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57th Coppa Sabatini - Report & Photos
By Bart Hazen
Date: 10/8/2009
57th Coppa Sabatini - Report & Photos

57th Gran Premio Città di Peccioli Coppa Sabatini (1.1)
Philippe Gilbert takes win in Coppa Sabatini. Belgian best in uphill sprint of a large break. Giovanni Visconti and Leonardo Bertagnolli round off podium. First race in Rainbow jersey for Cadel Evans.

The 57th Italian semi-classic the Coppa Sabatini is won by Silence-Lotto Belgian Philippe Gilbert. Gilbert was the fastest out of  a large break in an uphill sprint over Giovanni Visconti (ISD) and Leonardo Bertagnolli (Serramenti). Davide Malacarne and Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez round off the top five.

Vittoria Philippe Gilbert!! Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

For Gilbert it's his fourth UCI win of the season after winning a stage in the Giro D'Italia and a stage and the overall ranking of the Ster Elektro Toer. In this race Gilbert's teammate newly crowned World Champion Cadel Evans made his debut in the rainbow jersey. Cadel finished as 13th at 8 seconds.

The break led by Pavel Brutt and Filippo Savini   Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

The race exploded after 20 km of racing with an attack of Gilbert himself. First he got company of six other riders and later by another 18 riders forming a break of 25 riders. It became clear very fast that the winner of the race was in front.

The break included, along with Gilbert riders: Daryl Impey (Barloworld), Enrico Rossi (Ceramica Flaminia), Emanuele Sella (Carmiooro), Juan Mauricio Soler (Barloworld), Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), Luca Mazzanti (Katusha), Alessandro Bertolini (Serramenti), Domenico Pozzovivo (CSF Group), Leonardo Bertagnolli (Serramenti) and Giovanni Visconti (ISD).

Emmanuele Sella and Daryl Impey in the break. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Acqua & Sapone lead the peloton in the chase of the 24 escapees.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

In the bunch Liquigas and Acqua & Sapone tried to chase the break down but without success.

Domenico Pozzovivo and Cadel Evans lead the break.  Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

On the final climb of the day World Champion Cadel Evans did a great job to keep the break together. In the final kilometer Evans started the sprint with Gilbert in his wheel. The Belgian could take advantage of the hard work to round off the work of his Australian team mate. Visconti finished over a bike length behind for  second with Bertagnolli in third.

Cadel Evans leads Philippe Gilbert on the final climb. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

2009 Coppa Sabatini podium: Giovanni Viscont, Philippe Gilbert and Leonardo Bertagnolli. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

57th Gran Premio Città di Peccioli Coppa Sabatini
199 km - 4.37.39 - 43,004
1  Gilbert Philippe Bel Sil Silence/Lotto 4.37.39
2  Visconti Giovanni Ita Isd Isd/Neri 4.37.39
3  Bertagnolli Leonardo Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocat

4  Malacarne Davide Ita Qst Quick Step 
5  Rubiano Chavez Miguel Angel Col Czp Centri Della Calzatura 

Each of the podium winners got one of these large, no humongous alarm clocks... sure to wake you up for the race in the morning and your expresso and biscotti. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

6  Pozzovivo Domenico Ita Csf Csf Group/Navigare 
7  Pavarin Marcello Ita Csf Csf Group/Navigare 
8  Bertolini Alessandro Ita Sda Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocat
9  Mazzanti Luca Ita Kat Team Katusha 
10  Solari Luca Ita Sda Serramenti Pvc Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocatti

Franco Ballerini and his predecessor, Alfredo Martini. Martini as national coach from 1975 to 1997 guided the Italian team to six world championship wins: Francesco Moser(1977), Giuseppe Saronni in 1982, Moreno Argentin (1986), Maurizio Fondriest in 1988 and Gianni Bugno in 1991 in Stuttgart (Germany) and in 1992 in Benidorm (Spain). Martini oversees all the national teams and is the honorary president of the Italian Cyling Federation. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti

11  Salerno Cristiano Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes Farnese Vini 4.37.47 - 0:08
12  Marangoni Alan Ita Csf Csf Group/Navigare 4.37.47
13  Evans Cadel Aus Sil Silence-Lotto 4.37.47
14 Soler Hernandez Juan Mauricio Col Bar Barloworld 4.37.47
15  Duma Vladimir Ukr Flm Ceramica Flaminia/Bossini Docce 4.37.50
16  Sella Emanuele Ita Cmo Carmiooro/A Style 4.37.50
17  Eskov Nikita Rus Kat Team Katusha 4.37.56

18  Chiarini Riccardo Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes Farnese Vini 4.38.00 - 0:21
19  Caccia Diego Ita Bar Barloworld 4.38.06
20  Rossi Enrico Ita Flm Ceramica Flaminia/Bossini Docce 4.38.10
21  Impey Daryl Rsa Bar Barloworld 4.38.16
22  Pidgornyy Ruslan Ukr Isd Isd/Neri 4.38.33
23  Montaguti Matteo Ita Lpr Lpr Brakes Farnese Vini 4.39.06
24  Huzarski Bartosz Pol Isd Isd/Neri 4.39.33

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