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74th Giro del Veneto - 1.1

Italy, August 24, 2002

2001 Results    Results    Photography    Past winners

Di Luca wins Giro del Veneto, looks ahead to Vuelta

By Chris Henry, Cyclingnews correspondent

Di Luca gets it
Photo: © Sirotti
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Danilo Di Luca (Saeco-Longoni Sport) outsprinted Laurent Dufaux (Alessio) and Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) to win the prestigious Giro del Veneto in northeastern Italy. For Di Luca the win helped ease the frustration of several brushes with victory in recent Italian one day races, such as the Tre Valli Varesine, where he finished second. Not to mention his second place in the 2001 edition of this race, where Di Luca lost in a photo finish to fellow Italian Giuliano Figueras.

"It's great to have finally won an important race," Di Luca said after the finish. "Especially after I should have won some of the other races in August. The team was great as usual and I can't complain about my fitness."

Di Luca managed to join a break which had already escaped on the climb of the Castelnuovo, including Hernan Buenahora (Cage Maglierie), Michael Rasmussen (CSC-Tiscali), and Laurent Dufaux. This leading group was in turn joined by Italian favorites Francesco Casagrande (Fasso Bortolo) and three time race winner Rebellin. After dropping Buenahora on the Roccolo climb, the five man winning move consolidated its lead, holding off the chase from behind, led by Zurich World Cup winner Dario Frigo.

Entering the Prato della Valle square, Di Luca started the sprint and held his lead until the line, beating Dufaux by a close but comfortable margin and raising his arms in victory. Rebellin completed the podium in third place, followed by Casagrande and Rasmussen. Just nine seconds later, Dufaux's Alessio teammate Andrea Ferrigato crossed the line to win the field sprint.

With his consistent performances in Italy this month, race winner Di Luca can look forward to the upcoming Vuelta with confidence. "The Giro del Veneto was my last race before the Vuelta... we've got big plans for the Spanish race. Simoni will be going for the overall and I'm looking for stage wins."


Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti


1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport          5.03.00 (39.564 km/h)
2 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio 
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 
4 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 
5 Michael Rasmussen (Den) CSC-Tiscali 
6 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio                    0.09
7 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 
8 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Acqua e Sapone 
9 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Acqua e Sapone 
10 Uros Murn (Slo) Mobilvetta Design-Formaggi Trentini 
11 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 
12 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa 
13 Devis Miorin (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa 
14 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 
15 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 
16 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Lampre-Daikin 
17 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
18 Michele Gobbi (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
19 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
20 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
21 Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno
22 Domenico Passuello (Ita) Colombia-Selle Italia
23 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
24 Fabio Bulgarelli (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
25 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Mobilvetta Design-Formaggi Trentini
26 Cristiano Frattini (Ita) Cage Maglierie
27 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Mercatone Uno
28 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
29 Jamie Burrow (GBr) Amore & Vita-Beretta
30 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner
39 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
41 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
47 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi

Starters: 153 
Classified: 101 

Past winners

The 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.

2001 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo        
2000 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
1999 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti
1998 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti
1997 no event
1996 Michele Bartoli (Ita)
1995 Flavio Vanzella (Ita)
1994 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita)
1993 Maximilian Sciandri (Ita)
1992 Massimo Ghirotto (Ita)
1991 Roberto Pagnin (Ita)
1990 Massimo Ghirotto (Ita)
1989 Roberto Pagnin (Ita)
1988 Moreno Argentin (Ita)
1987 Gerhard Zadrobilek (Aut)
1986 Maurizio Rossi (Ita)
1985 Claudio Corti (Ita)
1984 Moreno Argentin (Ita)
1983 Jesper Worre (Den)
1982 Pierino Gavazzi (Ita)
1981 Giovanni Mantovani (Ita)
1980 Carmelo Barone (Ita)
1979 Francesco Moser (Ita)
1978 Valerio Lualdi (Ita)
1977 Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)
1976 Alfio Vandi (Ita)
1975 Roland Salm (Swi)
1974 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1973 Franco Bitosssi (Ita)
1972 Enrico Paolini (Ita)
1971 Giancarlo Polidori (Ita)
1970 Franco Bitossi (Ita)
1969 Mino Denti (Ita)
1968 Alberto Della-Torre (Ita)
1967 Luciano Galbo (Ita)
1966 Michele Dancelli (Ita)
1965 Michele Dancelli (Ita)
1964 Italo Zilioli (Ita)
1963 Italo Zilioli (Ita)
1962 Angelino Soler (Spa)
1961 Nino Defilippis (Ita)
1960 Diego Ronchini (Ita)
1959 Rino Benedetti (Ita)
1958 Adriano Zamboni (Ita)
1957 Angelo Conterno (Ita)
1956 Giorgio Albani (Ita)
1955 Adolfo Grosso (Ita)
1954 Luciano Maggini (Ita)
1953 Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)
1952 Adolfo Grosso (Ita)
1951 Antonio Bevilacqua (Ita)
1950 Luigi Casola (Ita)
1949 Fausto Coppi (Ita)
1948 Luciano Maggini (Ita)
1947 Fausto Coppi (Ita)
1945 Luigi Casola (Ita)
1942 Pierino Favalli (Ita)
1941 Fausto Coppi (Ita)
1939 Adolfo Leoni (Ita)
1938 Secondo Magni (Ita)
1936 Renato Scorticati (Ita)
1935 Vasco Bergamaschi (Ita)
1934 Aldo Canazza (Ita)
1931 Aldo Canazza (Ita)
1930 Aldo Canazza (Ita)
1928 Alfredo Binda (Ita)
1927 Alfonso Piccin (Ita)
1926 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1925 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1924 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1923 Costante Girardengo (Ita)
1922 Alfredo Sivocci (Ita)
1912 Giovanni Roncon (Ita)
1911 no event
1910 no event
1909 Pogliani (Ita)

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,