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Nizzolo wins Coppa Bernocchi

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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins the Coppa Bernocchi

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins the Coppa Bernocchi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF)

Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani CSF)

Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani CSF) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Giacomo Nizzolo with his winner's trophy

Giacomo Nizzolo with his winner's trophy (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) celebrates his victory

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) celebrates his victory (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Coppa Bernocchi podium

The Coppa Bernocchi podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins the sprint

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins the sprint (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo

Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins the Coppa Bernocchi

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins the Coppa Bernocchi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) en route to winning the Coppa Bernocchi

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) en route to winning the Coppa Bernocchi (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) celebrates his victory

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) celebrates his victory (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Elia Viviani (Italy)

Elia Viviani (Italy) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Eugenio Alfacti (Italy)

Eugenio Alfacti (Italy) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Elia Viviani (Italy)

Elia Viviani (Italy) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Oliviero Troia (Lampre-Merida)

Oliviero Troia (Lampre-Merida) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF)

Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Astana)

Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Chun Kai Feng (Lampre-Merida)

Chun Kai Feng (Lampre-Merida) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Italian national team in action

The Italian national team in action (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) claimed victory in the Coppa Bernocchi, beating the Bardiani-CSF pairing of Nicola Ruffoni and Paolo Simion into second and third, respectively, in the bunch sprint in Legnano.

Nizzolo was competing as part of an Italian national selection that also included Olympic omnium gold medallist Elia Viviani, and victory was an important statement of his credentials as he bids to lead the squadra azzurra at next month’s World Championships road race in Doha.

The Coppa Bernocchi sets out from Legnano and tackles seven laps of a stiff circuit around Olona before a flat run-in to the finish, and while a bunch sprint was always a likely scenario, there was no shortage of willing attackers ahead of the repeated ascents of the so-called Piccolo Stelvio climb midway through the race.

The early exchanges were animated by an eight-man move featuring that gained a maximum advantage of four minutes over the peloton, but the Italian national team – and Nizzolo’s Trek teammate Eugenio Alafaci in particular – were prominent in pegging back the escapees, however, and all but two of their number were reeled in with 60 kilometres remaining.

Ricardo Vilela (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) and Vitaliy Buts (Kolss - BDC Team) were the two riders who resisted the peloton’s pursuit and their doggedness was rewarded when Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF), Francesco Gavazzi (Androni - Sidermec) and Matteo Busato (Wilier - Southeast) bridged across to form a five-man leading group.

That quintet stretched their lead out to 45 seconds by the final lap of the Olona circuit, though a counter-attack led by Davide Rebellin (CCC-Sprandi Polkowice) and tracked by dangerman Filippo Pozzato (Wilier-Southeast) increased the sense of urgency in the peloton, and the gap dropped accordingly.

With a shade under 30 kilometres remaining, Colbrelli accelerated and only Vilela could follow him, while behind, there was a flurry of attacks as riders looked to forge across to the leaders. Colbrelli and Vilela were joined by Mauro Finetto (Unieuro - Wilier), Mirko Selvaggi (Androni - Sidermec), Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani - CSF), Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi) and Antonio Di Sante (GM Europa Ovini) in the final 20 kilometres, but with Astana and Italy chasing behind, theirs was a losing battle.

The bunch came back together with 15 kilometres remaining, and from that point, it was clear that the sprinters would not be denied, as the Italian team ensured that there would be no late surprise of the kind delivered by Vincenzo Nibali in this race a year ago.

