Alessandro De Marchi takes victory at Giro dell'Emilia: I think this is maybe the best win of my career so far
Oct 07 2018 01:43 am CET

Alessandro De Marchi takes victory at Giro dell'Emilia: I think this is maybe the best win of my career so far
Alessandro De Marchi takes victory at Giro dell'Emilia: I think this is maybe the best win of my career so far
Photo BMC Racing Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Alessandro De Marchi took a victory on home soil as he crossed the finish line of the Giro dell'Emilia by himself. The rider of BMC Racing Team beat Rigoberto Uran and Dylan Teuns.

The race was 207.4 kilometres long between Bologna and San Luca. The escape of the day was formed early into the race and included riders like Alberto Bettiol, Ben Swift, Niklas Eg, Scott Davies and Robert Power, among others.

This group was allowed a ten-minute advantage by a peloton that was mainly pulled by Team Sky. The gap was reduced as the kilometres passed and at around 50 kilometres to go, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) attacked from the pack and soon caught the remainders of the escape group.

A few kilometres later, the Slovenian was left alone but was soon joined by a small group that had attacked from the pack and that included riders like Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Diego Rosa (Sky), Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) and Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale).

With 20 kilometres to go, De Marchi attacked from this group and built a considerable gap from the rest, who were eventually reabsorbed by the pack. A group formed by riders like Egan Bernal (Sky), Mike Woods (EF Education First), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Dylan Teuns (BMC), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) tried to escape but were reeled back in.

De Marchi passed the 500-metres mark with 18 seconds of advantage and despite the efforts of Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First), he crossed the finish line on his own. Uran arrived to the line eight seconds later and Teuns nine seconds behind his teammate.

"Today was a great day for me and I think this is maybe the best win of my career so far because stage races are totally different from a single-day race and I have never raced to win a single-day race," said the rider. "Over the last month, I have had a small dream about trying to go solo for the win here, not from the breakaway but by jumping clear off the front of the bunch early in the final. I took the risk today and in the end, it paid off.

"I think after today, I have to use the final races of the season to say thank you to Dylan especially because today, he was really helpful and he did an amazing job for me. I know he wants to race for the win and I would like to help him to do that. I have shown that I am in good shape and you never know what can happen but now is the time to do something for him and also maybe for Damiano as he sacrificed everything for me today. I want to try to give back what they gave me today over the next few races."




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