By VeloNews Interactive
A trio of one-day classics in Italy last weekend gave a late indication on how the world road championship will play out on October 14 in Lisbon. First, Russian champion Dmitri Konyshev, 35, led home a five-man breakaway in the uphill finish to a fast, tough Coppa Sabatini. Then, in the very hilly Tour of Emilia, Olympic and German champion Jan Ullrich broke clear with Italian standouts Davide Rebellin and Francesco Casagrande — and then outsprinted them for the win. And finally Belgium’s 38-year-old Andreï Tchmil joined a late attack, jumped away from them with a kilometer to go, and held off the pursuing 55-strong pack by two seconds at Milan-Vignola.
49th COPPA SABATINI, Pisa, Italy. September 27.;
1. Dmitri Konyshev (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, 197.7km in 4:27:31 (44.342 kph); 2. Serge Baguet (B), Lotto-Adecco, s.t.; 3. Paolo Bettini (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:02; 3. Uros Murn (Slo), Mobilvetta-Trentini, s.t.; 4. Romans Vainsteins (Lat), Domo-Farm Frites, at 0:06; 6. Luca Scinto (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:11; 7. Axel Merckx (B), Domo-Farm Frites, at 0:27; 8. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio; 9. Fabio Sacchi (I), Saeco; 10. Alberto Ongarato (I), Mobilvetta-Trentini, all s.t.;;
84th TOUR OF EMILIA, Bologna, Italy. September 29.;
1. Jan Ullrich (G), Telekom, 199km in 5:00:14 (39.769 kph); 2. Francesco Casagrande (I), Fassa Bortolo; 3. Davide Rebellin (I), Liquigas-Pata, both s.t.; 4. Paolo Lanfranchi (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:06; 5. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Tacconi-Vini Caldirola, at 0:20; 6. Ivan Basso (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:37; 7. Gianni Faresin (I), Liquigas-Pata; 8. Massimo Donati (I), Tacconi-Vini Caldirola, both s.t.; 9. Cadel Evans (Aus), Saeco, at 1:27; 10. Gianluca Valoti (I). Alexia, s.t.;;
49th MILAN-VIGNOLA, Italy. September 30.;
1. Andreï Tchmil (B), Lotto-Adecco, 200km in 4:52:15 (41.102 kph); 2. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est), AG2R, at 0:02; 3. Paolo Valoti (I), Alessio; 4. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio; 5. Stefano Zanini (I), Mapei-Quick Step; 6. Konyshev; 7. Ongarato; 8. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo; 9. Matteo Carrara (I), Colpack; 10. Mauro Radaelli (I), Tacconi-Vini Caldirola, all s.t.