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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, copyright 2001 AFP
Francesco Casagrande (Fassa Bortolo) won the 55th edition of the Coppa Agostoni, a UCI 1.2 race in Lissone, Italy. Casagrande beat last year’s winner Jan Ullrich (Telekom), catching the German 200 meters from the line after Ullrich had attempted a long attack at the finish of the race.
“To beat Ullrich, it’s a double success,” said the Italian, whose main objective for the end of the season is the world road championships in Lisbon, Portugal, in October.
As for Ullrich, he thought he would be able to hold on with his late-race move. “I’m satisfied with my performance,” he said, “but really, I thought I would succeed and win, like I did last year.”
Copyright 2001 AFP
1. Francesco Casagrande (I), Fassa Bortolo, 197km in 4:48:38; 2. Jan Ullrich (G), Telekom, s.t.; 3. Gianluca Tonetti (I), Selle Italia, at 0:45; 4. Fabio Sacchi (I), Saeco, at 1:55; 5. Stefano Garzelli (I), Mapei-Quick Step; 6. Markus Zberg (Swi), Rabobank; 7. Beat Zberg (Swi), Rabobank; 8. Pietro Caucchioli (I), Alessio; 9. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Tacconi-Vini Caldirola; 10. Felice Puttini (I), CCC-Mat, all s.t.