Davide Cimolai wins Trofeo Laigueglia

Lampre rider comes out on top in one-day race

Davide Cimolai won the Trofeo Laigueglia race, giving the Lampre-Merida team its third consecutive victory in the Italian one-day race after victories by Filippo Pozzato in 2013 and Jose Serpa in 2014.

Cimolai is considered one of Italy's most talented young sprinters and he used his speed to beat Francesco Gavazzi (Southeast) and Alexey Tsatevich (Katusha). The USA's Brent Bookwalter (BMC) was seventh in the high-speed sprint.

The final hills along the Ligurian coast inspired several late attacks but the race came back together with just over a kilometre to race and Lampre-Merida rode on the front to set up Cimolai. It was Cimolai's first ever solo victory as a professional.

"It's the third consecutive win for Lampre-Merida at the Trofeo Laigueglia. I couldn't fail after the great work done by Niemec, especially in the finale on the Capo Mele. Without his effort the three attackers wouldn't have been caught," Cimolai said.

"It was an wide-open sprint because we were all tired. The finale of the race had hurt all our legs.

"I was sure that all the hard work I'd done would pay off and it's hugely satisfying to win, even if I'm going to keep my feet on the ground."

A hard day in the hills

The Trofeo Laigueglia once marked the start of the Italian season with riders racing for the first time after spending several weeks training on the Ligurian coast. Now the race competes against the Tour of Oman and the Ruta del Sol but managed to attract a quality start list for the 192km race, that included Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar). Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was due to ride but did not start due to illness.

The race route included four serious climbs into the hills and then three short, sharp climbs in the final 20km.

The peloton stayed together early on, with Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli) caught up in a crash. He suffered a fractured femur according to initial reports and will undergo surgery.

The first climb of the race after 30km saw the early break form, with Jonathan Paredes (Team Colombia), Nicola Gaffurini (MgKVis Vega), Adriano Brogi (D'Amico Bottecchia) and Jerome Cousin (Europcar) quickly opening a gap of 1:20. Their lead grew to over seven minutes but the Lampre-Merida team then took up the chase. The gap fell to 4:40 as the break topped the Crocetta climb after 70km of racing.

The Cannondale-Garmin and Katusha teams then helped with the chase, with Ted King doing long turns on the front. The US team was hoping that Moreno Moser - the winner of the Trofeo Laigueglia in 2012, could do well but he was suffering with stomach problems before the start.

With 50km to go the peloton closed in on the four breakaways as the steep climbs hurt their legs. Cannondale-Garmin lead the chase on the climb, splitting the peloton, with only 80 riders making the cut. Up front Cousin attacked alone as the gap fell to just 30 seconds but he was also caught before the summit.

The peloton avoided any risks on the twisting descent back to the coast, with Cannondale-Garmin again in control before the three late climbs. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) made a solo attack on the Colla Micheri climb but Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin) lead the chase and the Russian was pulled back.

A group of 35 riders remained up front as the race hit the Capo Mele climb that also features in Milan-San Remo. Zakarin tried again on the Capo Mele but was chased by Simone Stortoni (Androni Giocattoli) and Linus Gerdemann (Cult Energy). However the Lampre-Merida team had several riders in the selection, including Cimolai and opted to chase the attacks to set up the young Italian.

It proved to be the right strategy, with the race coming back together with just over a kilometre to go. Lampre-Merida controlled the group and then Cimolai finished it off with a powerful sprint down the centre of the road.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida4:53:47 
2Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeat  
3Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
4Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
6Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
7Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
8Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
9Simone Petilli (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
10Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
11Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
12Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
13Mauro Finetto (Ita) Southeast  
14Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
15Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
16Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
17Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
18Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha  
20Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team  
21Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
22Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha  
23Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
24Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
25Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:15 
26Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:30 
27Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team0:01:23 
28Walter Pedraza (Col) Colombia  
29Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
30Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Antonio Santoro (Ita) MG.Kvis-Vega  
32Yonattah Monsalve (Ita) Southeast  
33Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
34Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
35Brayan Ramirez (Col) Colombia  
36Antonino Parrinello (Ita) D'Aminico Bottecchia  
37Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) Colombia  
38Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
39Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
40Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
41Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
42Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
43Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
44Michele Gazzara (Ita) MG.Kvis-Vega  
45Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
46Davide Vigano (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
47tefano Nardelli (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
48Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
49Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
50Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar  
51Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
52Edward Ravasi (Ita) Italy  
53Francesco Reda (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
54Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
55Elia Favilli (Ita) Southeast  
56Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
57Jaramillo Hernandez (Col) GM Cycling Team  
58Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
60Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:20 
61Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:50 
62Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast  
63Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:04:52 
64Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
66Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:06:32 
67Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
68Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida  
69Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
70Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
71Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
72Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
73Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
74Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:07:24 
75Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
76Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Southeast  
77Alessandro Mario Ferrarotti (Ita) GM Cycling team  
78Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
79Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
80Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
81Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
82Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
83Marco Tizza (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
84Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia  
85Jorge Castiblanco (Col) Colombia  
86Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
87Jonathan Paredes (Col) Colombia  
88Marc Garby (Den) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
89Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
90Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
91Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
92Darwin Pantoja (Col) Colombia  
93Oliviero Troia (Ita) Italy  
94Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
95Adriano Brogi (Ita) D'Amico Bottecchia  
96Paolo Ciavatta )Ita) D'Amico Bottecchia  
97Giuseppe Sannino (Ita) Italy  
98Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) MG.Kvis-Vega  
99Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) MG.Kvis-Vega  
100Michael Reihs (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
101Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
102Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
103Moreno Giampaolo (Ita) MG.Kvis-Vega  
104Christian Mager (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
105Francesco Castagnaro (Ita) Italy0:10:20 
106Luca Capelli (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
107Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
108Antonio di Sante (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
109Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
110Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
111Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
112Fabio Chinello (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
113Andrea Ruscetta (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
114Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
115Andrea Cocciotti (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
116Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
117Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
118Marco Tecchio (Ita) Eunieuro Wilier  
119Daniele Cavasin (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
120Riccardo Donato (Ita) Italy  
121Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFRick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFEdward King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFEmanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFLuca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFMichael Breschiani (Ita) Italy  
DNFFederico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFScott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFNicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFKevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFManabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEugert Zhupa (Alb) Southeast  
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) Southeast  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAlessandro Pettiti (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
DNFMaurizio Damiano (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
DNFManuel Todaro (Ita) Team Idea 2010 ASD  
DNFLuca Muffolini (Ita) MG.Kvis-Vega  
DNFAlessio Lanzano (Ita) MG.Kvis-Vega  
DNFEmiliano Faieta (Ita) MG.Kvis-Vega  
DNFDavide Ballerini (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFGiovanni Carboni (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) Unieuro Wilier  
DNFFilippo Fortin (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
DNFMatteo Rotondi (Ita) GM Cycling Team  
DNFGiorgio Bocchiola (Ita) D'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFGabriele Campello (Ita) D'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFSilvio Giorni (Ita) D'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFThomas Capocchi (Ita) D'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFNicola Poletti (Ita) D'Amico Bottecchia  

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