2013 Review – Part 6

Ride London Classic Aug 4

We got the expected sprint finish but some of the big names missed out.Sagan,Goss and Ciolek were off the pace and finished down the field.

With 3km to go we had FDJ,Orica,Argos,Garmin,Vacansoleil and Bardiani close to the front.

Garmin decided to take control with 2km remaining and they looked to be in control but they ran out of men.

As we approached the finale we had Soupe deliver Demare to the front of the race and he executed a good sprint.It was a really good win for the young Frenchman,with Modolo 2nd and Martinez 3rd.

Tour of Utah Aug 6-11

Stage 1 – It looked like being a sprint finish but Greg Van Avermaet attacked from 1km out and stole the win,Michael Matthews was 2nd.

Stage 2 – This time we got the sprint and Michael Matthews got his revenge on GVA and their positions were reversed.

Stage 3 – We had a massive break,it involved some strong riders.As the riders made their way up the climb and the break splintered,it was Lachlan Morton that attacked out of the peloton.He continued on the descent and took a brilliant stage win,finishing 34 seconds ahead of the pack,with GVA finishing 2nd.

Stage 4 – The uphill sprint was won by Michael Matthews,with GVA 2nd.

Stage 5 – Big mountaintop finish and it was the old-timers,Chris Horner and Tom Danielson,that fought out the stage win.It was Horner that took it and rode into the overall lead,with Danielson on the same time.

Stage 6 – Another big mountain stage to settle the GC.Danielson managed to put Horner to the sword and claim the overall win,with a 3rd place finish on the stage.It was Francisco Mancebo winning the stage,with Janier Acevedo 2nd.

GC – Danielson,Horner,Acevedo.

Vuelta a Burgos Aug 7-11

A very important race for Vincenzo Nibali,after a poor Tour of Poland.The Vuelta was just over 2 weeks away!

Stage 1 – We finished on a steep uphill finish and it was Nibali that blew the peloton to pieces with a fierce burst,but it wasn’t to set himself up,it was for teammate Simone Ponzi.He burst away and took the stage from Daniele Ratto and Sergi Chernetskii.

Stage 2 – Orica did a good job bringing the peloton to the final,uphill sprint but when Quintana attacked,all hell broke loose.There were a number of attacks but when Jens Keukeleire attacked,no one could follow.He took a very impressive stage win,with Nocentini and Cataldo behind him.

Stage 3 – Another uphill sprint.It was FDJ who took control of the lead-out,they were looking to set-up the race leader,Anthony Roux.It seemed that Roux was reluctant to open his sprint too early and he got jumped by stage 2 winner,Jens Keukeleire.Just like stage 2,when he attacked the others couldn’t follow.2nd place was Roux and 3rd was Ratto.

Stage 4 – Yes,you guessed it,we had another uphill sprint finish.Orica had pulled Keukeleire to go and ride the Eneco Tour,so they were riding for Leigh Horward.Yet again,they did a good lead-out but Horward was poor.Anthony Roux seemed like he was going to win,until some shoulder barging from Ratto.The Italian crossed the line 1st but was relegated due to a dangerous sprint.Roux was awarded 1st with Ponzi 2nd and Lasca 3rd.

Stage 5 – We had a mountaintop finish into Lagunas de Neila,to settle the GC.Vincenzo Nibali was looking to test his legs ahead of the Vuelta and he attacked with over 5km remaining.Quintana and Basso went with him,but the Colombian wasn’t taking any turns,leaving it to the Italians.David Arroyo managed to join up with them to make it a front 4.We had the brilliant sight of the chasing group getting blown off the road by the helicopter!Back up front it was still the Italians setting the pace.

With 2km to go it was Arroyo that attacked and the others looked at each other.Nibali let fly with 1km remaining but he couldn’t shift Quintana and as they approached Arroyo,it was Quintana that attacked and Nibali couldn’t follow.The little Colombian went on to claim the stage and the overall title,2nd was Arroyo and 3rd Nibali.

A brilliant win for Quintana and positive signs for Nibali and Arroyo,ahead of the Vuelta.

Arctic Race of Norway Aug 8-11

Stage 1 – A sprint finish and the expected Thor Hushovd win didn’t happen.Argos were in control of the sprint but Kenny Van Hummel took a flyer up the inside and claimed the stage,with Markus(Vacansoleil) 2nd and Selig(Katusha) 3rd.

