Moreno powers to victory at Piemonte

Daniel Moreno (Katusha) used clever tactics to claim victory in Thursday's Giro di Piemonte in northern Italy.

2011 Giro del Piemonte
Daniel Moreno takes the win.

Daniel Moreno (Katusha) used clever tactics to claim victory in Thursday’s Giro di Piemonte in northern Italy.

Moreno snuck into the winning, 31-man breakaway that included five riders from BMC and then held off Paris-Tours winner Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) with a late attack to claim victory.

Some 20 riders pulled clear early before another group of a dozen more bridged across a 30-second gap to make the winning selection. With so many teams represented, there was no real organized chase from behind.

Thomas Lofkvist (Sky) attacked to split the lead group and whittle it down to a group of a baker’s dozen. Moreno attacked over the final climb in the closing kilometers while Katusha teammate Luca Paolini left a gap.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) tried in vain to close it down coming into the finale. Van Avermaet made his move, but Moreno held on for another big win.

2011 Giro del Piemonte
Cavendish pulled out early

“Paolini left a gap to Moreno on the last decent to the finish,” Van Avermaet said in a team release. “(Vincenzo) Nibali tried to close the gap and with 400 meters to go I went full out, but couldn’t close the gap to him anymore.”

Missing out on the late-race pyrotechnics was Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), the two-time winner who lost out on a chance to claim a Piemonte hat-trick.

Newly crowned world champion Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) pulled out early. Cavendish is on the start-list for Saturday’s Giro di Lombardia in what will be the season finale for the European pros.

  • 1. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, (ESP) Team Katusha, in 4:45:16
  • 2. Greg VAN AVERMAET, (BEL) BMC Racing Team, at s.t.
  • 3. Luca PAOLINI, (ITA) Team Katusha, at s.t.
  • 4. Thomas VOECKLER, (FRA) Europcar, at s.t.
  • 5. Nicolas ROCHE, (IRL) Ag2r La Mondiale, at s.t.
  • 6. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, (POL) Lampre-Isd, at s.t.
  • 7. Daniele BENNATI, (ITA) Leopard-Trek, at s.t.
  • 8. AndrĂ© STEENSEN, (DEN) Saxobank-Sungard, at s.t.