Ulissi was 2nd in the Tre Valli Varesine (192,9 km), which started from Saronno and finished in Varese.
The result was the same of the Coppa Agostoni, when also in that race LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain had been preceded by Colbrelli.
A breakaway of three riders (Boev, Dempster and Grosu), which went clear in the early kilometers of the race, had a maximum advantage of 9’40”.
LAMPRE-MERIDA became protagonist when, after that the breakaway had been neutralized, Niemiec followed an attack by De Marchi and Fuglsang on the top of the climb of Montello.
The attackers, who were joined by Slagter, Velasco, Roy, Santaromita, Gogl, Cort Nielsen and Dyer Quintana, led the race for almost one lap of the final circuit of 12,8 km (to be covered 9 times) in Varese, before the bunch bridged the gap.
In the final kilometers of the race, the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists Petilli and Mori leaded the peloton raising the speed in order to launch Ulissi, who tried to select the head group on the last hill of the course.
He also bridged the gap in he final kilometers to the duo of counter attackers Brambilla and Uran and he tried to launch the sprint of the selected group earlier than usual, in order to try to anticipate Colbrelli (photo Bettini), who was the fastest rider of the group.
Ulissi crossed the finish line few meters behind Colbrelli, obtaining the 2nd place.
“After I had obtained a series of good results, my goal was the victory in the Tre Valli Varesine – Ulissi explained – All the necessary conditions were ok, thanks to a great team, good legs and a course which was suitable for me.
Unfortunately, I did not receive cooperation in the attempt to select the group and to precede Colbrelli: Sonny was the fastest and he was great on the climbs too, so I feel he deserved the victory“.
1- Colbrelli 4h48’18”
2- Ulissi s.t.
3- Gavazzi s.t.
4- Slagter s.t.
22- Mori 16″, 60- Niemiec 1’39”, 62- Petilli s.t., 63- Masnada s.t., 75- Durasek 3’39”, Koshevoy dnf, Polanc dnf