Stage 2 – Another flat day,with a sprint finish.A perfect lead-out by BMC and Hushovd delivered with the stage win,2nd was Van Asbroeck(Topsport) and 3rd was Haller(Katusha).

Stage 3 – Another sprint finish and Argos finally got their sprint train sorted.It was Nikias Arndt that took the stage with Van Hummel 2nd and Markus 3rd.This meant that Van Hummel was race leader,3 seconds clear of home favourite Hushovd.

Stage 4 – The final stage had an uphill finish and it was going to be very interesting to see how the GC unfolded.Belkin hit the front at the perfect time and Paul Martens was in a great position.Martens launched his sprint but he started to slow just as they approached the line and the God of Thunder managed to just pip him on the line.It was a brilliant result for Hushovd,claiming the stage and GC.

Tour de l’Ain Aug 9-13

Prologue – It was 4.5km long with an uphill finish and it was Gianni Meersman that won from teammate Dries Devenyns,there was less than 1 second between them.

Stage 1  – The sprint was surprisingly won by Leonardo Duque of Colombia,with Yannick Martinez(La Pomme Marseille) 2nd and Romain Feillu(Vacansoleil) 3rd.

Stage 2 – The uphill sprint was won by Grega Bole(Vacansoleil),with Fabio Felline(Androni) 2nd and Fabian Wegmann(Garmin) 3rd.

Stage 3 – A very strong group got away from the peloton on the penultimate climb of the day,the Col de Menthieres,It included Pinot,Elissonde,Bardet,Gadret,Slagter and LL Sanchez.The Spaniard went on to claim the win,with Slagter 2nd and Bardet 3rd.It meant that Slagter went into the race lead,just 4 seconds ahead of Sanchez and 22 seconds ahead of Bardet,back in 4th.

Stage 4 – The riders faced the Col du Grand Colombier,but it crested around 40km from the end,so tactics were going to be important.AG2R sent Bardet away with Dupont and they took Poels with them.After the climb was over,Bardet and Poels continued on to the end of the stage,with the Dutchman taking the stage and Bardet a very impressive GC victory.

Eneco Tour Aug 12-18

The race organisers decided to make the race a bit harder by adding in a 2nd tough day of climbing and it helped contribute to a great race.

Stage 1 – We were expecting a sprint finish but the run-in to town was very technical and Belkin played a clever game.With 1km to go,they sent Mark Renshaw off the front and the other teams paused.The hesitation was crucial in allowing Renshaw enough time to claim the stage win,Greipel was 2nd and Nizzolo 3rd.It was a very poor piece of riding by Lotto.

Stage 2 – The stage ended with a fierce uphill finish,it was about 6% for 1km.Garmin were thinking of setting up Tyler Farrar and they tried to control the finish.It looked like a stage made for Gilbert,but it didn’t work out that way.Garmin ended up doing too much work from the 6km mark and as we approached the final kilometre it was OPQS leading the bunch,for Alessandro Petacchi.As the climb started to hurt it was BMC that hit the front with Gilbert perfectly placed,in 2nd position.As he started his sprint he was overtaken by Arnaud Demare.The young Frenchman,delivered a perfect sprint and claimed the win from Gilbert and Farrar.

Stage 3 – Lotto were working hard to make it a bunch sprint for Greipel but Jurgen Roelandts forgot to look round and he created a gap at the the front of the peloton,with just over 1km to go.Richeze and Stybar followed him and Boom,sensing danger,brilliantly made it across to them.As the 4 approached the line,Boom launched his sprint, but he went to soon.Richeze got on his wheel,but when he attacked Stybar passed him and claimed a brilliant win.

Stage 4 – After missing out on the opening 3 stages,Andre Greipel was a man with a point to prove.A crash ended the race for Theo Bos,but Belkin were still trying for a sprint,as Lars Boom was heading into his hometown.Lotto did a good job and Greipel delivered a dominant sprint,to claim an easy win.Boom was 2nd and took over the race lead.

Stage 5 – We were all set for the 13.2km ITT and the battle between Phinney and Wiggins.Both disappointed and the stage was claimed by Sylvain Chavanel,just 4 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin and Jesse Sergent.Boom did enough to retain the race lead.

