Pozzato claims Coppa Agostoni victory

Italian beats Ponzi and Zamparella in sprint

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) TeamResult
1Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida4:58:15 
2Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
3Marco Zamparella (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu  
4Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
5Ivan Rovny (Rus) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
6Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
7Davide Mucelli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
8Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
9Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha  
10Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
11Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
12Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
13Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
14Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
15Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo-De Rosa  
16Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo  
17Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
18Jan Hirt (Cze) Leopard Trek Continental Team  
19Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Meridiana Kamen Team  
20Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun  
21Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
22Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
23Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:19 
24Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
25Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida0:00:26 
26Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:00 
27Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:03:30 
28Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
29Robbie Squire (USA) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
30Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo  
31Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
32Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
33Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
34Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu  
35Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
36Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
37Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
38Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:03:32 
39Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Russian Federation0:05:59 
40Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
41Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
42Aleksey Rybalrin (Rus) Russian Federation  
43Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
44Jan Polanc (Slo) Radenska  
45Alessio Camilli (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa  
46Leonardo Pinizzotto (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa  
47Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia  
48Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
49Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
50Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun  
51Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Team Nippo-De Rosa  
52Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
53Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha  
54Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha  
55Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
56Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Sojasun  
57Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun  
58Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
59Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar  
60Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
61Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
62Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
63Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia  
64Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Helicopters  
65Eugeny Shalunov (Rus) Russian Federation  
66Federico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu  
67Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
68Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
69Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha  
70Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
71Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:07:18 
72Matteo Fedi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest0:07:53 
73Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun0:12:58 
74Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
75Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
76Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
77Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
78Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun  
79Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Lokosphinx  
80Matteo Di Serafino (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
81Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
82Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa  
83Sergey Vdovin (Rus) Russian Federation  
84Andrea Fedi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
85Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
86Andrea Manfredi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
87Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo0:16:07 
88Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo  
89Sergey Chernetski (Rus) Katusha  
90Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu  
91Yonathan Monsalve (Ven) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
92Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
93Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
94Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
95Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN-Qhubeka  
96Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
97Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
98Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
99Dion Smith (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
100Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka  
101Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa  
102David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun  
103Jim Songezo (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
104Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita  
105Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard Trek Continental Team  
106Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard Trek Continental Team  
107Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
108Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard Trek Continental Team  
109Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Trek Continental Team  
110Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
111Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
112Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Nippo-De Rosa  
113Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 16',22"  
114Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia  
115Meron Russom (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
116Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
117Antonio Testa (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
118Alexander Mironov (Rus) RusVelo  
119Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
120Mikhall Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha  
121Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
122Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha  
123Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
124Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 19',43"  
125Maxwell Stuart Durtshi (USA) Leopard Trek Continental Team  
126Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
127Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
128Daniel Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek Continental Team  
DNSMatthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNSDmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
ABDavide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
ABLuca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
ABDavide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
ABCarlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
ABJeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia  
ABBartolomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
ABMateusz Novak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
ABMikhail Akimov (Rus) Helicopters  
ABYannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun  
ABGennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVelo  
ABMart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
ABMatt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
ABGregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
ABStijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
ABMuhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
ABPreben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
ABKin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
ABZico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
ABSimone Campagnaro (Ita) Team Nippo-De Rosa  
ABGabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu  
ABAnton Mikailov (Isr) Amore & Vita  
ABBattista, Antonio Di (Ita) Amore & Vita  
ABDaniel Holloway (USA) Amore & Vita  
ABAlessandro Mazzi (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu  
ABNiv Libner (Isr) Amore & Vita  
ABViesturs Lukesevics (Lat) Amore & Vita  
ABMarco Zanotti (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu  
ABEugenio Bani (Ita) Amore & Vita  
ABEnrico Rossi (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
ABMassimo Demarin (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
ABAlberto Di Lorenzo (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
ABLuka Grubic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
ABPavel Ptashkin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
ABEndi Sirol (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team0:19:43 

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