Nizzolo wins Coppa Bernocchi

Italian beats Ruffoni and Simion

Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) claimed victory in the Coppa Bernocchi, beating the Bardiani-CSF pairing of Nicola Ruffoni and Paolo Simion into second and third, respectively, in the bunch sprint in Legnano.

Nizzolo was competing as part of an Italian national selection that also included Olympic omnium gold medallist Elia Viviani, and victory was an important statement of his credentials as he bids to lead the squadra azzurra at next month’s World Championships road race in Doha.

The Coppa Bernocchi sets out from Legnano and tackles seven laps of a stiff circuit around Olona before a flat run-in to the finish, and while a bunch sprint was always a likely scenario, there was no shortage of willing attackers ahead of the repeated ascents of the so-called Piccolo Stelvio climb midway through the race.

The early exchanges were animated by an eight-man move featuring that gained a maximum advantage of four minutes over the peloton, but the Italian national team – and Nizzolo’s Trek teammate Eugenio Alafaci in particular – were prominent in pegging back the escapees, however, and all but two of their number were reeled in with 60 kilometres remaining.

Ricardo Vilela (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) and Vitaliy Buts (Kolss - BDC Team) were the two riders who resisted the peloton’s pursuit and their doggedness was rewarded when Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF), Francesco Gavazzi (Androni - Sidermec) and Matteo Busato (Wilier - Southeast) bridged across to form a five-man leading group.

That quintet stretched their lead out to 45 seconds by the final lap of the Olona circuit, though a counter-attack led by Davide Rebellin (CCC-Sprandi Polkowice) and tracked by dangerman Filippo Pozzato (Wilier-Southeast) increased the sense of urgency in the peloton, and the gap dropped accordingly.

With a shade under 30 kilometres remaining, Colbrelli accelerated and only Vilela could follow him, while behind, there was a flurry of attacks as riders looked to forge across to the leaders. Colbrelli and Vilela were joined by Mauro Finetto (Unieuro - Wilier), Mirko Selvaggi (Androni - Sidermec), Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani - CSF), Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi) and Antonio Di Sante (GM Europa Ovini) in the final 20 kilometres, but with Astana and Italy chasing behind, theirs was a losing battle.

The bunch came back together with 15 kilometres remaining, and from that point, it was clear that the sprinters would not be denied, as the Italian team ensured that there would be no late surprise of the kind delivered by Vincenzo Nibali in this race a year ago.

In the finishing straight, Nizzolo duly delivered a pitch-perfect sprint to take the honours ahead of the Bardiani-CSF pairing of Ruffoni and Simion, and the Coppa Bernocchi was his. The Trittico Lombard series of races continues on Thursday with the Coppa Agostoni and concludes with the Tre Valli Varesine on September 27.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Italian National Team4:25:53 
2Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
3Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
4Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
5Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast  
6Davide Vigano (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
7Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
8Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
9Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
10Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
11Dennis Paulus (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
12Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
13Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
14Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italian National Team  
15Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
16Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast  
17Marco Tizza (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
18Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast  
19Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data  
20Enrico Salvador (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
21Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Kolss-BDC Team  
22Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
23Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
24David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
25Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
26Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
27Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
28Davide Pacchiardo (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
29Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
30Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
31Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
32Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
33Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
34Elia Viviani (Ita) Italian National Team  
35Paolo Totò (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
36Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Trestina-Southeast  
37Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
38Marco Tecchio (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
39Redi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
40Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
41Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
42Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
43Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
44Andrea Cacciotti (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
45Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
46Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
47Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
48Michele Gazzarra (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
49Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
50Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
51Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
52Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
53Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
54Antonio Di Sante (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
55Marcel Neuhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
56Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
57Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
58Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
59Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
60Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
61Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
62Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
63Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
64Mauro Finetto (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
65Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
66Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida  
67Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
68Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
69David Belda Garcia (Spa) Team Roth  
70Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
71Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
72Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
73Stefan De Bod (RSA) Dimension Data  
74Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
75Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth  
76Danilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
77Antonio Santoro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
78Marco Coledan (Ita) Italian National Team  
79Fausto Masnada (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
80Oliviero Troia (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:24 
81Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:00:25 
82Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:30 
83Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
84Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
85Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
86Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
87Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:40 
88Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:54 
89Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
90Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Italian National Team0:01:08 
91Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:01:12 
92Simone Consonni (Ita) Italian National Team  
93Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast  
94Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italian National Team0:01:26 
95Dion Beukeboom (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:02:45 
96Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
97Andrii Bratashchuk (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
98Evgeny Zverkov (Rus) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
99Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth  
100Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Italian National Team  
DNFAndrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFBakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFNurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDaniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFLieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
DNFChun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - Merida  
DNFFederico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFDaniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFAlberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFRafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Trestina-Southeast  
DNFLiam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast  
DNFGilbert Eugène Ducournau (Ven) Wilier Trestina-Southeast  
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFYuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFAlexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAlexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFArtur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFMamyr Stash (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFFabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFFrédéric Brun (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFKevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFRik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFChristopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFAlberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFValentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFMatthias Krizek (Aut) Team Roth  
DNFRoland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFAndrea Ruscetta (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFJosé Alberto Marquez Moreno (Spa) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFFederico Borella (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFMatteo Rotondi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFFilippo Fortin (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAlessandro Frangioni (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFAlex Turrin (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFStefano Moro (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFLuis Mora (Ven) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFAntonio Parrinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFGiorgio Bocchiola (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFPaolo Ciavatta (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFNicola Genovese (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFPietro Di Genova (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFFabio Chinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFShameeg Salie (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFJunrey A. Navarra (Phi) Dimension Data  
DNFValens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Dimension Data  
DNFBonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Dimension Data  
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFMatteo Occhialini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFLlibert Sendros Juve (Spa) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFAndriy Khripta (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFVolodymyr Dzhus (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFSergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team  
DNFDaniel Katzmayr (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFAlexander Wachter (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFClemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFNicola Campigli (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFSergii Movchan (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFYukinori Hishinuma (Jpn) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFDavid Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFUros Repse (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFMichele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFMateo Frankovic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFSven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFDerk Abel Beckeringh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFMassimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  

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