Stage 6 – A brilliant stage that featured 3 climbs of La Redoute,including the end of the race.Gilbert crashed early in the stage,and despite rejoining the peloton,he never looked the same.Due to the rolling nature,we had groups all over the place.The morning break had some talented riders and with 10km left Lopez,Madrazo and Paterski were still out front.The 2nd group featured Jeannesson,Stybar,Bakelants,Grivko,Dumoulin,Westra and Impey,but not there was Chavanel,Boom and Gilbert.That meant that the overall lead was going to change hands.It was going to be Dumoulin that was going into the overall lead and he was working very hard on the front of the 2nd group.

As we hit the final climb there was only a matter of metres between the 1st and 2nd group.David Lopez attacked from the 1st group,as Jan Bakelants attacked from the 2nd.The groups remained about 25 metres apart and with 200 metres remaining,Madrazo attacked.Lopez easily matched him before going past and claiming the stage win.Stybar put in a blistering attack to claim 2nd place,ahead of Paterski.This put Dumoulin in the lead,just 9 seconds ahead of Stybar.

Stage 7 – Another very difficult stage,it ended with the hard climb of the Muur van Geraardsbergen.The morning break had 3 riders remaining with 35km to go,there was Ligthart,Stannard and Greipel.The German was trying to claim enough sprint points to take the red jersey.With 30km to go,it was down to Stannard and Greipel.RadioShack were riding hard on the front of the peloton,as they wanted a stage win for Bakelants.OPQS were also helping out as Dumoulin was looking isolated.The peloton split to pieces on one of the climbs and Chavanel broke clear with Oss and Kelderman.Chava was 50 seconds behind the race leader,and he was under severe pressure.

With 20km to go,the impressive Ian Stannard decided to go solo.

With lots of teams wanting a stage win,the break of Chavanel was doomed and they were caught with 6km to go,but Stannard still had a 35 second lead.Stybar took everyone by surprise by attacking on the penultimate climb of the day.His powerful attack was too difficult for anyone else to follow.It seemed a dangerous tactic as there was 5km remaining but he knew what he was doing.Stannard battled hard and even attacked on the final climb,but Stybar easily won the stage.The Englishman hung on to 2nd place and Lars Boom claimed 3rd(enough to claim the red jersey).

A brilliant GC win for Stybar with Dumoulin 2nd and Grivko 3rd.

Tour des Fjords Aug 16-18

Stage 1 – A break of 4 managed to stay away till the end.We had Teunissen(Rabobank Development),Waeytens(Topsport),Nordhaug(Belkin) and Chernetskii(Katusha).The Katusha rider was refusing to help with the pace setting,claiming to be tired and it was he that managed to jump the break and claim the stage win.Not a very popular rider!

Stage 2 – We got a fairly messy sprint finish and it was won by Alexander Kristoff of Katusha,Belkin claimed 2nd and 3rd with Robert Wagner and Jetse Bol.

Stage 3 – The 24km TTT was won by Katusha,2 seconds clear of Belkin.This meant that Chernetskii was 30 seconds clear of Nardhaug going into the final stage.

Stage 4 – As the break was about to be got,with just 2km to go,we had an attack from Tulik of Europcar.All of Katusha were trying to set up Kristoff but they couldn’t bring the lone rider back and he claimed a great win,with Van Asbroeck 2nd and Kristoff 3rd.

A deserved win for Chernetskii after going close in Austria and Burgos.

USA Pro Challenge Aug 19-25

Stage 1 – Easy win for Sagan,with GVA 2nd and Reijnen 3rd.

Stage 2 – There was 2 difficult climbs near the end of the race and a break of 3 got away:Morton,Frank and Craddock.On the final,steep climb it was Morton that let rip but Frank stayed with him and then passed him.Back in the peloton,Peter Sagan decided to do an uphill sprint and blew all riders away,apart from Van Garderen.All riders flew down the descent and Frank won the stage,Morton was 2nd and Sagan 3rd.It was Morton that took over the yellow jersey.

Stage 3 – Another easy sprint for Sagan,with Mezgec 2nd and Anderson 3rd.

Stage 4 – A massive day for the GC riders with 2 difficult climbs in the last 20km.We had the yellow jersey of Morton working hard for Tom Danielson.He set a very fast pace on the climb and thinned the peloton down.After his turn was finished it was BMC setting the pace for TJ Van Garderen.Very quickly there was just 4 riders left:Frank,Van Garderen,Danielson and Acevedo.Once Frank had emptied himself for his leader the 3 crested the penultimate climb together but on a wet descent Tom Danielson went too carefully and Acevedo and Van Garderen distanced him.On the final climb,the 2 riders worked well together and they agreed to let Acevedo claim the stage,TJ was 2nd and Frank 3rd.The American moved into a strong position on the GC.

