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Pozzato claims Coppa Agostoni victory

Barry Ryan

Italian beats Ponzi and Zamparella in sprint

It was the first win of the year since February's Trofeo Laigueglia for Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida)

It was the first win of the year since February's Trofeo Laigueglia for Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida)

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Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) claimed victory at the Coppa Agostoni, the opening race of the Trittico Lombardo, with a well-timed sprint in Lissone. The Italian saw off the challenge of Simone Ponzi (Astana) and Marco Zamparella (Utensilnord) to claim his second victory of the season.

“It was about time,” said Pozzato, who won the Trofeo Laigueglia in February but then fell well short of expectations in the spring classics. “I messed up the spring completely, but for the past two months I’ve been working very well.”

Traffic tailbacks in Monza meant that the start of the race was delayed by some 45 minutes and the race distance was reduced by 29 kilometres in order to maintain the original finishing schedule. The day’s early break featured Irish champion Matt Brammeier (Champion System), Nicola Dal Santo (Ceramica Flaminia), Alberto Cecchin (Nippo-De Rosa), Tim Mertens (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka), who built up a maximum advantage of four minutes before the three WorldTour teams in the race – Lampre, Astana and Katusha – began chasing in earnest.

They would be swept up on the finishing circuit, however, as the impressive Fabio Aru (Astana) sprang into action with a fierce acceleration on the climb of Colle Brianza with 47km to go. The young Sardinian was again on the offensive on the Giovenzana, ultimately helping to form an eight-man group on the front that also featured Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat), Davide Mucelli, Ivan Rovny (Ceramica Flaminia), Kritjian Durasek (Lampre-Merida), Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Patrick Facchini (Androni-Venezuela) and Patrik Sinkewitz (Meridiana).

Aru’s fireworks were not quite finished, however, and the 23-year-old delivered another smart attack on the final climb of the Lissolo, punching his way clear of his fellow escapees. With 27km still to race, however, he quickly realised that it was impossible to stay clear alone and he duly waited for his breakaway companions on the technical descent.

At that point, it appeared as though the eight leaders would dispute the win as they held an advantage of almost two minutes over the main peloton, but a concerted chase from Vini Fantini-Selle Italia and Lampre-Merida helped to bring the gruppo back into contention on the approach to the finish.

With four kilometres remaining, the gap was down to just ten seconds, and while Facchini and Mucelli put up fierce resistance as far as the red kite, the race ultimately came down to a sprint finish, where Pozzato emerged to take the win and – perhaps – make a case for a spot on the Italian national team at the world championships in Florence. “I’m certainly interested, but Paolo Bettini will decide,” he said.

The Trittico Lombardo, the trio of races in Lombardy that has traditionally served as an important stepping stone towards the Worlds, continues on Thursday with the Coppa Bernocchi at Legnano, before the Tre Valli Varesine on Friday.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:58:15  
2 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
3 Marco Zamparella (Ita) Utensilnord    
4 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
5 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
6 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
7 Davide Mucelli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
8 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
9 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha    
10 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
11 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
12 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
13 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
14 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
15 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
16 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo    
17 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
18 Jan Hirt (Cze) Leopard Trek Continental Team    
19 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Meridiana Kamen Team    
20 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun    
21 Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
22 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
23 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:19  
24 Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
25 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:00:26  
26 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:00  
27 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia 0:03:30  
28 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
29 Robbie Squire (USA) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
30 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo    
31 Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
32 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
33 Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team    
34 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Utensilnord    
35 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
36 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
37 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
38 Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:03:32  
39 Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Russian Federation 0:05:59  
40 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
41 Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
42 Aleksey Rybalrin (Rus) Russian Federation    
43 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
44 Jan Polanc (Slo) Radenska    
45 Alessio Camilli (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
46 Leonardo Pinizzotto (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
47 Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia    
48 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
49 Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
50 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun    
51 Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
52 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
53 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha    
54 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha    
55 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
56 Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Sojasun    
57 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun    
58 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
59 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar    
60 Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka    
61 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
62 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
63 Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia    
64 Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Helicopters    
65 Eugeny Shalunov (Rus) Russian Federation    
66 Federico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord    
67 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
68 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
69 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha    
70 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
71 Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:07:18  
72 Matteo Fedi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest 0:07:53  
73 Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun 0:12:58  
74 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia    
75 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
76 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
77 Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
78 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun    
79 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Lokosphinx    
80 Matteo Di Serafino (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
81 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
82 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
83 Sergey Vdovin (Rus) Russian Federation    
84 Andrea Fedi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
85 Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
86 Andrea Manfredi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
87 Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo 0:16:07  
88 Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo    
89 Sergey Chernetski (Rus) Katusha    
90 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Utensilnord    
91 Yonathan Monsalve (Ven) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
92 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
93 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
94 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
95 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN-Qhubeka    
96 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
97 Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
98 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
99 Dion Smith (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
100 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka    
101 Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
102 David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun    
103 Jim Songezo (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
104 Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita    
105 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard Trek Continental Team    
106 Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard Trek Continental Team    
107 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
108 Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard Trek Continental Team    
109 Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Trek Continental Team    
110 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
111 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
112 Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
113 Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 16',22"    
114 Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia    
115 Meron Russom (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka    
116 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
117 Antonio Testa (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team    
118 Alexander Mironov (Rus) RusVelo    
119 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
120 Mikhall Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha    
121 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team    
122 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha    
123 Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
124 Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 19',43"    
125 Maxwell Stuart Durtshi (USA) Leopard Trek Continental Team    
126 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
127 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
128 Daniel Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek Continental Team    
DNS Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNS Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
AB Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
AB Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
AB Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
AB Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia    
AB Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia    
AB Bartolomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
AB Mateusz Novak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
AB Mikhail Akimov (Rus) Helicopters    
AB Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun    
AB Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVelo    
AB Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
AB Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
AB Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
AB Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
AB Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
AB Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
AB Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
AB Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
AB Simone Campagnaro (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
AB Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord    
AB Anton Mikailov (Isr) Amore & Vita    
AB Battista, Antonio Di (Ita) Amore & Vita    
AB Daniel Holloway (USA) Amore & Vita    
AB Alessandro Mazzi (Ita) Utensilnord    
AB Niv Libner (Isr) Amore & Vita    
AB Viesturs Lukesevics (Lat) Amore & Vita    
AB Marco Zanotti (Ita) Utensilnord    
AB Eugenio Bani (Ita) Amore & Vita    
AB Enrico Rossi (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team    
AB Massimo Demarin (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team    
AB Alberto Di Lorenzo (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team    
AB Luka Grubic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team    
AB Pavel Ptashkin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
AB Endi Sirol (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team 0:19:43