Live Coverage of Tre Valli Varesine - Elite Men

Race overview:

Distance: 192.9km

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the 2016 Tre Valli Varesine one-day race in Italy. 

Live commentary by Stephen Farrand

  1. 17:22:12 CEST

    Colbrelli thanked his Bardiani-CSF team for their support today and during the last five seasons. He will join the new Bahrain-Merida tam for 2017.


    "I felt good today and team backed me all day," he said after climbing on the top step of the podium. 


    "I followed Ulissi and Uran when they attacked in the finale. I was on my limit but so was everyone else."


    "This pays me back for all the hard work I’ve done in recent months and the hard work the Bardiani team has done for me. I’ve got to thank the team. I’ve had five great years with them."


  2. 17:18:18 CEST

    "Everyone wants to ride the worlds but at the end of the day it’s Davide (Cassani) choice and its up to him who he selects. I’m just happy to enjoy these races and winning them,” he said.


  3. 17:17:15 CEST

    While speaking after his victory, Colbrelli seems to have accepted that he isn't part of the Italian national team for Qatar.


  4. 17:02:53 CEST

    Colbrelli's victory is also important for his Bardiani-CSF team. They will be top of the season-long Coppa Italia ranking and so likely to secure an automatic invitation to the 2017 Giro d'Italia.


  5. 16:58:03 CEST

    This is the provisional top ten: 


    1 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 04:48:18
    2 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida
    3 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    4 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
    5 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
    6 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
    7 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange
    8 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
    9 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    10 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data


  6. 16:54:24 CEST

    Gilbert finished in sixth place. 


  7. 16:53:43 CEST

    That is Colbrelli's seventh win of 2016 and will surely secure him a place in the Italian team for the world championships.


  8. 16:52:31 CEST

    Gavazzi finished third with Slagter fourth and Visconti fifth. 


  9. 16:51:42 CEST

    Colbrelli went early but wins it! 


  10. 16:51:11 CEST

    Colbrelli and Ulissi go head to head in the sprint.


  11. 16:50:49 CEST

    It will be decided in a select sprint.


  12. 16:50:32 CEST

    10 chasers are also close. 


  13. 16:50:16 CEST

    Gavazzi is there too for Androni.


  14. 16:49:53 CEST

    Ulisse, Colbrelli jump across to Uran. 


  15. 16:49:28 CEST

    1km remaining from 192.9km

    Last KM!


  16. 16:49:16 CEST

    Uran is totally committed to this solo attack. 


  17. 16:48:54 CEST

    On the false flat Uran is opening a gap. 


  18. 16:48:26 CEST

    Uran goes across to him. but the others are chasing. 


  19. 16:48:00 CEST

    2km remaining from 192.9km

    But Brambilla attacks alone!


  20. 16:47:36 CEST

    Ulissi looks strong though and is a fast finisher.


  21. 16:47:11 CEST

    Ulisse opens a gap with three other riders. Aru is going across with Uran too. 


  22. 16:46:24 CEST

    Petilli is upping the pace for Ulisse, lining out the group.


  23. 16:45:44 CEST

    Lampre has three riders on the front on the twisting roads.


  24. 16:44:47 CEST

    4km remaining from 192.9km

    Lampre flood the front with their iconic blue-fuschia jersey.


  25. 16:43:05 CEST

    Riders are fighting for position near the front but nobody wants to commit to any attacks for now. The final climb up to the finish and the centre of Varese will be vital.


  26. 16:42:19 CEST

    Uran is there for Cannondale. 


  27. 16:41:45 CEST

    Diego Rosa picks up the speed as he works for Aru too. 


  28. 16:40:59 CEST

    Colbrelli closes the gap to Aru. Nibali is still there!


  29. 16:39:59 CEST

    There are 20 or so riders just behind him.


  30. 16:39:39 CEST

    Aru goes again! He tucks on his bike trying to find speed on the descent.


  31. 16:39:14 CEST

    The riders start the descent but De Marchi refuses to work and so the peloton closes.


  32. 16:38:33 CEST

    The attack is blowing the peloton apart. Vilella does a huge effort on the front. 


