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Pozzato prevails at Trofeo Laigueglia

Peter Hymas

Reda, Santambrogio round out podium

Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) outsprinted Francesco Reda (Androni Giocattoli) and Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) to win the Trofeo Laigueglia.

Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) outsprinted Francesco Reda (Androni Giocattoli) and Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) to win the Trofeo Laigueglia.

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Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) won from a four-man break in the Trofeo Laigueglia, the first race in Italy for the 2013 season. Francesco Reda (Androni Giocattoli) finished second, followed by Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) in third. Pozzato's teammate Diego Ulissi finished fourth while Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) took the bunch sprint for fifth at seven seconds.

For Pozzato, this was the third Trofeo Laigueglia of his career, following back-to-back victories in 2003-2004.

"The team knows that this is a race I care about because it was also the first race that I won when I was 20," said Pozzato. "It happened 10 years ago and I'm happy, I will enjoy this day."

Pozzato's explained his team's tactics, as they worked to avoid a full-on field sprint finale. "If you get a large group it's dangerous," said Pozzato. "I wanted to attack with two kilometres to go, but Santambrogio went and that was fine. I think the team handled everything well."

Reda was happy with his second place result. "I was hoping to move ahead in the last few metres but Pozzato started really strong and there was nothing more to be done. I missed the victory but I'm sure if I continue on this path it will come soon."

A five rider escape formed in the opening kilometres of the 196.5km parcours, comprised of Florent Barle (Cofidis), Leonardo Duque (Colombia), Thomas Raeymaekers (Team Novo Nordisk) plus Antonio Barbio and Nicola Dal Santo (Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest). The lead quintet pushed their advantage out to nine minutes, but once the peloton's chase began in earnest their escape was neutralised with 60 kilometres remaining.

Duque secured the KOM classification as he was the first rider over both classified ascents of the Testico, at 70.4km and 124km.

Following the first passage of the finish line in Laigueglia, a four rider escape formed including Diego Rosa (Androni Giocattoli), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) and Bjorn Thurau (Team Europcar). Rosa pushed the pace on the day's third ascent of the Testico, dropping Durasek and Thurau, while Matteo Rabottini (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) bridged to the two leaders to form a three-man lead group.

Lampre-Merida set the pace at the head of the peloton and with 20 kilometres to the finish this break, too, was brought back into the fray.

Italian champion Franco Pellizotti (Androni Venezuela) launched a solo attack on the Pinamare climb with 10 kilometres remaining but the ever vigilant Lampre-Merida squad shut down Pellizotti's bid for victory. The Italian ProTeam's pace-making efforts thinned the front group to just 20 riders on the Pinamare, but the favourites were still at the fore leading into the Trofeo Laigueglia's finale.

The Capo Mele climb provided the final launch pad for attacks with Santambrogio going clear. The Vini Fantini Italian was closely marked by the Lampre-Merida duo of Ulissi and Pozzato with Reda also making contact to form the decisive move. Ulissi powered the break under the flamme rouge with Pozzato tucked in on his teammate's wheel.

Pozzato would take the victory in Laigueglia, becoming the first three-time winner in the Italian race's 50-year history.

Full Results
1 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 5:03:40  
2 Francesco Reda (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
3 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:03  
4 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
5 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka 0:00:07  
6 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ    
7 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Adria Mobil    
8 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
9 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
10 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
11 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:08  
12 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
13 Frederico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord    
14 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil    
15 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
16 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
17 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
18 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:09  
19 Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:16  
20 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:00:17  
21 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
22 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ    
23 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia    
24 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
25 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ    
26 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
27 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
28 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
29 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida    
30 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:18  
31 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
32 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
33 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
34 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
35 Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Leopard-Trek Continental Team 0:00:28  
36 Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
37 Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
38 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
39 Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk    
40 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:54  
41 Peter Kusztor (Hun) Utensilnord    
42 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia    
43 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:14  
44 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:01:27  
45 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka    
46 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
47 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:38  
48 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
49 Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Adria Mobil    
50 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
51 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
52 Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement 0:03:21  
53 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar    
54 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
55 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo    
56 Kristian Haugaard Jensen (Den) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
57 Klaas Sys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
58 David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk 0:04:30  
59 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
60 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
61 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
62 Remco Broers (Ned) Team Vorarlberg    
63 Simon Pavlin (Slo) Adria Mobil    
64 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
65 Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) Colombia    
66 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
67 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
68 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
69 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka    
70 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ    
71 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
72 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
73 Gilles Devillers (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
74 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
75 Alessandro Mazzi (Ita) Utensilnord    
76 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
77 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
78 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil    
79 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord    
80 Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Team Vorarlberg    
81 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
82 Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
83 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
84 Maxwell Stuart Durtschi (USA) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
85 Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
86 Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
87 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
88 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
89 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
90 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
91 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka    
92 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar    
93 Stefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
94 Matteo Fedi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest    
95 Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
96 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
97 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale    
98 Bostjan Rezman (Slo) Team Vorarlberg    
99 Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVelo    
100 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team