Pietropolli sprints to win in Trofeo Laigueglia

Lampre take top honours

Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre-ISD) confirmed his early-season form with an impressive victory at the Trofeo Laigueglia. The Italian was part of a move of ten or so riders that formed in the finale, and he accounted for Simone Ponzi (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Angelo Vicioso (Androni Giocattoli) in an exciting sprint.

Third last season, Pietropolli was delighted to get the win in Laigueglia after a plethora of near-misses in recent years. “I’ve been a professional for eight seasons and if you look at the results of various editions of Laigueglia, you’ll find me in every position from second to tenth,” he said afterwards. “I was missing first place and I’m just so happy to have done it.”

The 30-year-old had to work hard for his victory as the leading group fragmented under impetus from Alessandro Ballan (BMC) in the closing stages. Pietropolli got back on at the red kite, and then found the wherewithal to launch his winning sprint.

“I was able to catch my breath for 200 metres and then the sprint started,” he said. “I had to shout at Vicioso to move out as he was closing me in and it was dangerous. I had to brake for an instant and then go again, but I managed it.”

Second-placed Ponzi had Giro d’Italia champion Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) to lead him out, but he too was forced to brake behind Vicioso in the finishing straight.

“A pity, because I was coming back really strongly, so much so that I passed Pietropolli just after the line,” Ponzi explained.

Basso to the fore

The Trofeo Laigueglia traditionally marks the beginning of the build-up to Milan-San Remo and it was no surprise to see a number of the stars of the Italian gruppo to the fore on the Ligurian coast after Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team) and José Cayetano Sarmiento (Acqua & Sapone), the remnants of the day’s early break, were swallowed up inside the final 40km.

On the climb of the Paravenna, 25km from the finish, a show of strength from Ivan Basso forced the major selection of the race. Alessandro Ballan, Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) and Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli) were among the big names who were quick to counter Basso’s move, and when the dust had settled on the climb, an elite group of 34 had forged clear.

Fabio Taborre (Acqua&Sapone) led over the summit, and the frantic run-in to Laigueglia saw a flurry of attacks. Basso was again aggressive in the final 10km, but it was an attack by Ballan that ultimately split the leading group. The former world champion jumped clear on the outskirts of town, and a group of a dozen riders came together in the final kilometre, with Pietropolli, Fortunato Baliani (D'Angelo&Antonucci - Nippo) and Ryan Anderson (Spidertech) the last to make the juncture.

In the sprint, Pietropolli timed his acceleration to perfection to pip Ponzi for his second win of the season. The 30-year-old already tasted victory on the opening stage of the Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria with a fine uphill sprint victory, as well as taking overall honours, and he gave another timely reminder of his condition here.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD4:42:20 
2Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
3Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli  
4Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
5Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
6Fortunato Baliani (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
7Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
8Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
9Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
10Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
11Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:52 
12Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
13Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
14Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
15Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Miche  
16Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
17Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
18Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
19Luca Ascani (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
20Philipp Mamos (Ger) Amore & Vita  
21Edoardo Girardi (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
22Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
23Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team  
24David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD  
26Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
27Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
28Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
29Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
30Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
31Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
32Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
33Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
34Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
35Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:06:05 
36Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
37Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
38Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) FDJ  
39Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
40Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
41Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
42Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche  
43Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
45Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
46Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
47Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
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