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Andrea Pasqualon wins 2017 Coppa Sabatini

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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) scored the biggest win of his career at the 2017 Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) scored the biggest win of his career at the 2017 Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Dan Craven (Israel Cycling Academy) pulls through

Dan Craven (Israel Cycling Academy) pulls through (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) winner of Coppa Sabatini

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) winner of Coppa Sabatini (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) wins the 2017 Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) wins the 2017 Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Egan Bernal.

Egan Bernal. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF).

Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) on the Coppa Sabatini podium.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) on the Coppa Sabatini podium. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) took second at the 2017 Coppa Sabatini.

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) took second at the 2017 Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Francesco Gavazzi (Androni-Sidermec) placed third at the Coppa Sabatini.

Francesco Gavazzi (Androni-Sidermec) placed third at the Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) is feted as Coppa Sabatini winner.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) is feted as Coppa Sabatini winner. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) celebrates his first win of the year at the Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) celebrates his first win of the year at the Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) on the Coppa Sabatini podium.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) on the Coppa Sabatini podium. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) scored a breakthrough win at the 2017 Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) scored a breakthrough win at the 2017 Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) on the Coppa Sabatini podium.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) on the Coppa Sabatini podium. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Egan Bernal (Androni-Sidermec) at the 2017 Coppa Sabatini.

Egan Bernal (Androni-Sidermec) at the 2017 Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF), Andrea Vendrame (Androni) on the attack at the Coppa Sabatini.

Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF), Andrea Vendrame (Androni) on the attack at the Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) at the Coppa Sabatini.

Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) at the Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) sprinted to win the 2017 Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) sprinted to win the 2017 Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) celebrates winning the 2017 Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) celebrates winning the 2017 Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon flanked by Sonny Colbrelli and Francesco Gavazzi on the Coppa Sabatini podium.

Andrea Pasqualon flanked by Sonny Colbrelli and Francesco Gavazzi on the Coppa Sabatini podium. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) celebrates victory in Peccioli.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) celebrates victory in Peccioli. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) takes Coppa Sabatini victory.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) takes Coppa Sabatini victory. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) beat Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni) at the Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) beat Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni) at the Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) wins the Coppa Sabatini.

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) wins the Coppa Sabatini. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish in the bunch

Mark Cavendish in the bunch (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) in the breakaway

Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) in the breakaway (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Patrick Gamper (Tirol Cycling Team) in the breakaway

Patrick Gamper (Tirol Cycling Team) in the breakaway (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) with Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF)

Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) with Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Hideto Nakane (Nippo Vini Fantini)

Hideto Nakane (Nippo Vini Fantini) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2017 Coppa Sabatini

The 2017 Coppa Sabatini (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Bahrain-Merida leads the chase

Bahrain-Merida leads the chase (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2017 Coppa Sabatini rolls through Belvedere

The 2017 Coppa Sabatini rolls through Belvedere (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2017 Coppa Sabatini

The 2017 Coppa Sabatini (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The 2017 Coppa Sabatini

The 2017 Coppa Sabatini (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) claimed the biggest win of his career when he sprinted to victory in the Coppa Sabatini, beating Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) into second place in the uphill group sprint in Peccioli.

The result was a reverse of the outcome of the 2016 edition of the race, when Colbrelli pipped Pasqualon to the win on the same finale in Tuscany. Colbrelli was chasing his third Coppa Sabatini win in four years, and he opened his sprint from distance, but was overhauled by Pasqualon in the closing metres.

Colbrelli appealed the result immediately after the stage, claiming that Pasqualon had deviated from his line, but the commissaires promptly confirmed that that the Wanty-Groupe Gobert man was the winner.

Francesco Gavazzi (Androni-Sidermec) took third place in the bunch finish, ahead of Diego Ulissi (UAE-Team Emirates) and Eduard Prades (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).

Pasqualon had racked up a series of placings at the Coppa Sabatini in recent years and was determined to win this year, telling his teammates before the race that he would open up the sprint after the last sweeping corner.

"I know the finish after being beaten in recent years and this time I had the courage to go for it. I didn't have that courage in the pat but this year I'm a lot stronger and more confident in what I can do in the finale of races. Changing teams and riding the Tour de France has made a huge difference. I can feel I'm stronger and have more endurance," Pasqualon said.

