Giro della Toscana: Visconti wins stage 1

Colbrelli second and Bennati third in Montecatini Terme

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) won the opening stage of the two-day Giro della Toscana, beating Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF), Daniele Bennati (Italy)  and Fabio Aru (Astana) thanks to a late attack on the outskirts of Montecatini Terme.

Visconti opted to attack rather than wait for the sprint and got a gap with two kilometres to go. Bennati, Colbrelli and Aru almost caught him in the finishing straight but Visconti had the time to celebrate a special victory on his local roads. He lives nearby and will join the new Bahrain Merida team in 2017 but wanted to win one last time in Movistar colours. The win gave Movistar a record equalling 36 season victories.

Irish sprinter Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) won the sprint for fifth place ahead of Fabio Sabatini (Italy) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who made a late switch from Eneco Tour to the shorter Giro della Toscana and then Coppa Sabatini race on Thursday.

Visconti waved in celebration as he crossed the finish line, he won the Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta in April but that that been his only win since 2013, when he won two stages at the Giro d’Italia.

"I'm really happy to have won in front of my family and on my home roads," Visconti said. "I also wanted to win for the Movistar family and so end my time with the team on a high. I'm happy.

"I needed a win to boost my confidence. I knew that I'd lose the sprint against Bennati and Colbrelli and so my only chance was to win was to attack with a few kilometres to go. I didn't have anything to lose and knew that if I was caught that at least I'd put up a fight and tried. I knew that if I got gap I could win.

"We'll try and win the classification tomorrow. The second stage has a hard start but it is likely to end in a sprint and so that suits Bennati and Colbrelli. But my moral is good and well try everything with the team."

Visconti ensured he was in the decisive move of the day that formed after the first passage through Montecatini Terme after Astana chased the early break of the day and set up Aru. The Sardinian split the peloton and then dragged the move clear with Visconti on the final Vico climb before Bennati and Colbrelli got back to them on the descent to the finish.

Tour of Britain winner Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) crashed on a late descent and was forced to abandon the race.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team4:16:20 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Italy  
4Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:03 
5Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 180:00:06 
6Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Italy0:00:07 
7Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
8Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
9Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
10Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
11Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
12Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
13Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
14David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
15Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
16Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
17Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
18Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
19Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
20Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team  
21Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
22Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
23Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
24Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
25Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
26Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
27Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
28Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
29Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
30Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
31Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
32Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
33Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
34Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
35Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
36Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
37Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
38Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
39Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
40Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
41Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
42Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
43Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
44Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
45Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data0:00:42 
46Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italy0:00:50 
47Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth0:00:55 
48Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
49Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
50Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:00 
51Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
52Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:06:30 
53Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
54Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
55Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data  
56Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth  
57Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
58Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
59Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
60Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
61Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
62Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
63Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
64Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
65Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
66Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
67Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
68Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
69Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
70Maxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
71Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
72Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
73Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
74Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
75Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
76Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:10:58 
77Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth  
78Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
79Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
80Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
81Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
82Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italy  
83Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Italy  
84Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
85Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
86Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
87Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
88Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
89Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Italy  
90Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
91Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
92Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
93Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
94Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
95Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:11:12 
96Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
97Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
98Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
99Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
100Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Team Roth  
101Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
102Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
103Valentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth  
104Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
105Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data  
106Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
107Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
108Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
109Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
110Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
111Riccardo Minali (Ita) Italy  
112Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
113Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
114Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
115Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
116Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
117Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
118Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team  
119Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy  
120Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:12:01 
DNFStephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data  
DNFGregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFMarino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFKevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJames Glasspool (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFFloris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFAlberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Roth  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team4:16:20 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Italy  
4Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:03 
5Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 180:00:06 
6Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Italy0:00:07 
7Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
8Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
9Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
10Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
11Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
12Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
13Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
14David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
15Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
16Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
17Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
18Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
19Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
20Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team  
21Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
22Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
23Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
24Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
25Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
26Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
27Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
28Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
29Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
30Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
31Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
32Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
33Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
34Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
35Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
36Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
37Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
38Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
39Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
40Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
41Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
42Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
43Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
44Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
45Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data0:00:42 
46Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italy0:00:50 
47Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth0:00:55 
48Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
49Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
50Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:00 
51Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
52Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:06:30 
53Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
54Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
55Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data  
56Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth  
57Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
58Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
59Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
60Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
61Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
62Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
63Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
64Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
65Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
66Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
67Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
68Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
69Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
70Maxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
71Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
72Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
73Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
74Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
75Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
76Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:10:58 
77Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth  
78Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
79Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
80Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
81Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
82Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italy  
83Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Italy  
84Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
85Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
86Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
87Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
88Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
89Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Italy  
90Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
91Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
92Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
93Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
94Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
95Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:11:12 
96Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
97Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
98Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
99Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
100Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Team Roth  
101Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
102Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
103Valentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth  
104Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
105Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data  
106Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
107Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
108Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
109Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
110Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
111Riccardo Minali (Ita) Italy  
112Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
113Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
114Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
115Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
116Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
117Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
118Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team  
119Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy  
120Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:12:01 

 

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