Durasek solos to victory in Tre Valli Varesine

First big win for Croatian

Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) claimed victory in the Tre Valli Varesine after he out-sprinted Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Bardiani-Valvole) at the hilltop finish in Campione d’Italia.

The Croatian’s victory brought the curtain down on a hugely successful Trittico Lombardo for his Lampre-Merida team, which also took the spoils at the Coppa Agostoni through Filippo Pozzato and second place at the Coppa Bernocchi thanks to Roberto Ferrari.

“After the good sensations I had at the Coppa Agostoni, today I asked the team to believe in me. I was really determined and nothing fazed me,” Durasek said. “I have to thank Polanc and Pietropolli for guiding me perfectly to the foot of the final climb.”

After tributes were paid to recently retired Varese native Stefano Garzelli at the start, an eleven-man break featuring Emanuele Sella (Androni-Venezuela), Pavel Brutt (Katusha) and Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) powered clear in the opening kilometres and animated much of the afternoon.

It was the tough finale in Campione d’Italia that would prove decisive, and the combined forcing of Lampre and Bardiani-Valvolve ensured that a select peloton would contest the victory, with Bardiani’s Stefano Pirazzi particularly prominent in pegging back the break.

Leonardo Duque (Colombia) attempted to jump clear before the base of the final climb but he was reeled in by Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, but once the road began to climb in earnest, Bongiorno ripped clear of the bunch with two kilometres to go.

Only Durasek could follow Bongiorno’s tempo, and together the pair managed to hold off the determined pursuit of Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha), who was giving lone chase behind.

Durasek took over the pace-setting in the final kilometre and he had little trouble in following Bongiorno’s acceleration with 200 metres to go. The Croatian duly took out the sprint to take the win, while Bongiorno held off Kolobnev for second.

“I found myself in front on the climb that to Bongiorno’s good attack,” Durasek said. “From there, I managed my strength well in spite of the pressure from Kolobnev behind. In the finishing straight, I had the energy for one last sprint that gave me my first win for Lampre-Merida.”

Ivan Rovny came home in 4th place, ahead of Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat), Franco Pellizotti (Androni-Venezuela) and Fabio Aru (Astana). Aru’s teammate Simone Ponzi came home in 8th place, and that was enough to give him overall victory in the Trittico Lombardo, the trio of races that heralds the beginning of the Italian build-up to the world championships.

Ponzi, who finished 2nd in the Coppa Agostoni and 8th in the Coppa Bernocchi, was awarded a diamond worth €10,000 for his feat, while race organiser Renzo Oldani told Gazzetta dello Sport afterwards that the three Trittico Lombardo events may switch to a mid-September from 2014, so as to serve as better preparation for the Worlds.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida5:01:21 
2Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:02 
3Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha0:00:07 
4Ivan Rovny (Rus) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest0:00:09 
5Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:10 
7Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
8Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:11 
9Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
10Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:13 
11Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:00:20 
12Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVelo  
13Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:21 
14Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:00:27 
15Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka  
16Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:33 
17Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:00:36 
18Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun  
19Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
20Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:45 
21Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:49 
22Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
23Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
24Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVelo  
25Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest0:00:57 
26Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha0:01:03 
27Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Katusha  
28Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:31 
29Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:01:42 
30Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
31Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Katusha0:01:56 
32David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun0:02:20 
33Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
34Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
35Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
36Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:02:45 
37Davide Gabburo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest0:03:22 
38Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun0:03:27 
39Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha  
40Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
41Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
42Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
43Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:03:37 
44Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia0:03:45 
45Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
46Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
47Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) RusVelo  
48Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
49Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:59 
50Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFPierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar  
DNFCyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFKevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFKévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFArman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFBjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar  
DNFAlexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFEnea Cambianica (Swi) Lampre-Merida  
DNFPetr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha  
DNFDaniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFMikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha  
DNSDavide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFTimofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha  
DNFAndrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFFabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFEnrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFSonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFAngelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFDalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia  
DNFDuber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia  
DNFMauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFJeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia  
DNFJuan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
DNFAlessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
DNFJosef Cerny (Cze) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFAdrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFBartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFTsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFMeran Russan (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFKristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFJim Songezo (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFMateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun  
DNFSergey Klimov (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFYannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun  
DNFIlnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFChan Jae Jang (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFStijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFMatthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFTim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFKin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMatt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFLaurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFMuhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNSDion Smith (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFSander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFGregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFZico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFAlfredo Balloni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
DNFNicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
DNFAndrea Piechele (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  
DNFAndrea Manfredi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest  


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