Bonifazio fastest in GP Lugano

Lampre rider tops Gavazzi, Montaguti in all-Italian podium

Niccolò Bonifazio won his first race and Lampre-Merida's fifth of the season by out sprinting Francesco Gavazzi (Southeast) and Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r La Mondiale) at the GP Lugano. The 21-year-old Italian had five top-ten finishes prior to the UCI 1.1 race this season but with Przemyslaw Niemiec leading him out to perfection, Bonifazio proved to be the fastest after the 184.9km race.

"I'm very satisfied for this first seasonal victory, GP Lugano is a demanding race and so this result makes me happy," Bonifazio said. "The past season ended with many victories, so I could spend a calm winter and I trained with huge passion and with the aim of improving my skills.

The win was confirmation of Bonifazio's rising stock having claimed four wins his debut season as a professional, including three stages of the Tour of Hainan last October.

"2015 began in Australia and from there my condition has become better and better and now the level of my competitiveness is good, that's why today I could avoid being dropped on the climbs," Bonifazio added. "I thank the team that supported me and I share this joy with my team mates."

The undulating race saw a 17-rider group build a steady gap over the peloton early into the day. Lampre-Merida had placed Luka Pibernik in the break and were happy to leave the pace making to the other teams who decided one keeping them within a safe time gap. As the race was reaching its conclusion with 10km left to race, the break was reeled in with 10 rider then launching a counter attack on the final climb.

Riders in the group included Linus Gerdemann (Cult Energy Pro Cycling) and IAM Cycling duo Jonathan Fumeaux and Sébastien Reichenbach while MTN-Qhubeka's Natnael Berhane trying to force a solo move off the front, emulating the aggressive approach of teammate Daniel Teklehaimanot who claimed all three GPM's on offer

With the pace high as the sprinters teams worked to pull the move back, Tinkoff-Saxo were active in finale with Ivan Basso and Sergio Paulinho both testing their legs but to no avail as with five kilometre to go, the race was all back together with Valerio Conti and Niemiec setting a fast pace with the aim of delivering Bonifazio to victory who duly repaid the work done by his teammates by easily out sprinting his rivals on the lake front of Lugano.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre - Merida4:38:08 
2Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast  
3Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale  
4Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
5Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
7Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk  
8Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff - Saxo  
9David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling  
10Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
11Jan Bakelants (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale  
12Sébastien Reichenbach (Sui) IAM Cycling  
13Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff - Saxo  
14Elia Favilli (Ita) Southeast  
15Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida  
16Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling  
17Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff - Saxo  
18Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale0:00:10 
19Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Team Colombia  
20Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Team Colombia0:00:15 
21Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff - Saxo0:00:29 
22Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
23Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre - Merida  
24Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:42 
25Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Team Colombia  
26Louis Meintjes (Rsa) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:44 
27Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani - CSF Pro Team  
28Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
29Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
30Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
31Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:01:08 
32Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:01:21 
33Simone Ponzi (Ita) Southeast  
34Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani - CSF Pro Team  
35Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
36Jonathan Fumeaux (Sui) IAM Cycling  
37Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Roth Skoda0:01:22 
38Patrick Schelling (Sui) IAM Cycling  
39Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo  
40Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Tinkoff - Saxo0:01:40 
41Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani - CSF Pro Team  
42Ivan Balykin (Rus) RusVelo0:01:52 
43Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:15 
44Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani - CSF Pro Team  
45Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
46Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
47Oliver Zaugg (Sui) Tinkoff - Saxo  
48Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida  
49Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa) MTN - Qhubeka  
50Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani - CSF Pro Team0:03:00 
51Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Southeast  
52Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani - CSF Pro Team  
53Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani - CSF Pro Team  
54Sebastián Molano (Col) Team Colombia0:07:37 
55Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Team Colombia  
56Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Team Colombia  
57Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
58Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
59Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale  
60Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff - Saxo  
61Nico Brüngger (Sui) Roth Skoda  
62Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
63Lukas Jaun (Sui) Roth Skoda  
64Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
65Songezo Jim (Rsa) MTN - Qhubeka  
66Pirmin Lang (Sui) IAM Cycling  
67Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
68Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Roth Skoda  
69Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
70Nick Dougall (Rsa) MTN - Qhubeka0:07:39 
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) Southeast  
DNFRamon Carretero (Pan) Southeast  
DNFJonathan Monsalve (Ven) Southeast  
DNFMirko Tedeschi (Ita) Southeast  
DNFEvgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff - Saxo  
DNFMattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
DNFPatrick Gretsch (Ger) Ag2r La Mondiale  
DNFNicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani - CSF Pro Team  
DNFCarlos Galviz (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFSimone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFFabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFManabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFShiki Kuroeda (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGenki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFIldar Arslanov (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFPetr Ignatenko (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFRoman Kustadinchev (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFArtem Nych (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFArtem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFScott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFKevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFChristopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFDaniel Martínez (Col) Team Colombia  
DNFKarel Hnik (Cze) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNFGustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNFChristian Mager (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNFMichael Bresciani (Ita) Roth Skoda  
DNFAlberto Cecchin (Ita) Roth Skoda  
DNFYannick Eckmann (USA) Roth Skoda  
DNFGiacomo Tomio (Ita) Roth Skoda  


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