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Pozzato prevails at Trofeo Laigueglia

Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) won from a four-man break in the Trofeo Laigueglia, the first race in Italy for the 2013 season. Francesco Reda (Androni Giocattoli) finished second, followed by Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) in third. Pozzato's teammate Diego Ulissi finished fourth while Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) took the bunch sprint for fifth at seven seconds.

For Pozzato, this was the third Trofeo Laigueglia of his career, following back-to-back victories in 2003-2004.

"The team knows that this is a race I care about because it was also the first race that I won when I was 20," said Pozzato. "It happened 10 years ago and I'm happy, I will enjoy this day."

Pozzato's explained his team's tactics, as they worked to avoid a full-on field sprint finale. "If you get a large group it's dangerous," said Pozzato. "I wanted to attack with two kilometres to go, but Santambrogio went and that was fine. I think the team handled everything well."

Reda was happy with his second place result. "I was hoping to move ahead in the last few metres but Pozzato started really strong and there was nothing more to be done. I missed the victory but I'm sure if I continue on this path it will come soon."

A five rider escape formed in the opening kilometres of the 196.5km parcours, comprised of Florent Barle (Cofidis), Leonardo Duque (Colombia), Thomas Raeymaekers (Team Novo Nordisk) plus Antonio Barbio and Nicola Dal Santo (Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest). The lead quintet pushed their advantage out to nine minutes, but once the peloton's chase began in earnest their escape was neutralised with 60 kilometres remaining.

Duque secured the KOM classification as he was the first rider over both classified ascents of the Testico, at 70.4km and 124km.

Following the first passage of the finish line in Laigueglia, a four rider escape formed including Diego Rosa (Androni Giocattoli), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) and Bjorn Thurau (Team Europcar). Rosa pushed the pace on the day's third ascent of the Testico, dropping Durasek and Thurau, while Matteo Rabottini (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) bridged to the two leaders to form a three-man lead group.

Lampre-Merida set the pace at the head of the peloton and with 20 kilometres to the finish this break, too, was brought back into the fray.

Italian champion Franco Pellizotti (Androni Venezuela) launched a solo attack on the Pinamare climb with 10 kilometres remaining but the ever vigilant Lampre-Merida squad shut down Pellizotti's bid for victory. The Italian ProTeam's pace-making efforts thinned the front group to just 20 riders on the Pinamare, but the favourites were still at the fore leading into the Trofeo Laigueglia's finale.

The Capo Mele climb provided the final launch pad for attacks with Santambrogio going clear. The Vini Fantini Italian was closely marked by the Lampre-Merida duo of Ulissi and Pozzato with Reda also making contact to form the decisive move. Ulissi powered the break under the flamme rouge with Pozzato tucked in on his teammate's wheel.

Pozzato would take the victory in Laigueglia, becoming the first three-time winner in the Italian race's 50-year history.

Full Results
1Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida5:03:40
2Francesco Reda (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
3Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:00:03
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka0:00:07
6Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
7Matej Mugerli (Slo) Adria Mobil
8Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
9Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
10Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
11Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:08
12Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
13Frederico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu
14Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil
15Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
16Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
17Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
18Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:09
19Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:16
20Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:00:17
21Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
22Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
23Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia
24Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
25Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ
26Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar
27Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
28Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
29Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
30Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:18
31Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
32Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team
33Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
34Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
35Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Leopard-Trek Continental Team0:00:28
36Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
37Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
38Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
39Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
40Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:54
41Peter Kusztor (Hun) Utensilnord Ora24.eu
42Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia
43Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:14
44Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:01:27
45Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka
46Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
47Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:38
48Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
49Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Adria Mobil
50Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
51Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
52Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:03:21
53Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar
54Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
55Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo
56Kristian Haugaard Jensen (Den) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
57Klaas Sys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
58David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:30
59Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
60Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
61Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
62Remco Broers (Ned) Team Vorarlberg
63Simon Pavlin (Slo) Adria Mobil
64Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
65Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) Colombia
66Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
67Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
68Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
69Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka
70Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ
71Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
72Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest
73Gilles Devillers (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
74Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
75Alessandro Mazzi (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu
76Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
77Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
78Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil
79Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu
80Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Team Vorarlberg
81Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
82Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
83Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
84Maxwell Stuart Durtschi (USA) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
85Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest
86Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
87Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
88Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
89Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
90Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
91Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka
92Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar
93Stefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
94Matteo Fedi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest
95Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team
96Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka
97Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
98Bostjan Rezman (Slo) Team Vorarlberg
99Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVelo
100Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.

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