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Giro della Toscana: Visconti wins stage 1

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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) wins stage 1 at Giro della Toscana and takes the overall lead

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) wins stage 1 at Giro della Toscana and takes the overall lead
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The peloton in action at Giro della Toscana

The peloton in action at Giro della Toscana
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Fabio Aru attacks during stage 1 at the Giro della Toscana

Fabio Aru attacks during stage 1 at the Giro della Toscana
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Mark Cavendish congratulates Giovanni Visconti after stage 1 at Giro della Toscana

Mark Cavendish congratulates Giovanni Visconti after stage 1 at Giro della Toscana
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win
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Fabio Aru congratulates Giovanni Visconti after his Toscana stage win

Fabio Aru congratulates Giovanni Visconti after his Toscana stage win
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The Giro della Toscana stage 1 podium

The Giro della Toscana stage 1 podium
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The Giro della Toscana stage 1 podium: Colbrelli, Visconti and Bennati

The Giro della Toscana stage 1 podium: Colbrelli, Visconti and Bennati
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win
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Daniele Bennati (Italy) leads the breakaway

Daniele Bennati (Italy) leads the breakaway
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) celebrates his Toscana stage win
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Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani - CSF) in the Giro della Toscana stage 1 breakaway.

Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani - CSF) in the Giro della Toscana stage 1 breakaway.
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 Fabio Aru (Astana) attacks during stage 1 at Giro della Toscana

Fabio Aru (Astana) attacks during stage 1 at Giro della Toscana
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) wins stage 1 at Giro della Toscana

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) wins stage 1 at Giro della Toscana
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) wins stage 1 at Giro della Toscana

Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) wins stage 1 at Giro della Toscana
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Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) won the opening stage of the two-day Giro della Toscana, beating Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF), Daniele Bennati (Italy)  and Fabio Aru (Astana) thanks to a late attack on the outskirts of Montecatini Terme.

Visconti opted to attack rather than wait for the sprint and got a gap with two kilometres to go. Bennati, Colbrelli and Aru almost caught him in the finishing straight but Visconti had the time to celebrate a special victory on his local roads. He lives nearby and will join the new Bahrain Merida team in 2017 but wanted to win one last time in Movistar colours. The win gave Movistar a record equalling 36 season victories.

Irish sprinter Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) won the sprint for fifth place ahead of Fabio Sabatini (Italy) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who made a late switch from Eneco Tour to the shorter Giro della Toscana and then Coppa Sabatini race on Thursday.

Visconti waved in celebration as he crossed the finish line, he won the Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta in April but that that been his only win since 2013, when he won two stages at the Giro d’Italia.

"I needed a win to boost my confidence. I knew that I'd lose the sprint against Bennati and Colbrelli and so my only chance was to win was to attack with a few kilometres to go. I didn't have anything to lose and knew that if I was caught that at least I'd put up a fight and tried. I knew that if I got gap I could win.

"We'll try and win the classification tomorrow. The second stage has a hard start but it is likely to end in a sprint and so that suits Bennati and Colbrelli. But my moral is good and well try everything with the team."

Tour of Britain winner Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) crashed on a late descent and was forced to abandon the race.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team4:16:20
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Italy
4Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:03
5Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 180:00:06
6Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Italy0:00:07
7Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
8Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
9Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
10Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
11Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
12Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
13Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth
14David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
15Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
16Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
17Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
18Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
19Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
20Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team
21Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
22Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
23Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
24Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
25Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
26Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
27Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
28Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF
29Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team
30Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
31Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
32Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
33Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
34Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
35Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team
36Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
37Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
38Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
39Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
40Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
41Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
42Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
43Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18
44Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
45Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data0:00:42
46Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italy0:00:50
47Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth0:00:55
48Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
49Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
50Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:00
51Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
52Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:06:30
53Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
54Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
55Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data
56Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth
57Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
58Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
59Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
60Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
61Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
62Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
63Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
64Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
65Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
66Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
67Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
68Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
69Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
70Maxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
71Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
72Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
73Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
74Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
75Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
76Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:10:58
77Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth
78Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
79Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
80Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
81Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
82Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italy
83Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Italy
84Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
85Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
86Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
87Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
88Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
89Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Italy
90Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
91Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
92Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
93Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
94Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
95Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:11:12
96Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
97Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
98Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
99Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
100Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Team Roth
101Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
102Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini
103Valentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth
104Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
105Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
106Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
107Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
108Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
109Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
110Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
111Riccardo Minali (Ita) Italy
112Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
113Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth
114Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
115Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
116Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team
117Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF
118Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team
119Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy
120Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:12:01
DNFStephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data
DNFGregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
DNFMarino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFKevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFJames Glasspool (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFBrian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFFloris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNFAlberto Cecchin (Ita) Team Roth

General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team4:16:20
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Italy
4Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:03
5Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 180:00:06
6Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Italy0:00:07
7Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
8Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
9Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
10Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
11Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
12Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
13Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth
14David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
15Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
16Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
17Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
18Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
19Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
20Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team
21Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
22Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
23Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
24Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
25Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
26Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
27Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
28Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF
29Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team
30Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
31Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
32Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
33Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
34Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
35Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team
36Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
37Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
38Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
39Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
40Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
41Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
42Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
43Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18
44Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
45Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data0:00:42
46Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italy0:00:50
47Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth0:00:55
48Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
49Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
50Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:00
51Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
52Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:06:30
53Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
54Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
55Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data
56Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth
57Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
58Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
59Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
60Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
61Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
62Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
63Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
64Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
65Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
66Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
67Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
68Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
69Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
70Maxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept
71Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
72Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
73Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
74Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
75Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
76Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:10:58
77Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth
78Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
79Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
80Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
81Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
82Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italy
83Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Italy
84Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
85Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
86Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
87Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
88Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
89Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Italy
90Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
91Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
92Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
93Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
94Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
95Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:11:12
96Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
97Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
98Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
99Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
100Andrea Vaccher (Ita) Team Roth
101Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
102Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini
103Valentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth
104Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
105Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
106Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
107Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
108Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
109Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
110Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
111Riccardo Minali (Ita) Italy
112Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
113Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth
114Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
115Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
116Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team
117Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF
118Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team
119Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy
120Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:12:01

 

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