Santambrogio wins Tre Valli Varesine

Italian Mauro Santambrogio (Lampre) won the Tre Valli Varesine today in Campione d'Italia, Italy, from an escape group of 12 riders. He made his winning attack with 250 metres remaining on the final climb. Italy's Francesco Masciarelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo) and Russia's Alexandre Botcharov (Katusha) lost ground and finished second and third, respectively.

"Today I had a huge desire to win," said Santambrogio. "The Tour of Portugal didn't go my way and I wanted to do something here.

"It has been five years since my last win. It is an emotional win, near my home in Como where there are lots of people who love me."

Today's 186-kilometre race started in Luino and the escape group rode free of the main field 29 kilometres later. Santambrogio and Marco Marzano (Lampre-NGC), Masciarelli and Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo), Botcharov, Gorazd Stangelj (Liquigas), Leonardo Bertagnolli (Diquigiovanni), Cristiano Salerno (LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini), Maurizio Biondo (Ceramica Flaminia-Bossini Docce), Filippo Savini (CSF Group-Navigare), Alessandro Proni (ISD) and Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld) formed the group.

Italian Davide Torosantucci (Centri della Calzatura) chased solo between the 12 riders and the main group for most of the day.

Knowing there was a three-kilometre climb to the finish Proni attacked with 15 kilometres remaining. Paolini and Bertagnolli counter-attacked separately to join and form an all-Italian trio.

The other escapees caught the trio with four kilometres remaining and before the start of the final climb. Salerno, Bertagnolli, Santambrogio, Masciarelli and Botcharov rode free on the climb. Masciarelli forced the final three-man selection and led when Santambrogio started his winning move at 250 metres remaining.

"Up until the final 15 kilometres I was going well. Once the final climb started I really started to feel it," said Masciarelli.

Botcharov was pleased to secure his best result thus far of the 2009 season. "I'm happy for my first podium in 2009. In the finale our directeur sportif Serge Parsani told me about the riders from my group with the best condition and gave me good advice. On the final climb it was reduced to just three, but Santambrogio proved to be more powerful at the finish line."

The Trittico Lombardo continues tomorrow with the second of three races, the Coppa Agostoni. Coppa Bernocchi concludes the August race series on Thursday.

Santambrogio became a professional in 2004 with team LPR and switched to team Lampre in 2006. His last and first win was near Campione d'Italia, the 2004 Giro del Lago Maggiore in Switzerland.

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Results
1Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.4:41:23
2Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:00:03
3Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:07
4Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas0:00:27
5Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.Row 4 - Cell 2
6Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli0:00:33
7Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:00:40
8Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) BarloworldRow 7 - Cell 2
9Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce0:00:49
10Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:02:40
11Alessandro Proni (Ita) ISD0:03:25
12Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:05:12
13Davide Torosantucci (Ita) Centri della Calzatura0:07:20
14Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Centri della CalzaturaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Alberto Fernandez De La Puebla (Spa) Fuji-ServettoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe MokamboRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro - A-StyleRow 16 - Cell 2
18Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Amica Chips - KnaufRow 17 - Cell 2
19Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 18 - Cell 2
20Martin Schöffmann (Aut) ELK HausRow 19 - Cell 2
21Luca Solari (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 20 - Cell 2
22Frantisek Padour (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - AuthorRow 21 - Cell 2
23Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team KatushaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team KatushaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Harald Totschnig (Aut) ELK HausRow 24 - Cell 2
26Hector Gonzalez (Spa) Fuji-ServettoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Marco Corti (Ita) BarloworldRow 26 - Cell 2
28Maciej Paterski (Pol) LiquigasRow 27 - Cell 2
29Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Vorarlberg - CorratecRow 28 - Cell 2
30Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - CorratecRow 29 - Cell 2
31Stefan Rucker (Aut) ELK HausRow 30 - Cell 2
32Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) ELK HausRow 31 - Cell 2
33Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-ServettoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Centri della CalzaturaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Diego Caccia (Ita) BarloworldRow 34 - Cell 2
36Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Markus Eibegger (Aut) ELK Haus0:08:15
38Federico Canuti (Ita) CSF Group - Navigare0:08:30
39Ventoso Alberdi Francisco Josè0:08:40
40Iker Camano (Spa) Fuji-ServettoRow 39 - Cell 2
41Luigi Sestili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini DocceRow 40 - Cell 2
42Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 41 - Cell 2
43Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe MokamboRow 42 - Cell 2
44Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD0:09:00
45Christopher Froome (GBr) BarloworldRow 44 - Cell 2
46Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Fuji-ServettoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Matthias Friedemann (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:09:25
48Diego Alejandro Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro - A-StyleRow 47 - Cell 2
49Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - CorratecRow 48 - Cell 2
50Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas0:10:13
51Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.Row 50 - Cell 2
52Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) ISDRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ivan Basso (Ita) LiquigasRow 52 - Cell 2
54Valerio Agnoli (Ita) LiquigasRow 53 - Cell 2
55Stefan Denifl (Aut) ELK HausRow 54 - Cell 2
56Pascal Hungerbühler (Swi) Vorarlberg - CorratecRow 55 - Cell 2
57Alan Marangoni (Ita) CSF Group - NavigareRow 56 - Cell 2
58Oliver Zaugg (Swi) LiquigasRow 57 - Cell 2
59Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese ViniRow 58 - Cell 2
60Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jakub Danacik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - AuthorRow 60 - Cell 2
62Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group - NavigareRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sergio Dominguez (Spa) Contentpolis-AmpoRow 62 - Cell 2
64Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team KatushaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) BarloworldRow 65 - Cell 2
67Sergio Lagana (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese ViniRow 66 - Cell 2
68Dmitri Nikandrov (Rus) Centri della CalzaturaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese ViniRow 68 - Cell 2
70Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini DocceRow 69 - Cell 2
71Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.Row 70 - Cell 2
72Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini DocceRow 71 - Cell 2
73Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe MokamboRow 72 - Cell 2
74Michele Scarponi (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 73 - Cell 2
75Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.Row 74 - Cell 2
76Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.Row 75 - Cell 2
77Ivan Santaromita (Ita) LiquigasRow 76 - Cell 2
78Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini DocceRow 77 - Cell 2
79Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.Row 78 - Cell 2
80Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Francesco Bellotti (Ita) BarloworldRow 80 - Cell 2
82Silvère Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - CorratecRow 81 - Cell 2
83Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini DocceRow 82 - Cell 2
84Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Centri della CalzaturaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe MokamboRow 84 - Cell 2
86Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe MokamboRow 85 - Cell 2
87Santo Anzà (Ita) ISDRow 86 - Cell 2
88Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - CorratecRow 87 - Cell 2
89Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese ViniRow 88 - Cell 2
90Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni GiocattoliRow 89 - Cell 2
91Maxim Belkov (Rus) ISDRow 90 - Cell 2
92Eugenio Loria (Ita) Centri della CalzaturaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jan Valach (Svk) ELK HausRow 92 - Cell 2
94Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini DocceRow 93 - Cell 2
95Luca Zanasca (Ita) Centri della CalzaturaRow 94 - Cell 2

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