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Ulissi wins Coppa Sabatini

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Stephen Farrand

Lampre-Merida rider claims uphill sprint

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) wins the Coppa Sabatini

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) wins the Coppa Sabatini

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Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) continued to show his end of season form and potential as one of the next generation of Italian Classics riders, winning the Coppa Sabatini race in Peccioli, Tuscany.

Ulissi won Milan-Turin exactly a week ago and hopes to end the season with further success at the Giro dell'Emilia and GP Beghelli at the weekend.

Ulissi finished off some excellent team work by the Lampre-Merida team. The pink and blue jersey-clad squad rode on the front for almost all of the race and chased down the six-rider break of the race that included South Africa's Jacques Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka). Lampre-Merida brought everything back together with two laps of the finishing circuit remaining.

Michele Scarponi protected Ulissi during the final lap and then the 24 year-old Tuscan surged out of the final corner on the uphill finish to beat Andrea Pasqualon (Bardiani Valvole- CSF Inox) and talented Italian stagiaire Davide Villella (Cannondale).

It was Ulissi's fifth win of the season.

"We controlled the race because we knew this finish suited me perfectly. The team rode for me all day and then it was up to me at the finish," Ulissi said in the post-race press conference.

"I went early because I was worried that some one might surprise us and or I'd get blocked in.

“I think I did a good sprint but I saw them coming up near the line and that's why I kept going all the way, to make sure I won. I didn’t want to lose after the work the lads did and in a race that is so close to my home."

Ulissi promised to work for Scarponi at the Giro dell'Emilia that ends with a similar uphill finish near Bologna on Saturday. The following day’s GP Beghelli will be his last race of the 2013 season.

"My season will end at about five o'clock on Sunday. I'm on form and it's been a good end of season but I've ridden about 80 days of racing and it's time to take a break."

Full Results
1 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:48:42  
2 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
3 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
4 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
5 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
6 Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
7 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
8 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
9 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli    
10 Davide Mucelli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
11 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
12 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
13 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia    
14 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
15 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
16 Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
17 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia    
18 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka    
19 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
20 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
21 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
22 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
23 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
24 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu    
25 Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
26 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia    
27 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia    
28 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:19  
29 Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
30 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:24  
31 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
32 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia    
33 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
34 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
35 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
36 Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
37 Marco Zamparella (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu    
38 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
39 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
40 Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
41 Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia    
42 Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
43 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Androni Giocattoli    
44 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu    
45 Frederico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu    
46 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
47 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
48 Donato De Ieso (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
49 Federico Canuti (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
50 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
51 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
52 Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
53 Davide Gabburo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
54 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
55 Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
56 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:03:50  
57 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:15  
58 Enrico Rossi (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team    
59 Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
60 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu    
61 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia    
62 Nicolò Martinello (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
63 Daniele Colli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
64 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida