Durasek solos to victory in Tre Valli Varesine

Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) claimed victory in the Tre Valli Varesine after he out-sprinted Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Bardiani-Valvole) at the hilltop finish in Campione d’Italia.

The Croatian’s victory brought the curtain down on a hugely successful Trittico Lombardo for his Lampre-Merida team, which also took the spoils at the Coppa Agostoni through Filippo Pozzato and second place at the Coppa Bernocchi thanks to Roberto Ferrari.

“After the good sensations I had at the Coppa Agostoni, today I asked the team to believe in me. I was really determined and nothing fazed me,” Durasek said. “I have to thank Polanc and Pietropolli for guiding me perfectly to the foot of the final climb.”

After tributes were paid to recently retired Varese native Stefano Garzelli at the start, an eleven-man break featuring Emanuele Sella (Androni-Venezuela), Pavel Brutt (Katusha) and Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) powered clear in the opening kilometres and animated much of the afternoon.

It was the tough finale in Campione d’Italia that would prove decisive, and the combined forcing of Lampre and Bardiani-Valvolve ensured that a select peloton would contest the victory, with Bardiani’s Stefano Pirazzi particularly prominent in pegging back the break.

Leonardo Duque (Colombia) attempted to jump clear before the base of the final climb but he was reeled in by Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, but once the road began to climb in earnest, Bongiorno ripped clear of the bunch with two kilometres to go.

Only Durasek could follow Bongiorno’s tempo, and together the pair managed to hold off the determined pursuit of Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha), who was giving lone chase behind.

Durasek took over the pace-setting in the final kilometre and he had little trouble in following Bongiorno’s acceleration with 200 metres to go. The Croatian duly took out the sprint to take the win, while Bongiorno held off Kolobnev for second.

“I found myself in front on the climb that to Bongiorno’s good attack,” Durasek said. “From there, I managed my strength well in spite of the pressure from Kolobnev behind. In the finishing straight, I had the energy for one last sprint that gave me my first win for Lampre-Merida.”

Ivan Rovny came home in 4th place, ahead of Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat), Franco Pellizotti (Androni-Venezuela) and Fabio Aru (Astana). Aru’s teammate Simone Ponzi came home in 8th place, and that was enough to give him overall victory in the Trittico Lombardo, the trio of races that heralds the beginning of the Italian build-up to the world championships.

Ponzi, who finished 2nd in the Coppa Agostoni and 8th in the Coppa Bernocchi, was awarded a diamond worth €10,000 for his feat, while race organiser Renzo Oldani told Gazzetta dello Sport afterwards that the three Trittico Lombardo events may switch to a mid-September from 2014, so as to serve as better preparation for the Worlds.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida5:01:21
2Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:02
3Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha0:00:07
4Ivan Rovny (Rus) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest0:00:09
5Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 4 - Cell 2
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:10
7Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:11
9Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:13
11Fabio Taborre (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:00:20
12Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVeloRow 11 - Cell 2
13Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:21
14Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:00:27
15Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-QhubekaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:33
17Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:00:36
18Jérémie Galland (Fra) SojasunRow 17 - Cell 2
19Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) ColombiaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:45
21Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:49
22Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-QhubekaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVeloRow 23 - Cell 2
25Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest0:00:57
26Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha0:01:03
27Sergei Chernetski (Rus) KatushaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:31
29Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:01:42
30Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-MeridaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Katusha0:01:56
32David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun0:02:20
33Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 34 - Cell 2
36Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:02:45
37Davide Gabburo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest0:03:22
38Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun0:03:27
39Pavel Brutt (Rus) KatushaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 39 - Cell 2
41Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:03:37
44Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia0:03:45
45Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 45 - Cell 2
47Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) RusVeloRow 46 - Cell 2
48Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 47 - Cell 2
49Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:59
50Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFPierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 50 - Cell 2
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) Team EuropcarRow 51 - Cell 2
DNFCyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 52 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 54 - Cell 2
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 56 - Cell 2
DNFKévin Reza (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 57 - Cell 2
DNFArman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFBjorn Thurau (Ger) Team EuropcarRow 59 - Cell 2
DNFAlexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFEnea Cambianica (Swi) Lampre-MeridaRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFPetr Ignatenko (Rus) KatushaRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFDaniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFMikhail Ignatyev (Rus) KatushaRow 64 - Cell 2
DNSDavide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFTimofey Kritskiy (Rus) KatushaRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Felline (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFEnrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFSonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFAngelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFDalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) ColombiaRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFDuber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) ColombiaRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFMauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFJeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) ColombiaRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Pablo Valencia (Col) ColombiaRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFAlessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFJosef Cerny (Cze) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFAdrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFBartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFTsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN-QhubekaRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFMeran Russan (Eri) MTN-QhubekaRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFKristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-QhubekaRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFJim Songezo (RSA) MTN-QhubekaRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFMateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) RusVeloRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) SojasunRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) SojasunRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFSergey Klimov (Rus) RusVeloRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFYannick Talabardon (Fra) SojasunRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFIlnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVeloRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFChan Jae Jang (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFMart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFMatthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFTim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFKin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFMatt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFLaurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFMuhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
DNSDion Smith (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFSander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFGregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFZico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFAlfredo Balloni (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-FondriestRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFNicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-FondriestRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Fedi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-FondriestRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Piechele (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-FondriestRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Manfredi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-FondriestRow 112 - Cell 2


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