Stage 5 – The riders faced a 16.1km mountain TT.Van Garderen claimed the win,4 seconds clear of Talansky and a massive 1:02 ahead of 3rd placed,Tom Danielson.

Stage 6 – Another sprint win for Sagan,with Mezgec 2nd and GVA 3rd.

Stage 7 – Peter Sagan took the final stage(his 4th),with Anderson 2nd and Bazzana 3rd.

Van Garderen was the big favourite and he delivered a brilliant performance,2nd was teammate Mathias Frank and 3rd was Tom Danielson.

Tour du Limousin Aug 20-23

Stage 1 – The uphill sprint was won by Martin Elmiger,beating Arashiro to the line.A great start to the race for the Swiss rider.

Stage 2 – Another uphill finish and we got a bunch sprint,it was won by Andrea Pasqualon of Bardiani,with Sanz Unzue(Movistar) 2nd and Simon(Sojasun) 3rd.

Stage 3 – Another lumpy day and it was Matthieu Ladagnous of FDJ that claimed the bunch sprint.Julien Simon was 2nd and Antonio Parrinello(Androni) 3rd.

Stage 4 – The final stage and another uphill finish.It was Stephane Rossetto of BigMat that claimed a good stage win,with Levarlet(Cofidis) 2nd and Madrazo(Movistar) 3rd.An excellent overall win for Martin Elmiger of IAM cycling.

Coppa Agostoni Aug 21

The race is very flat until near the end,when the riders face 5 short,steep climbs and then a flat finish.

2 men attacked out of the bunch on one of these climbs:Aru and Durasek.This meant that Astana and Lampre could sit back and rest in the peloton.Androni sensed a problem and set Facchini across to make a front group of 3.

As the riders started the Cagliano climb,4.2km at 7.5%,we had more attacks out of the peloton.All the action soon brought back Facchini and we were left with Aru and Durasek out front.With a flat run to the finish,the climbers were keeping the pace high on the climb,in the hope of distancing the sprinters.This significantly reduced the peloton and sensing an opportunity,Rebellin and Sinkewitz bridged across to the leaders and they were soon joined by Edoardo Zardini of Bardiani.As the climb was crested the front group swelled to 8 as Facchini,Rovny and Mucelli joined up.

On the descent we had a chase group of 10,including Pellizotti and 3 Bardiani riders.

The next climb was the Lissolo,2.1km at 9%.

Sinkewitz decided to set the pace on the lower slopes of the climb and see who he could lose.He didn’t lose anyone and Aru attacked,creating a small gap as they crested the climb.With 25km left,he had a gap of around 10 seconds on the 7 chasers,and it wasn’t long until they caught him.

With 20km remaining the gap was around the 1:30 mark.

The small peloton was working hard and the gap was reduced to 1 minute with 10km left.It was going to be close as Vini Fantini,Lampre and Astana were all working in the peloton,as they had sprinters.

Inside the final 10 kilometres,the break started to attack each other and they lost their opportunity as there was a re-groupment with the peloton.The last 2 to be caught were Facchini and Mucelli,this happened with just metres remaining.The sprint was well won by Filippo Pozzato,with Ponzi(Astana) 2nd and Zamparella(Utensilnord) 3rd.

A good tactical race by Lampre.

Coppa Bernocchi Aug 22

A much flatter 1 day race and we got the expected bunch sprint.

Bardiani set the sprint up perfectly,and the in-form Modolo powered to the win.Ferrari(Lampre) was 2nd and Baggio(Ceramica) was 3rd.

Vuelta Espana Aug 24-Sep 15

Stage 1 – The opening 27.4km TTT was won by Astana,10 seconds clear of Radioshack.This put Janez Brajkovic into the red jersey.

Stage 2 – A mountaintop finish on only the 2nd stage!Movistar set a very fast pace on the climb and it ended the hopes of Betancur,Henao,Sanchez and Brajkovic.With 1.5km left it was Konig of NetApp that attacked.He managed to create a gap and the GC riders looked at each other.Eventually Dani Moreno and Nico Roche tried to bridge over,along with Pozzovivo.The 4 came together inside the final kilometre and Konig was stuck on the front,Pozzovivo attacked first.Nico Roche put in a massive attack and got away to claim a brilliant stage win,with Moreno 2nd and Pozzovivo 3rd.This put Nibali into the red jersey.

Stage 3 – The stage ended with a short,steep cat 3 climb.This first big attack was from Ivan Santaromita of BMC and he had 7 seconds with 1km left.As the GC riders stuttered it was Chris Horner that attacked.He blew past the Italian and went on to claim the stage and the red jersey.Finishing fast behind him was Valverde and Rodriguez but another stage lost by Movistar and Katusha.

Stage 4 – Yet another uphill finish!The big question was whether the sprinters that can climb a bit would reach the end?Orica were working hard for Michael Matthews,Sky were looking for EBH and OPQS for Gianni Meersman.Once the climb started it was Astana that took control to discourage any GC attacks.With 1km to go it was Flecha that attacked but Dani Moreno went after him.The Spaniard powered on,chased by Cancellara,and he claimed the stage,with Cancellara 2nd and Matthews 3rd.At last Katusha get it right but another missed opportunity for Movistar and Valverde.

Stage 5 – 5 stages in and we had our first sprint finish.Argos dominated the peloton and set up the sprint for Nikias Arndt but Michael Matthews was on his wheel.The Aussie launched his sprint first and displayed strength and speed to claim the stage,with Richeze 2nd and Meersman 3rd.

Stage 6 – The day Tony Martin almost did the impossible!He went on a solo break from the off and got caught 5 metres from the end,heartbreak for the German and all cycling fans.The chase behind was messy and no sprint trains were evident,it was Michael Morkov that took the win,with Richeze 2nd and Cancellara 3rd.

Stage 7 – Another day where the sprint teams got it all wrong.Gilbert and Stybar attacked with 5km left and they managed to hold off a poorly organised peloton to sprint out the win.Stybar took the stage,with Gilbert 2nd and Robert Wagner 3rd.

Stage 8 – Back to the mountains and a mountaintop finish.With 2km left it was Konig that attacked from the GC group and Pinot followed.Also joining them was Basso,Roche and Moreno.They were chasing Igor Anton,who had attacked earlier and Konig attempted to bridge over.He caught him with 500 metres remaining and hung on to claim an amazing stage win for NetApp.Dani Moreno was 2nd and Roche was 3rd,this put Roche into the red jersey.

Stage 9 – A brilliant stage finishing with the very steep climb up to Valdepenas de Jaen.Katusha tried to set up Dani Moreno and he didn’t disappoint.He claimed the stage and the red jersey,by 1 second.2nd on the stage was Valverde and 3rd was Rodriguez.

Stage 10 – A big day in the mountains.After some attacks by the GC riders it was Chris Horner that put in the telling attack.He got away and the others still played with each other.Nibali,eventually,managed to break clear and chase Horner.The American claimed the stage,48 seconds clear of Nibali and 1:02 ahead of Valverde.This put Horner back into the red jersey.

Stage 11 – The 38.8km ITT featured a climb and a descent.It was claimed by Fabian Cancellara,he was 37 seconds faster than Tony Martin.Incredibly it was Pozzovivo that finished 3rd and Nibali 4th.This put the Italian back into red,33 seconds clear of Roche.

Stage 12 – A spint finish but the final 500 metres was a steep uphill ramp.Orica were in control for Matthews but they quickly disappeared.Edvald Boasson Hagen was the first to launch his sprint and he looked like winning,but the world champion managed to power past him to claim his first win in the rainbow jersey.A great day for Gilbert.

Stage 13 – A day for the break and it was Warren Burguil claiming the win for Argos,2nd was Nocentini and 3rd was Mollema.

Stage 14 – A brutal stage with Basso, and LL Sanchez retiring due to hypothermia.16 riders,in total,didn’t finish the stage.Daniele Ratto was in the morning break  and he hung on to claim the stage.Nibali and Horner got clear of the others and finished 2nd and 3rd.

Stage 15 – Another breakaway win with Alexandre Geniez claiming a great win for FDJ.2nd place was Scarponi and 3rd was Roche.The GC riders finished together.

Stage 16 – A break again!A massive break approached the final climb and it was another win for France and Warren Barguil.He somehow managed to hold off Uran and claim the win in a photo finish,with Huzarski 3rd.Vincenzo Nibali cracked on the final slopes and lost over 20 seconds to his rivals.