  33. 16:37:38 CEST

    He is followed by Vilella and Brambilla, who is riding for Italy today. 


  34. 16:37:09 CEST

    But it is Aru who attacks!


  35. 16:36:50 CEST

    Di Gregrio is caught and passed after giving it everything. Now Caruso and De March are riding for Gilbert.


  36. 16:36:02 CEST

    But BMC is still showing its strength as they chase Di Gregorio.


  37. 16:34:24 CEST

    The Montello climb begins in 2km and will surely see some action.


  38. 16:33:59 CEST

    However he is the first to hear the bell ring to start the final lap. The peloton is only 15 seconds  behind him.


  39. 16:33:24 CEST

    Remy di Gregorio (Delko) makes a lone attack but only has 100m. 


  40. 16:32:06 CEST

    15km remaining from 192.9km

    The riders are on the way back to the finish area. The slight climb is ideal for attacks but BMC is holding the race with a tight grip. 


  41. 16:29:13 CEST

    Gilbert seems to be BMC protected rider. The Belgian national champion will be expected to finish off the US team's work today.


  42. 16:28:28 CEST

    Lampre-Merida also has four riders up front protecting Ulisse. 


  43. 16:27:34 CEST

    Bardiani-CSF are up there, riding for Sonny Colbrelli today.


  44. 16:27:13 CEST

    Behind BMC the teams lining up ready for any important attacks.


  45. 16:24:08 CEST

    BMC is setting a high pace, which is deterring any serious attacks.


  46. 16:18:59 CEST

    There are 70 or so riders left in the front peloton.


  47. 16:18:29 CEST

    Perhaps BMC is working for Gilbert today.


  48. 16:17:23 CEST

    BMC has taken control of the peloton and is setting the pace as the climb out of Varese begins.


  49. 16:16:30 CEST

    According to Italian television the injured policeman on the moto has a fractured hip. He has been taken to hospital. 


  50. 16:15:52 CEST

    The break has faded and been swept up just as the riders pass through the finish. There are 25km to go. 


  51. 16:14:52 CEST

    The climb up to the finish area in the centre of Varese is hurting the riders.

  52. 16:11:19 CEST

    Barguil and Elissonde try to go clear of the peloton but they are being quickly pulled back. 


  53. 16:09:49 CEST

    Sadly there has been an accident during the race, with a police motorbike hitting a car on the race route.  


  54. 16:07:01 CEST

    The break and peloton are both hesitant at the moment. Nobody is ready to commit to an attack or chase.


  55. 16:04:15 CEST

    of course the tuck was created by other riders but the Briton made it famous during this year's Tour de France when he attacked on a descent to win in Bagneres de Luchon.


  56. 16:03:05 CEST

    On the descent Slagter even uses the 'Froome' tuck pedal position to open a gap.


  57. 16:02:36 CEST

    Slagter drives the speed on the Montello climb. He wants to stay away, not wait for any big names to come across.


  58. 16:01:20 CEST

    Slagter is up there for Cannondale, De Marchi is BMC man up front.  


  59. 15:58:47 CEST

    Quintana makes it on to create a 10-rider attack. Giant is chasing behind. 


  60. 15:57:42 CEST

    38km remaining from 192.9km

    The attackers pass under the finish arch but the peloton is chasing them and is not far behind. 


  61. 15:56:56 CEST

    As the riders head towards the finish area, A Movistar is also trying to jump across, it's Dayer Quintana who makes a move.  


  62. 15:55:27 CEST

    Gogl of Tinkoff also gets across to create a nine-rider move, meaning many of the big teams are represented in the move. 


  63. 15:54:17 CEST

    Magnus Nielsen (Orica) is also going across. The Australian team has its Euro base nearby and will be keen to win.


  64. 15:53:08 CEST

    Local rider Ivan Santamorita is trying to get across to the six. He's riding for the Italian national squad today.


  65. 15:51:27 CEST

    We have six riders up front in the attack. 


  66. 15:48:28 CEST

    Fuglsang looks perfect on his bike. He has an excellent position that allows him to ride efficiently.  


  67. 15:47:33 CEST

    De Marchi of BMC and Fuglsang of Astana sparks a new attack as the peloton closed down the first move. We are likely to see a lot more attacks and a lot more selection.  


