Jose Serpa wins 2014 Trofeo Laigueglia

Jose Serpa becomes first Colombian to win Trofeo Laigueglia in Italy

Jose Serpa

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Colombian José Serpa of Lampre-Merida became the first from his country to win the Italian one-day classic, Trofeo Laigueglia. He fooled German Patrick Sinkewitz (Meridiana-Kamen) and after 181.2 kilometres, won the two-up sprint on the Italian Ligurian coast.

"Sinkewitz was the strongest on the climbs but [Matteo] Rabottini and I were able to struggle and hold on," Serpa told Italian website Tutto Bici. "I was struggling but stayed in his slipstream. I was even dropped at two kilometres out, but luckily Sinkewitz didn't notice and even lowered the pace. I was able to get on and not even work because I had [Diego] Ulissi behind who could win. The sprint was easy, Sinkewitz was very tired."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.