Italian rider Roberto Ferrari (De Rosa) won Wednesday’s Giro del Friuli in Italy.
With the break neutralized, Ferrari out-kicked Jacobo Guarnieri (Liquigas), with Enrico Rossi (Flaminia) crossing the line third. Italian champ Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) crossed the tape in fifth place.
The 26-year-old Ferrari is on a hot streak, also taking the flowers in Sunday’s GP di Lugano in Switzerland.
The one-day race returned last year following a five-year absence, with Mirco Lorenzetto (Lampre) taking the flowers. Cyclists cover two laps on an opening circuit around Brugnera, then head north toward a five-lap finishing circuit that includes steep Castello di Caneva climb in the final 10km.
Among the big names were Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), making his season debut after suffering with knee pain earlier in the season, former winner Franco Pellizotti and Ivan Basso (Liquigas).