  68. 15:45:41 CEST

    Rosa and Aru are there for Astana, keen to push the move clear.


  69. 15:45:14 CEST

    As expected we have a new attack, with the peloton splintered behind on the Montello climb. 


  70. 15:40:35 CEST

    50km remaining from 192.9km

    The peloton is within reach of the break and so the finale is about to begin of this year's race. 


  71. 15:37:02 CEST

    Nibali kicks clear again as gets a taste of racing again after 52 days out due to is Olympic crash and collarbone fracture.


  72. 15:36:23 CEST

    Moser kicked the attack off with Nibali joining him. However other risers are moving too.   


  73. 15:35:20 CEST

    As the gap drops below a minute, we have an attack behind.  


  74. 15:29:14 CEST

    Cannondale has seven riders on the front now. Are they celebrating the news that Taylor Phinney will ride win the green argyle in 2017? 


    Click here to read the news of Phinney's move from BMC to Cannondale.


    Taylor Phinney (BMC) signs in for Eneco Tour





  75. 15:26:37 CEST

    As the race hits the Montello climb again, the gap falls. The three are perhaps tiring and so losing ground as the peloton gets ready for the finale.  


  76. 15:20:53 CEST

    Here comes the gruppo, passing through the finish 1:50 down on the three riders in the break.  


  77. 15:19:24 CEST

    The break passes through the finish re with five laps to go, meaning there are 59km left to race.


  78. 15:18:46 CEST

    The three riders in the break are taking on extra bidons from roadside soigneur. They will need them today.  


  79. 15:17:16 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali is back racing today. He's still in the peloton despite the fast speed.


    Click here to see what he said about his return.   



    Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is aiming for the gold medal in Rio


  80. 15:14:48 CEST

    This course is different to the one used for the 2008 world championships however it is very similar, with rolling roads, lots of corners and a very balanced race which usually produces a thrilling finale.


  81. 15:12:24 CEST

    Also in the Cannondale squad today are Moreno Moser, Michael Woods, Matti Breschel, Tom-Jelte Slagter and Davide Vilella, who has done so well in recent WorldTour one day races.   


  82. 15:09:45 CEST

    68km remaining from 192.9km

    The gap is down to 1:50 as the break tackles the Montello climb again.


  83. 15:08:44 CEST

    It will be fascinating to see how the race develops as the rolling 12.8km circuit hurts the riders.  


  84. 15:03:41 CEST

    Zak Dempster rides for Bora-ARgon 18 and has confirmed he will leave the German team at the end of the season following the arrival of Peter Sagan.


    It's actually his 29th birthday and so he's decided to celebrate in style.   




  85. 15:02:01 CEST

    There are six laps of the circuit remaining with the gap melting in the early autumn heat of northern Italy. 


  86. 14:55:48 CEST

    The Giant-Alpecin team is also well placed near the front of the peloton but are letting Cannondale and Topsport do the work. 


  87. 14:49:45 CEST

    The gap is falling fast and down to 3:30. It seems Cannondale want a hard race, perhaps for Rigoberto Uran. 


  88. 14:40:41 CEST

    Each of the nine laps of the Varese circuit covers 12.8km. It includes the Montello climb but is not especially testing, giving aggressive, fast finishing riders a chance of victory. 


  89. 14:38:57 CEST

    Skujins and Cardoso are doing the hard work for Cannondale on the front. 


  90. 14:38:24 CEST

    The peloton let them go and their lead extended to close to nine minutes. A reaction behind with Cannondale - Drapac and Topsport Vlaanderen doing much of the work helped the gap fall to 5:00.  


  91. 14:36:21 CEST

    After a fast start to the race, the early break of the day formed after 30km of attacks. In the move are Eduard Grosu (Nippo - Fantini), Zak Dempster (Bora - Argon18) andIgor Boev (Gazprom - Rusvelo).



  92. 14:34:10 CEST

    The race is covering the second of nine circuits around the city of Varese, northeast of Milan after a long section from the start in Saronno.   


  93. 14:32:58 CEST

     As we join the action the riders have around 100km left to race.