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Serpa wins Trofeo Laigueglia

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Lampre man out-sprints Sinkewitz in Liguria

José Serpa continued Lampre-Merida's fine start to the 2014 season by winning the Trofeo Laigueglia, beating Patrik Sinkewitz (Meridiana-Kamen) in a two-up sprint, while Andrea Pasqualon (Team Area Zero) led the chasers home in 3rd place.

Serpa laid the foundations for his victory by following Sinkewitz's attack on the day's final major climb, the Cima Paravenna, in the company of Matteo Rabottini (Neri Sottoli-YellowFluo). The pace soon proved too much for Rabottini, but Sinkewitz's forcing helped to pull Serpa away from the reduced main peloton.

"Sinkewitz was the strongest on the climb, and Rabottini and I struggled to hold his wheel," Serpa admitted afterwards.

By the summit of the Paravenna, with over 35 kilometres still to race, they held a 34-second margin over Rabottini, while Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) led the bunch over the top a further 14 seconds back.

On the long, sweeping descent back towards the coast, Serpa and Sinkewitz extended their advantage over the bunch still further, and they led by some 1:08 with 25 kilometres to go.

At the base of the descent, the chasing group, which now contained 26 riders, finally began to arrange itself into some semblance of cohesion, with the Cannondale team of Marco Marcato and Davide Villella making particular efforts to peg back the two leaders. By contrast, with Serpa up the road, Lampre-Merida’s two leaders Cunego and Diego Ulissi were able to comfortably in the chasing group, poised in the event of a catch.

Try as they might, however, the pursuers could not make sufficient inroads into Serpa and Sinkewitz's lead. With 8 kilometres remaining, their lead was down to 45 seconds, but they put up fierce resistance over the final hillock, the Capo Santa Croce, to maintain almost 30 seconds of that margin by the time they entered the final kilometre.

In a tense sprint in Laigueglia, Serpa had just too much for Sinkewitz, thus claiming Lampre’s second win in the race in as many years after Filippo Pozzato’s victory twelve months ago.

Andrea Pasqualon won the sprint for third, 13 seconds later, holding off Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF), Ulissi and Villella.

The race took place on a route that was slightly altered from the traditional parcours due to a recent landslide on the Capo Mele, but in general terms, the character of the ambient Ligurian race maintained unchanged.

The early exchanges were enlivened by a break featuring Robinson Chalapud (Colombia), Simone Petilli (Zero Pro), Songezo Jim (MTN-Qhubeka) and Christophe Laborie (Bretagne-Séché), who went clear on the Balestrino. Once their lead hit the 7-minute mark, Neri Sottoli-YellowFluo and Cannondale began to take up the chase in earnest, and their 105km-long escape was brought to an end on the run-in to the foot of the Parvenna.

Once on the climb proper, Serpa and Sinkewitz picked up the baton and began to force the issue, and the pair would go on to decide the race in Laigueglia.

"I was even dropped with two kilometres to go, but fortunately Sinkewitz didn't realise and even lowered the pace," Serpa admitted, according to Tuttobici. “"When I got back on I didn't collaborate because I had a big responsibility to Ulissi behind, who could have won. The sprint was easy, because Sinkewitz was very tired."


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# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 6:17:43  
2 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Meridiana Kamen Team    
3 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team 0:00:12  
4 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
5 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
6 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale    
7 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale    
9 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
10 Franco Pelizzotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
11 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
12 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia    
13 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
14 Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) Rusvelo    
15 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
16 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
17 Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Vega - Hotsand    
18 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
19 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
20 Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
21 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
22 Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
23 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida    
24 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale    
25 Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Colombia    
26 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:18  
27 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia 0:00:20  
28 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale 0:00:39  
29 Fabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team 0:02:37  
30 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
31 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
32 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
33 Jeffry Johan Romero Corred (Col) Colombia    
34 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero    
35 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Yellow Fluo    
36 Stefano Tonin (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
37 Matteo Collodel (Ita) Team Idea    
38 Viesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP    
39 Mads Christensen (Den) Cult Energy Vital Water    
40 Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
41 Alessandro Mazzi (Ita) Utensilnord    
42 Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) VIN    
43 Daniel Paulus (Aut) VIN    
44 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale    
45 Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP    
46 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia    
47 Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) VIN    
48 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Christina Watches Powered By Dana    
49 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
50 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
51 Stake Vegard Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
52 Pierre Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
53 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
54 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
55 Alessandro Pettiti (Ita) Team Idea    
56 Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani    
57 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
58 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale    
59 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
60 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Christina Watches Powered By Dana    
61 Francesco Failli (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
62 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
63 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement    
64 Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
65 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
66 Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team    
67 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
68 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale    
69 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:02:45  
70 Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Team Idea 0:02:50  
71 Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team    
72 Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF    
73 Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani    
74 Enrico Rossi (Ita) Christina Watches Powered By Dana    
75 Simone Antonini (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero 0:06:40  
76 Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodr (Rus) Lokosphinx 0:07:43  
77 Leonardo Pinizzotto (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP 0:08:05  
78 Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Team Idea    
79 Gennaro Maddaluno (Ita) Utensilnord    
80 Constantino Zaballa Gutierr (Spa) Christina Watches Powered By Dana    
81 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka    
82 Marc Garby (Den) Christina Watches Powered By Dana    
83 Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Vital Water    
84 Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Rusvelo    
85 Artem Topchanyuk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP    
86 Ivan Balykin (Ita) Rusvelo    
87 Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
88 Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
89 Michael Reihs (Den) Cult Energy Vital Water    
90 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale    
91 Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team    
92 Michael Woods (Can) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP    
93 Alessio Camilli (Ita) Vega - Hotsand    
94 Lasse Bochmann (Den) Cult Energy Vital Water    
95 Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
96 Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Team Idea    
97 Alessandro Riccardi (Ita) Vega - Hotsand    
98 Robinson Eduar Chalapud Gome (Col) Colombia    
99 Ricardo Pichetta (Ita) Team Idea    
100 Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Trevigiani