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41st GP Kanton Aargau/Gippingen - 1.1

Switzerland, August 29, 2004

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Tosatto denies locals a home win

By Anthony Tan

Sweet success for Matteo Tosatto
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Matteo Tosatto (Fassa Bortolo) won a foul-weathered edition of the GP Kanton Aargau/Gippingen in Switzerland on Sunday, beating a quality field of riders that included World Cup leader Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo), Stefen Wesemann (T-Mobile Team) and Alex Zülle (Phonak), Zülle riding his last race as a professional.

The early break
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The sprint finish
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Riders took to the start at 11am in pouring rain to complete 10 laps of a 19 kilometre-long parcours. Not surprisingly, the peloton was slow to get going with the first two loops completed at a moderate pace, but soon after, Saeco's Giosué Bonomi and Domina Vacanze's Andris Nauduzs took flight.

The pair stayed away for the next five laps, but a combination of an upping of the pace back in peloton, a mid-race thunderstorm and tired legs eventually saw Bonomi and Nauduzs back in the fold with just under three laps remaining. With the scene set for a bunch gallop, it was Italian Matteo Tosatto launching himself off Markus Zberg's wheel with 350 metres to go to take line honours, denying the Swiss pair of Zberg (Gerolsteiner) and Martin Elmiger (Phonak Hearing Systems) a local win. Afterwards, winner Tosatto publicly thanked his team-mate Tom Danielson in helping close down the break and again in setting him up for the sprint, and intends to take his good form all the way to the World's in Verona, Italy early October. The 196 kilometre race was run at an average speed of 39.513 km/h.

The sad news of the day was a crash in the final two kilometres, which saw Gerolsteiner rider Georg Totschnig fall heavily and break his collarbone. It's now likely the Austrian, who finished seventh overall in the Tour de France, will unfortunately miss this year's world road championships.

Photography

Images by Christine Schramm/www.tourfoto.de

Results - 196 km

1 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           4.57.37 (39.513 km/h)
2 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
3 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
4 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze
5 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
6 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie
7 Wesley Van Der Linden (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
8 Pietre Mertens (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
9 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie
10 Andrej Hauptmann (Slo) Lampre
11 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre
12 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
13 Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres
14 Bo Hamburger (Den) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo
15 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie
16 Frederik Willems (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
17 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Team Barloworld
18 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo
19 Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
20 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lampre
21 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
22 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) RAGT Semences-MG Rover
23 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
24 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
25 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
26 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir
27 Stefan Rucker (Aut) Elk Haus-Simplon
28 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile
29 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) RAGT Semences-MG Rover
30 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
31 Ryan Cox (RSA) Team Barloworld
32 Alexandr Arekeev (Rus) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo
33 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
34 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo
35 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile
36 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC
37 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Domina Vacanze
38 Thomas Danielson (USA) Fassa Bortolo
39 Eddy Serri (Ita) Team Barloworld
40 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir
41 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco
42 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
43 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
44 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie
45 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC
46 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC
47 Andreas Matzbacher (Aut) Saeco
48 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner
49 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco                                       0.25
50 Cadel Evans (Aus) T-Mobile                                     0.28
51 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze
52 Silvwestre Szmyd (Pol) Saeco
53 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco
54 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
55 Harald Totschnig (Aut) ELK                                     0.32
56 Michael Albasini (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  0.45
57 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                2.09
58 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Wiesenhof                              2.19
59 Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Team Barloworld
60 Jimmi Madsen (Den) Team CSC                                    2.54
61 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
62 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco
63 Juan Gomis Lopez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir  
64 Sean Sulllivan (Aus) Team Barloworld               
65 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                              2.56
66 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) T-Mobile    
67 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo   
68 Marco Milesi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie   
69 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre                                 5.24
70 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo            6.44

Past winners

2003 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
2002 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
2001 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank
2000 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Team Telekom


Past winners courtesy of Mario Stiehl, www.world-of-cycling.com