"Colbrelli led out the sprint but I came off his wheel quickly so that I could chose my own line. That's what I did. He claimed I squeezed him against the barriers but I don't think I did anything wrong. My chain jumped with 150m to go and I moved a bit but I didn't change my line to stop him coming through. I think I deserved this win."

Pasqualon revealed he had decided to put off signing a new contract until after the races in Tuscany because he was convinced he get a result. He revealed he has several offers but is "90 per cent" sure to stay at Wanty-Groupe Gobert in 2018.

The race was animated by an early break featuring Eugert Zhupa (Wilier-Selle Italia), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF), Andrea Vendrame (Androni), Patrick Gamper (Tirol Cycling), Daniel Turek (Israel Cycling Academy), Oscar Pelegri (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Hideto Nakane (Nippo-Vini Fantini).

The seven escapees built a maximum lead just shy of six minutes before UAE-Team Emirates and Bahrain-Merida began to police affairs at the head of the peloton around the midway point.

By the time the break reached the six laps of the 12-kilometre finishing circuit around Peccioli, the gap was down just over two minutes, though attempts from counter-attackers Jacopo Mosca (Wilier-Selle Italia) and Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Sangemini–MG.K Vis) to bridge across on the finishing circuit in Peccioli proved unsuccessful.

With two laps of the finishing circuit left, the break's buffer had been thinned down to just over a minute, and the move would splinter by the final lap, where only Vendrame and Tonelli remained just ahead of the closing peloton.

Vendrame and Tonelli were eventually swept up with seven kilometres to go, as Bahrain-Merida continued their forcing on behalf of Colbrelli, though Team Sky and Wanty-Groupe Gobert were increasingly prominent on the approach to final haul towards Peccioli, with Elia Viviani and Pasqualon in mind.

In the keenly-contested finishing sprint, it was Pasqualon who emerged victorious to claim his first win of 2017 and the biggest victory of a career that began in 2011 in the colours of Colnago-CSF.

The 29-year-old later spent three seasons at Continental level before stepping up again this season with Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Pasqualon was among the nine race debutants Wanty named for the Tour de France, reaching Paris in 137th overall.

Pasqualon's victory was Wanty-Groupe Gobert's third in two days in Tuscany after his teammate Guillaume Martin won stage 2 and the final overall title at the Giro della Toscana in Volterra on Wednesday.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert4:44:04
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
3Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
5Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
7Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
8Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
9Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis
10Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
11Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina
12Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
13Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
14Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
15Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
16Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:00:10
17Ettore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
18Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
19Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF
20Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:00:12
21Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
22Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
23Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:16
24Federico Canuti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord0:00:18
25Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli
26Matthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
27Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
28Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
29Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:00:25
30Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:28
31Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
32Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
33Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina
34Jonathan Lastra (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
35Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
36Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina0:00:32
37Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF
38Metkel Eyob (Eri) Dimension Data
39Markus Wildauer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
40Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:00:38
41Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:40
42Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:43
43Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
44Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:51
45Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:55
46Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina0:00:56
47Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:58
48Niccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:01:08
49Dario Puccioni (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis
50Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Israel Cycling Academy
51Enrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team
52Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:01:11
53Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:01:12
54Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
55Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
56Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
57Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
58Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
59Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
60Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
61Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
62Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina
63Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
64Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
65Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
66Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro
67Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
68Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates
69Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis
70Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
71Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
72Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:32
73Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates0:01:35
74Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:01:38
75Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:01:40
76Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:01:42
77Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:01:45
78Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:01:50
79Filippo Fortin (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team
80Patrick Gamper (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team
81Simone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:01:56
82Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:02:03
83Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky
84Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina
85Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
86Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:31
87Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:38
88Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
89Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:02:52
90Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky
91Dan Craven (Nam) Israel Cycling Academy
92Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy
93Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
94Marino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
95Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:14
96Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
97Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
98Angelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
99Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:03:30
100José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:16
101Josu Zabala (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
102Oscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
103Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:04:31
104Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data
105Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
106Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
107Sergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
108Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:04:41
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
DNFAndrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
DNFJohann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data
DNFNicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data
DNFMatteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNFManuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNFFederico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina
DNFEugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina
DNFEvgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
DNFDanilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
DNFGuy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
DNFPietro Di Genova (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
DNFFrancesco Petrini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord
DNFAngelo Vitiello (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord

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