Capecchi beats Cunego in Lugano

Battaglin rounds out podium

 Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) scored his season's first victory in the GP Citta di Lugano, sneaking away in a chaotic finale to claim the race win over Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) and Enrico Battaglin (Colnago-CSF Inox).

“I was looking for the win because I had seen some positive signs at Laigueglia,” Capecchi said afterwards. “The team tactic was to wait until the last lap, where I was assigned to try and attack. The terrain was suitable, it was just a question of finding the right moment.”

Capecchi attacked near the summit of the final climb, with 4km to ride. He quickly opened up a ten second lead, and then managed to hold onto a slender four-second advantage to the finish as the chasers fought out the sprint behind.

“I put my head down 100 metres from the top with the intention of creating a significant gap,” Capecchi explained. “I knew I was going well and that in the final kilometres I just needed to hang tough. It all worked out, and I’m really, really happy.”

Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) led the chase of Capecchi on the descent of the final climb, but when he took a tumble, it was left to Damiano Cunego to salvage his team's hard work by claiming the sprint for second ahead of the promising Enrico Battaglin.

“In the finale we were well placed, Michele was getting back up to Capecchi and behind them there was a line of riders, including myself and Diego Ulissi,” Cunego said. “Unfortunately, Scarponi’s crash slowed the pursuit of Capecchi and there was no time to catch up.”

Scarponi emerged from the accident unscathed but disappointed that Lampre-ISD missed out on the win. “I’m only consoled by the fact that I wasn’t injured,” he said. “After that, Damiano did well to get second place, but we deserved more.”

Capecchi’s win marks the second year in a row the Liquigas-Cannondale team has triumphed at the GP Lugano, which last year featured Ivan Basso on the top step of the podium. This time, Basso abandoned the race halfway through. “Important races are coming up which must help me improve my condition, I couldn’t run the risk of compromising that,” Basso said.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale4:32:02 
2Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:04 
3Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
4Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil  
5Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
6Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
7Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
8Francesco Reda (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
9Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
10Matej Mugerli (Slo) Adria Mobil  
11Giuseppe De Maria (Ita) Team Idea  
12Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:07 
14Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
15Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:15 
16Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
17Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Adria Mobil0:00:40 
18Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
20Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil  
21Marco Frapporti (Ita) Team Idea  
22Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
23Edoardo Girardi (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
24Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
25Jan Polanc (Slo) Radenska  
26Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
27Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
28Aristide Ratti (Ita) Team Idea  
29Vincenzo Garofalo (Ita) Team Nippo  
30Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
31Sergei Rudaskov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
32Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
33Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
34Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
35Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
36Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
37Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Team Idea  
38Tomaz Nose (Slo) Adria Mobil  
39Sergey Pomoshnikov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
40Alexander Zdanov (Rus) Team Nippo  
41Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
42Remo Schuler (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
43Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
44Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli  
45Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
46Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
47Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
48Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil  
49Jan Tratnik (Slo) Radenska  
50Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
51Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
52Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
53Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
54Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
55Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale  
56Di Lorenzo. Alberto (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
57Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
58Chalapud Gomez. Robinson Eduardo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
59Cristian Cominelli (Ita) Team Idea  
60Marcel Wyss (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
61Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team Vorarlberg  
62Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
64Dmitriy Mokrov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
65Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
66Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
67Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
68Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
69Sebastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
71Federico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
72Simon Pavlin (Slo) Adria Mobil  
73Marcel Aregger (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
74Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Radenska  
75Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
76Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
77Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
78Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo  
79Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
80Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
81Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
82Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
83Florian Salzinger (Ger) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
84Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
85Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
86Luca Dodi (Ita) Team Idea  
87Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
88Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
89Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
90Luca Barla (Ita) Team Idea  
91Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
92Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
93Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
94Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
95Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD  
96Davide Mucelli (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
97Luka Pibernik (Slo) Radenska  
98Andrea Palini (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFIvan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFMariano Giallorenzo (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFDavid John Mclean (GBr) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFRoberto Cesaro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFAndreas Hofer (Aut) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFAljaz Hocevar (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFHenry Frusto (Ita) Team Nippo  
DNFPirmin Lang (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFAlessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFFabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes  
DNFGabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
DNFStiven Fanelli (Ita) Utensilnord Named  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
DNFDmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
DNFPatrick Konrad (Aut) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFFlorian Bissinger (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFTobias Jenny (Aut) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFTomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Team Nippo  
DNFHideto Nakane (Jpn) Team Nippo  
DNFKohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Nippo  
DNFMichael Baer (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFDaniel Henggeler (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFBernhard Oberholzer (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFPeter Erdin (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFBlaz Bonca (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFLuka Grubic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFRobert Jenko (Slo) Radenska  
DNFAndrej Rajsp (Slo) Radenska  
DNFDoron Hekic (Slo) Radenska  
DNFPatxi Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Utensilnord Named  
DNFOleg Berdos (Mda) Utensilnord Named  
DNFClaudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
DNFFlorian Gaugl (Aut) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFFortunato Baliani (Ita) Team Nippo  
DNFJaka Bostner (Slo) Radenska  


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