Visconti triumphant in GP Carnago
Italian road race champion Giovanni Visconti claimed victory in the GP Carnago in Italy.
The 40th edition of the 200km race around the town of Carnago, just outside Milan, which was won last year by Ivan Basso, attracted a field of 144 riders.
It ended with a sprint finish, and the 28-year-old Farnese Vini rider was first across the line in a time of four hours 43.52 seconds, snatching victory from compatriot Simone Ponzi with Manuel Belletti in third place.
The victory was the Turin-based rider's third of the season, following on from his national title and the one-day Gran Premio dell'Insubria-Lugano in Switzerland in February.
The race was full of incident, with numerous attempted escapes from the bunch.
Tiziano Dall'Antonia of Liquigas built himself a cushion on the first lap, only to be dragged back, while by the end of lap two Maurizio Gorato of Geox and UnitedHealthcare's Boy Van Poppel forged head, later joined by Hunt (Farnese), Jeannenson (FDJ) and Bodrogi (Type1). Despite them building a lead of around four minutes at one stage, the peloton set about reeling them in with about 80km to go.
Once the breakaway was swallowed into the group around two laps later, the trio of Pinot (FDJ), Pagan (Colnago) and Sano (Antenucci & D'Angelo) made their own moves, but never broke more than 30 seconds clear.
Another group of nine made an unsuccessful bid to prevent a final bunch sprint, while another attempted move featuring 12 riders could not build a sufficient lead.
The mass sprint to the line became inevitable, and Visconti reached it first, the 35th time an Italian rider has won the event.