Stage 17 – It should have been a sprint finish but the sprinters teams lacked numbers and Bauke Mollema managed to nip away in the closing stages to steal the win,with EBH 2nd and Richeze 3rd.

Stage 18 – The stage ended with the brutal climb of Pena Cabarga.The Sky rider,Kiryienka,was in the morning break and what a ride by him to hold on for the victory.2nd was CA Sorensen and 3rd was Adam Hansen.Back with the GC riders,Horner managed to distance Nibali and moved to only 3 seconds behind him on GC.

Stage 19 – Another stage with a short,steep climb to end.It was perfect for Joaquim Rodriguez and when he attacked no one could follow.He claimed the stage from Ulisi and Morneo.Horner finished 6 seconds ahead of Nibali and moved back into the red jersey.

Stage 20 – Wow!An amazing battle between Nibali and Horner on the slopes of the Angliru.The Italian threw everything he had at Chris Horner,but couldn’t break him.The morning break again managed to stay away,with Kenny Elissonde claiming another win for FDJ and France.Horner finished 2nd to claim the GC,with Valverde 3rd.

Stage 21 – 1 last sprint finish and Michael Matthews took the stage from Farrar and Arndt.

GC – Horner,Nibali,Valverde,Rodriguez,Roche,Pozzovivo,Pinot,Sanchez,Konig,Moreno.

Points – Valverde

KOTM – Edet

Another brilliant edition of La Vuelta,can’t wait till the next one.

Tour de l’Avenir Aug 25-31

Prologue – The 5.1km prologue was won by Alexis Gougeard of France,4 seconds clear of Lasse Norman Hansen and Julian Alaphilippe.

Stage 1 – The sprint was won by Caleb Ewan of Australia,2nd was Rick Zabel(Germany) and 3rd was Alaphilippe.

Stage 2 – Another sprint finish and another win for Caleb Ewan.This time he just beat Sondre Holst Enger of Norway,and Alaphilippe was 3rd for the 3rd stage running!

Stage 3 – Bored of a sprint,we had a late attack and a win for Michael Valgren Anderson of Denmark,with Gavin Mannion(USA) 2nd.The peloton was led home by Caleb Ewan,just 3 seconds back.

Stage 4 – A big day for the GC with the stage ending on the Col de la Madeleine.The stage was brilliantly won by Ruben Fernandez of Spain.It was a dominant performance,coming home 1:38 ahead of Patrick Konrad(Austria) and 1:42 clear of Simon Yates(GB).Finishing 4th was Parra of Colombia and it’s interesting to note that both Fernandez and Parra will ride for Caja Rural in 2014.This put Fernandez clear on GC.

Stage 5 – A strong break formed over the top of the final climb and the Yates twins managed to claim a brilliant 1st and 2nd.It was Simon winning and Adam 2nd,3rd went to Alexis Gougeard.The peloton finished 37 seconds back.

Stage 6 – The stage ended with a long 20km uphill drag into Chatel,with a steep,short climb of Le Jardy at the end.A group of 4 broke clear at the end and Simon Yates took the stage from Matej Mohoric and Clement Chevrier.The peloton finished 55 seconds back.

Stage 7 – The final stage ended with the climb up to Plateau des Glieres.After 3 3rd places it was finally time for Julian Alaphilippe to get a win.He attacked on the climb and rode strong to win the stage by 51 seconds to Matej Mohoric and 1:39 to Adam Yates.

That meant that Ruben Fernandez won the GC from Adam Yates and Patrick Konrad.

Vattenfall Classics Aug 25

As expected the race ended in a sprint finish.In the final few kilometres we had the sprint trains of Katusha,Lotto,FDJ and Argos all fighting for some space.Degenkolb was in a brilliant position and when Rojas launched the sprint,the big German,sat in his slipstream,then powered past.Greipel was on his wheel but didn’t have the power to get past his countryman.So Degenkolb was 1st,Greipel 2nd and Kristoff 3rd.

Memorial Marco Pantani Aug 31

Back to Italy to end the month.The 200km race does feature 7 climbs but has a 30km flat run-in.A large break formed and it contained many Androni riders,including Fabio Felline.Bardiani were at the front of the peloton,riding hard.They did a great job of chasing down the break.

Their hard work was rewarded,when Modolo won the sprint.2nd was Rossi(Meridiana) and 3rd was Piechele(Ceramica).

Another good win for Sacha Modolo.

 

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