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Re: The Italian Autumn Classics (Coppa Agostoni)
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:49 »
71° Coppa Ugo Agostoni - GP Banca Popolare di Milano

Wednesday, September 13th

The season of Italian Autumn Classics starts on Wednesday with the first race of the Trittico Lombardo, the Coppa Ugo Agostoni - Giro delle Brianze - GP Banca Popolare di Milano. In recent years, climbers like Rebellin or Sella, as well as alrounders like Pozzato and Colbrelli, but also more or less pure sprinters like Modolo or Bonifazio were victorious at the finish in Lissone.

1st 2nd 3rd
2016      *it   COLBRELLI Sonny      *it   ULISSI Diego      *it   GAVAZZI Francesco
2015      *it   REBELLIN Davide      *it   NIBALI Vincenzo      *it   BONIFAZIO Niccolo
2014      *it   BONIFAZIO Niccolo      *si   BOLE Grega      *it   PONZI Simone
2013      *it   POZZATO Filippo      *it   PONZI Simone      *it   ZAMPARELLA Marco
2012      *it   SELLA Emanuele      *it   BALIANI Fortunato      *it   DI LUCA Danilo

Two years ago the organizers hardened up the parcours though to attract Nibali and give him the opportunity to prepare for the Richmond World Championships after his exclusion from the Vuelta - and they sticked to that approach. So the riders still have to tackle four laps on the hilly circuit around Lissolo instead of one in previous editions:


That circuit is not super hard though, last year quite a lot of sprinter managed to close the gap on the flat run-in to the finish, so it should be an open race, which favors attacking riders, but leaves the sprinter teams some hope as well.

The provisional start list looks good:
  • #teamit NAZIONALE ITALIANA
  • #bora BORA - HANSGROHE
  • #bahrain BAHRAIN - MERIDA
  • #teamch NATIONAL TEAM SUISSE
  • #fortuneo FORTUNEO - OSCARO
  • #wilier WILIER TRIESTINA - SELLE ITALIA
  • #bardiani BARDIANI CSF
  • #fantini NIPPO - VINI FANTINI
  • #androni ANDRONI - SIDERMEC - BOTTECCHIA
  • #gazprom GAZPROM - RUSVELO
  • #delko DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE KTM
  • #ccc CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE
  • #academy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • #cajarural CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
  • #gm GM EUROPA OVINI
  • #lokosphinx LOKOSPHINX
  • #damico D'AMICO UTENSILNORD
  • #unieuro UNIEURO TREVIGIANI - HEMUS 1896
  • #adria ADRIA MOBIL
  • #didata DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA
  • #kolss KOLSS CYCLING TEAM
  • #rally RALLY CYCLING
  • #tirol TIROL CYCLING TEAM
  • #mgkvis SANGEMINI - MG. K VIS
  • #amore AMORE & VITA - SELLE SMP

Seems like Finetto will be on double duties for #delko and #teamit :P. What's up with #cajarural Celano though?

The only non-Italian winner in the past 14 years was Linus Gerdemann in 2008 - and looking at that list of participants, that's unlikely to change. But #fortuneo Romain Hardy is in good shape though and recently won the Tour du Doubs and Albasini looked good in Montreal, so who knows.

The race will be broadcasted live for the first time (as far as I can remember) on Rai Sport, PMG Sport and Eurosport (among others) on from ~13:45 cest
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