Nizzolo wins sprint at GP Nobili

Italian beats Ponzi and Haller

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) claimed his first victory of the 2015 season at the GP Nobili. The Italian beat last year’s winner Simone Ponzi (Southeast), by more than a bike’s length with Marco Haller (Katusha) taking third.

Following a late attack from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi), the peloton came back together with eight kilometres to the finish. Without a victory for 2015, Cannondale-Garmin took to the front along with Katusha, but once Nizzolo launched his sprint no one could catch him.

“In the end I took the wheel of Valverde who was helping take Lobato to the front, but I was left with 300 meters to go and I had no choice but to go long. It was a long sprint and I was scared I would be passed in the last meters," said Nizzolo.

“The first lap I was suffering more over the climb and I was feeling better the second time. I must say a big thanks to all my team. Fabian (Cancellara) was a big help to pace me over the two climbs and then Fabio (Felline) was there at the end; I don’t want to miss naming anyone because everyone on the team played a big part of this win today."

Valverde and, Nizzolo’s teammate, Fabian Cancellara were among some of the riders using the 18th GP Nobili Rubinetterie as a tester before Milan-San Remo this weekend. A total of 22 teams, including seven WorldTour outfits, started in the province of Novara. Defending champion Ponzi was also present, hoping for a repeat performance. There were two abandons before the race got underway, with Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orca-GreenEdge) and Martijn Verschoor (Novo Nordisk) not signing on.

There was plenty of action from the flag with CCC Sprandi and Team Idea the most active on the front: many tried and failed to get away. Lucas Gaday (Unieuro Wilier Treviso), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) and Bartlomiej Matysiak (CCC Sprandi), managed to build up an advantage of 52 seconds after 24 kilometres of racing but they were soon reeled back.

By 40 kilometres no group or individual had managed to make a meaningful break from the clutches of the peloton, so it was no surprise when the news came in that the peloton had averaged 49kph in the opening hour of racing. Many tried and continued to fail and finally the pace forced a split in the peloton, with 27 riders going clear after more than 80 kilometres of racing.

Almost every team was represented in the move with only AG2R-La Mondiale, Caja Rural, Rusvelo, GM Cycling Team, MG. Kvis-Vega and D'Amico Bottecchia not making the split. Among the men to make it away were Winner Anacona (Lampre-Merida), Lasse Norman Hansen (Cannondale-Garmin), Marco Canola (Italian) and Franco Pelizotti (Androni Giocattoli). The large group built up an advantage of 3:08 on the peloton but those who had failed to get a sprinter into that group were keen to bring them back, and with more than 50 kilometres remaining that had been reduced to less than a minute.

Gradually riders began to be shelled out of the front group over the climbs and, led by the Italian national team, the peloton finally brought them back with a touch over 20 kilometres to go. The catch initiated another flurry of attempts to make a break for the line, the most notable of which was a move from Valverde and Rebellin – perhaps a prelude to Valverde’s intentions at this weekend’s Milan-San Remo. The paring were never too far from the front of the peloton and it was gruppo compatto at eight kilometres to go, setting things up for the bunch sprint.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
2Simone Ponzi (Ita) Southeast  
3Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha  
4Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team  
5Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
6Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
7Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
8Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Antonino Parrinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
10Francesco Reda (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
11Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
12Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia  
13Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
14Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
15Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Italy  
16Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
17Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Yonattah Monsalve (Ven) Southeast  
19Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast  
20Simone Petilli (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
21Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
22Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
23Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
24Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
25Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Italy  
26Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr  
27Fabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
28Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
29Mauro Finetto (Ita) Southeast  
30Antonio Santoro (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
31David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
32Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
33Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
34Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
35Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr  
36Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
37Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
38Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
39Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge  
40Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
41Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
42Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Italy  
43Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
44Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
45Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
46Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
47Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
48Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha  
49Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr  
50Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
51Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
52Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha  
53Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
54Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
55Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha  
56Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
57Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
58Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
59Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
60Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
61Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
62Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
63Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
64Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr  
65Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
66Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
67Davide Vigano (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
68Niccolò Pacinotti (Ita) Italy  
69Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy  
70David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
71Ildar Arslanov (Rus) RusVelo  
72Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo  
73Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
74Filippo Ganna (Ita) Italy  
75Marco Tecchio (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
76Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Drapac Professional Cycling  
77Timothy Roe (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
78Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
79José Hernández (Col) GM Cycling Team  
80Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia  
81Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
82Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
83Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr  
84Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr  
85Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
86Walter Fernando Pedraza Morales (Col) Colombia  
87Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
88Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
89Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
90Andrea Cacciotti (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
91Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast  
92Marco Canola (Ita) Italy  
93Daniele Ratto (Ita) Italy  
94Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
95Marco D'urbano (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
96Silvio Giorni (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
97Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
98Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
99Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
100Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
101Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Southeast  
102Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Southeast  
103Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli  
104Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing  
105Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
106Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
107Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
108Kristoffer Skjerping (Nor) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
109Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
110Alessandro Pettiti (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
111Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
112Mamyr Stash (Rus) RusVelo  
113Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
114Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
115Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
116Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
117Aleksandr Komin (Rus) RusVelo  
118Johan Van Summeren (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
119Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
120Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVelo  
121Adriano Brogi (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
122Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
123Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
124Antonio Di Sante (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
125Manuel Todaro (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
126Giorgio Bocchiola (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
127Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
128Marco Tizza (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
129Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
130Michele Gazzara (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
131Moreno Giampaolo (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
132Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo  
133William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr  
134Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Colombia  
135Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
136Carlos Mario Ramirez Botero (Col) Colombia  
137Jonathan Paredes (Col) Colombia  
138Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
139Daniele Cavasin (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
140Filippo Fortin (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
141Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team  
DNFCarlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFFabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr  
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
DNFCameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFJens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFTiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFRoman Kustadinchev (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFAlexander Evtushenko (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFMirko Tedeschi (Ita) Southeast  
DNFMartin Kohler (Swi) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNFSamuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFSebastian Stamegna (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
DNFAlessandro Mario Ferrarotti (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
DNFFabio Chinello (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFLucas Gaday Orozco (Arg) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFDavide Plebani (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFLuca Muffolini (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
DNFMichele Scartezzini (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
DNFEmiliano Faieta (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
DNFFrancesco Baldi (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFGabriele Campello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFIltjan Nika (Alb) d'Amico Bottecchia  
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