Ulissi wins GP Camaiore

Lampre-Merida rider on top in Tuscany

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) confirmed his status as one of Italy's best one-day racers and put his name firmly amongst the favourites for Saturday's Strade Bianche race with a victory the GP di Camaiore.

The 24-year-old Italian beat Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) and Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) after the four broke away on the final climb of the race in the hills overlooking the Tuscan coast.

They managed to hold off the peloton, lead by local team Neri Sottoli-YellowFluo on the fast descent to the finish, with Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani–CSF) winning the bunch sprint just two seconds behind Ulissi.

The Lampre-Merida rider hails from Cecina, just an hour south of Camaiore, and celebrated his second win of the season after taking a stage at the Santos Tour Down Under. He was also second in the GP di Lugano last weekend and seems to have found the consistency to match the talent he showed as a double Junior world road race champion.

Hoogerland in the breakaway

The GP di Camaiore has recently switched from a summer date to an early season slot and attracted 9 WorldTour teams before they headed inland to the Chianti hills for Strade Bianche on Saturday and then Tirreno-Adriatico further down the Tuscan coast.

The 168 riders from 22 different teams seemed happy to line up in the sun, with spring-like temperatures of 16C warming their legs.

After several attacks on the flat loops along the coast, the break of the day formed on the first of six climbs of Monte Pitoro (2.87km at 7%). Silvio Giorni (Area Zero Pro Team), Daniele Colli (Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo), Riccardo Donato (MG Kvis - Trevigiani) were quickly joined by Dutch national champion Johnny Hoogerland (Androni Giocattoli).

The peloton quickly let them gain seven minutes but then Team Sky and Astana leading the chase. The British team was hoping to set up Ben Swift for a possible sprint finish, while Francesco Gavazzi was the designated Astana team leader alongside Vincenzo Nibali.

The peloton pulled back a minute on each lap of the 23.9km hilly Monte Pitoro circuit. With two laps and two climbs to go, the gap was down to 2:30, with the sky blue Astana jerseys lining out the peloton.

Colli tried a solo attack on the penultimate climb and lead over the top with Hoogerland, as Donato and Giorni were dropped, but the gap was down to only 30 seconds. It opened again on the descent and flat valley road towards the coast as the peloton caught its breath but never reached a minute. As usual, the GP di Camaiore would be decided on the final assault of Monte Pitoro.

Nibali goes on the attack

Lampre-Merida took over at the head of the race before the final climb to protect Ulissi and quickly swept up Hoogerland and Colli.

Vincenzo Nibali had revealed to Cyclingnews before the start that he had endured several sleepless nights since becoming a father last week but he wanted to leave his mark on the race as he competed with his younger brother for the first time. Nibali attacked mid-way up Monte Pitoro, forcing the first selection. Nibali did not last long but his two surges sparked other attacks with Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) also aggressive.

The Colombian was joined by Ulissi with a kilometre to the summit and Montaguti and then Clarke also got across. They reached the summit with a lead of ten seconds and dived down the descent, with Neri Sottoli-YellowFluo in hot pursuit.

A tailwind helped the quartet as did a lack of conviction and power in the peloton behind. The gap touched 20 seconds with four kilometres to go and they were within sight at the final kilometre. However the gap was enough to avoid being caught and then Ulissi had the skill, speed and nerve to win the sprint and give the Lampre-Merida team its seventh success of 2014. He could easily add to that title in Saturday's Strade Bianche and Sunday's Roma Maxima.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida4:18:37 
2Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
3Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing  
4Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
5Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:00:03 
6Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
7Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge  
8Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
9Mauro Finetto (Ita) Yellow Fluo  
10Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
11Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale  
12Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale  
13Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
15Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
16Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
17Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
18Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
19Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo  
20Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha  
21Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka  
22Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
23Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha  
24Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Colombia  
25Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge  
27Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team  
28Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo  
29Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
30Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia  
31Andrey Amador Bakkaza (CRc) Movistar Team  
32Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
33Fabio Taborre (Ita) Yellow Fluo  
34Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
35Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge  
36Omar Fraile Matarran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
37Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky  
38Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Yellow Fluo  
39Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
40Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing  
41Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
42Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing  
43Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
44Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
46Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
47John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team  
48Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
50Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
51Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale  
52Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
53Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:34 
54Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
55Fabricio Ferrari Barcell (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
56Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
57Francesco Manu Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:01:01 
58Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
59Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge  
60Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
61Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Team Katusha  
62Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
64Simone Antonini (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
65Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustaman (Col) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
66Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVelo  
67Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
68Simone Petilli (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team  
69Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
71Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
72Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky  
73Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
74Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas. (Col) Movistar Team  
75Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
76Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
77Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
78Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
79Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
80Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
81Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling  
82Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team  
83Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
84Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
86Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
87Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
88Fredrik Carl Wilh Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team  
89Benat Intxausti Elloria (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:39 
90Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:58 
91Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
92Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
93Enea Cambianica (Swi) Marchiol Emisfero  
94Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
95Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky  
96Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky  
97Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
98Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunar (Col) Cannondale  
99Edward Alcibiade Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia  
100Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
101Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
102Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF  
103Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
104Davide Vigano' (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
105Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
106Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
107Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero0:02:54 
108Jerome Gilbert. (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
109Charly Petelin (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team0:04:23 
110Silvio Giorni (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team  
111Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge  
112Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
113Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
114Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing  
115Rafael Andriato (Bra) Yellow Fluo  
116Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
117Mathias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale  
118DJonathan Felipe Paredes Hernan (Col) Colombia  
119Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia  
120Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
121Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVelo  
122Antonio Nibali (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
123Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
124Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team  
125Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
126Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
127Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN-Qhubeka  
128Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
129Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli  
130Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  

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