Sagan sprints to Camaiore victory

Slovak beats Ulissi and Nocentini in Tuscany

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) continued his fine start to the season by sprinting to victory to win the G.P. Camaiore, beating Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) and Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale) into second and third.

A select twelve-man group formed on the final of six ascensions of Monte Pitoro, featuring Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Michele Scarponi (Lampre Merida) and Denis Menchov (Katusha), but they were unable to shake Sagan, and once Nibali’s attack on the descent was snuffed out, there was an air of inevitability about the finish.

Aided by teammate Moreno Moser, Sagan duly delivered in the sprint, powering away to claim a convincing win ahead of Ulissi and Nocentini. It was the Slovak’s third victory of 2013 and a start reminder of his abilities just over two weeks before Milan-San Remo.

“It was a win that had a great contribution from my teammates,” Sagan said afterwards. “I could feel my condition improve lap after lap, and I took some morale from that. When it all came back together on the last climb, Moser was exceptional in closing down the attacks and bringing it to a group finish,” Sagan said. “At that point, it came down to me to bring out my best and win.”

The race was illuminated early on by a break featuring Taylor Phinney (BMC), Stefano Agostini (Cannondale), Maxim Belkov (Katusha) and Alessandro Proni (Vini Fantini Selle Italia and Pedro Paulinho (Ceramica Flaminia). They built up a lead of six minutes at one point, but the repeated climbs of Monte Pitoro took their toll and they were swept up after spending the opening 167 kilometres off the front of the bunch.

The stage was then set for a frenetic final lap, with Italian champion Franco Pellizotti (Androni-Venezuela) opening the attacking on Monte Pitone with a fierce attack. When he was brought to heel, Darwin Atampuma and Francesco Reda went on the offensive, but Cannondale’s Moreno Moser was active in tracking the moves, and ultimately Scarponi led Sagan, Stefano Garzelli (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) and a select leading group over the summit.

Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard) had been dropped by that point, but the Luxembourger did succeed in finishing his race, the first time he has done so since Liège-Bastogne-Liège last April.

With three wins under his belt already, Sagan is an early favourite to shine in the spring classics, but before that, he has another important Italian appointment on his agenda on Saturday at Strade Bianche.

“Camaiore was the right race to get back into my rhythm and improve my condition,” said Sagan. “I really like Strade Bianche and I’d like to get a good result there. It’s a special race, similar to a Belgian classic, and so you need a bit of luck to come through. I don’t want to raise expectations too much: we’ll see how I feel on Saturday and how the race pans out.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling4:17:34 
2Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
3Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale  
4Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard  
5Mauro Santanbrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
6Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
7Francesco Reda. (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
8Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha  
9Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha  
10Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
11Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
12Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
13Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard0:00:40 
14Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
15Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
16Peter Kusztor (Hun) Utensilnord ORA24.eu  
17Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
18Federico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord ORA24.eu  
19Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
20Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Colombia  
21Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
22Andre Fernando Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural  
23Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
24Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural  
25Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
26Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
27Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R La Mondiale  
28Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
29Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
30Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
31Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
32Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
33Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
34Aamets Txurruka Ansol (Spa) Caja Rural  
35Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha  
36Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha  
37Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha  
38Omar Fraile Matarran (Spa) Caja Rural  
39Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale  
40Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
41Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
42Marco Zamparella (Ita) Utensilnord ORA24.eu  
43Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
44Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
45Francesco Manu Bongiorno. (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
46Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
47Damiano Caruso. (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
48Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
49Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
50Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:01:00 
51Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Caja Rural  
52Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
53Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
54Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
55Jeffry Johan Romero Corredo (Col) Colombia  
56Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
57Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
58Matteo Fedi. (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
59Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
60Jhon Darwin Atapuma Hurtad (Col) Colombia  
61Carlos Julian Quintero Norena (Col) Colombia  
62Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural0:01:20 
63Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack Leopard  
64Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
65Sylvain Georges (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
66Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
67Sebastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
68Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
69Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
70Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
71Stijn Steels (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
72Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
73Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
74Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Katusha0:01:50 
75Ivan Rovny (Rus) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
76Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
77Srefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
78Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:03:50 
79Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha  
80Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
81Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
82Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
83Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
84Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
85Ylven Sthefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
86Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha  
87Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
88Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
89Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia  
90Dmichael Rodriguez Galin (Col) Colombia  
91Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard0:05:30 
92Christophe Premont (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
93Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
94Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
95Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team  
96Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
97Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
98Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodri (Rus) Lokosphinx  
99Javier Francesco Aramendia Loren (Spa) Caja Rural  
100Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
101Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
102Alessandro Mazzi (Ita) Utensilnord ORA24.eu  
103Yannick Eljssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
104Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
105Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  

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