Moreno Moser solos to Trofeo Laigueglia victory

Moreno Moser claimed victory at Trofeo Laigueglia after attacking near the summit of the final climb of Colla Micheri and soloing to the finish. The Astana rider, who was competing in the colours of the Italian national team, extended his advantage on the descent to run out a convincing win.

It was Moser's second victory in the race, which is the first on the Italian calendar, and his first win of any description since he landed a stage of the 2015 Tour of Austria.

Moser was part of an 18-rider selection that fought it out for the victory on the finishing circuit around Laigueglia, having earlier made a fine solo effort to chase back up to the front group. The Italian chose his moment well in the finale, accelerating 100 metres from the summit of the climb through the hilltop village of Colla Micheri to open a decisive gap.

Paolo Totò (Sangemini) led home the chasing group to take second place, while Matteo Busato (Wilier Triestina) claimed the third step of the podium.

How it unfolded

The early break forged clear inside the opening five kilometres, with Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) slipping away in the company of Auden Brekk Flotten (Team Virtu Cycling) and Francesco Bettini (D'Amico).

The trio were handed plenty of leeway by a slumbering gruppo in the opening hour of racing, and they quickly stacked up an advantage of 9:15 by the 42km mark, at which point Androni Giocattoli began to marshal the pursuit in the peloton.

By the time the escapees reached the Capo Berta after a little over 100km, their efforts were beginning to take a toll. A flagging Bettini sat up from the break, and their advantage over the bunch had been cut back to within seven minutes. By the time the break hit the Testico 20 kilometres later, their advantage was down to 4:30, at which point El Fares decided to try his luck alone.

The rugged terrain was also beginning to provoke movement in the main peloton, however, with Androni Giocattoli and AG2R La Mondiale particularly active. They had five riders apiece in the 13-man selection that formed after the Testico, though the group swelled to shortly afterwards as others – Moser included – scrambled their way across outside of Alassio, where El Fares' lone effort fizzled out.

There were eighteen riders still in contention for the win by the time the front group hit the four laps of the finishing circuit around Laigueglia, including Moser, Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy), Francesco Gavazzi, Fausto Masnada, Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli), Silvan Dillier, Mikael Cherel, Clement Chevrier (AG2R La Mondiale) and Simone Andreetta (Bardiani-CSF).

Dillier was among the chief aggressors, and he briefly succeeded in breaking clear alone on the first lap, but he was soon brought to heel. On the final ascent of Colla Micheri, Moser seized his opportunity and punched his way clear near the summit, quickly establishing a gap.

Gavazzi, Busato, Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Romain Combaud (Delko-Marseille Provence KTM) and Roland Thalmann (Team Vorarlberg) were prominent in pursuit of Moser, but the Italian was not to be denied victory.

As a neo-professional in 2012, Moser's Trofeo Laigueglia victory was the first calling card for a remarkable debut season that saw him win the Tour de Pologne and mark himself out as Italian cycling's coming man. After a promising start to 2013, and despite occasional flashes in the intervening period, Moser has never scaled such heights again, but at 27 years of age, he will hope that this triumph is an omen for better things to come in 2018.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team5:10:50
2Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-Vega0:00:43
3Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 3 - Cell 2
5Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 4 - Cell 2
6Kasper Asgreen (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 6 - Cell 2
8Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Vorarlberg SanticRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 8 - Cell 2
10Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:48
11Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:58
12Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:12
13Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:21
14Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:37
15Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 14 - Cell 2
16Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Alexander Kamp (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:03:45
19Sean De Bie (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 18 - Cell 2
20Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 19 - Cell 2
21Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 20 - Cell 2
22Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 21 - Cell 2
23Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 22 - Cell 2
24Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 23 - Cell 2
25Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 24 - Cell 2
26Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-OscaroRow 25 - Cell 2
27Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 26 - Cell 2
28Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 27 - Cell 2
29Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:04:40
31Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 30 - Cell 2
32Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 31 - Cell 2
33Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 32 - Cell 2
34Enrico Salvador (Ita) Biesse Carrera GavardoRow 33 - Cell 2
35Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 34 - Cell 2
36Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 35 - Cell 2
37Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue SportRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:04:52
40Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Team Virtu Cycling0:06:55
41Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:08:32
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DNFJulien Duval (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 42 - Cell 2
DNFNico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 43 - Cell 2
DNFVincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 44 - Cell 2
DNFEnrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 45 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 46 - Cell 2
DNFUmberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 47 - Cell 2
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DNFIlia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 50 - Cell 2
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DNFEdward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue SportRow 72 - Cell 2
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DNFCalvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue SportRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFPrzemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 76 - Cell 2
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DNFIuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFSergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFSergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 82 - Cell 2
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DNFAlan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 86 - Cell 2
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DNFPatryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 89 - Cell 2
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DNFGregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 92 - Cell 2
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DNFAntoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFMathias De Witte (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFHuub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFElias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFFrederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFLuca Colnaghi (Ita) Sangemini-Mg. K Vis-VegaRow 102 - Cell 2
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DNFLorenzo Delcó (Swi) Biesse Carrera GavardoRow 109 - Cell 2
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DNFMichel Piccot (Ita) Biesse Carrera GavardoRow 111 - Cell 2
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DNFAndrea Zanardini (Ita) Biesse Carrera GavardoRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesco Bettini (Ita) D'Amico UtensilnordRow 114 - Cell 2
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