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70th Giro del Lazio - 1.HC

Italy, September 18, 2004

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Another big one for Flecha

Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo)
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A month after winning the Championship of Zurich, one day specialist Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo) has added another big triumph to his palmares. The Spaniard with Argentinean roots won a 22 rider group sprint ahead of Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) and Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile). The group had escaped on the third climb of the day with 55 km to go, and remained intact until the finish.

"I'm beginning to get a taste of winning in a sprint," joked Flecha after the finish. "We had four Fassas in the 22 and we were first looking at reducing the selection, as Ferretti had told us to do when we started the finishing circuits. But then we saw the tight cohesion of our breakaway companions, so we decided to bet everything on a sprint. Ferretti asked me how I felt about doing the sprint and I answered him yes. My teammates did an exceptional job in the finale because there were so many attempts to attack. In the last kilometre, Bertagnolli attacked and I followed him. With 500m to go, I turned and saw Savoldelli jump. I managed to get behind him and I jumped with about 150m to go.

"After the Tour de France I found the condition that I was looking for for some time and in the Championship of Zurich, part of the World Cup, and the Giro del Lazio, I won the right prize after a year of hard work. And then yesterday I turned 27, and even though it's a little delayed, I have received a gift."

How it unfolded

176 riders started the race shortly after midday, with Niklas Axelsson (Barloworld) the only non-starter. The opening hour was typically Italian and slow, with just 30.2 km covered. The attacks started in the second hour, but everything was neutralised with the riders covering 40.6 km. The first mountain sprint at Palestrina was taken by Nick Nuyens (Quick.Step) ahead of Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa), Leonardo Giordani (De Nardi), Gianni Faresin (Gerolsteiner) and Marco Fertonani (Phonak). On the descent (km 107), Marco Serpellini (Gerolsteiner) attacked and immediately gained ground, reaching a 1'53 lead in just eight kilometres.

Serpellini was still alone as he crested the day's second GPM at Rocca Priora (km 124) with 1'06 ahead of Przemyslaw Niemec (Miche) and 2'12 ahead of Emanuele Sella (Panaria) and the peloton. Niemec was caught by the peloton on the Campi di Annibale (km 140), with Serpellini surviving to the top with a 25 second lead over Gilberto Simoni (Saeco), then Dario Frigo (Fassa), Leonardo Bertagnolli (Saeco) and Luca Mazzanti (Panaria) and 17 others. Serpellini was caught and a lead group of 22 formed with Basso (CSC), Nocentini (Acqua e Sapone), Noè (Alessio), Sella, Mazzanti (Panaria), Giordani (De Nardi), Giunti, Kolobnev, Simeoni (Domina Vacanze), Bruseghin, Flecha, Frigo, Petito (Fassa), Faresin, Serpellini (Gerolsteiner), Barbero (Lampre), Fertonani (Phonak), Bertagnolli, Simoni (Saeco), Missaglia (Lampre), Savoldelli and Ullrich (T-Mobile).

The podium (L to R):
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On the finishing circuit in Nettuno, the attacks were started individually by Giordani, Frigo and Sella. Each time they were caught. The first time across the line it was Simoni and Kolobnev with a 0'05 advantage over the rest of the group, which was led by the four Fassa Bortolo riders. On the second lap, the group stayed together and had built up a 2'48 advantage over the main peloton. Fassa, having the numbers, kept it together for the third and final lap, hoping to lead out Flecha for the sprint.

The only disruption came when Savoldelli attacked with 500m to go, but was caught with 200m out by Flecha, who held off Simoni and Ullrich to win the 70th Giro del Lazio. Marco Serpellini took out the climber's trophy.


