Vincenzo Nibali wins back-to-back national titles

Tour de France winner hits form

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) took his second Italian national championships in as many years with a fine performance on Saturday, distancing his rivals on the final climb of the race with a series of strong attacks after his Astana team had laid the groundwork.

The reining Tour de France champion won ahead of Francesco Reda (Team Idea) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) who both followed Nibali’s aggressive pace but were unable to hold the Astana rider on the final climb. Despite a dogged performance from Reda, Nibali pushed clear for the final and deciding time with less than three kilometres remaining.

Reda hung on for second with Ulissi settling for third, while Gianfranco Zilioli (Androni), Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi) and Domenico Pozzovio (AG2r) led home the chase group.

108 riders started the race with Nibali an established favourite given his recent form, track record in the race and the depth of this team around him that included Michele Scarponi, Diego Rosa, Valerio Agnoli, Dario Cataldo and Davide Malacarne. Although outnumbered by the likes of Lampre, Androni, Nippo Vini Fantini and Bardiani CSF, Nibali’s men made their presence felt when it really mattered, setting the pace on the main climb.

Before the final showdown a group of six riders had escaped in the early stages with Giorgio Cecchinel (Southeast), Marco Frapporti (Androni - Sidermec), Antonio Nibali (Nippo-Vini Fantini) Luca Sterbini (Bardiani CSF) and Filippo Fortin (CM Cycling Team) going clear.

The group were never afforded a sizeable gap on the main field with Lampre controlling the race for most of the early proceedings.
Astana joined them in the second half the race and Nibali remained calm even with a number of opportunist attacks on the penultimate ascent.

With the early break reeled in Astana began to stamp their authority on the race, lining out the reduced peloton with Nibali sat just ahead of his rivals.

When Nibali put the hammer down for the first time only Reda and Ulissi were able to respond, with a chase group containing Rebellin and Pozzovivo quickly forming. However they were unable to claw the trio back and on the final climb Nibali broke the final resistance from Reda and Ulissi.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team4:57:38 
2Francesco Reda (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD0:00:13 
3Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:29 
4Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:17 
5Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
6Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:25 
7Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:48 
8Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:57 
9Mauro Finetto (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling0:02:10 
10Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:15 
11Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:02:29 
12Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:49 
13Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:03:15 
14Michele Gazzarra (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega0:03:26 
15Fabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:03:56 
16Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:04:05 
17Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:29 
18Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:04:38 
19Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega0:04:54 
20Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:05:02 
21Davide Vigano (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
22Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD0:05:09 
23Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:05:24 
24Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:06:13 
25Simone Ponzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling0:07:25 
26Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
27Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:40 
28Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:07:48 
29Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP0:08:00 
30Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega0:08:13 
31Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Roth - Skoda0:08:34 
32Marco Tizza (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
33Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge0:08:45 
34Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:08:48 
35Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
36Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:58 
37Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:09:04 
38Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:09:16 
39Antonio Parrinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia0:09:18 
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDavide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMichele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFMattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFRoberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFLiam Bertazzo (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFGiorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFAndrea Dal Col (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFElia Favilli (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFLuca Wackermann (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFMirko Tedeschi (Ita)  
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAlberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAndrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFAntonio Viola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFRiccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFMattia Pozzo (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAlessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFNicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFSimone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAndrea Manfredi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAndrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLuca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAlessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFMoreno Giampaolo (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
DNFLuca Muffolini (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
DNFAntonio Santoro (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
DNFEmiliano Faieta (Ita) Mg.Kvis-Vega  
DNFLuca Capelli (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
DNFAlessandro Pettiti (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFDavide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFGiorgio Bocchiola (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFAdriano Brogi (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFPaolo Ciavatta (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFSilvio Giorni (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFAntonio Di Sante (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
DNFMarco D'urbano (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
DNFDaniele Cavasin (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
DNFFilippo Fortin (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
DNFAlessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFDaniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFFederico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFMatteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFMatteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFRino Zampilli (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFManuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
DNFChristian Delle Stelle (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFCristiano Monguzzi (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  

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