Nizzolo wins Gran Piemonte

Trek-Segafredo rider beats Gaviria and Bennati in sprint

Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) claimed victory at Gran Piemonte, beating Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-QuickStep) and Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff) in a sprint finish in Agliè.

The victory was Nizzolo’s sixth of the current season and his second in recent weeks following his triumph at the Coppa Bernocchi. Nizzolo will be part of the Italian team at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha next month, where he will split leadership duties with Elia Viviani (Sky).

"It's a great victory because it comes at the end of a race contested at a very high tempo. I'm also happy because I felt great on the climbs,” Nizzolo said. “To be honest, this morning, I didn't feel well – I had fever or something like that but once I started racing, I felt normal. I couldn't ask for better timing, winning a race ahead of the World Championships. Now I know that I can go to Doha with great motivation."

Some 40 riders were still in contention come the slightly uphill finishing sprint in Agliè, where Nizzolo produced a fine acceleration inside the last 200 metres to lead into the gentle final curves to claim the honours ahead of Gaviria and Bennati.

Juan José Lobato (Movistar) took fourth place, while the on-form Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) – winner of the Tre Valli Varesine, Coppa Agostoni and Coppa Sabatini in recent weeks – had to settle for fifth.

Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Ben Swift (Sky) and Filippo Pozzato (Wilier-Southeast) all placed in the top ten but were never in a position to discommode Nizzolo and Gaviria.

The race got off to a rapid opening on leaving the start in Diano d’Alba, with a group of 38 riders – including Gilbert, Swift and Bennati – breaking clear in the early kilometres, with the Italian national team and Wilier-Southeast forced to lead the chase behind once the gap nudged towards two minutes.

After two hours of racing, the average speed was a brisk 48.95kph, but the break’s lead was inside 40 seconds, and the unity of the group fragmented soon afterwards. After a spate of attacking, Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) went clear at the end of the race, and opted to press on alone rather than wait for company with a shade under 100 kilometres remaining.

There was a détente in the peloton as the remnants of the early break were caught, and Rossetto was able to stretch his advantage out to a maximum of 4:40 before the sprinters’ teams began to wind the pace up once again on the run-in towards Agliè.

By the climb of Alice Superiore, Rossetto’s lead was already down to just two minutes, and the work of BMC on the ascent made further inroads into his advantage, and also reduced the main peloton to just 40 or so riders.

Rossetto stuck gamely to his task in the final 20 kilometres even though there was a sense of inevitability about his fate. 10 kilometres from home, his lead was just 19 seconds, but it wasn’t until Etixx-QuickStep took up the reins on the approach to Agliè that the gap was eventually snapped shut.

After Rossetto was swept up with two kilometres remaining, the scene was set for a sprint finish, and it Nizzolo, riding for the Italian national team, who conjured up the winning effort.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo4:25:21 
2Fernando Gaviria (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step  
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
4Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team  
5Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
6Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
7Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
8Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
9Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
10Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
11Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
12Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
13Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Cannondale-Drapac  
14Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
16Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
17Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
18Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
19Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha  
20Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:06 
21Jon Irisarri Rincon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
22Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team0:00:09 
23Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:12 
24Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:19 
25Ric Carapaz Montenegro (Ecu) Movistar Team  
26Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:21 
27Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
28Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
29Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida0:00:25 
30David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:29 
31Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
32Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
33Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:36 
34Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:40 
35Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:02 
36Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:12 
37Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
38Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:01:23 
39Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:24 
40Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
41Rémy Rochas (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
43Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
44Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:26 
45Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
46Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
47Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
48Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
49Davide Ballerini (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
50Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
51Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
52Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
53Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
54Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
55Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
56Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
57Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
58Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
59Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
60Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Andre Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
62Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
63Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team  
64Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
65Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
66Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy  
67Filippo Ganna (Ita) Italy  
68Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:06:16 
69Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
71Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
72Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
73Rafae Andriato Demattos (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:08:15 
74Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
75Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
76Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
77Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
78Minali Riccardo (Ita) Italy  
79Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
80Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
81Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac  
82Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
83Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
84Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
85Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
86Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
87Michael Bresciani (Ita) Italy  
88Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Drapac  
89Matti Breschel (Den) Cannondale-Drapac  
90Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step  
92Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha  
93Alberto Losada (Spa) Team Katusha  
94Edoardo Affini (Ita) Italy  
95Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
96Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
97Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:08:36 
98Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:16:38 
99Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
100Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
101Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
102Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
103Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
104Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
105Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
106Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
107Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
108Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
109Sergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
110Marcin Mrozek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
111Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
112Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
113Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha  
114Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
115Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha  
116Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
117Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
118Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNSAlexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNSJaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFFranco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFRodolfo Andres Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFSerghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFDiego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFTanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
DNFNurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team  
DNFRuslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFNicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFFloris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
DNFAdrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFLaurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFRodrigo Contreras (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFAlexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFEvgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFYuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFPier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGenki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFJoaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky  
DNFDavid Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
DNFSalvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
DNFErik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
DNFJakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  

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