Colbrelli claims dominant win at Tre Valli Varesine

Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani – CSF) claimed a dominant win at Tre Valli Varesine. After he has been part of a four-rider group that was caught with less than one kilometre to go, the Italian still had enough left to beat Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni) in a 15-rider sprint to claim his third victory in an Italian one-day race in September.

The 96th edition of Tre Vallia Vresinie was held on a 192.89km course that started in Saronno from where the riders will travelled along flat toads towards Varese. After 55km of racing, they tackled the climb to Orino before descending to Varese where they crossed the line for the first time at the 77.69km mark.

The final part of the race consisted of 9 laps of the 12.8km circuit. After just 1km, the riders tackled the small Montello climb (2.25km, 4.5%) before they took on a long descent. With 3.6km to go, the peloton hit a 2.9km climb that averaged 3.9%. The top came with 1km to go, and from there it was a flat run to the finish, with the final turn coming 800m from the line.

Ulissi launched the sprint from afar and it came down to a battle between the Lampre-Merida captain and Colbrelli. The latter was clearly the fastest and took a convincing win while Gavazzi narrowly held Slagter off in the battle for third.

With Tre Valli Varesine done and dusted, the attention turns to tomorrow’s Milan-Turin where the climbers will come to the fore. Colbrelli has one final race as a Bardiani rider, Thursday’s Gran Piemonte.

Tre Valli Varesine 2016 results:

1 Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF)

4:48:18

2 Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida)

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3 Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)

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4 Tom Jelte Slagter ( Cannondale-Drapac)

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5 Giovanni Visconti (Movistar)

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6 Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

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7 Jens Keukeleire (Orica-BikeExchange)

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8 Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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9 Fabio Aru (Astana)

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10 Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data)

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