Moreno Moser solos to Trofeo Laigueglia victory

Totò and Busato take second and third in Liguria

Moreno Moser claimed victory at Trofeo Laigueglia after attacking near the summit of the final climb of Colla Micheri and soloing to the finish. The Astana rider, who was competing in the colours of the Italian national team, extended his advantage on the descent to run out a convincing win.

It was Moser's second victory in the race, which is the first on the Italian calendar, and his first win of any description since he landed a stage of the 2015 Tour of Austria.

Moser was part of an 18-rider selection that fought it out for the victory on the finishing circuit around Laigueglia, having earlier made a fine solo effort to chase back up to the front group. The Italian chose his moment well in the finale, accelerating 100 metres from the summit of the climb through the hilltop village of Colla Micheri to open a decisive gap.

Paolo Totò (Sangemini) led home the chasing group to take second place, while Matteo Busato (Wilier Triestina) claimed the third step of the podium.

How it unfolded

The early break forged clear inside the opening five kilometres, with Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) slipping away in the company of Auden Brekk Flotten (Team Virtu Cycling) and Francesco Bettini (D'Amico).

The trio were handed plenty of leeway by a slumbering gruppo in the opening hour of racing, and they quickly stacked up an advantage of 9:15 by the 42km mark, at which point Androni Giocattoli began to marshal the pursuit in the peloton.

By the time the escapees reached the Capo Berta after a little over 100km, their efforts were beginning to take a toll. A flagging Bettini sat up from the break, and their advantage over the bunch had been cut back to within seven minutes. By the time the break hit the Testico 20 kilometres later, their advantage was down to 4:30, at which point El Fares decided to try his luck alone.

The rugged terrain was also beginning to provoke movement in the main peloton, however, with Androni Giocattoli and AG2R La Mondiale particularly active. They had five riders apiece in the 13-man selection that formed after the Testico, though the group swelled to shortly afterwards as others – Moser included – scrambled their way across outside of Alassio, where El Fares' lone effort fizzled out.

There were eighteen riders still in contention for the win by the time the front group hit the four laps of the finishing circuit around Laigueglia, including Moser, Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy), Francesco Gavazzi, Fausto Masnada, Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli), Silvan Dillier, Mikael Cherel, Clement Chevrier (AG2R La Mondiale) and Simone Andreetta (Bardiani-CSF).

Dillier was among the chief aggressors, and he briefly succeeded in breaking clear alone on the first lap, but he was soon brought to heel. On the final ascent of Colla Micheri, Moser seized his opportunity and punched his way clear near the summit, quickly establishing a gap.

Gavazzi, Busato, Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Romain Combaud (Delko-Marseille Provence KTM) and Roland Thalmann (Team Vorarlberg) were prominent in pursuit of Moser, but the Italian was not to be denied victory.

As a neo-professional in 2012, Moser's Trofeo Laigueglia victory was the first calling card for a remarkable debut season that saw him win the Tour de Pologne and mark himself out as Italian cycling's coming man. After a promising start to 2013, and despite occasional flashes in the intervening period, Moser has never scaled such heights again, but at 27 years of age, he will hope that this triumph is an omen for better things to come in 2018.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team5:10:50 
2Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega0:00:43 
3Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
4Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
5Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
6Kasper Asgreen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
7Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
8Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
9Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy  
10Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:48 
11Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:58 
12Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:12 
13Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:21 
14Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:37 
15Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
16Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Alexander Kamp (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:03:45 
19Sean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
20Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
21Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
22Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
23Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
24Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
25Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
26Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
27Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
28Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
29Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:04:40 
31Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
32Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
33Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
34Enrico Salvador (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
35Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy  
36Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
37Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
38Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
39Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:04:52 
40Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:06:55 
41Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:08:32 
42Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFNico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFVincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFEnrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFManuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFUmberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFMattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFDavide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFGiuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFSimone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
DNFMarco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
DNFJoan Bou Company (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
DNFMarco Tizza (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
DNFFilippo Zaccanti (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFMattia Bais (Ita) Italy  
DNFGiacomo Garavagli (Ita) Italy  
DNFCezary Grodkicki (Ita) Italy  
DNFFederico Burchio (Ita) Italy  
DNFAwet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFOmer Goldshtein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFGuy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFDaniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFFranck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
DNFRomain Le Roux (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
DNFLaurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Oscaro  
DNFEdward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFPeter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFCalvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFPrzemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFSergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFSergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFIvan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFArtem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFNikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAlan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFPiotr Brozyna (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFSzymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFPatryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFLukas Spengler (Swi) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFGregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFChristophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFFranklin Six (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFJulien Stassen (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFAntoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFMathias De Witte (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFHuub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFElias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFFrederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFGuillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFKevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFLuca Colnaghi (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFNicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFMichele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFDario Puccioni (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFMatteo Draperi (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega  
DNFAlberto Amici (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
DNFLorenzo Delcó (Swi) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
DNFEnrico Logica (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
DNFMichel Piccot (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
DNFSimone Ravanelli (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
DNFAndrea Zanardini (Ita) Biesse Carrera Gavardo  
DNFFrancesco Bettini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFEmanuele Di Giovanni (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFEttore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAndrea Garosio (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFEmanuele Onesti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAngelo Vitiello (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAngelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFBesmir Banushi (Alb) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFDavide Gabburo (Ita) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFMirko Trosino (Ita) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFKristian Javier Yustre Rodriguez (Col) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFAntonio Zullo (Ita) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFMatteo Badilatti (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFManuel Bosch (Aut) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFPatrick Jäger (Aut) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFLukas Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFJannik Steimle (Ger) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNFAudun Brekke Fløtten (Nor) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFAsbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFJesper Schultz (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFTorkil Veyhe (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Mstina Focus  
DNFRaul-Antonio Sinza (Rom) Mstina Focus  
DNFEmil Dima (Rom) Mstina Focus  
DNFVlad-Nicolae Dobre (Rom) Mstina Focus  
DNFMattia Marcelli (Ita) Mstina Focus  
DNFRiccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Mstina Focus  
DNSDavide Orrico (Ita) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
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