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Giro di Lombardia 1998

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Published on Aug 13, 2015

Vareso - Bergamo, 253 kms:

1. Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Mapei-Bricobi 5.59.01 (42.282)
2. Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 0.06
3. Felice Puttini (Swi) Ros Mary 1.21
4. Michele Bartoli (Ita) Asics-CGA 1.21
5. Pascal Richard (Swi) Casino 1.21
6. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo 1.57
7. Marco Serpellini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas 3.50
8. Markus Zberg (Swi) Team Post Swiss 3.50
9. Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio 3.50
10. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi 3.50
11. Marco Velo (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas 3.50
12. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Polti 3.50
13. Gianluca Valoti (Ita) Polti 3.50
14. Felix Garcia Casas (Spa) Festina 3.50
15. Wladimir Belli (Ita) Festina 4.22
16. Mirko Celestino (Ita) Polti 5.31
17. Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 5.31
18. Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Casino 5.36
19. Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Scrigno 5.50
20. Richard Virenque (Fra) Festina 6.23
21. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Asics-CGA 12.01
22. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux 12.01
23. Mauro Gianetti (Swi) La Francaise des Jeux 12.01
24. Niki Aebersold (Swi) Team Post Swiss 12.01
25. Rolf Sörensen (Den) Rabobank 12.01
26. Mirko Gualdi (Ita) Polti 12.01
27. Andrea Patuelli (Ita) Amore e Vita 12.01
28. Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole 12.01
29. Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Cantina Tollo 12.01
30. Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank 12.01
31. Stefano Cattai (Ita) Ballan 12.01
32. Udo Bolts (Ger) Telekom 12.01
33. Pascal Hervè (Fra) Festina 12.05
34. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Festina 12.05
35. Valerio Tebaldi (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave 15.01
36. Fabrizio Bontempi (Ita) Ros Mary 15.01
37. Valentino Fois (Ita) Vini Caldirola 15.01
38. Rolf Jaermann (Swi) Casino 15.01
39. Marc Lutz (Ned) Rabobank 15.01
40. Moller (Den) 15.01
41. Franz Hotz (Swi) Post Swiss Team 15.01
42. Roland Meier (Swi) Cofidis 15.01

Started: 195
Finished: 42

Race Report

The last two weekends have been good for Oskar Camenzind. Last Sunday he won the World Road Championship in emphatic style from Peter Van Petegem and Michele Bartoli. Yesterday, (Saturday) he won the last classic of the World Cup for 1998 - the 92nd Tour of Lombardy over 253 kms between Vareso and Bergamo.
He beat Dutchman Michael Boogerd, also in top form at the end of the season, by 6 seconds after a blistering attack in mist and rain over the cobbled streets of Bergamo. For Boogerd it was a good outcome though as he ensured his 5th place in the overall World Cup standings for 1998, the highest a Dutch rider has been since the days of Erik Breukink.

The Swiss are having a good end of season generally with Felice Puttini coming third at 1.21 and the current Olympic Road Champion, Pascal Richard coming 5th also at 1.21. World Cup winner Michele Bartoli, who hasn't been completely well this week after a fall in the World Championships last weekend and other problems, was 4th.

The main peloton was complete over the Forcella di Burra. Camenzind and Boogerd powered down the descent into Bergamo in continual light rain and mist. The only two to react were Bartoli and Richard but by then the flight had built a gap in excess of a minute. Camenzind then waited until they reached Bergamo and then put the hammer down to drop Boogerd who was just hanging on by this time. Puttini won the three up sprint between himself, Bartoli and Richard.

The other feature noted in the official press release was the rather ignominious exit from professional cycling by Gianni Bugno. He stopped, in apparent pain, on the third climb - the Salita di Valpiana - and deprived the legion of fans in Bergamo of seeing one last big finish.

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