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92nd Milano-Torino - 1.HC

Italy, March 10, 2007

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The Killer opens 2007 account

Scare for World Champ

Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas)
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The Killer, Danilo Di Luca, has taken the oldest of the Italian races, the 92nd Milano-Torino. The 31 year-old rider launched a move on the Colle di Superga with help from his strong Liquigas team, who kept an iron-grip on the day. It was his first win of 2007 and comes after two victories by the team's other leader, Filippo Pozzato, who won last weekend's Belgian Semi-Classic Het Volk.

"I am in good form and my team did really well to support me here in Milano-Torino," Di Luca said to Alessandra De Stefano of Rai. "I wanted to do something today." What did he think of his Colombian breakaway partner Mauricio Soler of Barloworld, who came second? "Well, I know he has improved a lot as a rider, but he was still a little sketchy on the descent," said Di Luca.

How it unfolded

The bunch sprint winds up for third.
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The riders kicked off the race from near Milano, in Novate Milanese, and sped across sunny Lombardia and Piemonte; the 17°C sunny climes were a stark contrast to the snow of previous years. The parcours, mostly flat, did not rear its head until the Superga, topping out at 620 metres and 15 kilometres to go to the finish on Corso Casale.

Liquigas were setting up the race for Di Luca, who only a few days ago claimed that it was still too early in the season to test his legs. Fans were given a treat when Alessandro Spezialetti attacked to ready a move for his teammate. Di Luca went and only Colombian Mauricio Soler (Barloworld) could keep hold.

The Italian-Colombian duo traded turns on the 10 kilometres to the summit. Only an attack by Andrei Kunitski (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) was able to reach the two, but the Bulgarian rider ill-timed his efforts and blew before the summit.

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Di Luca and Soler topped the Superga together (with 20 seconds on the chasers) and began the nasty descent, the same Pino Torinese descent that knocked Marco Pantani out of action a few years ago. The Italian from Abruzzo led the nervous looking Colombian on the run-in to Torino while at the back of the peloton there was a scare.

World Champion Paolo Bettini (Quickstep-Innergetic) took a spill while trying to keep up with Mirko Celestino (Milram). Luckily, Il Grillo came away with only scrapes and a bruised ego. Celestino is notably sharpening his axe for March 24, when he hopes to use the same descending skills on the Poggio to win Milano-Sanremo.

The sprint was a tight affair; with the peloton closing in behind, Di Luca could not take any chances. He out-gunned Soler on the Corso Casale to take his 38th career win, right outside of the velodrome in which the race used to finish. Behind, by nine seconds, the sprint was taken by Kim Kirchen (T-Mobile) over an in-form Stuart O'Grady (Team CSC).


