Albasini wins Tre Valli Varesine

Swiss rider outsprints Colbrelli at finish

Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) snatched victory at the Tre Valli Varesine with a late sprint that allowed him to pass Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) just before the finish line.

The experienced Swiss rider let Colbrelli chase late attacker Mauro Finetto (Neri Sottoli) and then caught and passed him with just 25 metres to go. Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) finished third in the same place after a group of eight riders formed the decisive break of the race on the hilly circuit around Varese.

The finale of the race was affected by several crashes with Enrico Gasparotto and Vincenzo Nibali sliding out a rain-soaked road crossing. Gasparotto got up and chased hard but failed to catch the lead group before the finish.

"It was very dangerous on the finishing circuit. Gasparotto crashed and so we were all afraid of going down," Albasini said. "There were a lot of attacks in the finale and I saw Pozzato on my wheel, so I was worried. But we caught the attacks at the finish and I managed to pass Colbrelli. I'm on form and rarely make mistakes in races, so it went my way."

The race was marked by an early breakaway by Alexsandr Dyachenko (Astana), Marcos Garcia (Caja Rural), Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC) and David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura). They were eventually caught on the finishing circuit in Varese. A different move of six riders went clear, including Fabio Duarte (Colombia), who won the under 23 world title on a similar course in 2008. However, the Astana and Cannondale teams controlled the chase and the move was caught with one and half laps of the twisting circuit remaining. Rain made the racing harder and more selective.

Albasini was quick to follow Gasparotto when he attacked and 11-rider move formed that also included Pozzato and Colbrelli. Nibali tried to block the chase behind to protect Gasparotto and so the gap grew. The 11 became eight after a climb with Gasparotto looking good. However his race ended, and probably his chances of securing a place in the Italian tea, when he crashed on a road crossing.

Manuel Bongiorno (Bardiani-CSF) also went down, with eight riders left up front. Zardini lead for Colbrelli on the final climb and then chased down an attack by Mauro Finetto (Neri Sottoli). When Finetti went again inside the final kilometre, Colbrelli opted to take up the chase. He closed down the mover and started his sprint but became an easy target for Albasini, who passed him close to the line.

Albasini took the honours, while Colbrelli was consoled by hearing he had done enough to secure a place in the Italian national team, while Pozzato missed out on victory and a place in the Italian squadra.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge5:14:39 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
3Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
4Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
5Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale  
6Mauro Finetto (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
7Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida0:00:04 
8Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:07 
9Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:22 
10Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:23 
11Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Team Netapp - Endura0:01:25 
12Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
13Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
14Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
15Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
16Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
17Karel Hnik (Cze) MTN - Qhubeka  
18Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
19Patrick Konrad (Aut) Team Netapp - Endura  
20Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
21Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col)  
22Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
23Simone Ponzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
24Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
25Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge  
26Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
27Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp - Endura  
28Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
29Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp - Endura  
30Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Italy0:01:30 
31Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge0:01:34 
32Francesco Failli (Ita) Neri Sottoli0:01:57 
33Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
34Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) Rusvelo0:02:21 
35Kiryll Pozdnyakov (Rus) Rusvelo  
36Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
37Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
38José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp - Endura  
39Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale  
40Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia0:02:56 
41Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
42Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Rusvelo  
43Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
44Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia  
45Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:03:23 
46Cesare Ciommi (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
47Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
48Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
49Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:04:00 
50Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:05:48 
51Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
52Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
53Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
54Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
55Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
56Fabio Taborre (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
57Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
58Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp - Endura  
59Ricardo Pichetta (Ita) Team Idea  
60Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
61Alessandro Tonelli (Ita)  
62Federico Zurlo (Ita) Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
63Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:06:25 
64Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura  
65Simone Antonini (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
66Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:07:46 
67Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
68Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
69Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo  
70Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Team Idea  
71Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
72Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:09:18 
73David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team Netapp - Endura  
DNFVincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAlexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMichele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFRuslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFArman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFLuca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Italy  
DNFSimone Andreetta (Ita) Italy  
DNFGianni Moscon (Ita) Italy  
DNFIvan Basso (Ita) Cannondale  
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale  
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale  
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale  
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale  
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida  
DNFAndrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFLuca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFCaleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFLeigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFChristian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFCarlos Galviz (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFCarlos Jose Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFEmanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFGianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFStefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAndrea Manfredi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAngelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
DNFJonathan Monsalve (Ven) Neri Sottoli  
DNFMirko Tedeschi (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
DNFGiorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Neri Sottoli  
DNFRobinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia  
DNFEdward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia  
DNFJarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia  
DNFCarlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
DNFJuan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
DNFLeonid Krasnov (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFTimofey Kritskiy (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFRoman Maikin (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFJohann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFSogenzo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFTsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFAdrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFMartin Wesemann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFTim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFMarcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
DNFSander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFThomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFArthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFHeiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
DNFFernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJérôme Gilbert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFBartolomiej Kalaska (Pol) Poland  
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFMarek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFBranislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFMateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
DNFJean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFArnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFFlorian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFKevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFSimone Carantoni (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFMatteo Collodel (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFFabio Gadda (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFDaniele Mossini (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFAlessandro Pettiti (Ita) Team Idea  
DNFGiovanni Carboni (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFCharly Petelin (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFMarco Tecchio (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFSilvio Giorni (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFDaniele Aldegheri (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFLuca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFRicardo Tomas Creel (USA) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFLorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFLorenzo Rota (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFGianluca Vecchio (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
DNFEmiliano Faieta (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFMarco Ciccanti (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFSante Di Nizio (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFNicola Gaffurini (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFMoreno Giampaolo (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFGianni Franco D'intino (Ita) Vega - Hotsand  
DNFFilippo Baggio (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
DNFAlfredo Balloni (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
DNFMatteo Belli (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
DNFNicola Dal Santo (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
DNFGiacomo Forconi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
DNFAntonio Merolese (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
DNFLuca Taschin (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
DNFRaffaello Bonusi (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFPaolo Lunardon (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFMiloš Borisavljevic (Srb) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFAndrea Vendrame (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNFAndrea Zanardini (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero  
DNSGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
DNSMatteo Spreafico (Ita) Team Idea  
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