Giovanni Visconti victorious at Giro dell'Emilia
Sep 30 2017 05:22 pm CET

Giovanni Visconti victorious at Giro dell'Emilia
Giovanni Visconti victorious at Giro dell'Emilia
Photo of Giovanni Visconti by Bahrain-Merida

Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) has won the Giro dell'Emilia. The Italian crossed the finish line on his own after an attack in the last 15 kilometres of the race.

The race was 223 kilometres long in the region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, with the finish in the city of Bologna.

The day started with an escape of seven men. Davide Ballerini (Androni Sidermec), Adrien Niyonshuti (Dimension Data), Redi Halilaj (Amore e Vita Selle SMP), Francois Bidard (AG2R La Mondiale), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Fabien Doubey (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina) got an advantage of more than four minutes over the peloton.

Around 40 kilometres later, a chasing duo formed by Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani-CSF) and Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini) joined the escape group.

With more than 100 kilometres to go, Niyonshuti couldn't keep up with the pace of the group and was dropped, leaving eight riders at the head of the race. And when this group faced the last laps in the city, it started breaking apart, leaving Mosca and Ballerini alone to lead the race.

About 20 kilometres later, riders like Edet, Doubey, Francesco Bongiorno (Sangemini) and Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani-CSF) made the jump to the front of the race, but all of them were caught with 20 kilometres left to race.

With 15 kilometres to go Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) attacked and behind him, an elongated peloton led by Diego Rosa (Team Sky) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) increased the pace to catch him.

On the last descent, Chaves lost control of his bike and crashed, which meant an abrupt end to the Colombian's race. Visconti managed to keep a gap of 20 seconds with the rest and crossed the finish line on his own.

His teammate Vincenzo Nibali finished second and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) occupied the third place on the podium.



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