Albasini wins Coppa Agostoni

Swiss rider beats Canola and Gavazzi in sprint

Michael Albasini won the Coppa Agostoni in a reduced bunch finish in Lissone. The Orica-Scott rider was racing in the colours of the Swiss national team, and he delivered a fine sprint to beat Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni-Sidermec).

"I thought the finale would be more animated without the sprinters, but it was quite controlled," Albasini said afterwards. "I put myself on the wheel of the Androni team because there were three or four of them. I was sure they'd do a good lead-out and that's how it played out. I got to the finish quite fresh. It was a bit of a long sprint but it went well."

The race was animated by a seven-man move that forged clear in the opening hour of racing. Shane Archbold (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fortuneo-Oscaro), Luca Wackermann (Bardiani-CSF), Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Delko Marseille), Samuel Mugisha (Dimension Data) and Matthias Krizek (Tirol Cycling Team) combined well to build up a maximum lead of six minutes before Androni-Sidermec and the Italian national team marshalled a chase.

The repeated ascent of the Colle Brianza eventually whittled the breakaway down to three riders, as Padun, Madrazo and Perichon forged clear of the rest with 70 kilometres to go.

Padun later slipped away alone, but on the next ascent of the Colle Brianza, Egan Bernal (Androni-Sidermec) attacked from the bunch, catching and passing Madrazo and Perichon as he bridged across to Padun.

Bernal and Padun combined well together and held an advantage of 50 seconds over the peloton with 40 kilometres remaining, but the intensity of the pursuit behind meant that they would eventually be caught on the finishing circuit in Lissone.

In the finale, Perichon returned to the fray once again, going on the attack in the company of Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina), but they were never more than 10 seconds clear of the peloton, and they were swept up on the final approach to the line.

Androni had strength in numbers ahead of the bunch finish, but Albasini sensed his opportunity with 250 metres to go, launching his sprint from distance and holding off Canola and Gavazzi to take his third win of the season. The Swiss rider will be 37 in December but confirmed that he will continue his career into 2018.

"Yes, I'm going on. It's the job I always wanted to do, and I'm still enjoying myself," Albasini said. "It's nice to ride with younger riders like I did today. I'll just keep going as long as I am able to get some results."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Albasini (Swi) Swiss National Team4:48:37 
2Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
3Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
4Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Italian National Team  
5Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
6Marco Tizza (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
7Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
8Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
9Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
10Jonathan Lastra (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
11Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
12Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina  
13Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP Presented By Fondriest  
14Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
15Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil  
16Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
17Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling  
18Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling  
19Redi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP Presented By Fondriest  
20Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul (Eri) Dimension Data  
21Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina  
22Patrick Schelling (Swi) Swiss National Team  
23Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
24Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
25Metkel Eyob (Eri) Dimension Data  
26Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
27Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
28Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
29Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
30Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
31Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
32Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
33Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:05 
34Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
35Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:09 
36Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina0:00:11 
37Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
38Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
39Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Italian National Team0:00:14 
40Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
41Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:00:16 
42Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:17 
43Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:19 
44Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:00:25 
45Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
46Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
47Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida0:00:43 
48Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:06 
49Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:51 
DNFFabio Felline (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFDavide Formolo (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFFilippo Rocchetti (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFFrancesco Romano (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFFilippo Zaccanti (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFShane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFErik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFSilvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMichal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFLeopold Konig (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFRüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFChun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFIon Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFAndrea Toniatti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFMeiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFGino Mader (Swi) Swiss National Team  
DNFMatteo Badilatti (Swi) Swiss National Team  
DNFDimitri Bussard (Swi) Swiss National Team  
DNFMarc Hirschi (Swi) Swiss National Team  
DNFFabian Lienhard (Swi) Swiss National Team  
DNFJoab Schneiter (Swi) Swiss National Team  
DNFMaxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
DNFMiguel Eduardo Florez (Col) Wilier Triestina  
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
DNFVincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFPaolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLuca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFNicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFDamiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAlan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFRiccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFIvan Ramiro Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAndrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFNikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFSergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFEvgeny Kobernyak (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFDmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFArtem Nych (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFAleksei Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFRomain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFBenjamin Dyball (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFQuentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJohn Anderson Rodriguez (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFPiotr Brozyna (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFFelix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFJan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFKamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFMichal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFDan Craven (Nam) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFJosé Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFItamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFRoy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFHamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFNicolas Sessler (Bra) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFDaniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFDanilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFJon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFDylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFEduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFAdriano Brogi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAntonio Di Sante (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFRossano Mauti (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFDavide Pacchiardo (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAntonio Parrinello (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFMatteo Rotondi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAndrea Ruscetta (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAlexander Evtushenko (Rus) Lokosphinx  
DNFArtem Samolenkov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
DNFSergei Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
DNFDmitrii Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
DNFMamyr Stash (Rus) Lokosphinx  
DNFAlexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
DNFSergey Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
DNFFederico Canuti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFEttore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFPietro Di Genova (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFFrancesco Petrini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAngelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFFabio Tommassini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAngelo Vitiello (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFZahiri Abderrahim (Mar) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFDonovan Alonso Davila Cespedes (CRc) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFMarco Molteni (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFMatias Alejandro Muñoz Tapia (Chi) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFSimone Ravanelli (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFDilmurodjon Siddikov (Uzb) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFSergio Vega Merodio (Spa) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFJose Daniel Viejo Redondo (Spa) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFAndrea Borso (Ita) Adria Mobil  
DNFJure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFZiga Groselj (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFZiga Horvat (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFGasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFDusan Rajovic (Srb) Adria Mobil  
DNFJoseph Areruya (Rwa) Dimension Data  
DNFChokri El Mehdi (Mar) Dimension Data  
DNFStefan De Bod (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFNicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFSamuel Mugisha (Rwa) Dimension Data  
DNFHafetab Weldu (Eth) Dimension Data  
DNFPavlo Bondarenko (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
DNFVitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
DNFAndriy Kulyk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
DNFSergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
DNFOleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
DNFLlibert Sendros Juve (Spa) Kolss Cycling Team  
DNFVladyslav Soltasiuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
DNFAndriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
DNFJesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling  
DNFAdam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling  
DNFColin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling  
DNFClemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFFilippo Fortin (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFMatthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFMaximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFEnrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFSebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFMarkus Wildauer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFSimone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNFPaolo Prandini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNFMichele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNFPaolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNFMarco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP Presented By Fondriest  
DNFLuca Covili (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP Presented By Fondriest  
DNFFrancesco Mancini (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP Presented By Fondriest  
DNFUri Martins Sandoval (Mex) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP Presented By Fondriest  
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