Luis Leon Sanchez wins Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) rolled back the years to win a tense Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli after a late attack inside the final 5 kilometres. The Spaniard was part of a strong group that formed on the final climb and attacked on the descent towards the line. His solo move caught the sprinters in the lead group off-guard and Sanchez quickly built up a 12 second lead. He held on to take his first win of the season while Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) took second and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) finished in third.

The race came down to the final lap of a testing circuit with Astana, Team Sky, Bahrain Merida and Orica Scott amongst the main protagonists.

On the final Zappolino ascent, Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale Drapac) stretched out the field with Michael Albasini (Orica Scott) and Michael Valgren (Astana) paying close attention.

Sanchez and a number of other riders linked up with the leaders as the race crested the final climb with 8km remaining. It looked as though the group of around 10 riders would decide the race in a sprint finish but Sanchez had other ideas. With just under 5,000m to go he took off and established a lead of over ten seconds as hesitation swept through the field.

While there were a number of sprinters in the chase group they lacked support and teammates, and neither Colbrelli or Viviani were willing to lead a chase of Sanchez until it was too late.

The Team Sky rider attempted a late acceleration in a bid to mount a final chase but with the kilometre flag in sight Sanchez already knew that the win was his. He eventually crossed the line with a few seconds in hand on Colbrelli and Viviani. Albasini and Bettiol rounded out the top five.

Earlier the race had been marked by a number of breaks but with 50km left the peloton regrouped with around five laps of the testing circuit remaining.

AG2R and Dimension Data were two of the teams looking to spoil the party for the sprinters’ teams and launched several moves off the front. With 30km to go a dangerous group containing Nick Dougall (Dimension Data), Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo), Roger Kluge (Orica Scott) and several others slipped clear.

Team Sky and Bahrain Merida still had the numbers to chase and with just under 10km remaining the race was together once more. Albasini was the first to lift the pace on the final climb after some fine work from teammate, Chris Juul Jensen but the Swiss rider became a passenger as the winning move formed over the top of the climb and then Sanchez escaped to victory.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team4:27:30
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:06
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
4Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott
5Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
7Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
8Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
9Simone Consonni (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
10Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
11Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
12Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
13Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott
14Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
15Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy
16Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
17Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
18Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
19Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
20Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team
21Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina
22Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
23Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
24Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
25Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
26Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
27Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
28Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
29Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
30Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky
31Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
32Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:10
33Paolo Toto (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini
34Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
35Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
36Metkel Eyob (Eri) Dimension Data For Qhubeka
37Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
38Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
39Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF
40Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
41Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
42Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
43Redi Halilaj (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest
44Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
45Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team
46Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
47Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
48Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF
49Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
50Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team
51Ben King (USA) Dimension Data
52Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
53Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky
54Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina
55Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
56Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
57Marco Zamparella (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest
58Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo
59Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
60Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina
61Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy
62Matteo Rotondi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
63Marco Bernardinetti (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest
64Marco Tizza (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
65Valerio Conti (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
66François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
67Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott
68Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
69Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ
70Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
71German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Arg) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
72Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ
73Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
74Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
75Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida
76Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
77Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
78Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team
79Francesco Romano (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
80Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Team UAE Emirates
81Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
82Jérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ
83Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
84Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
85Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
86Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest
87Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Israel Cycling Academy
88Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
89Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
90Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
91Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
92Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
93Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
94Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
95Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
96Rob Power (Aus) Orica-Scott
97Adriano Brogi (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
98Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF
99Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ
100Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
101Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
102Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott
103Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:24
104Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
105Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:00:33
106Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:55
107Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo0:01:14
108Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:01:19
109Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:45
110Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac Pat's Veg Holistic Development Team0:02:09
111Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:33
112Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
113Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wllier Trestina - Selle Italia
114Marco Molteni (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
115Antonio Parrinello (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
116Antonio Di Sante (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
117Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
118Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
119Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
120Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
121Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
122Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
123Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott0:02:45
124Matteo Bono (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
125Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis
126Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
127Andrea Toniatti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
128Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
129Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
130Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
131Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
132Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data
133Dan Craven (Nam) Israel Cycling Academy
134Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
135Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
136Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
137Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:26
138Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
139Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
140Andrea Ruscetta (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
141Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
142Andrea Guardini (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
143Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis
144Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:03:30
145Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
146Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
147Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
148Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data
149Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:04:08
150Guy Nic (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
151Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
152Marcin Mrozek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
153Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
154Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
155Francesco Mancini (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP
156Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:04:59
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Team Sky
DNFTao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky
DNFSebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNFBrendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNFSimone Benardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis
DNFMichele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis
DNFNicolo Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis
DNFLuis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy
DNFYoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFSimone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNFSergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
DNFDaniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina
DNFJakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina
DNFHideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFMarino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFEduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFLuis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFDanilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest
DNFBesmir Banushi (Alb) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest
DNFUri Martins Sandoval (Mex) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest
DNFSebastian Lander (Den) GM Europa Ovini
DNFDavide Pacchiardo (Ita) GM Europa Ovini
DNFJoão Almeida (Por) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
DNFDonovan Alonso Davila Cespedes (CRa) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
DNFRiccardo Cenghialta (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
DNSFrancesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis
DNSZahiri Abderrahim (Mar) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896

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