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Martin on form with second at Giro dell’Emilia

Posted 09 October 2010

Dan Martin had to settle for second place in the Giro dell’Emilia despite a late attack in the final kilometres of the Italian one day classic which was won by Robert Gesink for the second year running.

Gesink (Rabobank) was too strong for the Garmin Transitions rider in the uphill finish but the race proved that Martin is on form and he used it to lay down a heavy marker for next weekend's Tour of Lombardy.

The race opened with an attack after 30 kilometres which seen Ran Margaliot (Footon Servetto), Sebastien Fournet Fayard (Carmiooro NGC) and Eugenio Loria (CDC Cavaliere) pull out a lead of 10’55”.

Their lead slipped over the climb of the Mongardino after 70 kilometres and started to collapse on the ascent of the Monzuno which left Fayard out front heading over the summit.

The race regrouped after 135 kilometres prompting a counter attack from Marco Cattaneo (De Rosa Stac Plastic) and Bartosz Huzarski (ISD Neri) who succeeded in leading the race for the next twenty kilometres.

The race’s arrival in San Luca prompted a number of attacks on the first of four laps of the 9.3 kilometre finishing circuit which lead to the formation of a seven man break.

The group contained Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha), Oscar Pujol (Cervelo Test Team), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil), Ludovic Turpin (AG2R La Mondiale), Pasquale Muto (Miche) and Colnago CSF Inox teammates Simone Stortoni and Gianluca Brambilla.

They were kept on a short leash over the four laps with the race eventually decided on the last lap when Martin went clear in a fourteen man group including Gesink, Alexandr Kolobnev (Katuska), Ricardo Ricco (Vacansoleil), Michele Scarponi (Andronin Giocattoli), Xavier Tondo (Cervelo Test Team), Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF Inox) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo).

Martin and Ricco were very active in the break with the Garmin Transitions rider showing the greatest intent. Ricco attacked and ran out of gas in the final kilometre but it was Gesink who had the legs to hold off Martin on the uphill finish.

Martin now heads into Thursday’s Giro del Piemonte as a race favourite and will also be a marked man in next Saturday’s Tour of Lombary where he is hoping to best his eighth place last year.

Results:

Giro dell’Emilia

Bologna – San Luca, 195.6 kilometres

1. Robert Gesink (Hol) Rabobank 4 hours, 49 minutes, 19 seconds
2. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin Transitions
3. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli
4.  Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago CSF Inox
7. Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur Sojausn
8. Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
9. Ricardo Ricco (Ita) Vacansoleil
10. Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD Neri

2. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin Transitions

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