Sagan outsprints Paolini in Prato

Slovakian champion claims final pre-Worlds test

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) won Sunday's GP Industria & Commercio di Prato in a two-up sprint against Luca Paolini (Katusha) and confirmed he's on splendid form one week prior to the road race world championship in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) followed four seconds late to claim the final podium spot in a race made dangerous by torrential rain in the final 20 kilometres.

"I wanted to test the legs prior to the Worlds" said Sagan. "Liquigas-Cannondale had so many alternatives to establish itself today and my first thought was not to take too many risks. The rain affected the race finale, unfortunately, for [teammate Vincenzo] Nibali who deserved better luck.

"In the last few kilometres I immediately thought of who to mark. When Paolini went I followed him without hesitation because I realized that the move could be good.

"I'm happy with what I have achieved so far but there is no need to celebrate. On [next] Sunday I expect an important test which I look to with great ambition. I know I'm younger than most for Copenhagen and it won't be the only Worlds I'll take part in, however I'm enjoying very good condition and to not make the most of it would be a sin."

The race also provided confirmation of form to Paolini, who'll represent Italy in one week's time at the road race world championships.

"I'm a little disappointed, being overtaken with 20 metres to go is quite sad," said Paolini. "I'm sorry I missed the victory today, especially for the team who worked really well despite the difficult weather conditions.

"Anyway, I consider this race an important test to check my condition after three hard weeks in the Vuelta and just seven days to the world championships. I proved I'm in good shape, so I can say I'm satisfied with my performance."

Full Results
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale4:09:43 
2Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
3Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:04 
4Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:10 
5Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:00:12 
6Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
7Daniele Colli (Ita) Geox-TMC  
8Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
10Daniele Bennati (Ita) Italian National Team  
11Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMC  
12Giuseppe De Maria (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
13Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team  
14Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Italian National Team  
15Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
16Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:00:22 
17Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:27 
18Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Italian National Team0:00:44 
19Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:50 
20Fabio Felline (Ita) Geox-TMC  
21Oleg Berdos (Mda) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
22Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
23Alessandro Proni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:01:25 
24Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
25David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Geox-TMC  
26Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
27Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
28Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katusha Team  
29Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
30Carlos Alberto Betancourt Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
31Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
32Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team  
33Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
35Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
36Noè Gianetti (Swi) Geox-TMC  
37Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
38Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team0:03:32 
39Davide Vigano (Ita) Italian National Team  
40Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team  
41Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC  
42Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
43Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
44David Tintori (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
45Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
46Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
47Giuseppe Di Salvo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
48Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team  
49Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita  
50Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Alexander Zdanov (Rus) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
52Alberto Contoli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
53Francesco Di Paolo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
54Fausto Fognini (Ita) DSL  
55Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti  
56Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
57Matteo Di Serafino (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
58Claudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
59Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Geox-TMC  
60Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
61Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team  
62Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita  
63Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Italian National Team  
64Edoardo Girardi (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
65Leonardo Pinizzotto (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
66Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
67Federico Rocchetti (Ita) De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia  
68Davide Rebellin (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
69Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
70Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
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