Colbrelli wins SuisseGas Gran Premio Città di Lugano

Lampre-Merida teammates Ulissi second and Ferrari third

Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) won the UCI 1.HC SuisseGas Gran Premio Città di Lugano on Sunday. The Italian out-sprinted compatriots and Lampre-Merida teammates Diego Ulissi and Roberto Ferrari to take the win.

"This victory has been the culmination of a great performances by the entire Bardiani-CSF," Colbrelli said in a team press release. "We knew today was a very good chance to win and we were really motivated to take it. We rode with a winning strategy, everything was perfect even if the day was really hard with cold and rain.

"This victory is a big boost of confidence in view of the next important events of our calendars, such as Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo and then the Belgium campaign. We have the confirmation we’re on the right way and, most important, we can forget the not-positive 2015 season and just looking ahead."

The event was held under cold and wet weather conditions along the Lago di Lugano where 113 riders lined up to contest the 70-year-old race. The early breakaway included Serghei Tvetcov (Androni-Sidermec) and Artem Nych (Gazprom RusVelo), who broke away at the 16km mark and stayed away until 132km with a gap of roughly two minutes.

The next move included Ulissi, who was followed promptly by Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF), Damiano Cunego (Nippo Fantini), Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) and Omar Fraile (Dimension Data). With no organisation, the move was nearly reabsorbed into the small field with 22km to go but with one final climb, they managed to make it stick, even though the front group slightly reshuffled.

Bardiani-CSF’s Colbrelli joined the leaders, and followed another attack from Ulissi, which was the final move of the day over the last climb. That move included four other riders; Ferrari, Solomennikov, Pantano and Cungeo, but Colbrelli won the sprint to the line.

"People think I’m a sprinter, but it’s not my feeling," Colbrelli said. "During last years I grew a lot, I improved my resistance especially on the short climbs. This is why I attacked selecting the group - I didn’t want a sprint. The hardest moment of the race has been the final kilometer when the small group behind me, Ulissi and Pantano were really close to catching us. Ferrari was there and he’s really fast, I had only one choice - push hard until the finish."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF5:02:07 
2Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
3Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
4Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
5Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) IAM Cycling  
6Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:04 
7Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Dimension Data0:00:07 
8Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:38 
9Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data  
10Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:02 
11Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:01:16 
12Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
13Mauro Finetto (Ita) Unieuro Wilier0:01:19 
14Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
15Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
16Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
17Redi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
18Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
19Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia0:01:26 
20Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Unieuro Wilier0:01:29 
21Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:02:35 
22Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
23Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data  
24Bruno Pires (Por) Team Roth  
25Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
26Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
27Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:48 
28Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:02:52 
29Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
30Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
31Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
32Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
33Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling0:04:04 
34Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:04:13 
35Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:05:42 
36David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
37Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
38Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
39Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
40Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
41Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
42Matthias Krizek (Aut) Team Roth  
43Giorgio Bocchiola (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
44Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
45Francesco Baldi (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFMattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFKristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida  
DNFManuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFGang Xu (Chn) Lampre - Merida  
DNFDavid Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling  
DNFOliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFGiorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFDavide Vigano (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFEnrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAlessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFEdoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFDaniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEvgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFSergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFArtem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAlexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFKevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFPawel Franczak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMichal Podlaski (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
DNFLukasz Bodnar (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
DNFPawel Charucki (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
DNFKarel Hnik (Cze) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
DNFPawel Cieslik (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
DNFAdam Stachowiak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team  
DNFLinus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
DNFRasmus Guldhammer (Den) Stölting Service Group  
DNFLennard Kämna (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group  
DNFChristian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
DNFAndrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFNico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFAndrea Zordan (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFMartin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFGiacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFAndrea Cacciotti (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFMarco Molteni (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFMarco Tecchio (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFAlex Turrin (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFEugenio Bani (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFDanilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFPierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFMattia Gavazzi (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFPaolo Lunardon (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFYukinori Hishinuma (Jpn) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFSergii Movchan (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP  
DNFKai Kautz (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFFlorian Nowak (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFJulian Schulze (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFGeorg Loef (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFArnold Fiek (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFTill Drobisch (Nam) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFMoritz Fußnegger (Ger) Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling  
DNFFabio Chinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFNicola Genovese (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFDaniel Gines Martin (Spa) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFIltjan Nika (Alb) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFMarco Tizza (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFMatt Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data  
DNFAlessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  


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