheel but he could not. At Brianza, Casagrande was instrumental in launching Massimo Donati while Rebellin preferred not to react. Then in Zurich, Casagrande fell with Rebellin close by. Casagrande said: "It could have been worse. After 6 days I have some pain in my wrist and ribs. But I am okay. I have been able to ride each day for an hour or so. I will see whether I can make a race of it today. I am not so concerned about winning today. Rather I wish to keep my condition."
Davide Rebellin won this race last year. He is in good form but admits he can get fitter. He said: "I am not worried about anyone. I am aiming for the worlds in October. I know I have strength to attack. There is also the Vuelta that am preparing for."
Casagrande and Rebellin resist the notion that they are in rivalry. Both acknowledge the talents of the other.
Report:Davide Rebellin? Present. Francesco Casagrande? Present. The two strongest Italians came to the front at the Giro del Veneto. We saw a head to head with Rebellin coming ahead of the Tuscan. Casagrande couldnít hold after he launched a long sprint. He said: "Davide was faster than me. Itís a shame because I thought I could win. In a finish from a small group I should have beaten him, but it wasnít that way." Rebellin's interpretation of events went like this: "This was a beautiful race for me even though for a time I thought it would come down to a mass sprint. Instead we came in 45 seconds ahead. I feel really good and I am especiallyt pleased to see Francesco doing well after his fall at Zurich. We can get better from now to October 10th. To Verona with two captains? We will have to trust Fusi, the national coach, to choose the best formula."
The race began with the lone break by Matteo Algeri, who built a maximum advantage of 8.45. The final and definitive move came with 38 kms to go before the finish, when Rebellin and Casagrande escaped on the climb of Castelnuovo. 14 riders had been in a breakaway that had lasted for around 50 kms prior to the climb. Rebellin, Casagrande, Vainsteins, Nardello, Finco and Podenzana were key riders in that group which had built a lead of 1.36. On the climb, Rebellin and Casagrande attacked and only Marcello Siboni (usually a domestique for Marco Pantani) could follow. But he gave way to and the two in-form Italians went clear. In the sprint, Rebellin was faster than Casagrande.
Padua, 200 kms:
AVS: 39.792 km/h 1. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti 5.01.25 2. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola 3. Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Ballan-Alessio 0.45 4. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 0.45 5. Cristian Gasperini (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 0.45 6. Felice Puttini (Sch) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria 0.45 7. Massimo Podenzana (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 0.45 8. Massimo Donati (Ita) Vini Caldirola 0.45 9. Marcello Siboni (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 0.45 10. Alexandre Shefer (Kaz) Riso Scotti 0.45 11. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 0.45 12. Mirko Puglioli (Ita) Amore e Vita 1.18 13. Marco Vergnani (Ita) Selle Italia 1.20 14. Fabio Baldato (Ita) Ballan-Alessio 1.26 15. Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 1.26 16. Marco Bellini (Ita) Selle Italia 1.26 17. Sergei Lelekin (Rus) Mobilvetta-Northwave 1.26 18. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 1.26 19. Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 1.26 20. Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas 1.26 .. 24. Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 1.26 28. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 1.26 34. Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 5.25 45. Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola 5.25 48. Dario Frigo (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 7.51 64. Rodolfo Massi (Ita) Liquigas 13.33 72. Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 13.33 Started: 117 Finished: 76
Past WinnersThe first edition of this race was in 1909. There was no race in the years 1910-11, 1913-21, 1929, 1932-33, 1937, 1940, 1943-44, 1946, and 1997.
1909 Pogliani (Ita) 1910 no event 1911 no event 1912 Giovanni Roncon (Ita) 1922 Alfredo Sivocci (Ita) 1923 Costante Girardengo (Ita) 1924 Costante Girardengo (Ita) 1925 Costante Girardengo (Ita) 1926 Costante Girardengo (Ita) 1927 Alfonso Piccin (Ita) 1928 Alfredo Binda (Ita) 1930 Aldo Canazza (Ita) 1931 Aldo Canazza (Ita) 1934 Aldo Canazza (Ita) 1935 Vasco Bergamaschi (Ita) 1936 Renato Scorticati (Ita) 1938 Secondo Magni (Ita) 1939 Adolfo Leoni (Ita) 1941 Fausto Coppi (Ita) 1942 Pierino Favalli (Ita) 1945 Luigi Casola (Ita) 1947 Fausto Coppi (Ita) 1948 Luciano Maggini (Ita) 1949 Fausto Coppi (Ita) 1950 Luigi Casola (Ita) 1951 Antonio Bevilacqua (Ita) 1952 Adolfo Grosso (Ita) 1953 Fiorenzo Magni (Ita) 1954 Luciano Maggini (Ita) 1955 Adolfo Grosso (Ita) 1956 Giorgio Albani (Ita) 1957 Angelo Conterno (Ita) 1958 Adriano Zamboni (Ita) 1959 Rino Benedetti (Ita) 1960 Diego Ronchini (Ita) 1961 Nino Defilippis (Ita) 1962 Angelino Soler (Spa) 1963 Italo Zilioli (Ita) 1964 Italo Zilioli (Ita) 1965 Michele Dancelli (Ita) 1966 Michele Dancelli (Ita) 1967 Luciano Galbo (Ita) 1968 Alberto Della-Torre (Ita) 1969 Mino Denti (Ita) 1970 Franco Bitossi (Ita) 1971 Giancarlo Polidori (Ita) 1972 Enrico Paolini (Ita) 1973 Franco Bitosssi (Ita) 1974 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) 1975 Roland Salm (Swi) 1976 Alfio Vandi (Ita) 1977 Giuseppe Saronni (Ita) 1978 Valerio Lualdi (Ita) 1979 Francesco Moser (Ita) 1980 Carmelo Barone (Ita) 1981 Giovanni Mantovani (Ita) 1982 Pierino Gavazzi (Ita) 1983 Jesper Worre (Den) 1984 Moreno Argentin (Ita) 1985 Claudio Corti (Ita) 1986 Maurizio Rossi (Ita) 1987 Gerhard Zadrobilek (Aut) 1988 Moreno Argentin (Ita) 1989 Roberto Pagnin (Ita) 1990 Massimo Ghirotto (Ita) 1991 Roberto Pagnin (Ita) 1992 Massimo Ghirotto (Ita) 1993 Maximilian Sciandri (Ita) 1994 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) 1995 Flavio Vanzella (Ita) 1996 Michele Bartoli (Ita) 1997 no event 1998 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti 1999 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team PoltiPast winners are from Mario Stiehl, Berlin