Santambrogio wins Tre Valli Varesine

Italian Mauro Santambrogio wins from escape with decisive attack on final climb

Italian Mauro Santambrogio (Lampre) won the Tre Valli Varesine today in Campione d'Italia, Italy, from an escape group of 12 riders. He made his winning attack with 250 metres remaining on the final climb. Italy's Francesco Masciarelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) and Russia's Alexandre Botcharov (Katusha) lost ground and finished second and third, respectively.

"Today I had a huge desire to win," said Santambrogio. "The Tour of Portugal didn't go my way and I wanted to do something here.

"It has been five years since my last win. It is an emotional win, near my home in Como where there are lots of people who love me."

Today's 186-kilometre race started in Luino and the escape group rode free of the main field 29 kilometres later. Santambrogio and Marco Marzano (Lampre-NGC), Masciarelli and Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo), Botcharov, Gorazd Stangelj (Liquigas), Leonardo Bertagnolli (Diquigiovanni), Cristiano Salerno (LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini), Maurizio Biondo (Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce), Filippo Savini (CSF Group-Navigare), Alessandro Proni (ISD) and Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld) formed the group.

Italian Davide Torosantucci (Centri della Calzatura) chased solo between the 12 riders and the main group for most of the day.

Knowing there was a three-kilometre climb to the finish Proni attacked with 15 kilometres remaining. Paolini and Bertagnolli counter-attacked separately to join and form an all-Italian trio.

The other escapees caught the trio with four kilometres remaining and before the start of the final climb. Salerno, Bertagnolli, Santambrogio, Masciarelli and Botcharov rode free on the climb. Masciarelli forced the final three-man selection and led when Santambrogio started his winning move at 250 metres remaining.

"Up until the final 15 kilometres I was going well. Once the final climb started I really started to feel it," said Masciarelli.

Botcharov was pleased to secure his best result thus far of the 2009 season. "I'm happy for my first podium in 2009. In the finale our directeur sportif Serge Parsani told me about the riders from my group with the best condition and gave me good advice. On the final climb it was reduced to just three, but Santambrogio proved to be more powerful at the finish line."

The Trittico Lombardo continues tomorrow with the second of three races, the Coppa Agostoni. Coppa Bernocchi concludes the August race series on Thursday.

Santambrogio became a professional in 2004 with team LPR and switched to team Lampre in 2006. His last and first win was near Campione d'Italia, the 2004 Giro del Lago Maggiore in Switzerland.

Results
1Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.4:41:23 
2Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:00:03 
3Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:07 
4Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas0:00:27 
5Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
6Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:00:33 
7Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:00:40 
8Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld  
9Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:00:49 
10Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:02:40 
11Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD0:03:25 
12Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:05:12 
13Davide Torosantucci (Ita) Centri della Calzatura0:07:20 
14Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Centri della Calzatura  
15Alberto Fernandez De La Puebla (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
16Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
17Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro - A-Style  
18Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Amica Chips - Knauf  
19Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
20Martin Schöffmann (Aut) ELK Haus  
21Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
22Frantisek Padour (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
23Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
24Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha  
25Harald Totschnig (Aut) ELK Haus  
26Hector Gonzalez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
27Marco Corti (Ita) Barloworld  
28Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas  
29Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
30Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
31Stefan Rucker (Aut) ELK Haus  
32Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) ELK Haus  
33Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
34Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Centri della Calzatura  
35Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld  
36Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
37Markus Eibegger (Aut) ELK Haus0:08:15 
38Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:08:30 
39Ventoso Alberdi Francisco Josè0:08:40 
40Iker Camano (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
41Luigi Sestili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
42Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
43Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
44Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD0:09:00 
45Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld  
46Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
47Matthias Friedemann (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:09:25 
48Diego Alejandro Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro - A-Style  
49Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
50Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas0:10:13 
51Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
52Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) ISD  
53Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas  
54Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas  
55Stefan Denifl (Aut) ELK Haus  
56Pascal Hungerbühler (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
57Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
58Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas  
59Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini  
60Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
61Jakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author  
62Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare  
63Sergio Dominguez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
64Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
65Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
66Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld  
67Sergio Lagana (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini  
68Dmitri Nikandrov (Rus) Centri della Calzatura  
69Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini  
70Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
71Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
72Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
73Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
74Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
75Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
76Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
77Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas  
78Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
79Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
80Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
81Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Barloworld  
82Silvère Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
83Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
84Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Centri della Calzatura  
85Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
86Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
87Santo Anzà (Ita) ISD  
88Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
89Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini  
90Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli  
91Maxim Belkov (Rus) ISD  
92Eugenio Loria (Ita) Centri della Calzatura  
93Jan Valach (Svk) ELK Haus  
94Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce  
95Luca Zanasca (Ita) Centri della Calzatura  

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