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Ulissi wins GP Camaiore

By:
Stephen Farrand

Lampre-Merida rider on top in Tuscany

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) out-paced Matteo Montaguti (AG2R-La Mondiale). Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) was fourth.

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) out-paced Matteo Montaguti (AG2R-La Mondiale). Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) was fourth.

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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) Team Result
1 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:18:37  
2 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
3 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing    
4 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
5 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:00:03  
6 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing    
7 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge    
8 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky    
9 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
10 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
11 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale    
12 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale    
13 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
14 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling    
15 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
16 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha    
17 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
18 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
19 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo    
20 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha    
21 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka    
22 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
23 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha    
24 Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Colombia    
25 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
26 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge    
27 Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team    
28 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo    
29 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
30 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia    
31 Andrey Amador Bakkaza (CRc) Movistar Team    
32 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
33 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
34 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
35 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge    
36 Omar Fraile Matarran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
37 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky    
38 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
39 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha    
40 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing    
41 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida    
42 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing    
43 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
44 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
45 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
46 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
47 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team    
48 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
49 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
50 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
51 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale    
52 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
53 Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:34  
54 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo    
55 Fabricio Ferrari Barcell (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
56 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
57 Francesco Manu Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:01:01  
58 Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
59 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge    
60 Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia    
61 Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Team Katusha    
62 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
63 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
64 Simone Antonini (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero    
65 Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustaman (Col) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
66 Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVelo    
67 Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
68 Simone Petilli (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team    
69 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
70 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
71 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
72 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky    
73 Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani    
74 Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas. (Col) Movistar Team    
75 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka    
76 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky    
77 Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling    
78 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
79 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
80 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
81 Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling    
82 Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team    
83 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
84 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
85 Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero    
86 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky    
87 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
88 Fredrik Carl Wilh Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
89 Benat Intxausti Elloria (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:39  
90 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:58  
91 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida    
92 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia    
93 Enea Cambianica (Swi) Marchiol Emisfero    
94 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
95 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky    
96 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky    
97 Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani    
98 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunar (Col) Cannondale    
99 Edward Alcibiade Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia    
100 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
101 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida    
102 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF    
103 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
104 Davide Vigano' (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA    
105 Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling    
106 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team    
107 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero 0:02:54  
108 Jerome Gilbert. (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
109 Charly Petelin (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team 0:04:23  
110 Silvio Giorni (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team    
111 Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge    
112 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
113 Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani    
114 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing    
115 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Yellow Fluo    
116 Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero    
117 Mathias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale    
118 DJonathan Felipe Paredes Hernan (Col) Colombia    
119 Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia    
120 Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero    
121 Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVelo    
122 Antonio Nibali (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero    
123 Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Trevigiani    
124 Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team    
125 Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling    
126 Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team    
127 Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN-Qhubeka    
128 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
129 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli    
130 Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert