As usual Giro dell’Appennino was decided on the demanding climb of Passo della Bocchetta with 50km to go. Here a small group of 14 riders attacked, with inside Pagani and Zardini as stopper. Behind the chasers, with only 0:25 seconds atop of the climb, were led by Colbrelli and Battaglin. During the following uphill of Passo della Castagnola (38km to go), the second group joined the first and then also Pirazzi bridged the gap. So the #Greenteam with five riders in front, started to managed the leading group to bring Colbrelli to the final sprint.
This situation continued also when a third group of charsers joined the leaders, composing a peloton of 42 riders ahead. Pagani, Zardini, Battaglin and Pirazzi made a stunning work in front preventing any attacks. Inside the last km was Colbrelli’s time. He waited till 250 meters then he jumped out from the wheel of Boel (VFN) and went to win clearly the Giro dell’Appennino.
Also Battaglin sprinted and he crossed the line in 7th place, completing another fantastic day for the team.
”The win in Slovenie was a turning point and today I had the confirmation. I believed to this success and with me the whole squad that also today was really strong. In the finale we managed the race in a perfect way. Then when arrived my time, I followed Bole and pipped him with 250 meters to go. Anyway all the squad is having a great shape and I’m confidence that we can make a super Italian Championship this weekend”.
Roberto Reverberi, Sport Director:
”We knew to be favourites but comply the odds is always hard. Today we made the type of race that we planned in the morning. On the Bocchetta we put two riders in the leading group in a passive way. Then when Colbrelli, Battaglin and Pirazzi bridged, we started to work in front. Also when a thrid group joined us we didn’t lost but we were strong to continue our tactics. Then Colbrelli was smart to wait the right moment to get out because the final straight had a slight slope and it wasn’t an easy sprint. He won really well and showing what we’re saying since February, Sonny needed to unlock and everything would have been easier”.
Top 25 Finishers
1 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 4:44:14 2 Grega Bole (Slo) Vini-Fantini-Nippo 3 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia 4 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo 5 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Area Zero Team 6 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) RusVelo 7 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 8 Antonio Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 9 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo 10 Sergei Pomoshnikov (Rus) RusVelo 11 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka12 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team13 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo 14 Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis – Trevigiani 15 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 16 Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Vega – Hotsand 17 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia 18 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia 19 Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 20 Alessio Camilli (Ita) Vega – Hotsand 21 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil22 Dmitry Ignatyev (Rus) Itera – Katusha 23 Alessio Marchetti (Ita) Radenska 24 Primož Roglic (Slo) Adria Mobil 25 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Vini-Fantini-Nippo
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