Mohoric wins GP Industria e Artigianato

Slovenian bombs descent to victory over Canola

Matej Mohoric put on a display of descending prowess that would make his Bahrain-Merida teammate Vincenzo Nibali proud, using a late attack and no brakes on the hair-raising finale to take out the victory in the GP Industria e Artigianato in Larciano.

The 23-year-old held off the chase of Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) on the flat run-in to take out his first victory of the season. 11 seconds later, Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli) took the sprint from a much-reduced bunch for third.

Mohoric played off a late attack from teammate Giovanni Visconti, who joined Ballerini and Bora-Hansgrohe's Cesare Benedetti in a breakaway with two laps to go. Benedetti, who initiated the move, was dropped on the climb during the final lap, while Mohoric sat in the ever-decreasing group behind waiting for the final ascent.

There was a flurry of attacks as Ballerini came back, with Rafal Majka's (Bora-Hansgrohe), Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac), Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Ivan Santaromita (Nippo-Vini Faniti) all putting in digs. But it was Mohoric's jump just before the crest and subsequent dare-devil descending that proved successful.

"I have to thank all my teammates for the great work they have done throughout the day," Mohoric said. "I knew that the climb was long and that I could get back in the first group without spending too much energy. I wanted to help Giovanni Visconti in the final and when Majka left I went after him. I found myself in the front and so I decided to go all the way.

"I have been studying the climb in the first three laps and I knew that if I had taken the last descent first I could have played my chances. Before the end of the descent, I turned around and saw that nobody was there, after that I did not turn around until I was over the finish line!"

The victory comes after a solid result in Strade Bianche, where he finished 11th, and is his first major one-day win since taking the U23 world title in 2013.

"It's a very important success because it's my first victory with the Bahrain Merida Team's jersey," Mohoric continued. "After Abu Dhabi Tour, I trained well and I had good feelings. Yesterday I did a good Strade Bianche and today it went even better! Now I will start to concentrate on the Giro d'Italia."

Canola's second place was also his best outing so far this season after closing out last year with a win in the Japan Cup, but he was still left wondering what if after latching onto the chasing group on the descent and then coming three seconds shy of catching Mohoric with his attack.

"It is a bittersweet podium," Canola said. "Probably if I had started to chase Matej Mohoric a few hundreds meters before without hesitating, I could have played for the victory. I almost caught him - he was only a few meters in front of me. Bahrain-Merida also played their cards very well, so congratulations to the winner.

"It is a very important podium for me and for my team in Italy, with all the team we have been working very well, with Santaromita and Bagioli also making a great final. Now I can look forward to Tirreno-Adriatico and most of all to Milan-San Remo and Amstel Gold Race, which are very important race for me and for the team."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida4:39:23 
2Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:00:03 
3Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:11 
4Sean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
5Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
6Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
7Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
8Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott  
9Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
10German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Arg) Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus 1896  
11Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
12Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
13Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
14Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
15Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
16Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
17Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
18Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
19Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
20Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
21Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
22Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin  
23Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
24Jaime Roson (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
26Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida0:00:15 
27Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:21 
28Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:52 
29Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:01:14 
30Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
31Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
32Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
33Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:18 
34Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
35Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
36Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
37David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
38José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
39Kanstantsin Suitsou (Blr) Bahrain-Merida  
40Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:01:21 
41Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:24 
42Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:31 
43Ivan Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
44Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:37 
45Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis - Vega0:01:39 
46Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:46 
47Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy  
48Davide Gabburo (Ita) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
49Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
50Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:02:01 
51Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:02:08 
52Daniel Moreno (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
53Enrico Logica (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo0:03:08 
54Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:03:54 
55Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
56Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
57Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
58Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
59José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
60Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
61Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
62Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy  
63Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:05:32 
64Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team  
65Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
66Paolo Baccio (Ita) Italy0:05:51 
67Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
68Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott  
69Filippo Rocchetti (Ita) Italy  
70Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:08:04 
71Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
72Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
73Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
74Rob Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
75Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
76Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:08:12 
77Mathias De Witte (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:08:19 
78Marco Murgano (Ita) Italy  
79Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
80Michel Piccot (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
81Andrea Garosio (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
82Ettore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
83Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
84Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
85Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
86Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
87Federico Zurlo (Ita) Mstina Focus  
88Marco Tizza (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
89Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
90Piotr Brozyna (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:10:32 
91Andrea Toniatti (Ita) Italy  
92Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
93Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
94Alessandro Monaco (Ita) Italy  
95Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk0:10:59 
96Matteo Draperi (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis - Vega  
97Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:11:16 
98Enrico Salvador (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
99Alberto Amici (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
100Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
101Lorenzo Delcó (Swi) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
102Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
103Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
104Andrea Cacciotti (Ita) Italy  
105Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
106Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
107Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
108Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
109Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
110Kim Magnusson (Swe) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
111Niccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
112Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Mstina Focus  
113Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
114Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
115Julien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
116Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:11:38 
117Christofer Jurado Lopez (Pan) Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus 18960:12:38 
118Floryan Arnoult (Fra) Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus 1896  
DNFSvein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFLéo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFNuno Matos (Por) Movistar Team  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFChristoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMaxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFJhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMarco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFJulian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
DNFGiovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFDaniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFStepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAleksei Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFJuan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
DNFSam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFRomain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFUmberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFAntoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFDavid Tanner (Aus) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFLuca Colnaghi (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFDario Puccioni (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFFrancesco Bettini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFEdoardo Corridori (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFEmanuele Onesti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAngelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAngelo Vitiello (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus 1896  
DNFFabio Mazzucco (Ita) Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus 1896  
DNFFilippo Zana (Ita) Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus 1896  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Mstina Focus  
DNFEmil Dima (Rom) Mstina Focus  
DNFVlad-Nicolae Dobre (Rom) Mstina Focus  
DNFMattia Marcelli (Ita) Mstina Focus  
DNFRaul-Antonio Sinza (Rom) Mstina Focus  
DNFAndrea Zanardini (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
DNFSimone Ravanelli (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
DNSGeorg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ  
DNSBenoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  

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