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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.”
Danilo Napolitano (Team Katusha) won the opening 157-kilometre road stage of the Tour of Luxembourg on Thursday. The Italian out-sprinted Steven Caethoven (Agritubel) and Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) in the bunch gallop to the finish in Mondorf-les-Bains.
“It was a nervous and very fast stage,” said Napolitano. “Astana kept the pace high to catch the escapees. In the sprint my teammates Horrach, Markov and Mikhailov brought me to the front and then I took the wheel of CSF Group-Navigare’s Dall’Antonia. He started his sprint at 200 metres to go which may have been a little bit early because of the headwind.”
Switzerland’s Grégory Rast (Astana), who won Wednesday’s prologue, remained in the race lead by two seconds over Jonathan Hivert (Skil-Shimano) and four seconds ahead of Romain Feillu (Agritubel).
The teams of the sprinters then kept the race together until the finish line for their field sprint to decide stage honours
1 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 3.48.29 (41.333 km/h) 2 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Agritubel 3 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano 4 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 5 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare 6 Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 7 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi 8 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 9 Cyrille Heymans (Lux) Continental Team Differdange 10 Christian Poos (Lux) Continental Team Differdange
Katusha’s Serguei Ivanov won the first stage of the Tour of Belgium in Tervuren on Wednesday, just barely holding off the sprinters after a last kilometre solo breakaway. The Russian had just enough time to raise his arms in victory as the rush to the line came from behind, just barely edging out Rabobank’s Graeme Brown, Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) and Belgian champion Jurgen Roelandts (Silence-Lotto).
“I felt like I was going to win. I was sure in the last 200m the wind was in my favor,” said Ivanov, who last year took third overall. “This year I want to try to better my result from last year. I won the stage, so I am already happy, if I can win the whole race it would be fantastic.”
The first attack went just 10 kilometres into the 185.4 out and back circuit. Ivanov’s Katusha team worked to control the race as nine riders escaped with some dangerous riders present.
Team Katusha may have found itself a new sprinter: Russian Nikolay Trusov. The former track pursuiter took a convincing victory over Thor Hushovd, Cervelo‘s proven sprint winner. Trusov, who lived in the region as an amateur said he was familiar with the roads and this gave him an advantage in the finale.
It was “Normally [Alexei] Markov does the sprints, but today he was dropped with 10 kilometres to go, I seized my own chance,” Trusov said, according to AP. “I accelerated for the line from a long way out, and I thought with 100 metres to go that Hushovd would catch me.
“But this time round, I just managed to hang on and take a really important victory for me.”
1 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Team Katusha 4.28.58 (44.905 km/h) 2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 3 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 4 Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Columbia - Highroad 5 Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 6 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 7 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 8 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Fuji-Servetto 9 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 10 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank
fter being denied on stage two and taking his chances in a breakaway on stage one, Australian Robbie McEwen finally got the win he was looking for in stage three of the Tour de Picardie. Coming to the line ahead of his lead-out man Danilo Napolitano, the Katusha pair left the rest of the sprinters in their wake.
Under a light drizzle, the 112 remaining riders lined up for the first of two stages on Sunday. At the top of the first climb of the day, the Côte de Pont St. Mard (5 km), Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Diquigiovanni) took the points ahead of Alexandre Usov (Cofidis ) and Kristoff Vandewalle (Topsport Vlaanderen).
A breakaway formed at km 16 with four riders: Damien Gaudin (Bouygues Telecom), Rémy Cusin (AG2R), Andreï Amador (Caisse d’Epargne ) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Besson Chaussures). The quartet fought to stay clear, but lost Gaudin after 9km. He was replaced by is taken up by the peloton while Florian Guillou (Roubaix Lille Metropole), who had bridged to the move.
Finally, the four edged out 30 seconds on the bunch by the sprint in Manicamp (km 30.5), which was won by Engoulvent. But the sprint-hungry peloton never allowed the leaders to gain a minute. Guillou took the summit of the Côte de Bethancourt en Vaux before the peloton reeled them in close enough for Anthony Ravard (AG2R) and Sébastien Joly (FdJ) to get across.
Amador flatted out of the break, but the move had been doomed from the start and were brought back into the fold with 3km to go. Joly gave a valient solo effort, but Katusha controlled the pace to bring the peloton together for the final sprint. McEwen won handily ahead of his teammate Napolitano and the Italian Mattia Gavazzi (Diquigiovanni).
“It was important for me to come back into form soon after my fall in the Scheldeprijs that cost me my place in the Giro,” said McEwen. “It’s really important for a sprinter to win races.”
The finish was almost usurped by a rider from Caisse d’Epargne, but Napolitano quickly got onto his wheel, and McEwen and his teammate sprinted side by side to the line with the Italian respecting the prescribed order and taking second. “This afternoon, it may be Napolitano‘s turn,” said McEwen.
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha 1.55.03 (44.07 km/h) 2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 3 Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 4 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 5 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 6 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 7 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 8 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 9 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 10 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
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.”