Michael Albasini victorious in Coppa Agostoni
Sep 13 2017 06:38 pm CET

Michael Albasini victorious in Coppa Agostoni

Swiss rider Michael Albasini has won the 2017 edition of the Coppa Agostoni. Riding for his national team, he finished ahead of Italians Marco Canola and Francesco Gavazzi.

The 70th edition of the Italian race, with start and finish in Lissone, was 199.9 kilometers long and saw an early breakaway by Pierre-Luc Perichon, Luca Wackermann, Angel Madrazo, Matthias Krizek, Shane Archbold, Mark Padun and Samuel Mugisha.

The seven riders quickly created a gap with the peloton but was, due to its pace, eventually broken into pieces with Bahrain-Merida stagiaire Padun being the last man standing.

The 20-year-old was then joined by future Team Sky rider Egan Bernal, but the duo was caught at 15 kilometers from the finish.

In the final sprint, Albasini finished ahead of Nippo-Vini Fantini's Canola and Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia's Gavazzi. The next six riders to cross the line were Italians as well.

Albasini, who succeeds last year's winner Sonny Colbrelli, is the first non-Italian to win the race since Linus Gerdemann in 2008.
Photo of Michael Albasini (cropped) by Orica-SCOTT


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