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90th Tre Valli Varesine - Report & Photos
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 8/17/2010
90th Tre Valli Varesine - Report & Photos
 

90th Tre Valli Varesine  & Photos
Garmin's Daniel Martin takes the first jewel of Trittico Lombardo crown

Daniel Martin (Garmin-Transitions) proved to be the strongest after 200 kilometers in Varese winning solo with six seconds ahead of Domenico Pozzovivo.

The peloton came back together catching the day long break on the first of the seven - 9 kilometer circuits. The attacks followed with Marco Pinotti, and then Bertagnoli and Cunego. But it was the attack of Domenico Pozzovivo on the final lap that shattered the leaders with only Martin, Cunego and Jerome Bagnies able to respond as the leaders were reduced to a 20 man lead group in the local laps.


Martin finishes having outdistanced his rivals on the final climb.
Photo copyright  Benati courtesy Tre Valli Varesine

In the end it was Martin in a grand show of his great form after winning the Tour of Poland; dropping his rivals and racing up the via Trentino climb for the win six seconds ahead of Domenico Pozzovivo and 12 seconds ahead of the first chase group of 14 led by Topsport Vlaanderen Jerome Baugnies who grabbed third place.

Baugnies Topsport team mate Kristof Vandewalle finished fourth with Damiano Cunego (Lampre/Farnese Vini) 5th.

The peloton followed in two groups at 1:22 nearer to two minutes with the race having its usual attrition with 82 riders abandoning, most on the tough 7 circuits in Varesine.


Topsport duo Jerome Baugnies and Kristof Vandewalle and Damiano Cunego finish 3rd through 5th leading the lead group of 16 survivors. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

Tre Valli Varesine
Campione d'Italia -
Varese 199.13 km

The day race got underway under sunny skies with 143 with attacks from the start but none had any success until 7 r4iders escaped after the 35th kilometer with Peter Stetina (Garmin Transitions) joined by Cameron Wurf (Androni Giacattoli), HTC/Columbia's Aleksej Saramontis, Pedro Merino (Footon/Servetto), Cristiano Salerno (De Rosa) , Luca Mirenda (USD/Neri) and and Sacsha Modolo (Colnago/CSF Inox), the group gained 38 seconds on the group. On the first climb 4 were dropped leaving Stetina, Wurf and  Pasquale Muto (Miche) eading with 40 seconds as they went through the first hot sprint in that order after 40 km.


Cameron Wurf and Pasquale Muto on the attack. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

The trio would run the gap up to over 6 minutes by 80 km and two hours into the race. They three worked well together but the chase was on with ISD/Neri's Paolo Borghini and David Ricci leading the chase closing the gap to 2:30 as they reached the halfway point of the race at 99 km.

With 89 kilometers to go a counter attack by Sergio Lagana (De Rosa) and  Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen) opened a 30 second gap and worked to bridge to the three leaders who they caught as they entered the first of the seven circuits in Varese; the peloton followed at 1:35.

By the start of the second lap the escapees had been caught with counter attacks flying off of the front; by the start of the third lap the adventurers were back with 37 km to go and 4 laps to go.  More attacks by Ivan Santaromita (Liquigas),  Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone), Cristiano Salerno (De Rosa) and Simone Stortoni managed a gap but as the peloton started the final 2 laps the diminished peloton was back together.   7.''

Davide Torosantuci (CDC - Cavaliere) and Mauro Finetto (Liquigas) were the next to escape, but the duo were caught by a counter attack by Vincenzo Nibali with 10 km to go as they started the final circuit... Nibali was caught by Giovanni  Visconti and Colnago's Domenico Pozzovivo and Lampre's Damiano Cunego the trio led a group of about 20 riders with the remains of the peloton in chaos behind with 7 km to go.


David Torosantucci on the attack Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

With 4 km remaining Italian time trial champion Marco Pinotti (HTC) attacked and was joined by Lampre's Manuele Mori - immediately Pozzovivo and Dan Martin reacted following at 100 meters.


Italian Champion, Giovanni Visconti attacks, Martin, Pozzovivo, Pinotti and Cunego respond. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 
 

Pozzovivo and Martin caught and dropped Pinotti and Mori... Martin again countered opening a ten meter gap with Domenico Pozzovivo chasing. Behind there were sixteen riders in play but Martin and Pozzovivo held them off over the final kilometer to take first and second.

Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator duo Jerome Baugnies and Kristof Vandewalle finished in that order at 12 seconds tor third and fourth... Damiano Cunego held on for 5th in the same time.


Podium: Domenico Pozzovivo, Daniel Martin and Jerome Baugnies
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

90th Tre Valli Varesine Results
199.130 km - 4:51:20 -41.011 km/h
1  Martin Daniel GRM Garmin - Transitions  -  4:51:20
2  Pozzovivo Domenico COG Colnago - CSF Inox  - 0:06
3  Baugnies Jerome TVP Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  - 0:12
4  Vandewalle Kristof TVP Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
5  Cunego Damiano LAM Lampre-Farnese Vini

6  Vandborg Brian LIQ Liquigas - Doimo
7  Visconti Giovanni ISD ISD - Neri
8  Santambrogio Mauro BMC BMC Racing Team
9  Gavazzi Francesco LAM Lampre-Farnese Vini
10  Finetto Mauro LIQ Liquigas - Doimo  - 0:12
11  Mori Manuele LAM Lampre-Farnese Vini
12  Bertagnolli Leonardo AND Androni Giocattoli/Serramenti Pvc
13  Bailetti Paolo FLM Ceramica Flaminia
14  Pinotti Marco THR Team HTC - Columbia
15  Golcer Jure DER De Rosa - Stac Plastic
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