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Results - 199 km

1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                               4.32.40 (43.790 km/h)
2 Juan M. Soler Herna (Col) Barloworld                               
3 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team                                0.09
4 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                      
5 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                          
6 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis                          
7 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Tenax                                    
8 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Tenax                                       
9 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                
10 Luca Solari (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                     
11 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      
12 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Diquigiovanni - Selle                  
13 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre - Fondital                           
14 Santo Anza (Ita) Diquigiovanni - Selle                            
15 Donato Cannone (Ita) OTC Doors - Lauretana                        
16 Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld                                 
17 Micula De Mattis (Ita) Tenax                                      
18 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                               
19 Canada Gracdavid (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                     
20 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas                                        
21 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria                              
22 Fernandez Bubingen (Spa) Cofidis                       
23 Andrei Kunitski (Blr) Acqua & Sapone                              
24 Jure Golcer (Slo) Tenax                                           
25 John Lee Augustyn (RSA) Barloworld                                
26 Riccardo Ricco' (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                      
27 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Barloworld                              
28 Pedro Arreitunand (Spa) Barloworld                                
29 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                    
30 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                                   
31 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      
32 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Milram                             0.13
33 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                    0.15
34 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas                               0.40
35 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                              0.44
36 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare            
37 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R Prevoyance                                 
38 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     
39 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mokambo          
40 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                  
41 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                               
42 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis              
43 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Tenax                                     
44 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team L.P.R.                               
45 Roberto Traficante (Ita) Team L.P.R.                              
46 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                
47 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                   
48 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                          
49 Aldape Chavemoises (Mex) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare              
50 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                         
51 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mokambo           
52 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                            
53 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     
54 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                    
55 Francesco Failli (Ita) Liquigas                               0.48
56 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis            
57 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                     
58 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                0.50
59 Manuele Spadi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                             
60 Maurizio Varini (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                       0.54
61 Ivan Santaromita (Swi) Quickstep - Innergetic                 1.01
62 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mokambo      1.15
63 Anders Lund (Den) Team CSC                                    1.53
64 Volodymyr Zagorodny (Ukr) OTC Doors - Lauretana               2.16
65 Jaime Castaneda (Col) Lampre - Fondital                       2.18
66 Nikolai Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                      
67 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                             
68 Marco Pinotti (Ita) T-Mobile Team                                 
69 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                             
70 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                 
71 Alessandro Bertuola (Ita) Tenax                                   
72 Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir                        
73 Massimiliano Maisto (Ita) OTC Doors - Lauretana                   
74 Simone Bruson (Ita) OTC Doors - Lauretana                         
75 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                         
76 Piergiorgio Camussa (Ita) OTC Doors - Lauretana                   
77 Mattia Turrina (Ita) Diquigiovanni - Selle Italia                 
78 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                              
79 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile Team                              
80 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                     
81 Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                  
82 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mokambo           
83 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mokambo           
84 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R Prevoyance                           
85 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr) Team Milram                                
86 Alexandr Arekeev (Rus) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mokambo            
87 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Liquigas                               
88 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Liquigas                         3.08
89 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                    3.31
90 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                   
91 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                       3.51
92 Enrico Poitschke (Ger) Team Milram                                
93 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                      4.11
94 Mauro Santambrog (Ita) Tenax                                      
95 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram                           
96 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                          
97 Nazareno Rossi (Swi) Team L.P.R.                                  
98 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                
99 Alarcon Garraul (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir                      
100 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare               
101 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare              
102 Roberto Petito (Ita) Liquigas                                    
103 Pagliarini Meluciano (Bra) Saunier Duval - Prodir                
104 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                  
105 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis              
106 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Diquigiovanni - Selle Italia                
107 Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld                                    
108 Longo Borghpaolo (Ita) Barloworld                                
109 Christian Murro (Ita) Tenax                                  4.16
110 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis                
111 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis             
112 Francesco Reda (Ita) OTC Doors - Lauretana                       
113 Crescenzo D'amore (Ita) OTC Doors - Lauretana                    
114 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                             5.20
115 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                  
116 Hubert Krys (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                              
117 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas                                 6.31
118 Giosuè Bonomi (Ita) Barloworld                                   
119 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems                     
120 Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) Tenax                                6.34
121 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                                   
122 Denis Bertolini (Ita) Diquigiovanni - Selle Italia               
123 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                 
124 Alberto Di Lorenzo (Ita) OTC Doors - Lauretana                   
125 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                             
126 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Diquigiovanni - Selle Italia             
127 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cofidis   
128 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems                        
129 James Lewis Perry (RSA) Barloworld                               
130 Andrea Pagoto (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                  
131 Walter Proch (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                   
132 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                              8.56
133 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Tenax                                  8.57
134 Andrea Rossi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe' Mokambo               
135 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Team Milram                                 
136 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                             
137 Raivis Belohvoscik (Lat) Saunier Duval - Prodir                  
138 Ivan Degasperi (Ita) Diquigiovanni - Selle Italia                
139 Enrico Rossi (Ita) OTC Doors - Lauretana                    10.07
140 Alessio Signego (Ita) OTC Doors - Lauretana                      
141 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                    10.56
142 Daniele Callegarin (Ita) Team L.P.R.                        10.57
143 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                                   
144 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quickstep - Innergetic                       
145 Martin Pedersen (Den) Team CSC                                   
146 Maurizio Bellin (Ita) Team L.P.R.                           11.07
DNF Daniele Colli (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                  
DNF Axel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare       
DNF Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare                 
DNF Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre - Fondital                           
DNF Leonardo Moser (Ita) Diquigiovanni - Selle Italia                
DNF Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                             
DNF Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                   

