Colbrelli wins Tre Valli Varesine

Italian beats Ulissi and Gavazzi after aggressive finale

Sonny Colbrelli emerged victorious in a small bunch sprint at Tre Valli Varesine to make it two out of three victories in the Trittico Lombardo series of Italian one-day races.

The Bardiani-CSF rider, who won the Coppa Agostoni two weeks ago, rolled with the punches on a chaotic final lap of the up and down 12.5km Varese circuit and took the sprint from a group of around 15 riders. Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), who attacked repeatedly on the last of the nine laps, was second, with Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec’s Francesco Gavazzi third.

It was a seventh victory of the season for Colbrelli, who will join the nascent Bahrain-Merida team next year, and a third Italian one-day triumph in the space of a month after Agostoni and the Coppa Sabatini. 

“I felt good today and team backed me all day. I followed Ulissi and [Rigoberto] Uran when they attacked in the finale. I was on my limit but so was everyone else,” said the 26-year-old.

“This pays me back for all the hard work I’ve done in recent months and the hard work the Bardiani team has done for me. I’ve got to thank the team. I’ve had five great years with them.”

While last year’s Tre Valli Varesine was won solo by Vincenzo Nibali, this year it was settled by a sprint, despite covering the same parcours. The race started out in Saronno but reached Varese after 77km for nine laps of a 12.8km of a circuit that featured the short but significant Montello climb early on and other twisting roads in the city centre and near Lake Varese. 

After a frantic start to proceedings for 30km, a three-man breakaway of Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Fantini), Zak Dempster (Bora-Argon18) and Igor Boev (Gazprom-Rusvelo) opened up a sizeable advantage. It reached nine minutes, with Dempster giving his all on his birthday but the writing was on the wall for them when the action kicked off in the peloton with four of the five laps remaining. Topsport Vlaanderen and Cannondale-Drapac did much of the chasing.

Nibali was one of those to go on the front foot, with his Astana teammates Diego Rosa and Jakob Fuglsang showing an interest, along with the likes of Moreno Moser and Alessandro De Marchi. A group of six soon formed, with a few more sensing the opportunity and jumping across. The peloton remained lively, however, and the move came to nothing, with the bunch all together, though thinned out to around 60 riders, going into the final two laps.

BMC then began to take control, setting a fearsome pace that made it difficult for anyone to land a meaningful attack. Remy di Gregorio (Delko) made a solo effort and took a lead into the final lap but was caught by the start of the final Montello ascent, where those who couldn’t afford to wait for a sprint had to roll the dice. 

Fabio Aru was the first to do so but it wouldn’t stick, even if he continued to give it everything on the descent. There were more moves on the flat but then Nibali hit the front and knocked the pace off slightly. Heading into the final five kilometres, Ulissi’s Lampre-Merida teammates took matters in there own hands, and piled on the pressure when the road kicked up with three kilometres to go. Ulissi was soon on the attack in a move that saw BMC’s Philippe Gilbert distanced.

While Gianluca Brambilla (riding for the Italian national squad rather than Etixx-QuickStep), Jens Keukeleire (Orica-BikeExchange) and Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data) all responded, Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) dragged the lined-out and rapidly-thinning bunch up to the leaders, and it wasn’t long before the Colombian was alone on the attack himself with a strong surge over the top of the final climb.

As he headed under the flamme route, Ulissi knew he needed to do something and drove again, but in doing so dragged Colbrelli and others with him. Gavazzi was also there but the quartet started looking at each other, which allowed the stragglers the chance to regroup for the sprint.

In the end it was Colbrelli, who had played an intelligent game, who got the better of Ulissi, who had looked the strongest rider in the closing kilometres but perhaps had expended that bit more energy.  


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF4:48:18 
2Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
3Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
4Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac  
5Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
6Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
7Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange  
8Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Italy  
9Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
10Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
11Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
12Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ  
13Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Southeast  
14Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ0:00:03 
15Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:04 
16Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:13 
17Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:16 
18Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
19Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
20Mauro Finetto (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
21Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Stˆlting Service Group  
22Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
23Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
24Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
25Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin  
26Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data  
27Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
28Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
29Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
30Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
31Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:19 
32Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:00:23 
33Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:36 
34Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
35Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
36Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
37Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
38Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
39Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
40Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:41 
41Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:44 
42Matti Breschel (Den) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:02 
43Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:07 
44Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data  
45Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:12 
46Marco Tecchio (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
47Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:20 
48Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Wilier Southeast  
49Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Southeast  
50Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:35 
51Michele Gazzarra (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
52Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
53Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin  
54Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
55Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange  
56Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team  
57Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
58Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange  
59Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
60Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida  
61Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
62Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
63Fausto Masnada (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
64Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
65Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
66Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group0:01:52 
67Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
68Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
69Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Southeast0:02:34 
70Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Southeast  
71Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
72Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
73Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange0:02:35 
74Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
75Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida  
76Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:55 
77Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:28 
78Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
79Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
80Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Italy  
81Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Italy  
82Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida  
DNFJan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Orica-BikeExchange  
DNFMitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange  
DNFMichael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
DNFRoman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team  
DNFSergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff Team  
DNFLorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
DNFAdrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Dimension Data  
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
DNFOmar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Dimension Data  
DNFSerge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
DNFJaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFDayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
DNFJorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFCarlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
DNFJonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFAndrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
DNFJuan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFOdd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ  
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ  
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) FDJ  
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFAndre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFToms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-Drapac  
DNFJohannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFSimon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFFredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFSindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFMartijn Tusveld (Ned)  
DNFDanilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFBrent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFTaylor Eisenhart (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMarco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFAlessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFRodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFSerghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFSimone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFNicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFJulen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Southeast  
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Southeast  
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Southeast  
DNFAlessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFPier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFYuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGenki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFMoritz Backofen (Ger)  
DNFAlex Kirsch (Lux) Stˆlting Service Group  
DNFThomas Koep (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
DNFSven Reutter (Ger) Stˆlting Service Group  
DNFDavid Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFEduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFJaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFShane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFPhil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFLukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFAndrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
DNFDavid Belda Garcia (Spa) Team Roth  
DNFColin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFRoland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFAndrea Vaccher (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFRoman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAlexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFArtem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFEvgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFJens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFEliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFOtto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFDaniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFLeonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFDelio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFDavid Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFCharles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFChristopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFMarcin Mrozek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFLukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFSylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFElia Viviani (Ita) Italy  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italy  
DNFIvan Santaromita (Ita) Italy  
DNFJure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFJon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFMatej Drinovec (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFGasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Adria Mobil  
DNFRadoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil  
DNFGian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFNicola Gaffurini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFMichele Scartezzini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFPaolo Totò (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFAndrea Cacciotti (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFEnrico Salvador (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFAlex Turrin (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
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