Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) wins solo the GP Industria e Artigianato 2018. The Slovenian gets the Tuscan classic thanks to a solo attack fostered with 5,5 kilometers to go on the descent which led from San Baronto to the finish line of Larciano. The 2013 U23 World Champion whitsands in the lead thoughout the last two kilometers the comeback of Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini), who finishes just a couple of seconds behind the twenty-three years old. Davide Ballerini (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) takes the group sprint over Sean de Bie (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) and Mauro Finetto (Delko-Provence marseille-KTM). Matej Mohoric gets, together with todat’s success, the second victory throughout his career.
As soon as the race begins seven men open a gap over the peloton: are Marco Mathis (Katusha-Alpecin), Alberto Amici (Biesse Carrera Gavardo), Ilia Koshevoy (Wilier – Selle Italia), Dries De Bondt (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan), Leo Vincent (Groupama- FDJ), Dario Puccioni (Sangemini – MG.KVis) and eighteen years old Filippo Zana (Trevigiani-Phonix). The group apparently lets the breakaway have a go and rapidly the leaders extend their lead to 4 minutes.
After the first ascent of the San baronto the gap lessens to 2’30” and, not unlike the typical racing scenario, the group starts jumping across the gap. The reconnection takes place with over 40 kilometers remaining under the pace set by Mitchelton-Scott: Vincent and Amici are the last who raise the white flag. Cesare Benedetti (Bora-hansgrohe) counter-attacks ang gains 14” over the bunch when he passes through the top of San Baronto climb, today’s penultimate one.
Davide Ballerini (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) join Benedetti in the lead along San baronto descent and together extend the gap to 30”. Mainly because of the high tempo kept in the head of the group by Mitchelton-Scott the new breakaway is called off with 15 kilometers to go. Deniel Martinez (EF-Drapac) speeds up the tempo and creams off the group: only 8 men are capable of following the wheels of the Colombian youngster.
Ten riders reel in the leading group with over 10 kilometers remaining. As soon as the chase is put into practice Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) attacks but the Australian, though, doesn’t gain ground. The same happens to the quartet composed of Davide Fabbro (Katusha-Aplecin), Fausto Masnada annd Ivan Sosa (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) and Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe).With over 8 kilometers remaining Ivan Santaromita (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini) struggles to open an advantage over the leaders.
The Italian is joined again by Sosa, Majka, Masnada, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) and Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom-Rusvelo). Ivan Sosa is victim of a fall on the first hairpin bend of the San Baronto descent: Mohoric takes advantage of the confusion and gains a little advantage. The Slovenian drives perfectly his bike along the way down to Larciano and increase his advantage. Marco Canola struggles to chase the leader and tith two kilometers remaining the Italian is very close to Mohoric. The latter resists and doesn’t let Canola gain ground towards himself and in this manner wins the GP Industria e Artigianato 2018.
GP Industria e Artigianato 2018 Results
1 MOHORIC Matej Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 4:39:23
2 CANOLA Marco Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini 0:03
3 BALLERINI Davide Androni – Sidermec – Bottecchia 0:11
4 DE BIE Sean Vérandas Willems-Crelan ,,
5 FINETTO Mauro Delko Marseille Provence KTM ,,
6 VISCONTI Giovanni Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team ,,
7 NEILANDS Krists Israel Cycling Academy ,,
8 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott ,,
9 GAVAZZI Francesco Androni – Sidermec – Bottecchia ,,
10 TIVANI German Nicolas Trevigiani Phonix – Hemus 1896 ,,