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Gavazzi sprints to Coppa Agostoni victory

Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-Farnese Vini) sprinted to victory to take the Coppa Agostoni in Lissone, Italy. The Italian outlasted his fellow countryman Mauro Santambrogio (BMC) in the finishing straight to take his third win of the season. Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone) rounded out the podium in third. 

The race’s key moment came 42km from the finish on the final climb of the Colle Brianza, when Santambrogio’s attack brought a twenty-strong group clear of the field. Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia) and Andrea Tonti (Carmiooro-NGC) subsequently forced their way off the front in the finale but they struggled to stretch out an advantage over the chasers. Their bold bid for glory was ultimately snuffed out in the closing stages and it all came down to a sprint finish.

Coming into the finishing straight, Luca Paolini appeared poised for victory, but the Acqua & Sapone fastman found himself isolated and unable to make an impact. By contrast, Gavazzi was able to rely on a perfect lead-out from his teammate Simone Ponzi, and that was enough to edge out Santambrogio in the sprint.

Gavazzi comes from Morbegno in Lombardy and was thus delighted to take a win on roads so close to home, labelling it “a beautiful victory on a hard route.”

The Lampre rider explained that the Coppa Agostoni was a process of elimination from start to finish. “The race was tough from the start because the pace was so high and there were so many breakaway attempts,” Gavazzi said afterwards. “I was ready and alert when the first selection happened on the Ghisallo, and with my teammates Cunego, Pietropolli, Marzano and Ponzi we were able control the situation.”

Once he made it into the final selection, Gavazzi realised that he was capable of taking the win. “I understood that my condition was really excellent when I got into the decisive break of twenty riders on the Colle Brianza,” he said. The 26-year-old was also keen to praise his teammates. “Marzano was unbeatable for his generosity of effort and Ponzi made no mistakes in the lead-out for the sprint”.

In the finishing straight, Gavazzi was pushed all the way to take the win. “Santambrogio was a tough opponent,” said Gavazzi. “I had to stop myself from raising my arms to celebrate because otherwise Mauro would have overtaken me."

Full Results
1Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini4:42:15
2Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team
3Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
4Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Meridiana Kamen Team
5Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
6Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita - Conad
7Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions
8Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia
9Enrico Zen (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
10Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
11Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
12Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
13Jure Golcer (Slo) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
14Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia
15Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia
16Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
17Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
18Andrea Tonti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
19Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:00:26
20Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:45
21Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:05:25
22Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
23Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Miche
24Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions
25Tomaz Nose (Slo) Adria Mobil
26Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
27Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
28Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere
29Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche
30Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto
31Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
32Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
33Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
34Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
35Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo

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Barry Ryan

Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation (opens in new tab), published by Gill Books.

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