Alexandre Geniez takes the victory at Tre Valli Varesine
Oct 03 2017 10:52 pm CET

Alexandre Geniez takes the victory at Tre Valli Varesine
Alexandre Geniez takes the victory at Tre Valli Varesine
Photo of Alexandre Geniez by AG2R La Mondiale

Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale) has taken the victory at the Tre Valli Varesine. The Frenchman was the fastest at the final sprint of four.

The first of the three races in the Lombardy province of Italy was 195 kilometres long between Saronno and Varese.

It was a day full of attacks and chaos that started with an escape of six riders. Daniel Turek (Israel Cycling Academy), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CFS), Ettore Carlini (D'Amico-Utensilnord), Marco Bernardinetti (Amore & Vita-Selle), Artem Nych (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Diego Rubio (Caja Rural) got a gap of more than two minutes with the peloton.

Behind them, riders like Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale), Redi Halilaj (Amore & Vita), Carlos Verona (Orica-Scott), Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli) and Pawel Poljanski (Bora-hansgrohe) attacked from the main group and joined the front at around 20 kilometres from the finish line. In the peloton, teams like Sky and Bahrain-Merida set the pace to catch the escapees.

With 15 kilometres to go, Verona attacked from the front group and was the last survivor of the escape, but was reeled back in by the peloton six kilometers later.

2015 winner Vincenzo Nibali attacked during the last ascent and the only rider that could follow him was Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). Behind them, Fabio Aru (Astana), Alexandre Geniez (AG2R-La Mondiale), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) tried to catch them.

Ulissi and Geniez bridged to the front group and took part in the final sprint. Pinot was the first one to launch the sprint and Ulissi couldn't keep up with this high pace.

Nibali and Geniez followed and the AG2R rider crossed the line just centimetres ahead of Pinot and the Italian, who were second and third respectively.