Simon Clarke wins GP Industria & Artigianato

Fedi, Visconti round out podium

Simon Clarke took his first win for the Cannondale team at the GP Industria & Artigianato in Larciano, Tuscany, after a strong team performance in the rain.

Cannondale had Ramunas Navardauskas in the early break of the day and he managed to stay clear until the final assault of the San Baronto climb that was covered four times. Clarke sensed that the race was coming back together and anticipated any attacks from local rider Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) and Andrea Fedi of Southeast, jumping across to Navardauskas. He then helped Clarke open a gap and then the Australian dived down the descent to win alone in Larciano.

Fedi and Visconti fought for second place but were disappointed to finish on the lower steps of the podium after finishing 33 seconds behind Clarke. Rigoberto Uran finished fourth in the same time as the two, Navardauskas fought to the finish to take sixth, while Davide Formolo was 13th, confirming Cannondale's strength in depth.

2014 winner Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) was 11th in the same time as Formolo, at 43 seconds.

"It's great to win my first race for Cannondale. I'm really motivated this year because it's a new state after four years at Orica. I love racing in Italy and know these roads because I raced for the ISD team (now Southeast) that is based here," Clarke said after enjoying his moment on the podium.

It was Clarke's fourth solo career win after also taking stages all three Grand Tours in team time trial with Orica-GreenEdge. He also spent a day in the leader's pink jersey at the 2015 Giro d'Italia after Orica-GreenEdge dominated the team time trial in San Remo, and finished second to new teammate Formolo on the stage of the Giro d'Italia to La Spezia.

"I wasn't expecting to win but we knew we had to give it everything after Navardauskas went in the break and worked so hard. When the chase group was closing own on him on the last climb, I decided to spark a surprise and jump across to him. We got together before the summit of San Baronto and then he helped me gain 25 seconds at the top. I dived down the descent and knew I had a great chance."

Clarke has recently spent 18 days training at altitude on Mount Teide with several of his Cannondale teammates to prepare for the spring races. He will be part of the Cannondale squad for Tirreno-Adriatico that starts on the Tuscan coast on Wednesday.

"Next up is Tirreno-Adriatico and were all motivated to do well," he said. "We spent a lot of time at altitude and that allowed us to work hard and get to know each other."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling4:59:45 
2Andrea Fedi (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela0:00:33 
3Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
4Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
5Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:43 
6Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
7Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
8Mauro Finetto (Ita) Italy  
9Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
10Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
11Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge  
12Egan Arley Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
13Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
14Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:53 
15Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:18 
16Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
17Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:23 
18Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha  
19Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
20Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
21Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
22Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha  
23Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
24Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
25Rodolfo Andres Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
26Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:01:44 
27Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
28Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
29Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:05 
30Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
31Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Italy  
32Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:02:08 
33Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:13 
34Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:04:26 
35Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling  
36Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:05:22 
37Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:41 
38Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italy  
39Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:48 
40Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:05:55 
41Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:10:13 
42Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Southeast - Venezuela0:11:06 
43Eduardo Godoy Yonder (Ven) Venezuela  
44Xavier Quevedo (Ven) Venezuela  
45Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
46Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
47Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
48Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
49Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
50Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
51Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
52Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
53Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
54Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha  
55Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
56Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
57Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
58Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
59Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
60Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
61Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
62Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
63Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
64Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18  
65Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
66Troia Oliviero (Ita) Italy  
67Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
68Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
69Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
70Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team  
71Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
72Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team  
73Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
74Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:11:42 
DNFSimon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFJens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFRuben Plaza (Spa) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFAlexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFChristian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFLuke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFDominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFEmanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFAntonio Viola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFDaniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFVincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFBakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAndriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDiego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFMattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida  
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFValerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFPrzemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida  
DNFSimon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
DNFEnrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFNicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLuca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAngel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha  
DNFMaxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFEgor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFJurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha  
DNFAlexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFDavid Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJavier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFScott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
DNFDaniel Martinez (Col) Southeast - Venezuela  
DNFEnrique Sanz (Spa) Southeast - Venezuela  
DNFMirko Trosino (Ita) Southeast - Venezuela  
DNFDaniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFDavide Vigano (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFHector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFJosé Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFDomingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFRory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team  
DNFMarc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFJasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
DNFNocentini Rinaldo (Ita) Italy  
DNFEdoardo Affini (Ita) Italy  
DNFEdward Ravasi (Ita) Italy  
DNFMarco Tecchio (Ita) Italy  
DNFMiguel Armando Ubeto Aponte (Ven) Venezuela  
DNFEnrique Lis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela  
DNFJonathan Pertsinidis Monsalve (Ven) Venezuela  

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