13th Trofeo dello Scalatore, Cat 1.4
Italy, August 24-26, 1999
Preview:Massimo Donati, Mirko Celestino and Sergio Barbero are all entered for the Trofeo dello Scalatore which is run on Monday in Abruzzo. The Trophy is dedicated to the climber and involves 3 races around the National Park area of the Gran Sasso and the Monti della Laga. There are 96 riders from 11 teams entered including Olympic Champion Pascal Richard, Andrea Ferrigato, Piotr Ugrumov, Roberto Sgambelluri, Nicola Miceli , Biagio Conti and Dario Frigo.
The 13th Trofeo dello Scalatore is decided by an aggregate over the three races. Today, a 135 kms race from Teramo to Pagliaroli, on Wednesday Campli to Ceppo (118 kms) and on Thursday the riders race between Civitella del Tronto and San Giacomo (128 kms).
The GC for individuals and teams is counted in terms of points. The individual "stages" carry UCI points but not the final aggregate classification. That is just for honour.
Trofeo dello Scalatore I, Teramo - Pagliaroli, 135 kms:Roberto Sgambelluri won the first race in the Trofeo dello Scalatore by attacking down the hairpin curves of the final climb. 76 riders set out and the pace was so fast at the beginning that the peloton fractured early. The most active riders creating constant breaks were Paolo Savoldelli and Pascal Richard. All the early moves were in vain. The first serious attack came at the half way mark on a rise at Cermignano, with approximately 60 kms to go before the finish. 29 riders went away and there were some big names left behind - Gotti, Donati, Barbero, Simoni, Savoldelli among others. In a short time the gap was over 4.00 and the race was effectively going to be won by someone in the leading group.
Among the riders in the lead bunch were Sgambelluri, Celestino, Ugrumov, Podenzana, Richard, Zanetti, Axelsson, Kokorine, and Tonetti. The parcours was a series of winding and undulating roads. There were constant attacks from within the top group and Russian neo-pro Sergei Lelekin (Mobilvetta-Northwave) was particularly aggressive. He was away alone for around 30 kms and built a lead of 1.18.
At the foot of the final climb before the finish - 10 kms of constant climbing - the 29 were in one group. Gotti's group was at 4.10 and making no impact. On the first hairpins of the climb the moves started in earnest. With 8 kms to Luca Belluomini (Navigare-Gaerne), 3rd recently at Camaiore - gained a lead and was closely marked by Mauro Zanetti (Vini Caldirola) and Roberto Sgambelluri (Cantina Tollo-Alexia). Sgambelluri did not wait for his breakaway companions to get their breath and he immediately counterattacked them. Belluomini was dropped and Conti, Atienza; Zanetti and Kokorine resisted the move to some extent.
Conti looked dangerous for a moment but he was controlled by Sgambelluri. As the finish approached the Cantina rider broke clear and went across the line with his hands above his head. One by one the chasers arrived. It was Sgambelluri's second professional victory. His first was a stage in the 1997 Giro in his debut year.
He said afterwards: "I have waited for 2 year for this victory which I dedicate it to the memory of my father Francisco because today is the 3rd anniversary of his death. The race? Some might have urged patience on the climb but I think I had the form. I deserved the win after a season of good results - 10th in the Giro, 4th in the Tour of Trentino, 5th at Appennino, 7th in the Tour of Switzerland. I would like to win the Scalatore. We will see. I am feeling well and in good shape. I had prepared myself hoping to ride the Vuelta but the organisers did not allow the team to start. Therefore I will finish the season riding the Italian races."
1. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 3.26.15 2. Roberto Conti (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 0.15 3. Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Vini Caldirola 0.25 4. Daniel Atienza Urendeze (Spa) Team Polti 0.31 5. Vitali Kokorine (Rus) Saeco-Cannondale 0.40 6. Stefano Cattai (Ita) Team Polti 0.46 7. Gianluca Tonetti (Ita) Selle Italia 0.55 8. Guido Trentin (Ita) Vini Caldirola 1.00 9. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 1.03 10. Luca Belluomini (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne 1.30 11. Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Polti 1.45 12. Massimo Podenzana (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 1.45 13. Carlo Finco (Ita) Ballan-Alessio 2.46 14. Marco Vergnani (Ita) Selle Italia 3.38 15. Emiliano Murtas (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 3.52 16. Piotre Ugrumov (Rus) Ballan-Alessio 4.07 17. Valentino Fois (Ita) Vini Caldirola 4.16 18. Pascal Richard (Swi) Mobilvetta-Northwave 4.20 19. Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 4.30 20. Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 5.46 21. Fausto Dotti (Ita) Liquigas 7.43 22. Simone Borgheresi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 7.45 23. Michele Coppolillo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 7.58 24. Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Navigare-Gaerne 8.43 25. Emanuele Lupi (Ita) Vini Caldirola 8.43 26. Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Navigare-Gaerne 8.43 27. Marco Bellini (Ita) Selle Italia 9.55 28. Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Team Polti 9.55 29. Guido Trombetta (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 10.08 30. Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas 10.50 31. Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Ballan-Alessio 11.24 32. Maxim Smirnov (Rus) Ballan-Alessio 11.24 33. Antonio Colon Mas (Spa) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 11.45 34. Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 11.49 35. Leandro Fioroni (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 11.58 36. Rutiman (Swi) 12.41 37. Harald Morscher (Aut) Saeco-Cannondale 12.41 38. Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 12.41 39. Oscar Pellicioli (Ita) Team Polti 12.41 40. Roberto Petito (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 12.41 41. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 12.41 42. Gianmario Ortenzi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 12.41 43. Sergio Barbero (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 12.41 44. Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Navigare-Gaerne 12.41 45. Renzo Ragnetti (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 12.41 46. Ivan Gotti (Ita) Team Polti 13.14 47. Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Polti 14.15 48. Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas 14.42 49. Andrea Tonti (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 14.42 50. Rodolfo Massi (Ita) Liquigas 14.42 51. Alessandro Calzolari (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 14.42 52. Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Selle Italia 14.42 53. Giuseppe Di Fresco (Ita) Selle Italia 14.42 54. Cristian Moreni (Ita) Liquigas 14.42 55. Davide Scalmana (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 14.42 56. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Ballan-Alessio 14.42 57. Massimo Donati (Ita) Vini Caldirola 14.42 58. Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 14.42 59. Oscar Cavagnis (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 14.42 60. Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Cannondale 14.42 61. Sandro Giacomelli (Ita) 14.42 62. Sergei Lelekin (Rus) Mobilvetta-Northwave 14.42 63. Alessandro Varocchi (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 14.42 64. Gianluca Valoti (Ita) Team Polti 14.42 65. Fulvio Frigo (Ita) Selle Italia 14.42 66. Oleg Grichkine (Rus) Ballan-Alessio 20.49 Entered: 96 Started: 76 Finished: 66
Trofeo dello Scalatore II, Campli - Ceppo, 118 kms:Sergio Barbero (Mercatone Uno) won the second race for the Trofeo dello Scalatore held in the Teramo region in the central-south of Italy. Barbero won in a similar way to Roberto Sgambelluri's first race success. Both have been the major protagonists in Italian cycling this August. Barbero attacked on the first hairpin bend of the 12 kms climb to the finish. The peloton did not immediately react. In that moment Barbero gained the lead he needed. The peloton was actually showing the signs of the hard riding early in the race - the first two hours averaging 39.5 kms/h over quite difficult terrain. There had been several attacking moves prior to the final climb. The most important came from Gianluca Valoti after 15 or so kms and he took several riders with him - Murtas, Roscioli, Gasperoni, Marzoli, Di Luca, Tonti, Milesi, Massi, Conti, Coppolillo, Podenzana, Ortenzi, Panetta, Petito, Guerra, Secchiari, Vergnani, Frigo, Lunghi, Trentin, Caucchioli and Rutimann.
This break stayed away for 40 kms and built a maximum advantage of one minute. The pace was fast though given the terrain. By the time the peloton reached the final climb there were less than half left - 35 of 78. The last climb was around 15 kms and took the riders from 620 metres to 1334 metres. Once he opened the gap the lead was never more than around 15 seconds. The first to react were Trentin, Di Luca, Atienza, Pugaci, Puttini and a little further behind came Zanetti, Ivanov, Gasperoni, and Valoti. Donati then came out hard and Gasperoni tagged on. There was still 7 kms to the summit. But they were unable to catch Barbero and he signalled his pleasure at the end.
It was his second victory for the season and the 4th of his career. The Mercatone Uno rider said that he was preparing to sprint but was happy that his move at the bottom of the climb was successful. He is now third in the standings for the Trofeo behind Sgambelluri and Zanetti. He sais: "This is my best season so far. At the end of the Trofeo tomorrow I will ride in France at the GP Plouay, where I came second a couple of years ago. And after that i hope to ride in the Worlds."
Barbero does not hide his desire to ride in the blue jersey in October. He said: "If I can continue to hold this form and perhaps to get another good result then obviously I have thoughts about riding in the Italian team. It is something I have always dreamed about and many who are good riders never get to experience it. This time I have a chance and I will be riding to the limit until then to get a chance. Before the Worlds I will go to France to ride the GP Fourmies then I will complete the rest of the Italian calendar. I hope that God gives me good fortune."