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Results - 196 km

1 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                 4.44.53 (41.280 km/h)
2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco                                             
3 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                         
4 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                     
5 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                    
6 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                     
7 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Team Barloworld-Androni Giocattoli             
8 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                         
9 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                                       
10 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                          
11 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre                                            
12 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   
13 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                         
14 Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                   
15 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                   
16 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                      
17 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                           
18 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                              
19 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                     
20 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) De Nardi                                   0.03
21 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco                                   0.08
22 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Domina Vacanze                             0.25
23 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  3.56
24 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                       
25 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Lampre                                        
26 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                     
27 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
28 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie                 
29 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                     
30 Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                    
31 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
32 Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie               
33 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave'                       
34 Gene Michael Bates (Aus) Saeco                                         
35 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL    
36 Jorg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco                                               
37 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie          
38 Graziano Recinella (Ita) Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave'                       
39 Sergiy Avdyeyev (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                          
40 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                      
41 Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol) Miche                                          
42 Bo Hamburger (Den) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                        
43 Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Tenax                                                
44 Francesco Failli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                  
45 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie            
46 Scott Davis (Aus) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                            
47 Ondrej Sosenka (Cze) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                      
48 Francisco Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre                                 
49 Daniele Masolino (Ita) Team L.P.R.-Piacenza Management SRL             
50 David Mcpartland (Aus) Tenax                                           
51 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
52 Danilo Andreacci (Ita) Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave'                         
53 Ruggero Borghi (Ita) De Nardi                                          
54 Massimo Iannetti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                  
55 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                     
56 Ryan Cox (RSA) Team Barloworld-Androni Giocattoli                      
57 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
58 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                    
59 Francisco Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   
60 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                                  
61 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                   
62 Roman Benitez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                               
63 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                      
64 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Saeco                                            
65 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                   
66 Juan Gomis Lopez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                            
67 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                                   
68 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                                 
69 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                        
70 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA) Team Barloworld-Androni Giocattoli              
71 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Fassa Bortolo                                     
72 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                                 
73 Ruslan Gryschenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                        
74 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              
75 Igor Pugaci (Mda) De Nardi                                             
76 Jaun Josè Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                        
77 Michael Albasini (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          
78 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                        
79 Santo Anza' (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                              
80 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                               
81 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                                 
82 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                              
83 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                                
84 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                            
85 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                        
86 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                            
87 Daniele Nardello (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   
88 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                          
89 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lampre                                            
90 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                   
91 Gian Paolo Cheula (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie             
92 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                   
93 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco                                            
94 Devis Miorin (Ita) De Nardi                                            
95 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Team CSC                                         
96 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                       
97 Gianluca Tonetti (Ita) Tenax                                           
98 Arnas Diaz (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                  
99 Massimiliano Martella (Ita) Miche                                      
Starters: 176
Classified: 99

Past winners

2003 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo               
2002 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
2001 Massimo Donati (Ita) Tacconi Sport - Vini Caldirola
2000 Max Sciandri (Gbr)
1999 Sergio Barbero (Ita)
1998 Andrea Tafi (Ita)
1997 Alessandro Baronti (Ita)
1996 Andrea Tafi (Ita)
1995 Pascal Richard (Swi)
1994 Maurizio Fondriest (Ita)
1993 Pascal Richard (Swi)
1992 Gianni Bugno (Ita)
1991 Andrea Tafi (Ita)
1990 Maurizio Fondriest (Ita)
1989 Charly Mottet (Fra)
1988 Charly Mottet (Fra)
1987 Roberto Pagnin (Ita)
1986 Urs Zimmermann (Swi)
1985 Bruno Leali (Ita)
1984 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1983 Silvano Contini (Ita)
1982 Dag-Erik Pedersen (Ned)
1981 Gianbattista Baronchelli (Ita)
1980 Bernt Johansson (Swe)
1979 Silvano Contini (Ita)
1978 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1977 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1976 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1975 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1974 Roberto Poggiali (Ita)
1973 Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)
1972 Martin Van den Bossche (Bel)
1971 Franco Mori (Ita)
1970 Michele Dancelli (Ita)
1969 Falviano Vicentini (Ita)
1968 Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)
1967 Felice Gimondi (Ita)
1966 Michele Dancelli (Ita)
1965 Franco Bitossi (Ita)
1964 Bruno Mealli (Ita)
1963 Adriano Durante (Ita)
1962 Nino Defilippis (Ita)
1961 Bruno Mealli (Ita)
1960 Giuseppe Fallarini (Ita)
1959 Diego Ronchini (Ita)
1958 Nino Defilippis (Ita)
1957 Ercole Baldini (Ita)
1956 Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)
1955 Loretto Petrucci (Ita)
1954 Angelo Conterno (Ita)
1953 Giorgio Albani (Ita)
1952 Dante Rivola (Ita)
1951 Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)
1950 Annibal Brasola (Ita)
1949 Virgilio Salimbeni (Ita)
1948 Pitro Giudici (Ita) and Ugo Tognarelli (Ita)
1947 Michele Motta (Ita)
1946 Zoarino Guidi (Ita)
1945 Gino Bartali (Ita)
1943 Quirino Tocaccelli (Ita)
1942 Osvaldo Bailo (Ita)
1941 Adolfo Leoni (Ita)
1940 Gino Bartali (Ita)
1939 Mario Vicini (Ita)
1938 Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)
1937 Gino Bartali (Ita)
1936 Rinaldi Gerini (Ita)
1935 Giuseppe Martano (Ita)
1934 Renato Scorticati (Ita)
1933 Giovanni Valetti (Ita)

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,