Parisien in the thick of the action in epic Coppa Agostoni

(Lissone, ITA – August 18, 2012) The 66th edition of the Coppa Agostoni – Giro dell Brianze Friday took in some of the most storied routes in cycling, and the racing matched the setting.

With the race taking in the 8-km Madonna del Ghisallo climb and two ascensions of the Colle Brianza, Team SpiderTech powered by C10 went into the race with a plan to place at least two riders in an early move while protecting team leader Francois Parisien in the main field.

“Well, it seemed like everyone had the same plan today,” said team director Kevin Field. “They change up the parcours in this race each year and this year was really hard, so every team wanted men up the road – and it made the opening extremely aggressive. Fans of cycling need to come see races like this, because it really doesn't get much more exciting.”

Under constant attack, the peloton covered 48 km in the first hour of racing until a group of 26 riders formed off the front. SpiderTech was well represented with Antoine Duchesne, Martin Gilbert, Guillaume Boivin and Parisien.

“It was a great situation for us,” said Gilbert. “The plan wasn't to have Frank out there so early, but we adapted on the road. It made sense because the group was so big and Antoine, GB and I could ride while Frank took it a bit easier.”

With many other teams well represented in the breakaway, things looked good and the boys drilled it to the Ghisallo, 93 km into the 196.5-km race, but the gap was just two minutes when they hit the climb.

As the break split on the climb, only Parisien was left in contention in a group of eight, just behind the lead breakaway of Emanuelle Sella (Androni Giocattoli) and Fortunato Baliani (Team Nippo).

As Sella raced ahead for the win, another reshuffle on the Brianza with 50 km to go spelled the end for Parisien’s group. Though the results weren’t what the team hoped for, the riders are happy to have been in the mix in an aggressive race on a very tough course.

Team SpiderTech is back in action Saturday in the final event of the Trittico Lombardo, the Tre Valle Varesini.

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RACE PROFILE
Event: Coppa Agostoni – Giro dell Brianze
Class: UCI 1.1 (EuropeTour)
Type: 195.6-km one-day road race
Winner: Emanuele SELLA (Androni Giocattoli) 4:25:39

ABOUT Team SpiderTech powered by C10
Team SpiderTech powered by C10 is Canada’s first and only Continental Professional Cycling Team. The team is led by Steve Bauer an Olympic and World Championship medalist. The 17-rider cycling team is composed of 11 Canadians, six international riders and is sponsored by SpiderTech Inc. and a consortium of Canadian corporations known as C10 including BlackBerry, NRS Brakes, Pinetree Capital and Argon 18.
(www.cyclesportmanagement.com )

ABOUT SpiderTech
SpiderTech is a non-medicated special cotton tape that is applied on a body where it hurts. It helps prevent and heal injuries for long rides, and accelerates the recovery process after physical exercise. SpiderTech has been supporting Team SpiderTech powered by C10 since its inception, five years ago. SpiderTech is the Canadian developer and world leader of pre-cut and ready to apply kinesiology taping solutions. (www.spidertech.com)

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