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Dauphiné Libéré
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89th Milano-Torino - 1.1

Italy, October 13, 2004

2003 Results    Results    Past winners

Serrano surprise

Marcos Serrano (Liberty Seguros)
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Spanish rider Marcos Serrano (Liberty Seguros) has won the 89th Milano-Torino in an improbable manner. Although he made the leading break of four on the crucial climb of the Superga, he was forced to chase after crashing on the descent, and, together with Cadel Evans (T-Mobile), only caught the two leaders Francesco Casagrande (Vini Caldirola) and Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) with 500m to go. He wasted no time and surprised them in the sprint, winning comfortably ahead of Mazzoleni, Casagrande and Evans.

How it unfolded

154 riders left Novate Milanese shortly before midday, and constant attacks got the race off to a very fast start. After 20 km, seven riders escaped: Sella, Mariangeli, Velo, Baranowski, Van Bon, Mutsaars and Gussev, reaching a lead of 25 seconds before they were caught at km 25. Many other riders tried to get away in a very fast first hour (50.6 km/h), but it wasn't until the 50 km point that Emanuele Sella (Panaria) and Denis Bondarenko (Rus) were able to break clear for a little while longer. But eight kilometres later, on the climb of Mortara, the pair were joined by 30 more riders, followed by the rest of the peloton at km 64.

After 70 km, Andrea Tafi (Alessio-Bianchi) attacked, and was chased by Michele Gobbi (De Nardi) and Sylvester Szmyd (Saeco), but the two were unable to catch the flying Tuscan and were caught by the peloton. Finally the pace eased up and Tafi quickly established a decent sized lead of 3'40 by km 78. The peloton didn't want to give him too much of an advantage, however, and had reduced the gap to 3'00 at the halfway point (km 100) with the average speed still a very fast 48.1 km/h after two hours of racing.

At the feed zone (km 105), many riders abandoned, including Perez Cuapio, Scarponi, Baldato, Furlan, Van Bon and Marichal. In front Tafi, slowed but was still 3'11 ahead of the peloton with 50 km to go, with the average speed now 45.9 km/h after three hours. The counter-attacks started within the peloton and the pace picked up for the finale. Tafi was caught with 30 km to go and the real race began to determine the winner.

On the Colle di Superga, Duma (Landbouwkrediet), Fertonani (Phonak) and Schreck (T-Mobile) attacked, but the latter quickly lost contact and was replaced by José Luis Arrieta (Illes Balears). The peloton split up in pursuit with Francesco Casagrande (Vini Caldirola) doing most of the damage, catching and passing the three leaders. He was joined by Cadel Evans (T-Mobile), Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) and Marcos Serrano (Liberty) with a group of 20 riders forming behind, including Cunego.

The podium (L to R):
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At the top of the climb, the four leaders had 22 seconds on the chase group, and although Evans tried to attack on the descent, he was caught and the leaders regrouped save for Serrano, who had crashed on the descent. With six kilometres to go, Serrano rejoined the front group but he and Evans were dropped at the same time by Casagrande and Mazzoleni. With 2 km left, the two leaders had 6 seconds on Evans, with Serrano a little way back and the chase group at 48 seconds. But Evans and Serrano didn't give up and caught the leaders with 500m to go as they were foxing in the sprint. Serrano attacked immediately and with a huge effort, managed to hold off Mazzoleni and Casagrande for the victory.


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Images by Roberto Bettini

Results - 199 km

1 Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Liberty Seguros          4.32.10 (43.760 km/h)
2 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco                                    0.02
3 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie     
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                   
5 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               0.31
6 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros                                 
7 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              
8 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone             
9 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone             
10 Ondrej Sosenka (Cze) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                
11 Vladimir Goussev (Rus) Team CSC                                  
12 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Team CSC                                      
13 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) Liberty Seguros                         
14 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                             
15 Igor Pugaci MDA De Nardi                                         
16 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              
17 Santo Anza' (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                        
18 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                    
19 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                    
20 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                
21 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo             
22 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                                    
23 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                       
24 Francisco Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre                           
25 Gianpaolo Caruso (Ita) Liberty Seguros                           
26 Tomaz Nose (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                          
27 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                
28 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
29 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                     
30 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco                                  
31 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) Liberty Seguros                          
32 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Saeco                                       
33 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir              
34 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco                             0.35
35 Chris Horner (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
36 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems                       1.23
37 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo               
38 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      
39 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto         
40 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                     
41 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) De Nardi                                
42 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                      
43 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner                              
44 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie          
45 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre                                      
46 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
47 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
48 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                  
49 Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo             
50 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie      
51 Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie     
52 Alexandre Bazhenov (Rus) Domina Vacanze                          
53 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank                                         
54 Alexandr Arekeev (Rus) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo              
55 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      
56 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                
57 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone            
58 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) De Nardi                                    
59 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Lampre                                       
60 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                
61 Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
62 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                          
63 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                 
64 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                             
65 Daniele Nardello (Ita) T-Mobile Team                             
66 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  
67 Juan Fuentes Angullo (Spa) Saeco                             1.34
68 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC                                    
69 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago              2.12
70 Sergiy Avdyeyev (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                2.15
71 Ruslan Ivanov MDA Alessio-Bianchi                                
72 José Vincente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto      2.32
73 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres              4.13
74 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                                4.52
75 Jean-Claude Lebeau (Bel) Gerolsteiner                        4.53
76 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                                
77 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                  
78 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                     
79 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                   
80 Jaun Josč Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  
81 José Antonio Lopez Gil (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto               
82 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie        
83 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Lampre                             
84 Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                 
85 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) T-Mobile Team                             
86 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                  
87 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Liberty Seguros                       
88 Jan Hruska (Cze) Liberty Seguros                                 
89 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto              
90 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) De Nardi                                 
91 Matej Jurko (Svk) De Nardi                                       
92 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) De Nardi                                 
93 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco                                      
94 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        
95 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                  
96 Scott Davis (Aus) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                      
97 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                             
98 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre                                    
99 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone             
100 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                4.59
101 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto          
102 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Illes Balears-Banesto                
103 Michele Gobbi (Ita) De Nardi                                5.00
104 Marco Cavallari (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie    7.50
105 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze                             
106 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Domina Vacanze                         
107 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           8.22
108 Uwe Hardter (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
109 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  
110 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                  
111 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                 
112 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                      
113 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        
114 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Fassa Bortolo                         
115 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC                               
116 Claudio Astolfi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo              
117 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone      
118 Gian Paolo Cheula (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie      
119 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                       
120 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Team CSC                                  
121 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                       
122 Luca De Angeli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              
123 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres                 
124 Ronald Mutsaars (Ned) Rabobank                                  
125 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                               
126 Rolf Aldag (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                  
127 Stephan Schreck (Ger) T-Mobile Team                             
128 René Andrle (Cze) Liberty Seguros                               
129 Bo Hamburger (Den) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo                 
130 Devis Miorin (Ita) De Nardi                                     
131 Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
132 Timothy Jones (Zim) Domina Vacanze                          8.29
133 Martin Hvastija (Slo) Alessio-Bianchi                      11.00
134 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                               
135 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                 11.06
136 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago           11.08
137 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Saeco                                     
138 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                  
139 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo            
140 Giosuč Bonomi (Ita) Saeco                                  11.11

Past winners

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)

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,