Ulissi wins GP Camaiore

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) confirmed his status as one of Italy's best one-day racers and put his name firmly amongst the favourites for Saturday's Strade Bianche race with a victory the GP di Camaiore.

The 24-year-old Italian beat Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) and Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) after the four broke away on the final climb of the race in the hills overlooking the Tuscan coast.

They managed to hold off the peloton, lead by local team Neri Sottoli-YellowFluo on the fast descent to the finish, with Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani–CSF) winning the bunch sprint just two seconds behind Ulissi.

The Lampre-Merida rider hails from Cecina, just an hour south of Camaiore, and celebrated his second win of the season after taking a stage at the Santos Tour Down Under. He was also second in the GP di Lugano last weekend and seems to have found the consistency to match the talent he showed as a double Junior world road race champion.

Hoogerland in the breakaway

The GP di Camaiore has recently switched from a summer date to an early season slot and attracted 9 WorldTour teams before they headed inland to the Chianti hills for Strade Bianche on Saturday and then Tirreno-Adriatico further down the Tuscan coast.

The 168 riders from 22 different teams seemed happy to line up in the sun, with spring-like temperatures of 16C warming their legs.

After several attacks on the flat loops along the coast, the break of the day formed on the first of six climbs of Monte Pitoro (2.87km at 7%). Silvio Giorni (Area Zero Pro Team), Daniele Colli (Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo), Riccardo Donato (MG Kvis - Trevigiani) were quickly joined by Dutch national champion Johnny Hoogerland (Androni Giocattoli).

The peloton quickly let them gain seven minutes but then Team Sky and Astana leading the chase. The British team was hoping to set up Ben Swift for a possible sprint finish, while Francesco Gavazzi was the designated Astana team leader alongside Vincenzo Nibali.

The peloton pulled back a minute on each lap of the 23.9km hilly Monte Pitoro circuit. With two laps and two climbs to go, the gap was down to 2:30, with the sky blue Astana jerseys lining out the peloton.

Colli tried a solo attack on the penultimate climb and lead over the top with Hoogerland, as Donato and Giorni were dropped, but the gap was down to only 30 seconds. It opened again on the descent and flat valley road towards the coast as the peloton caught its breath but never reached a minute. As usual, the GP di Camaiore would be decided on the final assault of Monte Pitoro.

Nibali goes on the attack

Lampre-Merida took over at the head of the race before the final climb to protect Ulissi and quickly swept up Hoogerland and Colli.

Vincenzo Nibali had revealed to Cyclingnews before the start that he had endured several sleepless nights since becoming a father last week but he wanted to leave his mark on the race as he competed with his younger brother for the first time. Nibali attacked mid-way up Monte Pitoro, forcing the first selection. Nibali did not last long but his two surges sparked other attacks with Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) also aggressive.

The Colombian was joined by Ulissi with a kilometre to the summit and Montaguti and then Clarke also got across. They reached the summit with a lead of ten seconds and dived down the descent, with Neri Sottoli-YellowFluo in hot pursuit.

A tailwind helped the quartet as did a lack of conviction and power in the peloton behind. The gap touched 20 seconds with four kilometres to go and they were within sight at the final kilometre. However the gap was enough to avoid being caught and then Ulissi had the skill, speed and nerve to win the sprint and give the Lampre-Merida team its seventh success of 2014. He could easily add to that title in Saturday's Strade Bianche and Sunday's Roma Maxima.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida4:18:37
2Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory RacingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:00:03
6Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenedgeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 7 - Cell 2
9Mauro Finetto (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Marco Marcato (Ita) CannondaleRow 10 - Cell 2
12Davide Villella (Ita) CannondaleRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 17 - Cell 2
19Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVeloRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team KatushaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN - QhubekaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 21 - Cell 2
23Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team KatushaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) ColombiaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 24 - Cell 2
26Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenedgeRow 25 - Cell 2
27Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Aero Zero Pro TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVeloRow 27 - Cell 2
29Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) ColombiaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Andrey Amador Bakkaza (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 31 - Cell 2
33Fabio Taborre (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenedgeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Omar Fraile Matarran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 35 - Cell 2
37Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 36 - Cell 2
38Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory RacingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 42 - Cell 2
44Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 45 - Cell 2
47John Gadret (Fra) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CannondaleRow 50 - Cell 2
52Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 51 - Cell 2
53Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:34
54Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVeloRow 53 - Cell 2
55Fabricio Ferrari Barcell (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 54 - Cell 2
56Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 55 - Cell 2
57Francesco Manu Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:01:01
58Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 57 - Cell 2
59Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenedgeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) ColombiaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Team KatushaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 62 - Cell 2
64Simone Antonini (Ita) Marchiol EmisferoRow 63 - Cell 2
65Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustaman (Col) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 64 - Cell 2
66Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVeloRow 65 - Cell 2
67Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Simone Petilli (Ita) Aero Zero Pro TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 68 - Cell 2
70Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 69 - Cell 2
71Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 70 - Cell 2
72Nathan Earle (Aus) Team SkyRow 71 - Cell 2
73Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - TrevigianiRow 72 - Cell 2
74Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas. (Col) Movistar TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN-QhubekaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 75 - Cell 2
77Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 79 - Cell 2
81Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 83 - Cell 2
85Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Marchiol EmisferoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 85 - Cell 2
87Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 86 - Cell 2
88Fredrik Carl Wilh Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Benat Intxausti Elloria (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:39
90Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:58
91Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-MeridaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) ColombiaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Enea Cambianica (Swi) Marchiol EmisferoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Nathan Earle (Aus) Team SkyRow 94 - Cell 2
96Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team SkyRow 95 - Cell 2
97Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - TrevigianiRow 96 - Cell 2
98Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunar (Col) CannondaleRow 97 - Cell 2
99Edward Alcibiade Diaz Cardenas (Col) ColombiaRow 98 - Cell 2
100Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 101 - Cell 2
103Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 102 - Cell 2
104Davide Vigano' (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 103 - Cell 2
105Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 104 - Cell 2
106Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Marchiol Emisfero0:02:54
108Jerome Gilbert. (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 107 - Cell 2
109Charly Petelin (Ita) Aero Zero Pro Team0:04:23
110Silvio Giorni (Ita) Aero Zero Pro TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenedgeRow 110 - Cell 2
112Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 111 - Cell 2
113Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - TrevigianiRow 112 - Cell 2
114Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory RacingRow 113 - Cell 2
115Rafael Andriato (Bra) Yellow FluoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Marchiol EmisferoRow 115 - Cell 2
117Mathias Krizek (Aut) CannondaleRow 116 - Cell 2
118DJonathan Felipe Paredes Hernan (Col) ColombiaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) ColombiaRow 118 - Cell 2
120Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Marchiol EmisferoRow 119 - Cell 2
121Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVeloRow 120 - Cell 2
122Antonio Nibali (Ita) Marchiol EmisferoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - TrevigianiRow 122 - Cell 2
124Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Aero Zero Pro TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 124 - Cell 2
126Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN-QhubekaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 127 - Cell 2
129Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni GiocattoliRow 128 - Cell 2
130Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 129 - Cell 2

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