Past winners

2006 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Barloworld
2005 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo  
2004 Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Liberty Seguros
2003 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco
2002 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 
2001 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
2000 Not held
1999 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
1998 Niki Aebersold (Swi)
1997 Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1996 Giovanni Moro (Ita)
1996 Daniele Nardello (Ita)
1995 Stefano Zanini (Ita)
1994 Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
1993 Rolf Sörensen (Den)
1992 Gianni Bugno (Ita)
1991 Davide Cassani (Ita)
1990 Mauro Gianetti (Swi)
1989 Rolf Gölz (Ger)
1988 Rolf Gölz (Ger)
1987 Phil Anderson (Aus)
1985 Daniele Caroli (Ita)
1984 Paolo Rosola (Ita)
1983 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1982 Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)
1981 Giuseppe Martinelli (Ita)
1980 Giovanni Battaglin (Ita)
1979 Alfio Vandi (Ita)
1978 Pierino Gavazzi (Ita)
1977 Rik Van Linden (Bel)
1976 Enrio Paolini (Ita)
1975 Wladimiro Panizza (Ita)
1974 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1973 Marcello Bergamo (Ita)
1972 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1971 Georges Pintens (Bel)
1970 Luciano Armani (Ita)
1969 Claudio Micheletto (Ita)
1968 Franco Bitossi (Ita)
1967 Gianni Motta (Ita)
1966 Marino Vigna (Ita)
1965 Vittorio Taccone (Ita)
1964 Valentin Uriona (Spa)
1963 Franco Cribiori (Ita)
1962 Franco Balmamion (Ita)
1961 Walter Martin (Ita)
1960 Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita)
1959 Nello Fabbri (Ita)
1958 Agostino Coletto (Ita)
1957 Miguel Poblet (Spa)
1956 Ferdi Kübler (Swi)
1955 Cleto Maule (Ita)
1954 Agostino Coletta (Ita)
1953 Luciano Maggini (Ita)
1952 Aldo Bini (Ita)
1951 Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)
1950 Adolfo Crosso (Ita)
1949 Luigi Casola (Ita)
1948 Sergio Maggini (Ita)
1947 Italo De Zan (Ita)
1946 Vito Ortelli (Ita)
1945 Vito Ortelli (Ita)
1942 Piero Chiappini (Ita)
1941 Piero Chiappini (Ita)
1940 Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1939 Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1938 Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1937 Giuseppe Martano (Ita)
1936 Cesare Del Cancia (Ita)
1935 Giovanni Gotti (Ita)
1934 Mario Cipriani (Ita)
1933 Giuseppe Graglia (Ita)
1932 Giuseppe Olmo (Ita)
1931 Giuseppe Graglia (Ita)
1925 Adriano Zanaga (Ita)
1924 Federico Gay (Ita)
1923 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1922 Adriano Zanaga (Ita)
1921 Federico Gay (Ita)
1920 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1919 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1918 Gaetano Belloni (Ita)
1917 Oscar Egg (Swi)
1915 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1914 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1913 Giuseppe Azzini (Ita)
1911 Henri Pelissier (Fra)
1905 Giovanni Rossignoli
1903 Giovanni Gerbi (Ita)
1894 Luigi Airaldi (Ita)
1874 Paolo Magretti (Ita)