Luis Leon Sanchez wins Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli

Astana rider attacks in final 5km

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) rolled back the years to win a tense Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli after a late attack inside the final 5 kilometres. The Spaniard was part of a strong group that formed on the final climb and attacked on the descent towards the line. His solo move caught the sprinters in the lead group off-guard and Sanchez quickly built up a 12 second lead. He held on to take his first win of the season while Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) took second and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) finished in third.

The race came down to the final lap of a testing circuit with Astana, Team Sky, Bahrain Merida and Orica Scott amongst the main protagonists.

On the final Zappolino ascent, Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale Drapac) stretched out the field with Michael Albasini (Orica Scott) and Michael Valgren (Astana) paying close attention.

Sanchez and a number of other riders linked up with the leaders as the race crested the final climb with 8km remaining. It looked as though the group of around 10 riders would decide the race in a sprint finish but Sanchez had other ideas. With just under 5,000m to go he took off and established a lead of over ten seconds as hesitation swept through the field.

While there were a number of sprinters in the chase group they lacked support and teammates, and neither Colbrelli or Viviani were willing to lead a chase of Sanchez until it was too late.

The Team Sky rider attempted a late acceleration in a bid to mount a final chase but with the kilometre flag in sight Sanchez already knew that the win was his. He eventually crossed the line with a few seconds in hand on Colbrelli and Viviani. Albasini and Bettiol rounded out the top five.

Earlier the race had been marked by a number of breaks but with 50km left the peloton regrouped with around five laps of the testing circuit remaining.

AG2R and Dimension Data were two of the teams looking to spoil the party for the sprinters’ teams and launched several moves off the front. With 30km to go a dangerous group containing Nick Dougall (Dimension Data), Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo), Roger Kluge (Orica Scott) and several others slipped clear.

Team Sky and Bahrain Merida still had the numbers to chase and with just under 10km remaining the race was together once more. Albasini was the first to lift the pace on the final climb after some fine work from teammate, Chris Juul Jensen but the Swiss rider became a passenger as the winning move formed over the top of the climb and then Sanchez escaped to victory.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team4:27:30 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:06 
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
4Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott  
5Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
7Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
8Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9Simone Consonni (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
10Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott  
11Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
12Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
13Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott  
14Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
16Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
17Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
18Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
19Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team  
21Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
22Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
23Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
24Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
25Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
26Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
27Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
28Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
29Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
30Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
31Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
32Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:10 
33Paolo Toto (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini  
34Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
35Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
36Metkel Eyob (Eri) Dimension Data For Qhubeka  
37Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
39Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
40Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
41Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
42Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
43Redi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest  
44Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
45Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
46Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
48Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
49Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
50Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
51Ben King (USA) Dimension Data  
52Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
53Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky  
54Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina  
55Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
57Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest  
58Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
59Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
60Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
61Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
62Matteo Rotondi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
63Marco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest  
64Marco Tizza (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
65Valerio Conti (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
66François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott  
68Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
69Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ  
70Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
71German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Arg) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
72Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ  
73Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
74Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
75Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida  
76Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
77Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
78Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team  
79Francesco Romano (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
80Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Team UAE Emirates  
81Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
82Jérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ  
83Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
84Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
86Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest  
87Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Israel Cycling Academy  
88Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
89Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
90Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
91Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
92Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
93Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team  
94Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
95Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
96Rob Power (Aus) Orica-Scott  
97Adriano Brogi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
98Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
99Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ  
100Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
101Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
102Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott  
103Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:24 
104Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
105Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:00:33 
106Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:55 
107Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo0:01:14 
108Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:01:19 
109Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:45 
110Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac Pat's Veg Holistic Development Team0:02:09 
111Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:33 
112Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
113Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wllier Trestina - Selle Italia  
114Marco Molteni (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
115Antonio Parrinello (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
116Antonio Di Sante (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
117Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
118Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
119Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
120Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
121Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
122Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
123Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott0:02:45 
124Matteo Bono (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
125Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
126Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
127Andrea Toniatti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
128Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
129Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
130Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
131Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
132Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
133Dan Craven (Nam) Israel Cycling Academy  
134Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
135Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
136Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
137Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:26 
138Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
139Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
140Andrea Ruscetta (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
141Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
142Andrea Guardini (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
143Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
144Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:03:30 
145Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
146Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
147Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
148Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data  
149Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:04:08 
150Guy Nic (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
151Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
152Marcin Mrozek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
153Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
154Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
155Francesco Mancini (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
156Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:04:59 
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
DNFTao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFSebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFBrendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFSimone Benardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNFMichele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNFNicolo Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNFLuis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFYoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFSimone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFSergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFDaniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina  
DNFJakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
DNFHideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFMarino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFLuis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFDanilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest  
DNFBesmir Banushi (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest  
DNFUri Martins Sandoval (Mex) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest  
DNFSebastian Lander (Den) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFDavide Pacchiardo (Ita) GM Europa Ovini  
DNFJoão Almeida (Por) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFDonovan Alonso Davila Cespedes (CRa) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFRiccardo Cenghialta (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
DNSFrancesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNSZahiri Abderrahim (Mar) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896  
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