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.
|1||Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida||5:03:40|
|2||Francesco Reda (Ita) Androni Giocattoli|
|3||Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia||0:00:03|
|4||Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida|
|5||Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka||0:00:07|
|6||Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ|
|7||Matej Mugerli (Slo) Adria Mobil|
|8||Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia|
|9||Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida|
|10||Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team|
|11||Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:08|
|12||Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|13||Frederico Rocchetti (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu|
|14||Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil|
|15||Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar|
|16||Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony|
|17||Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli|
|18||Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team||0:00:09|
|19||Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli||0:00:16|
|20||Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony||0:00:17|
|21||Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia|
|22||Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ|
|23||Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia|
|24||Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia|
|25||Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ|
|26||Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar|
|27||Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli|
|28||Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling|
|29||Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida|
|30||Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida||0:00:18|
|31||Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli|
|32||Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team|
|33||Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida|
|34||Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony|
|35||Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Leopard-Trek Continental Team||0:00:28|
|36||Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard-Trek Continental Team|
|37||Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli|
|38||Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling|
|39||Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk|
|40||Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:00:54|
|41||Peter Kusztor (Hun) Utensilnord Ora24.eu|
|42||Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia|
|43||Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale||0:01:14|
|44||Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox||0:01:27|
|45||Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka|
|46||Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar|
|47||Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli||0:01:38|
|48||Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli|
|49||Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Adria Mobil|
|50||Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|51||Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling|
|52||Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement||0:03:21|
|53||Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar|
|54||Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox|
|55||Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo|
|56||Kristian Haugaard Jensen (Den) Leopard-Trek Continental Team|
|57||Klaas Sys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony|
|58||David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk||0:04:30|
|59||Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche Environnement|
|60||Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|61||Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|62||Remco Broers (Ned) Team Vorarlberg|
|63||Simon Pavlin (Slo) Adria Mobil|
|64||Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia|
|65||Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) Colombia|
|66||Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony|
|67||Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox|
|68||Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia|
|69||Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka|
|70||Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ|
|71||Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement|
|72||Antonio Santoro (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest|
|73||Gilles Devillers (Bel) Crelan-Euphony|
|74||Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling|
|75||Alessandro Mazzi (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu|
|76||Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox|
|77||Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox|
|78||Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil|
|79||Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) Utensilnord Ora24.eu|
|80||Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Team Vorarlberg|
|81||Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|82||Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|83||Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Leopard-Trek Continental Team|
|84||Maxwell Stuart Durtschi (USA) Leopard-Trek Continental Team|
|85||Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest|
|86||Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement|
|87||Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling|
|88||Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|89||Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement|
|90||Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement|
|91||Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka|
|92||Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar|
|93||Stefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling|
|94||Matteo Fedi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest|
|95||Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team|
|96||Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka|
|97||Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale|
|98||Bostjan Rezman (Slo) Team Vorarlberg|
|99||Gennady Tatarinov (Rus) RusVelo|
|100||Sebastian 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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