AVS: 37.325 km/h 1. Sergio Barbero (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 3.09.41 2. Massimo Donati (Ita) Vini Caldirola 0.40 3. Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 0.40 4. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 1.27 5. Marco Vergnani (Ita) Selle Italia 1.27 6. Guido Trentin (Ita) Vini Caldirola 1.27 7. Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Vini Caldirola 1.27 8. Roberto Conti (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 1.27 9. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 1.27 10. Daniel Atienza Urendeze (Spa) Team Polti 1.27 11. Felice Puttini (Swi) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 1.32 12. Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Team Polti 1.32 13. Harald Morscher (Aut) Saeco-Cannondale 1.57 14. Guido Trombetta (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 1.57 15. Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas 2.14 16. Stefano Cattai (Ita) Team Polti 2.14 17. Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 3.39 18. Valentino Fois (Ita) Vini Caldirola 4.11 19. Gianluca Tonetti (Ita) Selle Italia 4.52 20. Simone Borgheresi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 4.52 21. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 4.52 Started: 78 Finished: 35
Standings after Race 2:
1. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 43 2. Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Vini Caldirola 32 3. Roberto Conti (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 32 4. Sergio Barbero (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 26 5. Daniel Atienza (Ita) Team Polti 25 6. Guido Trentin (Ita) Vini Caldirola 24 7. Massimo Donati (Ita) Vini Caldirola 23 8. Marco Vergnani (Ita) Selle Italia 21 9. Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 20 10. Stefano Cattai (Ita) Team Polti 18 11. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria 16 11. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 16 12. Vitali Kokorine (Rus) Saeco-Cannondale 16 13. Gianluca Tonetti (Ita) Selle Italia 15 14. Luca Belluomini (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne 9 15. Valentino Fois (Ita) Vini Caldirola 8 16. Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 7 17. Felice Puttini (Swi) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 6 18. Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas 6 19. Guido Trombetta (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 6 20 Harald Morscher (Aut) Saeco-Cannondale 6
Trofeo dello Scalatore III, Civitella del Tronto and San Giacomo, 128 kms:Roberto Sgambelluri won the overall Trofeo dello Scalatore for 1999 after the third race in the series held in the hills of Abruzzi. All three races were won by good climbers and both Sgambelluri (winner of race 1) and Donati (winner of race 3) ride for wine houses - Caldirola- Sidermec (Donati) and Cantina Tollo-Alexia (Sgambelluri). The final race was the toughest and was decided on the last 10 kms climb towards San Giacomo. Before the riders reached the climb the early pace, despite a lot of climbing, had been high. The first hour realised an avs of 45.1 kms/h. Fabio Roscioli and Cristian Moreni had been away for a long period and were caught in the Valle Castellana. At the beginning of the final climb the peloton was together.
Belluomini was the first aggressor and the peloton was shattered by the increase in pace. Several riders latched on to the Tuscan's wheel including - Massimo Donati, Roberto Sgambelluri, Mauro Zanetti, Guido Trentin, Emiliano Murtas, Massimiliano Gentili, Vladimir Duma, Vitali Kokorine, Daniel Atienza and Gianluca Valoti, with Marco Vergnani nearby. Belluomini resisted the chasers for half the climb. Then the chasers, one by one, put the pressure on. First, it was Zanetti who was second overall in the rankings overnight. Then leader Sgambelluri passed Zanetti and caught Belluomini. Calabrian Sgambelluri seemed destined to repeat his victory of 2 days before. But Donati and Atienza didn't let him dominate the finale. With less than 2 kms to go it was Sgambelluri leading with Donati and Atienza breathing down his neck. They caught him with 1 km to go and just behind was Murtas, Valoti and Trentin. Donati then attacked at the 300 metres mark and had no trouble beating the Spaniard with Sgambelluri coming in a clear third.
Donati, who has already won at the GP Camaiore and GP Agostoni, was well suited to this series. He said: "I was working for teammate Zanetti to help him take the series from Sgambelluri. Once I realised Zanetti was gone I seized the opportunity to win the race for my self. I suffered a lot on the climb but I dedicate my success to team captain Francesco Casagrande. I will give the flowers today to my mother Ivana."
1. Massimo Donati (Ita) Vini Caldirola 3.15.40 2. Daniel Atienza (Ita) Team Polti 0.08 3. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 0.20 4. Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Vini Caldirola 0.32 5. Emiliano Murtas (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria 0.40 6. Gianluca Valoti (Ita) Team Polti 0.48 7. Guido Trentin (Ita) Vini Caldirola 1.48 8. Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 1.11 9. Vitali Kokorine (Rus) Saeco-Cannondale 1.22 10. Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Navigare-Gaerne 1.44 11. Luca Belluomini (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne 1.44 12. Marco Vergnani (Ita) Selle Italia 1.46 13. Stefano Cattai (Ita) Team Polti 2.30 14. Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Cannondale 2.36 15. Roberto Conti (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 2.43 16. Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas 3.05 17. Valentino Fois (Ita) Vini Caldirola 3.21 18. Pascal Richard (Swi) Mobilvetta-Northwave 3.21 19. Maxim Smirnov (Rus) Ballan-Alessio 3.39 20. Gianmario Ortenzi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 3.41 21. Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 3.55 22. Piotre Ugrumov (Rus) Ballan-Alessio 4.16 23. Renzo Ragnetti (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 4.28 24. Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Team Polti 4.30 25. Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 4.41 26. Cristian Moreni (Ita) Liquigas 5.34 27. Harald Morscher (Aut) Saeco-Cannondale 5.48 28. Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips 6.39 29. Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 6.56 30. Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Polti 7.06 Started: 76 Finished: 52