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Santambrogio wins Tre Valli Varesine

By:
Gregor Brown

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

Mauro Santambrogio (Lampre - N.G.C.) had time to celebrate his victory.

Mauro Santambrogio (Lampre - N.G.C.) had time to celebrate his victory.

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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
1 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 4:41:23  
2 Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 0:00:03  
3 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:07  
4 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas 0:00:27  
5 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
6 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli 0:00:33  
7 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini 0:00:40  
8 Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld    
9 Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce 0:00:49  
10 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare 0:02:40  
11 Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD 0:03:25  
12 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 0:05:12  
13 Davide Torosantucci (Ita) Centri della Calzatura 0:07:20  
14 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Centri della Calzatura    
15 Alberto Fernandez De La Puebla (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
16 Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo    
17 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro - A-Style    
18 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Amica Chips - Knauf    
19 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli    
20 Martin Schöffmann (Aut) ELK Haus    
21 Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli    
22 Frantisek Padour (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author    
23 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha    
24 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha    
25 Harald Totschnig (Aut) ELK Haus    
26 Hector Gonzalez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
27 Marco Corti (Ita) Barloworld    
28 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas    
29 Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
30 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
31 Stefan Rucker (Aut) ELK Haus    
32 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) ELK Haus    
33 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
34 Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Centri della Calzatura    
35 Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld    
36 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
37 Markus Eibegger (Aut) ELK Haus 0:08:15  
38 Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare 0:08:30  
39 Ventoso Alberdi Francisco Josè 0:08:40  
40 Iker Camano (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
41 Luigi Sestili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce    
42 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
43 Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo    
44 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD 0:09:00  
45 Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld    
46 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
47 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author 0:09:25  
48 Diego Alejandro Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro - A-Style    
49 Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
50 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas 0:10:13  
51 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
52 Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) ISD    
53 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas    
54 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas    
55 Stefan Denifl (Aut) ELK Haus    
56 Pascal Hungerbühler (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
57 Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare    
58 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas    
59 Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini    
60 Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
61 Jakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author    
62 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare    
63 Sergio Dominguez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
64 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
65 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha    
66 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld    
67 Sergio Lagana (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini    
68 Dmitri Nikandrov (Rus) Centri della Calzatura    
69 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini    
70 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce    
71 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
72 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce    
73 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo    
74 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli    
75 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
76 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
77 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas    
78 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce    
79 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
80 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha    
81 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Barloworld    
82 Silvère Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
83 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce    
84 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Centri della Calzatura    
85 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo    
86 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo    
87 Santo Anzà (Ita) ISD    
88 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
89 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini    
90 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli    
91 Maxim Belkov (Rus) ISD    
92 Eugenio Loria (Ita) Centri della Calzatura    
93 Jan Valach (Svk) ELK Haus    
94 Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce    
95 Luca Zanasca (Ita) Centri della Calzatura