Colbrelli wins Gran Piemonte

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) won a rain-soaked edition of Gran Piemonte on Thursday, taking a well-executed victory on a messy run to the line in Stupinigi.

The Italian, who won the Coppa Bernocchi last month along with finishing runner-up at the GP de Montreal and Coppa Sabatini, was the favourite for the victory on the largely flat course, though the weather conditions would always complicate matters in a race that has seen late attackers spring surprises on the peloton in recent years.

Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal) rolled the dice in the final couple of kilometres and although he didn’t succeed in holding onto his advantage, the bunch duly split on the approach to the line. Colbrelli was alert and found himself up front with a teammate and, sensing hesitation from those around him, opened up his sprint from range.

He quickly opened up a big gap and the victory was in the bag, with Florian Senechal (Quick-Step Floors) finishing second and Davide Ballerini (Androni) taking the final spot on the podium.

"With 350m to go, I decided to go for it. That's my style, and I just said, 'if they pass me, they pass me'," said Colbrelli.

"I'm very happy to end this season with a victory. It was very dangerous, there were crashes, but when it's wet, it’s always like that."

The long-running Italian one-day race was back in its usual slot this year after being packaged up as part of the Italian national championships last year on an altogether hillier affair won by Fabio Aru.

Despite the flatter nature of the parcours, the likes of Jan Bakelants and Rigoberto Uran had upset the sprinters in the previous couple of editions. Even when it has ended in a sprint, it has rarely been clean, full-peloton affair. The weather only added to the list of complications as the rain fell all day in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, leaving the peloton heavily reduced as it approached the finish.

A breakaway formed in the opening kilometres, with Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing Team), Mikkel Frolich Honoré (Quick-Step Floors), Matteo Sobrero (Dimension Data) and Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates) opening up a lead of a few minutes before being kept on a relatively tight leash.

That was cause for Lotto Soudal to execute what was almost a full-team attack as Keukeleire, Tim Wellens, Tiesj Benoot, Thomas De Gendt, and Maxime Monfort all went clear from the bunch. With Cyrus Monk (EF-Drapac) and Nikita Stalnov (Astana) tagging on, they made their way across to the breakway to make it a group of 11 out front.

At that point, the gap was small, and there was an inevitable reaction in the peloton, and the race all came back together with 68km to go. Matti Breschel (EF-Drapac) and Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) went on the move and were later joined by Davide Ballerini (Androni Sidermec) and Andriy Grivko (Astana). When Ballereini and Grivko crashed, and Marcato was held up, Breschel was forced into a solo effort.

With just under 50km to go, he had company once more as Grivko, refusing to give in, set off from the peloton once more. The partnership only lasted 8km, though, as Breschel couldn’t hold the pace and Grivko was left alone.

The Ukranian put up a brave fight and had a lead of a minute at one point, but the game was up with 13km to go as Bahrain-Merida and Bardiani-CSF took control of the peloton.

Julien Vermote (Dimension Data) had a tentative dig off the front in the closing kilometres but Keukeleire sparked real danger with his attack 1.5km out. Colbrelli was up near the front and had a teammate to help shut the gap, and a group of 10 entered the final 500 metres to contest the victory.

Colbrelli could have waited, but he sensed an opportunity and boldly went from range. Senechal was looking over his other shoulder at the time and was left with the bitter taste of regret. "I'm happy," he said, "but I could have won that."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida4:20:50
2Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 3 - Cell 2
5Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 5 - Cell 2
7Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 6 - Cell 2
8Andrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 7 - Cell 2
9Barnabás Peák (Hun) Quick-Step Floors0:00:02
10Simone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 11 - Cell 2
13Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 12 - Cell 2
14Omer Goldshtein (Isr) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Alexandr Kulikovskiy (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 14 - Cell 2
16Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 15 - Cell 2
17Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 16 - Cell 2
18Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 17 - Cell 2
19Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac Ef P/B Cannondale Holistic Development TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Team WaooRow 20 - Cell 2
22German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Arg) Trevigiani Phonix - Hemus 1896Row 21 - Cell 2
23José Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Dimension DataRow 24 - Cell 2
26Evgeny Kobernyak (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 25 - Cell 2
27Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 26 - Cell 2
28Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 27 - Cell 2
29Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 28 - Cell 2
30Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 29 - Cell 2
31Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:12
32Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:14
33James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal0:00:16
34Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:17
35Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 35 - Cell 2
37Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:27
38Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:32
39Freddy Ovett (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy - Ride Sunshine CoastRow 38 - Cell 2
40Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 39 - Cell 2
41Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 41 - Cell 2
43Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 43 - Cell 2
45Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgelaneRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Vladislav Kulikov (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 46 - Cell 2
48Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 47 - Cell 2
49Andrea Garosio (Ita) D'amico UtensilnordRow 48 - Cell 2
50Matti Breschel (Den) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 49 - Cell 2
51Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 50 - Cell 2
52Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 51 - Cell 2
53Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 53 - Cell 2
55Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:37
58Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:39
59Guy Niv (Isr) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 58 - Cell 2
60Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 59 - Cell 2
61José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 60 - Cell 2
62Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 64 - Cell 2
66Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 65 - Cell 2
67Winner Andrew Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Team Vorarlberg SanticRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 68 - Cell 2
70Filippo Zaccanti (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:00:44
71Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 70 - Cell 2
72Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 71 - Cell 2
73Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 74 - Cell 2
76Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:48
77Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Luca Raggio (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:03
80Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:35
81Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:01:45
82Jaime Castrillo Zapater (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo0:01:50
84Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:06
85Maxim Pirard (Bel) Bahrain-Merida0:03:11
DNSPawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 85 - Cell 2
DNSMarco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 86 - Cell 2
DNSEdoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFSergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFDamiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFDavide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFEmanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFRafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFSergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom–RusveloRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFJose Manuel Diaz Gallego (Spa) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Plaza (Spa) Israel-Cycling AcademyRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFTim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFTiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFThomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFBjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFJoan Bou Company (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFEduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Tizza (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFKasper Asgreen (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFLachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFMekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension DataRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFJosé Fernandes Neves (Por) W52/Fc PortoRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFIlnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Kišerlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Špilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFEgan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFDavid De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team SkyRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFRory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team EmiratesRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFMiguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas Rinaldi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 120 - Cell 2

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