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Lobato wins Coppa Sabatini

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JJ Lobato was the main man for Spain

JJ Lobato was the main man for Spain (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The top 3 at the Coppa Sabatini

The top 3 at the Coppa Sabatini (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Juan Jose Lobato takes a much-needed win at the Coppa Sabatini

Juan Jose Lobato takes a much-needed win at the Coppa Sabatini (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The riders spray the champagne

The riders spray the champagne (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The start of the Coppa Sabatini

The start of the Coppa Sabatini (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giovanni Visconti has a discussion with Italian national selector Davide Cassani

Giovanni Visconti has a discussion with Italian national selector Davide Cassani (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bahrain-Merida riders pose for a photo

Bahrain-Merida riders pose for a photo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Davide Cassani

Davide Cassani (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Movistar's Daniele Bennati at the start

Movistar's Daniele Bennati at the start (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Mikel Landa (Movistar) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot, Awat Andemeskel and Natnael Berhane

Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot, Awat Andemeskel and Natnael Berhane (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sonny Colbrelli

Sonny Colbrelli (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Paolo Bettini and Davide Cassani

Paolo Bettini and Davide Cassani (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Wanty-Groupe Gobert riders had some alternative transportation to the start

Wanty-Groupe Gobert riders had some alternative transportation to the start (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Juan Jose Lobato (Nippo-Vini Fantini) sprang a surprise to claim victory in the 2018 Coppa Sabatini, stealing a march on the field in the uphill finale of the Italian race.

The Spaniard, who was fired by LottoNL-Jumbo ahead of this season over an incident involving sleeping pills, claimed his first win for the Italian-Japanese Pro Conti team with a perfectly-timed effort in Pecciolo.

After a dramatic crash took out solo leader Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani-CSF) in the final kilometre, Lobato caught the rest of the reduced peloton off guard and went from some 350 metres out. He opened a big gap and although he faded in the final metres he had done enough and was able to coast across the line.

Behind him, two-time winner Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) finished second, with recent Coppa Agostini and Giro della Toscana winner Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) in third.

"This year has been a difficult year for me, so this victory is very important for me, the most important, mentally ,that I’ve had for some time," he said. "I saw I could avoid the problem and the crash, and then I just went for it."

The late-season Tuscan race took the peloton on a lightly undulating 201.8km course, featuring six laps of a finish circuit. With the final kilometre of the circuit all uphill, it was always likely to be a battle between the punchy finishers. A six-man breakaway went away early on and contained: Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli Sidermec), Emmanuel Morin (Cofidis), Sebastian Schonberger and Edoardo Zardini (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia), Nikolay Cherkasov (Gazprom-RusVelo), and Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini)

The sextet built up a lead of four minutes by the time they hit the local laps but were steadily reeled back in. Morin, Schonberger, and Grosu lost contact inside 50km to go, while Masnada dropped the remaining two and went solo with 40km to go.

The Italian was caught with 21km remaining, and was replaced by Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) in a counter-attack.

Fonzi was caught just over one lap to go, as AG2R set up a Romain Bardet attack and the Frenchman led down the short descent. He was joined briefly by Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida). Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Groupe Gobert), and Sebastian Henao (Team Sky), but Dimension Data dragged it back together.

A big left-hand turn led into the final kilometre, and Albanese rolled the dice with a long-ranger. He opened up a small gap but slid out on a left-hand bend just over 500 metres out. As the peloton skipped around him, Lobato sensed an opportunity and unleashed his vicious acceleration to claim a much-needed victory.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini4:41:40
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
3Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
4Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
5Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
6Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
7Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
8Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
9Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
10Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
11Marco Tizza (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
12Eros Capecchi (Ita) Italy
13Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
14Simone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
15Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
16Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
17Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF
18Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo
19David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
20Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
21Hayter Ethan (GBr) Team Sky
22Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
23Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:09
24Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF
25Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
26Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
27Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Italy
28Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy
29Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega0:00:15
30Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
31Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
32Alessandro Fedeli (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
33Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
34Ivan Martinelli (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
35Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
36Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
37Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
38José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
39Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
40Dario Puccioni (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega
41Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
42Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sky
43Emanuele Onesti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
44Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
45Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:00:23
46Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:27
47Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky
48Luca Pacioni (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
49Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
50Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:29
51Christian Scaroni (Ita) Italy
52Davide Casarotto (Ita) Italy
53Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:00:33
54Josu Zabala Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:35
55Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
56Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
57Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo
58Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
59Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
60Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
61Rafael Reis (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
62Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
63Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
64Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates
65Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
66Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
67Nekrasov Denis (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo
68Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
69Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky
70Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:00
71Jose Manuel Diaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:05
72Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:09
73Ettore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
74Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:13
75Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
76Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates0:01:23
77Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team
78Andrea Garosio (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
79Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
80Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
81Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
82Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Italy
83Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team
84Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
85Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:01:33
86Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:01:40
87Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:45
88Simon Antonini (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:49
89Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
90Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team Emirates0:01:53
91Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
92Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:04
93Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
94Justin Alexander Oien (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:11
95Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:14
96Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
97Samuele Zambelli (Ita) Italy0:02:25
98Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:29
99Romain Le Roux (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
100Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
101Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
102Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data
103Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
104Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
105Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky
106Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:05:40
107Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Israel Cycling Academy0:05:50
108Nicolò Garibbo (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
109Joaquim Silva (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
110Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Fortuneo-Samsic
111Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
112Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data
DNFAlexander Konychev (Ita)
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
DNFDavid Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
DNFStephen Williams (GBr) Bahrain-Merida
DNFClement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFAxel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFBen O'connor (Aus) Dimension Data
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
DNFArthur Vichot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
DNFMikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFHector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFAntonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFChristopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky
DNFVincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
DNFEdoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
DNFSebastian Schönberger (Aut) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
DNFElie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
DNFYannis Yssaad (Fra) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFJulen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFEmmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFNikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo
DNFNikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo
DNFStepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo
DNFLuca Colnaghi (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega
DNFElia Ciabocco (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega
DNFMatteo Draperi (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega
DNFMichele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega
DNFAttilio Viviani (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega
DNFFrancesco Bettini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
DNFAngelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
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