Colbrelli claims Coppa Agostoni

Italian beats Ulissi and Gavazzi in sprint

Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) won the Coppa Agostoni after he beat Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Sidermec) in a reduced bunch sprint in Lissone.

Both Colbrelli and Ulissi are among the riders who will feature for Italy in Sunday’s European Championships road race in Plumelec, and the Bardiani-CSF man will also hope to earn selection for the squadra azzurra at the Worlds in Doha next month.

After launching a surprise attack in the finale of the Coppa Bernocchi twenty-four hours earlier, Colbrelli decided to keep his powder dry for an eventual bunch sprint in Lissone on Thursday, and he was vindicated by the powerful finish he produced to see off Ulissi and Gavazzi.

“Yesterday I wanted to try something new by attacking from distance and that’s how it went,” Colbrelli said. “I wanted to fight back today. I was feeling well and after my teammates were second and third yesterday, we needed a win.”

The race was animated by an early break of 13 riders, which included Alexander Kolobnev (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Miguel Angel Benito (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros). The baker’s dozen gained a maximum advantage of almost six minutes before the margin was reduced on the circuit over the Colle Brianza midway through the race.

The Italian national selection – including Giovanni Visconti, who would eventually place 4th – was prominent in whittling down the break’s lead. Kolobnev and five fellow survivors had just 1:30 in hand by the time they hit the climb of Lissolo, where Fabio Aru (Astana) led a chasing group of four off the front of the bunch.

Aru et al were swept up inside the final 20 kilometres, but the break’s lead was south of 30 seconds by that juncture. With Androni Sidermec leading the chase, the bulk of break was pegged back with 8 kilometres remaining, though a defiant Benito managed to extend his day off the front all the way to the final kilometre before he, too, was caught.

Despite Androni’s efforts in setting up the sprint, it was Colbrelli who benefited most from their work, claiming his fifth victory of a season that also saw him place third at Amstel Gold Race. The 26-year-old will race for the new Bahrain Merida team in 2017, though for now, his thoughts are on Sunday’s race in Brittany.

“It’s not easy. There’s a climb that both Diego [Ulissi] and I could be able to manage. We’ll go and see it, but it will be the national coach who’ll decide our roles for Sunday,” Colbrelli said.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF5:05:57 
2Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
3Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
4Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Italian National Team  
5Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
6Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
7Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
8Marco Tizza (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
9Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
10Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
11Davide Vigano (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
12Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
13Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
14Gianni Moscon (Ita) Italian National Team  
15Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
16Michele Gazzara (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
17Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
18Felix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
19David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
20Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
21Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
22Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
23Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
24Davide Pacchiardo (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
25Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
26Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
27Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
28Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
29Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
30Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
31Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
32Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth0:00:06 
33Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:07 
34Antonio Canet Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
35Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
36Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
37Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
38Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
39Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:13 
40Fausto Masnada (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:14 
41Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:30 
42Alex Turrin (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
43Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:52 
44Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
45Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:01:41 
46David Belda (Spa) Team Roth0:02:07 
DNFMaciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFSimone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFJan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFVíctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFElia Viviani (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFFrancesco Romano (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFFilippo Fiorelli (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFLuca Covili (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFPrzemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida  
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFChun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - Merida  
DNFFederico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFOliviero Troia (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFLieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDaniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFArman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFBakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFNurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFZhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFEdoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFNicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFMirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
DNFRafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
DNFJavier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFCarlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFAlexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFRoman Kustadinchev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFArtur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAlexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFYuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFPier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFEduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFKevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFChris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFElie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFChristopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFRik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFCharles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFAlberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFColin Chris Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFValentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFNico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFMatthias Krizek (Aut) Team Roth  
DNFRoland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFEnrico Salvador (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFMarco Tecchio (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFAndrea Cacciotti (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFMauro Finetto (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFSimone Ravanelli (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFNicola Genovese (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFPietro Di Genova (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFFabio Chinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFLuis Mora (Ven) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFAntonio Parrinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFGiorgio Bocchiola (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFPaolo Ciavatta (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFMatteo Rotondi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAlessandro Frangioni (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFFilippo Fortin (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAndrea Ruscetta (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFFederico Borella (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAntonio Di Sante (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFJosé Alberto Marquez Romero (Spa) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFGian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFMichele Scartezzini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFStefano Nardelli (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFPaolo Totò (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFNicola Gaffurini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFEvgeny Zverkov (Rus) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFShameeg Salie (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFStefan De Bod (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFNavarra Junrey A. (Phi) Dimension Data  
DNFRyan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFValens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Dimension Data  
DNFBonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Dimension Data  
DNFNicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFMatteo Rabottini (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFMichele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFDavide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFAntonio Santoro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFMateo Frankovic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFDavid Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFDaniel Katzmayr (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFAlexander Wachter (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFMarcel Neuhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFDennis Paulus (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFSebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFClemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFAndrii Bratashchuk (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFPavlo Bondarenko (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFSergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFMatteo Spreafico (Ita) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFLlibert Sendros Juve (Spa) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFVitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFVladyslav Soltasiuk (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFOleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFMassimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFPeter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFSven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFDerk Abel Beckeringh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFDion Beukeboom (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFPierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFOscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFRedi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFDanilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFNicola Campigli (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFYukinori Hishinuma (Jpn) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFSergii Movchan (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNSEmanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNSUros Repse (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNSMarco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  


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