The day didn’t start off in the best way, with brothers Tommaso and Gabriele Bessega missing the race at the last minute due to an untimely flu, but it ended up bringing as much excitement as emotions with Edoardo Alleva. In a remarkable performance by the quartet that finally took part, always in search of the good move in a race with a tepid rainy weather that had plenty of alternatives, it was Alleva who ended up in the fight in the last kilometres, in the final thirty kilometres, when Federico Iacomondi was overtaken and he got involved with Kevin Pezzo-Rosola (General Store) and Matteo Milan (CTF) in his pursuit.
Alleva, Pezzo Rosola and Milan would always ride between 30″ and 55″ behind Iacomondi who ended up making good his offensive. But in the most demanding parts of the circuit, the trio always managed to get a little closer, which fed the possibility of a grouping. With 9 kilometres to go, the advantage was 38″. In the last five kilometres, the main chasing group, the same one that crossed the final finishing line more than a minute and a half behind, ended up swallowing up the chasers in the sprint fight for the other two podium places. Edo’s fifth place would have deserved a bigger prize.
“We did well,” says trainer Giuseppe De Maria. “The course was very technical and I think we had a pretty good day until the end. Edoardo was very active in the final part and it’s a pity that in the last kilometre they were caught by a small bunch. It wasn’t long before we could have made a nice podium in Italy or, at least, had the chance to compete for it. The team has been good, with a good previous work during the whole day”.
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