In the third of the four Italian appointments which are scheduled in this week, which was the Gran Piemonte (207 km from Diano d’Alba to Agliè), LAMPRE-MERIDA did not succeeded in entering in the top 10, after that Ulissi had been on the podium in the Tre Valli Varesine (Tuesday) and had been 5th in the Milano-Piemonte (Wednesday).
On the arrival of the race, the always reliable Mori (photo Bettini) was 12th in the sprint of the head group of 20 riders, which was won by Nizzolo on Gaviria and Bennati.
The blue-fuchsia-green team which was directed by Marco Marzano was ready in the first part of the course in reacting to the very fast start, when 38 riders went clear from the bunch: in the breakaway, there were also Rui Costa, Cattaneo and Durasek.
The breakaway led the race until the feed point, where Rossetto counter-attacked remaining as solo leader until the last kilometer.
A selected group sprinter for the victory and, having Modolo quitted the race because of illness, Mori tried to do his best in the sprint in order to give LAMPRE-MERIDA a good result.
1- Nizzolo 4h25’21”
2- Gaviria s.t.
3- Bennati s.t.
4- Lobato s.t.
5- Colbrelli s.t.
12- Mori s.t.
18- Petilli s.t, 29- Durasek 25″, 31- Cattaneo 29″, 56- Polanc 2’26”, 57- Bono s.t., 104- Rui Costa 16’38”, Modolo dnf