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Albasini wins in Italy, Wellens in Belgium, Denmark cancelled: Your Daily News Digest
With just over a week to go until the world road race championships, Swiss rider Michael Albasini showed strong form with a sprint win in the Coppa Agostoni. The Orica-Scott rider was riding the race as part of his country’s national team and proved too fast for Marco Canola (Nippo – Vini Fantini), Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli) and Alberto Bettiol (Italian National Team).
Michael Albasini just won the @CoppaAgostoni. Congratulations and fingers crossed already for the World Championships next week in Norway ???????? pic.twitter.com/3Jbyd17sVN
— Swiss Cycling (@swisscycling) September 13, 2017
The gallop at the end of the race was from a select group of less than 40 riders, with the list of contenders thinned out by the tough course and the aggressive racing. Early on seven riders got clear, with Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida), Shane Archbold (Bora-Hansgrohe), Samuel Mugisha (Dimension Data), Luca Wackermann (Bardiani-CSF), Matthias Krizek (Tirol Cycling Team), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fortuneo-Oscaro) and Angel Ruiz Madrazo (Delko Marseille) opening a six-minute gap.
This septet was hewn down to three due to accents of the Colle Brianza, leaving Perichon, Padun and Madrazo out front. Padun then pushed ahead and was joined by Egan Bernal (Androni-Sidermec), but they were caught on the finishing circuit.
A subsequent move comprising Perichon and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina) opened some daylight but was reeled in before the gallop into Lissone.
Speaking afterwards, Albasini said that he positioned himself on the Androni train, noting that they had several riders left. He launched from a long way out but was fresh enough to hold on.
Nippo - Vini Fantini
Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia