Monte Paschi Eroica Results
Cancellara warms up for Paris-Roubaix.
Team CSC’s Fabian Cancellara won a brilliant victory in the new Italian one-day race Monte Paschi Eroica.
The race took place for professionals for the first time last year, where Team CSC took a double win with Alexandr Kolobnev and Marcus Ljungquist.
Cancellara managed a great follow up on last year’s triumph by beating Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) in the sprint on the legendary Piazza del Campo in Siena.
The 181-kilometer race from Gaiole in Chianti to Siena has become somewhat of an institution within Italian cycling sport after having been held as a pure recreational race for a number of years. 56 kilometers of the route is on old steep graveled roads in the Chianti Region in the Southern part of Tuscany.
So far Team CSC has dominated the professional edition of the race and with the victory today Cancellara yet again managed to underline the fact that he is more than ready for the oncoming classics in Northern Europe.
”It was a great victory for both me and the team, because there’s no doubt that this is a very unique race. I wasn’t feeling all that great to begin with, but once the sprint opened up my legs were cooperating just fine. In the finale I was able to make a difference, which tells me that I’m on the right track ahead of the classics,” explained a happy Fabian Cancellara following his second victory this year.
Cancellara split the favorite’s group shortly before the last graveled stretch and only Alessandro Ballan was able to keep up. The two classics specialists managed to build up a small lead and during the last kilometers Cancellara left nothing to chance and ended up winning the sprint comfortably in Siena.
”Everything turned out perfectly for us today. We had Anders Lund and Matti Breschel in the long break and they both delivered a great effort out there. Fabian showed tremendous strength at the end and won a brilliant victory. It’s a really tough race and it definitely has the potential to become one of cycling sport’s all-time greats. It was a good sign for us to have one of our biggest classics profiles at the top of the podium,” said sports director Lars Michaelsen after the race.
March 8, 2008: GP Eroica (182 km):
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 04:34:41
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - Fondital
3 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team High Road 0.15
4 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30
5 Baden Cooke (Aus) Barloworld
6 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Barloworld
7 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
8 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team High Road
9 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems 0.38
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30
11 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) LPR Brakes
12 Borghini Longo (Ita) Barloworld
13 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Barloworld
14 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas 1.10
15 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) LPR Brakes
16 Steven Cozza (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30
17 Ángel Gómez (Spa) Saunier Duval - Scott
18 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC
19 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team High Road