In the finishing straight, Nizzolo duly delivered a pitch-perfect sprint to take the honours ahead of the Bardiani-CSF pairing of Ruffoni and Simion, and the Coppa Bernocchi was his. The Trittico Lombard series of races continues on Thursday with the Coppa Agostoni and concludes with the Tre Valli Varesine on September 27.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Italian National Team4:25:53
2Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
3Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
4Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
5Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast
6Davide Vigano (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
7Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
8Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis
9Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
10Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
11Dennis Paulus (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
12Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
13Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
14Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italian National Team
15Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF
16Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast
17Marco Tizza (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia
18Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast
19Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data
20Enrico Salvador (Ita) Unieuro Wilier
21Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Kolss-BDC Team
22Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
23Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
24David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
25Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
26Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
27Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
28Davide Pacchiardo (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
29Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
30Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
31Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP
32Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
33Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
34Elia Viviani (Ita) Italian National Team
35Paolo Totò (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis
36Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Trestina-Southeast
37Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
38Marco Tecchio (Ita) Unieuro Wilier
39Redi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP
40Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
41Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
42Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP
43Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
44Andrea Cacciotti (Ita) Unieuro Wilier
45Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
46Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
47Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team
48Michele Gazzarra (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis
49Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
50Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
51Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
52Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis
53Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis
54Antonio Di Sante (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
55Marcel Neuhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
56Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
57Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
58Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
59Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
60Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
61Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
62Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
63Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
64Mauro Finetto (Ita) Unieuro Wilier
65Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Unieuro Wilier
66Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida
67Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
68Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team
69David Belda Garcia (Spa) Team Roth
70Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
71Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth
72Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
73Stefan De Bod (RSA) Dimension Data
74Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
75Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth
76Danilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP
77Antonio Santoro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
78Marco Coledan (Ita) Italian National Team
79Fausto Masnada (Ita) Lampre - Merida
80Oliviero Troia (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:24
81Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:00:25
82Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:30
83Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
84Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
85Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
86Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF
87Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:40
88Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:54
89Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
90Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Italian National Team0:01:08
91Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:01:12
92Simone Consonni (Ita) Italian National Team
93Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast
94Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italian National Team0:01:26
95Dion Beukeboom (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:02:45
96Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
97Andrii Bratashchuk (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team
98Evgeny Zverkov (Rus) Norda - Mg. K Vis
99Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth
100Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Italian National Team
DNFAndrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNFBakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFNurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFDaniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFLieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
DNFChun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - Merida
DNFFederico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
DNFDaniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
DNFAlberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
DNFRafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Trestina-Southeast
DNFLiam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast
DNFGilbert Eugène Ducournau (Ven) Wilier Trestina-Southeast
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFGianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFYuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
DNFAlexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
DNFAlexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
DNFArtur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
DNFMamyr Stash (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
DNFFabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFFrédéric Brun (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
DNFKevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
DNFRik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFChristopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFAlberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Roth
DNFValentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth
DNFMatthias Krizek (Aut) Team Roth
DNFRoland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth
DNFAndrea Ruscetta (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
DNFJosé Alberto Marquez Moreno (Spa) GM Europa Ovini
DNFFederico Borella (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
DNFMatteo Rotondi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
DNFFilippo Fortin (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
DNFAlessandro Frangioni (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
DNFAlex Turrin (Ita) Unieuro Wilier
DNFStefano Moro (Ita) Unieuro Wilier
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Unieuro Wilier
DNFLuis Mora (Ven) d'Amico Bottecchia
DNFAntonio Parrinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia
DNFGiorgio Bocchiola (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia
DNFPaolo Ciavatta (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia
DNFNicola Genovese (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia
DNFPietro Di Genova (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia
DNFFabio Chinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia
DNFShameeg Salie (RSA) Dimension Data
DNFJunrey A. Navarra (Phi) Dimension Data
DNFValens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Dimension Data
DNFBonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Dimension Data
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis
DNFMatteo Occhialini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis
DNFLlibert Sendros Juve (Spa) Kolss-BDC Team
DNFAndriy Khripta (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team
DNFVolodymyr Dzhus (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team
DNFSergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Kolss-BDC Team
DNFDaniel Katzmayr (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
DNFAlexander Wachter (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
DNFClemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
DNFNicola Campigli (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP
DNFSergii Movchan (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP
DNFYukinori Hishinuma (Jpn) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP
DNFDavid Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team
DNFUros Repse (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team
DNFMichele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team
DNFMateo Frankovic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team
DNFSven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
DNFDerk Abel Beckeringh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
DNFMassimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team

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