Colbrelli wins GP Coppa Sabatini

Pasqualon and Barbero round out podium

Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) continued his run of late-season form by winning the Coppa Sabatini with a powerful sprint from a reduced peloton in Peccioli. Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth) was beaten into second place, while Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros) took third.

The race was animated by an early two-man break featuring Davide Ballerini (Italy) and Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros) and the duo established a maximum lead of just under 14 minutes before the peloton began to peg them back, with Ag2r-La Mondiale particularly active early on.

Ballerini and Ferrari still had eight minutes in hand with 80 kilometres and they stoutly defended their advantage even as Androni-Sidermec joined the chase effort in the bunch. With three laps of the finishing circuit – just under 35 kilometres – remaining, their lead had been pared down to just 2:45, and teams including Astana and Gazprom-Rusvelo added more firepower to the pursuit behind.

The destiny of the two escapees seemed secured when their lead dropped to just 15 seconds with 15 kilometres remaining, as Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec) and Iuri Filosi (Nippo-Vini Fantini) tried to bridge across.

Neither Frapporti nor Filosi could make the junction, however, and instead, Ballerini summoned up the strength to forge clear alone and prolong his adventure off the front of the peloton.

Ballerini, who is currently a stagiaire with Tinkoff and who will turn professional with Androni next year, managed to stave off the peloton deep into the final two kilometres, before finally giving best.

Dimension Data and Nippo-Vini Fantini had been prominent in pegging back Ballerini, but it was Bardiani-CSF who dictated affairs in the final kilometres, and they safely marshalled Colbrelli to the front, avoiding the crash in the main field with 1500 metres to race.

In the final sprint, Colbrelli’s superiority brooked no argument. Winner of the Coppa Agostoni last week, Colbrelli was a comfortable winner here, and he had time to sit up and enjoy his victory as he came home ahead of Pasqualon and Barbero.

Colbrelli is aiming for a berth in the Italian squad at next month’s World Championships in Qatar, and is also signing off on his time at Bardiani-CSF, as he will ride at Vincenzo Nibai’s new Bahrain Merida squad in 2017.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF4:51:45 
2Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth  
3Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
4Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Italy  
5Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
6Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
8Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
9Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
10Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
11Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
12Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
13Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
14Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
15Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
16Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
17Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
18Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
19Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
20Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
21Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
22Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
23Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
24Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
25Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
26Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
28Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
29Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
30Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
31Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
32Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
33Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
34Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
35Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Italy  
36Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
37Julien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
38Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
39Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
40Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
41Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
42Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
43Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team  
44Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:00:24 
46Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
47Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:36 
48Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
49Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
50Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth0:00:46 
51Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
52Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:51 
53Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
54Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
55Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
56Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:54 
57Umberto Orsini (Ita) Italy0:00:59 
58Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
59Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italy  
60Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Dimension Data0:01:13 
61Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
62Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
63Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
64Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
65Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Italy  
66Marco Zamparella (Ita) Italy  
67Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
68Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
69Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
70Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
71Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
72Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
73Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
74Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
75Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
76Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
77Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italy  
78Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
79Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
80Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
81Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
82Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
83Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
84Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
85Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
86Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
87Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
88Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
89Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
90David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
91Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
92Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
93Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
94Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:20 
95Xuban Perez (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:07:47 
96Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
97Brian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
98Matt Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data  
99Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data  
100Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
101Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
102Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
103Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
104Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFRicardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFMiguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFJonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFHector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
DNFBakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFRémy Rochas (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFCarlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
DNFAdriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team  
DNFDayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
DNFAndrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
DNFSongezo Jim (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFSerghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFMirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFVincenzo Albanese (Ita) Italy  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
DNFYuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFRafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
DNFNico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFColin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFAndrea Vaccher (Ita) Team Roth  
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