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Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato made an attack to join the favourites in an attempt to win Spain’s Clásica San Sebastián Saturday. He joined on the Miracruz climb, but Carlos Barredo made his winning move immediately after on the descent.
“I had faith became I was feeling good,” said Pozzato. “I joined the front riders with less than four kilometres to go because if I had not I am sure that our group would have not re-joined them.”
Pozzato (team Katusha) joined Barredo (Quick Step), Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d’Epargne), Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), Kim Kirchen (Columbia-HTC) and Pierrick Fédrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom). Czech Kreuziger attacked immediately afterwards, at the top of the Miracruz climb.
Pozzato refused to respond to rest his legs for a later attack or a sprint finish. “But then everything broke apart and the tactics started. I risked it, I had hoped for more cooperation.”
Barredo reacted to Kreuziger’s attack. The two rode the final two kilometres together, to the finish along San Sebastián’s waterfront. Spain’s Barredo sprinted ahead of his partner in the final 200 metres.
Pozzato finished sixth and teammate Serguei Ivanov eighth. Katusha teammate, Russian Evgeni Petrov, won the best climbers’ award.
Pozzato finishes sixth in the Tour de France’s stage to Barcelona last month and second in the Paris-Roubaix in April. He won the Italian championship, a stage of Driedaagse De Panne and the E3 Prijs earlier this year.
Filippo Pozzato and Team Katusha need to respect the design of the national champion jersey, said the Italian cycling federation (FCI) today in a press statement.
“It is not the same design we gave to him at the championships in Imola. The jersey he is using does not conform to the tricolore design,” a representative of the FCI told us.
Pozzato won the Italian championships on June 28 ahead of Damiano Cunego. He is entitled the wear the prestigious national – green, white and red – jersey for one year.
He is racing at the Tour de France, July 4 to 26, where the champion’s jersey is visible to millions of fans. The federation is upset with the design Katusha has used. The design adapts the Italian colours to the sponsor’s logo and results in very little green.
“We just used the same layout and changed the colours. We did that with the Austrian and Russian champions’ jerseys as well,” Katusha‘s press spokesman, Andrea Agostoni, told us.
Agostoni explained the team will change the jersey in the coming days. They are waiting for a new jersey to arrive from their supplier, Santini, in Italy.
Riders wear different variations of the national champion jersey from year to year. Agostoni noted that no one forced Alejandro Valverde to change his Spanish Champion jersey last year. It had more black than the nation’s red and yellow traditional design.
Filippo Pozzato will wear the Italian tricolore for the next twelve months after an impressive win in the Italian national championship race on Sunday in Imola.
The Katusha star won a sprint finish at the end of the 257km race. Pozzato relegated Damiano Cunego (Lampre NGC) to second, while Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone) took third.
“I have been chasing this win for many years and finally I have managed to win the title of Italian champion,” said Pozzato at the finish.
Pozzato’s win today marked the second time he has won a national title ahead of Cunego. In 1997 the compatriots finished in the same positions at the Italian school championships.
The new Italian champion immediately outlined his next objective.”I [will now] go to the Tour [de France] to win a stage with the jersey of Italian champion.”
Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) is on a roll, taking stage one of the Driedaagse De Panne just three days after winning the E3 Prijs. Pozzato easily dispatched Frederik Willems (Liquigas) in the downhill two-up sprint and took over the lead in the overall classification.
Pozzato was quite impressive on the short and steep climbs, especially the Berendries and the Valkenberg. “The victory on Saturday certainly has given me morale.” But whether he will go all out in the time trial to win the overall remains to be seen. “If I have the lead, I will try to defend it, but if I don’t have the jersey, I won’t go for it in the time trial.”
Pozzato has only one thing on his mind right now, the Tour of Flanders. “This is De Panne, but Sunday is really important for me.”
Willems took the initiative in the end. “I tried to accelerate with about 200m to go, in the turn, but he [Pozzato] was too strong and too fast. I knew I was beaten right away…” Willems didn’t want to blame the position. “I was in the front, but
is like a derny at the moment.”
Willems, however, was pleased with his race, first bridging solo from the chase group he was in and then launching the decisive attack just before the Valkenberg. “In the beginning I was in the [Tom] Boonen group and too far back. I knew I had to get to the front group, as Boonen and [Kevin] van Impe were the only ones driving. They came close, but not really fast enough, so I jumped.”
His decisive attack came with a little more than 20 km left to race. “In the end I tried again; I was good today, but in the end I was also tired…”
Filippo Pozzato sprinted to his first win in over a year at the E3 Prijs Saturday in Harelbeke, Belgium. The Italian of team Katusha bettered home favourite Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Kazakh Maxim Iglinsky (Astana) after 208 kilometres of racing. “I was able to get Boonen up front for the finale, that was important,” said Pozzato. “He is faster than I am, for sure, but in a hard course I have a chance.” Boonen formed the winning move of three on the Knokteberg climb with 25 kilometres remaining. Pozzato immediately reacted to his former teammate and Iglinsky crossed the slight gap afterwards. The trio battled a chase behind from Rabobank and Columbia Highroad. “We got up to 50 seconds, and that allowed us time to fight for the sprint,” said Pozzato. The three men entered the final two kilometres with 54 seconds. Pozzato led Boonen and Iglinsky into the final kilometre in an increasing cold Harelbeke (4°C). He succeeded in slowing enough to force Boonen to the front at the final left hand turn with 500 metres to go. Pozzato opened up the sprint on Boonen’s left as they traveled down the right side of the road into a headwind. They dueled to the line for a tight sprint and Iglinsky remained in third. “I am happy, I am sorry for him because we are great friends,” Pozzato said. “Iglinsky was a problem for me because if I was alone with Pozzato then I know what to do to win,” said Boonen. “Pozzato moved onto my rear wheel. I was on the front and that was a mistake.” Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) led home a group of six at 45 seconds for fourth. Boonen’s teammates finished fifth and sixth, Sylvain Chavanel and Stijn Devolder. Nick Nuyens (Rabobank), George Hincapie (Columbia-Highroad) and Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank) took spots seven to nine. “I was having problems with my bike,” said Hincapie to Cyclingnews. “On all the cobblestones it was just skipping so I could never really go with the attacks and I had to keep coming back. …Despite the bike problems, I am good shape and I was with the best guys the whole race.”
Filippo Pozzato missed repeating his 2007 win in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday in Gent, Belgium, due to a crash in the final 100 metres of the one-day race, won by Thor Hushovd.
“I would have won today,” the Italian Katusha rider told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I started at 200 metres out and had passed Hushovd when [Sebastian] Langeveld moved and bumped my handlebars.”
Langeveld apologised to Pozzato for the manoeuvre that came at the end of the 204.5-kilometre race.
was disappointed because he felt ready to challenge alongside favourite Tom Boonen and last year’s winner Philippe Gilbert, which he claimed was harder than the edition he won two years ago.
Pozzato will seek revenge in the Eroica one-day race this Saturday in Siena, Italy. He will then have another chance in the Tirreno-Adriatico (winner in 2003) and the Milano-Sanremo (winner in 2006).
“Unfortunately victory at Het Volk [renamed Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this year – ed.] slipped away as it did in the Trofeo Laigueglia. I have confidence going into the coming races; I will win something of importance.”
It will be the third edition of the Montepaschi Strade Bianche – Eroica Toscana. The race is held on le strade bianche (white gravel roads) roads in and around the Tuscan city of Siena. The Tirreno-Adriatico, March 11 to 17, comes in the next week as a lead-up for Milano-Sanremo, March 21.
Filippo Pozzato makes his season debut in his new team colors at Katusha this weekend at the Tour of Qatar a very different rider than he was one year ago. Pozzato knows where his strengths lie and he’s not pushing the panic button despite last year’s tribulations. The spring classics remain his focus and obsession.
After his debut in Qatar, he’ll race the Ruta del Sol, Trofeo Laigueglia, Het Volk (now Het Nieuwsblad), Monte Paschi Eroica, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo before diving into the north classics.