Uran wins Gran Piemonte

Paolini and Verdugo complete the podium in Italy

Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) won the Gran Piemonte race in Italy with a late attack that allowed him to cross the line alone and savour his second victory of 2012.

Uran surged clear with Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel-Euskaltel) on the last climb of the race but dropped the Basque rider to win by six seconds. Luca Paolini (Katusha Team) also caught and beat Verdugo to take second, with Uran's teammate and compatriot Sergio Henao finishing fourth.

Uran won a stage at the Volta a Catalunya in the spring and won the best young rider's white jersey at the Giro d'Italia. However he's better remembered for finishing second behind Alexandre Vinokourov in the Olympic road race in August. He dismissed the idea that this win was revenge for missing out on a gold medal.

“All the races are important and I always respect them. Then, you know, winning is always very complicated and this is why I believe it's very important and beautiful when you achieve a victory,” he said in the winner's press conference.

“Along with Sergio [Henao], we tried to attack on the final lap before the finish. I was able to get away with Verdugo over the top of the climb but we did not have a big gap to the riders behind. We managed to stay clear and we gave it everything on the descent back to the finish. We agreed to collaborate until 500 metres to go. We saw that Paolini was coming towards us and he’s very fast. So at 300 metres to go, when I saw him getting closer, I sprinted."

Uran showed that he is on form after riding the Vuelta a Espana and will lead Team Sky at Il Lombardia on Saturday.

“I have come out of the Vuelta with some really good fitness. The world championships was some good preparation looking ahead towards Lombardy and today was also another good warm-up. I really like the race and I and very motivated for Saturday,” he said.

Paolini had to be content with second place. He was part of the attack that formed on the second climb to Favaro along with Uran, Verdugo, Henao, Carlos Betancur (Acqua&Sapone) and Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing Team). However, Verdugo blew the group apart with an attack and Uran was able to get across to him before going clear to win.

"I'm satisfied with my performance," said Paolini. "I missed the win and I'm a little disappointed about that, but it's still a good result and my form is pretty good. I thought I had good chance to win in a sprint, but Uran did a great attack. We tried to chase him but he was already too far. At that point I decided to fight for second place and I managed to get it." 

Full Results
1Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling4:30:21 
2Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team0:00:06 
3Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:07 
4Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:11 
5Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
6Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:27 
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
9Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
10Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
11Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
12Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp  
13Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos - Shimano  
14Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
15Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
16Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
17Alessandro Proni (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
18Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
19Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team  
20Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
21Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
22Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling  
23Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
24Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team  
25Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
26Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
27Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
28Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
29Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
30Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team  
31Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
32Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
33Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
34Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp0:00:42 
35Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:48 
36Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:01:07 
37Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
38Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:17 
39Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin - Sharp0:01:32 
40Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano  
41Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
42Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
43Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan  
44Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
45Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
46Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
47Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
48Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
49Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano  
50Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes0:01:58 
51Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos - Shimano0:02:05 
52Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:37 
53Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
54Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
55Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
56Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team  
57Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:04:32 
58Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
59Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:04:48 
60Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:04:58 
61Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling  
62Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
63Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
64Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
65Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale  
66Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
67Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
68Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:27 
69Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:06:29 
70José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:27 
71Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
72Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
73Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
74Edoardo Girardi (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
75Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
76Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
77Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan  
78Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan  
79Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano  
80Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
81Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
82Javier Gonzalez Barrera (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
83Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin - Sharp  
84Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
85Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
86Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
87Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  
88Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan  
89Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
90Roberto Giacobazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
91Gianluca Maggiore (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
92Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
93Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
94Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
95Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia  
96Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
97Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
98Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
99Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
100Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
101Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
102Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
103Danny Pate (USA) Sky Procycling  

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